Walker Cup: 10 things you should know about Lytham St Annes, the seaside venue where the USA and GB&I will clash this week

Lytham St Annes


It’s just days to go until the Walker Cup, a real highlight in the amateur golfing circuit and a chance for the best amateur golf players from America, Great Britain and Ireland to carve out lasting memories on the course. It’s not just the Cup at stake – it’s an opportunity to make golfing history.

Jack Nicklaus had it right when he said: “If golf is something that you intend to pursue, then the Walker Cup is a good place to learn a lot about yourself and about the game.” 

It all kicks off on Saturday at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, but how well do you know Lytham itself? Whether you’re planning on visiting Blackpool, hoping to play a round of golf in Lytham yourself in the coming months, or just following the Cup from home, it’s important to know a little history about the host venue.


Here are 10 things you should know about Lytham St Annes ahead of the Walker Cup this weekend


1. It’s three places for the price of one

Lytham golf

The seaside resort of Lytham St Annes is made up of Lytham, St-Annes-on-Sea, and the Fylde villages, which have merged together to form a fantastic area just south of Blackpool on a gorgeous stretch of coast. If you’re visiting Lytham for the golf, you’ve got plenty to check out and explore in the surrounding area.


2. It dates back to 600 BC!


There is evidence to show that Lytham was populated during the Bronze Age, and was later developed by Vikings in around 900 AD. It’s mentioned in the Domesday Book, and some of the tourist attractions today are built on historic sites – including Lytham Hall, which stands where a medieval monastery could once be found.


3. You can get in the golfing mood on St Annes Pier

St Annes Pier

This charming, traditional pier has welcomed visitors since 1885, and no matter the weather, there’s sure to be something to entertain you and the family. There are places to eat, shops to pop into, attractions aplenty, and of course the mandatory crazy golf – where you can get into the Walker Cup spirit surrounded by the gorgeous coastline.


4. There are four golf courses to enjoy


It’s not just the Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club that offers a great round of golf in the area. There are three others to check out, too. At the wonderful St Annes Old Links you can find out why the great Bobby Jones once said, “It’s difficult to see how you could improve on this” – and Lytham Green Drive is home to some of the prettiest fairways in the north of England. Last but by no means least is Fairhaven Golf Club, a course Peter Alliss described as a “hidden gem.”


5. It’s only five miles from Blackpool Tower

Blackpool tower

And that means there is a LOT to do within a 15-minute drive of Lytham. The Tower itself, as you can see from the photo above, is certainly impressive – but you can also visit Pleasure Beach, the Sandcastle Waterpark, and a whole host of other attractions. If you’re keen to check out all that Blackpool has to offer, you can buy a seven-day pass that allows you access to six of the area’s best attractions.


6. It’s home to the only village in England named after an artist

Richard Ansdell

Situated between Lytham and St Annes, this small village is famous for being the home of Richard Ansdell. Best known for his paintings of animals, he was also an engraver, and you can find out more about him at his website, run by his great, great granddaughter.


7. It’s home to the majestic Lytham Hall

Lytham Hall

This 18th-century Georgian manor house is surrounded by picturesque grounds, and you can go for walks in the extensive gardens or go inside the house itself. It hosts events throughout the year, from children’s trail activities to outdoor theatre, and has a tea room on site where you can enjoy fantastic cakes.


8. You can learn about the history of the Spitfire at Fairhaven Lake

Fairhaven Lake

One of the best things you can do at Lytham is check out Fairhaven Lake, where you can learn about the legendary Spitfire, take a stroll around the water, and go out on motorboats, canoes, and rowing boats. The lake itself is renowned throughout Europe, with a huge variety of birds to be spotted.


9. Visitors can take a trip back in time at Lytham Windmill

Lytham Windmill

Want a break from all the excitement? At Lytham Windmill, you can go inside for free (although donations are kindly accepted), and enjoy an authentic look at how life used to be. Learn all about the history of milling, the history of the Lytham area, and get an inside look at the local fishing and shrimping.


10. You don’t have to go to Blackpool for a good night out


We all know Blackpool is great for a night out, but the Walker Cup golfers will have options much closer to the course if they want to celebrate or drown their sorrows. You can check out The Taps for a pint, and a range of cocktails is served at the bar and nightclub The Loft. With many of Team USA not being old enough to drink legally back in the States, they’ll no doubt appreciate the chance to enjoy a cheeky tipple or two in Lytham!

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