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Open Championship Course Guides

St Andrews Old Course

St. Andrews Swilcan Bridge Old Course

Tee shot played from in front of the R & A Clubhouse. The fairway is extremely wide and inviting. The Swilcan burn runs across the front of the green  read more…


Carnoustie

Carnouties Course Guide

A gentle introduction into one of the toughest golf courses on the Open Championship Rota. The fairway is wide but does slope left to right read more…

Turnberry Ailsa

Turnberry Alisa Course Guide

The opening hole is named after the Ailsa Craig Rocky island that sits offshore in the Firth of Clyde. The island is visible from everywhere on the course read more…


Royal Troon

Royal Troon Course Guide

The opening hole runs alongside the sea and is very close to the High Water Mark. It is named after a group of group of rocks which form a reef read more…

Muirfield

Muirfield Course Guide

This hole is normally into the prevailing wind. There are bunkers up the left side of a narrow fairway which veers right at around 225 yards read more…


Royal Portrush

royal portrush course guide hole 1

A famously tough opening tee-shot for anyone. Danger lurks for wayward shots down both sides of the fairway and second shots are played uphill approach read more…

Royal Birkdale

royal birkdale course guide hole 1

A good, testing opening hole, but one that can also help you create some early momentum. Which club to hit off the tee will depend on the strength and read more…


Royal Lytham

Good luck naming any other major site that opens on a par-3. This modest hole usually plays downwind over the right shoulder thanks to a prevailing westerly wind read more…

Royal Liverpool

royal liverpool course guide

With a tee shot flanked by out of bounds on one side and the Clubhouse on the other, this is an extremely challenging hole which requires both accuracy and courage read more…


Royal St George

Royal St George Course Guide Hole 1

A difficult opener requiring a well struck drive over a valley known as “The Kitchen” – a carry of over 250 yards from the championship tee – favouring the flatter read more…

Prestwick Golf Club

Prestwick Course Guide

This is one of the most famous opening holes in golf with an out-of-bounds wall running down the right-hand side from tee to green read more…