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Royal Liverpool Golf Club

HOYLAKE, WIRRAL PENINSULA, ENGLAND

Hoylake Hole 12 "Hilbre" 456 yards, Par-4, #4 HANDICAP
Photo Royal Liverpool GC

Royal Liverpool is rated #69 in the world on Golf Magazine's List of Top Courses.

          The second English links ever built (after Westward Ho! in northern Devon — 1864), Royal Liverpool Golf Club was founded in 1869. It is often often simply called "Hoylake" from its location by the community of Hoylake on the Wirral Peninsula west of Liverpool.) Although it has been nationally famous for inaugurating the British Amateur Championship in 1885 and hosting the "Amateur" eighteen times, Royal Liverpool is best known internationally as being included in the British Open course rotation.

Photos courtesy Royal Liverpool Golf Club

 

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he Liverpool Golf Club was founded in 1869. It became “Royal Liverpool” in 1871 at the order of Queen Victoria thanks to the patronage of her younger son, the Duke of Connaught. The course was built on dunesland owned by the Liverpool Hunt Club near the small town of Hoylake across

the River Mersey estuary from the large English seaport of Liverpool. The venerable Hoylake links is second oldest of all English seaside courses, built just four years after Westward Ho! on Devonshire's north coast. The original course architects were Robert Chambers and George Morris (younger brother of Old Tom Morris, one of the pantheon of early golfing legends as both a champion player and prolific course designer), but their work has been revised and augmented several times in the last 140+ years, most notably in the early twentieth century at the hand of another great player-turned-designer, Harry S. Colt.
          Horse racing continued on the golf course during Hoylake's first decade. The first and eighteenth holes, "Course" and "Stand", were named after racetrack landmarks. More important landmarks in the club's history occurred shortly after the racetrack disappeared. In 1885 the links hosted the first British Amateur Championship — an annual event that would be a major tournament for many decades — and in 1902 Hoylake hosted the first international golf match — between England and Scotland. In 1921, the tourney between Great Britain and the United States of America — now called The Walker Cup — debuted at Royal Liverpool. The club's great involvement in promoting amateur golf is — even more than its status as an Open course — its principal claim to fame. Indeed, the very rules of amateur golf were compiled at Hoylake. Three of golf's greatest amateurs have close associations with the club: the 19th century Open champions John Ball and Harold Hilton (both members at Royal Liverpool), and the greatest amateur player of all, Georgia's Bobby Jones, who won his third and final Open championship on the Hoylake course.

 


 

THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP AT HOYLAKE

16TH GREEN                     ROYAL LIVERPOOL GOLF CLUB

HERE AT THE 16TH GREEN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE DECIDED. THIS 560-YARD, PAR-5
WAS REALIGNED AS THE 18TH HOLE AT HOYLAKE FOR THE 2014 OPEN, AS IT WAS IN 2006.
Photo Royal Liverpool GC

 

 

R

OYAL LIVERPOOL, in 1893, was one of the three original English courses (with Royal Sandwich and Royal St. George’s) to be added to The Open Championship rotation (along with Scotland’s St. Andrews and Prestwick).

The Open Championship has been played 12 times at Hoylake, first in

Crowds at the 1936 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club. RLGC photo.
Crowds at the 1936 Open Championship
 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

RLGC photo

1897 when Harold Hilton, a member of the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, beat Scotland’s legendary James Braid by one shot. Since then, the British Open has been played 9 times at Hoylake: 1902 (Sandy Herd), 1907 (Arnaud Massy), 1913 (J. H. Taylor), 1924 (Walter Hagen), 1930 (Bobby Jones), 1936 (Alf Padgham), 1947 (Fred Daly), 1956 (Peter Thomson), 1967 (Roberto de Vicenzo), 2006 (Tiger Woods), and, most recently, in 2014 (Rory McIlroy). Of all the Open Championships

played at Hoylake, Bobby Jones’s victory in 1930 is the most memorable, for it was the great American amateur’s third British Open championship, and it came as the second leg of his grand slam of victories all in one season in the then four majors of golf: the US Open, US Amateur, British Amateur, and British Open tournaments.
          In 2006 the British Open returned to Royal Liverpool Golf Club after a 39-year hiatus. To upgrade Hoylake for the new realities of golf technology and prepare the course for the huge TV audience the British Open commands, the club made some significant alterations to the course. First it hired one of the world’s hottest course architects, Donald Steel, to modernize (read: lengthen) the course. Next, to accommodate television’s desire for a dramatic finish, holes 17 and 18 were changed to holes 1 and 2 for the Open Championship, pushing back the course’s signature first hole to number 3 in the new order. The last hole for the 2006 Open was #16, a 558-yard par 5 that finished into a green surrounded by an amphitheater of galleries.

          For the 2014 Open Championship Hoylake made fewer changes than in 2006. But there were alterations: removing 13 bunkers, adding green-side swales, roughing up the rough on five holes, and modifying one green to make it require more precise landing. As in 2006, the 2014 Open played the course "out of order", starting with holes 17 & 18, and ending at the long, 560-yard, Par-5 16th. The course changes apparently agreed with the 2014 Open Champion, Ireland's darling, Rory McIlroy, who won his third major championship at the tender age of 25. (McIlroy already had won US Open in 2011 and the PGA Championship in 2012).


 

ROYAL LIVERPOOL GOLF CLUB                       3RD GREEN

THE APPROPRIATELY NAMED 535-YARD, PAR-5 THIRD HOLE, 'LONG', IS CLEARLY NOT OVER
WHEN YOU GET CLOSE TO THE GREEN, PROTECTED BY POT BUNKERS AND DEEP, WISPY ROUGH.
Photo Royal Liverpool GC

 

royal liverpool golf club

LOCATION:
Meols Drive, Hoylake, Wirral CH47 4AL UK
Tel: +44 (0)151 632 3101
Fax: +44 (0)151 632 6737
E-mail:
bookings@royal-liverpool-golf.com

WebSite

Visitors Welcome:
Monday PM; Tuesday; Wednesday; Thursday after 2:30PM; Friday.
Maximum Handicap: 21/men, 32/women.
Handicap certification required.
Visitors' Tees: Men from green or yellow tees; women from red tees.
Advance tee times required.
Course Open & Playable Year Round — except by exceptional weather.

Walkers only. Buggies available for medical certificate holding players.

Dress code and rules of golf etiquette enforced.

LENGTH & PAR:
White Championship Tees: 7,350 yards, Par 72, SSS 76
Green Men Visitors' Long Course Tees: 6,933 yards, Par 72, SSS 75
Yellow Men Visitors' Short Course Tees: 6,466 yards, Par 72, SSS 73
Red Ladies' Tees: 5,896 yards, Par 74, SSS 75

GREENS FEES:
July through October:
£175/round.
April — May: £125/round.
March:
£110/round.
November through February:
£80/round.
  
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FACILITIES:

Golf Cart (Buggy): £30/round; reserve in advance for impaired walkers only.

Pull Cart (Trolley): £5.

Club Rental: £35 — reserve in advance.

Caddies: £45/caddy, pre-gratuity. Request ahead: Tel +44 (0)151 632 6757.

Practice Putting Green.

Practice Areas.

Clubhouse with Restaurant & Bar. Bar snacks 9:30AM-5:30PM. Dining room
lunch 12:30-2:30PM (dress code applies).

Visitors' Lockers, showers, towels — both genders.

Pro Shop

BOOKING OF TEE TIMES (required in advance):
Tel: (+44) (0)
151 632 7772
E-mail: bookings@royal-liverpool-golf.com

ON-LINECredit Card information necessary to hold booking. 100% of greens fee charged to your credit card to secure your tee-time booking.

CANCELLATIONS & NO-SHOWS: 5% cancellation penalty of existing bookings
outside of 90 days prior to play. 25% cancellation penalty of existing bookings 60-90 days in advance of play. 50% cancellation penalty of existing bookings 30-60 days in advance of play. Cancellations inside 30 days of play suffer a 100% green fee penalty. No-shows are penalized 100% of all pre-paid fees.

Let HOME AT FIRST make your tee-time reservations at Royal Liverpool Golf Club as part of your next trip to Scotland. There is no service fee for this service!

LOCATION & DIRECTIONS:
          The Links are on Meols Drive (A540) between Hoylake and West Kirby on the Wirral Peninsula, west of Birkenhead, approximately 10 minutes drive from Exit 2 of the M53 and about 50 minutes from Liverpool and Manchester Airports. Hoylake railway station is just 600 yards away.

Royal Liverpool GC Clubhouse. RLGC photo.
Royal Liverpool GC Clubhouse
RLGC photo

NEAREST HOME AT FIRST LODGINGS:

Near the town of Whitchurch on the Cheshire/Shropshire border 60 minutes south of the course. From Whitchurch drive north on the A41 to the M53 at Chester. Take the M53 to Exit 2, then drive 10 minutes on the A553 to Hoylake.

South of Conwy in NW WALES, about 67mi SW or Hoylake. Drive time via Conwy using the North Wales Expressway to Queensferry and up the west side of the Wirral Peninsula, is just over 1.5 hours.

In the English LAKE DISTRICT in/near Hawkshead, about 105mi N of Hoylake. Drive time via Lancaster, Preston, Wigan, and Liverpool is about 2.25 hours.

In NORTH YORKSHIRE, about 100 miles NE of Hoylake. Drive time via Leeds, Manchester, and Liverpool to Hoylake is about 2.5 hours.

More information about HOME AT FIRST's ENGLAND & WALES travel programs.

OTHER REGIONAL COURSES OF NOTE:
  Two other British Open courses are close neighbors to Royal Liverpool Golf Club:

Royal Birkdale, in Southport, 30 minutes north of Liverpool.

Royal Lytham & St. Anne's, just south of Blackpool about 45mins N of Liverpool.

Numerous other courses of all challenge levels are scattered throughout western England, especially concentrated on this region known as:

ENGLAND'S GOLF COAST

          Golf courses are scattered across the British Isles, but not uniformly. Clusters of courses now line the dunes of former coastal wastelands at strategic points in Scotland (Ayrshire, Fyfe, Sutherland, Angus, and East Lothian), Ireland (Kerry, Claire, Sligo, Donegal, Antrim, Louth, and Dublin), Wales (Gwynedd, Clwyd, and Glamorgan), and England (Kent/East Sussex, and Merseyside/Lancashire). Lancashire’s western-facing coast opposes the Louth and Dublin coasts in eastern Ireland, and Merseyside is wedged between Lancashire and the Clwyd coast of North Wales. Compressed along this 50 miles of coastline from the Welsh border on the Wirral Peninsula (location of Royal Liverpool Golf Club) at the estuary of the River Dee west of Chester, England, across the estuary of the busy, industrial River Mersey west of the perpetual hard times of Liverpool, and then north to the culturally-difficult-to-translate English resort of Blackpool, are some of England’s most important wetlands, numerous major and minor tidal stream mouths, dozens of sandy beaches tied to windblown seaside resorts of a certain hearty English tradition and lapped by the frigid waters of the Irish Sea, and a domino-chain of golf courses that together give this otherwise wet, windy, and often down-in-the-mouth region its singular upscale claim as England’s Golf Coast.

 


 

HOYLAKE TODAY

17TH GREEN APPROACH           ROYAL LIVERPOOL GOLF CLUB

THE 457-YARD, PAR-4 17th HOLE, 'royal', ILLUSTRATES THE CHALLENGE OF PLAYING HOYLAKE.
LONG, TIGHT, ROLLING FAIRWAYS ARE OPEN TO WIND AND RAIN ASSAULTS OFF THE IRISH SEA.
UNDULATING GREENS ARE SURROUNDED BY QUARRY-LIKE POT BUNKERS AND ROUGH. GOOD LUCK.
Photo Royal Liverpool GC

 

          A traditional seaside links, Royal Liverpool is a flat out-and-back layout. From the championship (white) tees the course is quite long at 7,350 yards. Visitors playing from the short course yellow tees play almost 1,000 yards shorter. Nevertheless, the course’s exposure to the west wind off the ocean can make Hoylake play much longer and hillier than it appears on paper.

          Since Harry Colt's re-do of Royal Liverpool a century ago, equipment changes and improved training methods have made golfers longer, straighter, and more accurate. Hoylake, with the considerable help of course architect Donald Steel in the first decade of the twenty-first century, has been lengthened and upgraded to take on twenty-first century clubs, balls and athletes. Currently ranked at #57 in the world outside of the USA on GolfDigest.com's most recent listing, a longer, less kind, less gentle Royal Liverpool Golf Club awaits the world's best players in competition for the Claret Jug this coming July. The course has challenged more than top pros in The Open. In addition to hosting The Open Championship ten

Bobby Jones with the Claret Jug. The great amateur won 3 Open Championships, the last at Royal Liverpool in 1930.
Bobby Jones with the Claret Jug. The great amateur won 3 Open Championships, the
last at Royal
Liverpool in 1930.

times, Hoylake has hosted the British Amateur Championship

 

17 times, the Walker Cup tournament (and will again in 2019), and a Curtis Cup tournament. And, if you have the opportunity, and don't mind playing from the green, yellow, or red tees, Royal Liverpool's challenge is open to you, too.

 

 

HOYLAKE & THE ENVIRONMENT

10TH GREEN                     ROYAL LIVERPOOL GOLF CLUB

HOYLAKE'S 448-YARD, PAR-4 10th HOLE, 'DEE', SHOWS THE COLLISION of GOLF course WITH ENGLAND'S DIMINISHING COASTAL WETLANDS. THE ROYAL LIVERPOOL G.C.  HAS PLEDGED TO BE
A GOOD STEWARD OF ITS THREATENED PROPERTY AMONG THE IMPORTANT RIVER DEE ESTUARY.
Photo Royal Liverpool GC

 

 

G

OLF COURSES along the estuary wetlands of densely populated northwestern England have become the objects of significant criticism by concerned individuals and environmental groups. Royal Liverpool Golf Club answers its critics with its firm position that Hoylake is a responsible steward of the important wetlands its golf course shares with hundreds of thousands

of migrating birds as well as

 

many native species of worms, snails, and plants. The club clearly takes its responsibility seriously, but not too seriously. "At first sight," the club notes, "the mudflats of the Dee Estuary look like a barren wasteland...in fact they are among the most productive habitants on the planet, at least twice as productive as agricultural land. In each square meter of mud it is possible to find 450,000 worms and 5,000 snails, a rich menu for the 100,000 waders and 30,000 wildfowl that winter here. Our links also boast a unique feature — this is the only place in

Royal Liverpool Golf Club, at the tip of the Wirral Peninsula.
Royal Liverpool Golf Club, at the tip of the
Wirral Peninsula where the Dee Estuary
opens into the Irish Sea

Photo Royal Liverpool GC

England where McKay's Horsetail

 

can be found. Don't bother looking...it's somewhere in the rough betwixt the 9th and the 12. And frankly it's not very pretty."


 

 

T

HE REGION: England’s Golf Coast offers a wealth of golf courses for golfer’s

of all levels of skill and wealth. But if the golf is great here it is not the principal claim-to-fame for this diverse region of western England. For most Americans under the age of 65, Liverpool & Merseyside are much better known for their great musical contributions of the 1960’s, collectively known in the

 

USA as the British Invasion. Leading the charge, of

Chester- Medieval Shopping Streets. Photo © Home At First.
Chester — Medieval
Shopping Streets

Photo © Home At First.

course, were the Beatles, whose hometown of Liverpool now courts American tourists with attractions including the Magical Mystery Tour, Cavern Club, and The Beatles Story. Not far north of Liverpool is the classic, quirky English seaside resort of Blackpool — known for its electric excesses and unkind climate — eclectic enough to amuse and confuse Americans with a glimpse of English masochistic eccentricity. South of Liverpool is the small city of Chester, gateway to North Wales, and proud conserver of one of the great walled medieval city centers still extant in Britain.

 


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