Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s Golf Club, Lytham St. Anne’s England
Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s Golf Club, Lytham St. Anne’s England Highlights
The sight of the classic, red-brick clubhouse of the Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s Golf Club in Lancashire England is one of the most familiar in English golf. This historic building has stood watch while players such as Jones, Player, Jacklin, Ballesteros, Duval, and Els completed famous Open victories over the storied Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s links. Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s Golf Club has hosted so many Open Championships that if an English course were to be given the title of the “St. Andrews of England,” Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s Golf Club would likely be the place. One of our favorite moments ever was the 72nd hole in 1974, with Gary Player over the green and his ball right up against the Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s Golf Club clubhouse. He somehow was able to play it despite the distraction of the Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s members looking straight down him from the upstairs porch, and the old Royal Lytham Club Secretary hanging his white-haired head out of his office window, no more than 5 feet away, a classic scene! Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s Golf Club is the one Open venue completely out of sight from the sea, located over 1 mile away across the railway that guards the right side of the outward nine. Nevertheless, Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s is pure links, a menacing terrain of humps, hillocks, and the most penalizing bunkers on the Open rotation, over 190 of them! Hemmed in by the wonderfully-English red brick houses, Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s Golf Club is a cozy, intimate venue where spectators can view the action from the roofs, none better than behind the par-3 ninth, a scene straight out of Wrigley Field’s left field bleachers transported across the Atlantic to England. One of the best ways to experience any course in the British Isles and especially in England is to stay at the club itself, and there is none better than Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s, where you can stay in the atmospheric dormy house behind the putting green, have full use of the club facilities with breakfast and dinner each day in the classic clubhouse, and play up to 4 rounds of golf, an experience never to be forgotten! Many visitors on their England golf vacations have difficulty finding a worthy course to play on a Saturday but if you stay at Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s Golf Club Dormy House, you will have no trouble finding a tee time. Make sure you make the pilgrimage to England’s Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s Golf Club at least once in your lifetime!
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