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 links outside of Prestwick to host the Open in 1873. It is the most regular host these days, hosting the event about every five years.
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 canceled The Open at Royal St. George's due to coronavirus pandemic concerns. Royal St. George's hosted the event in 2021, and the 150th Open at St. Andrews in 2022 was a rousing success. It has hosted more than any modern venue (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).
One key question remains: When will 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, return to the rota?
Future venues announced by the R&A for The Open
The Open in 2023
Royal Liverpool, Hoylake, England
Past Opens: 1897, 1902, 1907, 1913, 1924, 1930, 1936, 1947, 1956, 1967, 2006, 2014
The Open in 2024
Old Course at Royal Troon, Troon, Scotland
Past Opens: 1923, 1950, 1962, 1973, 1982, 1989, 1997, 2004, 2016
The Open in 2025
Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush, Portrush, Northern Ireland
Past Opens: 1951, 2019
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 5th hole at Royal Portrush, "White Rocks," is a par-4, 382-yard hole that provides wonderful views of the ocean. Royal Portrush will host the 2025 Open Championship. David Cannon/R&A/R&A via Getty Images