What Are the Courses on the British Open Rotation?

By Rowena Pedrena


Since 1860, 14 different courses have served as the host of The Open Championship. Better known in America as the British Open, the tournament now rotates among nine courses in Scotland, England, and Northern Ireland. All courses used for the British Open are traditional links courses.

Old Course at St. Andrews

Located in the spiritual home of golf, St. Andrews, Scotland, the Old Course ar St. Andrews has held the British Open more times than any other venue.


First hosting the British Open in 1892, Gullane, Scotland's Muirfield is another historic Scottish course that remains in rotation for hosting duties. 

Royal St George's Golf Club

Located in Sandwich, England, Royal St George's Golf Club became the first course outside of Scotland to host the British Open. 

Royal Liverpool Golf Club

Located just outside Liverpool in Hoylake, England, Royal Liverpool Golf Club maintains its status as one of England's best courses.

Royal Troon Golf Club

Located southwest of Glasgow, the Royal Troon Golf Club has hosted 9 British Opens to date. 

Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club 

One of the world's greatest links courses, Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club has hosted 11 British Opens. It is located in Lytham St Annes, England.

Camoustie Golf Links

Located in Camoustie, Scotland, this course first hosted the British Open in 1931. 

Royal Portrush Golf Club

The only course located outside of Scotland and England to host the Britsh Open, Northern Ireland's Royal Portrush Golf Club is slated to host its next British Open in 2019.

Royal Birkdale Golf Club

Frequently making global "best of" lists, Southport, England's Royal Birkdale Golf Club first hosted in 1954 and last hosted the 2017 British Open. 


South Ayrshire, Scotland's Turnberry is the most recent edition to the rotation of courses, having first hosted a British Open in 1977.

Former Courses 

In addition to the 9 courses listed above, an additional four courses have held the honor of hosting a British Open. The inaugural tournament was held at Scotland's the Prestwick Golf Club, which last hosted a British Open in 1925. Fellow Scottish course Mussellburgh Links has also hosted multiple tournaments. England's Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club and Prince's Golf Club are the remaining two courses to host the prestigious tournament. 

About The Author

Rowena Pedrena is currently working with The First Tee Metropolitan New York as a program manager and instructor. She played division one women's golf at Mount Saint Mary's College in Maryland, and has over seven years instruction experience, teaching adults and childrens both individually and in group classes.

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