Royal Birkdale, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham & St. Annes are the three major golf courses in the area of Liverpool, England. They are part of the 15-course Golf Coast group located along the Irish Sea.
Royal Birkdale and Royal Lytham & St. Annes are the only British courses to host golf's three major events: The Open Championship, the Ryder Cup and the Walker Cup. Royal Liverpool has hosted The Open 12 times.
Royal Birkdale is considered the best of the Golf Coast courses, according to Golf magazine in November 2014. Royal Birkdale ranks fifth in Golf's rankings of its top 100 British and Irish courses; Royal Lytham & St. Annes is ninth and Royal Liverpool is 12th.
Within the Wirral peninsula, Wallasey Golf Club is the course closest to Liverpool. Caldy Golf Club, along the River Dee, has hosted men's and women's European Tour events. Regional and national tournaments have been played at Bromborough Golf Club.
West Lancashire Golf Club is among the 10 oldest courses in England. Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club has hosted Ryder Cups and is ranked 69th on Golf's list. Hesketh Golf Club is Southport's oldest course.
Royal Lytham & St. Annes, Lytham Green Drive, Fairhaven and St. Annes Old Links are located a short distance south of Blackpool.