Royal Lytham Golf Course Review

"Walk the path of legends," is the slogan at Royal Lytham. And it is no wonder.  The prevailing wind on this piece of golfing heaven is from the nearby Irish Sea and, unusually, it features quite a lot of trees. St Annes train station is situated nearby and the railway line runs alongside the front nine.

Unusually, the 1st, at 203 yards, is a par 3. And what an opening hole it is. The green is surrounded by bunkers, so there is no chance of landing the ball short. You have to hit a great shot to get your round off to a good start. The 3rd, a par 4 measuring 477 yards, is one of the most demanding drives on the course - the railway line runs down the right, there is thick rough on the left and you will also have to avoid several well-placed bunkers. There is a bunker on the right-side of the green and a deep trap on the left, towards the back of the green that has to be avoided. The 6th, a par 494-yard par 5, looks like it should be a birdie chance - but that is without considering fairway bunkers left and right, a series of cross-bunkers awaiting your second shot and a green totally surrounded by sand.

The scorecard will tell you that the 9th is only 164 yards long.  In terms of length it may not seem like much of a challenge, but the breeze can make club selection tricky and nine bunkers protect the green, as well as a mound and thick rough at the back. The 13th is a par 4 measuring just 357 yards. It requires a well-placed tee shot to avoid another host of fairway bunkers, especially the five on the right side of the fairway. The green is well protected and deceptively long, so a par 4 can be counted as a decent score.

If you have kept your score together to the 17th tee, you face two great finishing holes. The 17th measures 467 yards and is the most difficult par 4 on the course. It is a dogleg, and there are bunkers everywhere. On top of that, you need to avoid thick rough and gorse bushes - and that's just the drive. The green is surrounded by sand on two sides, with three fiendish bunkers to the right that appear to smile at you. And then there is the finishing hole. Four bunkers run across the fairway, with bushes awaiting any drive that is sliced. A second shot to another well-protected green is hard enough, and there is the added hazard of out of bounds at the back of the green.

royal lytham

Find out more detail or request a quote if you are interested in playing this course as part of your golf vacation package with the golf travel experts at

Derek Clements

Author, Derek Clements

Derek Clements is a golf journalist - he has covered many Open Championships and European Tour events, as well as The Masters. Born in Glasgow, he writes for The Sunday Times and Golfshake, and has also written for Today's Golfer, the Daily Mail, Swing by Swing and many other golf websites, magazines and newspapers. He has played golf all over the world and numbers Gleneagles, Kingsbarns and Aldeburgh as his three favourite golf courses in the United Kingdom. He lives in Suffolk, is a member of Waldringfield Golf Club and has a handicap of nine. He had lessons from the late Bob Torrance and has worked with Jean-Jacques Rivet, one of the world's leading golf biomechanists.