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Issue:- Thursday, 22 September 2016

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Open Golf Tickets for 2017 on sale now!
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TICKETS have now gone on sale for the 146th Open, which is returning again to Royal Birkdale. Nestling amid spectacular sand dunes, this world famous links course is regarded as 1 of the finest in the UK and is now World famous. For golf fans, this is 1 of the most prized courses to have played on.

If you don't already know, the origin of the name 'Links Golf,' it comes from a Anglo-Saxon word 'hlinc', of about 931 AD, meaning a ridge, then over time the word became 'Links' referring to any rough grassy area between the land and the sea. In golf the word is used to refer to the type of soil and terrain on which the gold courses it is built on.

Interestingly, Royal Birkdale Golf Club was founded in 1889, but it wasn't until 1935 that they build the Clubhouse on Waterloo Rd. Birkdale, just outside Southport. It held it's 1st major event,  the Curtis Cup, on the new sand dune course, in 1948.  But it was not until 1951 that it was known as Royal Birkdale, up to then it was just Birkdale Golf Club. Shortly after

The 1st Open Championship was held at the club was in 1954, with 6 others then after, 2008 being the last. That included the 100th Open Championship, in 1971! That event was run over 7 July to 10 July 1971, leading to Lee Trevino winning the 1st of his 2 consecutive Open Championships. He was just 1 stroke ahead of Lu Liang-Huan! The course has also hosted the Women's British Golf Championship, with the last being the Ricoh Women's British Open in 2014. Other major events include the 2 PGA Championships and the Ryder Cup.

To get a place to watch this spectacular event, that is 1 of 8 Open Championships in 2017, you must obtain your tickets from the Open Golf website or from the ticket Booking Office number:- 01334460010. That is the only way you can obtain a legitimate ticket and they have just gone on sale now. Also on offer are priority access to tickets and official Hospitality packages for 146th Open at Royal Birkdale.

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If you spot any other websites or places offering tickets, please let us know via emailing us to:- News24@SouthportReporter.Com and also inform the event organisers, Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (R&A) via calling:- 01334 460000.

We have more about the club's history and other fantastic facts on our Historical Listings Section on Mersey Reporter, that can be accessed via clicking on this link.

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