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Arrive into Manchester International Airport where you driver will be waiting or collect your rental car. Drive west to Formby and get over your jet-lag by getting straight onto the links!
Formby Golf Club, founded in 1884, is bordered on three sides by pine trees. This is unusual for a links course, and offers a perfect "sheltered" introduction to links golf in England. Superb strategic bunkering and the trees make this a visually very appealing course.
After golf, check into your hotel in town for the next 4 nights.
Only a few minutes away from your hotel, Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club is a relatively new course to the region, having only been founded in 1907!
Blind shots, dunes and snarly heather, make this course a real challenge. Its challenge was deemed difficult enough to have hosted two Ryder Cups in the thirties and even today it remains a must play alongside its more famous regal neighbours.
Relatively flat and surrounded by red-brick houses on three sides and a railway line on the fourth, one would be forgiven for thinking that it might be a little easier than others - not so. This is a monster and a true championship test for amateurs and professionals alike.
The fact that this course has hosted the Open ten times is testament to its prowess and ranking amongst the R&A. Ernie Els last won here in 2012.
Extended to 18 holes in 1897, Royal Birkdale has also hosted the Open Championship 10 times, most recently in 2017 when Jordan Speith won over this hallowed ground.
Flat-bottomed fairways, give the course a fairness to the errant drive or two and while all are great, some of the memorable holes include the par-3 12th and the par-5 15th. As well as the Open, Royal Birkdale has hosted The Ryder Cup, The Walker Cup, The Curtis Cup and the Ladies Open Championship. Its simply a classic "Must-Play".
After golf today, drive south to Liverpool and check into your new hotel for the next 3 nights.
Nine miles north of Liverpool, West Lancashire Golf Club, was founded in 1873 and its designer is not known.
What is known, is that Robert Rock and Tommy Fleetwood amongst many many others, are massive fans of this course. Donald Steel wrote "Only in Britain can one savour the true flavour of seaside golf, of which West Lancashire is a perfect example". Imaginative and varied in layout, the course has so much more to offer than simply a wonderful experience of classic links with stunning views of the Mersey Estuary, and the Welsh Mountains.
Founded in 1869, Royal Liverpool is the second oldest course in England. The course has hosted the Open Championship twelve times, most recently in 2014 when Rory McIlroy won.
This is a classic links where only 6 of its holes will offer any protection in dunes, otherwise, your skills will be tested fully by the ever-present wind.
All good things must come to an end...unfortunately!
Time to begin the process for your next trip to the Britain, Ireland or beyond.
Due to a number of variables, the cost for this tour is flexible and will be determined once we create a customized tour proposal for your group.