Hole 18

The safe shot here is down the left hand side, but this is also the longest route to the flag. If a player is one behind on the 72nd hole,…

Hole 17

The 17th is a tight driving hole, particularly when played into the wind. The green has been redesigned, and now contains a large number of bumps and hollows.

Hole 16

Keeping the ball straight is crucial here, as heavy rough lies down the left side, and small bushes guide the right side. Most players will leave themselves a wedge into…

Hole 15

This hole varies in difficulty, depending on the weather conditions. In 1983, there was only one eagle at this hole, but if the wind is favorable, most players will be…

Hole 14

This hole can play as long as 215 or 220, and is heavily bunkered around the green. A bank shelters the tee, which can leave golfers unsure of the strength…

Hole 13

This is another long par 4, but the prevailing wind tends to be behind you. It is best to fly the ball onto the front edge of the green, as…

Hole 12

Justin Rose describes this hole as one of the best par 3s in world golf. The wind is often off the right hand side, meaning that most players will hit…

Hole 11

Strategy on this hole varies, depending on wind directions. The brave players will hit a driver to leave a wedge in, but this could prove risky if the wind is…

Hole 10

Bunkers lie at 250 yards from the tee, so the pros will hit a 2 or 3 iron, assuming wind is not too much of a factor. Club selection for…

Hole 9

This tee shot on the 9th is blind, so your distance and line control need to be perfect. Attempting to take the corner in could result in disaster if your…

Hole 8

This hole suits players who like to hit a draw. Tiger Woods hit his tee shot to within ten yards of the green in 2008, but if the wind is…

Hole 7

The 7th is a beautiful par 3, surrounded by bunkers. Aiming for the centre of the green is certainly the safe play here.

Hole 6

This is a long par 4, particularly if the wind is against. The stroke average on this whole was 4.62 in 1998, so most players will be delighted with a

Hole 5

This is a short, yet often underestimated par 4. The pros will use a mid iron from the tee, and aim for a good position on the right hand side…

Hole 4

This hole has been shortened from the 1998 Open. It looks straightforward from the elevated tee, but it can be tricky if the wind blows from the left side.

Hole 3

This par 4 offers the first chance for the pros to bring out their driver. Two good shots here could set up a birdie putt.

Hole 2

Strong wins can be a factor on this medium length par 4. Most players aim down the right, even though deep rough lies down that side.

Hole 1

Hole 1, Royal Birkdale GC. Let battle commence