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The Best Holes Ever Designed By Royal Liverpool Architect H.S. Colt
Compiled by GEOFF SHACKELFORD
July 18, 2006
Royal Liverpool, the British Open site better known as Hoylake, doesn't look like one of the epic seaside British courses we've come to know. It doesn't have the towering dunes of a Royal St. Georges or Royal Birkdale. Your golf ball isn't on a swooping roller-coaster ride as it is at St. Andrews or Turnberry. Hoylake--which last held the Open in 1967, with Roberto De Vicenzo the winner--is all humps and hollows, subtle to the point of languidness. It's the opposite of Winged Foot. The dusty fingerprints of H.S. Colt are all over it. The man who wins there will be another De Vicenzo--a Jos� Mar�a Olaz�bal, a Geoff Ogilvy, a David Howell. A craftsman.
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July 18, 2006

The Best Holes Ever Designed By Royal Liverpool Architect H.s. Colt

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16 Royal County Down Number 9

Morrissett: "The original architects left two blind holes of no great merit over much of the same ground. Colt's revision in the 1920s saw the creation of this hole, which may be the most famous on a course littered with them. Colt's lay-of-the-land approach is evident with his comfort in leaving the tee shot blind to the valley below."

15 Royal Portrush Number 5

Portrush, Northern Ireland

Morrissett: "Colt placed the tee high in the dunes, affording an unobstructed view of the green far to the right along Northern Ireland's cliff coastline. Which angle the golfer elects is entirely his choosing."

Turner: "His most beautiful links hole. The big fairway mound in front of the green obscures certain approach angles."

14 Royal Liverpool Number 11

Hoylake, England

Because of the R&A's rerouting, this will play as the 13th hole during the British Open.

Morrissett: "Colt, a master at finding the ideal location for one-shot holes, designed this one in the dunes, providing glorious views across the Dee Estuary."

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