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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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Ancaster, Ont.

Turner: "It's a tempting drive to a precariously sited green."

Colt: "The reward and the penalty should bear a due proportion to each other. If the penalty is unduly severe, few will feel tempted to take the risk; while if the penalty is negligible, no daring will be required and no thrill experienced."

5 Sunningdale New Number 5

Sunningdale, England

Johnstone: "The tee and green are on similar levels with an intervening valley. Thirty yards short of the green is a deep, revetted bunker that today is not in play. The slightest change of wind direction changes the character of the hole."

Critchley: "Colt was the master of the short hole, individually and in entire collections on specific courses, Sunningdale included."

4 St. George's Hill Number 10

Weybridge, England

Morrissett: "After the tee shot to a tumbling fairway, the player will often face a blind approach. As in life, chance and luck as well as hope and anticipation play a role in all great designs. A tee shot down the right side is rewarded with a glimpse of the green and a better approach angle."

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