One of the major tournaments in golf is set to take place at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport in July. The first British Open was first played at Prestwick, Scotland, in 1860 making it the oldest major tournament in the professional game. It sits alongside the Masters, US Open and PGA Championships (all of which are in the US) as one of the most hotly anticipated dates of the year. 156 of the world’s best players compete to take home winnings from the £6.5 million prize fund. Visit the Royal Birkdale Golf Club and watch the likes of Henrik Stenson take on Rory McIlroy.
Helpful information about the British Open, Southport
There are three airports in easy reach of Southport. The Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Blackpool International and Manchester International are all less than an hour away. Once at the seaside town the Royal Birkdale Golf Club is within walking distance. Tickets vary in price however are available from as little as £10. Weekly passes start at £225, or you can also reserve a seat with the Greenside Club ticket starting at £205. Gates are open as early as 6am on some days, but check the official website for the times players tee-off, as the action can start from around 6.30am.
Making the most of the British Open
Arrive early to see all the players taking part. Download the mobile app to watch live footage up close or relax in the Spectators Village by the big screens. Although July is a good time to visit the UK, be mindful of unpredictable British weather as for much of the golf you will be out in the outdoors. There are various hospitality packages to take advantage of, with deals that include food, drink and exclusive function rooms. Children can go free, so make it a family outing. If you’re a fan of a particular player, try and meet them in the autograph zone.
Where to stay in Southport for the British Open
If you are planning to watch the golf, choose from rental properties close to the course such as houses, flats, studios, rental apartments or Bed and Breakfasts. Whether you are looking to stay in the area of elsewhere in Southport, there’s plenty of public transport or a park and ride scheme to get you to the British Open. Check our accommodation in Southport.
Things to do near the British Open
Situated on the seaside town of Southport, there are some very old fashioned and typically British entertainment. Have family fun on Southport Pier, at Pleasureland, Funland or in the Model Railway Village. For something different visit the unique British Lawnmower Museum, with exhibits owned by the rich and famous.
More information about the British Open
For further information about the British Open including: tickets and hospitality, getting to the British Open, the heritage of the course, the players and previous venues, news and videos, making the most of your day at the golf, shopping for merchandise and much more visit the official website.
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