Some mark Lytham down for its difficulty. And with its 167 or so bunkers, difficulty is definitely in play. But my lament is not with course’s difficulty but rather that the plethora of sand pits makes for minimal strategic choices from the tee. Yes, the dogleg holes (particularly 6, 13, 16 and 17) examine the player’s mental as well as physical skills, but for the most part, Lytham only asks the golfer to drive the ball straight and avoid the bunkers that often line both sides of the fairway. Once on the green, the golfer is too often faced with dull surfaces. Lytham makes for a fine challenge when one of its many championships arrives. But for ordinary golfer enjoyment, it is one of my least favorite Open rota layouts.
Date: May 17, 2019