Royal Birkdale Senior Open Golf Championship

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Sefton welcomes the Senior Open Golf Championship

Presented by Rolex, at Royal Birkdale Golf Course.

More than £7m is expected to boost the local Sefton economy and an estimated crowd of 40,000 is forecast at the famous golf course during the prestigious event which runs from July 25-28.

Visitors to the Championships are being asked to use public transport,

especially Hillside train station, and cars should use the free parking at Birkdale Common by the course. Please allow plenty of travel time to get to the event. A temporary taxi rank will also be in place on Greenbank Drive, opposite the entrance to the course, during the tournament.

Combining accommodation bookings, food and drink, leisure facilities and transport links, millions of pounds will be spent in the local economy in the run up to and during the tournament.

The influx of more than 300 players

expected to take part in the Monday qualifying event (July 22), held at Formby, Hillside and Southport & Ainsdale, and 144 competitors taking part in the 72-hole Championship, will provide a further financial injection

Councillor Ian Maher the Cabinet Member for  Regeneration and Tourism, said:

“The countdown is well and truly on for another fantastic golf tournament being held in Sefton. Golf fans from the region will get the chance to see some legends including the likes of Colin Montgomerie, Fred Couples, Tom Watson, Bernard Langer, Mark O’Meara, Tom Lehman and many more of the game’s all-time greats in the fabulous setting of Royal Birkdale. “The Senior Open Championship is very much a family event and we are expecting thousands of people of all ages to enjoy the tournament and all the excellent facilities Southport and Sefton have to offer. If you haven’t got a ticket now is your chance to do so and support a great sporting showcase right on our doorstep.”

Season tickets can now be purchased for just £80 while one day tickets cost £30. Practice day tickets are also available at £15. Under16s are admitted for free when accompanied by an adult and parking is also free.

Tickets can be bought online via the

 Senior Open Golf website 

or by calling 0800 0232557, with details of hospitality packages also available.

Royal Birkdale, which last hosted The Open Championship in 2008 when Padraig Harrington claimed his second consecutive Claret Jug, will become the 11th different course to host The Senior Open Championship. It will be only the second venue in the north west of England to host the Championship, following Royal Lytham & St Annes (1991-1994).

Sefton Hosts Senior Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale

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Royal Birkdale 18th & Clubhouse

The  Senior Open Golf Championship, will be held at Royal Birkdale on Thursday 25th Sunday 28th of July this year.  More than 300 competitors will take part in the qualifying event. 144 will take part in the Championship.

More than 40,000 spectators are expected to attend the four day event.

Cllr Ian Maher, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Regeneration and Tourism, said: “When The Open Championship was last held at Royal Birkdale we witnessed a huge impact on the local economy. A similar impact is expected later in the year when The Senior Open is being held at the famous Royal Birkdale Golf Courses. Golf enthusiasts from across the world will descend on Sefton and the greater Merseyside area spending money on all the superb facilities we have to offer.

The Senior Open Championship will be a chance for us all to showcase what Sefton has to offer and is also a great opportunity for residents of all ages to see some great golfers close up at a world class venue. The event should be a superb spectacle.”

Tickets can be bought online via www.senioropengolf.com or by calling 0800 0232557, where details of hospitality packages are also available.

Under 16’s are FREE accompanying an adult and parking is free.

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