The 146th Open Championship
The beautiful coastal resort of Southport is host to some of the finest links courses in England. It is also 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 will host The Open for the tenth time in 2017. The last time the Championship was played there was in 2008 when Ireland’s Padraig Harrington won the tournament.
The course was first established in 1889, but was extensively redesigned in 1922 by Fred Hawtree and JH Taylor to create the current layout, which winds its way through the sand dunes towering over each of the fairways.
Since first hosting The Open in 1954, the course has been one of the most regular venues for the Championship other than St Andrews. At Birkdale’s first Open, Peter Thomson won the first of three in succession; he returned to the same course in 1965 to add his fifth and final title.
The first Open Championship was played in 1860 and has since been hosted by some of the world’s most cherished links courses, producing a remarkable legacy of great champions. It is the oldest and most international championship in professional golf and the Claret Jug - first presented in 1873 - is one of the most iconic trophies in all sport.
Join us between 20th and 23rd July at Royal Birkdale in Southport to experience the thrills and skills of one of the world’s greatest sporting challenges.
And whilst in Southport, do take time to take a look around the town. As well as great golf there are some great restaurants and bars as well as family attractions, scenic walks and the iconic Lord Street, with its wrought iron and glass canopies.
Map & Directions
|Dates (16 July 2017 - 23 July 2017)|
|Monday - Sunday||Open|