Liverpool, England: Bursting in Open and Amateur golf history

While Carr Golf is perhaps best known for luxury golf travel to Ireland and Scotland, England is an equally important part of our company’s storied past and bright future. The birth country of Shakespeare, The Beatles and Sir Nick Faldo is additionally a wonderful locale for incredible buddy and couples’ golf adventures.

Royal Liverpool is set to host the 2019 Walker Cup on Sept. 7 – 8. We here at Carr Golf have a special connection to this prestigious event as our founder, Joe Carr, played on a record 10 Walker Cup teams from 1947 to 1965 in the match play battle. His son, Roddy, also played in the 1971 Walker Cup. “Stroke play is a better test of golf,” Joe Carr once said, “but match play is a better test of character.”

Roddy Carr Walker Cup
Roddy Carr celebrates winning his Walker Cu match in 1971 at The Old Course St Andrews.

The 47th biennial match between the top amateurs of Great Britain and Ireland and the U.S. coincides with Royal Liverpool’s 150th anniversary. A 12-time British Open venue, most recently in 2014, Royal Liverpool’s Hoylake is the second oldest English seaside course. Built on a racecourse of the Liverpool Hunt Club, the layout doubled as a horserace track in its earliest years. With only six holes nestled amongst the dunes, wind is an important factor.

Joe Carr 1953 Royal Liverpool Hoylake
Royal Liverpool Golf Club, the scene of J.B. Carr’s first British Amateur Championship win.

Many Americans, of course know Royal Liverpool as the site of Tiger Woods’ 2006 Open Championship victory. Woods finished the tournament at 18-under, defeating fellow American Chris DiMarco by two strokes. The win was his second consecutive Open Championship title and third overall. Royal Liverpool was also the site of Joe Carr’s first British Amateur Open victory in 1953.

 

For those who wish to play Royal Liverpool, we recommend staying in England’s “Golfing Capital,” Southport. This coastal region is home to many of the finest links courses in England including Royal Birkdale and Royal Lytham & St Anne’s.

Royal Birkdale, a popular venue on The Open Rota, has hosted more championship and international events since World War II than any other course in the world. It has welcomed all the golfing greats from Arnold Palmer to Jordan Spieth. As pure a test of golf as you’ll ever find, the course relies heavily on the natural terrain with its many contours. Watch the course guide below to get a flavor of what you could be in for on your next UK golf tour.

Royal Lytham & St Annes, another major stop on the Open Rota, boasts an impressive list of champions including Bobby Jones, Gary Player and Seve Ballesteros. The layout’s 174 bunkers make a solid strategy and accurate shots essential to post a respectable score. Although the renowned course isn’t situated on the water, the sea breeze can still wreak havoc on your game.

Walker Cup 2015
Royal Lytham & St Annes was the destination for the 2015 Walker Cup when Team GB&I won a convincingly 16 1/2 – 9 1/2. Irishman, Paul Dunne pictured here has gone on to great success on the European Tour and has made a handful of starts on the PGA TOUR.

 Plan your next golf vacation to Southport to experience an array Open Championship courses. Contact our travel team today using the contact form below, or call +353 1 822 6662 or US Toll Free 1 855 617 5701.


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