12 reviews of St. Annes Old Links Golf Club
Played with my 13 year old son on 15-2-12. £30 each including breakfast excellent value for money. The course had been closed for a few days the previous week following some frost but it was in very good condition when we teed off. As others have said the wind is the key here. some really monsterous par 4s wind against but the final 2 holes both par 5s were with the wind so they were slightly easier. In all honesty the best holes were the par 3s (9th- great hole and the 13th and 16th). Most of the greens on the other holes were guarded by bunkers but they werent cruelly placed. The greens were in very good nick and very fast. Had a good day and the club officials were very friendly. The cooked breakfast set us up for a 1030 start time and even though we started to be held up slightly half way through the back 9 (very busy day) we still got round as a 2 ball in 3 hours 15 minutes. Will certainly play the course again if there is another good offer on
Played on Jan 30th 2012 and we had a good day. Paid only £25 and we were treated to a completely dry (other than one or two isolated spots in the far corner of the course) and very well presented course. Greens and fairways in great condition.
It's a very good predominantly flat links course with the only possible criticism being that the greens are mostly free of any undulations. They are however in perfect condition even at the end of January!
Some great holes which you'll want to play again, and the whole set-up is very visitor friendly.
Defintely somewhere I'll be making the trip to play again.
Played here in february of this year on a nice crisp day. Course was in fantastic condition and is a true links course. The greens were better than most courses get in summer. Good challenge for all abilities. The 9th hole is one of the best par 3's i've played.
Played here for the second time on the 01/09/08 and can say that every aspect of the day was an improvement on the last vist (feb06. 1. The course is in mint condition as the wet summer has kept the course (including the rough!) very lush. Fairways, greens and tees were perfect in every way and the par 3 ninth is as stunning as ever.
2. There was a feeling of not being wanted by the members on the last visit that had disappeared completely this time around. Members we met were friendly and willing to have a chat.
At £45 a round in the summer it is a bit steep but, in this condition, well worth it. (£20 if you are lucky enough to know a member and reduced fees in winter are the cheaper options) (Course rating for a windy day)
You start to wonder what you've come to as you head through Blackpool and all the kiss-me-quick hats, donkey rides and candy floss, you see a patch of ground with some flags in and fully expect a seaside pitch and putt.
This is anything but. Ignore the fact that this club is
(a) a near neighbour of the more famous Lytham St Annes,
(b) an even nearer neighbour of Blackpool town centre and
(c) has a slightly unusal vista of Blackpool tower and Blackpool Airport. Take it for what it is.....a fantastic links course.
SAOL as it's known locally is everything you could want from a links course, with sand dunes, fast greens and wind. You need to be right on top of your game to score well here and the view up the 18th fairway up towards the clubhouse.
The club itself an an old fashioned members club, yet people are friendly. Yes you need to mind your manners, don't wear shorts without long socks, no collarless shirts etc.... but don't let that detract you.
Facility wise, the club and clubhouse is there for it's members. It isn't flash or over-elaborate, just a pleasant members clubhouse wish pleasant views of the links from the 1st floor and nice food. It doesn't pretend to be a big flashy modern venue aiming to get societies and big corporate days there all the while....it doesn't need to.
A superb and brutal (in the wind) classic links course. Played it last Monday (12th March 07) and thoroughly enjoyed it. A real challenge with superb quick but true greens and fairway bunkers that deny any chance of reaching the green with ease. Friendly (but oldschool) clubhouse and good value for money. Highly recommended and i'll back back to play as a members guest on invitation day i hope!
Here is a track that offers all you expect from a links course.
Lots of run on fairly tight and well guarded fairways. Some tight bunkers where a "splash out" is the only option. Terrific greens that are often tricky to get to. The wind can be cruel, it can be kind. It's a track where you play a hole well as a visitor and walk off the green with a smile, if you play the whole course well, you're on a high for days!
St Annes Old Links has the lot, with a magnificent looking Clubhouse overlooking the whole thing. There are holes here that stick in the mind for different reasons - a fabulous looking hole, a real challenge, an absolute brute, they're all in there.
The par 3s are great holes, in particular the 9th played back towards the Clubhouse where there is nothing for short. The par 5 fifth is a brute into the wind, the 18th a terrific finishing hole with a blind approach shot to a well defended green. There are no more than a couple of "weaker holes" on the entire course, but there are some real crackers.
The Clubshop is large and well stocked, with assistance and a good welcome at hand. The bar is terrific, overlooking the course and giving a terrific view of the 9th and 18th greens. The catering is of a good standard, though the insistance that jacket and tie be worn at the height of summer can be a discomfort. Green fees are not onerous considering the quality of the course you are enjoying.
All in all, a must for any keen golfer, particularly admirers of traditional links courses.
Our Golf Society visited St Annes Old Links for the first time on 15th July 2005, whilst the Open was on at St Andrews.
For all the times I have been to Blackpool, if only I had known that just a mile away from the cap sleeve tops, tattoos and ale guts, lays the golfing paradise that is St Annes.
For less than the price of two wristbands for the fair you can enjoy a day of the best links golf that you are going to get anywhere .without queuing up once.
True, St Annes isnt blessed with spectacular scenery. It does have a traditional Links Railway but the Big One and the Tower are silent spectators for your entire day, and you may get to watch a few planes and helicopters coming and going over the fence ..some a little too close for comfort.
However, you dont play the scenery, you play the course, and what a course it is. The sense of expectation starts as you pull into the car park and the links is laid out before you.
There is nothing manufactured here and credit must go to the green keepers as the course can only be described as perfect with the greens like glass billiard tables. Small touches like the inside of the holes being painted white right up to the surface made us feel like we were at St Andrews.
The Website does not do the course justice, we played in a light breeze which turned Stroke Index 18 into Stroke Index 1 but at least looking for our balls took our eye off the back of Pontins over the field.
Off the course, you may be mistaken for thinking that the grand Clubhouse may be stuck in the old days and full of port-swilling old boys just waiting for a Visitor to infringe a minor rule ..Far from it. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel most welcome by the staff and members alike and the facilities were second to none.
All in all, a great day of traditional golf and full value for money ..just like the fair?
WBO Golf Society
Love this course, my mate's dad is a member and I always play as a guest 2/ 3 times a year. The course is well kept and well worth a visit even if it is flat.
Clubhouse welcoming and fantastic views across the course, looking forward to going back!
This course has a classic feel to it. On a calm day good players will be able to take advantage of it but is the wind is up you will struggle to shoot your handicap. It has some lovely holes, especially the par 3's and the green fee is more than reasonable.
Excellent Links Golf course, tough course when the wind is blowing. All course is sandbase so always worth a visit in winter, because winter greens never in use. You will enjoy the Par3 ninth only short but surrounded by mounds and bunkers,the putt can seem longer than the tee shot. If you want the complete test of your skills visit in the months prior to a Open championship at neighbouring course Royal Lytham, because they grow the rough long and make fairways tight for the qualifiers.
Excellent Links Golf course, tough course when the wind is blowing. All course is sandbase so always worth a visit in winter, because winter greens never in use. You will enjoy the Par3 ninth only short but surrounded by mounds and bunkers,the putt can seem longer than the tee shot. If you want the complete test of your skills visit in the months prior to a Open championship at nighbouring course Royal Lytham, because they grow the rough long and fairways tight for the qualifiers.
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