TurnberryA total of 14 British golf courses have played host to one of the game’s most prestigious tournaments, The Open Championship, at some point over the years.

Following Darren Clarke’s emotional and popular win at Royal St Georges in 2011 the countdown the 2012 competition has begun. This year’s championship is set to get under way at Royal Lytham & St Annes in July and following a recent golf break at Turnberry we got to thinking about the five best Open rota courses you can play in 2012.



Carnoustie

Carnoustie

Ranked in the upper echelons of the top 100 golf courses the British Isles, Carnoustie is perched on the coast overlooking the North Sea. The coastal location ensures the playing conditions are tricky to say the least if the wind picks up and it’s for that exact reason that Carnoustie is widely viewed as one of the toughest British golf courses. Last staged the British
Open in 2007 when Padraig Harrington was victorious.



Muirfield

Muirfield

Another of the British Open golf courses to be found in Scotland that ranks highly in Muirfield. In fact, Muirfield came out ninth in the top 100 golf courses in the world on one website and was joined in the top 10 by Turnberry (see below), St Andrews and Royal Birkdale, all of whom have hosted the British Open. It is steeped in history as one of the oldest and most famous golf clubs in the world. Last staged the British Open in 2002 when Ernie Els claimed the spoils.



Royal St George’s Golf Club

Royal St Georges

The 18th green at Royal St George’s proved a poignant place last July when Darren Clarke claimed his first major to spark emotional scenes at the conclusion of the 140th British Open. The course offers spectacular views of the Kent coastline and is thought to be home to the deepest and tallest bunker in Britain. Royal St George’s is fun to play as it winds through the dunes and the course and facilities have a very familiar feel to them.



Royal Troon

Royal Troon

With two world-class courses to pick from, Royal Troon is manna from heaven for golf enthusiasts of all ages. The Portland course plays second fiddle to the Old course, with the latter a tougher prospect due to the fact it’s open to the elements so be prepared for a bracing back nine. Portland benefits from being more sheltered and shorter. Troon last hosted the British Open in 2004 when Todd Hamilton won a nerve-shredding play-off against Els.



Turnberry

Turnberry

On a British Open golf courses map Turnberry can be found on the east coast of Scotland with a splendid vista of the Firth of Clyde. There are three courses here, the Ailsa, the Kintyre and the Arran, which is a nine-hole track. Ailsa is arguably the greatest course in Scotland and possibly even the whole of Britain, while the Kintyre is not without merit. Stewart Cink triumphed when Turnberry last played host to the British Open in 2009.



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