Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England, is one of the courses in the Open Championship rotation. The Women's British Open has also been played on the course five times: once prior to being designated a major championship by the LPGA Tour, and four times since.
Clubhouse in July 2009
|Location||Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England|
|Tournaments hosted||Lytham Trophy|
The Open Championship,
Senior British Open,
Women's British Open
|Designed by||George Lowe|
Harry Colt (1919 redesign)
|Length||7,118 yards (6,509 m)|
Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club was founded in 1886 and the present course constructed in 1897. The clubhouse celebrated its centenary in 1998. It is one of the premier links courses in the world, host to ten Open Championships, two Ryder Cups and numerous other major tournaments including the Women's and Seniors Open Championships.
It is renowned as a course on which is it hard to scramble a good score, after all, there are 167 bunkers peppering the fairways and surrounding the greens. It may not be the longest of courses but it is one where careful thought and accurate shots are required.
As Bernard Darwin wrote:
'Hit your ball to the right place and the way to the hole is open to you, but hit your ball to the wrong place and every kind of punishment, whether immediate or ultimate, will ensue'.
The club professional is Ben Squires. He has been the professional since 1 January 2013.
The Open ChampionshipEdit
The Open Championship has been held eleven times at Royal Lytham & St. Annes:
|1926||Bobby Jones (a) 1st||72||72||73||74||291||Am (75)|
|1952||Bobby Locke 3rd||69||71||74||73||287 (−1)||300|
|1958||Peter Thomson 4th||66||72||67||73||278 (−6)PO||1,000|
|1963||Bob Charles||68||72||66||71||277 (−7)PO||1,500|
|1969||Tony Jacklin||68||70||70||72||280 (−4)||4,250|
|1974||Gary Player 3rd||69||68||75||70||282 (−2)||5,500|
|1979||Seve Ballesteros 1st||73||65||75||70||283 (−1)||15,000|
|1988||Seve Ballesteros 3rd||67||71||70||65||273 (−11)||80,000|
|1996||Tom Lehman||67||67||64||73||271 (−13)||200,000|
|2001||David Duval||69||73||65||67||274 (−10)||600,000|
|2012||Ernie Els 2nd||67||70||68||68||273 (–7)||900,000|
- Note: For multiple winners of The Open Championship, superscript ordinal identifies which in their respective careers.
(a) denotes amateur
Women's British OpenEdit
The Women's British Open has been held five times at Royal Lytham & St. Annes:
|1998||Sherri Steinhauer 1st||292 (+4)||98,162|
|2003||Annika Sörenstam||278 (−10)||254,880|
|2006||Sherri Steinhauer 3rd||281 (−7)||305,440|
|2009||Catriona Matthew||285 (−3)||335,000|
|2018||Georgia Hall||271 (−17)||490,000|
- For multiple winners of the Women's British Open, superscript ordinal identifies which in their respective careers.
- Years in bold signify editions that were recognised as major championships by the LPGA (2001-present).
Since its inception in 1979, the Women's British Open has always been a major on the Ladies European Tour.
- The 6th hole was a par 5 in previous Opens (1969-2001)
Lengths of the course for The Open Championship (since 1950):