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10 of The Best Golf Courses in Merseyside

By: Liam Moore | Thu 20 Jul 2023

Merseyside is home to some of England's greatest golf courses, which is why The Open Championship makes a frequent stop at this part of the country.

From some of the best links in the world to brilliant parkland layouts, Merseyside is truly a golfing haven.

We provide information on ten clubs that you must play throughout your career - have you ticked off any yet?

Formby Golf Club


Formby Golf Club is one of the most iconic to reside in England, let alone Merseyside. Since opening its doors in 1884, it has welcomed golfers from all four corners of the planet. The test of golf on offer needs no explaining, but it is the exceptional vistas that can be enjoyed from every inch of the golf course that is especially memorable. Tricky doglegs, blind shots and undulating greens await any lucky golfer who has the opportunity to walk its hallowed fairways.

Golfshake Review: “This course is beautiful and well-maintained. The views are lovely, the clubhouse is great and there’s a nice variety of holes. It’s in superb condition overall. The fairways and greens are top quality and the fairways drain well because they’re on sand.”

Hillside Golf Club


Hillside is another highly reputable English golf club that boasts extensive history. The layout has been overhauled on two occasions, with Martin Ebert the latest to add his masterful touch to the superb facility. The opening nine is a perfect introduction to the course, before the second half dials up the drama and requires terrific shot-making capabilities. Jack Nicklaus famously stated: “Within the second nine are some of my favourite holes,” and when Nicklaus speaks, you merely listen.

Golfshake Review: “The course was in excellent condition, with lush greens, well maintained tees and pristine fairways. The layout is challenging but rewarding. The facilities are excellent, and the course is truly a pleasure to the eye. It’s the most prestigious course I’ve ever played and I would highly recommend it.”

Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club

Southport & Ainsdale

Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club promises an unforgettable experience. Nestled amidst stunning sand dunes, this championship golf course is a true gem. Designed by renowned golf architect James Braid, the course offers a challenging yet rewarding round of golf, with undulating fairways, fast greens and strategically placed bunkers.

Golfshake Review: “A stunning course that asks lots of questions from tee to green. Then once you find the putting surface you are confronted by humps and hallows galore. An absolute pleasure to play, in such fine condition.”

The West Lancashire Golf Club

West Lancashire

West Lancashire Golf Club is a brilliant facility that is situated along the coastline of northern England. With strategically placed bunkers, undulating fairways, and fast greens, every shot will test your skills and keep you on your toes. The clubhouse exudes a warm and welcoming atmosphere, which is perfect for relaxing after a round with a drink and a hearty meal.

Golfshake Review: “I had the opportunity to play this fantastic course recently and it was an absolute pleasure. The course was in great condition and the layout was superb. The classic links design and challenging yet fair conditions made this a classic course that I would highly recommend.”

Royal Liverpool Golf Club

Royal Liverpool Golf Club is a golfing paradise that will leave you breathless. The course is renowned for its challenging terrain, deep bunkers, and treacherous rough that will test even the most experienced golfer. Fear not however, as the rewards are equally as great, with stunning views of the Irish Sea and rolling sand dunes that will leave you in awe.

Golfshake Review: “You’re in for a treat when you play here. The fairways and greens are always in top condition, and the staff is very friendly and welcoming. It’s a historic course, you can expect a lot of character.”

Royal Birkdale Golf Club

Located in the picturesque town of Southport, England, this stunning course offers a challenging yet rewarding experience for golfers of all levels. With its undulating fairways, strategically placed bunkers and surreal views of the expansive sea, this is more than just a golf course. The course has played host to many prestigious tournaments including The Open Championship, and it's not hard to see why.

Golfshake Review: “Perfection in every way, this was supreme class from beginning to end. With beautiful sunny skies it couldn’t have been a better day in any way.”

Wallasey Golf Club


Situated in the beautiful town of Wallasey lies Wallasey Golf Club, a venue that should be on every golfer’s bucket list. The course offers a challenging yet rewarding round of golf that will leave players itching to come back for more. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a novice player, Wallasey Golf Club promises an unbelievable golfing experience that will leave you wanting more.

Golfshake Review: “The overall quality of the course was outstanding and the pro-shop staff were very welcoming. This was the best presented of all the courses I have played, with fairways and greens in excellent condition.”

Blundells Hill Golf Club

Located deep into the Merseyside countryside lies the terrific Blundells Hill Golf Club. The challenging 18-hole course is perfect for golfers of all levels, with water features, bunkers and tricky doglegs ensuring that players are constantly challenged. Once you’ve finished your round, you can enjoy a selection of fine food and drink from the impressive clubhouse.

Golfshake Review: “Played today with golf society. Very friendly staff, course was in great condition, greens really good condition too. Would definitely recommend. A good test of golf!”

Grange Park Golf Club

Grange Park Golf Club, located in St Helens, is yet another fantastic offering for those who are looking for new golfing adventures in Merseyside. The course boasts immaculate greens and fairways that are challenging yet enjoyable for golfers of all levels. Additionally, the club's friendly and welcoming atmosphere makes it the perfect destination for a day out with friends or family.

Golfshake Review: “A great course that is in top condition. Greens are amazing and I think it’s the best club on Merseyside - very friendly club and a must visit.”

Heswall Golf Club


Situated in the heart of the Wirral, Heswall Golf Club is a truly unique and memorable offering. The layout provides outstanding views of the Dee Estuary and Welsh hills, whilst the standard of golf on offer is mightily impressive too. Patrick Reed was crowned the 2006 Junior Open champion at Heswall, before major champion Matthew Fitzpatrick triumphed in the Northern Junior Open in 2012.

Golfshake Review: “I had a fantastic day at Heswall Golf Club. The course played really well and the greens were good. The service at the clubhouse was excellent.” 

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