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.
Current Open Championship rota
- St. Andrews (Old Course)
- 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.