Southport, the host town for the 2008 British Open (as home to Royal Birkdale Golf Club) is a bustling seaside holiday destination. The town boasts beautiful beaches, diverse attractions, numerous shopping opportunities, a myriad of restaurants and a whole host of activities for all ages and tastes.
Amongst Southport’s tourism attractions are the Southport Flower Show, Southport Air Show, Summer Classics – Music in the Park, the British Musical Fireworks Championships, the Southport International Jazz Festival and much, much more.
The town also offers a vibrant and exciting nightlife, the Victorian architectural splendour of Lord Street and its unique range of shops, as well as a number of scenic parks and gardens.
Southport is also known as “England’s golfing capital” and has an incredible seven championship courses including the Royal Birkdale, which hosts the British Open in July 2008. The town is at the centre of England’s Golf Coast and no less than 19 courses – including the so-called Three Royals – can be reached in under an hour.

Royal Birkdale Golf Club

The course at Royal Birkdale has been voted the number one course in England and can be considered one of the best in the world. Golfing enthusiasts from around the globe travel to the area to soak up Southport’s rich golfing tradition and heritage.
The Royal Birkdale Golf Club is situated at the southern edge of Southport. Royal Birkdale has hosted the British Open eight times since it was added to the list of championship courses in 1954.
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