Royal Liverpool Golf Club

What we say

Royal Liverpool Golf Club is firmly back in favour with the R&A and a key part of the Open rota – it’s not hard to see why… 

Royal Liverpool – the second-oldest seaside course in England – is now very much in favour with the R&A. The Open returned there in 2014, a short wait from its previous hosting in 2006, which had come after a long absence from the rota.

But it is now a favoured venue and benefits from the lustre big events lend any venue.

‘Hoylake’ has always had great synergy with amateur golf, dating back to the days of John Ball and Harold Hilton, and this Cheshire club hosted its second Walker Cup in 2019 – the year which marks its 150th anniversary.

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The match first went to Hoylake in 1983 when the captains were amateur icons Jay Sigel and Charlie Green.

Recent changes have enhanced the original home of the Amateur Championship. For some it is tough and austere, but for us it is beautifully conditioned, interesting and historic. 

The 1920s revisions by Harry Colt resulted in the very most being made out of a relatively uninspiring piece of linksland, punctuated by astute bunkering and some cerebral green complexes. 

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It begins with subtlety, which might leave the casual golfer underwhelmed but the connoisseur intrigued, however the middle stretch along and through the coastline dunes will satisfy all who play here.

Its return to The Open rota has enhanced its reputation and prestige further and in real terms the gift of a brand-new, Martin Ebert-designed par 3. 

This new short hole will be under 140 yards with a green located on the same site as the current Championship tee on the 15th hole. 

It is to become the Championship’s 17th hole, and is played towards an elevated green looking out to the Dee Estuary. 

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It is the latest piece of work for one of Europe’s most in-demand architects, on another Open Championship host. 

“The project at Royal Liverpool has been an extremely exciting one overall, but the opportunity to create a new hole on a great links such as Hoylake is a rare one,” says Ebert. 

“The hope and expectation is that not only can a very short hole produce significant drama for the penultimate hole of The Open, but also provide the club with a hole which members and visiting golfers from around the world will be hugely excited to play. 

“It is also a real advantage of the new hole project that the Championship 15th and 18th par 5 holes will be strengthened with new back tees.” 

  • Course Summary

  • Costs -
  • TG Rating 4.5 out of 5
  • Players Rating 4.3 out of 5
  • Address
    30 Meols Drive, Hoylake, WIRRAL
  • Tel 0151 632 3101
  • Website

Course Information

Course 72 par
Course Style -
Green Fees -
Course Length 7,218 yards (6,600 metres)
Holes -
Difficulty -
Course Membership -

Course Features

  • Course has: Bar
  • Course does not have: Buggy Hire
  • Course does not have: Driving Range
  • Course does not have: Practice Green
  • Course has: Pro Shop
  • Course has: Restaurant
  • Course has: Trolley Hire
  • Course does not have: Dress Code
  • Course has: Club Hire
  • Course does not have: Handicap

Your Reviews

  • 4.5 out of 5 Hoylake

    By garyfoz

    This is one of those courses like Birkdale,Hillside that you have to cross off your list.Its got everything history,quality,tradition and above all the hardest track I have ever played on.After saying that for me the likes of hillside,Formby sit a lot better on the eye but for a true test of your ability not many can match it.Cheap it isn't even the winter deals but who cares its a must play course and when you sit in the clubhouse after crying into your soup the history in the place will help you forget all the bad shots and just remember all the good

  • 4 out of 5 HOYLAKE PLEASE!

    By Anonymous

    Instead of royal liverpool call it Hoylake it sounds much better and liverpool isn't Royal, its home to the worst FC in England, Liverpool, they can take a hike, Man Utd are bettter which premiership history clearly shows and so does  the 08 results WITH US WINNING EUROPE, ENGLAND AND THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!liverpool suck ya JACKASS, you will not make this put ya Jackass!,

  • 4.5 out of 5 flat but well woth it

    By lexo

    we had a super day here, the welcome was great and the staff very helpful / friendly. The course was a joy and is quite flat without any huge dunes. The best run of holes are 8 thro to 16 !