5 golf courses with history in the UK

5 golf courses with history in the UK

There is no absolute certainty of the origins of golf, but the most accepted theory is that this sport originated in Scotland, during the High Middle Ages. That is why the United Kingdom is one of the places with the longest tradition of this sport, hosting some of the best courses in the world. These courses are often the site of large tournaments, such as the European Tour, and are hosts to the British Open.

In the UK there are a large number of golf courses. Here are five golf courses with history in the United Kingdom that you cannot miss:

St. Andrews, the origin of the “links”

Located in the Scottish county of Fife, St. Andrews is undoubtedly the birthplace of golf. The Scottish links has been the venue that has hosted the British Open the most times, up to 29 times. Considered the first golf course in history, walking through its streets is doing it on a route in which this sport has been practiced for more than 600 years, because according to what they say, the residents of the town have already practiced this sport in the area since 1400.

In fact, in 1552, Archbishop Hamiltons recognized the right of locals to play golf in these lands. Today, St. Andrews has seven courses, the most recognized courses are The Old Course and The Castle Course. Considered the favorite field of the mythical Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus and Severiano Ballesteros have also made history here.

Prestwick, home of the first British Open in history

Home to the first official tournament in 1860, Prestwick Field, near Glasgow, has hosted the British Open 24 times. Formed in 1851 by 57 players, it was designed by Tom Morris with an initial course of 12 holes. In 1882 it was expanded to 18, but it is still considered a shortstop.

It has several blind holes, difficult angles, fast ‘greens’ and deep bunkers. The ‘green fee’ in winter is priced from 95 to 115 pounds, while in summer it amounts to 170-235 pounds. To facilitate the game, only 24 handicap players are allowed for men and 28 for women.

Royal Liverpool where they wear red jackets

Built on the Liverpool Hunt Club racecourse in 1869, it served dual purposes for its first seven years as a horse racing center and golf course.

It is the second oldest course in England, after Royal Devon. It celebrated the first of the twelve British Open it has hosted in 1897. It is also said that Augusta designer Bobby Jones took the idea of ​​the green jacket that is given to the Masters champion from a captain of this field, who offered him the red jacket (still wearing) if he won.

Royal St. George’s, a pioneer outside of Scotland

Located in a natural ‘links’ area on the Kent coast near the historic town of Sandwich, Royal St. George was founded in 1881 to become the St. Andrews of the South of England.

In 1894, it became the first course outside of Scotland to host an Open and has held this event 14 times since. It was also the venue for one of the most important fictional golf matches in cinema, as James Bond and Goldfinger competed in it.

Justice in Muirfield

Founded by ‘The Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers’, the Muirfield course opened its doors in 1891, when the association decided to move from Musselburg to a former racecourse on which this course would stand.

It is considered one of the fairest courses of all those that have hosted the British Open. Renovated in 2011, with new bunkers that narrow the entrance to the ‘greens’. It is 7,245 yards long, in Gullane, East Lothian.

 

 

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