Top 100 links golf courses in GB&I: 6 – Royal Birkdale

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We take a closer look at Royal Birkdale in our top 100 list of links golf courses in GB&I

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6. Royal Birkdale
Merseyside, England

Fact File:

Yards: 7,018
Par: 72
Designer: George Low
Address: Royal Birkdale Golf Club 
Waterloo Road, Birkdale, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2LX
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What our panellists said:

AC: Possibly the best design of all. Love the way it feeds through the dunes. I wish it were closer to the sea though.

CC: A magnificent test of golf.

AL: Clearly a great course but over-rated. Fairways are too flat, the greens too. The 1st hole is great but how many others?

CH: There are no weak holes on the best 18 holes in England.

DJ: Probably the strongest 1-18 of the three Royals on that coast.

MM: Great routing, interesting, challenging holes.

DW: Fantastic layout – the best course in GB&I.

KE: A great test of golf. Need all clubs and shots.

Commentary: Birkdale inspired huge affection as well as respect from our panel – and these are qualities that do not always come together. It was difficult to choose between it and Sandwich as England’s No 1…

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