Preview Royal Lytham & St Annes
By pauleales on 7/12/12
Billed as golf's oldest championship, the Open Championship will descend upon Royal Lytham & St Annes next week for the 11th time. Here to preview the course is Paul Eales, a former European Tour player and current analyst for BBC Radio 5 Live and Sky Sports. And since he used to be the assistant golf professional at Royal Lytham & St Annes, you could consider him a resident expert. Enjoy!
OverviewThe wet spring has left the rough deep, lush and heavy. The greens are smaller than the players would be used to and most of the greens are like upturned saucers where the ball will run or spin off. Your score will normally be made over the first 13 holes, then you hang on. Four of the final five holes, all par 4s, demand nothing other than your best shots and five fours to finish will probably move forward on the field.
The prevailing wind is down off of the right for eight of the front nine holes. Only the 4th plays back toward the clubhouse. Lytham's bunkers are its main feature and provide its main defence other than the wind. Very deep, well placed and riveting bunker faces leave the player only one option - just get it out! The tee shot at 18 has to avoid many of the fairway bunkers and is played towards the magnificent clubhouse than sits right on the back edge of the green.
Hole by Hole
This was written by Paul Eales, and the opinions are 100% his and do not reflect those of oobgolf in anyway. Enjoy! I'm sure he's ready for your feedback.
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Ol Dog says:
I'll keep these descriptions at my side while I watch The Open. It's always a great show and the course changes sound like they might humble even the greats of golf.
I played it a few times. The last time the rough was literally knee deep in places.That will be its main defence.
Like the first comment I think that it will be extremely useful to keep the descriptions by my side while watching together with a layout of the course. Thanks Paul.
Andy Crosson says:
Excellent overview with insight not available via oficial channels. I have printed off and will use at the Open Saturday and Sunday. Thaks a lot!
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