The Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake

Built in 1869, on what was then the racecourse of the Liverpool Hunt Club, Hoylake is the oldest of
all the English seaside courses with the exception of Westward Ho in Devon.  Robert Chambers and
George Morris were commissioned to lay out the original Hoylake course, which was extended to 18
holes in 1871.  The course received the "Royal" designation in 1871 due to the patronage of the
Duke of Connaught of the day, who was one of Queen Victoria's younger sons.  For the first seven
years of its life the land still performed its original function, doubling as a golf course and a horse
racing track, indeed, echoes of this heritage can be found today in the names of the first and
eighteenth holes, Course and Stand, while the original saddling bell still hangs in the club house.  
Once the horses had been dispatched to pastures new Hoylake began to take its place in the history
of golf in general and of the amateur game in particular.  The course is a prestigious one and liked by
m,any professional across the world, the events taken place here speak for them self:  

The Open Championship: 1897, 1902, 1907, 1913, 1924, 1930, 1936, 1947, 1956, 1967, 2006
Walker Cup: 1983
Curtis Cup: 1992
The Amateur Championship: 1885 (the inaugural event), 1887, 1890, 1894, 1898, 1902, 1906,
1910, 1921, 1927, 1933, 1939, 1953, 1962, 1969, 1975, 1995, 2000
Ladies' British Amateur Championship: 1896, 1989, 1996
Like its neighbour West Kirby, the promenade once famed for its magnificence during the Victorian
era has slowly declined and now with only intermittent maintenance the promenade is slowing
fading in oblivion.  Much of the area was given a revamp prior to the 2006 Open held at Hoylake
however the area still needs a large sum of money investing in it in order to bring the town back to
its former glory.  The beach at Hoylake still sees its fair share of visitors but it is no comparison to the
crowds that used to flock to the beaches during the summer in the early 20th century.  
Market street is the main road
through Hoylake which since the
creation of the town has played
a huge role in its development.  
Market street is essentially the
high street which most of the
commercial ventures have
sprung up around.  Once a road
of small shanty huts and street
vendors the road has now
developed and contains many
restaurants, public houses and
a large  variety of shops.  

Tourism still plays an important
part of Hoylake's economy and
of a evening a variety of trendy
wide bars and fine dining spring
to life.  Once a year during the
August bank holiday the lifeboat
station has an open day and
the promenade at Hoylake
becomes a bustling area packed
with people watching air shows
over the beach, playing at the
fairs or simply visiting the local
shops and stalls.  

Hoylake is still a great place to
visit if not for the relaxed clean
promenade then for the sunset
across the Dee which looks out
across Hoylake's green fields
and historic seaside town.  
The beach at Hoylake 1920's
The beach at Hoylake 1950's
Market Street late 1800's
Market Street early 1900's
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