Royal Lytham & St Annes is 9th in Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland golf course rankings 2015/16

Royal Lytham & St Annes is 9th in Golf Monthly’s Top 100 UK & Ireland golf course rankings 2015/16.

It drops two places from our 2013/14 standings, with the likes of Carnoustie and Royal Dornoch moving ahead.

Royal Lytham and St Annes has staged no less than 10 Open Championships, with Ernie Els claiming a second Claret Jug here in 2012.

It is the third-highest English course in our rankings and widely regarded as one of the toughest courses in the country.

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The par-4 18th sits infront of the famous clubhouse. Picture: Getty Images

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Trouble lurks short of the green on the tough par-4 15th. Picture: Getty Images

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Trouble lies in wait to the left of the par-4 18th fairway, as Adam Scott found out in 2012. Picture: Getty Images

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Humps, hollows, bunkers and penal rough make Royal Lytham one of the toughest courses in the UK. Picture: Getty Images

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Natural features abound on the appraoch to the green of the par-5 7th. Picture: Getty Images

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Lytham was first laid out by the club’s first professional, George Lowe. Picture: Getty Image

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Bunkers are one of the course’s main defences. Picture: Getty Images

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Harry Colt made significant modifications to Lytham after the First World War. Picture: Getty Images

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Lytham has hosted ten Open Championships, the last in 2012. Pciture: Getty Images