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England’s Golf Coast Back on the Map

8.21am 5th December 2012 - Travel

Royal Lytham & St Annes (copywright Mark Alexander)

Eleven of the finest golf clubs in the north west of England have regrouped under the banner of England’s Golf Coast.

It is anticipated that several other prominent clubs within the area will team up under the revamped England’s Golf Coast banner after a short hiatus resulting from the withdrawal of public sector funding.

England’s Golf Coast – which stretches from Royal Lytham & St Annes in the north to Royal Liverpool in the south – encompasses arguably the finest stretch of golfing land found anywhere in the British Isles. It includes a total of three current Open Championship venues and no less than seven courses named in Golf Monthly’s 2012 list of the top-100 courses in UK and Ireland.

Royal Birkdale, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham & St Annes head the list of the clubs working together under the regenerated England’s Golf Coast banner and they have been joined by eight other courses of the calibre of Hillside, Formby and Southport & Ainsdale.

The hub of England’s Golf Coast remains the classic resort town of Southport, located among the highest concentration of golf courses in the area. Many golfers will also choose to base themselves on the Wirral or in the vibrant city centre of Liverpool.

England’s Golf Coast is close to both the national motorway and railway networks and is served by the international airports at Manchester, Liverpool and Blackpool.

“I am delighted to announce that England’s Golf Coast has been reformed after a brief break while the group’s finances were reorganised,” said England Golf Coast’s new Manager, Geoff Harris, a PGA professional who previously worked at The Grove, Hertfordshire, and Rudding Park, North Yorkshire.

“It is our intention to do all we can to promote the golf courses and tourist attractions in the area and we will be boosted in those efforts by the fact England’s Golf Coast is home to some of the finest courses in Britain and so is seldom out of the news.

“This year Royal Liverpool Golf Club at Hoylake played host to its first Ricoh Women’s British Open and the same course will stage The Open Championship for a twelfth time in 2014.

“Royal Birkdale and Royal Lytham also regularly host both the men’s and women’s Opens while Lytham has been invited to stage its first Walker Cup in 2015.”

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