Royal Lytham St Annes


It starts with a par-3, which is very unusual for a championship course. But Royal Lytham is truly big-time, if not exactly picturesque.
On the west coast of England, Lytham is near the holiday town of Blackpool. It is not, though, a links in the truest sense of the word. It is a mile from the ocean, separated from the water by residences and assorted buildings. Tom Lehman won the last British Open played here, in 1996.
The course sets up against a railway line and brick row houses. Its main features are its bunkers, numerous small pot bunkers which seem to line every fairway.
The course is fairly basic the front side. The back really begins at the long 14th, 468 yards long, and the 15th, identical in length. These two can be absolutely brutal when playing into the gales that plague this coast.
The 17th is also a brute, followed by the 18th, where the drive is the key shot. You must drive in perfectly to give yourself a reasonable chance at par.