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Golf began in England soon after Queen Elizabeth I died in 1603. Her royal entourage is thought to have contained a number of golfers and they found the perfect ground at Blackheath on which to play their beloved game. Blackheath Golf Club is believed to have formed, although documentary evidence has yet to be discovered. However, King Henry presented Blackheath with a silver club for a competition first played in 1766, so there's absolutely no doubt that Blackheath is England's oldest golf club.

Westward Ho! opened for golf in 1864 and it remains the oldest course in England still playing along its original fairways. Today there are approximately 1,900 or so golf clubs. There are more golf courses in England than Ireland, Scotland and Wales put together. The topographical variation of England’s golf courses is perhaps totally unique the world over but the vast majority of overseas visitors head to Scotland and Ireland rather than choosing to play golf in England. What a shame, because some of the finest and most unique links courses are found in England.

Westward Ho! opened for golf in 1864 and it remains the oldest course in England still playing along its original fairways. Today there are approximately 1,900 or so golf clubs. There are more golf courses in England than Ireland, Scotland and Wales put together.

Southport & Liverpool - The Golf Coast

Southport & Liverpool - The Golf Coast

There are very few golfing regions anywhere in the world with as many attractions as the Southport/Liverpool region. It has three Open Championship venues alongside many other distinguished courses, and it is no exaggeration to say that this area provides the best collection of golf courses anywhere in England.

Thoughts of golf in the area immediately drift to Royal Birkdale, an Open Championship host, along with Royal Lytham & St Annes and Royal Liverpool, all Open Championship venues. Many consider Birkdale to be the best course in England, and it's hard to disagree with those sentiments.

If Birkdale is the leading light in Southport, then it is backed up by an exceptional supporting cast. Hillside shares a border with Royal Birkdale and is therefore somewhat cast into the shadow of its famous neighbor. Southport & Ainsdale, or S&A to the members, shares a border with Hillside, and offers a historic James Braid layout which hosted the Ryder Cup twice in the 1930s.

To the north of Birkdale is Hesketh, the oldest club in the Southport region. Like many of the Southport courses, this course is part links, part parkland.

Move south again and you come to Formby, host of the 2004 Curtis Cup and British Amateur Championship on four occasions. Drive further south towards Liverpool and you arrive at one of England’s most under-appreciated links at West Lancashire, a classic links challenge. .

There are very few golfing regions anywhere in the world with as many attractions as the Southport/Liverpool region. It has three Open Championship venues alongside many other distinguished courses, and it is no exaggeration to say that this area provides the best collection of golf courses anywhere in England.

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