Oliver Klozoff wrote:
Turnberry. I've been fortunate to play them all. Turnberry (current version) and Muirfield are by far the best designs. But the changes to Turnberry where it can now stretch to 7400+ and tees can be adjusted to fit the expected wind for the day. It's really hard but completely fair.
BTW, I'm no Trump supporter, but the caddies and staff absolutely love what Trump did to the place. It was a dying resort and he salvaged their jobs. As a resort it still needs a lot of improvements. There's almost nothing nearby, and the food and service are pretty bad. But the course is 5 star.
I was at the Open in '95 and will always be completely in love with the Old Course. I am also in disagreement with some here who say that less town encroachment is better. Golf courses in Scotland are the town, and the towns connection to them makes them all the more wonderful. That being said if they played the Open at the Old Course every year no one would complain.
I have played three of the Rota: Old Course, Turnberry and Muirfield my favorite being St. Andrews, but I would have rather played additional rounds at Nairn or Royal Dornoch (my favorite Scottish Course period) than Muirfield. A stuffy place where they (at least in the past) went out of their way to remind you you are a guest at their discretion.
Ignatius Reilly wrote:
Tough to choose, they're all so good.
I went with Carnoustie - maybe because it's the current one, and maybe because it's so nasty.
St. Andrews has an undeniable claim for being the best-known and oldest.
Turnberry has been taken out of contention for the time being....
Factoring in course design, viewing enjoyment, overall test of golf, history, and whatever else you put into your criteria, what do you think is the best Open Championship venue, and why? Leave your comments in the thread below after you vote!
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I don't think there are too many wrong answers. Carnoustie would be my instinct, but obviously Turnberry, Muirfield, and of course St. Andrews all are reasonable choices as well. I do want to throw in a shout for Troon, however. I think it's underrated. Winning scores there have typically been pretty humble, with the exception being 2016, when it produced the Stenson-Mickelson duel. If not for those two, the winning score would have been in line with course history.
I think it depends a lot on perspective, player, tv viewer, or live viewer.
Just played TOC, Carnoustie, and Muirfield a couple weeks ago. I think the burn probably makes Carnoustie the hardest of the three. Muirfield is pure and has all of East Lothian to offer guests while watching the Open, the Old is probably the greatest experience for a live viewer and most appreciated by the non-golfing tv viewer. I'm sure the players were stoked on Carnoustie's new club house last year. If given the ability to compete you would have to say winning at TOC is on a different level. Although I'd have to say Muirfield was my favorite of the three.
Hoylake or Birkdale , idk why I just like them even though there are better courses in the rotation