Hillside Golf Club

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  • Holes of Merit:
    2, 5, 7, 10, 11
  • NCG Rank:
    49/100 in GB&I


Hillside Golf Club is a tale of two contrasting nines. The opening nine holes are on flat ground. The second nine are amongst some of the wildest dunes you'll find anywhere.

Greg Norman wrote: "The back nine holes are the Best in Britain." Jack Nicklaus also described the back nine as 'a wild-looking links' and included some of his 'favourite holes'.

Some have commented this is the best course never to have hosted an Open.

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Golf Course Review

Hillside Golf Club shares a northern border with Royal Birkdale Golf Club and southern border with Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club. All three share the Birkdale Dunes and Hillside may just have the best set of 9 between the 3. Despite being established in 1911, the current layout is largely by Fred Hawtree who overhauled the course in the 1960s.

The esteemed golf course architecture savant Ran Morrisett puts it on par with it northerly neighbour... It is also well respected and used by the R&A for both Final Open Qualifying, The Amateur Championship and the Ladies Amateur Championship. Most recently it played host to the 2019 British Masters.

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