Golf Vacations England – Royal Lytham St Annes 6892 yards Par 71
Although all British Open venues are magnificent, Royal Lytham is perhaps the most surprising. A links in every sense of the word in terms of the sandy soil and exposure to the wind, Lytham bucks all the trends of traditional golf amongst the dunes, by being set amongst a Victorian housing estate.
Let this not dim your enthusiasm for visiting the course, for Lytham is as well designed as any course. The only Major Championship venue to open with a par 3, Lytham will both test and reward with equal measure ensuring that almost everyone who visits can leave remembering at least one spectacular score on their card.
From the 6th to the 13th you will encounter 5 holes which are within everyone’s range allowing for low scores. Whilst we might not equal Seve’s 5 birdies and an eagle over this stretch in the 1988 Open Championship, we should keep the damage to a minimum for these holes for the rest of the course is brutal.
The Open Championship has been held here on 11 occasions, the first being in 1926. The Open was last staged here in 2012 when Ernie Els won the Claret Jug.