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Have you ever taken a golf trip? How about one to the British Isles, or Scotland for one? What you may not know is that a tremendous amount of planning and efforts go into the creation (or at least should) of such golfing experiences, much of which is in the back of the house and behind the scenes. Here’s an inside look at a recent event in Scotland that PerryGolf attended.
The British Open, or “The Open Championship” as it is referred to officially, is the oldest of all four major championships in professional golf – The Masters, The US Open, The Open, and The PGA Championship. The Open Championship was first played on October 17, 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland. While the other three majors are played in the United States, The Open is played outside the U.S. as it is administered by the R&A – the governing body of golf outside the U.S. and Mexico.
The tournament is held every year on one of nine links courses amidst Scotland and England. While it was played once at Northern Ireland’s Royal Portrush in 1951, The Open has not returned since. While The Open Championship has been played 60 times in Scotland, 48 times in England, and once in Ireland, there is no strict rule. The R&A appoints the host of the championship typically five years in advance.
The Open is always played on the weekend of the third Friday in July. It is a 72-hole stroke play tournament with a cut at the end of the first two rounds, limiting the field to the top 70 players and ties. In the event of a tie after 72 holes, The Open features a four-hole playoff and continues to sudden-death if a winner has still not emerged.
Over the years of The Open Championship, several awards have been given out for various achievements. Some of these include the Challenge Belt, The Gold Medal, The Silver Medal, and the Bronze Medal. Today perhaps the most prized award is The Claret Jug. Also known as the Golf Champion Trophy, it replaced the Challenge Belt and has been awarded to the winner each year since 1873.
Old Course at St Andrews:
The ”Home of Golf”. The Old Course has played host to the greatest golfers in the world and produced many of golf’s dramatic moments. Wide double fairways, seven extensive double greens, and a multitude of intimidating bunkers are just some of the unique features you will encounter.
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Carnoustie Golf Links, Championship Course:
Host to the British Open on seven occasions and considered by many to be the most challenging of all Open venues. While the links is relatively flat it is exposed to the elements. A combination of length and accuracy are required from the tee and approach shots demand precision to the greens heavily guarded by steep bunkers and burns. Arguably the toughest finishing holes in championship golf, the course gained much praise following a testing but fair set up for the 2007 Open Championship.
Home to Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers since 1744, Muirfield has a distinctive design with the front nine wrapping along the outside of the links and the back nine circling the interior. Over the winters of 2010 and 2011, changes at 15 holes were made, including the introduction of new bunkers in selected drive areas; the relocation of green-side bunkers to tighten the entrances to greens; the extension of greens to provide more championship pin positions, and the introduction of six new championship tees taking the course to 7245 yards in length.
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The Turnberry Resort, Ailsa Course:
Lying on a spectacular curve of rockbound coast in the southern reaches of Ayrshire. The coastal scenery is magnificent especially from the 4th through the 11th passing the famous landmark lighthouse at the turn. This is a demanding links, and an ever present wind will make for a tough examination of your golfing skills. In 2009, the Ailsa Course hosted the Open Championship for the 4th time when golfing legend Tom Watson lost out to Stewart Cink in a playoff for the Claret Jug.
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Royal Troon Golf Club, Old Course:
Eight time venue of the British Open, the course is scheduled to host the 2016 Championship. It is consistently praised for its testing but fair set up. A long and demanding links, Troon unusually boasts both the longest and the shortest holes in Open Championship golf, being the Postage Stamp 8th at 126 yards, and the 6th at 577 yards 6th named Turnberry.
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Royal St George’s Golf Club:
Located on the Kent Coast of England. The first course in England to host the Open Championship in 1894, it has been a host venue on twelve occasions since that day. A links course full of awkward twists and turns each designed to derail an overconfident approach. The Open returned to Royal St. George’s in 2003 when Ben Curtis came out on top. The course is scheduled to once again host the Open Championship in 2011.
Royal Birkdale Golf Club:
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.
Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club:
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.
Royal Liverpool Golf Club:
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.
Course: Royal Liverpool Golf Club
Course: Old Course at St Andrews
Town: St Andrews
Course: Royal Troon Golf Club
Join PerryGolf in July of 2015 for what will surely be our finest British Open Golf Cruise yet!
Our 14 night voyage will begin in Southampton, England for its journey through the British Isles including eleven ports-of-call en route to St Andrews for attendance to the 144th Open Championship at the legendary Old Course. The itinerary is beautifully balanced with famous city experiences such as Liverpool, Dublin and Edinburgh along with visits to the charming island of Guernsey and the Isle of Man. We’ll explore the great beauty of the Scotland’s Hebridean archipelago with visits to the isles of Skye and Lewis before sailing on to the Scottish Highlands and to Edinburgh and The Open at St Andrews.
The golf arrangements are exceptional. Your biggest decision may well be whether to join the Tom Morris flight or the Arnold Palmer flight. Either way, you are assured of seven fabulous rounds including Royal Clubs, Open Championship and Ryder Cup venues. The PerryGolf staff will oversee all aspects of your golf experience from daily pairings and scoring to caddie arrangements and the handling of your golf clubs, which will be set up at each club awaiting your arrival from the ship.
The on board experience with Azamara is to want for nothing. Our companies partnered in 2013 for our British Open golf cruise to Muirfield and found an ideal match of form and function. The 694 passenger Quest is large enough to provide every comfort and amenity, yet nimble enough to navigate smaller harbours. Azamara is recognized as a specialist for “destination immersion” by providing more time in port than other major cruise lines. You’ll find an impressive selection of Land Discoveries® that you can enjoy to their fullest. PerryGolf also offers accompanying non-golfing spouses the option to attend Friday’s play of the 144th British Open Golf Championship. It really is the perfect vacation for golfers and non-golfers alike!
Forty-two suites are available on Quest, each attended by English-style butler service. Dining, wine, beer, spirits, coffees and sodas plus shuttle service to and from port communities, and more is inclusive along with all gratuities. Better yet, three half days at sea are scheduled for you to unwind with the help of this outstanding vessel.
Oldest winner: Old Tom Morris (46 years, 99 days), 1867.
Most victories: 6, Harry Vardon (1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911, 1914).
Most consecutive victories: 4, Young Tom Morris (1868, 1869, 1870, 1872 – there was no championship in 1871).
Lowest 72-hole score: 267, Greg Norman (66-68-69-64), 1993.
Lowest 72-hole score in relation to par: –19, Tiger Woods (67-66-67-69, 269), 2000 (a record for all major championships).
Greatest victory margin: 13 strokes, Old Tom Morris, 1862. This remained a record for all majors until 2000, when Woods won the U.S. Open by 15 strokes at Pebble Beach. Old Tom’s 13-stroke margin was achieved over just 36 holes.
Lowest 18-hole score: 63 – Mark Hayes, 2nd round, 1977; Isao Aoki, 3rd, 1980; Greg Norman, 2nd, 1986; Paul Broadhurst, 3rd, 1990; Jodie Mudd, 4th, 1991; Nick Faldo, 2nd, 1993; Payne Stewart, 4th, 1993; Rory McIlroy, 1st, 2010.
|Year||Venue||Champion||Country||Winning Score||1st Prize|
|2013||Muirfield||Phil Mickelson||United States||281 (–3)||£ 945 000|
|2012||Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club||Ernie Els (2)||South Africa||273 (−7)||£ 900 000|
|2011||Royal St George’s Golf Club||Darren Clarke||Northern Ireland||275 (−5)||£ 900 000|
|2010||St Andrews||Louis Oosthuizen||South Africa||272 (−16)||£ 850 000|
|2009||Turnberry||Stewart Cink||United States||278 (−2)PO||£ 750 000|
|2008||Royal Birkdale Golf Club||Pádraig Harrington (2)||Ireland||283 (+3)||£ 750 000|
|2007||Carnoustie Golf Links||Pádraig Harrington||Ireland||277 (−7)PO||£ 750 000|
|2006||Royal Liverpool Golf Club||Tiger Woods (3)||United States||270 (−18)||£ 720 000|
|2005||St Andrews||Tiger Woods (2)||United States||274 (−14)||£ 720 000|
|2004||Royal Troon Golf Club||Todd Hamilton||United States||274 (−10)PO||£ 720 000|
|2003||Royal St George’s Golf Club||Ben Curtis||United States||283 (−1)||£ 700 000|
|2002||Muirfield||Ernie Els||South Africa||278 (−6)PO||£ 700 000|
|2001||Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club||David Duval||United States||274 (−10)||£ 600 000|
|2000||St Andrews||Tiger Woods||United States||269 (−19)||£ 500 000|
|1999||Carnoustie Golf Links||Paul Lawrie||Scotland||290 (+6)PO||£ 350 000|
|1998||Royal Birkdale Golf Club||Mark O’Meara||United States||280 (E)PO||£ 300 000|
|1997||Royal Troon Golf Club||Justin Leonard||United States||272 (−12)||£ 250 000|
|1996||Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club||Tom Lehman||United States||271 (−13)||£ 200 000|
|1995||St Andrews||John Daly||United States||282 (−6)PO||£ 125 000|
|1994||Turnberry||Nick Price||Zimbabwe||268 (−12)||£ 110 000|
|1993||Royal St George’s Golf Club||Greg Norman (2)||Australia||267 (−13)||£ 100 000|
|1992||Muirfield||Nick Faldo (3)||England||272 (−12)||£ 95 000|
|1991||Royal Birkdale Golf Club||Ian Baker-Finch||Australia||272 (−8)||£ 90 000|
|1990||St Andrews||Nick Faldo (2)||England||270 (−18)||£ 85 000|
|1989||Royal Troon Golf Club||Mark Calcavecchia||United States||275 (−13)PO||£ 80 000|
|1988||Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club||Seve Ballesteros (3)||Spain||273 (−11)||£ 80 000|
|1987||Muirfield||Nick Faldo||England||279 (−5)||£ 75 000|
|1986||Turnberry||Greg Norman||Australia||280 (E)||£ 70 000|
|1985||Royal St George’s Golf Club||Sandy Lyle||Scotland||282 (+2)||£ 65 000|
|1984||St Andrews||Seve Ballesteros (2)||Spain||276 (−12)||£ 55 000|
|1983||Royal Birkdale Golf Club||Tom Watson (5)||United States||275 (−9)||£ 40 000|
|1982||Royal Troon Golf Club||Tom Watson (4)||United States||284 (−4)||£ 32 000|
|1981||Royal St George’s Golf Club||Bill Rogers||United States||276 (−4)||£ 25 000|
|1980||Muirfield||Tom Watson (3)||United States||271 (−13)||£ 25 000|
|1979||Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club||Seve Ballesteros||Spain||283 (−1)||£ 15 000|
|1978||St Andrews||Jack Nicklaus (3)||United States||281 (−7)||£ 12 500|
|1977||Turnberry||Tom Watson (2)||United States||268 (−12)||£ 10 000|
|1976||Royal Birkdale Golf Club||Johnny Miller||United States||279 (−9)||£ 7 500|
|1975||Carnoustie Golf Links||Tom Watson||United States||279 (−5)PO||£ 7 500|
|1974||Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club||Gary Player (3)||South Africa||282 (−2)||£ 5 500|
|1973||Troon Golf Club||Tom Weiskopf||United States||276 (−12)||£ 5 500|
|1972||Muirfield||Lee Trevino (2)||United States||278 (−6)||£ 5 500|
|1971||Royal Birkdale Golf Club||Lee Trevino||United States||278 (−10)||£ 5 500|
|1970||St Andrews||Jack Nicklaus (2)||United States||283 (−5)PO||£ 5 250|
|1969||Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club||Tony Jacklin||England||280 (−4)||£ 4 250|
|1968||Carnoustie Golf Links||Gary Player (2)||South Africa||289 (+1)||£ 3 000|
|1967||Royal Liverpool Golf Club||Roberto De Vicenzo||Argentina||278 (−10)||£ 2 100|
|1966||Muirfield||Jack Nicklaus||United States||282 (−2)||£ 2 100|
|1965||Royal Birkdale Golf Club||Peter Thomson (5)||Australia||285 (−3)||£ 1 750|
|1964||St Andrews||Tony Lema||United States||279 (−9)||£ 1 500|
|1963||Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club||Bob Charles||New Zealand||277 (−7)PO||£ 1 500|
|1962||Troon Golf Club||Arnold Palmer (2)||United States||276 (−12)||£ 1 400|
|1961||Royal Birkdale Golf Club||Arnold Palmer||United States||284 (−4)||£ 1 400|
|1960||St Andrews||Kel Nagle||Australia||278 (−10)||£ 1 250|
|1959||Muirfield||Gary Player||South Africa||284 (E)||£ 1 000|
|1958||Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club||Peter Thomson (4)||Australia||278 (−10)PO||£ 1 000|
|1957||St Andrews||Bobby Locke (4)||South Africa||279 (−9)||£ 1 000|
|1956||Royal Liverpool Golf Club||Peter Thomson (3)||Australia||286 (−2)||£ 1 000|
|1955||St Andrews||Peter Thomson (2)||Australia||281 (−7)||£ 1 000|
|1954||Royal Birkdale Golf Club||Peter Thomson||Australia||283 (−5)||£750|
|1953||Carnoustie Golf Links||Ben Hogan||United States||282 (−6)||£500|
|1952||Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club||Bobby Locke (3)||South Africa||287 (−1)||£300|
|1951||Royal Portrush Golf Club||Max Faulkner||England||285 (−3)||£300|
|1950||Troon Golf Club||Bobby Locke (2)||South Africa||279 (−9)||£300|
|1949||Royal St George’s Golf Club||Bobby Locke||South Africa||283 (−5)||£300|
|1948||Muirfield||Henry Cotton (3)||England||288 (E)||£150|
|1947||Royal Liverpool Golf Club||Fred Daly||Northern Ireland||293 (+5)||£150|
|1946||St Andrews||Sam Snead||United States||290 (+2)||£150|
|1940–1945: No Championships because of World War II|
|1939||St Andrews||Dick Burton||England||290 (+2)||£100|
|1938||Royal St George’s Golf Club||Reg Whitcombe||England||295 (+7)||£100|
|1937||Carnoustie Golf Links||Henry Cotton (2)||England||290||£100|
|1936||Royal Liverpool Golf Club||Alf Padgham||England||287||£100|
|1934||Royal St George’s Golf Club||Henry Cotton||England||283||£100|
|1933||St Andrews||Denny Shute||United States||292PO||£100|
|1932||Prince’s Golf Club||Gene Sarazen||United States||283||£100|
|1931||Carnoustie Golf Links||Tommy Armour|| Scotland
|1930||Royal Liverpool Golf Club||Bobby Jones (a) (3)||United States||291||Am – £100|
|1929||Muirfield||Walter Hagen (4)||United States||292||£75|
|1928||Royal St George’s Golf Club||Walter Hagen (3)||United States||292||£75|
|1927||St Andrews||Bobby Jones (a) (2)||United States||285||Am – £75|
|1926||Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club||Bobby Jones (a)||United States||291||Am – £75|
|1925||Prestwick Golf Club||Jim Barnes||England||300||£75|
|1924||Royal Liverpool Golf Club||Walter Hagen (2)||United States||301||£75|
|1923||Troon Golf Club||Arthur Havers||England||295||£75|
|1922||Royal St George’s Golf Club||Walter Hagen||United States||300||£75|
|1921||St Andrews||Jock Hutchison|| Scotland
|1920||Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club||George Duncan||Scotland||303||£75|
|1915–1919: No Championships because of World War I|
|1914||Prestwick Golf Club||Harry Vardon (6)||Jersey||306||£50|
|1913||Royal Liverpool Golf Club||John Henry Taylor (5)||England||304||£50|
|1911||Royal St George’s Golf Club||Harry Vardon (5)||Jersey||303PO||£50|
|1910||St Andrews||James Braid (5)||Scotland||299||£50|
|1909||Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club||John Henry Taylor (4)||England||291||£50|
|1908||Prestwick Golf Club||James Braid (4)||Scotland||291||£50|
|1907||Royal Liverpool Golf Club||Arnaud Massy||France||312||£50|
|1906||Muirfield||James Braid (3)||Scotland||300||£50|
|1905||St Andrews||James Braid (2)||Scotland||318||£50|
|1904||Royal St George’s Golf Club||Jack White||Scotland||296||£50|
|1903||Prestwick Golf Club||Harry Vardon (4)||Jersey||300||£50|
|1902||Royal Liverpool Golf Club||Sandy Herd||Scotland||307||£50|
|1900||St Andrews||John Henry Taylor (3)||England||309||£50|
|1899||St George’s Golf Club||Harry Vardon (3)||Jersey||310||£30|
|1898||Prestwick Golf Club||Harry Vardon (2)||Jersey||307||£30|
|1897||Royal Liverpool Golf Club||Harold Hilton (a) (2)||England||314||Am – £30|
|1896||Muirfield||Harry Vardon||Jersey||316 PO||£30|
|1895||St Andrews||John Henry Taylor (2)||England||322||£30|
|1894||St George’s Golf Club||John Henry Taylor||England||326||£30|
|1893||Prestwick Golf Club||William Auchterlonie||Scotland||322||£30|
|1892||Muirfield||Harold Hilton (a)||England||305||Am – £35|
|1891||St Andrews||Hugh Kirkaldy||Scotland||166||£10|
|1890||Prestwick Golf Club||John Ball (a)||England||164||Am – £13|
|1889||Musselburgh Links||Willie Park, Jnr (2)||Scotland||155PO||£8|
|1888||St Andrews||Jack Burns||Scotland||171||£8|
|1887||Prestwick Golf Club||Willie Park, Jnr||Scotland||161||£8|
|1886||Musselburgh Links||David Brown||Scotland||157||£8|
|1885||St Andrews||Bob Martin (2)||Scotland||171||£10|
|1884||Prestwick Golf Club||Jack Simpson||Scotland||160||£8|
|1883||Musselburgh Links||Willie Fernie||Scotland||159PO||£8|
|1882||St Andrews||Bob Ferguson (3)||Scotland||171||£12|
|1881||Prestwick Golf Club||Bob Ferguson (2)||Scotland||170||£8|
|1880||Musselburgh Links||Bob Ferguson||Scotland||162||£8|
|1879||St Andrews||Jamie Anderson (3)||Scotland||169||£10|
|1878||Prestwick Golf Club||Jamie Anderson (2)||Scotland||157||£8|
|1877||Musselburgh Links||Jamie Anderson||Scotland||160||£8|
|1876||St Andrews||Bob Martin||Scotland||176||£10|
|1875||Prestwick Golf Club||Willie Park, Snr (4)||Scotland||166||£8|
|1874||Musselburgh Links||Mungo Park||Scotland||159||£8|
|1873||St Andrews||Tom Kidd||Scotland||179||£11|
|1872||Prestwick Golf Club||Tom Morris, Jnr (4)||Scotland||166||£8|
|1870||Prestwick Golf Club||Tom Morris, Jnr (3)||Scotland||149||£6|
|1869||Prestwick Golf Club||Tom Morris, Jnr (2)||Scotland||157||£6|
|1868||Prestwick Golf Club||Tom Morris, Jnr||Scotland||154||£6|
|1867||Prestwick Golf Club||Tom Morris, Snr (4)||Scotland||170||£7|
|1866||Prestwick Golf Club||Willie Park, Snr (3)||Scotland||169||£6|
|1865||Prestwick Golf Club||Andrew Strath||Scotland||162||£8|
|1864||Prestwick Golf Club||Tom Morris, Snr (3)||Scotland||167||£6|
|1863||Prestwick Golf Club||Willie Park, Snr (2)||Scotland||168||–|
|1862||Prestwick Golf Club||Tom Morris, Snr (2)||Scotland||163||–|
|1861||Prestwick Golf Club||Tom Morris, Snr||Scotland||163||–|
|1860||Prestwick Golf Club||Willie Park, Snr||Scotland||174||–|