Ian and David’s Top 5 Open Venues

This week sees the Open Championship return to Carnoustie, without doubt one of the most popular on the Open rota with the players. We at RAW began discussing our favourite venues of the great event.

Having played in 35 Opens between them, Ian and David are both well placed to rank their favourite Open venues. Here they are:

Ian’s Top 5:

1 Royal Birkdale
2 Royal Portrush
3 Muirfield
4 Turnberry
5 Carnoustie

David’s Top 5:

1 Carnoustie
2 Royal Portrush
3 Muirfield
4 St Andrews
5 Royal Birkdale

Ian regards Royal Birkdale as his number 1, he loves the way the course has an outstanding routing, encompassing holes that go in both directions making it a shotmakers golf course. The sand dunes that frame the holes provide outstanding aesthetics to the golfing experience.

David's top Open venue is Carnoustie. He enjoys the fairness the test provides for tournament golf. The layout requires thought as every hole has an element of risk and reward about it. 16,17 and 18 provide the most difficult finish in major championship golf ensuring a dramatic finish to every Open at Carnoustie.