Past Venues

Prestwick Golf Club

Of the British Open past venues, Prestwick Golf Club is perhaps steeped in the most tradition. The founding club hosted the British Open for its first 10 years of existence. It was dropped from the rotation in 1925 after hosting 24 Opens.
About 30 miles southwest of Glasgow, Prestwick is a classic links golf course. Unlike some of Scotland’s other leading courses, Prestwick is a private members’ club, but visitors may book to play on most days of the week.

Musselburgh Links

Musselburgh Links, in East Lothian, Scotland, is one of the oldest golf courses in the world and claims to be the oldest on which play has been continuous. There is evidence that golf was played here in 1672, while rumours abound that Mary Queen of Scots played here as long ago as 1567.
Musselburgh was one of the three courses which staged the British Open in rotation in the 1870s and 1880s, alongside Prestwick and the Old Course at St Andrews, hosting six British Opens between 1874 and 1889.
Musselburgh is a now a publicly owned course, administered by East Lothian Council. The course still has just nine holes, and is a par 34. The fact, that there are only nine holes severely restricts its appeal, and memberships are readily available and inexpensive. Season tickets for course play only are also available.

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club

Another of the British Open past venues, Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club, situated in the town of Deal, Kent, was founded in 1892 and hosted the Open in 1909 and 1920.
The Opens scheduled to be held at Royal Cinque Ports in 1938 and 1948 had to be relocated due to unusually high tides swamping the course, leading to the club’s removal from the British Open rotation.

Prince’s Golf Club

Prince’s Golf Club, in Sandwich, Kent, hosted its only British Open in 1932. It is one of only two clubs, along with Royal Portrush, to host the Open just once. The club remains an Open Championship Final Qualifying course (most recently in 2003).

Royal Portrush Golf Club

Completing the list of British Open past venues, Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland, staged its only British Open in 1951.
The Dunluce Links course is rated number four of “The 100 Greatest Courses In The British Isles”, Golf World 11/96, and was ranked number 12 in the world in Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses In The World.