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Last updated: 06 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Fionn Davenport

The setting for Jordan Spieth’s remarkable 2017 Open Championship win is this stunning links course, a mile south of Southport. The eighteen holes wind their way through magnificent dunes – the four par 3s (4, 7, 12 and 14) – are as good as any you’ll find, and many of the tees are slightly elevated, making the holes easy to see. The 12th is particularly challenging, playing over a hollow and onto a narrow green protected by an amphitheatre of four pot bunkers.

The 18th, which thankfully plays as a par 5 for amateurs (the pros play it as a tough 4), finishes at the eye-catching art deco clubhouse (and site of a fine restaurant). All told, a superb golfing experience.

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Price from: £165
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around
Duration: -

Getting there & doing it

The course is only a 30-minute drive from Liverpool – perfect to pair with a city break. See our Liverpool guide for recommendations of where to stay.

When to do it

The course is open to visitors on Mondays, Tuesday afternoons from 2.10pm; Wednesdays, Thursdays, Friday mornings and some Sunday mornings between 11:30am and 12 noon. April to September is the best time to play; you avoid winter greens and fairway mats.

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Titanic Hotel Liverpool

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Soak up the waves of seafaring-inspired history at this spacious warehouse hotel in the Stanley Dock area. The industrial chic vibe and sense of living-heritage surroundings compensate for taxi journeys to the city centre.

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Malmaison Liverpool

Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom (UK)[23.7 miles]

Sexy rooms, cool cocktails and a waterfront location, handy for the Albert Dock, make this a great base for a weekend away. The cheeky, boudoir-chic vibe is one for couples seeking privacy.

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Hard Days Night Hotel

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For a frisson of Beatlemania, get back to this Cavern Quarter hotel for a night surrounded with memorabilia from Liverpool’s swinging Sixties.

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Hope Street Hotel

Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom (UK)[24.8 miles]

Cool Scandinavian-chic style and the best food in town create an unbeatable city centre hotel.

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