OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF COURSES TO PLAY
While the Open Championship visits a select few courses in England and now Northern Ireland as well, it is Scotland where the games most historic tournament was born, forever making it synonymous with these lands.
The 1st ever Open was played at Prestwick and five courses on the Open rota, Scotland enjoys a larger slice of the Open pie than England. Although there would be plenty of driving involved, a tour de force of Open Championship golf is certainly doable, with the drive from Carnoustie to Turnberry, including a stop at each of the five Open courses taking just over 5 hours.
Courses to watch out for…
First Open – 1931
Most Recent – 2007
Famous for – Being potentially the toughest track of the lot, as well as Jean Van de Velde’s infamous meltdown during the 1999 Open.
St Andrews Old Course
First Open – 1873
Most Recent – 2015
Next Open Championship at St Andrews – 2022
Famous for – Being the 1st 18 hole host of the tournament. Scene of countless famous Open performances including Tiger’s record breaking win in 2000. Jack Nicklaus once said, “If you’re going to be a player people will remember, you have to win the Open at St. Andrews.” The Open Championship returns to the Old Course every five years and as such will host next year’s tournament.
First Open – 1892
Most Recent – 2013
Famous for – Being one of the fairest courses on the Open rota. Home of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, the world’s oldest golf club formed way back in 1744.
First Open – 1923
Most Recent – 2004
Next Open Championship at Muirfield – 2024
Famous for – Its par 3 8th, dubbed “The Postage Stamp” is one of the most iconic holes in the world. Set to host the 2016 Open Championship and neighbour to the original Open host course, Prestwick.
First Open – 1977
Most Recent – 2009
Famous for – One of the most loved courses on the rota, Turnberry hosted perhaps the greatest ever major championship where Tom Watson eventually triumphed over Jack Nicklaus after the pair had left the field in their dust to enjoy their very own Duel in the Sun. Turnberry was also the stage for Watson to return in 2009, aged 59, remarkably almost adding a 6th Claret Jug to his collection.