A short history of Royal Birkdale

Royal Birkdale will host The Open for the tenth time in July 2017 and will welcome the world’s greatest golfers to one of the sport’s most renowned and challenging venues.

The course was first established in 1889, but was extensively redesigned in 1922 by Fred Hawtree and JH Taylor to create the current layout, which winds its way through the sand dunes towering over each of the fairways.

Since first hosting The Open in 1954, the course has been (alongside Royal Lytham) the most regular venue for the Championship other than St Andrews. At Birkdale’s first Open, Peter Thomson won the first of three in succession; he returned to the same course in 1965 to add his fifth and final title.

Previous Years

Royal Birkdale has previously hosted The Open on nine different occasions. These include:

  • 1954
  • 1961
  • 1965
  • 1971
  • 1976
  • 1983
  • 1991
  • 1998
  • 2008

If you’re looking for a fantastic day out, head on down to The Open at Royal Birkdale. We’re absolutely positive that you won’t regret it.

Plan your Day

Barford can provide 4* self catering luxury apartments for your stay during the open.