There are certain courses in the game of golf whose name speaks volumes. People know where it is, and how important the golfing institution is. Undoubtedly, Royal Liverpool Golf Club, or its alternate name of Hoylake, belongs in this category.
Hoylake has been home to the Open Championship a stunning twelve times, at various years between 1897 and 2014. This phenomenal feat is bettered only by Royal St. George’s, Muirfield, Prestwick Golf Club and the Old Course at St. Andrew’s. There could be no more prestigious group to be a part of. The current holder of the Open Championship is Rory McIlroy, who won the title in 2014 at Hoylake.
This stunning links course is reputed to have some of the most testing rough anywhere in golf. The rolling low-lying dune land just off the fairways are a great test for anyone who ends up in their midst. Fairways and greens in regulation are the order of the day at Hoylake, but it is not as easy as that sounds. With the course playing at just under seven thousand yards, it is a stern examination.
One of the great challenges around Hoylake is not getting distracted by the great scenery. With wonderful panoramic views that carry as far as Hilbre Island, it is easy to get sucked into the beauty. Yet doing so will guarantee you difficulties, particularly around the likes of the thirteenth hole. “Alps” is the signature par three on the course, which is as beautiful as it is deadly, with thick tufts of straw grass protecting it from all sides. Make sure and keep your concentration as you make your way around Royal Liverpool.