Experience The 2017 Open Championship with Your Golf Travel

Days until The 2017 Open Championship

The 2017 Open Championship 17th - 23rd July 2017

Open Championship Packages

The Open Championship is to golf what the World Cup is to football; The marquee event that grabs the whole world's attention. In 2017, The Open will head to Southport, where Royal Birkdale Golf Club will host The Open for the 10th time.

The Open Championship and Royal Birkdale are two things that go hand in hand. Having hosted The Open 9 times before there are few better places to watch the magic unfold than at Royal Birkdale. The Open Championship is one of the most famous tournaments in world golf.

Royal Birkdale has seen some of the most memorable Open Championships. Including The 2008 Open when Irishman Padraig Harrington successfully defended his Open title. He shot an incredible 4 under par on the back nine in the final round to win by 4 strokes ahead of Ian Poulter. Previous Champions who have won at Royal Birkdale include the likes of Tom Watson, Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino.

In addition to hosting The Open, Royal Birkdale played host to 6 Women's Opens, it also hosted The Senior Open Championship in 2013. Not only that, The Ryder Cup in 1965 and 1960, The Walker Cup in 1951 and The Curtis Cup in 1948 were all held at Royal Birkdale. Fair to say it is an established tournament venue!

2017 Open Championship Experiences

The Resort Option - Marriott, Worsley Park

Weekend Package - Worsley Park

Friday 21st July 2017

- 2 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
- 2 Rounds of Golf (Onsite) Fri & Sun
- Sat entry tickets to The Open
- Return Transfers from Hotel to The Open (Optional - Add On)

***SOLD OUT***

Enquire Now - £369

Liverpool Option - Holiday Inn Express

Liverpool Package - Holiday Inn Express

Friday 21st July 2017

- 3 Nights, Bed & Breakfast (Central Liverpool)
- Friday Evening Welcome Party with Brand Ambassadors (Details TBC)
- Open Championship Tickets (Sat & Sun)
- Return Transfers from Hotel to The Open
- Full use of the leisure facilities


Enquire Now - £695
Liverpool Option - Malmaison

Liverpool Package - Malmaison

Friday 21st July 2017

- 3 Nights, Bed & Breakfast (Central Liverpool)
- Friday Evening Welcome Party with Brand Ambassadors (Details TBC)
- Open Championship Tickets (Sat & Sun)
- Return Transfers from Hotel to The Open
- Full use of the leisure facilities

Enquire Now - £895
The Royal Lytham VIP Package

Royal Lytham Package

Friday 21st July 2017

The chance to play at ROYAL LYTHAM & ST. ANNES GOLF CLUB

- 3 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast - Village Hotel Herons Reach 4* Hotel
- Sat and Sun entry tickets to The Open
- Return Private Transfers from Hotel to The Open (Sat and Sun)

Enquire Now - £950

Open Championship Hospitality Options

Champions Club

The Champions Club is the newest addition to The Open’s hospitality programme. It is located in the hospitality pavilion just a short walk away from the 15th hole. The club boasts a private garden area along with a large LED screen where you can catch all the action.

BENEFITS
  • Excellent location walking distance from the 15th and 16th holes
  • Use of fast track entrance
  • Parking pass
  • A Private garden area
  • Long Putt Challenge
  • Welcome desk with experienced hostesses
  • Souvenir programme and order of play
  • A large LED screen perfect for catching all the action

Add On - £345

The 1860 Club

The 1860 Club offers the ultimate sporting hospitality experience. Located on the lower level of the hospitality pavilion, guests will enjoy some of the finest Scottish hospitality including all day table service plus a 4 course lunch prepared by award winning chefs.

BENEFITS
  • Excellent location walking distance from the 15th and 16th holes
  • Use of fast track entrance
  • Parking pass
  • Souvenir programme and order of play
  • Welcome desk with experienced hostesses
  • Full TV coverage of play
  • 4 Course Lunch


Add On - £424 (per person per day)

Open Championship Reviews

Some reviews from customers who have travelled on Open Championship packages with us previously to venues such as Muirfield, Turnberry, Royal Liverpool and St. Andrews.

5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews

Tom

Reviewed in July 2015
5 5

Thanks for giving us an amazing Open experience at St Andrews. The meet and greet with John Daly was great fun and easily amongst the best golf events we've been to.

Laura & David

Reviewed in July 2015
5 5

Just back from a fantastic week at The Open, a big thanks to all at YGT for their help, from start to finish it was first class. Look forward to travelling with you again next year.

Rhys

Reviewed in July 2015
5 5

Whilst the weather could've been better at St Andrews the trip you organised for us was excellent. I've been on many golf holidays with you but this was the first tournament we've been on and will certainly be recommending you to our golfing friends.

Nick

Reviewed in July 2015
5 5

Excellent trip to St Andrews for The Open, thank you for your help in organising.

The One, The Open


About Royal Birkdale Golf Club

Royal Birkdale Golf Club is located in the town of Southport, a large seaside town in Merseyside. The town is one of The UK's most popular seaside town's in the country extrmely popular in the summertime. Royal Birkdale is not the only well known course in Southport, other courses include Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club (2 time Ryder Cup host) and Hillside Golf Club & Hesketh Golf Club who have both been Open qualifying courses.

From the championship markers the course measures in excess of 7,100 yards to a stern par of 70. For those playing it outside of The Open can expect a slightly easier round with a par of 72 with the 6th and 18th holes becoming par-5's rather that par-4's for The Open. The course has undergone several changes with the par for the 1954, 1965 & 1971 Open Championships being 73, which probably contributed to Lee Trevino's record low score at Royal Birkdale with a 4 round total of -14.

Getting There?

Royal Birkdale is only 45 minutes away from Liverpool and 1 hour away from Manchester. The neartest airport is Liverpool John Lennon Airport again only a 45 minutes drive. If you are travelling via train, there are services running every 15 minutes from Liverpool to Southport, so the golf club is very easily accessible.


Royal Birkdale Golf Club Statistics

  • Designers: Frederick G. Hawtree & J.H. Taylor
  • Yardage: 7,173 (Open Tees) 6,817 Yards (Member's White Tees)
  • Par: 70 (Open Tees) 72 (Member's White Tees)
  • Course Opened in 1889
  • Awards: Ranked 12th in The UK and 32nd in the World by 100 Top Golf Courses, Ranked 5th in Top 100 UK Courses by Golf Monthly.

19th Hole Blogs

The A-Z of The Open

A-Z The Open

Former Champions, previous host venues and x-treme weather, we have created our very own A-Z of The Open Championship.

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The Open Championship Rota Photo Guide

Open Championship

We take a closer look at the amazing courses on The Open Championship Rota including, Carnoustie, St. Andrews and Royal St. George's.

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2017 Open Championship Dates


Practice Day - exact tee-times of those playing are released on the day
Gates Open:
Sun, 16/07/2017 at 8:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Sun, 16/07/2017 6:00 p.m.
Southport, Lancashire
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Practice Day - exact tee-times of those playing are released on the day
Gates Open:
Mon, 17/07/2017 at 7:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Mon, 17/07/2017 6:00 p.m.
Southport, Lancashire
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Practice Day - exact tee-times of those playing are released on the day
Gates Open:
Tue, 18/07/2017 at 7:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Tue, 18/07/2017 6:00 p.m.
Southport, Lancashire
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Practice Day - exact tee-times of those playing are released on the day
Gates Open:
Wed, 19/07/2017 at 7:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Wed, 17/07/2017 6:00 p.m.
Southport, Lancashire
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Opening round of the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Gates Open:
Thu, 20/07/2017 at 7:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Thu, 20/07/2017 6:00 p.m.
Southport, Lancashire
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Second round of the Open, a cut is made at the end of play
Gates Open:
Fri, 21/07/2017 at 6:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Fri, 21/07/2017 6:00 p.m.
Southport, Lancashire
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Third round of the Open Championship, "moving day"
Gates Open:
Sat, 22/07/2017 at 7:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Sat, 22/07/2016 6:00 p.m.
Southport, Lancashire
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Final round of the Open Championship
Gates Open:
Sun, 23/07/2017 at 7:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Sun, 23/07/2017 6:00 p.m.
Southport, Lancashire
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Open Championship Statistics

  • Oldest Winner: Old Tom Morris (46 Years, 102 Days, 1867)
  • Youngest Winner: Young Tom Morris (17 Years)
  • Most Wins: 6 by Harry Vardon (1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911, 1914)
  • Lowest Final Score: Greg Norman (267 in 1993)
  • Prize Fund: £6.3 Million
  • Most Frequent Venues: 28 times at St. Andrews
  • The Field: 156 Golfers

Open Championship Winners

Year Champion Prize Money
US 2015 Zach Johnson £1,150,000
Ireland 2014 Rory Mcilroy £975,000
US 2013 Phil Mickelson £945,000
South Africa 2012 Ernie Els £900,000
Northern Ireland 2011 Darren Clarke £900,000
South Africa 2010 Louis Oosthuizen £850,000

Future Open Championship Venues

Year Club Town Dates
Scotland 2016 Royal Troon Golf Club Troon 14-17 July
England 2017 Royal Birkdale Golf Club Southport 20-23 July
Scotland 2018 Carnoustie Golf Links Carnoustie 19-22 July
Northern Ireland 2019 Royal Portrush Golf Club County Antrim 18-21 July

Watching on TV - what channels will The Open be broadcasted on?

From 2016, The Open Championship will be broacasted live on Sky Sports after spending 60 years on The BBC.

Qualifying for The Open

There are 26 ways in total to qualify for a place at The Open Championship., however some of the most popular ways of qualifying include:

  • The Top 50 in the OWGR Official World Golf Rankings
  • The Top 30 in the previous season's Race to Dubai (European Tour) and FedEx Cup (PGA Tour)
  • All Previous Open Championship Winners
  • All players have one a major in the last 5 years
  • The Winners of The Amateur Championship and US Amateur
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