Old Links Golf Club St Annes
The Old Link’s Golf Club, St Annes , is a favourite stop for the discerning golf visitor. Part of the golf community hosting The Open in 2012, on July 15-22, the Final Qualifiying rounds will be played there. If you are planning to catch some of the action, I would get your tickets now.
Established in 1901, St Annes Old Links, as it is affectionately known, was voted one of the top 100 golf courses in the United Kingdom in 2011. This may have something to do with the degree of challenging links, alongside immaculate green-keeping and a gorgeous club house facility.
Challenges of Old Link’s Golf Club, St Annes
The course is designed to make the best of your golfing patience, with the flat course peppered with challenging holes, encompassing 6941 yards of green, and with a maximum 72 par score achievable. The course is sleek, and known for running true, and being very quick, for the experienced player. You will get a good work out on this green.
The undulating fairways provide much challenge, and require you have a good eye-line skills. There’s some challenging brush, and deep links which could damage your par score a bit, if you go off green. The 18th and 19th holes have long fairways, so save some energy for a big hit with the wood for the final two holes.
The original course was laid out by the 1902 Open Championship winner of Alex Herd. The sand dunes which form the base of the grounds, overlooking the Irish Sea and the course is located at the north end of St Annes. The wind is a major factor and will test your skill as a golfer. The holes generally run north to south, or the reverse, and with the prevailing wind usually a westerly, the traverse challenge will have you working geometrically in your head.
Three one-shot holes are the exception to this, and not unusually found on a links course, are four ponds to contend with along the course which influence on the game. If the summer has been dry, which is so often is, the sandy soil combines with a bouncy green to ensure that the course can be exciting, with the traditional energy of a true links golf course that embodies the very essence of the game. Enjoy your visit to Old Link’s Golf Club, St Annes.