ROYAL BIRK­DALE – 1ST

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The 1st tee of one of the tough­est cour­ses in the coun­try and next year’s Open Cham­pi­onship venue will al­ways be pretty in­tim­i­dat­ing, but at Royal Birk­dale it leads to one of the stiffest open­ing tests you will find any­where. The hole works its way gen­tly to the left and a soli­tary bunker at the cor­ner is gen­er­ally the line, but it de­mands a long carry. The green is very well pro­tected by sand at the front and at­trac­tive humps and bumps at the back and sides. Length: 450 yards W: roy­al­birk­dale.com

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