Royal Liverpool

Royal Liverpool
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Royal Liverpool

  • Course Type

  • GOLF Top 100 World Rank (2023-24)

  • Year

  • Architects

    George Morris/HS Colt/Fred Hawtree
  • Par

  • Yardage


Course Overview

“Hoylake,” as it’s popularly known, welcomed its 13th Open Championship in 2023. It’s not a pretty course in the conventional sense, as there are no lighthouses, mountains or majestic undulations. But its fairways are rumpled and its revetted bunkers are well placed and invariably extract a ½-shot penalty. There’s also internal out-of-bounds, a feature for which the course is well known. When the wind is up, Hoylake is one of the game’s fiercest links, one that requires supreme shotmaking, as demonstrated by Tiger Woods’ virtuoso performance at the 2006 Open. Brian Harman turned in a spectacular performance of his own to win the 2023 Open here, aided by some clutch driving down the stretch that saw him steer clear of the trouble that ensnared his pursuers. (Photo: Courtesy Royal Liverpool)

3 things to know

  • Hole everyone talks about

    No. 15, par-3, 134 yards: Short, but deadly. This one had everyone talking at the 2023 Open Championship.
  • Best non-golf amenity

    Swing over to nearby Liverpool for all things Beatles — or by the Tasting Bar and Kitchen in town for some of the best bites the Scouse have to offer.
  • Insider tip

    The club advises you to turn off your cellphone. Even without the rule, it’s a good idea anyway. Enjoy the golf!