A guide to the first hole at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England ahead of the 146th Open Championship

Royal Birkdale Golf Club Hole By Hole Guide: Hole 1

Hole 1 – Par 4 – 448 yards

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The 146th Open Championship takes place at Royal Birkdale this month, here is a guide to the opening hole.

The first at Birkdale presents a demanding shot to the players, with a bunker left guarding a tight fairway surrounded by thick rough and shrubbery.

Related: Royal Birkdale Golf Club Course Review

The dogleg-left par 4 is a long one for amateurs at almost 450 yards and will play long for the pros when in to wind.

Royal Birkdale Golf Club Hole By Hole Guide: Hole 1

Looking back down the first hole from behind the green. (Photo by David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

However when not down wind, the likes of Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy will easily be able to make the carry over the corner to leave them a mere flick onto the green.

The approach to the large, flat green is relatively simple, however anything landing short-right and short-left will find sand.

The key is to carry your ball over the bunkers short or run one up straight to miss them.