The Open Championship Venues

By: Golfshake Editor | Thu 12 Jul 2018 | Comments

It's an exciting few years ahead for The Open Championship. In 2018, the game's oldest major stops at the formidable Carnoustie for an eighth occasion, before the event makes a welcome return to Northern Ireland's Royal Portrush in 2019, following an absence of 68 years. Venturing to Kent for the 2020 Championship at Royal St. George's, the Old Course at St. Andrews will be the venue for the historic 150th Open in 2021. 

Each of these venues on the Open rotation have their own distinct identity, making every Championship that bit extra special. These layouts boast a rich heritage and tradition, and shine a light on the spectacular links that exist throughout the United Kingdom, from the coastlines of Ayrshire and East Lothian, to the majesty of Southport and England's North West. 

Historic Prestwick was the birthplace of the Open Championship. That's where the story began, and we're taking the opportunity to celebrate each of the famous courses that have witnessed a player become Champion Golfer of the Year. 

The Old Course at St. Andrews

First: 1873, Last: 2015, Next: 2021

Open Champions: Tom Kidd, Bob Martin, Jamie Anderson, Bob Ferguson, Jack Burns, Hugh Kirkaldy, J.H. Taylor, James Braid, Jock Hutchison, Bobby Jones, Denny Shute, Dick Burton, Sam Snead, Peter Thomson, Bobby Locke, Kel Nagle, Tony Lema, Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, John Daly, Tiger Woods, Louis Oosthuizen, Zach Johnson

Green Fee: £180. Experience with


First: 1860, Last: 1925

Open Champions: Willie Park Sr, Tom Morris Sr, Andrew Strath, Tom Morris Jr, Jamie Anderson, Bob Ferguson, Jack Simpson, Willie Park Jr, John Ball, Willie Auchterlonie, Harry Vardon, James Braid, Jim Barnes

Green Fee: £185-£215. Experience with


First: 1892, Last: 2013, Next: N/A

Open Champions: Harold Hilton, Harry Vardon, James Braid, Ted Ray, Walter Hagen, Alf Perry, Henry Cotton, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino,Tom Watson, Nick Faldo, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson

Green Fee: £250.

Royal St. George's

First: 1894, Last: 2011, Next: 2020

Open Champions: J.H. Taylor, Harry Vardon, Jack White, Walter Hagen, Henry Cotton, Reg Whitcombe, Bobby Locke, Bill Rogers, Sandy Lyle, Greg Norman, Ben Curtis, Darren Clarke

Green Fee: £210. Experience with

Royal Liverpool

First: 1897, Last: 2014, Next: N/A

Open Champions: Harold Hilton, Sandy Herd, Arnaud Massy, J.H. Taylor, Walter Hagen, Bobby Jones, Alf Padgham, Fred Daly, Peter Thomson, Roberto De Vincenzo, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy

Green Fee: £185. Experience with

Royal Lytham & St. Annes

First: 1926, Last: 2012, Next: N/A

Open Champions: Bobby Jones, Bobby Locke, Peter Thomson, Bob Charles, Tony Jacklin, Gary Player, Seve Ballesteros, Tom Lehman, David Duval, Ernie Els

Green Fee: £195-£240. Experience with

Royal Birkdale

First: 1954, Last: 2017, Next: N/A

Open Champions: Peter Thomson, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Johnny Miller, Tom Watson, Ian Baker-Finch, Mark O'Meara, Padraig Harrington, Jordan Spieth

Green Fee: £225-£255. Experience with

Royal Troon

First: 1923, Last: 2016, Next: N/A

Open Champions: Arthur Havers, Bobby Locke, Arnold Palmer, Tom Weiskopf, Tom Watson, Mark Calcavecchia, Justin Leonard, Todd Hamilton, Henrik Stenson

Green Fee: £250. Experience with

Carnoustie Golf Links

First: 1931, Last: 2007, Next: 2018

Open Champions: Tommy Armour, Henry Cotton, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Paul Lawrie, Padraig Harrington

Green Fee: £200. Experience with

Musselburgh Links

First: 1874, Last: 1889

Open Champions: Mungo Park, Jamie Anderson, Bob Ferguson, Willie Fernie, David Brown, Willie Park Jr

Green Fee: £15.30-£16.30. 


First: 1977, Last: 2009, Next: N/A

Open Champions: Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Nick Price, Stewart Cink

Green Fee: £325-£375. Experience with

Royal Cinque Ports

First: 1909, Last: 1920

Open Champions: J.H. Taylor, George Duncan

Green Fee: £150-£180. Experience with

Royal Portrush

First/Last: 1951, Next: 2019

Open Champions: Max Faulkner

Green Fee: £205. Experience with


First/Last: 1932

Open Champions: Gene Sarazen

Green Fee: £65-£105. Experience with

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