Golf

The Royal Liverpool Golf Club hosted the 2006 British Open Championship from the 20th-23rd July.

The Practice days were from the 16th-19th July. Check out local Hotels for accommodation.

The Open organisers dropped its male-only rule and Michelle Wie from Hawaii along with Annika Ssorenstam could have played at Hoylake if they had qualified to do so.

The return of The Open to the historic links of Royal Liverpool Hoylake, was marked by an exhibition of superb controlled golf by world number one Tiger Woods as he became the first player to successfully defend the title since Tom Watson in 1983.

Following the recent death of his father he broke down in tears after holing the winning putt. It was the eleventh major title for Woods and his third Open victory following his triumphs at St Andrews in 2000 and 2005.

"All the emotion just came pouring out of me," said Woods. "I just wish he could have been here."

Of his game plan he said: "It was important to put the ball in the fairway to get some control into the greens.

The course was in fantastic condition and it was great that we had to shape shots and be creative. I know all the players appreciate that."

The quality of the course and the outcome of a dramatic and exciting week of golf fully justified the decision to bring the world's oldest Championship back to one of Britain's most historic clubs.

A total of 230,000 spectators flowed through the gates during the week, a record for an English course.

On a superlative day crammed with great golf, terrific weather, wonderful crowd, it was only fitting that the leaderboard after 18 holes of the 135th Open Championship at Royal Liverpool featured one of the more talented members of Europe's young golfing elite and the finest player of the modern era.

The Open was last played at Hoylake in 1967 when Roberto de Vicenzo of Argentina won his first and only major title.

In the years since that historic championship, the demands of the Open in terms of infrastructure, space and traffic management ruled Royal Liverpool out as an Open venue.

Now, however, with plans in place as a result of the three-way agreement signed by The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, Royal Liverpool Golf Club and the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, the Open made a welcome and long-overdue return after a break of 39 years.

The agreement covered areas of mutual responsibility and obligation and sets out the major criteria of accessibility, travel, accommodation, traffic, car parking, spectator access and infrastructure. One essential catalyst in the return to Wirral was the purchase by the club of 10 acres of land adjacent to the course plus the commitment to build a new practice ground close to Meols Drive on the municipal course owned by the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral Council.

The Open Championship, typically referred to in North America as the British Open, is the oldest of the four major championships in men's golf. Each year the event is hosted by one of several prestigious golf clubs in Britain; however, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (R&A) administers The Open regardless of its site.

It is always played on a links course.

The Open Championship is played in July, and is the third major to take place each year, after The Masters Tournament and the U.S. Open, but before the PGA Championship. It has been an official event on the PGA TOUR since 1995, which means that the prize money won in the Open by PGA Tour members is included on the official money list. In addition, all Open Championships before that date have been retrospectively classified as PGA Tour wins, and the list of leading winners on the PGA Tour has been adjusted to reflect this.

The PGA European Tour has always recognized The Open as an official event.

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Welcome to the Information Website about the North West Resorts of Hoylake, West Kirby and Meols on the Wirral Peninsula.

Hoylake was home to the 2006 British Open where Tiger Woods won the 135th British Open Championship at The Royal Liverpool Golf Club on Meols Drive.

These seaside villages are located at the northern tip of the Wirral Peninsula.

Hoylake,West Kirby & Meols are blessed with miles of beaches, promenades, Parks,Bowling Greens, Tennis,Golf, Horse Riding,Windsurfing and Sailing on the salt water Marine Lake and Sand Yachting. On a clear day, one can see the Blackpool Tower on the horizon.

Take a stroll along the promenades and watch the local fishermen at work.

The Wirral area is known as the "Leisure Peninsula" it being surrounded on three sides by water, the Irish Sea, the River Mersey and the River Dee.

The Viking settlers landed their boats here in 902AD and their influence is still evident. Liverpool the European Capital of Culture 2008 is only a twenty minute drive away or 30 minutes by the Mersey Rail Electric Railway.

The Roman city of Chester and the beauty of North Wales being 30 mins drive away.

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