In the first of a new series, Dan Murphy offers a personal listing of his favourite Open venues based on his own experiences over the last – gulp – 30 years

My favourite Open venues: No 8 – Royal Lytham

favourite Open venues

My favourite of the North West venues. It just feels proper. I think the atmosphere is especially good here just because of the smaller acreage and hemmed-in nature of the venue. It’s a bit like a traditional football ground that’s gradually been built around and is encircled by its suburbs. It shouldn’t work but it does and it oozes character.