Golf’s oldest Major Championship takes place at St Andrews in Fife this July. Regarded by many as the one to win, The Open Championship and it’s coveted Claret Jug has enjoyed a rich history with the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Bobby Jones, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy all amongst past winners.

Whilst all eyes for The 2022 Open Championship, will be on the Old Course in July, qualifying for the tournament takes place well before that.

The Open Qualifying Series is a global adventure that takes in six countries across five continents over eight events with one goal: to qualify for the most prestigious golf championship in the world, The Open. Regional and Final Qualifying take place in The UK and allow both professionals and amateurs (with a handicap of 0.0 or lower) the chance to do battle and claim a place in the field at St Andrews.

The qualifying venues in the UK this year for Regional Qualifying are rated amongst the very best, offering a suitable challenge as the gateway to playing in the 150th Open Championship.

Taking place on Monday 20th June, players will be enjoying a simple 18-hole stroke play tournament. The top players will progress to final qualifying.

We’re going to take a look at each of the Regional Qualifying venues for The Open and our thoughts on the test that lies ahead.

Alwoodley Golf Club

Alwoodley Golf Club

PAR 72 | YARDAGE 6,739

The first course designed by famed architect Dr Alister Mackenzie and is now known as the Original MacKenzie Course.

Dating back to 1907 the course at Alwoodley enjoys natural heathland characteristics, with firm, springy fairways lined by heather and occasional outcrops of gorse. Distinguishing features are the eye-catching, irregularly shaped and naturalistic-looking bunkers as well as large, often undulating, greens.

Players who progressed to Final Qualifying

Robert Dinwiddie (-2), Samuel Rook (-2), Oliver White (-1), Aaron Cox (-1), David Hague (-1), Daniel Thomas (E), Ben Rhodes (E), Steve Allan (E), Nick McCarthy (E) and David Houlding (+1).

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Berwick-upon-Tweed (Goswick)

Goswick Links

PAR 72 | YARDAGE 6,803

Goswick Golf Club is located on the stunning Northumberland coastline and has hosted Regional Qualifying on a number of years.

James Braid, the five-time Champion Golfer, designed the layout which traverses the humps, bumps and hollows of the Berwick shore, and is a truly pleasurable golfing experience.

Players who progressed to Final Qualifying

David Clark (-5), Graeme Robertson (-4), James Wilson (Tyneside) (-3), Robbie Morrison (-3), Stuart Easton (-3), Joe Bryce (-3), James Harper (-3), James Wilson (Balmore) (-2), Daniel Kay (-2) and Kieran Quinn (-2).

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Burhill Golf Club

Burhill Golf Club

PAR 72 | YARDAGE 6,905

Burhill Golf Club was established in 1907 and is regarded as one of the finest courses in Surrey. The parkland layout resides on the outskirts of Walton on Thames and is overlooked by the impressive clubhouse, a luxurious Georgian Mansion, is steeped in history and dates back to 1726.

Regional Qualifying for The 150th Open will be played on the New Course which opened in 2001. At just under 7,000 yards it will provide a tough test with fast, well protected greens and a number of water hazards including the River Mole.

Players who progressed to Final Qualifying

Ben Wedmaier (-4), Kumar Kami (-3), Aadam Syed (E), Adalberto Montini (E), Austin Lemieux (E), Dongwon Kim (E), Lewis Scott (E), Laurens Schulze-Doering (+1) and Kevin Hesbois (+1).

Caldy Golf Club

Caldy Golf Club

PAR 72 | YARDAGE 6,714

The course at Caldy, established in 1907 with a redesign by James Braid in 1930, provides an eclectic mix of cliff-top links, parkland and heathland, almost 3 courses in one.

Since those early days, the design has changed little fundamentally, but much investment has been made to transform Caldy into a genuine championship venue. The scenery and setting were undeniable, and with the addition of USGA standard tee boxes and a number of other developments, the course is now held in high regard by the tournament bodies.

Players who progressed to Final Qualifying

Jon Beesley (-5), Timothy Ford (-4), James Newton (-4), Reece Cranfield (-3), Joshua McMahon (-3), Steven Capper (-3), Tom Froom (-3), Jack Brooks (-2) and Ben Chamberlain (-2).

Create your own Open Qualifying event at Caldy

County Louth Golf Club

County Louth Golf Club

PAR 72 | YARDAGE 7,031

County Louth Golf Club is often referred to as ‘Baltray’, the village in which it is located close to the historic town of Drogheda.

There are no weak holes around Baltray, with holes running in every direction, visiting golfers must tackle the wind from all angles. In 2009 the course hosted the Irish Open, which saw Shane Lowry capture his home open title as an amateur.

Dating back to 1892, the current championship links was designed in 1938 by the renowned Tom Simpson. The course is laid out in two nine-hole loops and covers almost 200 acres of links land. The golf course has become noted for excellent presentation standards and for the many unique greens complexes.

Players who progressed to Final Qualifying

Sean Keeling (-7), Robert Moran (-5), Ruaidhri McGee (-4), Thomas Abom (-3), Stuart Grehan (-2), John Hickey (-2), Brendan McCarroll (-2) and Tim Rice (-2).

Create your own Open Qualifying event at Caldy

Fairhaven Golf Club

Fairhaven Golf Club

PAR 72 | YARDAGE 6,929

Fairhaven, designed by five-time Champion Golfer James Braid, has hosted Final Qualifying for The Open on several occasions.

The layout is relatively flat, comprising of an unusual blend of links and parkland, offering a fair challenge to golfers of all abilities. Fairhaven is famous for its deep revetted bunkers, 122 in total throughout the course, that will need to be negotiated for a good score.

Players who progressed to Final Qualifying

Jack McPhail (-3), Adam Chapman (-2), Jasper Stubbs (-2), Alejandro Rodriguez Andreu (-2), Nick Marsh (-2), Jack Clarkson (-1), Mark Young (-1), John Wilding (E), William Whiteoak (E) and Jake Hibbert (+1).

Frilford Heath Golf Club

Frilford Heath Golf Club

PAR 72 | YARDAGE 7,045

Frilford Heath Golf Club is located South of Oxford within 500 acres of undulating heathland. Frilford Heath’s Red Course, the oldest of the three, was designed by J.H. Taylor who was part of the ‘Great Triumvirate’ along with James Braid & Harry Vardon.

The championship layout offers a a traditional heathland golfing experience with upturned greens that run fast and true as well as fairways that demand accurate driving if golfers are to score well.

Players who progressed to Final Qualifying

Jack Floydd (-3), Michael Bullen (-3), Nathan Longley (-3), David Wicks (-3), Ronan Mullarney (-3), Brandon Meads (-2), Taylor Carter (-2), Johnny Tynan (-2), Bradley Bawden (-2) and Henry Drake (-1).

Kedleston Park Golf Club

Kedleston Park Golf Club

PAR 70 | YARDAGE 7,008

The mature parkland course at Kedleston Park is set in peaceful countryside within the grounds of the magnificent Kedleston Hall, a grand 18th century stately home just a few miles northwest of Derby city centre.

Measuring in at over 7,000 yards, the course at Kedleston will provide a stern test for golfers trying to reach The 150th Open at St Andrews. Five time Open Champion James Braid is responsible for the design but the onset of the Second World War in 1939 meant it was left up to renowned course architects Colt, Alison and Morrison to finalise the plans for the course using Braid’s original design.

Players who progressed to Final Qualifying

Rob Harris (-4), Ryan Cornfield (-3), William Harrold (-2), James Whatley (-2), Darryn Lloyd (E), Jacob McGoldrick (E), Josh Courtney (E), Joshua Ashton (E), George Bloor (E) and Cameron Bridger (+1).

Minchinhampton Golf Club

Minchinhampton Golf Club

PAR 72 | YARDAGE 6,721

Located in the heart of The Cotswolds, Minchinhampton Golf Club consists of three courses, The Avening, The Cherington and The Old Course.

The Avening and The Cherington courses will be used for The 150th Open Regional Qualifying event. Minchinhampton Golf Club has been a Regional Qualifying venue on several occasions, the last of which was in 2019 when The Open was at Royal Portrush.

Players who progressed to Final Qualifying

Joe Retford (-6), Oliver Farrell (-5), Ben Robinson (-5), Nick Cunningham (-5), Rodi Vlasveld (-4), Jake Burnage (-4), Stuart McLaren (-4), Louis Boston (-4), and Harry Boyle (-3).

Moor Park Golf Club

Moor Park Golf Club

PAR 72 | YARDAGE 7,061

Golfers taking part in the Regional Qualifying at Moor Park, designed by Harry Colt in 1923, will be walking in the footsteps of champions. Greats such as Roberto de Vicenzo, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Greg Norman, Seve Ballesteros, Sir Nick Faldo, Sandy Lyle, Bernhard Langer and Justin Rose have all played Moor Park.

Players who progressed to Final Qualifying

Tom Shadbolt (-7), George Baylis (-6), Erik Flores (-5), Nick Ward (-5), Owen Benson (-4), James Webber (-4), Nikhil Mohan (-4), Jake Ayres (-4), James Ablett (-3) and Matt Gauntlett (-3).

Northamptonshire County Golf Club

Northamptonshire County Golf Club

PAR 70 | YARDAGE 6,710

Northamptonshire County was designed by the distinguished golf course architect, Harry Colt, who also designed Wentworth and Sunningdale.

The course is a traditional heathland golf course with undulating woodland, gorse, heather and fine pine woods.

Players who progressed to Final Qualifying

Sam Broadhurst (-5), Jamie Abbott (-4), Freddie MacArthur (-4), Callum Farr (-2), Gary Boyd (-2), Oliver Toyer (-2) Robin Williams (-2), Ryan Evans (-1), Matty Lamb (-1) and Jevann Parmar (-1).

Panmure Golf Club

Panmure Golf Club

PAR 70 | YARDAGE 6,551

Situated between the courses of Monifieth and Carnoustie on the east coast of Scotland, this James Braid designed course is the 16th-oldest golf club in the world, dating back to 1845.

It was at Panmure Golf Club in 1953 that the legendary Ben Hogan made his rigorous preparations for victory at Carnoustie in his only Open Championship appearance, he was victorious by four shots & achieved a course record 68 in the final round.

This par-70 layout was laid out by five-time Open Champion James Braid and has hosted a wide variety of regional and national professional and amateur competitions.

Players who progressed to Final Qualifying

Sandy Scott (-5), Thomas Finnegan (-4), John Paterson (-3), Bradley Neil (-3), Alan Berrington (-3), Ben Murray (-2), James Arandia (-2), John Henry (-2), Peter Whiteford (-2) and Liam Duncan (-2).

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Rochester & Cobham Park Golf Club

Rochester & Cobham Park Golf Club

PAR 71 | YARDAGE 6,597

The established championship course at Rochester & Cobham Park is one of Kent’s finest layouts, with undulating greens set with spacious parkland.

Donald Steel is responsible for the present course after redesigning the original layout from Colt, Mackenzie and Alison.

Players who progressed to Final Qualifying

Jamie Wood (-3), Thomas Thurloway (-3), Bradley Chrystie (-2), Richard Wallis (-1), Ant Tarchetti (-1), Daniel Roberts (-1), Ben Quinney (-1), Connor Bell (E), Paul Nessling (E) and Danny Jones (E).

The Buckinghamshire Golf Club

The Buckinghamshire

PAR 72 | YARDAGE 7,100

The Buckinghamshire Golf Club is home to the Ladies European Tour and was designed by former European Tour Player & Ryder Cup Captain John Jacobs in 1992.

Clever use of the natural features and local topography created a parkland paradise that has championship standards and conditions to challenge golfers of every ability.

The quality and condition of the course has enabled it to host many professional events over the years; annual Women’s US Open qualifying, the inaugural Rose Ladies Series in 2020 and 2021, The European PGA Seniors Tour, The Senior Tournament of Champions, and the Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf European Final as well as hosting pre-qualifying for the AIG Women’s Open in 2022.

Players who progressed to Final Qualifying

Pavan Sagoo (-5), Lewis Atkinson (-2), Tom Wilde (-2), Ryan Moody (-1), Harvey Byers (-1), Adam Wootton (-1), Andrew Pestell (-1), Patrick Blunt (-1), Nick Woof (-1) and Guy Woodman (-1).

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this blog post about the changes to the qualifying process for The Open Championship. Good luck to all who will be taking part as they compete for a place in the field at St Andrews. If you have any questions about attending The Open or playing an Open Championship golf course, please contact our Golf Travel Experts.

Thank you for reading and let’s look forward to another great Open Championship!

Rick

Rick

Keen golfer, 11 handicap with 2 Aces!! Some people have collections of various types of objects, I collect golf courses.

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