Royal Liverpool Golf Club
Meols Drive,
Hoylake, Merseyside L47 4AL
Tel : +44 (0)151 632 3101 Fax : +44 (0)151 632 6737

Royal Liverpool Golf Club was established in 1869 and has played host to many major tournaments throughout the years, including ten Open Championships and numerous amateur events. Its course, Hoylake, is etched in the annals of golf's wonderful heritage.

Hoylake is built on what was the racecourse of the Liverpool Hunt Club and is the oldest of all the English seaside courses with the exception of Westward Ho! in Devon, which pre-dated it by only a few years. Robert Chambers and George Morris laid out the original course which was extended to 18 holes in 1871, the year in which it received its Royal designation thanks to the patronage of HRH The Duke of Connaught.

Visitors are welcome but book well in advance. Club or society handicap certificate of 24 or less required. Ladies restricted at weekends. Dress code to be observed on course and clubhouse (jacket and tie). Changing rooms with lockers are available to visitors. Full catering facilities throughout the day. Green fees are expensive at £50 plus.

On A553 from M53 Junction 2

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Course Details

Course Name: Hoylake Holes: 18 Yardage: 6821 SSS: 74
Hoylake requires both skill and courage as any loose shot will be severely punished. A Club graced in tradition, a pioneer of, and a continuing venue of many of today's National and International events, Hoylake is one of the truly great British courses.

The Hoylake course is a traditional links course with its accompanying windy conditions. This championship course offers a good mixture of par 3, 4 and 5 holes with varying degrees of menace. The fairways are undulating, deceptively flat and sometimes narrow. The greens are of the highest quality. Undoubtedly Hoylake poses many challenges and should be especially attractive to golfers of some proficiency.

As with all really great championship courses the final holes are some of the most testing with perhaps the 17th, with its green angled across the line of approach and a road flanking the far side being the most daunting. Any slight over-hit can put the ball out of bounds and a tentative approach will most likely find a bunker from which recovery is difficult.

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  • Top Course

    PShaw wrote on: Feb 14, 2010

    Played Hoylake a number of times now and it gets better every time. At first it doesn't look very spectacular, but it's the need for strategy and course management that becomes more apparent. This is especially true in the wind. The holes from 9-12 are stunning with views to match. The history and quality of the clubhouse is great and I really enjoyed taking at look at the memorabilia from the last 140 years. The course is undergoing some redevelopment which I can't wait to get back to play, it looks like they were making it every more tricky


  • Europe Golf courses reviews 11/99

    wrote on: Oct 31, 1999

    Have played at the course on numerous occasions, great test ,great course and superb weekend in June at the Harold Hilton comp. If you can play it ,do ,you won't regret it.
    Must say thanks to the secretary Chris Moore for looking after the Blackpool lot so well
    Paul Smith (Fairhaven... hcap 5}


  • Europe Golf courses reviews Diarmuid Dunne 11/98

    Diarmuid Dunne wrote on: Oct 31, 1998

    This is easily one of the best links courses in Britain and a true championship venue. The course has held 10 Opens and should definitely host the Open again in the future. The clubhouse is superb and the members are very welcoming.