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The Open, where it all started.

The Open began to take shape on 17th October 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club when 8 professionals played the first ever Open Championship, playing 3 rounds in a single day, for a total of 36 holes as Prestwick Golf Club had only 12 holes.

The winner was awarded the Challenge Belt, a belt with silver detailing that he would enjoy until the next year, when the next The Open would be held. The first winner was Willie Parker Sr.

Tom Morris Jr won The Open in 1870 for the third time in a row, and permanently kept the Challenge Belt. As there was no prize for the winner, the 1871 edition was not played, returning to action in 1872, with a new trophy: the mythical Claret Jug.

The Open as we know it began in 1892, with 4 rounds being played, and in 1898 a cut after 2 rounds of play was established for the first time, leaving half the field for the weekend. The Open has only missed its annual date on 13 occasions, due to the lack of a trophy (1871), World War I (1915-1919), World War II (1940-1945) and most recently Covid-19 (2020).

The Open, Authorised Providers in Spain

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In 2010 we went as a group to St. Andrews to watch the golf tournament live and see Louis Oosthuizen win, this unique tournament in the world made us fall in love with it as it is the one that all players want to win. Year after year we have built a very special trip for our clients and since 2018, we are Authorised Providers in Spain for the marketing of what for us, is the best golf event in the world.

At Lowgolf we can offer you exclusive, tailor-made and 100% personalised packages for you to go and see the only live golf ‘Major’ held in Europe where we include accommodation, private transfers, Tee Times on courses close to the event, VIP accompaniment from our entire team at the destination and of course guaranteed tickets and the best VIP Hospitality experience.

Upcoming trips to The Open

The Open 150º

Old Course St. Andrews
10th to 17th July 2022

The Open 151º

Royal Liverpool
16th to 23th July 2023

The Open 152º

Royal Troon
14th to 21th July 2024

The Open 153º

Royal Portrush
13th to 20 July 2025

Historic winners The Open

Since Louis Oosthuizen won on the Old Course at St Andrews in 2010 there have been many nationalities of winners and some beautiful stories such as Shane Lowry’s great victory at Royal Portrush after the best tournament in the world decided to return to Ireland after 60 years. Here are the winners of the last decade.

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Collin Morikawa
🇺🇸 USA (-11)
2021, Royal St George's
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Shane Lowry
🇨🇮 Ireland (-15)
2019, Royal Portrush
The Open Molinari
Francesco Molinari
🇲🇽 Italy (-9)
2018, Carnoustie
The Open Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth
🇺🇸 USA (-12)
2017, Royal Birkdale
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Henrik Stenson
🇸🇪 Sweden (-20)
2016, Royal Troon
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Zack Johnson
🇺🇸 USA (-15)
2015, Old Course St. Andrews
The Open Rory
Rory McIllroy
🇨🇮 North Ireland (-17)
2014, Royal Liverpool
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Phil Mickelson
🇺🇸 USA (-3)
2013, Muirfield
The Open Erniel Els
Ernie Els
🇿🇦 Southafrica (-7)
2012, Royal Lytham & St. Annes
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Darren Clarke
🇨🇮 North Ireland (-5)
2011, Royal St. George's
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Louis Oosthuizen
🇿🇦 Southafrica (-16)
2010, Old Course St. Andrews

Venue history The Open

Of the 3 initial courses where the British Open started and all of them being in Scotland, only the Old Course of St Andrews remains in the rotation, however Prestwick Golf Club and Musselburgh Golf Club have become obsolete for such a big event and with so many crowds. Two other courses in England have also dropped out of the rotation such as Royal Cinque Ports and Prince’s.

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Old Course St Andrews 28 1873 2015
Prestwick 24 1860 1925
Muirfield 16 1892 2013
Royal St. George's 15 1894 2021
Royal Liverpool 12 1897 2014
Royal Lytham & St. Annes 11 1926 2012
Royal Birkdale 10 1954 2017
Royal Troon 9 1923 2016
Carnoustie 8 1931 2018
Musselburgh 6 1874 1889
Turnberry 4 1977 2009
Royal Cinque Ports 2 1909 1920
Royal Portrush 2 1951 2019
Prince's 1 1932 1932

Old Course St. Andrews 2022

The Open 2022 will bring the world of golf to a standstill, a key date as it is the 150th anniversary of the competition which will take place on the most famous course in the history of golf; the Old Course at St Andrews. Considered the oldest course in the world and referred to as the ‘home’ of the sport, walking its fairways and greens will be a walk through history watching the best players in the world in an unrivalled setting.

Old Course at St. Andrews is known by all as the Cradle of Golf. It is the oldest course in the world, of which there is no exact record of its birth, although it is believed to be more than 600 years ago. Little can be said about its designer since Daw Anderson (around 1850), Old Tom Morris (between 1860 and 1900) and Dr. Alistair McKenzie (around 1930) carried out the renovations.

Fields close to the event

At Lowgolf we don’t just offer you a golf trip to the best event in the world, we want you to have the best possible experience, soaking up the spirit of the links from the moment you arrive until you leave.

That’s why we will always be able to offer Tee Times at the best courses close to The Open venue. Carnoustie, Dumbarnie, Kingsbarns, Royal Lytham & St. Annes, Royal Birkdale and many more…

Dumnarnie Links

Carnoustie

Kingsbarns

Torrance Course

The best VIP Hospitality at The Open

One of our hallmarks as Authorised Providers is to be able to offer you the most complete golf course experience and for that we have a spectacular repertoire of VIP areas where you can feel really special and experience The Open as you truly deserve.

Champions

Located on the fourth floor of the 5* Old Course Hotel, Champions at The Open is a dream come true for any golf enthusiast, offering unrivalled access to the course and players, as well as first class hospitality.

Medallist

Medallists at The Open is an experience like no other. Situated on the 18th hole of the Old Course, within the famous and fully renovated Rusacks Hotel, guests can enjoy the finest hospitality while witnessing the Championship just a stone’s throw away.

Engravers

With a stunning location overlooking the Old Course, guests at Engravers will enjoy views of the world’s finest.

You will be in a privileged position on the upper level balcony to watch as many master this difficult Par 5, 14th hole, enjoying fine dining and space for your best meetings.

Clubmakers

Clubmakers at The Open offers guests an unforgettable experience located in the 5* Old Course Hotel. Located in the Hall of Champions, next to the famous Road Hole, guests will enjoy first class hospitality from the moment they arrive.

With access to a private garden, where only a small wall separates the world’s best golfers from guests.

Caddies

Caddies has an informal style, providing a comfortable base for your day at The Open, while still offering a range of premium benefits in a relaxed and spacious environment.

Its private balcony on the lower level of the Origins Pavilion overlooks the Par 5, 14th fairway, guests will enjoy views of the world’s best as they navigate this challenging hole.

Greenkeepers

Greenkeepers is the perfect setting to enjoy golf’s oldest and most prestigious Major. Enjoy an experience that will create lasting memories for you and your guests.

Located in the vibrant Spectator Village, you’ll never be too far from the action, so you and your guests can come and go as you please.

72 Scorers

Located within the popular Spectactor Village, this experience offers hospitality for those seeking a more casual environment. With the 16th hole just a short stroll away, guests can witness the world’s best players as they prepare for the 150th Open on the final day of practice.

You can choose the transfers that best suit your needs.

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Rent a car

We help you with all the formalities involved in renting a car, so that when you arrive, your car will be waiting for you at the airport.

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Private transfers

A local partner will drive you by private vehicle from the airport to the hotel, to the golf courses and back to the airport.

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VIP Accompaniment

A member of our team will be waiting for you. He or she will be your luxury driver, book the restaurants and help you with everything.

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