Royal Birkdale Golf Club

Birkdale golf course was created in 1889. On 30 July 1889, nine gentlemen met at the home of Mr J C Barrett and it was here that they took the unanimous decision to form themselves into a Club, to be called the Birkdale Golf Club. A  ground in Liverpool Road was rented for £5 yearly.

On the 23 December 1889 the members of the Club voted unanimously in favour of allowing ladies to use the links, “on and not exceeding three days each week, but not on a Saturday or Bank Holiday.” The original 9 hole course was on Shaw Hills, behind Bedford Road to the south of East Ward. In 1897 the Club moved to the Birkdale Hills where an 18 hole course was constructed.

In 1951 the King commanded that the club should be called Royal Birkdale Golf Club.

In 1954 Royal Birkdale Golf Club hosted its first Open, and Peter Thompson won his first Open title this year. The club hosted the Open again in 1961, 1965, 1971, 1976, 1983, 1991, 1998 and 2008.

Situated on the golden links of the North West coast in Southport, Royal Birkdale is possibly the finest of all courses in England. Royal Birkdale has held more Championship and International events since World War 2 than any other course in the world. Open Championships, Ryder Cups, Women’s British Opens, Senior Opens, Amateur Championships, Walker Cups and Curtis Cups.
Royal Birkdale Golf Club has been voted the number one golf club in England, one of the top five clubs in the UK and amongst the top 35 in the world. Visitors are assured of a warm welcome on and off the course delivering a golfing experience second to none.

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Source: Golf Monthly