41 - 50

41 - Royal Lytham

St Annes on Sea, Lancashire

This links is unique on the Open rota in that it’s not by the sea and surrounded on all sides by houses.

 

42 - Portmarnock Old

Portmarnock, Dublin

Located 10 miles from Dublin on a peninsula with water on three sides. No two holes play in the same direction and wind is a key factor.

 

43 - The European Club

Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow

Like his friend Padraig Harrington (who warms up for The Open here), owner and designer Pat Ruddy is a tinkerman who is continually looking to improve his links.

 

44 - Medinah Country Club (No.3)

Medinah, Illinois

This Major championship course is one of three on the property, and hosted three US Opens and two US PGAs.

 

45 - Whistling Straits

Sheboygon, Wisconsin

Billionaire bathroom supplier Herb Kohler had a dream of building a Scottish-style links on a two-mile stretch of Lake Michigan, and Pete Dye’s creation exceeded his expectations.

 

46 - Oakland Hills

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

The South course opened in 1918 with Walter Hagen as its first head pro.

 

47 - Kiawah Island Ocean Course

Kiawah Island, South Carolina

There are no prevailing winds at this Ryder Cup venue; it whips in from every direction, and an eight-club difference from day to day is not unusual.

 

48 - Wentworth

Virginia Water, Surrey

England’s most famous course has recently undergone one of its biggest revamps yet, with Ernie Els overseeing changes on every hole.

 

49 - Bandon Dunes

Bandon, Oregon

Set on the shores of the Pacific, this was the first course at this resort.

 

50 - Walton Heath Old

Walton on the Hill, Surrey

“Walton Heath is one of the true classic golf courses in the world today,” according to Ernie Els.