Royal Lytham and St. Annes Lancashire, England

The construction work to ready the course at Royal Lytham and St Annes for Ernie Els's 2012 Open commenced at the end of October 2008. The project was divided into two phases of winter work, partly as a result of the Ricoh Women’s British Open being played over the links in the summer of 2009.

The first phase concentrated upon the construction of new back tees at the 2nd, 3rd, and 13th holes and new bunkers at the 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 14th, 16th and 18th holes. A dune system was also been created to the left of the 3rd hole. The approaches at the 4th and 14th were reshaped to make the players think a little more carefully when they have to run the ball onto the greens, which will hopefully be required when conditions are firm and the flags are located at the front. The challenges faced were the high winter water table and the availability of material to construct the new features.

The second phase saw a large system of dunes created to the left of the 2nd hole, a new 7th green, a new back tee for the 10th hole and a new back tee and reconfigured drive bunkering on the 11th Hole.