British Open Courses in England
Royal St George’s Golf Club will host The 149th Open Championship in 2020. Located in Sandwich on the Kent Coast in Southeast England, Royal St George’s dates back to 1887 with design credit to William Laidlaw Purves.
Royal St George’s hosted The Open Championship in 1894, making it the first course in England to ever host The Open Championship. Since then the Kent links has hosted The Open on 14 occasions, most recently in 2011 when Darren Clarke became the Champion Golfer of the Year.
A course that provides a formidable test of links golf and fully deserves its recognition as a true venue for the Open Championship. Each hole runs in valleys between towering sand hills. The problems are clearly stated, if you stray from the fairway the buckthorn and scrub can be demanding. The Open was last played at Birkdale in 2008 when Padraig Harrington lifted the Claret Jug for back to back Open Championships.
Arguably the toughest of England's championship links courses. Unusual for a British links it does not sit beside the sea. Its main defense is the vast numbers of deep bunkers guarding both the fairways as well as the greens. It enjoys a very special atmosphere. It was here in 1926 that Bobby Jones won the British Open Championship; his legendary shot to the 17th green is commemorated by a plaque.
Despite its somewhat flat and benign appearance, Royal Liverpool is among the toughest and most demanding of the great seaside championship links of Britain. Hoylake, as it is more commonly known, lies at the very heart of the history and development of golf in Britain. Built in 1869, on what was then the racecourse of the Liverpool Hunt Club, Hoylake is one of the oldest English seaside courses.
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