Hillside Golf Club was founded in 1911 and is situated in the charming seaside town of Southport, the home of England’s remarkable Golf Coast. A true championship links, Hillside was overhauled in the 1960s by renowned architect Fred Hawtree and is regarded as probably the finest links course not to have hosted The Open.

Hillside has staged some of the highest-profile professional and amateur tournaments, including the 1982 PGA Championship (when Tony Jacklin defeated Bernhard Langer in a playoff), the British Masters and twice the Amateur and Ladies Amateur Championships. It is also a regular Final Qualifying venue for The Open.

Course Rankings

World’s Top 100: –
Britain’s Top 100: 52
England’s Top 100: 23

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Despite its distance from the sea, Hillside Golf Club is classed as a “links” course because of its distinctive vegetation and geography. Playing at just under 7,000 yards, Hillside is the immediate neighbour of Royal Birkdale. This means it offers a similar challenge and terrain characterised by soaring dunes and pinewoods.

Hillside is a wonderfully designed and varied golf course that is an absolute pleasure to play. Double Open Champion, Greg Norman, once claimed that the back nine holes were the “best in Britain”. A sentiment echoed by the 18-time major winner, Jack Nicklaus, who called them some of his favourite holes.