Make the trip to England's golf coast for an amazing Open Championship links odyssey

  • England’s Golf Coast is packed with outstanding championship links courses, with no less than 7 rated in the Top 100 courses of UK and Ireland. The 3 Royals – Birkdale, Lytham and Liverpool – have hosted The Open 32 times since 1897, with Rory McIlroy’s 2014 victory at Royal Liverpool being the most recent. In 2015, when Royal Lytham & St Annes hosts the Walker Cup, it will join Royal Birkdale in being one of only three clubs to have hosted The Walker Cup, Ryder Cup and The Open (the other is Muirfield). With so many great courses in such close proximity, you can base yourself in Southport and have the golf vacation of a lifetime!

    Average weather graph for England

    Average weather graph for England

  • 4 night suggested itinerary from $1225pp

    • Day 1 – Arrive at Manchester Airport and travel straight to The Vincent Hotel 4* in Southport (Manchester Airport to The Vincent Hotel = 54mins drive)
    • Day 2 – Play golf at Royal Liverpool Golf Club (1hr 6 mins drive from The Vincent Hotel)
    • Day 3 – Play golf at Royal Birkdale Golf Club (9 mins drive from The Vincent Hotel)
    • Day 4 – Play golf at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club (1hr 9 mins drive from The Vincent Hotel)
    • Day 5 – Back to USA

    Includes car rental (self-drive)

    Not quite what you're looking for? Speak to one of our golf specialists TOLL FREE on (+1) 844.676.GOLF to tailor your own golf vacation

    • 7hrs 15mins

      New York John F Kennedy (JFK)

      Airlines: Finnair/American Airlines/US Airways/Iberia

    • 7hrs 20mins

      Newark Liberty International (EWR)

      Airlines: United

    • 7hrs 30mins

      Washington Dulles (IAD)

      Airlines: United

    • 7hrs

      Philadelphia International (PHL)

      Airlines: American Airlines/US Airways

    • 8hrs 25mins

      Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL)

      Airlines: Virgin Atlantic

    • 8hrs 05mins

      Orlando International (MCO)

      Airlines: Virgin Atlantic

    • 8hrs 20mins

      Miami International (MIA)

      Airlines: Thomas Cook/Condor

  • Tee Times
    We can get you guaranteed tee times on the Old Course at St Andrews, but as you can imagine these are at a premium and therefore very costly. The alternative is to enter the ‘ballot’ 2 days prior to your preferred day of play. You can enter the ballot on as many consecutive days as you like. can help you with this process and the chances of getting a tee time are good BUT not guaranteed.

    Attire in Golf Clubhouses
    Most golf clubs allow visitors to use their clubhouse facilities, including the locker rooms and dining areas. Over the last decade, golf clubs have relaxed their dress codes, however we recommend taking a pair of street shoes (not sneakers) to avoid any issues. 

    Caddies and Carts
    The majority of the links courses have caddies available because, traditionally, they are walking courses, however we will often need to book them in advance for you. Caddies are self-employed and supply can change on a daily basis. 

    With regards golf carts, these can be hard to come by on the traditional links courses and in some cases do not even exist! As with caddies, please request carts at the time of booking with us and we will do our best to reserve them for you.

    Practice Facilities
    These are not quite as abundant as they are at US golf courses, and you may struggle to find a practice range (or a conveniently located one) at the great, classic links courses in the UK and Ireland. Even if you do manage to find one, don’t be surprised if you have to purchase range ball tokens from the Pro Shop and self-serve!

    Halfway Houses and Beverage Carts
    Most of these great links golf courses were designed to play nine holes out (away from the clubhouse) followed by nine holes back, with no halfway house. Be prepared to carry refreshments in your golf bag to keep you going for the whole round. Similarly, there are very few (if any) beverage/refreshment carts at these courses as it is not customary to drink alcohol whilst playing golf in the UK and Ireland.

    Handicap Restrictions
    Many of the golf courses have handicap restrictions for visiting golfers and will require to see official proof of your handicap. The primary reason for this is to ensure only seasoned golfers visit these courses and don’t hold up play.

    The Weather
    The weather in this part of the world can be unpredictable, and you do need to be prepared for all kinds at any time of year. Having said that, in order to get the full UK and Ireland golf experience, every golfer should relish a dose of challenging weather at least once during their stay!

    Although it is possible to play golf year-round, we view April as the start of the season. For the avid golfer who is looking to play 36 holes (or more) in one day, June and July have the longest daylight hours with play possible until 10pm!


David McKevitt

Product Manager - UK & Ireland

“With three Royal courses that have held The Open Championship 32 times, and other UK and Ireland Top 100 courses such as Hillside, Formby, Southport & Ainsdale and West Lancs, this is a links golfer’s dream destination”

David McKevitt

Product Manager - UK & Ireland