Hoylake is a true links. Bring your A game or you will be in trouble. This course is as good a test of your inner game as any I have come across. You will get bad bounces, be beaten senseless by the wind and have chips and putts to make you feel ill. There are some genuinely stunning holes on this course and the 10th and 11th stand out for me. I grew up on links golf in the north of Wales and to be able to venture onto the Royal Liverpool course is a true privilege. This course will not suit everyones tastes, as it is a rough and rugged test of golf. The course is maintained to impeccable standards and affords a truly memorable round of golf. Not to be tried if you like your greens soft and receptive and you just want to enjoy a couple of hours on the course. This is a serious course for serious golfers.
Date: May 18, 2004