Royal Lytham & St Annes may not have the beautiful ocean setting of some Open venues, but it makes up for that with top quality holes. A very interesting course that needs your attention at every turn. There are a lot of tight tee shots on the front 9 with bunkers littering the fairways. It's worth playing strategically, rather than ripping driver everywhere as the bunker's are among the deepest I've every come across. The 2nd 9 opens up somewhat and you can let loose on a few more holes. However, careful approaches are needed as there are many run offs around the greens and some tricky bunkers waiting for any mistakes. The course was very scoreable if you hit it straight, and have a bit of luck. I can see it being a beast if the wind got up and the course was playing hard and fast. Overall, I thought it was a great mix of holes with some great short holes around the turn. A true test that will ask you to play all the shots in your locker and more.
Date: August 27, 2020