Four new venues announced for final qualifying for the Open

24 Feb 2016 16:53

The R&A has announced four new venues for final qualifying for the Open Championship from 2018.

Qualifying will take place at Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell) in Nottinghamshire, Prince's Golf Club in Kent, The Renaissance Club in East Lothian and St Annes Old Links in Lancashire from 2018 until 2021.

The new venues will replace the current ones of Woburn, Royal Cinque Ports, Gailes Links and Hillside, where there will be 12 places available for this year's Open at Troon from a starting field of 288 players.

The Open will be staged at Royal Birkdale in 2017, Carnoustie in 2018 and Royal Portrush in 2019. R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers revealed on Monday that the 2020 Open will be staged in England and that St Andrews will play host to the 150th championship in 2021.