The famous Kent Link, which hosted The Open in 1909 and 1920, previously had a place to qualify for the finals, as well as staged the Amateur Championship on three occasions, most recently in 2013. It also hosted the R&A Boys Amateur Championship last year.
The deal-based club has planned to qualify for the finals from 2018, replacing Prince’s Golf Club in nearby Sandwich on the qualifying schedule.
The other three venues announced are Burnham & Barrow in Somerset, Dandonald Links in Scotland and West Lancashire in Liverpool.
For the first time in the history of the club, Burnham & Bero will be the venue for the final qualifiers. It has staged several prestigious amateur championships, including the Women’s Amateur Championship, the R&A Boys Amateur Championship, and the Jack Leglis Trophy.
West Lancashire, which is celebrating its 150thM Anniversary in 2023, was a regular place for final qualifying, and hosted the Women’s Amateur Championship in 2020 and co-staged the Amateur Championship with Formby in 2009. In 2014, it was the R&A Junior Open.
Dundonald Links hosted the Scottish Open for the first time in 2017 as well as the Ladies Scottish Open in 2015-17. The R&A Boys Amateur Championship was played there in 2014, where the women’s Scottish Open will be played at Ayrshire Link later this year.
The final qualifiers are competed by a combined field of 288 players, of whom those who have succeeded in the regional qualifying event have a minimum of 12 places available at The Open.
Johnny Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – The R&A Championships, said: “We have selected four famous venues for hosting the final qualifiers since 2023, and each of them has an outstanding reputation for hosting championships and international matches. We look forward to working with them on one exciting event after another where golfers will compete for a place of their choice at The Open. We’ve enjoyed working with Prince, Fairmont St. Andrews, Holinwell and St. Anne’s Old Links to organize the final qualifying events at this venue in recent years, and I would like to thank them for their support. “