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The Open

Royal Lytham & St Annes




The Open Championship

The 2012 OPEN was held at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Course on the Fylde coast.
The course is not the longest of the Royal courses but is renowned for its 206 bunkers surrounding the greens and peppering the fairways. 

The 16th notably has the deepest bunker on the course (there are five around the small crowned green) so this requires target Golf shots to keep the ball from rolling into it. Definitely a Manikin moment if you are in it!!




The Crowd enjoy unusually dry weather aroundthe18th Green on the first day after torrential rain during the Practice Matches earlier in the week, this was a welcome sight!


Come on Phil. You should know better than to accept that invitation from the Fairway Bunker!!

Ooooh that Glorious Feeling when the Claret Jug is Yours!!  Well done Ernie Els.  It was well worth the wait!


Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club

The imposing clubhouse overlooking the 18th Green is steeped in History.
Stepping inside, you will be greeted by The almost life like portrait of Bobby Jones which  reminds us of the two most famous strokes in the championship that won him the 1926 OPEN.  Another being the wooden club shot of Gene Sarazen to win the 1935 MASTERS.
Both Bobby and Gene are held in great affection by the Oldest of Members at Royal Lytham.

Enjoy a splendid Lunch in the Dining Room and imagine you are watching your Heroes coming down the 18th Fairway on the approach to the final hole and,  perhaps,  GLORY or NOT!!