The Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport
The stunning coastal resort of Southport is host to Royal Birkdale, for many golfers, quite simply, the best of all the great golf courses to have ever staged The Open Championship.
Royal Birkdale, one of Britain’s finest golf clubs has been voted the No 1 course in Britain and is among the best in the world. Having previously hosted two Ryder Cups, Walker Cup, Curtis Cup, Women’s British Open and on eight occasions the Open Championship the Royal Birkdale again hosted The Open Championship 2008.
Around 80% of the Royal Birkdale course is designated for nature as out-of-play areas. Royal Birkdale Golf Course is one part of the Southport Sand Dunes and the Foreshore Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in which there is a wide variety of wildlife interest. This includes large numbers of overwintering wading birds, rare species such as the Natterjack Toad, Sand Lizard and the Petalwort (a liverwort). Plants such as the Dune Helleborine orchid and the only location in England for Baltic Rush.