Sefton’s Hole In One – amazing golf-themed art structure at The Atkinson, Southport

An amazing golf-themed art structure will dominate the Southport skyline ahead of the 146th Open Golf Championship. 

With the Championship soon to tee off, Sefton Council has come up with a fitting way to engage with the local community and the hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to the borough for the event.

The art structure, based at The Atkinson in Southport town centre, will stand over 10 metres tall and five metres wide – covering the entire height of the Atkinson façade – and is inspired by every golfer’s dream; a hole in one. 

Four giant golf clubs replicating the motion of a swing are placed at the top of the building, with 20 golf balls depicting the trajectory of the ball into a hole at ground level.  It’s hoped the piece of art will be a talking point and will prove a popular spot for selfies and snapshots by visitors and local residents. 

The artwork, commissioned by Wild Creations, is just one of many activities in Southport to herald the staging of The 146th Open on England’s Golf Coast having worked hand in hand with golf’s governing body, The R&A. 

During the week of the Open Championship, Southport will be running the fantastic FREE ‘Summer of Golf’ event. With interactive golf activities, golf exhibitions and lots more it will be a great place to spend some time, whether you’re a seasoned golfer or new to the game. It will centre around the Town Hall Gardens and The Atkinson, right in the heart of the town. This runs from July 15-23. 

From July 20-23, Rick Shiels and Peter Finch, golf bloggers and reviewers, will be there to give their thoughts on the day’s play. There is also a chance to win one of four lessons with them through visitsouthport social media. 

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said:

“The hole in one artwork is a great spectacle and a great way to mark the onset of the prestigious Championship. 

“We are expecting hundreds of thousands of visitors to Sefton along with millions watching on TV for the Championship and the hole in one artwork is one of many initiatives planned to ensure everyone leaves our amazing borough with a great memory of The 146th Open. 

“Please get behind the Championship and really put Sefton in the global spotlight.” 

Johnnie Cole Hamilton, Executive Director of Championships at The R&A, said:

“We are delighted that Sefton Council have commemorated the return of The Open to Royal Birkdale with such an awe-inspiring mural in the iconic Town Hall Gardens. The Open is the one they all want to win and we are delighted that golf fans and local residents alike can celebrate the Championship coming back to Southport. 

“We have no doubt it will prove a popular tourist attraction throughout The Open for people of all ages and with The R&A offering free tickets to Royal Birkdale for all children under-16, we are confident watching the world’s top golfers can leave a lasting legacy in the area.” 

Matt Wild, Wild Creations Director, said:

“It was an honour to be invited to work with Sefton Council to create a build for The Open. 

“We knew that for such a prestigious event we would have to go big and so jointly we came up with the design of a supersize structure that couldn’t fail to catch the eye. 

“Our main goal was to create a static structure that had a sense of movement and for us the key really was in the detail so over a period of weeks every dimple of every golf ball was hand crafted with the finishing touch of the Sefton Council logo really bringing the sculpture to life.” 

Adult and Youth (16-24) season tickets are available to purchase for the 146th Open. Visit for full details. 

During the Championship please follow us on twitter @seftoncouncil @visitsouthport @TheOpen and follow #TheOpen, #OpenTravel #Southporttime for advice, information and travel tips.

Sefton MBC & Historic England: Waterloo & Southport Heritage Trails

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Historic England together with Sefton Council are working on a new series of new Heritage Trails for Waterloo and Southport.  As part of this we intend to use pictures of the Conservation Area and of selected sites within the Area, to go onto the final product.  Most importantly we wish the images selected to come from the community rather than commissioning from a professional photographer.

Three trails will be produced;

  • Waterloo (Covering Christ Church and Waterloo Park conservation areas)
  • Southport Historic Parks
  • Lord Street

The final trails will be 2 sided, be both paper (50,000 copies) and digital hosted on the Visit Southport website (and hopefully interactive as part of an app in the future).  The first side will be a general history of the area, and include general scenes and hopefully some older images.  The other side will include a map with a selection of highlight sites – each to have some text and an image.

How can you help ?

  1. Find one of the key views in the Conservation Area and take a photo of it and send it in
  2. Have a look for any old images that you might have – perhaps from the 1960s ? 1930s etc. (convert to digital format) and send them in
  3. Look at the list of highlight sites (overleaf) and take an interesting photo of one or some of these and send it in
  4. All images should have a file name in the following format – name of site, name of photographer, date taken

Where to send them …

Please upload your photos to the Visit Southport flickr page at Please upload all phots by Friday 22 April 2016

What happens next …

  1. A working group chaired by Historic England will select the most suitable images to populate the trail.
  2. A selection of the images will be printed and on display at the Atkinson Gallery as part of their exhibition on Southport
  3. The images sent in will be used as part of a rolling presentation at The Atkinson

Image Issues

All images need to be digital

The selected images would be credited to the photographers on the trail, but by sending them in you would be relinquishing the copyright and agreeing to the reproduction and use of these on the trails.

Photos should be of a reasonably high quality/size (a very general rule of thumb would be that the higher the MB the higher the image size, or the higher the DPI (dots per inch) the higher the image size)


General Views to include

Marine Terrace Waterloo Road (around Christ Church)
Adelaide Terrace St Mary’s Terrace
Beach Lawn South View
Wellington Street Walmer Road
The 4 seafront gardens Waterloo Park

Highlight Sites 

The Royal Hotel The Old Bank Pub, South Road
No 2 Marine Terrace Liver Hotel, South Road
No 17 Marine Crescent Former Conservative HQ, South Road/Curzon Road junction
No 13 Beach Lawn St John’s Church, St John’s Place
12 Wellington Street Cinema, Crosby Road North
9 Wellington Street Bank, Crosby Road North/St John’s Road
Schoolhouse on Wellington Street St Faith’s Church, Crosby Road North
Welsh Presbyterian Church, Crosby Road North Potter’s Barn, Crosby Road South/Cambridge Road
Waterloo Town Hall Victoria Hotel
Christ Church National School The Cenotaph, Great George’s Road
St Mary’s Church, Waterloo Park Christ Church, Waterloo Road
Ennis Cottage, Waterloo Road The Volunteer Canteen, East Street

Southport Classic Parks

General Views to include

Hesketh Park Southport Flower Festival
The Botanic Gardens Marine Lake
Victoria Park  
Princes Park  
Kings Gardens  

 Hesketh Park

Conservatory Lake (Fountain Feature)
Observatory The Floral Clock Garden

Botanic Gardens

Lake Fernery
Bridges Entrance gates

 Victoria Park

Bandstand Victoria Park General

Kings Gardens

Information Centre/Tea Rooms (Former Ladies toilets) Lifeboat Memorial
Arts & Craft Shelter Venetian Bridge
Shelters Fountain & Community Garden

 Lord Street Gardens

General Views Mermaid Fountain

Rotten Row

Rotten Row General  (Flower displays)  

Lord Street

Grand Casino 180 Lord Street 253 Lord St currently Pizza Express
The War Memorial incl. obeslisk and colonnades National Westminster Bank
Waterstones Post Office
Canopies No156 Lord Street, The Cottage
 No158 Lord Street The Bold Hotel
Jaegar Building 357-355 Lord Street
Albany Buildings HSBC Bank
325-319 Lord Street Wayfarers Arcade
Scarisbrick Hotel The Town Hall
The Atkinson Civic Garden
215-219 Lord Street (opposite Starbucks) Bandstand
Pavilion (former Tourist Office) Town Gardens Cafe (pavilion)
Prince of Wales Hotel 37 Lord Street (Royal Building)
Wellington Terrace Morrison’s roundabout – Inscription

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