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The Open 2021 - Course Info and Closures

We are delighted to be staging The Open Championship on the Old Course for a record 30th occasion in 2021. As with any major championship a lot of tournament infrastructure will be put in place in the months leading up to July.

Disruption will be kept to a minimum but golfers should be aware of extra noise associated with the erection of grandstands and scoreboards whilst playing the course. In addition, it will be necessary to limit access to our facilities as follows.

Please note The Castle Course will remain open throughout the preparation period and playing of the Championship.

Keep up to date on preparations via our social channels and latest news page.


Course Closure Details

Old Course

Saturday 19th June to Monday 19th July inclusive.

New Course

Monday 5th July to Thursday 22nd July inclusive.

Jubilee Course

Monday 5th July to Thursday 22nd July inclusive.

Jubilee & New Composite Course

Open from Monday 5th July to Friday 9th July and from Monday 19th July to Thursday 22nd July inclusive.

Closed from Saturday 10th July to Sunday 18th July inclusive.

Eden Course

Friday 9th July to Monday 19th July inclusive.

The 2nd hole will be shortened from Monday 7th June to Saturday 31st July inclusive.

Strathtyrum Course

Tuesday 6th July to Thursday 22nd July inclusive.

Balgove Course

A reduced course available from mid-March until end of August although total closure taking place from Monday 5th July to Thursday 22nd July inclusive.

Golf Academy

The Golf Academy's landing area will close from early May until late August, therefore only short game facilities will be available during this period. A warm up net will be available near the 1st tee of each course.

Golf instruction will still be available using the latest technology throughout the closure period, with the exception of the Championship week itself.

Course Protection

It will be necessary to protect areas of fairways and rough on the Old Course in the months leading up to the Championship. This will be done in the following ways:

Fairways – a number of fairway landing areas will be marked and a golfer whose ball lands in this area will still play from the same position but will need to play their shot from a small astroturf mat which will be provided.

Rough – some areas of rough will be roped off to try to reduce the trampling of the grass and allow it to grow. A golfer whose ball lies in this roped off area will still play the ball as it lies but should refrain from taking a trolley into the area.

All other aspects of the course should remain in play although this may change subject to weather conditions.

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