Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Golf in England: The Northwest

Royal Lytham & St. Annes

I make it a habit not to write about places I haven't visited, but I'm going to make an exception on what is being marketed as England's Golf Coast.

At the recent PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando (late January) I met an engaging chap named Geoff Harris, whose job is to promote golf travel in this area of northwest England.

I informed Mr. Harris that I had traveled to southwest England and enjoyed it immensely. Courses like St. Enodoc, Royal North Devon and Saunton still dance in my mind as fabulous golf experiences.

Mr. Harris assured me that visiting the northwest part of the country would be equally rewarding.

Here are his main selling points:
  • You can conveniently fly into Manchester.
  • Seven of the world's Top 100 courses are located in close proximity
  • The area has Three Open Championship courses (Royal Liverpool, Royal Birkdale and Royal Lytham & St. Annes)
  • There are more than 160 golf courses to play in the northwest region. The England's Golf Coast area has 20 top notch courses.
  • Many of the courses have hosted competitions like the Ryder Cup, PGA Championships, Women's Open, Curtis Cup and UK's major amateur events.
  • Royal Liverpool, founded in 1869, is one of the oldest seaside courses in England.
  • Popular areas for accommodations, include Liverpool, Southport, Wirral, Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire.
You can conveniently book packages online and the website, England's Golf Coast, is thorough and informative with lots of information on courses to play and accommodations.

Formby Golf Club
If you're looking for a new golf travel frontier, this area of the U.K. appears to be a less publicized gem worth examining.

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