Your reviews

Good but not good enough

Average rating

6.2

12th April, 2018, by src1981

We visited here in mid April, the weather hadnt been great for a while and you could tell by the course. At least it didnt rain on our day.
It would have been nice to be offered a discounted rate due to the course being wet in areas and not the usual standard. £225 for a round of golf anywhere is pushing it but when its only just out of winter rates they really should think of the customer!
The welcome from the pro shop was friendly enough and the brekkie we had very nice.
The driving range wasnt full open and the tee beds we had to use werent the usual area and so not great. The practise greens had also been heavily sanded making practise a waste of time.
The round itself was ok. I wouldnt say it was up to the standard i expected for the price. Several bunkers underwater or GUR. No mention of thise from the Pro or the marshall. The greens whilst true and smooth had very little pace to them due to recent sanding.
We had lunch after which was good but unsurprisingly over priced.
Im glad ive played it and glad the cost was paid for by the Mrs as an xmas pressie. Dont think i'll be rushing back though.

Course

7

Greens

5

Facilities

9

Value

3

Hospitality

7

Wanted a barbie doll got a Cindy Doll

Average rating

1

31st July, 2017, by ben1983

All I can say is there is better golf courses on the Southpourt coastal road.

At least Dick Turpin wear the mask when they were pulling your pants down and taking your hard and cash!!

Come on £205 for a game Joke!!

Royal Liverpool it's not that expensive
Hillside is not that expensive

Of course does not like visitors your members don't have visitors don't appreciate how important it is to have young and hungry golf is coming to visit your golf course. It is like you're sat in the dark ages.

I love to play golf I please have a statical golf courses I want have a walk around then I fell history and passion and be buzzing to be playing on the course.
I did not feel a thing
It was like I was just walking round a posh overpriced municipal golf course.

I think as a golf club you need to look at lowering your prices assess and time of the year I understand that you want to keep the course looking fresh etc, but the course is not forgiving to handicaps of over five.
It is easier to play the course of the white tees and is of the yellow tees
The Marshall does not give you a choice of what tees to play off, I felt when I played the course today I was like a cow market just push through.

Very sorry to say I would not visit here again.

Course

1

Greens

1

Facilities

1

Value

1

Hospitality

1

A big disappointment and over rated!!!

Average rating

1

31st July, 2017, by ben1983

When people say Southport is one of the best places for golf you instantly think of Royal Birkdale.

Today I paid an extortionate rate to play Royal Birkdale cost was £205.

I arrived an hour and half before my tee time.
The welcome from pro shop was pretty basic, and didn't make you feel like you want to spend any money in there or even spent time talking to them as they were rude and look down at you.

On the Marshall was a joke, was told I had to get a move on because they had a busy day ahead and they should only take me an hour and 45 minutes to do the front nine.
I'm not being funny,but I want to enjoy my game of golf not run round.

The course was in pretty reasonable standards I just having the British Open there, but to be honest with you I'd rather have waited and waited all the stands and hospitality areas of been taken down.
Course was a lot shorter than I was expected.
holes 3,7,11,18 all have different tees so make the whole look completely different from what was on the TV last week.
If I had known that I would not play the course.
The bunkers are pretty shocking the sand was compartment where they had been raped properly.

The walkway from the 12 green to 13 tee is completely confusing there is no signage or to make sure that you're on the right path so you're not walking around getting lost.

I feel the back nine is pretty featureless, and hillside is a damsite better course and is better value for money
Was told by members not to take pictures around the 18th green, I found this very disappointing as the stand for around the 18th green for sentimental picture I didn't see what the problem was as there was no one coming up the fairway.
the place must be run by old fashioned farts.
Very sad members and staff.

Course

1

Greens

1

Facilities

1

Value

1

Hospitality

1

day out at royal birkdale

Average rating

9.2

22nd March, 2016, by johnnyy_shaw

amazing course, amazing greens, shame about the price though! ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

Course

9

Greens

10

Facilities

10

Value

9

Hospitality

8

Great course

Average rating

9.4

13th September, 2015, by Jamiehorton16

Great course! Best greens ive ever played, played there in a open not long ago and the greens were so true but so fast! Te hospitality was superb and also great food

Course

9

Greens

10

Facilities

10

Value

8

Hospitality

10

England's number one course

Average rating

9

12th September, 2015, by SteveG

As a golf lover, and particularly a links golf lover, this is without doubt the finest course in England, and on a par with the equally magnificent Royal County Down in Northern Ireland.

On my most recent visit in September 2015, the course was in superb condition with incredibly fast greens.

The layout is really classic, with each hole meandering through the dunes, and placing great emphasis on accuracy. Many of the greens are heavily bunkered, perhaps too much so at times.

Yes this is a very expensive course to play, but equally it is a superb day out. Enjoy it if you can.

Course

10

Greens

10

Facilities

9

Value

8

Hospitality

8

Best links by far in England

Average rating

9

18th June, 2015, by Ian Newell

Course

10

Greens

10

Facilities

9

Value

8

Hospitality

8

Golf for the minority

Average rating

6.4

2nd April, 2015, by Ralph

Inspired to write this review after reading the comments posted earlier this week.

We played this golf course during a period of seasonal works on both fairways and greens which had a significant impact on the presentation and performance of the golf course. We were not however pre notified of these works and there was no reduction in the green fee to reflect this. When we did question this post round we were met with a very abrupt reply which came across as extremely arrogant.

The course is obviously very good, it goes without saying that a course that has hosted the Open on many occasions will be of a high standard but at the price charged you expect much more than just a good course and unfortunately as an average punter there is no great interest in your visit.

This really is golf clubs at there worst in terms of elitism, something which needs to be eradicated from the game and clubs such as these should lead the way and this is certainly not the case at Birkdale.

I would never return nor would I recommend to others.

Course

9

Greens

7

Facilities

7

Value

4

Hospitality

5

Not for the faint hearted!

Average rating

6.2

1st April, 2015, by Roper1592

I have played Royal Birkdale on 2 occasions and so I am making this review based on how I have found it on both occasions.

There is no doubt that this course is one of the `must play` courses in the UK, if not the world. Its reputation is up there with the finest venues in the country and its a place that is regarded as a bit of a "Mecca" of Golf on England`s very own `Golf Coast`.

I can understand why people have these feelings towards Birkdale, but for me personally it is not even the best course in the local area - let alone looking further afield. I appreciate that Birkdale is almost like God has designed the land himself and this golf course has been cut wonderfully into the sand dune landscape - but the blunt facts are that unless you are playing to a high standard [and by that I mean of a handicap of 5 and below] then this course is a monumental struggle.

There is absolutely no doubt that it is a beautiful layout and that the fairways and greens are perfectly designed, but I am sure that along with me - most amateur golfers find that 30-40% of their shots don`t go in the exact location they want, and this is where Birkdale becomes a real chore of a course.

I am not talking about wild slices, or woeful pulls....but just semi wayward shots that are moderately off line or mishit. If you ball misses the narrow fairways you have about 2 metres of 1st cut to play with [on average] before you are in deep and unforgiving heather. The ball beds down into it almost every single time and if you are lucky enough to find the ball, then you sure won`t be playing anything substantial out of it.
When I say its hard to locate the ball, let me give you an example.....One of my fourball mishit a shot and all four of us watched the ball roll into the rough within a foot of a marker post [which helped give us a perfect reference point] Despite this, we could not locate the ball despite all 4 of us searching in the exact spot it had entered. The grass/heather was knee high and was thick enough to gobble up the ball and give you no chance of finding it.
Another member of our group - who is a 14 handicap - went through a full box of brand new balls on the course.

Now I understand that poor shots deserve everything they get - but time after time players were punished for the very smallest margin of error and this quite simply made the round frustrating and unenjoyable. Should we have courses that quite simply are not designed for anyone above a 5 handicap? If you think so, then Birkdale is for you.

Compound this with the fact that it costs a small fortune to enjoy the pleasure of the course and it really does make me think that other courses close by offer much better value for money - such as Hillside, S&A, Formby and West Lancs.

The fairways were like carpet and the tee boxes were faultless as you would imagine. I was a little disappointed in the greens [for a May and June respectively] as they were a tough uneven in roll and speed and I was expecting the finest greens I had ever seen, but sadly they were simply not.

I can say I`ve played the world famous Royal Birkdale [twice] and I can totally appreciate the numerous wonderful points of this course, but I cannot help but feel that the club makes itself elitist on a number of levels and this to me is not what golf should be about. When I think the the experiences of other courses with stand out reputations such as Gleneagles, The Belfry and Royal Liverpool in comparison to Birkdale I am only ever left with the feeling that it was a bit of an anti-climax. Sad but true.

Course

7

Greens

9

Facilities

9

Value

3

Hospitality

3