Opens: 1897, 1902, 1907, 1913, 1924, 1930, 1936, 1947, 1956, 1967, 2006, 2014
Location: Hoylake, Wirral, England
Royal Liverpool — or Hoylake, as it is usually known — is the second-oldest seaside links golf course in England, and was the first course in North-West England to host The Open. Built on the racecourse of the Liverpool Hunt Club, it retained a dual role as horse racing venue and golf course for the first few years of its life.
The club played a key part in the development of Amateur golf: in 1885, it hosted the inaugural Amateur Championship; and 1921, it hosted the first informal match which would become the Walker Cup. Furthermore, two of the three amateurs who have won The Open were Hoylake members: John Ball and Harold Hilton. Fittingly enough the other amateur winner, Bobby Jones, won his third Open at Hoylake, an event which was the second of four steps in his unprecedented, and unmatched, grand slam.
|Hoylake at a glance|
|Course length (2006 Open)|
7,258 yards, par 72
Bobby Jones winning The Open in 1930 to complete the second leg in his grand slam of that year. On his return to the United States, Jones enjoyed a ticker-tape parade in New York to mark the feat.
Aside from Hilton and Jones, Hoylake has witnessed a string of unique Open winners: Arnaud Massey became the only Frenchman to win the title here in 1907; Fred Daly became the first Irishman to do so, in 1947 (Padraig Harrington in 2007 was only the second); and Argentinian golfer Roberto De Vicenzo became the first South American to win a major when he triumphed at Hoylake in 1967.
After the 1967 Open, it seemed unlikely that the Championship ever return to Hoylake. Yet in 2006, following years of work undertaken to create the space needed for a modern Open, the event returned — and it did so in style. In a week of wonderful weather on a superb, fast golf course, Tiger Woods produced an imperious display of intelligent golf — during which he only once used his driver — that would ensure a second Open Championship victory in as many years..