Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club near Southport
Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club was founded in 1886 and the present course was constructed in 1897. It is one of the premier links courses in the world, having hosted ten Open Championships, two Ryder Cups and numerous other major tournaments, including the Women's and Senior's Open Championships.
Northern hospitality has always been famous and Royal Lytham leads the way, so you will always be made very welcome at this club.
The layout of Royal Lytham & St. Annes has remained faithful to the original created by the club's first professional, George Lowe, over a century ago.
The only significant changes were made in 1919, when the club asked Harry Colt, the pre-eminent course designer of the time, to make recommendations for improvement.
It is a links course that is a long way from the sea, yet close enough for the sea breeze to have an effect on the game. It was aptly described by Bernard Darwin, the leading golf writer of the thirties, as: “a beast of a course, but a just beast.”
He went on to say that: "no one could fail to be impressed by its difficulties, which sets a golfer just about as ruthless as an examination as any course of my acquaintance."
Ryder Cup Captain Mark James wrote: “And Lytham was set up magnificently in 2001 (for the Open Championship). It was perfect for the world's premier golfing event. I do not think they could have prepared that course better.
“It was an ideal combination of width of fairways, length of rough and pace and quality of greens. It should be used as a model for future Opens. Everyone who knows Lytham knew that it would be the one course where Tiger Woods would not have a big advantage because of the distance he hits. There are relatively few holes where you can carry the trouble. Tiger could not tame it.”
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