Royal Birkdale

Hole

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

out

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

in

Yards

450

418

406

200

338

483

176

456

407

3334

389

404

181

494

197

544

416

518

472

3615

6949

Hndcp

11

3

7

15

13

1

17

9

5

14

8

18

4

16

2

12

6

10

Par

4

4

4

3

4

4

3

4

4

34

4

4

3

4

3

5

4

5

4

36

70

Royal Birkdale Mr. George Low laid out the course in 1894, after the original 9-hole venue was forced to move in 1889.  A substantial revision by Fred Hawtree, Sr. and John H. Taylor raised the reputation of the course to it's present highly regarded level.  Located in Birkdale Hills near Liverpool, England this course has hosted eight British Opens that have included champions such as Peter Thompson in 1954 and 1965, Arnold Palmer in 1961, Lee Trevino in 1971, Johnny Miller in 1976, Tom Watson in 1983, Ian Baker-Finch in 1991 and Mark O'Meara in 1998.  The course was again modified prior to the 1965 Open by Fred Hawtree, Jr., which included changing the par 3, 12th, now regarded by Tom Watson as one of the world's greatest par 3's.  Although a true links course, Royal Birkdale is perhaps the most level of the British Open Courses.  The routing was designed so that the fairways are nestled down between the dunes to protect them from the winds.  It is the playing through and across the hills and dunes that gives the layout it's special character and its unique challenge.  Players must control the trajectory of their shot to keep them out of the wind or they can challenge by hitting high and cutting some of the corners.  Many believe that the course offers the fairest test of golf of any of the courses in the British Open rota.

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