Unlike the other three major championships, the courses that host the Open Championship are downright predictable. Known as the Rota, the rotation rarely changes. And like Pebble Beach is to the U.S. Open and Whistling Straits has become for the PGA Championship, the Old Course at St. Andrews has a regular slot to host the Open Championship every five years.
The future British Open venues have been announced through 2019, with St. Andrews likely to host in 2021 for the 150th Open Championship.
Future British Open Championship venues
- 2014 -- Royal Liverpool Golf Club
- 2015 -- The Old Course at St. Andrews
- 2016 -- Royal Troon Golf Club
- 2017 -- Royal Birkdale Golf Club
- 2018 -- Carnoustie
- 2019 -- Royal Portrush Golf Club
With 2017-18 to be determined and 2019 at Royal Portrush not completely set in stone yet, there's still much to be decided about the order of the Open Rota for years to come.
Who will host the Open Championship through 2025? Let's take some guesses.
2020 -- The Old Course at St. Andrews: Since 1990, the Open has been played at the Old Course in five-year intervals. (It hosted it before then in 1984, a six-year gap.) The new tradition should hold up in the future.
2021 -- Turnberry: Site to Tom Watson's 2009 close call at the age of 59, Turnberry is going to see the Open sooner than later, not face the 15-year gap it did between hosting in 1994 and '09.
2022 -- Muirfield: The Scottish links, and the shortest course in the modern Open Rota, gets the Open about once a decade nowadays. Phil Mickelson, who won there in 2013, will be 52 years old when the Open returns. It could be a good send-off for the lefty.
2023 -- Royal St. George's: Sandwich isn't the most captivating venue in the Open Rota, but it proved thrilling in 2011 when Darren Clarke was the surprise champion there.
2024 -- Royal Lytham & St. Annes: From 1952 until 1979, Lytham was hosting the Open practically at the same frequency at St. Andrews. Then it fell off and seems more of a fill-in than a a regular venue.
2025 -- The Old Course at St. Andrews: There's no reason to believe the R&A will stop its tradition of hosting the Open at St. Andrews every five years.