Royal LIverpool (Hoylake) ready for return to Open Rota
After a long absence, the Open returns to the home of the Beatles. With only two Opens contested at Royal Liverpool - referred to by many as simplky "Hoylake" - in the last fifty years it feels we're rolling up on a magical mystery tour. As this will be
My dad remembers the last time the Open came here. It was ’67. Peripatetic Argentine Roberto de Vicenzo won what should have been his second career total major here. He edged Jack Nicklaus by two shots. Before that, Peter Thompson won in 1956. As many of you remember, de Vicenzo missed out on a playoff in the '68 Masters when he signed an incorrect scorecard. He then uttered the sound byte for which he became infamous - "What a stupid I am." Still, the well heeled de Vicenzo won over 230 tournaments world wide and had 5 top 10s in the Open Championship.
It’s also more than an interesting footnote that Bobby Jones won the second leg of his Grand Slam here in 1930. Now also factor in that Jones kicked off his hot streak with a Sunday overtime win at the 1929 U.S. Open at Winged Foot over Al Espinoza (remember, back then they played 36 on Saturday and settled ties with 36 on Sunday) and things get really interesting...
Hmmm…Bobby Jones won majors at both
Well, that’s a question for another day, specifically, my U.S. Open preview piece for Cybergolf coming soon.
This does two things. First, people can finish the day with birdie or eagle, but with
Second, Peter Alliss called the real First Hole at
The course will play 35-37 with a yardage card of 3,495-3,763=7,258. The length alone won’t overpower the players (the par-3s are fairly short), but if the wind is up, winning score will be about level par.
Liverpool is a rather narrow course with the added nuisance of plenty of OB besides the wind and some of the
Most agree that the scenery is not the star here. This is not Turnberry, nor is it Troon. As one commentator waxed that he felt the course separated those that really love links golf and those that only kind of understand it.” With its rumbling ruddy multi-gabled red-brick clubhouse, complete with two inverted cones and a huge clock, it won’t win a beauty contest, not even against Royal Lytham, whose clubhouse Art Spander said “looked like the former home of Count Dracula, but if you really wanna get scared, go look at the golf course.”
Personally, I can’t wait to see Lytham and
Started in 1869 and finished in 1871 by Robert Chambers and George Morris, the course was granted the Royal Distinction due to the patronage of the Duke of Connaught.