Here’s Royal Liverpool’s spectacular course changes

Tania Longmire
By Tania Longmire March 17, 2020 04:52

Royal Liverpool Golf Club, which has hosted the Open Championship twice in the last 15 years, is nearing completion of the first phase of major course changes designed to retain it as a regular host of the Open.

These are the five main alterations being made, according to a statement from the club:

“The front of the 4th green will be raised to produce a flatter landing area. This will not only enable more pin positions, but also reduce a hard kick through the back of the green. In addition, the overall size of the green will be reduced by converting a section of the back right of the green into surround.

The 17th hole

“The 7th green is being moved to the left of its current location, also permitting the construction of a new tee complex for the 8th hole. The height of trees will be reduced to make the 8th fairway visible off the tee.

“The par five 18th hole will have two new tees added to produce a hole which is 607 yards long. This is facilitated by the change of routing for the new 17th hole.

“At the 13th green a new run-off area will be fashioned, while the existing run-off on the right-hand side will be redeveloped.

“Finally, perhaps the most significant change: the creation of a new short par three hole of just 139 yards with a green located approximately on the same site as the current 15th tee. Players will strike to an elevated green looking out to the Dee Estuary. This will become the 17th hole.”

In addition, a number of minor alterations to the course including tees, bunkers, hollows and mounding in and around the links will be made, while some roads are being reconfigured, and new ones added, to ensure the easy navigation around the course so essential to the smooth running of one of the world’s great sporting events.

Royal Liverpool’s chairman of green, Andrew Goodwin, said: “The decision to make changes to a course like Hoylake wasn’t taken lightly, but throughout the club’s 150 year history alterations have been made and Royal Liverpool has continued to evolve and improve, ensuring it remains a wonderful challenge for both amateur and elite professional golfers alike.

An aerial view of the 17th

“The club is eager to remain a regular host of the Open. It attracts the world’s best players to Wirral and brings a huge economic benefit for the region. Of course, the many visitors we are delighted to welcome every year want to play the best courses in the country, and we believe the changes will make Hoylake even better.”

The first, and largest, phase of works is almost complete and there will be some mild disruption for members and visitors until June 2020. The second phase will begin in autumn 2020, largely focused on off course alterations.

Royal Liverpool Golf Club’s secretary, Simon Newland, said: “The work is carefully coordinated. At Hoylake we like to think of the club as very proud of its past, but also excited by the future, so we look forward to welcoming visitors to the new look links and, of course, showing the changes to the world when the Open returns to Royal Liverpool in the summer of 2022.”

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, executive director – Championships at The R&A said: “Royal Liverpool is one of the world’s finest championship links. We enjoyed two outstanding Opens there in 2006 and 2014 when Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy respectively lifted the Claret Jug.

The 17th

“We are very much looking forward to returning to Hoylake for the Open in 2022 and the enhancements being made to the 17th and 18th holes will help to produce a thrilling and dramatic climax to the championship for players and spectators.

“We are particularly excited about the introduction of the new par three where the elevated green will be set back against the Dee estuary to create a spectacular penultimate hole for the championship. We are grateful to the club and its members for all their hard work and support.”

 

Tania Longmire
By Tania Longmire March 17, 2020 04:52
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  1. Peter March 12, 17:17

    Exciting ! Nice ! All course changes look great on paper ! Unfortunately, the true test comes later ! What are the visual impressions, playability, the aesthics, the enjoyment it provides !

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