PHOTOS: 9 courses that should host the British Open
July 06, 2011
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Royal Dornoch (Dornoch, Scotland) -- The Scottish Highlands course where Donald Ross learned his craft is ranked 16th in the world by GOLF Magazine. Royal Dornoch's par-70 layout features plenty of wind and will could test the best.
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Royal Porthcawl (Porthcawl, Wales) -- The 1995 Walker Cup site where Tiger struggled with the formidable 18th hole would give Wales a second chance at glory after the 2010 rain-soaked Ryder Cup.
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Ballybunion Golf Club (Ballybunion, Ireland) -- Who wouldn't want to see the pros take on some of the most imaginative course-contouring in the world? Site of the 2000 Irish Open, Ballybunion is ranked 17th in the world by GOLF Magazine.
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Walton Heath Golf Club (Walton On The Hill, England) -- The site of the 2011 Senior British Open and the 1981 Ryder Cup is just south of London and can play up to 7,462 yards.
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Woodhall Spa Golf Club (Woodhall Spa, England) -- The most links-like inland course in Britain, Woodhall Spa is home to England's National Golf Center. It has some of the nastiest bunkers that sand has ever filled.
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Sunningdale Golf Club's Old Course (Somersworth, England) -- The 2009 Senior British Open was played here, as were three Women's British Opens. Why? It's as fine an inland course as you will encounter in Great Britain or Ireland.
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Castle Stuart Golf Links (Balnaglack Farmhouse, Scotland) -- This new links course hosted the Scottish Open in 2011 and 2012. A gorgeous setting belies the tough test offered from a layout created by Americans Mark Parsinen and Gil Hanse.
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Royal County Down Golf Club (New Castle, Northern Ireland) -- Host of three Senior British Opens and the 2007 Walker Cup, this beautiful, brutal layout is ranked fifth in the world by GOLF Magazine.
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Lahinch Golf Club (Lahinch, Ireland) -- With an architectural pedigree of Old Tom Morris and Alister Mackenzie, why not play here in Ireland's County Clare? Surely one of the pros would ace the famed blind par 3 5th, wouldn't they?
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