Future golf course venues for The Open Championship
The Open, staged by the R&A, is held on links golf courses throughout the United Kingdom. In 2019, that included Northern Ireland once again. The small country had not hosted The Open since 1951.
The Open was originally staged at Prestwick Golf Club in 1860, then just a 12-hole course. Prestwick held every Open thru 1873, and last hosted the event in 1925.
The Old Course in St. Andrews was the first event outside of Prestwick to host the Open in 1873. It is the most regular host these days, hosting the event about every five years.
Potential future venues to keep an eye on begin with the Ailsa Course at Trump Turnberry, a famous host for both the Duel in the Sun as well as Tom Watson's near-miraculous victory in 2009. The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, who own Muirfield, voted in 2017 to allow women members. That vote was reportedly required in order to keep Muirfield in the present-day rota.
Four clubs have hosted the Open that are not in consideration at the time for future opens. Prestwick, Musselburgh Golf Links, Royal Cinque Golf Club and Prince's Golf Club are all some combination of too short or logistically challenging for future events. All 14 courses that have held The Open are open to the public.
In 2020, the R&A announced it would cancel The Open at Royal St. George's due to coronavirus pandemic concerns. They announced Royal St. George's would host the event in 2021, and the 150th Open would be held at St. Andrews in 2022. In December, the R&A confirmed Royal Liverpool and Royal Troon would receive their planned Opens one year later as well.
Tickets to The 150th Open in St. Andrews
The R&A has announced that for the first time ever, general admission tickets for the 150th Open in St. Andrews will be awarded via ballot. The ballot is open from July 1 thru October 4th. In order to be eligble for the ballot, you must be a member of the The Open's One Club, which is free to join. Those accepted in the ballot will be notified in late-October/Early November. Sign up for The One Club and enter the ballot here.
Future venues announced by the R&A for The Open
Old Course in St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland
Past Opens: 1873, 1876, 1879, 1882, 1885, 1888, 1891, 1895, 1900, 1905, 1910, 1921, 1927, 1933, 1939, 1946, 1955, 1957, 1960, 1964, 1970, 1978, 1984, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015, 2022
Royal Liverpool, Hoylake, England
Past Opens: 1897, 1902, 1907, 1913, 1924, 1930, 1936, 1947, 1956, 1967, 2006, 2014
Old Course at Royal Troon, Troon, Scotland
Past Opens: 1923, 1950, 1962, 1973, 1982, 1989, 1997, 2004, 2016
The Claret Jug the Open Championship trophy on the 18th hole on the Old Course At St Andrews, which will host the 150th Open in 2022. David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images
The clubhouse at Royal Liverpool was built originally in 1895, and was extensively renovated prior to the 2006 Open. Getty Images
The Postage Stamp at Royal Troon, host of the 2023Open, is one of Scotland's iconic par 3s. David Cannon/Getty Images
The famous "Road Hole" bunker near the 17th green of the Old Course at St. Andrews has been reshaped in recent years. Notice the hole for a camera in the bottom. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
The dunes of Royal St. George's Golf Club are most striking around the fifth hole. Courtesy of Royal St. George's G.C.