Royal Birkdale Golf Clubwww.royalbirkdale.com
"If the Open to be confined to just one venue every year, then Royal Birkdale would be up there right behind the Old at St Andrews"
The stunning coastal resort of Southport is host to the finest links courses in England. This is the home of Royal Birkdale, for many golfers, quite simply, the best of all the great golf courses to have staged The Open Championship. Royal Birkdale, one of Britain’s finest golf clubs has been voted the No 1 course in Britain and is among the best in the world. Venue of The Open Championship.
Location: Southport, Lancashire, England
Year founded: 1889
Courses: Royal Birkdale, 6817 yards
Architect: Fred Hawtree (1922), John Taylor (1922)
Hole #6 - 499 yards par 4
The drive must avoid the bunkers on each side of the fairway. A long second shot to an elevated green protected by bunkers to the fron and surrounded by dunes.
Hole #9 - 411 yards par 4
The blind tee shot needs to be placed correctly on the fairway. The green is slightly elevated and anything short will be gathered by bunkers and there is lots of trouble over the back.
Course played: Royal Birkdale
Date played: 16th October, 2011