Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Clubwww.royallytham.org
"Hit your ball to the right place and the way to the hole is open to you, but hit your ball to the wrong place and every kind of punishment, whether immediate or ultimate, will ensue."
Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club was founded in 1886 and the present Course constructed in 1897. The Clubhouse celebrated its Centenary in 1998. It is one of the premier links courses in the world, host to ten Open Championships, two Ryder Cups and numerous other major tournaments including the Women's and Seniors Open Championships. It is the venue for The Open Chamionship in 2012 and the Walker Cup in 2015.
Location: Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire, England
Year founded: 1886
Courses: Royal Lytham & St Annes, 6882 tards
Architect: George Lowe (1897), Harry Colt (1919)
Hole #18 - 410 yards par 4
It is the classic finishing hole: the landing area flanked by bunkers with the added menace of cross bunkers in the fairway. The brave drive is rewarded with a gentler approach that still needs to be treated with respect, because Royal Lytham remains a test of skill until the final putt drops.
Bunkers are score killers, 206 of them placed to gobble up just about any shot that doesn't go where you planned it, shots that were poorly planned and especially shots that were not planned at all. Many of the fairway bunkers are so deep that your only goal is to hit your ball out, with no hope of advancing toward the green.
Course played: Royal Lytham & St Annes
Date played: 17th October, 2011