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Royal Birkdale Golf Club’s championship course was completed in 1922. This fabulous course and host to The Open Championship in 2017 didn’t however get it’s Royal status until 1951.
There are 3 Royal golf courses on England Golf Coast, so how did they go from being mere links courses to being Royal Courses?
The simple answe
r is that while anyone can in theory add “royal” on their golf course such as the Royal Links Golf Club in Las Vegas, actual “Royal” golf clubs, such as Royal Birkdale, Royal Lytham and St Annes and Royal Liverpool are named as such by the British Royal Family; specifically in latter years the Queen, and previously, the King.
Should a member of our Royal Family decide a golf course is worthy of “Royal” status it would ordinarily be because it has been host to some prestigious events or because the Royal granting the status has enjoyed spending time there.
Either the King or Queen themselves or an extended royal family individual becomes the course’s “Royal patron,” an advocate as the course tries to obtain the full, Royal designation from The Queen or King who has the ultimate final decision.If they’re so inclined, they will accept the nomination and designate it a Royal golf club.
The three courses in England were granted their Royal statuses by a King and Queen
Royal Liverpool 1869 – founded – Member/Patron – Duke of Connaught – Granted Royal Status in 1871 by Queen Victoria
Founded 1886 – Royal Lytham & St Annes Granted Royal Status in 1926 by King George V
Royal Birkdale – 1889 – founded – Granted Royal Status in 1951 by King George VI