001/225 - Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake

I’ve been fortunate enough to call Royal Liverpool home for my whole life. From my first ever lessons with my father to grudge matches with my closest friends - I’m exceptionally lucky to have grown up on the historic links of Hoylake.

Studying the nuances of the links and delving into the unparalleled history of the club has undoubtedly shaped my love of architecture and given me enormous pride.

It’s therefore little wonder that I’m starting the posting of each and every British links course from here. Over the coming months I’ll share photos of them all - and hope you’ll share this page with anyone you think might be interested in joining us on the tour.

The photo I’ve chosen is a shot of the approach to the 12th green - ‘Hilbre’. The island that gives the hole its name is visible in the estuary.

Tiger Woods holed out here for an eagle 2 en route to his masterful 2006 Open Championship win here, and I think the approach from the corner of the fairway is the iconic Hoylake shot. Miss the green over the hills left and it’s ‘game over’ - err to the right and a bogey is a good score.

For the first five decades of its life, Hilbre was a straight hole - until HS Colt built the most fabulous green nestled in the dunes in the mid 1920s. It’s a hole that I’ll never tire of playing.

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