By Douglas Smith @DFresh39 on July 15, 2014
Royal Liverpool is another picturesque course in the British countryside. The course in northwest England is the second-oldest club in all of England. Here are some tidbits to know about the host this weekend's Open Championship.
The course was founded in 1869 on the grounds of a race course. The original saddle bell still hangs in the clubhouse. It is described as having good character while being a links course challenge.
The 18th hole is reachable in two shots by many of the players, so it could decide the Open. Many of those aiming for the green in two will fly their ball over the out of bounds area.
The starting hole for the 2006 Open Championship is the 17th for members. It was set up so that the longest Par 5 on the course would be the finishing hole in hopes of adding more drama.
The course is also being rearranged for the 2014 version. The third hole of the tournament is the first hole for members, making it akin to the last competition played at Royal Liverpool. The third hole for the tournament is the only bunkerless hole but an out of bounds area aligns the right side in what is generally the practice area. It will be lined with tents this weekend.
This will be the 12th Open Championship held at Royal Liverpool. The first one occurred in 1897 and was open only to professionals. It also held the Women's British Open in 2012.
The original designers of the course were Robert Chambers and George Morris. Morris is the son of Old Tom Morris who won the Open four times and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame posthumously in 1976. The two designers helped expand the course to 18 holes in 1871 despite it being used for both golf and horse races until 1875.
The course was redesigned by Harry Colt, one of the biggest names of the "golden age" of golf course architecture. Donald Steel led a smaller refurbishing project prior to the 2006 Open Championship.
The total distance for this year's Open Championship will be 7,322 yards, which is only 64 yards longer than eight years ago. The yardage for members of the club is 6,921 yards.
Although the course bears the Liverpool name it is actually located in the town of Hoylake. The course is often called by the location's name, which is separated from Liverpool by an estuary of the River Mersey. Some of the course also leaks into West Kirby.
It was originally called the Liverpool Hunt Club but adopted the "Royal" in 1871 thanks to the patronage of the Duke of Connaught. He granted the royal status for the club.
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