Hillside Golf Club: Course Review, Green Fees, Tee Times and Key Info

A superb links course with an incredible back nine, mature pines alongside many holes at Hillside add great definition and character

The 16th green at Hillside Golf Club
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Hillside Golf Club Key Information

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AddressHastings Road, Hillside, Southport, PR8 2LU
Phone Number01704 567169
Green Fees£110 - £250
Visitor TimesMon, Thurs, Fri - 9am-12 noon, 2pm-4pm; Tues & Weds - some afternoon availability; Sat - Some availability after 3.30pm; Sun - 12noon-2pm
Slope Rating138 (Black), 137 (White), 136 (Blue), 128 (Yellow), 127 (Red)
Designed byFred Hawtree
Golf Monthly Verdict


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Hillside is an unusual and attractive links delivering quality holes and stunning views. Improvements made a couple of years back have elevated the offering. The front nine is strong and continues to be improved, but the back nine is where the course really shines. A succession of tremendous holes and some incredible views to take in.


– One of the best back nines in the country, the layout gets better and better on the way round.

– Follow in the footsteps of great players at a course that has hosted the British Masters and The Amateur Championship

– Unusual links with mature trees lining many holes


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The 2019 British Masters hosted by Tommy Fleetwood showcased the quality of the layout at Hillside, with both players and fans singing the praises of the layout. The event was won by Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult. Hillside is one of the best courses in Lancashire.

Hillside is an unusual links in that many of the holes are framed by mature pine trees. The towering dunes that line the fairways, particularly on the back nine, are long established and the thick rough that covers them is brutal in places.

The course begins gently, with a short par 4 then a reachable par 5. The test mounts from the 3rd – a challenging par 4 with water short and right of the green. 

The front nine is excellent but it’s on the back nine though that Hillside really shines. In fact, in a letter to the club, Greg Norman has described the holes on the run for home as, “the best in Britain”.

The short par-3 10th takes you up and into the dunes, before the excellent par-5 11th sweeps to the left between the dunes then rises slightly to a sloping green backed by pine trees.

Elevated tees on the run in provide wonderful views to the Lake District in the north and Snowdonia in the south, but these shouldn’t distract from the sheer quality of the holes. The superb uphill 13th and par-5 17th are particular highlights.

Hillside Golf Club was founded in 1911, sharing its centenary with Golf Monthly this year. But the layout of the course as it plays today is more recent. Fred Hawtree completed an extensive redesign in the 1960s, with significant changes made to the back nine.

Martin Ebert of MacKenzie and Ebert oversaw a significant programme of improvements at Hillside over the winter of 2019/20. A good deal of work has been done to strengthen the course and it has been very successful.

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What The Top 100 Panel Said

James Holland UK&I Top 100 panel
James Holland

A stunning design from start to finish.  The front nine is fantastic but the back is even better.  Almost every hole on the back nine is a wow moment. I’d heard that Hillside was good but I wasn’t expecting it to be that good.  Visually and from a playability point of view, it was almost perfect. I'd put Hillside ahead of any links that I’ve played that hasn’t hosted The Open.

Peter Hurst UK&I Top 100 panel
Peter Hurst

I’ve never subscribed to the “great back 9” only, as I've always felt it's strong from the 5th. The view in front of the new tee on 5th is superb. They have part-introduced grass paths and this makes it look great. The condition and presentation is excellent throughout. The course is more than fair, but the teeth are always showing behind the lips and good straight driving will be well rewarded. There are different lengths on the par 4’s so you really go through the bag for all approaches.

Hillside Golf Club Location

Hillside Golf Club Green Fees

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Apr - Sep 2023 midweek round£220
Apr - Sep 2023 weekend round£250
Apr - Sep 2023 midweek day£250
Oct 2023 midweek round£140
Oct 2023 Sunday round£165
Oct 2023 midweek day£165
Nov 2023 - Feb 2024 midweek round£110
Nov 2023 - Feb 2024 Sunday round£135

For more information on visiting Hillside Golf Club, go to the club's website

Hillside Golf Club Course Scorecard

Hillside Golf Club Course Scorecard

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Since 1954 Royal Birkdale has hosted no fewer than ten Open Championships with the roll-call of victors including Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson. The design ethos here has been to run the holes through the dunes rather than over them, the result being a very honest test that receives universal praise.



Significant works have been ongoing to make improvements to the course, both from an aesthetic and playing point of view. A James Braid course dating from 1925, his design remains largely in place. There’s an eclectic selection of holes delivering an interesting blend of links and heathland – It’s a tough but fair layout.

For all the best courses in the area, check out our guide to the best golf courses in Lancashire.

Best Places to Stay Near Hillside Golf Club

The Vincent Hotel - Book now at Booking.com
This stylish 4-star boutique hotel has a 6th-floor gym and a relaxed restaurant with chic surroundings. The Vincent Hotel is on Southport's main shopping street. Just a couple of miles from Hillside.

Waterfront Hotel Southport - Book now at Booking.com
On Southport’s Promenade, the 4-star Waterfront Hotel Southport offers stylish rooms and a waterside terrace. The luxury hotel also has a modern fitness suite and an excellent restaurant.

Hillside Golf Club Course Gallery

Hillside Golf Club Historical Top 100 Ranking UK&I

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  • 2021/22 - 31
  • 2019/20 - 34
  • 2017/18 - 30
  • 2015/16 - 30
  • 2013/14 - 30
  • 2011/12 - 32
  • 2009/10 - 33

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a handicap to play at Hillside?

Yes - Handicap certificates are required to be shown by all visiting golfers

Is there a dress code at Hillside?

Information on Dress Rules from the club reads as follow:


  1. We expect members, their guests and visitors to always be smartly attired both on and off the course. On the Course – Please wear recognised golf attire.
  2. Golf shoes must be worn – metal & soft spikes are allowed on the course however only clean soft spikes are allowed in the Clubhouse.
  3. Hats and waterproof clothing are not allowed in the bars or dining areas. Waterproofs are permitted in the 19th & 20th lounges.
  4. Examples of inappropriate clothing - blue denim garments, tracksuits, cargo pants, casual t-shirts, football type clothing, gym wear, flip flops, soiled, worn or ripped clothing will not be allowed.
Fergus Bisset
Contributing Editor

Fergus is Golf Monthly's resident expert on the history of the game and has written extensively on that subject. He is a golf obsessive and 1-handicapper. Growing up in the North East of Scotland, golf runs through his veins and his passion for the sport was bolstered during his time at St Andrews university studying history. He went on to earn a post graduate diploma from the London School of Journalism. Fergus has worked for Golf Monthly since 2004 and has written two books on the game; "Great Golf Debates" together with Jezz Ellwood of Golf Monthly and the history section of "The Ultimate Golf Book" together with Neil Tappin , also of Golf Monthly. 

Fergus once shanked a ball from just over Granny Clark's Wynd on the 18th of the Old Course that struck the St Andrews Golf Club and rebounded into the Valley of Sin, from where he saved par. Who says there's no golfing god?