Open Championship rota: Which courses are in the British Open rotation?
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Open Championship rota: Which courses are in the British Open rotation?

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The Open Championship rota -- the rotation of courses that host the British Open -- is something that doesn't change too often. The R&A has about nine links courses it will routinely visit for the game's oldest major championship.

We take a look at the current Open Championship rota, future British Open sites and former Open Championship venues that are no longer used.


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Current Open Championship rota

  • St. Andrews (Old Course)
  • Carnoustie
  • Royal Troon
  • Royal Birkdale
  • Royal Lytham and St. Annes
  • Royal St. George's
  • Royal Liverpool
  • Royal Portrush

Future British Open sites

  • 2016: Royal Troon
  • 2017: Royal Birkdale
  • 2018: Carnoustie
  • 2019: Royal Portrush

Former Open Championship rotation courses

  • Muirfield -- The 16-time Open host could get back in the rota easily, contingent on a successful second vote to admit female members to the all-male club
  • Turnberry -- The R&A has said it has no plans through 2021 to host the Open Championship at the Donald Trump-owned resort and its Ailsa Course.
  • Prestwick -- The Scottish club hosted the first 12 Open Championship, but it hasn't hosted since 1925
  • Musselburgh -- The six-time host never hosted in the 20th or 21st centuries.
  • Royal Cinque Ports -- The club has hosted twice, back in 1909 and 1920.
  • Prince's -- Hosted just once, when Gene Sarazen won in 1932.

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