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Which of the Major Golf Courses can you play in 2023?

03 April 2023
5 min. read
Darren Redwood
We’ve had the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club, The Players Championship from TPC Sawgrass and the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, for all the avid golf watchers, like myself, I think we all know what is just around the corner. Amen - no pun intended… Plus, which of the Major venues still has availability left in 2023?
One of the most famous holes in golf, the 12th hole at Augusta National where many dreams have been shattered. (Photo credit DaveFinn Leading Courses Ambassador.)

The three A’s - April, Azaleas…Augusta National

Practice day at Augusta National ahead of the start of The Masters. (Photo credit DaveFinn Leading Courses Ambassador.)

The first Major in 2023 starts on Thursday 6th April from arguably the most iconic course in the world, Augusta National Golf Club.

The Masters, founded in 1934, is the only major which is played at the same venue each year. In normal circumstances, (excluding 2020), The Masters is scheduled to be played in the first full week in April every year.

Below are a few fun facts about Augusta National and/or The Masters:

  • The green jacket tradition started in 1937, however, the first green jacket was only handed out to the winner of The Masters in 1949.
  • The green jacket is only allowed to be worn on the premises and cannot be taken out of the grounds.
  • Cameras are only allowed during practice rounds (Monday-Wednesday) whilst mobile phones are completely prohibited.
  • The winner of the previous years' tournament will choose the dinner the night before the current year's tournament starts - only previous winners are invited to the dinner.

Previously known as the Fourth Major, before it moved…

The second Major of the year will see the USPGA Championship played at Oak Hill Country Club, New York, on the 18th May. 

The courses (East and West) are only open to its members and their guests, but are no stranger to hosting the largest of golfing events, including the U.S. Open in 1956, The Ryder Cup in 1995 and the PGA Championship in 2013.

The previous Majors, the Ryder Cup then and the 2023 PGA Championship will be played on the East Course, however, in 2019, the East Course has undergone a major renovation by rebuilding all greens and bunkers.

Prior to 2019, the USPGA was always the last Major of the year to be played but hasn’t always been played in the same month like the other 3 Majors. There are a few reasons why the move was made: 1) to allow all 4 Majors to be played in consecutive months. 2) to move The Players Championship back to March. 3) to move the FedEx Cup to avoid clashing with the NFL.

The National Championship of Golf for the United States

The undulation of Los Angeles Country Club where Leading Courses member AW was lucky to play in 2017.

The third Major, the U.S. Open, is from Los Angeles Country Club. It’s another private course whereby you can only play by invitation only.

There are two courses at the Country Club, and the pro’s will be playing on the North course, with play starting on the 15th June.

In 2017, the 46th edition of the Walker Cup was hosted here (a biennial amateur team competition contested by The R&A and USGA) which included players such as Collin Morikawa, Will Zalatoris and Scottie Scheffler.

The last two U.S. Open’s have been won by European players, Matt Fitzpatrick and Jon Rahm, however, prior to that, the winner for 6 years in a row was from the U.S.

The Oldest Major of them All

A bird's eye view of the Par 3 11th hole with the beautiful scenery of Hilbre Island in the background. (Photo courtesy of Royal Liverpool Golf Club.)

The fourth and final Major of the year is the 151st Edition of The Open and will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club near Southport - also known as ‘England’s Golf Coast’. The oldest Major will start on the 20th of July.

Liverpool Golf Club, as it was known when it first opened, was founded in 1869 and is the second oldest of the English seaside links to Westward Ho! (Royal North Devon Golf Club) which was founded a few years earlier, in 1864.

This year will be the 13th time Royal Liverpool has hosted this world-famous golfing tournament, with the last time coming in 2006 when Tiger Woods claimed his third Open Championship title.

Play The Open Championship Course in 2023

A look across the country with the famous red brick clubhouse in the background. (Photo courtesy of Royal Liverpool Golf Club.)

Royal Liverpool still has some very limited availability left in August & September to play the course. Do you have what it takes to follow in the footsteps of today's golfing greats?

Check out their availability on Leading Courses and book it now*.

*The availability shown is correct as of 20th March 2023 and is on a first come first served basis.

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