Review – Royal Birkdale Golf Club

Birkdale clubhouse

Course: Royal Birkdale Golf Club

Website: http://www.royalbirkdale.com

Location: Southport, United Kingdom

Price ($-$$$): $$$

Par: 72 (men), 75 (ladies)

Length: 5793, 6381, or 6817 yards

Rating: 94/100

Home to the upcoming 2017 Open Championship, this links course will definitely give you that Championship experience. Sitting in the north-west of England, Royal Birkdale Golf Club lays on the coast and is a perfect example of classic English golf. Despite being less than 7000 yards, this course should not be taken lightly: pot bunkers and deep rough await any stray drive or approach shot.

On entrance to Royal Birkdale Golf Club, the symbolic white clubhouse stands out among the rolling links terrain (above image). Within the clubhouse, you can find photographs, flags, and scorecards paying homage to the great Open champions of the past. As well as a beautiful clubhouse, the pro shop is well stocked with the latest equipment and clothing.

In terms of the golf course, it goes without saying that Birkdale is special. Starting with a dogleg left par-4, and ending with a duo of par-5s, there are birdies to be made. However, holes such as the infamous par-3 12th should be tackled cautiously (below image). Stretching just over 180 yards, the challenging par-3 sits on the coastline and is surrounded by mounds of deep rough – hitting the green is a must!

Birkdale Hole 12

Hole #12 is one of the most challenging par 3s on The Open circuit. Don’t go long, left, right, or short!

PROS:

Great history

Well maintained course

Challenging but provides opportunities

Major championship course

CONS:

Expensive

Driving range sits far away from clubhouse/1st tee

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