With The Open coming up between July 20-23, here are all the key details you need to know in order to prepare for the tournament, including how Cameron Smith won last year and insights about the course.
Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake, England
7,383; par 71
264 – Henrik Stenson (2016)
$14 million (2022)
The Open, which is run by the R&A, is essentially a world championship with the most diverse international field of the four men’s majors. It moves around on a rota of courses in the U.K., and this year goes to Royal Liverpool Golf Club for the 13th time.
The course fell off the rota after 1967 but returned in 2006 and has been won by top stars in the game in the two Opens since—Tiger Woods in 2006 and Rory McIlroy in 2014.
Royal Liverpool has a rich history stretching back to its founding in 1869 when it was designed by George Morris (brother of Old Tom Morris) and Robert Chambers. That year, it opened with nine holes, adding nine more in 1871. The original layout is largely intact, with a few holes added and a few eliminated over the 154 years and periodic changes to greens, bunkering, and the length of holes. Famed designer Harry Colt made alterations to the course in the 1920s, Donald Steel in 2001, and Martin Hawtree in 2010.