R&A announces 2017 championship venues

The R&A has announced venues for its championships and international matches in 2017. Royal St George’s (pictured), where Darren Clarke won The Open in 2011, will host the Amateur Championship for the 14th time, with the qualifying stroke play rounds also being played at nearby Prince’s.

The Boys Amateur Championship will be played at The Nairn Golf Club and nearby Nairn Dunbar Golf Club. It will be the second time the championship has been played at Nairn and the first occasion since 1989 when Carl Watts from Dyke lifted the trophy. A field of 252 of the world’s leading boy golfers will take part in the championship which featured 23 nationalities in the 2014 event. The Boys Home Internationals will be played at St Annes Old Links, which was a Local Final Qualifying venue for The Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2012.

The Jacques Leglise Trophy will be held at Ballybunion’s Old Course for the first time. The County Kerry links hosted the Irish Open in 2000 and the Palmer Cup, which is contested by teams of European and American students, in 2004. The Seniors Amateur Championship, meanwhile, will make its first visit to Sunningdale’s Old Course.

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, executive director, Championships at The R&A, said, “We are looking forward to staging the 2017 championships at some of the most renowned courses in Great Britain and Ireland. The venues each have illustrious histories and will provide wonderful tests of golf. I’m sure the players will enjoy the challenge they present and that spectators will take the opportunity to come and watch some top class amateur golf.”

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