Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club

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  • Architects:
    • Lowe, George Jr.
    • Harry Colt
    • Cotton, C.K.
    • Eby, Stan
    • MacKenzie & Ebert
  • Holes of Merit:
    1, 3, 8, 9, 17, 18
  • NCG Rank:
    10/100 in GB&I
  • Rank:
    61/100 in the World


Tom Doak recommends golf architecture students pay special attention to the bunkering at Royal Lytham – all 174 of them.

Bobby Jones won Royal Lytham's inaugural Open Championship in 1926.

Seve Ballesteros won his first Open here at age 21 in 1979. He sealed the win with a shot played from the 'car park' on the 16th. He would return and win once more in 1988.

There are clubs from the bags of every Open Champion to have won here in the clubhouse.

The course starts with a tough 200 yard plus par 3 - the only course to do so in the Open rota.

Find the plaque on Hole 17 which shows the location of Bobby Jones approach shot from the rough to the green... then find the mashie he used in the clubhouse!

Tom Doak's favourite finishing hole in the UK is 18.

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Cara Banks takes you on a tour of the clubhouse here

Watch The Average Golfers video here

Golf Course Review

Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club is considered to be one of the finest golf links in the world. Deviating from the typical standards of other world-class links, it is surrounded by housing, bordered by a railway line, offers no sea views and much of the courses 'character' is man-made, including bunkers and dunes.

Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club History

The club was founded on February 27, 1886. 19 members founded the club and membership grew steadily. The first course was in play from 1887 on leased land and extended as far as St Annes Old Links. There were 27 holes, 18 for the men and 9 for the ladies.

The club moved to its own site in 1897 after George Lowe laid out 18 holes. This is the foundation that was built on by Harry Colt in 1919. Every hole was altered to some degree. Notably, new greens on holes 3 and 17 were found creating to very fine links holes. Colt’s 17th hole provided the backdrop for Bobby Jones recovery and eventual win in 1926.

Colt would return in 1935 to make further changes. The modern 11th, 12th and 15th were of this vintage. Since then, CK Cotton, Stan Eby and MacKenzie & Ebert have made adjustments added length and adjusted some bunkers.

Royal Lytham & St Annes GC Heritage & The Open

Bobby Jones won the 61st Open in 1926. It was his first Open Championship and as an amateur. Bobby Locke won his 3rd Open in 1952 and Peter Thomson his fourth in 1958. Bob Charles won in 1963 and Tony Jacklin in 1969. Gary Player's third Claret Jug cam at the 103rd Open in 1974. Seve Ballesteros famously won here in 1979 and again in 1988. Americans won in 1996 and 2001, they being Tom Lehman and David Duval. Ernie Els second victory came at the 141st Open in 2012.

Royal Lytham & St Annes GC Heritage

Further information on the club and its history can be found in Scott Macpherson's book, Golf's Royal Clubs.


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