Make an Open course the centre of a great break with these nearby options.

Golf is unique in that ordinary people can tee it up on the same courses that stage the game’s greatest event. 

There are now 10 Open host venues in the UK, where you can tee it up on the same box as Old Tom, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Tiger, Jack, Rory or Arnie. If you plan to peg it up at an Open venue, you won’t be disappointed. It’s a treat. but they don’t come cheap. The average green fee for an Open host is £195, topping out at £235 for Royal Birkdale. So it makes sense to make the Open experience the main attraction in a longer golf break. Thankfully, there are similar links experiences right next to our championship favourites – along with a sprinkling of inland belters – where it won’t cost a fortune to tee it up. For example you can play Anstruther, just down the road from St Andrews, for just £28. 

Here, we hand-pick other courses close by to help you tailor your perfect Open weekend.  


 

OPEN VENUE ST ANDREWS (OLD), FIFE

Open Rota Courses

It’s the Home of Golf and The Open is staged on the Old Course every five years, including for the 29th time this summer.
Green fees: £170. 
Contact: 01334 466666.

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OPEN VENUE CARNOUSTIE, ANGUS

Open Rota Courses

Hosted the Open on seven occasions, most recently in 2007 (won by Padraig Harrington).
Green fees: £160.
Contact: 01241 802270.

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OPEN VENUE ROYAL TROON, AYRSHIRE

Open Rota Courses

Preparing to hold its ninth Open next year, a dozen years after American Todd Hamilton celebrated a shock win in 2004.
Green fees: £205.
Contact: 01292 311555.

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OPEN VENUE TURNBERRY, AYRSHIRE

Open Rota Courses

Staged four Opens, the first and most famous being the 1977 Duel in the Sun which saw Watson defeat Nicklaus.
Green fees: £230.
Contact: 01655 331000. 

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OPEN VENUE ROYAL LIVERPOOL, MERSEYSIDE

Open Rota Courses

Staged 12 Opens including 2014 when Rory McIlroy won for the first time. Returned to the rota in 2006 following a 39-year absence.
Green fees: £175.
Contact: 0151 632 3101.

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OPEN VENUE ROYAL ST GEORGE’S, KENT 

Open Rota Courses

It’s staged 13 Opens since 1894, when it became the first club outside Scotland to host the championship.
Green fees: £170.
Contact: 01304 613090.

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OPEN VENUE MUIRFIELD, EAST LOTHIAN

Open Rota Courses

Since 1892 Muirfield has hosted 42 big competitions, including 16 Opens, with both James Braid and Sir Nick Faldo double Muirfield victors.
Green fees: £210.
Contact: 01620 842123.

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OPEN VENUE PORTRUSH, CO DOWN

Open Rota Courses

Back on the Open rota for 2019 the Open is set to return to Northern Ireland for the first time in over 60 years. Max Faulkner won there in 1951.
Green fees: £175.
Contact: 028 7082 2311. 

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OPEN VENUE ROYAL LYTHAM, LANCASHIRE  

Open Rota Courses

Host of 10 Opens, including 2012 (won by Ernie Els), two Ryder Cups and many other acclaimed tournaments.
Green fees: £180-£220.
Contact: 01253 724206.

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OPEN VENUE ROYAL BIRKDALE, MERSEYSIDE

Open Rota Courses

Will host The Open for the 10th time in 2017. Padraig Harrington won by four shots from Ian Poulter the last time it was played here in 2008.
Green fees: £195-£235.
Contact: 01704 552020.

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