St Annes Old Links Golf Club

A firm favourite as a qualifying course by the R&A.

St Annes Old Links Golf Club

Lancashire, England

Overview

St Annes Old Links sits opposite Royal Lytham St Annes. A Championship golf course in its own right, it hosts Open qualifying and has hosted The Brabazon Trophy!

Bobby Jones reportedly described the 9th Hole, Cannon, as 'difficult to improve upon.'

Bernard Darwin wrote: "No course - not even Pine Valley - is as hard as it can appear at first sight, but St Anne's is unquestionably a fine, fierce, searching test of golf."


Golf Course Review

St Annes Old Links lies immediately beside the Blackpool Airport. Despite being set back from the North Beach it is well and truly linksland. The course is relatively flat and devoid of large dunes. However, subtlety is an underrated and underappreciated feature of links golf design.

The course sits on a rectangular piece of property with the front nine on the more inland portion of the site and back nine on the seaside portion.

Of interest, there are four Par 5's on the course and are evenly split between the form and back. Both come back to back on the 5th and 6th and on the 17th and 18th. Despite this quirky routing, it is the Par 3 9th hole which attracts most of the attention.

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Featured Architect: Alister MacKenzie

As taken from his book, Golf Architecture, Alister MacKenzie felt the following were essential: 1 - The course, where possible, should be arranged in two loops of nine holes. 2 - There should be a large proportion of good two-shot holes and at least four one-shot holes. 3 - There should be little walking...

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Architects

  • Herd, Alexander ‘Sandy’
  • Lowe, George Jr.

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Contact Details

Lancashire, FY8 2LD, England

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Joe McDonnell & Evalu18 Ltd

Featured Architect: Alister MacKenzie

As taken from his book, Golf Architecture, Alister MacKenzie felt the following were essential: 1 - The course, where possible, should be arranged in two loops of nine holes. 2 - There should be a large proportion of good two-shot holes and at least four one-shot holes. 3 - There should be little walking...

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The Putter Tailor - Made to Measure Putters and Wedges

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