We had just arrived in Southport England from a long flight in American Airlines First Class from Miami to London and a British Airways connecting flight from London to Manchester.
The plan was to relax for the evening, grab a drink while waiting for a college friend to drive up from London and meet us. I’ll have a full review of the Hotel Vincent soon, but the hotel was a great home base to explore the golf courses on the west coast including Royal Birkdale (home of the 2013 Senior Open Championship) and Royal Lytham St Annes (home of the 2013 Open Championship).
We grabbed a table in the warm sun outside of the V-Café overlooking the small park and starting ordering beers even though we were dead tired from sleeping in the American Airlines First Class flat-bed seat.
We ordered a few beers and before we knew it our friend had arrived. He would be the fourth in our first two golf rounds on this trip. He was my college room-mate and was working in London at the time, so it just made sense for him to join us for the weekend, then there were four of us for a complete golf round.
I ordered the chicken with beer and my brother ordered the steak with beer. It was just plain good.
The beers were going down like water at this point and we finally noticed the Vincent Hotel has some cocktail napkins that even compete with our own Points, Miles & Martinis napkins. Touché Vincent Hotel, touché. Slow-Golf-Clap!
Good thing we didn’t have to drive 🙂
It was our first happy hour and first night in England before the first golf round of the trip and we were so excited. We were excited that we had arrived together, in First Class, with our golf bags, and finally had the chance to play Royal Birkdale the next morning.
We had heard that “nothing ever happens in Southport” from all the bartenders in town, but this golf round was about to happen, and we were ready for it.
Have you ever played a golf course as exciting as Royal Birkdale?