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The Finest Stretch of Championship Golf in the World

The 3 Royals

Royal Birkdale, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham & St Annes Plus 16 other naturally challenging links courses

The Open Returns 2008 Royal Birkdale

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Your guide to the Finest Stretch of Championship Golf in the World


England’s Golf Coast is home to 19 of the most challenging and naturally beautiful golf courses in Britain. It also boasts some of the country’s most vibrant cities, exciting tourist attractions, breathtaking coastline and picturesque countryside. It is an irresistible combination and, fortunately, booking your break could not be easier. To book tee-times, accommodation etc, simply log on to www.englandsgolfcoast.com where a holiday of a lifetime awaits.

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Course Map About England’s Golf Coast Royal Birkdale Royal Lytham & St Annes Royal Liverpool Hillside Southport & Ainsdale Hesketh West Lancashire Formby Formby Ladies

Places to Visit 24 26 28 30 32 33 34 35 36 37

Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa Wallasey Caldy Heswall St Annes Old Links Lytham Green Drive Fairhaven Carden Park Silloth-On-Solway Windermere

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Discover England’s Northwest, Manchester Chester and Cheshire Liverpool City Region Southport & Sefton Wirral Peninsula Lancashire & Blackpool Cumbria and The Lake District Where to Eat Where to Stay Booking Information

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Courses 1 Royal Birkdale 2 Royal Liverpool 15

3 Royal Lytham & St Annes 4 Formby 5 Southport & Ainsdale 6 Hesketh 7 Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa 8 Formby Ladies 9 West Lancashire

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10 Hillside 11 Caldy

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12 Heswall 13 Wallasey

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14 Carden Park 15 Windermere

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16 Silloth-On-Solway 17 St Annes Old Links

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England’s Golf Coast Great Golf and a Good Deal More

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ngland’s Golf Coast reached a major new milestone when Royal Birkdale was invited to host the 2008 Open Championship. It was the 30th time a course on the Golf Coast had been selected to stage the world’s most prestigious Championship and together with the City of Liverpool being nominated as Europe’s Capital of Culture for 2008 it reinforced the message that England’s Golf Coast is now the place for visitors to be. England’s Golf Coast is sometimes described as the ‘Finest Stretch of Championship Golf in the World’ and that is no idle boast. Within its boundaries, from Cumbria in the north to Chester in the south, this beguiling piece of the coastline can offer three Open Championship venues and no less than seven of the toprated courses in the UK and Ireland. This unbeatable collection of golf courses is headed by Royal Birkdale, Royal Lytham & St Annes and Royal Liverpool but also includes such gems as Hillside, Southport & Ainsdale, Formby, West Lancashire, Formby Ladies’, Formby Hall, Wallasey, Caldy, Heswall, St Annes Old Links, Lytham Green Drive, Fairhaven, Carden Park, Silloth-on-Solway, and Windermere to name just a few. 04 Book online at

LEFT: Tiger Woods hitting off a bare links lie on his way to winning the Open at Royal Liverpool in 2006. ABOVE: Severiano Ballesteros celebrating with the crowd at Royal Lytham in 1979. BELOW: Mark O’Meara collecting the famous Claret Jug at Royal Birkdale in 1998.

This unbeatable collection of golf courses is headed by Royal Birkdale, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham & St Annes

The golfer who visits England’s Golf Coast is literally spoilt for choice and that quality is mirrored off the golf course as well. The lively and cosmopolitan cities of Liverpool and Manchester provide the perfect urban contrast to the area’s coastal courses and there is also much more to explore including the shops and restaurants of Southport, the picturesque villages of Wirral, the beauty of the Lake District, the bright lights of Blackpool and the charms of the Roman city of Chester. This brochure is designed to give you all the information you need to start planning a golfing break to England’s Golf Coast. You can also find out more about us by logging on to www.englandsgolfcoast.com which provides the perfect backdrop to enjoy your golfing experience. Use this guide to plan your golf and leisure break and check out what’s on offer. There’s never been a better time to visit England’s Golf Coast and we look forward to welcoming you soon!

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Card of the course FRONT 9 Hole Par Yards 1 4 450 2 4 421 3 4 451 4 3 201 5 4 346 6 4 499 7 3 178 8 4 457 9 4 414 Out 34 3417

BACK Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In

9 Par Yards 4 408 4 436 3 184 4 499 3 201 5 544 4 439 5 572 4 473 36 3756

Total 70 7173

Information THE COURSE Championship Tees: White Tees: Yellow Tees: Red Tees:

7173 yards 6817 yards 6381 yards 5808 yards

BOOKING Tel:

+44 (0) 1704 552020

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ROYAL birkdale cited as england’s finest course

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The 14th hole

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he rugged links at Royal Birkdale is often cited as the finest course in England and that reputation was enhanced after a makeover in time for the 2008 Open Championship. The club, with the support of the R & A, brought in renowned architect, Martin Hawtree, and the result of his handiwork was a new green

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on the 17th, 20 new hazards, 16 of which are fairway bunkers, and six new tees. “Royal Birkdale is a strong Open venue and we felt that by introducing these changes that challenge can be maintained,” said R & A Chief Executive, Peter Dawson. “We have paid particular attention to the introduction of tee shots that give players a number of

strategic options and, through tighter bunkering and the re-contouring of green surrounds, intend to make players play more imaginative recovery shots.” Royal Birkdale was formed back in 1889 and the 2008 Open marked the ninth time it has staged the Open Championship, the previous eight being won by Peter Thomson (1954 and 1965),

Arnold Palmer (1961), Lee Trevino (1971), Johnny Miller (1976), Tom Watson (1983), Ian Baker-Finch (1991) and Mark O’Meara (1998). The club has also hosted the The Amateur, the Women’s British Open, the British Ladies’, the Boy’s Championship, as well as the Walker Cup, the Curtis Cup and the Ryder Cup, the latter on two occasions. Birkdale hosted its first Ryder Cup in 1965 when a US team led by the inimitable Byron Nelson won 19½ – 12 ½. However, four years later the home side fared better when Jack Nicklaus conceded a two-foot putt to reigning Open champion, Tony Jacklin, resulting in the first tie in the Matches’ history.

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getting there Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Waterloo Road, Birkdale, Southport, PR8 2LX Directions: Drivers approaching from the North should use the M6, exit at junction 29, Leyland, to the A582, A59 and A565. Drivers from the South, via the M6, M62, M57 and A5147. Traffic from Central Lancashire should use the M58, exit at Junction 3, Rainford, to the A570. Traffic from Wales and the Wirral should use the M53, Queensway Tunnel to the A565.

Signature Hole H o l e 1 6 • Pa r - 4 • 4 3 9 ya r d s This challenging left-to-right dog-leg requires a drive down the left to allow the best line into a well-guarded green. Situated 292 yards down the fairway is the Arnold Palmer Plaque, designating the spot from where he hit his famous second shot on his way to winning the 1961 Open Championship.

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The 18th hole and clubhouse

ROYAL LYTHAM & ST ANNES HOST OF THE 2012 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

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ernard Darwin, the doyen of British golf writers, once described Royal Lytham & St Annes as “a beast of a golf course, but a just beast” and that is a fine description of this rugged and challenging Lancashire links. “Hit it into the right place,” he added, “and the way to the hole is open to you. But hit your ball in the wrong place and every kind of punishment, whether immediate or ultimate, will ensue.” Surrounded as it is by suburban housing and situated some distance from the sea, Lytham is not a conventionally beautiful golf course, but it is a fine test and has played an important role in British golfing heritage. Formed in 1886, the club has staged ten Open Championships, two Ryder Cups, the Curtis Cup, three Women’s British Opens and two Ladies’ Amateur Championships, including the inaugural event in 1893. It has been selected to host its fourth Women’s British Open in 2009 and its eleventh Open in 2012. Lytham was awarded its first Open in 1952, when Bobby

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Information THE COURSE Championship Tees: Red Tees: Green Tees: Orange Tees:

6882 yards 6630 yards 6360 yards 5854 yards

BOOKING Tel:

+44 (0) 1253 643790

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H o l e 1 7 • Pa r - 4 • 4 6 7 ya r d s The landing area from the tee is intimidatingly small between a range of bunkers on the left and dense scrub and bushes to the right. The hole turns left towards an open green protected by bunkers on either side. Don’t miss the plaque in one of the bunkers to the left of the fairway - it commemorates the famous second shot of Bobby Jones in the final round of the 1926 Open.

Jones emerged victorious, with subsequent wins being achieved by Peter Thomson (1958), Bob Charles (1963), Tony Jacklin (1969), Gary Player (1974), Seve Ballesteros (1979 and 1988), Tom Lehman (1996) and David Duval (2001). Of those Ballesteros’ triumph in ’88 was arguably the most thrilling but the most significant was definitely Jacklin’s victory in ’69, ending,

as it did, a run of 18 years without a British win. Lytham, as regular visitors will know, is invariably in excellent condition, a reputation confirmed during the ’01 Open. It “was set up magnificently for The Open,” said former Ryder Cup captain, Mark James. “It was a perfect combination of width of fairways, length of rough and pace and quality of greens. It

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GETTING THERE Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, Links Gate, Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire, FY8 3LQ Directions: Leave the M6 motorway at junction 32 and join the M55 to Blackpool. Turn left (first exit) at roundabout toward Blackpool South and St Annes. Take third exit at next roundabout. Continue through two sets of lights and stay on main road (ignore signs for Lytham St Annes). Continue onto Squires Gate Lane. Turn left at lights onto Clifton Drive North and continue for 2.4 miles. Turn left at lights onto St Thomas Road. Turn right at St Patrick’s Road South. The Golf Club is on the right.

should be used as a model for all future Open Championships.”

Card of the course FRONT 9 Hole Par Yards 1 3 206 2 4 436 3 4 457 4 4 391 5 3 210 6 5 494 7 5 555 8 4 417 9 3 164 Out 35 3330

BACK Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In

9 Par Yards 4 334 5 540 3 196 4 340 4 443 4 464 4 358 4 467 4 410 36 3552

Total 71 6882

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Signature Hole PHOTO: David Cannon at Getty Images

THE COURSE Championship Tees: Green Tees: Yellow Tees: Red Tees:

7258 yards 6928 yards 6452 yards 5884 yards

BOOKING Tel:

+44 (0) 151 6323101

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getting there Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Meols Drive, Hoylake, Wirral CH47 4AL Directions: Leave the M53 at

H o l e 1 1 • T h e A l p s • Pa r - 3 • 1 9 8 ya r d s A new tee, sited left of the old one, makes this treacherous par-3 that little bit more difficult. Make sure you take enough club to carry the mounds which guard the front left-hand side of the green.

FRONT 9 Hole Par Yards 1 4 429 2 4 372 3 5 528 4 3 202 5 4 453 6 4 423 7 3 198 8 5 534 9 4 393 Out 36 3532

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ROYAL LIVERPOOL England’s most historic club

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BACK Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In

PHOTO: Wirral Globe

Card of the course 9 Par Yards 4 448 3 198 4 456 3 161 5 554 4 459 5 560 4 454 4 436 36 3726

Total 72 7258

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oyal Liverpool is one of England’s oldest and most historic golf clubs and has been the scene of many of the defining moments in British golf. The latest came in the summer of 2006 when Tiger Woods lived up to his reputation as the world’s No. 1 golfer by winning the Open Championship by two shots from compatriot Chris DiMarco. That Championship marked the eleventh time that Hoylake had been selected to stage the Open

Championship starting in 1897 when local amateur, Harold Hilton, claimed the Claret Jug. Frenchman, Arnaud Massy, became the first Continental golfer to win the title in 1907 and subsequently JH Taylor (1913), Walter Hagen (1924), Bobby Jones (1930), Alf Padgham (1936), Fred Daly (1947), Peter Thomson (1956) and Roberto de Vicenzo (1968) all prevailed there before Woods won the title for a third time in 2006.

The club is by no means only associated with the Open Championship. It staged the inaugural Amateur

Championship in 1885 and was selected as the venue for the first English Amateur Championship.

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junction 2 and follow the A551 to Moreton and then the A553 to Hoylake. Continue straight ahead at the roundabout in Hoylake (railway station is on the left) and the Club is 300 yards along Meols Drive on the right.

It was also the scene of the first international match between England and Scotland in 1902, the first Home International matches and the first transatlantic contest between GB&I and the USA took place in 1921, which became the Walker Cup the following year. Hoylake’s venerable Links were refreshed by architect Donald Steel as part of the preparations for the 2006 Open. The club’s original 9-hole course had been laid out by George Morris in 1869, before being extend to 18 holes two years later. Its greens are traditionally in outstanding condition which led to the oft-quoted remark: “The man who cannot putt at Hoylake cannot putt.”

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THE COURSE White Tees: Blue Tees: Yellow Tees: Red Tees:

7029 yards 6558 yards 6160 yards 5888 yards

BOOKING Tel:

+44 (0) 1704 567169

GREEN FEES Weekdays: Weekends:

£75.00 Sundays - £95.00

getting there Hillside Golf Club, Hastings Road, Hillside, Southport, PR8 2LU Directions: Hillside Golf Club is

hillside A LINKS TO TEST THE BEST

Card of the course FRONT 9 Hole Par Yards 1 4 396 2 5 526 3 4 397 4 3 195 5 5 562 6 4 444 7 3 170 8 4 393 9 4 419 Out 36 3502

Total 72 7029

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BACK Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In

9 Par Yards 3 172 5 509 4 400 4 402 4 419 4 421 3 218 5 547 4 439 36 3527

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illside is widely regarded as the finest British golf course not to have staged an Open Championship and there are those who believe that it presents a tougher challenge than many of the courses on the current rota. None other than two-time Open champion, Greg Norman, once opined that Hillside’s back nine was “the best in Britain” and, in similar vein, compatriot Rodney Pampling described it as “the toughest course I have

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ever played” after competing over the Open qualifying course in 1998. Hillside lies a stone’s throw

located to the south of Southport Town Centre, just off the A565 (Waterloo Road). From the M6 turn off at Junction 26 onto the M58. Follow the A570 Southport signs off the M58. From the A570, follow the A565 south, then turn off onto Hastings Road by Hillside Train Station.

from Royal Birkdale, amid a stretch of sandhills on the outskirts of Southport, and has many of the attributes of its

neighbour. The start, like Formby, is dominated by the railway line that runs parallel to the opening holes. The back nine was re-designed in the 1960s and features a series of holes that linger in the mind long after a visit is over. Since the ‘60s, Hillside has hosted several major amateur events, including The Amateur Championship and the Ladies’ British Amateur, the course will again host The Amateur Championship in 2011. It has also staged the 1982 PGA Championship, won by Tony Jacklin, and, more

recently, the 2003 English Seniors’ Open, won by Carl Mason. Alan Hansen, the former Liverpool and Scotland defender and a low handicap golfer, puts Hillside alongside Augusta National as his favourite course in the world. “I can’t think of a better course,” he said. “I might be biased, being a member, but it really is a fantastic lay-out and its back nine is second to none. “I don’t play golf for fun,” he added, “I’m too competitive for that. Hillside really is a stern test and I love that.”

Signature Hole H o l e 1 1 • Pa r - 5 • 5 0 9 ya r d s This 500-yard plus par-5 requires a precise drive up the left, with anything to the right likely to fall into a well-placed fairway bunker. With its elevated tee that provides stunning views over Birkdale and the surrounding area, this hole is ranked in the top- 500 in the world.

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Information THE COURSE White Tees: Yellow Tees: Blue Tees: Red Tees:

6768 yards 6339 yards 5932 yards 5696 yards

BOOKING Tel:

+44 (0) 1704 578000

GREEN FEES Weekdays: Weekends:

£75 £100

getting there Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club, Bradshaws Lane, Ainsdale, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 3LG Directions: The delightful club is easily accessible via the excellent road system in this corner of the North West of England. The A565 leads to Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club. The clubhouse is off Bradshaws Lane which is joined by Berwick Avenue to the Liverpool Road (A565).

SOUTHPORT & AINSDALE THE FIRST COURSE TO STAGE TWO RYDER CUPS

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outhport & Ainsdale is not long by modern standards but it is an excellent test of golf, once being described by US magazine, Golf World, as “the best designed course in the UK.” The club was established in 1906 when it utilised a little nine-hole course now absorbed by housing. Subsequently, in 1923, former Open champion, James Braid, was brought in to design an 18-hole lay-out and much of his handiwork survives to this day. S & A, as it is known by locals,

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is what the purists would call a classic links boasting a fine collection of par-3s, 4s, and 5s, all of which are memorable and none the same. The fairways are narrow, bordered by sand dunes, heather and gorse and the variable wind conditions conspire to make it a tremendous test of golf. As recently as 2005, S & A co-hosted The Amateur Championship with Royal Birkdale but it is perhaps best-known as the first course to stage two Ryder Cups. The first of those was in 1933 when a strong GB & I side led by JH

Taylor defeated the Americans 6-5. That US team was captained by the legendary Walter Hagen and “the Haig” returned four years later, this time seeing his side claim an 8-4 win. Hagen, in fact, was probably the first world-class golfer to visit S & A, having appeared in an exhibition in 1926, and to this day a poster advertising the event still hangs in the refurbished clubhouse. There is also a fine collection of other artefacts and trophies celebrating its rich and distinguished past. Like several other courses on England’s Golf Coast, S & A

has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, with natterjack toads and other rare wildlife being found within its boundaries.

Card of the course FRONT 9 Hole Par Yards 1 3 204 2 5 517 3 4 430 4 4 359 5 4 448 6 4 393 7 5 490 8 3 153 9 5 530 Out 37 3524

BACK Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In

9 Par Yards 3 183 4 444 4 422 3 155 4 396 4 343 5 508 4 443 4 350 35 3244

Signature Hole H o l e 1 6 • G u m b l e y s • Pa r - 5 • 5 0 8 ya r d s The 16th is known as “Gumbleys” and is certainly the feature hole on the course. A good drive leaves a blind second shot over a bunker and a 20-feet high bank of sleepers. On reaching the brow of the hill, you will be able to see a long, narrow green situated in front of a high links dune. This picturesque hole can offer a birdie opportunity – but many cards have been wrecked here as well.

Total 72 6768

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HESKETH the home of southport’s oldest club

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esketh, set amidst the towering Victorian villas of one of Southport’s premiere residential areas, is a course of contrasts, with half of its holes meandering through sand dunes and the rest overlooking the glorious Ribble Estuary. The club is Southport’s oldest, golf being played by the-then Southport Golf Club on a “Marshland Links” as

early as 1885 and it boasts a truly exceptional clubhouse, complete with clock tower, which sits on top of a hill and dominates the area. This majestic edifice, built in 1902 at the same time as the current course, features a mock Tudor façade, with its bright red roof contrasting starkly with black timbers and white plaster walls. Inside, it is both comfortable and traditional, entirely

Card of the course

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FRONT 9 Hole Par Yards 1 4 382 2 3 152 3 4 445 4 3 181 5 4 366 6 4 451 7 5 513 8 4 349 9 4 440 Out 35 3279

BACK Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In

9 Par Yards 4 346 3 184 4 425 5 502 4 391 4 383 3 188 5 509 5 478 37 3406

Information THE COURSE White Tees: Yellow Tees: Red Tees:

6685 yards 6185 yards 5639 yards

BOOKING Tel:

+44 (0) 1704 536897

Total 72 6685

GREEN FEES Weekdays: £60 per round £70 for the day Weekends: £75 per round

fitting for a club that played an important role in the development of amateur golf in England. Hesketh is perhaps bestknown for its role in the formation of the English Golf Union. The initiative to form the Union came from a former Hesketh captain, J. Rayner Batty, who became the Union’s first President. The club’s two most famous members were the Bentley brothers, Arnold and Harry, who grew up locally and both went on to win the English Amateur Championship. The course where the

Bentleys grew up is a fine test split by a road, with seven holes on the clubhouse side and eleven on the other. The road up to the clubhouse passes a par-3 once described by Open champion, Henry Cotton, as the best short hole in Lancashire while the stretch of holes from the 14th to the 18th is also outstanding. Cotton was a frequent visit to Hesketh and once won the famous Dunlop Southport tournament on the course. It is used as an Open qualifying course when the Championship is held at Royal Birkdale.

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getting there Hesketh Golf Club, Cockle Dick’s Lane, Off Cambridge Road, Southport, PR9 9QQ Directions: The Hesketh Club is at Cockle Dick’s Lane which is off Cambridge Road. Cambridge Road is the A565, the main road between Southport and Preston. The turn off to Cockle Dick’s Lane is almost 2 miles north of Southport Town Centre along the A565. To get to Southport from the M6, take J26 exit and continue along M58 until the Southport exit. Follow the A577 and then the A570 through Ormskirk to Southport.

Signature Hole H o l e 1 4 • Pa r - 4 • 3 9 1 ya r d s A very accurate drive is required here, with out-of-bounds down the right and thick heather down the left. This leaves a second shot over high bunkers guarding a green that slopes from front to back. A tricky hole in anyone’s book.

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WEST LANCS

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THE COURSE Open Championship Tees: White Tees: Yellow Tees: Red Tees:

ONE OF THE TEN OLDEST CLUBS IN ENGLAND

6964 yards 6772 yards 6239 yards 5601 yards

BOOKING Tel:

+44 (0) 0151 924 1076

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H o l e 1 4 • B e l l • Pa r - 4 • 4 4 7 ya r d s The most difficult hole on the course. The tee shot needs to be in the order of 300 yards to give an unobstructed view of the green. If you cannot see the green, play short and left. No bunkers around this green, you will see why.

of rough sandy wilderness to punish the wrongdoer. On a summer evening, as the sun casts its shadows on the links, the shipping slips quietly by on the Mersey and there is time to reflect the distant beauty, the realisation occurs that the West Lancashire enjoys the best of both worlds.” Over the years, the club has employed two Open champions, Sandy Herd and Arthur

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est Lancashire Golf Club, founded in 1873, is one of the ten oldest clubs in England and boasts one of the most natural and under-rated links found anywhere in the 18 Book online at

British Isles. Of the links, Bernard Darwin wrote in 1922: “The West Lancashire Golf Club of Blundellsands is decidedly one of the more venerable of English Clubs. The course lies

on a noble stretch of golfing ground which is second to none, not even to the East Lothian or to the country around Troon or Prestwick.” Some seventy years later famed writer and course

designer, Donald Steel, was equally beguiled: “Only in Britain can one sample the true flavour of seaside golf of which West Lancashire is a perfect example. Within the framework of the coastal

dunes and the railway, a glorious balance unfurls. There are humps and hollows, greens on plateaux and greens in dells, contrast and shelter in the inland holes and everywhere a sea

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Card of the course FRONT 9 Hole Par Yards 1 4 436 2 5 489 3 3 159 4 4 411 5 5 478 6 3 156 7 4 358 8 4 446 9 4 403 Out 36 3336

Total 72 6772

BACK Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In

9 Par Yards 4 358 5 561 3 179 4 371 4 447 4 395 5 530 3 167 4 428 36 3552

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getting there The West Lancashire Golf Club, Hall Road West, Blundellsands, Liverpool, L23 8SZ Directions: The club is some nine miles north from the city centre of Liverpool and a similar distance south from Southport. It is easily reached from the National Motorway network, either from the M53, the M57 or the M58 which connect with the arterial motorways of the M62 and the M6.

Havers, as club professional and another, Harold Hilton, as secretary. To this day, it is still used regularly as an Open Qualifying course and it was there in 1976 that four future Masters champions, Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam all qualified for that year’s Championship at Royal Birkdale. According to the Guinness Book of Records, West Lancs was also the scene of the longest hole-in-one ever recorded in Britain. That accolade goes to Peter Richard Parkinson, then an assistant professional at the club, who in June 1972 aced the 393-yard par-4 7th hole.

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FORMBY

THE COURSE Championship Tees: White Tees: Yellow Tees: Red Tees:

A COURSE OF CONTRASTS AMONGST THE DUNES

7028 yards 6698 yards 6505 yards 6052 yards

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Formby clubhouse

Formby Golf Club has been declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest, with the surrounding dunes a designated conservation area. This  gem of a course, whilst basking in the shadows of its illustrious Royal neighbours, is proud of its position as one of the top amateur golf courses in the UK. A visit to the Golf Coast is incomplete without having had the Formby experience.

+44 (0) 1704 872164

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Card of the course FRONT 9 Hole Par Yards 1 4 435 2 4 403 3 5 538 4 4 312 5 3 183 6 4 428 7 4 419 8 5 493 9 4 450 Out 37 3661

BACK Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In

9 Par Yards 3 215 4 422 4 421 4 431 4 435 4 403 3 127 5 494 4 419 35 3367

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GETTING THERE Formby Golf Club, Golf Road, Formby, Liverpool, L37 1YH Directions: From the Motorway network at the junction of the M57 take the signposts to Formby. On the A565 from Liverpool direction turn left at the 2nd roundabout (with the BP station) towards Formby.

Total 72 7028

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ormby Golf Club is aptly regarded as a classic British links and it is also unique in as much as within its boundaries lies the completely independent Formby Ladies’ Golf Club. Situated among sandhills and pinewoods some 14 miles north of Liverpool and five miles south of Southport, it

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is a course of contrasts. The opening holes beside the railway differ markedly from the subsequent holes built among sand dunes. The stretch out at the far end, close to a bird sanctuary, is particularly appealing, not least because on a good day from the 9th and 10th tees the visitor can see the

Welsh mountains to the south west. Memorable, too, are the course’s excellent par-3s which are among the most challenging to be found anywhere. Formby might well be the most attractive course on England’s Golf Coast, locals suggest it’s the best links golf course not to have held the

Open. It has hosted many important events, including three Amateur Championships, most recently in 1984 when Spaniard, José-Maria Olazábal, defeated Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie 5 & 4. It will host The Amateur Championship again in 2009. It has also staged the Home Internationals, the English

Amateur, the English Ladies’ and in 2004 was selected as the venue for the Curtis Cup, won narrowly 10-8 by the United States. The current clubhouse was opened in 1901, replacing its predecessor that was destroyed by fire. Within its walls a warm welcome awaits, not to mention dormy house accommodation for members and visitors alike.

Signature Hole

H o l e 1 6 • Pa r - 3 • 1 2 7 ya r d s

This hole offers a really tricky tee shot to an island plateau green sloping up to the back, and surrounded by all manner of trouble. On the face of it an easy three - which so often becomes a disastrous five.

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FORMBY LADIES

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THE COURSE Red Tees:

A HIDDEN beauty SET IN DUNES AND PINES

5374 yards

BOOKING Tel:

+44 (0) 1 704 873493

GREEN FEES Weekdays: Weekends:

£47 £52

getting there Formby Ladies Golf Club, Golf Road, Formby, Liverpool,L37 1YH Directions: From the Motorway

H o l e 1 2 • Pa r - 3 • 1 5 8 ya r d s This par-3 demands an accurate tee shot from an elevated tee to a small green encircled by tall pine trees and greenside bunkers.

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ormby Ladies’ narrow fairways, lined with heather and its small greens guarded by well-positioned pot bunkers certainly demand that all golfers play with precision rather than rely on brute force. Contrary to what the Formby Ladies name suggests, gentlemen are most welcome to play this hidden gem set amongst the pine trees and sand dunes of the Lancashire Coast. The course is a testament to the old adage that less is sometimes more. By modern standards the course appears relatively short - but don’t be fooled into thinking that this course is an easy target. Even a mighty hitter like double Open Champion Greg Norman could not disguise his admiration for Formby Ladies. “Over 100 years old and still your

Card of the course FRONT 9 Hole Par Yards 1 4 261 2 5 417 3 3 129 4 4 287 5 3 122 6 4 412 7 4 251 8 5 428 9 4 322 Out 36 2629

BACK Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In

9 Par Yards 5 422 4 307 3 158 4 385 4 301 4 374 3 128 4 324 4 346 35 2745

Total 71 5374

course can stand the test of time,” he said. “What a beautiful course, it clearly shows that courses do not need to be 7,000 yards plus to be formidable” Malcolm Gregson, Ryder Cup player and European Seniors’ Tour pro, also praised the lay-out saying “It’s a wonderful, testing course, with a premium on accuracy.” All four par-3 holes are demanding and the 12th hole

network at the junction of the M57 take the signposts to Formby. On the A565 from Liverpool direction turn left at the 2nd roundabout (with the BP station) towards Formby. Follow the signs for Formby Point, then turn right after the level crossing.

would grace any Open Championship venue. But even if your scorecard is looking grim, you can enjoy some spectacular views over the course towards the Irish Sea. There is also a splendid contrast to be found on the Formby Ladies course, the flat landward-side holes being misleadingly straightforward in appearance, whilst the picturesque, adventurous holes lying among the sand hills and pine woods provide more obvious physical hazards which need to be avoided. If you need to warm up before a round, there’s a large practice ground plus a short game practice area with three bunkers. All visitors will be delighted by the warm welcome and friendly staff who are always ready to provide home made food as soon as the dining room opens at 9.00 a.m. Book online at

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Signature Hole L i t t l e V e n i c e • H o l e 1 6 • Pa r - 3 • 1 8 7 ya r d s The emphasis is on club selection as an accurate tee shot is required. The prevailing wind is generally straight back towards the tee adding to the difficulty of this hole. This picturesque yet extremely testing Par-3, with its 170-yard carry over water, and 6 well placed greenside bunkers waiting to catch any errant tee shot leaves very little margin for error, and a Par-3 on the card is true reward for selecting the right club.

Information THE COURSE Championship Tees: White Tees: Yellow Tees: Red Tees:

6955 yards 6713 yards 6409 yards 5589 yards

BOOKING Tel:

+44 (0) 1704 875699

GREEN FEES Weekdays: Summer (Mon - Fri) £45.00 Winter (Mon - Fri) £35.00 Weekends: Summer (Sat - Sun/BH) £55.00

Card of the course FRONT 9 Hole Par Yards 1 4 366 2 3 186 3 5 493 4 4 361 5 4 468 6 3 182 7 5 521 8 4 430 9 4 383 Out 36 3390

BACK Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In

9 Par Yards 4 309 4 386 4 471 3 220 5 593 4 460 3 187 4 397 5 542 36 3565

getting there Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa, Southport Old Road, Southport, Merseyside L37 OAB Directions: Drivers from the north

Total 72 6955

and well-placed bunkers. Water, in fact, can be found on 16 out of the 18 holes, making the course an altogether different experience to the many venerable links found nearby. Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa has recently completed a £10million investment resulting in it becoming home

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ormby Hall Golf Resort and Spa, opened in 1996, is one of the newest courses on England’s Golf Coast but has already built an enviable reputation, both for its welcome and the test of golf it provides. Hewn from marshland, six miles south of Southport, Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa measures 6,955 yards from the Championship tees and has already hosted two events

on the Challenge Tour and another on the European Seniors’ Tour. The first of the former, played in 2000, saw Sweden’s Fredrik Henge defy a strong field that included England’s Justin Rose and Ian Poulter. The latter, the 2004 ADT English Seniors’ Open, was won by Carl Mason, thereby defending the title he had claimed at Hillside the previous year. The course features a series of testing holes protected by water

to the UK’s first PGA National Residential Golf Academy. In addition to the existing course, the Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa will now also offer a 9-hole par-3 course, a driving range with private bays, custom fit studios, 62-bedroom 4-star standard hotel, health and fitness facilities including swimming pool and spa.

and south should leave the M6 motorway at Junction 26 and join the M58 to Crosby and Liverpool, continuing to the end of the motorway. At the junction of the M58 and M57 join the A5036 and follow the signs for Formby. Join the Northern Perimeter Road, and then the A565. Turn right onto Old Liverpool Road at the signposts for Formby Hall on the A565 Formby Bypass. The entrance to the golf club is on the left, a few hundred yards down this road.

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WALLASEY

THE HOME OF THE STABLEFORD SCORING SYSTEM

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allasey was once described as “the Diamond in the Dunes”, in recognition both of its idyllic setting amidst undulating land close to the Irish Sea as well as the excellent test of golf it offers. The club also has a unique claim to fame being the home of the renowned Stableford scoring system used in competitions at golf clubs all over the world. Tom Morris Snr, the fourtime Open champion, laid out the original course at Wallasey in 1893. Subsequently, revisions were made by Alex Herd, Harold Hilton, JH Taylor, James Braid and most recently Donald Steel who altered three holes in time to be opened for play in 2004. The result of all this handiwork is a course for which the term “hidden gem” could have been invented. The par-3s are excellent, the par-5s challenging and the closing stretch as testing as you will find anywhere. Not surprisingly, then, it has been used as a venue for several Open qualifiers as well as the preliminary stages of The Amateur Championship in both 1995 and 2000. Wallasey is by no means

a pushover, even in calm conditions, which is why local member, Dr Frank Barney Gorton Stableford, was moved to invent the Stableford system in the 1930s. Weary of playing the course using the traditional stroke play format, he wanted something less challenging and honed in on a points system that allowed for the occasional mishap. Wallasey held its first competition using the Stableford system on May 16th, 1932, and it proved to be an instantaneous success both there and elsewhere. That doyen of golf writers and broadcasters, Henry Longhurst, put the doctor’s contribution into perspective when he wrote: “I doubt whether any single man did more to increase the pleasure of the more humble club golfer.”

Card of the course FRONT 9 Hole Par Yards 1 4 361 2 4 458 3 4 395 4 5 531 5 3 173 6 4 339 7 5 530 8 4 392 9 3 147 Out 36 3304

BACK Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In

9 Par Yards 4 310 4 412 3 143 5 544 5 485 4 351 3 195 4 457 4 433 36 3268

Information THE COURSE White Tees: Yellow Tees: Red Tees:

6572 yards 6323 yards 5844 yards

BOOKING Tel:

+44 (0) 151 691 1024

GREEN FEES Weekdays: Weekends:

£70 £85

getting there Wallasey Golf Club, Bayswater Road, Wallasey, Wirral, CH45 8LA Directions: From the M53 leave the motorway at junction 1 following the signs for New Brighton, A554. The road runs into a residential area and the clubhouse is on the left after 400 yards. From Liverpool, take the Wallasey Tunnel (Kingsway). On exiting the toll booths continue straight on following the signs for the M53 motorway. After 1 mile exit at the slip road following the signs for New Brighton, A554. At the roundabout beneath the motorway take the third exit, following the signs for New Brighton, A554. The road runs into a residential area and the clubhouse is on the left after 400 yards.

Total 72 6572

Signature Hole H o l e 1 8 • Pa r - 4 • 4 3 3 ya r d s An excellent finishing hole, offering the choice from the tee of a long carry over a hill, or a shorter drive left. The second is a semi-blind shot to a large green with bunkers short and right. Be very satisfied with a four, and make your way to the terrace for some well-earned refreshment.

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CALDY

A COURSE WITH A CHARACTER OF ITS OWN

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his striking 6,707-yard course really does have a character that’s all its own, and that’s down to an unusual combination of clifftop, links-style holes that are complemented by a stretch of parkland style-holes that wind their way inland by the River Dee. The course and clubhouse, which enjoys magnificent views across the course to the Welsh hills, have been the subject of major improvements over the years. Many of the greens and tees have been re-built to USGA specifications, which give the best possible playing conditions in all weather conditions. Those conditions will nearly always feature the wind, which gusts unpredictably and means each hole can provide a different challenge from day to day.

Card of the course FRONT 9 Hole Par Yards 1 4 388 2 3 181 3 4 409 4 4 342 5 5 544 6 4 413 7 5 541 8 3 154 9 4 430 Out 36 3402

BACK Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In

9 Par Yards 3 188 5 520 4 437 4 352 4 393 4 345 4 411 4 156 3 503 36 3305

Total 72 6707

THE COURSE White Tees: Yellow Tees: Blue Tees: Red Tees:

6707 yards 6324 yards 5792 yards 5798 yards

BOOKING Tel:

+44 (0) 151 6255660

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The layout, first penned by Jack Morris, nephew of the famous Tom Morris, in 1906 was modified and extended to 18 holes in 1930 by James Braid (5-times Open Champion) and opened for play in 1931. Such is its quality, Caldy has hosted many significant golf tournaments. In 1981 it was chosen as one of the qualifying

Signature Hole H o l e 3 • Pa r - 4 • 4 0 9 ya r d s A right-hand dog-leg with out-of-bounds running down the left, each tee shot plays differently depending on the whims of the wind. The second is to a small green guarded by a pond, pot bunkers and out-of-bounds also down the left.

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£60 per round £70 per day Sundays £60 per round by arrangement

getting there Caldy Golf Club, Links Hey Road, Caldy, Wirral, CH48 1NB Directions: Drivers from the north should leave the M6 and follow the M58 and the A59 to the Kingsway tunnel and M53. Leave the M53 at junction 2, taking the B5139 and B5140 to Caldy. From the south drivers should leave the M6 at Junction 20 and take the M56, then junction 15 on to the M53 towards Birkenhead. Leave the M53 at junction 4 then take the A5137, followed by the A540 to Caldy. Caldy is situated one mile south of West Kirby on the River Dee.

courses when the European Open was held at Royal Liverpool and the same year was invited by the R&A to co-host the Senior Open Championship, again with the Royal Liverpool Golf Club. Caldy’s Festival of Golf Week has also become a real event in the area. Now in its 9th year, it is open to all-comers and now sees over 800 golfers from 115 clubs enjoying this fabulous course and facilities at preferential rates. Book online at

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Heswall clubhouse

Royal Liverpool Golf Club. Blissful silence and abundant wildlife on the Dee marshes, a protected and internationally - recognised bird sanctuary, all contribute to the Heswall experience, as do the views which take in the suspension bridge near Connah’s Quay, the Clywd range including Moel Famau, Point of Ayr and Hilbre Islands. The clubhouse which has been extended and refurbished, has a wonderful terrace which has views of the Welsh Hills and magnificent sunsets over the Dee estuary and has become a great favourite of members and visitors alike.

Card of the course FRONT 9 Hole Par Yards 1 4 421 2 4 393 3 4 351 4 3 209 5 5 605 6 4 367 7 3 167 8 4 370 9 5 549 Out 36 3432

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designed by Mckenzie & Ebert (Donald Steel) has an increased length of 326 yards and now measures 6882 yards. Respected architects such as Jack Morris, Harry Vardon and Frank Pennick have designed previous alterations made during its 105-year history. With its proximity to the Dee Estuary and Irish Sea, the

9 Par Yards 4 431 4 350 5 509 4 450 3 148 4 474 3 190 5 564 4 334 36 3450

THE COURSE Blue Tees: White Tees: Yellow Tees: Ladies Tees:

6882 yards 6624 yards 6272 yards 5773 yards

BOOKING Tel:

+44 (0) 151 342 1237

GREEN FEES Weekdays: Weekends:

£50 £60

getting there Heswall Golf Club, Cottage Lane, Gayton, Wirral, CH60 8PB Directions: From the M53 take junction 4 and follow signs to Heswall on A5137. From the roundabout at the junction of A540, A551 and A5137 (Glegg Arms, Devon Doorway and Shell Garage) follow signs along Well Lane but stay on the top road (Dawstone Rd) until it turns sharply left down Baskervyle Rd. Go to the bottom and turn sharp left onto Gayton Rd and first right down Cottage Lane. The entrance to the Visitor Car Park is on the left and then take a sharp right.

Total 72 6882

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ALL CHANGE AT ONE OF THE WIRRAL’S FINEST CLUBS

ituated on gently sloping land with spectacular views over the Dee Estuary, golfers are now playing on Heswall’s recently extended course. Together with a wonderfully refurbished clubhouse the ‘Heswall golfing experience’ will be a real pleasure for all. The extended course

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weather always plays a part in any round of golf. With this, numerous trees planted over recent decades and strategically - placed bunkers, the golfer faces an interesting challenge when playing Heswall. Having been the venue for many County Championships, County Matches and other

events over the last 75 years, the club was honoured to host the English Seniors’ Championship in 2002, its centenary year. More recently, it was chosen by the R & A to host the Junior Open Championship in 2006. This event was held at the start of the week in which the Open Championship was played at

Accuracy is the key off this elevated tee with out-of-bounds down the left and a copse to the right. A well placed tee shot will leave a short approach to a sloping green heavily guarded by a large pond and bunkers.

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£55/65

getting there St Annes Old Links Golf Club, Highbury Road, Lytham St Annes, FY8 2LD Directions: Leave the M55 motorway,

A GREAT TEST OF PATIENCE AND RESILIENCE

ou only have to look out across this magnificent course to appreciate just what sort test St Annes Old Links is going to set you. This is a classic seaside links course with windswept undulating fairways that run through dunes and wild grasses. The only real quirk is the presence of four ponds, an unusual feature for this style of course, which come into play on six of the holes. You’ll nearly always be playing with a cross wind (the prevailing wind is a westerly but most of the holes run north to south, or the reverse) and during hot summers the ball will run and bounce unpredictably, sometimes into the rough. Like all great links, it’s all designed to test your patience and resilience. The course was laid out by the club’s first professional, George Lowe, and Alex Herd, winner of the Open Championship in 1902.

6872 yards 6684 yards 6428 yards 6195 yards 5630 yards

bear left at the roundabout and follow the signs for Blackpool South Shore. This brings you in along a

It’s been used as the venue for qualifying rounds for The Open Championship for Royal Lytham since 1926 and will next be used in 2012 as a Final Qualifier. It has also staged tournaments such as The English Ladies’ Amateur Championship and The Amateur Championship qualifying stage in 2007. There are many great holes at St Annes Old Links. The legendary Bobby Jones came here in 1926 and reportedly loved the 169-yard par 3, 9th hole, which offers a narrow

Card of the course FRONT 9 Hole Par Yards 1 4 342 2 4 403 3 3 171 4 4 452 5 5 569 6 5 565 7 4 447 8 4 404 9 3 169 Out 36 3522

Total 72 6872

BACK Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In

9 Par Yards 4 320 4 343 4 411 3 201 4 374 4 383 3 179 5 624 5 515 36 3350

green, well-guarded by bunkers. He took detailed measurements so that he could reproduce a hole of similar character in the United States. However, it’s the 447-yard 7th hole that is often rated the most difficult as it usually plays directly into the prevailing westerly wind. Getting to the green in the regulation number of strokes is usually a struggle, even for the longest hitters. Many canny locals tend to lay up short of the ditch that protects the green and hope to chip on and one-putt for a par. This 6,872-yard, par-72, classic may be 107 years-old, but it has certainly stood the test of time.

dual carriageway called Squires Gate Lane, past the entrance to Blackpool Airport. Carry on as far as you can go and after passing over the railway bridge you reach a set of lights. Turn left here and proceed along the sea front with the Pontins Camp on your left . Stay on this road until the first set of lights where you turn left into Highbury Road East. The entrance to the golf club is just over the railway bridge on your left-hand side. If you need any help or the location of hotels etc here in St Annes on Sea or Lytham, then simply give us a call on +44 (0) 1253 723597 and we will do everything we can to help you.

Signature Hole H o l e 9 • Pa r - 3 • 169 ya r d s One of the most challenging and picturesque holes on England’s Golf Coast. This short par-3 (above) requires a 150-yard carry to clear a cluster of well-placed bunkers in front of the green. The green itself is cut in between sand dunes so an accurate tee shot is essential.


lytham green drive famous for the friendly welcome

Information THE COURSE White Tees: Yellow Tees: Red Tees:

6305 yards 6159 yards 5750 yards

BOOKING Tel:

+4 4 (0) 1253 737390

GREEN FEES Round Only: Day: Sundays:

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t’s only 6,305 yards long but can Lytham Green Drive be considered short and sweet? Well, only if you play with your head more than your heart, otherwise it will bite you back like a cornered Yorkshire terrier. At first sight it’s a pleasant tree-lined course, which although within a mile of the Irish Sea still retains parkland characteristics. The greens are small by modern standards, and very well-bunkered. This parkland course also has links-like undulating fairways that can fool the eye when it comes to judging distance. Despite its modest length, it demands a wide variety of golf shots and will make you use just about every club in your bag, with its assortment of different challenges and approaches to most greens. The front nine is

arguably easier than the back nine but the first hole could start the round off on the wrong foot. This 398-yard gentle dog-leg has an outof-bounds on the right, trees to the left and a well-bunkered green with a pond at the rear. Two well-placed bunkers on the right of the fairway will catch any crooked drives. Laid out by 1902 Open Champion Alex Herd and re-designed by James Steer in the 1940’s, Lytham Green Drive is situated on the outskirts of Lytham next to the Green Drive. The ‘Lytham Golf Club’ was founded in 1913 by a group of local men and has had a reputation of being very friendly and sociable ever since. This formidable little test was officially recognised when it was used as a final qualifying course for the 1974, 1979 and 1988 Open Championships held at nearby Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club.

FRONT 9 Hole Par Yards 1 4 398 2 4 389 3 4 334 4 4 360 5 5 518 6 3 187 7 4 345 8 4 356 9 4 406 Out 36 3012

BACK Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In

9 Par Yards 4 455 4 348 4 336 3 164 4 444 3 147 4 403 3 205 5 510 34 3293

Total 70 6305

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getting there Lytham Green Drive Golf Club, Ballam Road, Lytham St Annes, FY8 4LE Directions: Exit the M55 motorway at junction 4, signposted North Shore and A583. Keep left and move into the inside lane. Go straight over the roundabout (pass a B & Q store on the right), at the first set of traffic lights turn right, then immediately left down Peel Road. Continue until you reach a T-junction, turn right onto Ballam Road, and the club is 1½ miles on the left.

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H o l e 13 • Pa r - 3 • 164 ya r d s The thirteenth hole is named “Harold’s Beck” after the club’s famous professional and renowed club maker Harold Beck. It is an extremely picturesque Par-3 and worthy of being the signature hole.

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Information THE COURSE White Tees:

6883 yards

BOOKING Tel:

+44 (0) 1253 736741

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his is a relatively unsung course compared to some of its more illustrious neighbours but is definitely a championship quality venue - and an entertaining one at that. Fairhaven is not quite a traditional links course, although it does benefit from a sand sub-soil base that permits year-round golf. Originally designed by JA Steer & J Braid and further improved by Donald Steel, its strategicallyplaced revetted bunkers provide a great test, bringing the risk and reward shot to the forefront of players’ course management. Fairhaven is what its name suggests - there are no gimmicky or trick holes here - but at the same time it will test every department of any golfer’s game. That’s why it has hosted many prestigious tournaments since it was opened in 1923, including Open Qualifying when the Open Championship is held at nearby

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Royal Lytham & St. Annes. It has also received the accolade of being named one of ‘The Best 10 ‘Open Championship’ Qualifying Courses’ in a leading UK golf magazine. Incidentally, the professionals’ course record of 64 was achieved by Justin Leonard in 1996, while he was playing in and leading the final qualifying rounds. Fairhaven’s greens are generally flat, so the priority is to avoid the hazards including the

course’s 117 separate bunkers. The par-4 4th hole, measuring 451 yards, is the toughest on the course especially with a fairway bunker and thick pines situated at driving distance before you hit your long approach to a green surrounded by bunkers. If you’re a long hitter you’ll love this 6,883-yard course as there are

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getting there Fairhaven Golf Club, Oakwood Avenue, Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire FY8 4JU Directions: Situated just off the A584, on Oakwood Ave, Ansdell, bewteen the town centres of Lytham and St Annes, which are both 1 mile away.

six par-5s and three in the last four holes. There’ll be nothing to distract you from a good score either as peace and tranquillity is one of the course’s hallmarks - you won’t see one road or house from the course, despite it being only within two miles of both Lytham and St Annes. Colin Montgomerie would love it!

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Card of the course FRONT 9 Hole Par Yards 1 5 520 2 3 188 3 5 508 4 4 451 5 3 189 6 4 381 7 4 353 8 4 400 9 4 362 Out 36 3352

Total 74 6883

BACK Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In

9 Par Yards 3 216 5 503 4 381 4 383 4 371 5 500 5 501 3 161 5 515 38 3531

H o l e 17 • L i g g a r d • Pa r - 3 • 161 ya r d s A super little Par-3, the shortest on the course, with a raised green surrounded by deep bunkers. It is important to take note of the wind direction as the green is more exposed than the tee.


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THE COURSE Nicklaus Championship Tees: 7045 yards Blue Tees: 6628 yards White Tees: 6302 yards Yellow Tees: 5906 yards Red Tees: 5211 yards

Cheshire N/A 6824 yards 6653 yards 6348 yards 5593 yards

BOOKING Tel:

+44 (0) 1829 731000

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TWO FINE COURSES IN ONE PICTURESQUE RESORT

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et on a stunning 900acre estate in gently undulating Cheshire countryside, Carden Park Golf Resort & Spa offers a superb range of facilities. Nestling between the open landscapes of the Cheshire plain and the rugged Welsh hills this historic estate is well positioned to explore the surrounding area. But it’s the excellence and sheer breadth of the golfing Nicklaus Course

Card of the course FRONT 9 Hole Par Yards 1 4 445 2 4 363 3 3 201 4 5 546 5 4 446 6 4 373 7 4 423 8 3 174 9 5 568 Out 36 3539

Total 72 7045

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9 Par Yards 4 424 4 454 3 230 5 574 4 355 4 425 3 159 4 378 5 507 36 3506

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H o l e 17 ( N i c k l au s Co u r s e ) Pa r 4 • 378 ya r d s A testing dog-leg, the 17th demands the utmost accuracy. A precise tee shot is paramount if a bath in the lake to the left is to be avoided. The tapering fairway offers differing lies for the approach.

facilities which really draw the crowds to this resort. With two 18-hole championship courses, there is plenty for golfers of all levels at Carden Park, from beginners to scratch players. And in this instance, the term “Championship” means just

that. The 7,045-yard Nicklaus Course - only the fourth British course design in which Jack Nicklaus has been personally involved, regularly hosts the PGA Seniors’ Championship. The equally challenging 6,824-yard Championship

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getting there De Vere Carden Park Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa, Nr Chester, Cheshire, CH3 9DQ Directions: By road, from the South: M6, M54, A41 Chester, Broxton Roundabout take A534 Wrexham. Follow for 1½ miles. From the North: M6, M56 North Wales/Runcorn, M53 Chester. Take A41 for Whitchurch. At Broxton roundabout take A534 Wrexham, follow for 1½ miles.

Cheshire Course is also a great test of your golfing skills and enjoys some amazing scenery. Carden Park boasts its Jack Nicklaus Golf School where players of all abilities can improve their game using methods tried and tested by the world’s greatest golfer. The school includes 13 covered teaching bays, driving range, an intensive short game practice area and a virtual golf simulator. Step inside the hotel and the superb golf is complemented by excellent cuisine, extensive health and spa facilities, comfortable accommodation and a level of service you would expect from De Vere Hotels. Book online at

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Information THE COURSE Championship Tees: White Tees: Yellow Tees: Red Tees:

6600 yards 6367 yards 6108 yards 5766 yards

BOOKING Tel:

+44 (0) 16973 31304

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getting there Silloth-on-Solway Golf Club, The Club House, Silloth, CA7 4BL Directions: Travelling from the

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silloth-on-solway ranked as one of britain’s best courses

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ne of the R&A’s Regional Qualifying Courses for the Open Championship, Silloth-on-Solway is regularly ranked among Britain’s very best golf courses, and deservedly so. Situated on the north west coast of Cumbria, you can enjoy striking views of the

Card of the course FRONT 9 Hole Par Yards 1 4 380 2 4 315 3 4 371 4 4 372 5 5 518 6 3 201 7 4 415 8 4 371 9 3 142 Out 35 3085

Total 72 6600

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BACK Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In

9 Par Yards 4 318 4 411 3 202 5 511 5 507 4 428 3 200 5 500 4 438 37 3515

Galloway Hills to the north, and south to the Lakeland fells and the distant Isle of Man. It is perhaps best known as the course that produced one of Britain’s finest ever female golfers, Cecilia “Cecil” Leitch, who dominated the women’s game around the time of the First World War and changed the way women played the

game. She is said to have developed a distinctive, more athletic swing in order to reach Silloth’s “handkerchiefsized” greens from long and narrow fairways. It’s no wonder then that the club has produced a stream of county champions. The North British Railway Company founded Silloth-on-

Signature Hole H o l e 9 • T h e M a n x • Pa r - 3 • 142 ya r d s Silloth’s version of the Postage Stamp (above). The high tee offers views on a clear day across to the distant Isle of Man, and down to a small green, protected by an array of deep bunkers and steep slopes to the right. There is less trouble on the back, but a favoured shot is a crisp iron shot - easier said than done into stiff breeze.

South: M6 Junction 41. B5305 to Wigton. B5302 to Silloth. Travelling form the North/East: M6 Junction 43. A69 Carlisle A595/596 to Wigton. B5302 to Silloth.

Solway Golf Club in 1892 and it hired Davy Grant to design the lay-out with subsequent revisions and improvements by Willie Park Jnr, Willy Fernie and the great Dr Mackenzie to achieve today’s challenging course. Vardon, Taylor and Braid, amongst others, played exhibition matches at Silloth which helped to publicise the course during the early 1900’s. It was laid out over the sand-hills west of town and features plenty of hazards such as heather, whin, deep bunkers and sandy wastes. Keep on the fairways, however, and you’ll be rewarded. The springy Cumberland turf invites fairway woods and crisp iron approach shots. The greens are full of subtle borrows and as at all great links are usually firm, fast and true.


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THE COURSE White Tees: Yellow Tees: Red Tees:

5151 yards 4915 yards 4608 yards

BOOKING Tel: or

+44 (0) 1 5394 43550 +44 (0) 1 5394 43123

GREEN FEES Weekdays: 18 holes £34/Day rate £56 Weekends & BH’s: 18 holes £40/Day rate £60

getting there Windermere Golf Club, Cleabarrow, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 3NB Directions: Leave M6 motorway at junction 36. Take A590, then A591 for approximately 8 miles. At large roundabout take first turning left, following B5284 for approximately 5 miles. Windermere Golf club is situated on the left-hand side.

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GREAT GOLF IN THE MIDDLE OF A GLORIOUS NATIONAL PARK

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ven if you’re not a golfer you’ll love walking the fairways of Windermere Golf Club. This is a classic and very pretty parkland course in the middle of a National Park and in the heart of the beautiful Cumbria countryside. The club has an unrivalled view of Lake Windermere and the rugged fells that surround it. Established in 1891, it was originally a nine-hole course. There were 34 gentlemen members, with ladies being admitted a year later. Less than two years after inauguration, the course was extended to 18 holes. It is claimed that in 1920 the course measured 4,320 yards with a par of 72 - and not all holes had a par of 3, 4 or 5. The 1st hole had a par of 4 and a half,

the 8th was 3 and a half, and there were two other 3 and a half holes in the second nine! This historic club has been modified over the years and a comprehensive rebuilding of the greens to USGA standards was completed recently. The reward for the golfer is a top-notch

Card of the course FRONT 9 Hole Par Yards 1 4 314 2 3 231 3 4 253 4 4 384 5 4 307 6 4 361 7 4 368 8 3 148 9 4 272 Out 34 2638

BACK Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In

9 Par Yards 3 206 4 266 4 360 4 316 3 147 3 190 5 464 4 360 3 204 33 2513

well-conditioned course in the heart of the Lake District. The lay-out is penal in places but there is something here to test all levels of ability. Although it measures a relatively modest 5,151 yards you will need to be wary of becoming over-confident as the undulating fairways, and

many natural water hazards demand concentration, patience and accuracy if you are to carve out a decent score. The clubhouse, meanwhile, is built of Lakeland stone and provides spectacular views over the surrounding fells - the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy a drink after a hard day’s golf.

Signature Hole H o l e 12 • Pa r - 4 • 360 ya r d s The 12th hole has superb views of the Lake District fells and mountains from the tee. Played from an elevated tee, the fairway has a slight right-to-left dog-leg and the green is protected on the left by an ornamental pond. A strong 3-wood off the tee and an accurate wedge can give you a birdie opportunity.

Total 67 5151

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manchester VISITOR INFORMATION Old Trafford

Discover England’s

Northwest An exciting and dynamic region, England’s Northwest is full of striking landscapes and vibrant cityscapes. From the elegant and ancient city of Chester to the inspirational vistas of the Lake District, and from the award winning industrial heritage of Manchester to the outstanding cultural attractions of Liverpool, there’s so much to see and do in England’s Northwest. Add to

Manchester

seaside resorts, and the delightfully undiscovered

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countryside of Lancashire, and you’re spoilt for choice.

entertainment.

these a spectacular coastline with Britain’s favourite

ictorian Manchester was renowned for cotton and provided a template for a new industrial society. In the 21st century,

Manchester is a famous venue for sport, shopping, culture and

From sport to music, dance to food, the calendar of

For evidence of this, visit The Quays. The striking Imperial War

events across England’s Northwest is truly world-class.

Museum North and The Lowry are stunning symbols of a vibrant,

For more information on England’s Northwest, go to www.visitenglandsnorthwest.com

progressive city-region. In the city centre, there’s also the unique atmosphere of the Gay Village and music lovers are spoilt for choice. You can catch one of the city’s orchestras in the magnificent Bridgewater Hall and Manchester attracts some of the biggest bands and solo artists every year. For shopping, Manchester has earned the unofficial title of shopping capital of the north – and for good reason. With a compact city centre, few UK cities can match the choice and convenience of a shopping spree in Manchester.

For shopping, Manchester has earned the unofficial title of shopping capital of the north

Manchester is best known globally for football, particularly Manchester United who regularly attract 76,000 to their matches. You can sample the amazing atmosphere of Old Trafford with the museum and stadium tour. Across town, Manchester City also offer tours and a club museum at the spectacular City of Manchester Stadium. Peel Island, Coniston

All this, alongside superb restaurants, cultural attractions and fantastic events makes Manchester the perfect choice for your sports break. www.visitmanchester.com

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CHESTER & CHESHIRE visitor INFORMATION

Halle Fireworks Spectacular, Tatton Park

Eastgate Clock, Chester

Chester & Cheshire

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rom Roman sandals to killer heels, Chester effortlessly blends centuries of substance with rolling acres of style.

Quietly dignified or outrageously glamorous, Chester can be

whatever you want it to be. Horse around at Chester Races, cruise the River Dee or discover what the Romans actually built in a day. Nestled in its heart, Chester’s unique Rows have become the epitome of Vintage Glamour. Browse two tiers of blissful boutiques and beguiling balconies encased in Medieval majesty. Chester and Cheshire boast an excellent festival season with highlights for every taste, concerts, food shows, outdoor theatre and with Cheshire celebrating its Year of Gardens 2008 - its not just the bees buzzing about our gardens. Just outside the city you will find more great attractions - Cheshire Oaks is the largest designer outlet village of its kind and offers over

Quietly dignified or outrageously glamorous, Chester can be whatever you want it to be 140 stores full of designer and high street brands. Nearby, Chester Zoo, one of the UK’s top attractions, offers you the chance to get close to animals such as elephants, giraffes and even dragons! And with Blue Planet Aquarium also on the doorstep why not combine a visit to both. From walkways to waterways, gallops to gourmets, wild grasses to sedate greens, Cheshire is the perfect place to breathe new life into old loves. www.visitcheshire.com www.visitchester.com

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LIVERPOOL & MERSEYSIDE visitor INFORMATION Pier Head

Albert Dock

Beatles Puppets

Liverpool City Region

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elcome to Europe’s Capital of Culture 2008 and to the city that

Road, the childhood homes of John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney,

with new eateries appearing on almost every corner. It is home to

is renowed for its passion and style in music, arts and sport.

where many of the earliest Beatles songs were composed.

some real culinary delights and allows your taste buds to go around

2008 is undoubtedly a spectacular year for Liverpool with a myriad

Whilst retaining its unique heritage and architecture, new elements are

the world without ever leaving the city.

of events happening across the region. Some of the biggest names in

helping reshape Liverpool as a 21st Century premier European city.

music will be performing throughout the year such as a galaxy of stars

The recent opening of Liverpool ONE, Europe’s biggest retail

life. Enjoy all you desire, from a pint in an authentic pub, a drink in a

at Europe’s MTV Awards and Liverpool-born conductor Sir Simon

development, has just given the city’s retail facilities a massive boost and

fancy bar, party with the

Rattle who in September will return together with his Berliner

brings even more boutiques and shops to this fashion conscious city.

celebrities or dance all night

Philharmonic Orchestra. Over one million people are expected

Liverpool has a unique cultural claim to fame as home to more

to watch the start of the Tall Ships’ Races 2008 during the

museums and galleries than any other UK city outside London. Tate

Open Championship week when over a hundred vessels will grace

Liverpool and the venues that make up National Museums

this great port once again. The River Mersey will also host the

Liverpool are home to outstanding collections of international repute.

Round-the-World Clipper Yacht Race and the Honda F4

World-famous for its nightlife, going out is a part of Liverpool city

Liverpool’s restaurant scene has also blossomed over the past decade

Powerboat Series late in the Summer.

on the thriving club scene. The Liverpool City Region is famed as having two of the Livepool and Everton football clubs

top football clubs in the country, but there is also a

World-famous for its nightlife, going out is a part of Liverpool city life.

great history of rugby league and horse racing, with the John Smith’s Grand National, the most famous steeplechase in the world being

A centre of maritime, cultural and sporting excellence, Liverpool’s success in being crowned European Capital of Culture 2008 is

held here. Or why not pay a visit to St. Helens and to Haydock Park,

underpinned by its unrivalled architecture and heritage.

the UK’s most visited racecourse, or see ‘The Saints’ if you are a fan of

In 2004, UNESCO granted the city’s waterfront and Cultural Quarter

Super League Rugby. St.Helens also offers the visitor glorious 

World Heritage Site status, placing the city’s Pier Head alongside

countryside and fascinating heritage.

Stonehenge and the Great Wall of China as one of the world’s most

Knowsley is home to the famous Knowsley Safari Park, set in acres  of stunning parkland, and the inspiring National Wildflower Centre.

important historical sites. Famous as the birthplace of The Beatles, their legacy can still be

Other attractions across the region include the award-winning

seen and heard all over Liverpool. For a complete tour of the lives and

Norton Priory Museum & Walled Garden and Catalyst Science &

successes of John, Paul, George and Ringo you can visit The Beatles

Discovery Centre in Halton. Or why not take the short ferry ride across

Story, situated within the Albert Dock on Liverpool’s historic

the Mersey to visit some of the breathtaking coastline and scenery of

waterfront. Or why not take a tour of Mendips and 20 Forthlin

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Walker Art Gallery

the Wirral Peninsula.

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southport & SEFTON VISITOR INFORMATION Southport Pier & Tram

In Southport’s town centre, Lord Street ranks among the

The town features an annual jam-packed calendar of cultural events

finest boulevards in Europe. With its fabulous shopping arcades including the stunning stained glass covered Wayfarers Arcade, Royal Arcade and Cambridge Walks, it adds up to one of the Northwest’s leading shopping destinations. Speciality shops and designer boutiques complement high street names and now there is a new superb 5-star, 60-bedroom designer boutique hotel, ‘The Vincent’. Lord Street also features superb architecture, attractive municipal gardens, town hall, library, Southport Arts Centre and Atkinson Art Gallery whose excellent collection of works of art contain a mix of 19th and 20th century watercolours. Near to the seafront you’ll find the Ocean Plaza complex, an excellent mix of retail and leisure attractions.

Shopping in Southport

The town also features an annual jam-packed calendar of cultural events including the Southport International Jazz Festival, Southport Comedy Week, British Musical Fireworks Championships, Southport Airshow, Southport Flower Show, Southport Comedy Week plus the fabulous Summer Classics – ‘Music in the Park’ event in July.

Southport & Sefton

Southport Airshow Quality accommodation

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The warm welcome that awaits you also extends to visitors experiencing its mouth-watering range of superb restaurants whose menus have been created with true culinary flair and finest quality ingredients. With cuisines ranging from Chinese to Mexican,

wenty miles to the north of Liverpool is Southport, ‘England’s

Mediterranean to Indian – as well as traditional British, of course.

Classic Resort’, whose glorious legacy not only includes its

Southport’s Restaurateurs pride themselves in delivering an

spectacular beaches and stunning coastline, its Victorian Pier and

exceptional and friendly dining experience to the resort’s many

state of the art Pier Tram but also includes, its wide tree-lined

visitors.

streets, and its glorious parks and gardens.

With a huge choice of attractions, we’re sure you will return

A visit to Southport must also include a stroll along its famous

again very soon.

Pier which is the oldest surviving Victorian iron Pier in the UK and

www.visitsouthport.com

is the longest overland Pier in the country. It is fully accessible and

grand yet modern auditorium and the adjoining Ramada Plaza

also features modern lighting and an air-conditioned one-of-a-

135-bedroom, 4-star hotel provides superb accommodation

kind Pier Tram stopping opposite the Pier Pavilion. The Pavilion

whether you are in the resort for a golf break, or for one of the

is sure to spark memories with many, and is home to a variety of

many other reasons to visit Southport.

traditional ‘penny slot’ amusement machines, history of the Pier plus a fully licensed caféteria. A visit to the seaside wouldn’t be complete without a stroll

Adjacent to the Pier is Southport’s Marine Lake, which is one of the largest artificial boating lakes in the country. It offers a plethora of activities to be enjoyed on and around the lake

along the Promenade. Visitors can meander in and out of the

including the Miniature Railway Village, Pitch and Putt and The

beautiful King’s Gardens before reaching Silcock’s Funland, a

Southport Belle (Mississippi-style paddle boat) as well as pleasure

family indoor entertainment centre which features a spectacular

craft for hire.

carousel outside. The Promenade also boasts one of Merseyside’s

Speciality shops and designer boutiques complement high

major events venues: the Southport Theatre and Convention

street names and are interspersed with a superb mix of cafés,

Centre. The complex hosts numerous concerts and fairs in its

restaurants and wine bars.

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British Musical Fireworks Championships

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WIRRAL VISITOR INFORMATION Port Sunlight Village

Eastham Country Park

Swiss Bridge, Birkenhead Park

Windsurfing on Marine Lake, West Kirby

Wirral Peninsula

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Hilbre Islands

ake a ferry across the Mersey and visit Wirral, blessed with unspoilt coastline, picture- postcard villages and a rich

industrial legacy. Travellers have been stepping off the ferry at Birkenhead since the 12th century when Benedictine monks first crossed the river. Their home was the beautiful Birkenhead Priory, constructed in 1150. St Mary’s was Birkenhead’s first parish

exhibitions, the history of Lever and the village gradually unfolds.

church, and its church tower offers a spectacular view of the town

Nearby, in the heart of Wirral lies Thornton Hough, an exquisite

and Liverpool’s wonderful waterfront. In 1869, the first tramway in

village full of beautiful gardens and historic buildings.

Europe was built here, and you can still take a ride from Woodside

One of Wirral’s greatest assets is its natural beauty, and in particular, its coast. Enjoy the unspoilt coastline at North Wirral

Ferry Terminal to the Wirral Transport Museum on a vintage tram. Visit nearby Birkenhead Park, the world’s first public park and the inspiration for Central Park in New York. This verdant retreat has features such as the Grand Entrance, Boathouse and Swiss Bridge and is a fitting testament to the vision demonstrated by our Victorian forebears. However, Wirral’s real charm lies in its abundance of winding lanes, picturesque villages and many miles of inviting coastline. One place to visit is Port Sunlight, founded in 1888 by Victorian industrialist William Hesketh Lever to house his soap factory

Wirral’s real charm lies in its abundance of winding lanes, picturesque villages and many miles of inviting coastline

Coastal Park- a four-mile stretch of dunes where you find the iconic Leasowe Lighthouse, the oldest brick-built lighthouse in the country. Or visit New Brighton, a seaside town with its very own Fort at Fort Perch Rock. On the East coast lies Eastham Country Park, a place for relaxing and taking in the spectacular views of migratory birds. The park also provides a good footpath network, a bridleway and cycle paths. Over on the West coast is Wirral Country Park and the Wirral Way, a 12-mile linear park on the route of an old railway line along the River Dee coastline. The

workers. The village boasts the opulent Lady Lever Art Gallery,

park affords spectacular views across to Wales and is a magnificent

one of the top galleries in the country. Situated directly opposite

place to revel in the great outdoors.

is Sunlight Vision Museum where, through a mixture of film and

www.visitwirral.com

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lancashire and blackpool VISITOR INFORMATION Stanley House, nr Blackburn

St. Annes Pier and Beach

Lancashire & Blackpool

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ith its spectacular scenery and breathtaking coastlines,

chic wine bars, traditional pubs, stylish restaurants and designer

including world-famous Blackpool, Lancashire boasts

boutiques. Lytham Hall is one of the finest examples of Georgian

some of the most beautiful countryside in the country. From

architecture in England’s Northwest as well as having 80 acres of

the undulating hillside of the Lune Valley and the expansive

woodland and gardens to explore.

moorland of the Forest of Bowland to the razzmatazz of

St Annes-on-Sea offers traditional seaside attractions with

Blackpool, the UK’s most popular seaside resort, Lancashire is

its Victorian Porritt buildings and historic Pier whilst the

a wonderful county of contrasts.

surrounding Fylde countryside provides excellent opportunities

Culturally, Lancashire is a bounty of art galleries, museums,

for walking and cycling. The golf courses of St Annes Old Links,

historic houses and literary connections. Think of Shakespeare at

Fairhaven, Lytham Green Drive and of course, Royal Lytham & St

Hoghton Tower and Rufford Old Hall, the Ribble Valley’s

Annes, the venue for the Ricoh Women’s British Open in 2009,

Tolkien Trail, Charlotte Brontë at Gawthorpe Hall and other

are all situated within these attractive seaside resorts.

hidden gems such as the Haworth Art Gallery in Accrington which houses the largest collection of Tiffany glass outside America. Blackpool with its legendary Pleasure Beach and iconic

Lancashire also has a reputation for quality food, boasting award-winning restaurants and great local produce such as Lancashire Cheese, Morecambe Bay shrimps and Goosnargh

Blackpool Tower & Circus provides year round entertainment

chicken. Taste Lancashire 08 - a year of food and drink is being

and spectacular events including the World Fireworks

held in partnership with Liverpool’s 2008 European Capital of Culture

Championships held during the famous Illuminations season.

celebrations. It’s a year of events and promotions championing

Lytham and St Annes are two distinct Victorian resort towns

accredited eateries, local producers, farmers` markets, young chefs

on the magnificent Fylde Coast. Tree-lined Lytham, enjoys a

and fine local food and drink. For more information on food and

sophisticated, village atmosphere with bustling pavement cafes,

drink in Lancashire.

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Lancashire also has a reputation for quality food, boasting award-winning restaurants and great local produce such as Lancashire Cheese, Morecambe Bay shrimps and Goosnargh chicken

above: Blackpool Tower and Pleasure Beach left: Café culture in Lytham

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Cumbria and the Lake District VISITOR INFORMATION Grizdale Forest Park

Peel Island, Coniston

Cumbria and the Lake District

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Shap Abbey

Millennium Museum at Tullie House, Carlisle

There are over 2,000 miles (3,200km) of public paths for exploring the area and it is no surprise that walking remains one of the most popular outdoor activities

ith its rich heritage, unique scenery and stunning country house hotels, you would think Cumbria and

The Lake District had it all. But add to this a reputation as one of the UK’s finest food destinations, an unrivalled range of outdoor activities, an assortment of fascinating visitor attractions and a thriving cultural scene and then you start to get the full picture. Voted Britain’s most romantic destination, Cumbria and The Lake District boasts 16 beautiful lakes (at 10 and a half miles long Windermere is England’s longest lake) and the five tallest mountains in England (Scafell Pike being the highest at 3210ft/978m). This natural haven, which inspired poets and writers like William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, is also the country’s best-loved adventure playground. There are over 2,000 miles (3,200km) of public paths for exploring the area and it is no surprise that walking remains one of the most popular outdoor

The bustling towns of Kendal, Keswick, Ambleside, Bowness-on-Windermere and Ulverston are a lively contrast to the peace of the natural landscape, but are as much a part of the Lake District experience as the mountains and lakes. Carlisle, Cumbria’s only city, is definitely worth a visit. A former Roman settlement (with Hadrian’s Wall nearby), it is famous for its medieval castle and cathedral, as well as its contemporary shopping and vibrant nightlife. Having worked up an appetite, you’ll need something to satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst. With three Michelin Stars and more than twenty microbreweries, Cumbria has a well-deserved reputation for food and drink. From welcoming country pubs, stylish cafés and cosy tearooms to award-winning restaurants, there is something to tempt you at any time of the day. Historic houses and inspirational gardens can be found across

activities. However, the region is also the birthplace of modern

the region. And for young adventurers, there are aquariums,

rock climbing and offers a host of exciting activities from

wildlife parks, steam trains, mazes, castles, Peter Rabbit and

boating, cycling and horse riding to ghyll scrambling, kitesurfing and aquaseiling.

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River Derwent, Grange-in-Borrowdale

the world’s longest pencil. www.golakes.co.uk

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where to eat VISITOR INFORMATION

Where to eat

contemporary restaurant provides the

Darcys also offers visitors a fantastic

perfect foil for an unforgettable fine

selection of speciality coffees and with

dining experience.

emphasis on traditional Great The Punchbowl Inn

British home-cooked food.

Crosthwaite, Lyth Valley,

Liverpool

the city’s most decorated chef, you can choose between the relaxed brasserie,

Wirral

Simply Heathcotes

and the city’s finest dining experience

Lino’s

Head chef Jonathon Watson and his

Beetham Plaza, Liverpool, L2 0XJ

separated from each other by dramatic

122 Market Street, Hoylake,

brigade concentrate on providing

Tel: +44 (0) 151 236 3536

shards of glass.

Wirral, CH47 3BH

a menu which features the best of

Tel: +44 (0) 151 632 1408

local, seasonal produce which can be

Simply Heathcotes holds a Michelin

Cumbria, LA8 8HR Tel: +44 (0) 15395 68237

Bib Gourmand award and offers award-

60 Hope Street

Family owned and in its 24th year this

winning European cuisine in modern

Liverpool, L1 9BZ

popular restaurants offers the finest

surroundings with a front of house team

Tel: +44 (0) 151 707 6060

fresh food professionally cooked, served

prepared using traditional methods

The Villa

complimented with several awards “Inn

that’s as comfortable with celebrities as

This popular restaurant housed in a Grade

by friendly knowledgeable staff in cosy,

using fresh quality produce sourced

Moss Side Lane, Wrea Green, Kirkham,

of the year 2007”, by Alastair Sawday’s

with children.

II listed building offers the finest cuisine,

air-conditioned surroundings.

both locally and directly from the

Lancashire, PR4 2PE

guide, and regional dining pub 2008,

Mediterranean. The interior is rustic in

Tel: +44 (0) 1772 684347

by The Michelin pub guide and The

The Wheatsheaf Inn &

style using terracotta and warm colours

Web: www.villahotel-wreagreen.co.uk

Good Food Guide.

to give you a true “holiday feel”.

A carefully restored, mid-Victorian

with a 60 Hope Street contemporary twist.

WAREHOUSE BRASSERIE, SOUTHPORT

enjoyed in either the bar or restaurant.

the punchbowl inn, cumbria

Alma De Cuba

Alternatively 60 Bistro is an informal place

St Peters Church, Seel Street,

with classic business ‘Working Lunches’

Cloisters Dining Rooms

Lounge Inn

Cowshed Restaurant

Liverpool, L1 4AZ

and executive sandwiches and salads.

239 Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1NZ

3-5 Bold Street,

Raby Mere Road, Raby, Wirral,

Tel: +44 (0) 1704 535153

Southport, PR9

CH63 4JH

Housed in the old stables of the

Tel: +44 (0) 1704 510300

Tel: +44 (0) 151 336 3416

Scarisbrick Hotel in the centre of

This delightful restaurant offers

The Wheatsheaf Inn offers olde

Lord Street, Cloisters Dining Rooms

contemporary and innovative food

worlde charm with its thatched roof

Lancashire & Blackpool

offers English-style food with local

with an international flavour and also

and Inglenook fireplaces. It specialises

JOYA

Tel: +44 (0) 702 7394

The Punchbowl Inn have recently been

TASTE LANCASHIRE - HIGHEST

Chester & Cheshire

QUALITY ASSURANCE GRADING

The Cock O Barton

country house, set in its own grounds on the edge of the picture postcard

steak, game, and seafood, and also a bar

Southport & Sefton

menu of lighter bites and tapas.

Warehouse Brasserie

ingredients. The house specialities are

provides a varied menu, casually in

in real ale offering a vast choice of at

25 Wood Street,

30 West Street, Southport, PR8 1QN

char-grilled over hot coals.

the bar or fine dining in the restaurant

least 10. The restaurant also has a

St Annes on Sea, FY8 1QR

- complimented by fine cocktails,

comprehensive pub style lunch menu

Tel: +44 (0) 1253 723444

quality champagnes and wines.

and in the evening fine dining from its

The atmosphere is chic, the service

Cumbria - The Lake District

A la Carte menu and extensive range of

is warm and the sumptious

Rothay Garden Hotel

The food is equally as exciting as the

international wines.

surroundings have a certain

Broadgate, Grasmere,

surroundings and served in a casual

grandeur. The restaurant, bar and

Cumbria, LA22 9RJ

dining area. It’s one of the newest

This stunning Latin American restaurant is situated in an incredible setting of a converted church. The menu features

village of Wrea Green.

Nr Chester, Cheshire, SY14 7HU Tel: +44 (0) 1829 782277 This 400 year old pub serves locally

The London Carriage Works

Tel: +44 (0) 1704 544662

40 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9DA

Holder of two AA rosettes and a

Fifty One The Promenade

Tel: +44 (0) 151 705 2222

Michelin Bib Gourmand, the

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The London Carriage Works, named after

Warehouse Brasserie serves fine

PR9 0DX

Gusto Trattoria

the original building, is Liverpool’s lead-

local produce, cooked to chef Marc

Tel: +44 (0) 1704 510051

58-62, Lord Street, Southport PR8 1QB

ing restaurant. Created by Paul Askew,

Verite’s exacting standards.

An excellent Italian restaurant

Tel: +44 (0) 1704 544255

Fraiche

courtyard are all situated on the

Tel: +44 (0) 15394 35334

restaurants in Cheshire - and

specialising in fresh fish, situated in a

This delightful modern style

11 Rose Mount, Oxton Village,

ground floor, with music and dancing

The Hotel’s elegant candlelit

something to really be proud of.

stylish Victorian setting opposite the

restaurant offers Italian cuisine in a

Birkenhead, Wirral, CH43 5SG

on the first floor.

conservatory restaurant, overlooking

Southport Theatre and Convention

contemporary, relaxed atmosphere

Tel: +44 (0) 151 652 2914

the gardens, is a superb setting in

Oddfellows

Centre and close to all amenities.

providing a fabulous creative menu

Fraiche offers modern fine dining

Café Grand at the

which to enjoy renowned two

20 Lower Bridge Street,

which varies day by day.

created in original dishes. Rated as

Grand Hotel

AA rosette five- course dinner

Chester, CH11 RHS

one of the best dining venues in the

South Promenade, St Annes,

complemented by a 150 bin wine list.

Tel: +44 (0) 1244 689809

Forge Brasserie

The London Carriage works, LIVERPOOL

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in elegant and tranquil surroundings.

sourced produce in contemporary surroundings with a laid back feel.

Queen Anne Street,

Darcys Tea & Dining Rooms

Liverpool City Region by the Good

Lancashire, FY8 1NB

Southport, PR8 1EH

52 Eastbank Street,

Food Guide.

Tel: +44 (0) 1253 721288

L’enclume

Oddfellows is a recently renovated

Tel: +44 (0) 1704 500522

Southport, PR8 1ES

Café Grand is a vibrant and modern

Cavendish Street, Cartmel, nr Grange

17th century Georgian Manor

Housed in an old blacksmith’s in a quiet

Tel: +44 (0) 1704 543290

Ego Mediterranean Restaurant

all day bar/restaurant with a wide

Over Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6PZ

House turned chic boutique

corner of Southport’s town centre,

A member of the prestigious Tea

166 Telegraph Road, Heswall,

range of beers and wines from around

Tel: +44 (0) 15395 36362

members club. Comprised of various

Forge Brasserie is an elusive treasure.

Guild, visitors can experience the

Wirral, CH60 0AH

the world.

Situated in the heart of the

bars and restaurants, Oddfellows also

Enjoy top quality fish, seafood and

splendour of a bygone era and take

Tel: +44 (0) 151 342 4224

TASTE LANCASHIRE - HIGHEST

picturesque village of Cartmel, Michelin

has a beautiful walled garden with

steaks cooked to perfection.

tea just as they did in years gone by

Ego offers dishes that are lovingly

QUALITY ASSURANCE GRADING

star L’enclume’s light, airy and

Bedouin Tents.

Web: www.oddfellows.biz

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where to stay VISITOR INFORMATION

Where to stay Liverpool

Lancashire & Blackpool

surrounding countryside, the recently refurbished De Vere Carden Park Hotel is the ideal base for a golfing break. With 2 championship golf courses and spa,

40 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9DA

Southport & Sefton

Tel: +44 (0) 1253 739898

The Chester Grosvenor & Spa

Tel: +44 (0) 151 709 3000

Scarisbrick Hotel

Overlooking Lytham Green and the

Eastgate, Chester, CH1 1LT

In the city centre’s Georgian Quarter,

239 Lord Street,

beautiful seafront, this four star hotel,

Tel: +44 (0) 1244 324024

the Hotel is located on Liverpool’s most

Southport, PR8 1NZ

with an AA rosette, combines elegant

A stylish and friendly 5 Star city

famous street, set between the city’s two

Tel: +44 (0) 1704 543000

and relaxed surroundings with the

centre hotel with excellent levels of

cathedrals.

Centrally located on Lord Street,

finest food and wines, to create a truly

the Scarisbrick offers accommodation

luxurious hotel.

Hope Street Hotel

62 Castle Street

within an easy stroll of Southport’s

Castle Street, Liverpool, L2 7LQ

shops, restaurants and bars.

Clifton Arms Hotel

this hotel offers fantastic facilities and is

West Beach, Lytham St Annes,

within easy reach of Chester.

FY8 5JQ

customer service, and recent winner

the grand hotel, lytham st annes

of Enjoy England’s ‘Large Hotel of the Year award’. Set in a Grade II listed

Tel: +44 (0) 151 702 7898 HILLBARK HOTEL, WIRRAL

The Grand Hotel

shores of Windermere’. Lakeside is a

genuine hospitality. It is situated only

building, the hotel boasts a Michelin

South Promenade,

classic, elegant and traditional

2 miles from Whitehaven, a Georgian

starred restaurant and luxurious spa.

Lytham St Annes, FY8 1NB

Lakeland hotel. Privately owned and

market and harbour town with its picturesque marina.

This city centre boutique hotel is the

Prince of Wales

perfect location for all the city has to

Lord Street,

Tel: +44 (0) 1253 721288

personally managed, the hotel offers

offer.

Southport, PR8 1JS

offer panoramic views across the

Wallasey Golf Club and 5 miles from

The 4 star Grand Hotel in Lytham St

guests a delightful setting away from

Tel: +44 (0) 1704 536688

North West coastland.

Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

Annes stands in its own grounds,

the distractions of everyday life.

MacDonald Portal Hotel Golf & Spa

Hard Days Night Hotel

A wonderfully elegant Victorian

North John Street, Liverpool, L2 6RR

hotel with landscaped gardens

Vincent Hotel

Hillbark Hotel

Ribble Estuary and The Irish Sea. The

Sharrow Bay Country

Tel: +44 (0) 151 236 1964

located in the centre of Southport. Its

Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1JR

Royden Park, Frankby

hotel is an ideal choice both for those

House Hotel

Chester & Cheshire

A unique luxury hotel in the heart of Liver-

142 bedrooms combine modern luxury

Tel: +44 (0) 1704 534440

Wirral, CH48 1NP

travelling on business and for those

Lake Ullswater, Penrith, Cumbria,

De Vere Carden Park Hotel,

championship golf course and full

pool near the world-famous Cavern Club.

with some traditional touches,

Whether you’re in the North West on

Tel: +44 (0) 151 625 2400

who want to spend a pleasant relaxing

CA10 2LZ

Golf Resort & Spa

spa facilities, added to the beautiful

preserving the original Victorian style.

business or pleasure, the new 5-star

A magnificent Grade II listed

and comfortable holiday.

Tel: +44 (0) 17684 86301

Nr Chester, Cheshire, CH3 9DQ

setting of the Cheshire countryside

Vincent boutique hotel brings a

building providing the finest luxury

Sharrow Bay with its Michelin star

Tel: +44 (0) 1829 731000

this makes a perfect golfing

Web: www.devere.co.uk/cardenpark

destination.

Malmaison

offering uninterrupted views of the

7 William Jessop Way,

The Royal Clifton Hotel & Spa

new twist to hospitality. Situated on

coupled with discreet yet friendly

The Glendower Hotel

restaurant, is one of the finest country

Princes Dock, Liverpool, L3 1QZ

The Promenade, Southport,

Southport’s Lord Street and created

service from the resident owners

North Promenade, Lytham St Annes,

house hotels in the Lake District. Guests

Tel: +44 (0) 151 229 5000

PR8 1RB

for today’s traveller, the hotel has six

and team. The Hotel has a

Lancs, FY8 2NQ

can experience a unique blend of

Situated on Princes Dock, you’ll find stylish

Tel: +44 (0) 1704 533771

floors of tranquillity and with a deli,

magnificent Great Hall, 19 luxurious

Tel: +44 (0) 1253 723241

absolute luxury and total relaxation,

rooms and a divine brasserie serving

A warm and friendly welcome

spa and gym this is Southport’s most

bedrooms and suites, with

The 3 Star Glendower Hotel prides itself

nestled in twelve acres of private

simple, ultra tasty cuisine.

awaits at the only large hotel to

prestigious hotel.

imaginative British and Continental

on its excellent cuisine, offering menus

gardens and woodland, on the shores

Haute Cuisine.

to suit all tastes. Bedrooms are comfort-

of Lake Ullswater.

VINCENT HOTEL, SOUTHPORT

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With spectacular views of the

Wirral

Tel: +44 (0) 870 194 2135 Opened in 2007 this new development is designed to take indulgence to a new level. With a

able and well appointed, some which Thornton Hall Hotel Spa,

enjoy exhilarating views of the sea.

Moresby Hall

Leasowe Castle Hotel,

Neston Road, Thornton Hough

Leasowe Road, Moreton,

Wirral, CH63 1JF

Wirral, CH45 3RF

Tel: +44 (0) 151 336 3938

Tel: +44 (0) 151 606 9191

Located in the heart of Wirral Penisula

Built in 1593 and set in 5 acres of

this award-winning hotel has 63 well

Cumbria - The Lake District

grounds, the hotel has 46 well

appointed and spacious bedrooms,

Lakeside Hotel

listed building (circa 1620) offering

appointed bedrooms, as well as the

offering 4 star luxury to guests. As

Lake Windermere, Newby Bridge,

stunning Country Guesthouse

Portcullis Restaurant, Castle Bar, a large

well as spa facilities that rival the

Cumbria, LA12 8AT

accommodation and retaining

function room, gym, sauna and

most famous and popular spa venues

Tel: +44 (0) 15395 30001

many original features. The emphasis

steam room. The hotel is 1 mile from

anywhere in the UK.

‘The best four star hotel and spa on the

is on relaxation, superb quality and

Moresby, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 6PJ Tel: +44 (0) 1946 696317 Moresby Hall is one of Cumbria’s most historic home set in a Grade I

DE vere carden park hotel, chester

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