5 ROYAL BIRKDALE
Architect: Lowe 2006 position: 7 Stats: 6,817 yds; par 72; SSS 75 GF: £120-£195 T: 01704 552030 W: royalbirkdale.com
When the Open visited Royal Birkdale in 2008 we saw just how punishing a tough links can be in strong winds.
Unlike many other Major venues, Birkdale has always been a stern, but fair, test – The R&A didn’t have to add too many teeth to push the world’s best to the limit.
Each hole is beautifully framed, with many high tees affording clear views of the hole (and dangers) ahead.
Often, the natural dunes create the feel of an amphitheatre, separating holes perfectly and allowing you to appreciate each individual challenge in isolation.
This is one devilishly beautiful stretch of land. NT
+ Incredibly challenging design; rich history; good visitor facilities - Expensive; too hard for many; clubhouse design divides opinion Enter your review of Royal Birkdale Down below
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