A look at the 14 courses that have hosted a British Open

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Legendary Links

Regardless if you call it the "British Open" or "The Open" or something in your colloquial ease, I think we can all agree that few things capture as much golfing lore, history and majestic tones as golf's oldest major—and a significant part of that comes from the layouts the golfers attempt to conquer every July (when there isn't a pandemic). In all, there have been 14 courses that have hosted a British Open since the first one back in 1860. They stretch from the English countryside to the Scottish shoreline, proverbially covered in the footsteps of the game's legends and the simple men who created golf well over a century ago. Each course carries its own unique challenges and quirks, and all it takes is one mention of the respective layout for golf fans to hear the heather swaying in the wind and the "thud" after a sand-save attempt from a pot bunker. Do you know them all? While the 2021 British Open tees off, let's go for a stroll and find out...

Prestwick Golf Club

Course: Par 71, 6,544 yards (course was extended to 18 holes in 1882). Open Championships: 24. First year: 1860. Most recent year: 1925.

Old Course at St. Andrews

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Course: Par 72, 7,305 yards. Open Championships: 29. First year: 1873. Most recent year: 2015 (slated for 2022 Open Championship).

Musselburgh Links (The Old Golf Course)

Course: Nine-hole layout, Par 34. Open Championships: 6. First year: 1874. Most recent year: 1889.

Muirfield

Course: Par 71, 7,245 yards. Open Championships: 16. First year: 1892. Most recent year: 2013.

Royal St. George's Golf Club

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Course: Par 70, 7,204 yards. Open Championships: 14. First year: 1894. Most recent year: 2011 (hosting the 2021 Open Championship).

Royal Liverpool Golf Club

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Course: Par 72, 7,218 yards. Open Championships: 12. First year: 1897. Most recent year: 2014.

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club

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Course: Par 71, 7,245 yards. Open Championships: 2. First year: 1909. Most recent year: 1920.

Royal Troon Golf Club (The Old Course)

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Course: Par 71, 7,175 yards. Open Championships: 9. First year: 1923. Most recent year: 2016.

Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club

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Course: Par 70, 7,118 yards. Open Championships: 11. First year: 1926. Most recent year: 2012.

Carnoustie Golf Links

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Course: Par 72 (for Open Championship; typically Par 71), 7,402 yards. Open Championships: 8. First year: 1931. Most recent year: 2018.

Prince's Golf Club

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Course: Par 72, 6,860 yards. Open Championships: 1. First year: 1932. Most recent year: 1932.

Royal Portrush Golf Club (Dunluce)

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Course: Par 71, 7,337 yards. Open Championships: 2. First year: 1951. Most recent year: 2019.

Royal Birkdale Golf Club

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Course: Par 70, 7,156 yards. Open Championships: 10. First year: 1954. Most recent year: 2017.

Turnberry

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Course: Par 70, 7,204 yards. Open Championships: 4. First year: 1977. Most recent year: 2009. More from the British Open: Check the yardage book: Royal St. George's for the British Open Is it the British Open or just The Open? Players weigh in. Quirky Royal St. George's tees up exacting test for players in the 2021 British Open

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