Open Championship Hole By Hole: Royal Birkdale Course Guide

Royal Birkdale Golf Club hosts the Open Championship for the tenth time this month.

The course is in Southport, England, just north of Liverpool.

The club was founded in 1898 as Birkdale Golf Club, and moved to a new site on Birkdale Hills in 1897.

Birkdale achieved its royal status 53 years after its foundation in 1951.

Birkdale’s famous art deco clubhouse

The unique art deco clubhouse was built in 1935.

It hosted its first Open Championship in 1954, which was won by Australian Peter Thomson.

Other Open Championship winners at Birkdale include Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino and Ian Baker-Finch.

Last time Birkdale hosted the Open, in 2008, Padraig Harrington was victorious to successfully defend his Claret Jug.

He beat Ian Poulter by four strokes to win with a score of +3, which included a stunning eagle at the par-5 17th hole.

Royal Birkdale Golf Club Hole By Hole Guide: Hole 15

The par-5 15th hole

The 17th at Birkdale is one of only two par 5s on the course, with the other coming at the 15th which features no less than 15 bunkers.

For the 146th Open Championship the golf course measures 7,156 yards and plays as a par 70.

Royal Birkdale has a reputation as one of the country’s toughest, fairest and finest links courses. It ranks #6 in Golf Monthly’s UK&I Top 100 Courses list.

Royal Birkdale Golf Club Hole By Hole Guide:

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