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Women's Open Golf Courses

Host courses of the Women's British Open

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Women's Open Golf Courses

Carnoustie Golf Links (Championship Course)

Carnoustie is considered the toughest track of any in The Open rotation by pros and amateurs alike, however, it is also one of the greatest. Coming in at 21st on the Golf Digest 2018 ‘World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses’ list, Carnoustie arguably has the finest closing holes of golf of any course in the world.

With the Barry Burn snaking through the fairways, distance control is a must when attempting to tame this beast of a course. Despite the challenge, a must play course for any serious golfer.

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Carnoustie Golf Links facts
Location Angus, Scotland
Length 6,948 yards
Par 72
Designed by Allan Robertson, Old Tom Morris, James Braid
Established 1850
Hosted Scottish Open 2 times (1995, 1996)
Hosted The Open 1931, 1937, 1953, 1968, 1975, 1999, 2007, 2018
Hosted Women's Open 2 times (2011, 2021)
Where to stay Dundee

"Depending on the wind, 16, 17 and 18 are the hardest finish in golf."
Gareth (UK & Ireland Team: Handicap 12)

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Royal Birkdale Golf Club

The pedigree of Royal Birkdale Golf Club is beyond doubt, having hosted The Open 9 times, the Ryder Cup twice and a multitude of other championships including the Walker Cup and Women's British Open.

Ranked 15th in Golf Digest's 'World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses 2018' the magnificence of Royal Birkdale cannot be overstated, arguably the crown jewel of English golf, this course should be on every golfer's bucket list.

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Royal Birkdale facts
Location Merseyside, England
Length 7,156 yards
Par 70
Designed by Frederick G. Hawtree / J.H. Taylor
Established 1889
Hosted Ryder Cup 1965, 1969
Hosted The Open 10 times
Hosted Women's Open 6 times (1982, 1986, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2014)
Where to stay Southport

"Playing into the 17th you appreciate how amazing Harrington's shot was to claim his 2nd Open. From start-to-finish, this is a great day of golf."
Sam (UK & Ireland Team: Handicap 1)

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Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club

This brilliant seaside layout is renowned for the quality of the course design, something which has been maintained and developed over the years.

A difficult test for all who grace the fairways, Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club is a brilliant destination for golfers looking to play a royal course and an Open Championship venue.

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Royal Lytham & St Annes facts
Location Lancashire, England
Length 7,118 yards
Par 70
Designed by George Lowe / Harry Colt
Established 1886
Hosted The Open 11 times
Hosted Women's Open 5 times (1998, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2018)
Granted Royal status King George V in 1926
Where to stay Southport

"Get there early and visit the clubhouse to experience the history, you are bound to by a souvenir from the clubhouse too. It begins with a gentle par 3 but beware this is one of the toughest courses in the Country."
Gareth (UK & Ireland Team: Handicap 12)

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Sunningdale Golf Club - Old Course

Whilst technically in Berkshire, Sunningdale is classed as Surrey in terms of golf as a host of the Surrey Amateur Championship and it’s members representing Surrey rather than Berkshire in amateur events. With a rich history including the likes of Harry Colt, Bobby Jones and most recently Stephen Dodd, The Old and New Golf Courses at Sunningdale are revered as some of the finest inland courses played anywhere in the world. The heathland layouts provide a stern test of golf that meanders through mature pine and oak trees that live long in the memory of any golfer fortunate to spend a day here.

While there are many stand out holes at Sunningdale, arguably it is the 10th hole on The Old which garners the most plaudits. The drive is one of the best in golf with an elevated position to a slanted fairway with bunkers ready to snare any shot left or right of the short stuff. The reward for anyone walking down this hole is a trip to the world-famous halfway hut with it’s sausage sandwich, arguably one of the most talked about snacks in golf.

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Sunningdale Golf Club (Old Course) facts
Location Sunningdale, Berkshire
Length 6,627 yards
Par 70
Designed by Willie Park, Jr.
Established 1900
Hosted Women's Open 4 times (1997, 2001, 2004, 2008)
Where to stay Kingswood Lodge

"Inland golf does not get any better than this, keep it in the fairway is the best advice I can give and when visiting why not play both courses!"
Rick (Marketing: Handicap 11)

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St Andrews Old Course

It would be impossible to compile a list of the best golf courses, in Scotland and the world, and not include the Old Course at St Andrews. By far and away the most iconic course on the planet, you can feel how special the place is the moment you set foot in town.

The Home of Golf needs little introduction and should be played by every golfer at least once, follow in the footsteps of golf legends and see where golf was born.

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St Andrews Old Course facts
Location St Andrews, Fife, Scotland
Length 7,305 yards
Par 72
Designed by Daw Anderson, Old Tom Morris
Established 1552
Hosted Scottish Open 1973
Hosted The Open 30 times
Hosted Women's Open 2 times (2007, 2013)
Where to stay St Andrews

"The 1st tee is undeniably the happiest place on earth for golfers, it is impossible not to smile standing there awaiting the centuries old challenge."
Gareth (UK & Ireland Team: Handicap 12)

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Trump Turnberry - Ailsa Course

Potentially the most picturesque golf course in Scotland, on a sunny day the Ailsa course at Trump Turnberry is nothing short of glorious. Watched over by the iconic Turnberry Lighthouse, The Ailsa has a rich history to match the phenomenal views.

Four Open Championships have been played here, none as intense as the 'Duel in the Sun' in 1977 between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus, one of the greatest spectacles in the history of the event.

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Trump Turnberry Ailsa Course facts
Location Ayrshire, Scotland
Length 7,204 yards
Par 70
Designed by Willie Fernie, Mackenzie Ross, Martin Ebert
Established 1906
Hosted The Open 4 times (1997, 1986, 1994, 2009)
Hosted Women's Open 2 times (2002, 2015)
Where to stay Ayrshire Coast, Turnberry Resort

"The 9th hole is up there with the very best par-3 you'll ever play."
Rob (UK & Ireland Team: Handicap 16)

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Kingsbarns Golf Links

One of the youngest true links courses in Scotland, Kingsbarns has been heralded as a masterpiece of golf architecture since its inception in 2000. Renowned for looking fantastically natural in its links setting, the course was actually just farmers field before work began.

Kingsbarns curves perfectly along the Fife coast, the varying elevations provide spectacular views of the North Sea from every hole. Only 6 miles from St Andrews, Kingsbarns is a fitting addition to the Home of Golf.

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Kingsbarns Golf Links facts
Location Kingsbarns, Fife, Scotland
Length 7,224 yards
Par 72
Designed by Kyle Phillips
Established 2000
Hosted Women's Open 2017
Where to stay St Andrews

"Stand out holes are the par-5 12th and par-3 15th but I still love the questions asked off the tee on the 5th and the 6th as well as the "simple" par-3 13th."
Oliver (Marketing: Handicap 1)

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Southport & Ainsdale

There are so many factors which make Southport and Ainsdale such a prestigious venue; from its two times hosting the Ryder Cup to the renowned James Braid design.

The seaside layout is a classic links course and requires some serious accuracy throughout.

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Southport & Ainsdale facts
Location Merseyside, England
Length 6,803 yards
Par 72
Designed by James Braid
Established 1906
Hosted Ryder Cup 1933, 1937
Hosted Women's Open 1979
Where to stay Southport

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Woburn Golf Club - Dukes Course

The Duchess, Dukes and Marquess courses of Woburn Golf Club provide challenging golf in a stunning Bedfordshire setting for visitors of all abilities.

Woburn Abbey and the surrounding Estate provide a stunning backdrop creating breath-taking views of the natural landscape as you make your way around some of the most testing holes in Britain.

Woburn Golf Club continues to host prestigious tournament events and is the ideal venue for corporate, group or society golf days.

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Woburn Golf Club facts
Location Milton Keynes, England
Length 6,984 yards
Par 72
Designed by Charles Lawrie
Established 1976
Hosted Women's Open 11 times (Dukes 9, Marquess 2)

"Three stunning courses that always rank in the "Best of" lists with a rich tournament history to match. The split fairway of the 7th on the Marquess course is a favourite, the right-hand side is harder to find, but will more likely set up the chance to achieve a home-in-two birdie."
Matthew (Golf Travel Team Manager: Handicap +3)

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Other Women's Open Hosts

Ferndown (1989)
Foxhills (1978)
Fulford (1976)
Lindrick (1977, 1988)
Moor Park (1985)
Northumberland (1981)
Royal Liverpool (2012)
Royal Troon (2020)
St Mellion (1987)
Wentworth (1980)

Ferndown Golf Club - Dorset, England
Ferndown Golf Club - Dorset, England
Royal Liverpool Golf Club - Wirral, North West England
Royal Liverpool Golf Club - Wirral, North West England
Foxhills Club & Resort, Surrey, England
Foxhills Club & Resort, Surrey, England
St Mellion Resort - Cornwall, England
St Mellion Resort - Cornwall, England
Royal Troon Golf Club - Ayrshire, Scotland
Royal Troon Golf Club - Ayrshire, Scotland

Frequently asked Questions about the Women's Open

Which course has held the Women's Open the most?

Woburn Golf Club in Milton Keynes has held the Women's Open the most time with 9 of the events being played on the Dukes Course and 2 more on the Marquess Course.

Who has won the Women's Open the most times?

Tied for most victories in the Women's Open with 3 each are Karrie Webb of Australia and Sherri Steinhauer of the United States.