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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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Turner: "Colt is often quoted as abhorring all blindness, which isn't really true. For longer holes, when the opportunity arose to have a blind strategic shot, he'd use it."

3 Swinley Forest Number 4

Johnstone: "The green sits right-to-left and is slightly higher than the tee but has enough of a false front to give a clear indication of the target. There is wonderfully natural mounding up the right side, while the left drops off dramatically. You can't play this hole without a lot of head-scratching. The options are endless, and like most Colt par-3s, it looks as if the Creator had a golf hole in mind when he fashioned this piece of the earth. Spread my ashes on this tee if you like."

2 Swinley Forest Number 12

Ascot, England

Colt said Swinley was the "least bad course" he ever designed.

Morrissett: "When Colt did much of his work, the concept of par was not nearly as important as it is today. With hickory clubs, was this a par-4 or a par-5? That didn't matter during match play. Here he shows his knack for finding green sites--this one is in an amphitheater backed by a wall of rhododendrons."

1 Muirfield Number 17

East Lothian, Scotland

Eleven bunkers and countless rolls have provided some of the Open's greatest moments, including Lee Trevino's chip-in in 1972.

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