PHOTOS: 7 courses that should host the Open Championship

July 21, 2019

Not just any course can join the Open Championship rota. They are storied links layouts dripped in history, courses like St. Andrews, Royal Birkdale and more. Here are seven more courses we’d like to see added to the exclusive list.

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1. Royal Dornoch (Dornoch, Scotland)

The Scottish Highlands course where Donald Ross learned his craft is ranked 15th in the world in GOLF’s ranking. Royal Dornoch’s par-70 layout features plenty of wind and could test the best.

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2. 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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3. 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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4. 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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5. 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 Northern Ireland.

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6. 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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7. 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 fourth in the world by GOLF.