Four courses have now been selected, one from Scotland and three in England covering the north-west, central and south-coast regions.
Previously, courses were selected on their proximity to the Open Championship venue.
The idea behind the change is to provide a more accessible route into the Open Championship for competitors qualifying from the 16 regional qualifying courses around Great Britain and Ireland.
Rhodri Price, The R&A’s assistant director of championships, said: “This alteration to the qualifying make up will offer a more geographically convenient way for competitors seeking to achieve a starting place in the Open Championship.
“The R&A have maintained a very close relationship with all venues associated with the qualifying stages and this is a natural step towards continuing to offer competitors wishing to enter within Great Britain and Ireland a route into the Open Championship.”