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The Royal Liverpool Golf Club

Meols Drive,

Hoylake, Wirral CH47 4AL

  • Office

    +44 (0)151 632 3101
  • Pro shop

    +44 (0)151 632 5868
  • Fax

    +44 (0)151 632 6737
  • Golf pro

    John Heggarty (PGA Club Professional)

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Seaside links. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Coastal duneland.

  • Designer:

    Original design by Robert Chambers & George Morris; recent modifications by Donald Steel.

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
7218
6466
5896
Par
72
72
74
SSS or slope
75
72
75

Location

Latitude:

53.387241

Longitude:

-3.184120

How to get there:

10 miles W of Liverpool

From the M53 motorway (west of Birkenhead) take exit 2 (Hoylake) and follow M53 (motorway spur) for 1 mi. At roundabout take the A551 (Upton Rd) and travel north direction Hoylake. After o.5 mi at roundabout turn left onto the A553 (Hoylake Rd) direction Hoylake. After 4.2 mi (and just after Hoylake shopping area) golf is on your right.

Royal Liverpool Golf Club (Hoylake)

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 1869

Royal Liverpool Golf Club (Hoylake): This excellently maintained and challenging links layout is a firm favourite with amateur and professional golfers alike. It is also a course that's firmly back on the Open Championship roster. As the second oldest seaside links course in England (Royal North Devon is five years older), "Hoylake" commands a special place in Britain's golfing heritage.

At first glance Hoylake can look relatively flat and benign; nothing can be further from the truth. Although sizable sand dunes feature on less than half the holes, don't think Hoylake lacks bite. The opening hole is a knee-trembling bunkerless par-4. Your opening tee-shot is flanked by out of bounds on one side and the Clubhouse on the other; the hole sharply doglegs right with the OB continuing up to the green.

Throughout the round you’ll need to focus your full attention on the demands and subtleties of this challenging course. Its twin recurring threats come in the form of excellent bunkering and often penal rough. Out-of-bounds is also present on some later holes, not just the par-4 opener.

As you zig-zag out to the turn, and then play alongside the Dee Estuary from the par-4 9th to the wonderfully bunkered par-3 13th, it's easy to understand why this venerable old course commands so much respect with links golf devotees.

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Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays; outside visitor play is very restricted on weekends.

Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: men 21, women 32. Proof of handicap required.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (April thru' Sept): weekdays £185; weekends £215.

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].

Other information

This is a walking-only course. Players unable to walk the course for a medically certificated reason can apply for permission to hire a golf cart (buggy).

Practice facilities

Good

Did you know?

Royal Liverpool has hosted many top-level competitions during its illustrious history. Several Open Championships, Amateur Championships, Walker and Curtis Cups have been decided on the links of Hoylake (see our Tournaments section >by Venue >Royal Liverpool). | The club's motto is "Far and Sure".

One of Royal Liverpool's most renowned former players is John Ball, eight times winner of the Amateur Championship and first English-born winner of The Open (1890). He was born in Hoylake, where his father was the owner of the Royal Hotel. Ball grew up playing golf on the Royal Liverpool course.

Queen Victoria conferred the Royal prefix on Liverpool GC in 1871, based on patronage by her third eldest son Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught. By royal prerogative, 19 English golf clubs use the "Royal" title, namely: Ascot, Ashdown Forest, Birkdale, Blackheath, Cinque Ports, Cromer, Eastbourne, Epping Forest, Household (Windsor Castle), Liverpool (Hoylake), Lytham & St Annes, Mid-Surrey, North Devon (Westward Ho!), Norwich, St George's, West Norfolk (Brancaster), Wimbledon, Winchester, Worlington & Newmarket.

Published ranking

World: 65th best course in the world (GOLF magazine, 2020/21).
GB&I: 26th best course in Britain & Ireland (Golf World, 2020/21).
England: 9th best course in England (Golf World, 2021).

Where2Stay

  • Leasowe Castle3-star

    Leasowe Road, Moreton, Merseyside CH46 3RF

    +44 (0)1516 069 191

    Visit website

    Leasowe Castle Hotel offers a combination of style, comfort and elegance in a tranquil setting with 6 acres of grounds overlooking Leasowe Golf Course and the sea. The Castle dates back to 1592. It was built for Ferdinand Stanley, 5th Earl of Derby, who at one time was second in line to the English throne, behind his mother Lady Margaret Clifford. The castle gave him a convenient base to watch horse racing on the Meols sands.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Royal Liverpool; Wallasey

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Caldy; Heswall; West Lancashire

  • Peel Hey Guest House

    Frankby Road, Frankby, Wirral CH48 1PP

    +44 (0)151 677 9077

    Visit website

    The award-winning Peel Hey Bed & Breakfast offers luxury boutique, hotel style, bed and breakfast accommodation on the Wirral peninsular in the picturesque village of Frankby. The B&B is just a short distance from the renowned Royal Liverpool Golf Club, and conveniently located for short journeys into Liverpool and Chester, both ideal for shopping, sightseeing, eating out and entertainment.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Heswall; Caldy; Royal Liverpool; Wallasey

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      West Lancashire

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