Southport, just 8 miles from The Shippon, is home to the highest concentration of championship links courses and is known as England’s Golfing Capital.
Apart from the superb links at The Royal Birkdale there are also another five championship standard courses all within easy reach of the town.
Hillside, Formby, Hesketh, Southport and Ainsdale, and West Lancashire Golf Clubs are all superb courses and provide a challenge to the most accomplished golfer.
The Royal Birkdale Golf Club
One of Britain’s finest golf clubs, it has been voted No 1 course in Britain and is among the best in the world. Having previously hosted two Ryder Cups, the Walker and Curtis Cups, the Women’s British Open, The Amateur Championship and on eight occasions the Open Championship, The Royal Birkdale hosted The Open in 2008 and is the venue for the Women’s British Open in 2010.
For more information Tel: 01704 552020
Hillside Golf Club
Hillside is widely regarded as the finest course not to have staged an Open Championship. Greg Norman once said the back nine was “the best in Britain”. It has hosted several major amateur events, including the Amateur Championship and will again host it in 2011.
For more information Tel: 01704 567169
Formby Golf Club
The club is unique in Britain because inside the boundary of its own course is the completely independent Formby Ladies Golf Club. Formby has hosted three Amateur Championships. In 1984 Jose Maria Olazabal beat Colin Montgomerie in the final. 2004 saw the club host the Curtis Cup.
For more information Tel: 01704 872164
Hesketh Golf Club
Hesketh is the oldest golf club in Southport established in 1885 and is part links and part parkland. It is regularly chosen as a Qualifying venue when the Open is played at The Royal Birkdale.
For more information Tel: 01704 536897
Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club This course is so impressive that one golf magazine named it among the top 50 courses in Britain. The entire course is a Site of Specific Scientific Interest. The traditional feel of the links has been retained through the years and it remains a Qualifying venue for the Open when it is played in the region.
For more information Tel: 01704 578000
West Lancashire Golf Club
This club has been a final qualifying course for The Open many times. It is set in natural seaside terrain with immaculate greens. 11 of the holes are over 400yards – a true championship course.
For more information Tel: 0151 924 1076
Close to home, in fact just down the road from The Shippon are two golf courses – Hurlston Hall and Ormskirk.
Hurlston Hall Golf Club
This course is set in 135 acres of beautiful parkland on the outskirts of Ormskirk. It is an 18hole Par 72 course designed by David Steel and opened in 1994. If you just want to go and practice there is also a large floodlit and covered driving range.
For more information Tel: 01704 842829
Ormskirk Golf Club
This club offers a friendly welcome to all visitors and treats them as members for the day. The parkland course, set in 125 acres, offers a challenge to all levels of golfers and has been used for Open regional qualifying.
For more information Tel: 01695 572227