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A Guide To The 151st British Open 2023

The Royal Liverpool Golf Club

The British Open is considered one of the most prestigious golf championships in the world and has once again returned to the hallowed ground of Royal Liverpool in 2023, promising unforgettable moments, fierce competition, and unrivalled displays of skill. Join us as we explore the captivating journey of the 2023 Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Club. A course where history is etched into the very fabric of its fairways.

Hoylake, England

This year's venue is located in the picturesque coastal town of Hoylake, England, the Royal Liverpool Golf Club has been an integral part of golfing history since its inception in 1869. Nestled amidst dunes and heather, this timeless links course has seen some of the best golfing battles unfold over the years it has been hosted here. 

A Brief History of the British Open

The competition’s rich heritage includes hosting twelve previous Open Championships, and has seen some of golf’s most iconic moments. The last being in 2014 when Rory McIlroy triumphed with a 17 under par 271 total score. As the championship returns to Royal Liverpool, anticipation runs high, and the stage is set for another enthralling chapter in the annals of golf.

The British Open Championship is always played on coastal golf courses, named ‘’Links’’ courses. This is considered to be the purest form of golf and keeps a strong connection with the way the game originated way back in the 15th century. The courses are open to the elements, often without any trees and will generally be highly undulating terrain with a sandy base. 

With 9 courses in the current rotation, Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake is always a favourite with players and spectators alike. Links golf can be unforgiving to say the least, when the wind blows hard it can be brutal and a true test for any golfer. The Hoylake course has hosted the Open a total of 12 times to date - 1897, 1902, 1907, 1913, 1936, 1947, 1956, 1967, 2006, and 2014.

Who’s Playing the 2023 Open?

This year’s British 2023 Open once again attracts an exceptional field of world-class golfers, each dreaming of lifting the coveted Claret Jug trophy. As the championship represents the pinnacle of achievement in the sport, the lineup is graced by past champions, rising new stars and seasoned veterans eager to etch their names into golfing folklore. 

Expect to witness the likes of Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and a host of other luminaries showcasing their unparalleled skill and unwavering determination. 

Ones to watch

Can the likeable Australian Cameron Smith retain the Claret Jug this year? Cam edged out playing partner Cameron Young by one shot and Rory McIlroy by two shots at the home of golf in the 150th Open at St Andrews in Scotland. Finishing 4th at the recent US Open you have still got to fancy his chances of lifting the Claret Jug once again. Can Rory once again win at Hoylake, 9 years after his win here? After his runner-up spot in the 2023 US Open, you have got to fancy his chances once again.

The Open has been a stage where rivalries flourish and redemption stories are written in the history books. As we embark on this thrilling championship, we cannot overlook the fierce competition that unfolds year after year. Will we witness an underdog winner again just like the 2023 US Open where Wyndham Clark triumphed? Or will the seasoned champions continue their dominance and cement their places in golfing history? Only time will tell, but the excitement of such narratives adds an irresistible flavour to this prestigious tournament.

The Course

The Royal Liverpool Golf Club, with its undulating fairways, strategic bunkering, and challenging rough, poses a formidable test for even the most accomplished golfers in the game. Measuring approximately 7,300 yards, the course demands precision, strategic thinking, and adept navigation to score low and put themselves in the hunt for silverware. From the iconic par three 9th hole, aptly named "The Railway," to the iconic closing stretch, the majestic links present an array of challenges that will test the mettle of the world's finest golfers.

Beyond the Fairways

The Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Club is not just about golf - it's an event that captivates fans and spectators with its rich traditions, scenic vistas, and infectious atmosphere where fans of golf are notorious for being respectful and knowledgeable. The Open is committed to providing the best possible experience for attendees.

The charming town of Hoylake, with its warm hospitality and golfing heritage, provides the perfect backdrop for a memorable championship experience. Spectators can immerse themselves in the local culture, explore the stunning coastline, and savour traditional British cuisine, making the event a feast for all the senses. As we eagerly await the 2023 Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, the anticipation is palpable. The tournament promises drama from start to finish, thrilling displays of driving, iron play, chipping and putting, a true spectacle of the sport we hold dear to our hearts.

When is the British Open 2023?

With the historic Royal Liverpool Golf Club as the stage and a field of exceptional golfers ready to battle, the championship is poised to leave an indelible mark on golfing history. So, casual and avid watchers alike, get ready to witness greatness unfold from Thursday morning to Sunday evening (20th - 23rd July 2023) as we embark on a journey filled with unforgettable moments at the 2023 Open. Every golfer in the field dreams of hearing those famous words, ‘’The Champion Golfer of the Year’’, used since the very first Open in 1860.


What is the British Open 2023 prize purse?

It pays to win the British Open Championship, and this year is no different. In 2023, the winner can expect a majority share of the $14,000,000 prize purse. The rest of the money will be split across the remaining 155 players based on their performance.

How hard is it to get British Open tickets?

Tickets for the British Open can be difficult to get a hold of, especially as they are now issued via ballot draw. If you are hoping to attend the Open, you will need to apply within the Ticket Ballot application window.

Where will the 2024 British Open be played?

The British Open 2024 will be played at Royal Troon in Scotland from 14-21 July 2024. Golf fans are already looking ahead to next year’s event which is set to be as exciting as ever!