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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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13 Rye Number 16

Rye, England

Turner: "There's not much left of Colt's work at Rye, his first design, but the 16th is almost intact. The hole plays along a rumpled ridge with a neat green that sits in a sheltered spot."

12 Royal County Down Number 4

Newcastle, Northern Ireland

Turner: "This world-famous hole is his scariest flat par-3, with the huge carry over gorse to a green site that's a minefield of pits."

11 Sunningdale New Number 6

Critchley: "Colt saw it as his vocation to bring in angles, undulations and the soft curves of nature. He introduced the dogleg, not solely as a space-induced change of direction, but to measure skill and retain interest. While the 13th at Sunningdale New is a great three-shotter, the 6th is my pick for its dramatic views and the wonderful sense of space."

10 Sunningdale Old Number 12

While working as club secretary, Colt made key changes to Willie Park's Old course, most notably here.

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