Royal Lytham & St Annes Hole By Hole Guide
The Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club situated just south of Blackpool on the Fylde coast. A par 70 track the course is unusually started on a par 3 and will present a tough challenge to the professionals. The Open Championship will be the eleventh time that Royal Lytham has hosted the event and past winners include Gary Player, Tony Jacklin and Seve Ballesteros who won here twice. Last time the event was played at Royal Lytham American David Duval was the winner with a ten under total of 274.
We've put together a hole by hole guide for the course below, to give you an idea of the course and how it might suit certain players before you place your bet.
Royal Lytham & St Annes Scorecard
2012 British Open Hole By Hole Guide
Hole 1 - 206 yards Par 3
The opening hole is the only par 3 first hole on the Open Championship rota and the players will be happy with a par. Measuring at 206 yards it's a mid to long iron for the players to a green heavily guarded on either side by bunkers.
Hole 2 - 481 yards Par 4
A tough long par 4, with out of bounds running all the way up the right of the hole. The bailout area on the drive is on the left, but the rough means it's no gimme the players can get home with their second shots. A par on #2 is no bad score!
Hole 3 - 477 yards Par 4
Another hole which runs away from the clubhouse with the out of bounds on the right. Most players will hit driver off the tee given the distance and if they manage to hit the fairway then it is a green which can be attacked.
Hole 4 - 391 yards Par 4
The par 4 fourth is shorter measuring under 400 yards and players will tend to lay-up before the dogleg left to the green. After a tough start this is the first hole which is a realistic birdie chance.
Hole 5 - 218 yards Par 3
Number five is the second par three on the course, slightly uphill it plays long depending on the wind, but a relatively flat putting surface means it is a birdie opportunity if you can find the green. Six bunkers guard the hole and it's a tough up and down if you find one.
Hole 6 - 494 yards Par 4
The sixth hole played as an easy par 5 in 2001 but it's now a really tough par four measuring just under 500 yards. It's a narrow drive but bunkers shouldn't be a problem off the tee. The green is well guarded however if you're having to come in with a long iron.
Hole 7 - 589 yards Par 5
The first par 5 on the course isn't shor but most players will be able to reach in two and see it as a birdie opportunity. There are plenty of bunkers in play all the way down the hole whilst the two short left of the green can catch any errant approaches.
Hole 8 - 417 yards Par 4
A tricky little par 4 which runs close to the out of bounds on the right. Most players will be afforded an iron off the tee but with a raised green it's easy to run off the back if the players' trajectory is too low on their approach.
Hole 9 - 164 yards Par 3
The short par 3 ends the front nine and it's a realistic birdie chance with players going in with short irons to a relatively big target. Nine bunkers guard the front left and right of the green, but it would be an errant shot to find them.
Hole 10 - 385 yards Par 4
Another decent birdie chance awaits the players as they turn back towards the clubhouse. A short par 4, some players may choose to drive over the corner to reach the green if the wind is helping, whilst a lay up still only leaves a wedge in.
Hole 11 - 601 yards Par 5
The eleventh is the longest par 5 on the course measuring over 600 yards, but some players will still be able to reach in two. There are two fairway bunkers set back from the green around the landing area to catch any lay-ups out!
Hole 12 - 196 yards Par 3
The last par 3 on the course is a gem. Not overly long, it's well bunkered and into or with the wind becomes a very difficult shot. Anything short will get gobbled up by the bunkers whilst wind behind it can be difficult to land and stop your ball on the green.
Hole 13 - 357 yards Par 4
This short par 4 probably represents the players' last good chance of making birdie as they near the clubhouse. Most players will lay up with an iron off the tee and still have a wedge in to the green. Some of the bigger hitters may try and drive the green.
Hole 14 - 443 yards Par 4
This hole is very much wind dependant as to whether the players will be scoring birdies. With a helping wind a straight drive can carry the trouble on the fairway leaving a short iron into the green. Wind against and it's a different story!!
Hole 15 - 464 yards Par 4
This is the start of a real tough finish and you are doing well to avoid the bunkers off the tee and still find the fairway leaving you a long iron into the green. Most would be delighted to take a par from the fifteenth hole!
Hole 16 - 358 yards Par 4
A short par four should offer a little respite for the players. If you get greedy and try and drive the green you'll be lucky to avoid one of the many bunkers guarding the green, whereas an iron off the tee and a wedge in will be the most popular play.
Hole 17 - 467 yards Par 4
The seventeenth is a tough hole doglegging left. The key is to land it in the fat part of the fairway with your drive, avoiding the two long bunkers. This leaves a mid to long iron into a partly hidden green and a par would be a welcome score.
Hole 18 - 410 yards Par 4
The final hole is straightforward once you decide what you're doing off the tee. Most pros will be able to fly the fairway bunkers and if they do they'll be playing a short iron into the green.