The Open: Hoylake Set To Host Championship

Despite many golfers and fans still feeling the effects of this year’s Open Championship at Muirfield, thoughts have already turned to next year where the event will be hosted at Hoylake for the 12th time.

The Royal Liverpool venue bore witness to Tiger Woods’ triumph in 2006 and the club is looking forward to playing host once again.

Club secretary David Cromie said: "It puts the area and the club on the map. It helps the club going forward because people want to play an Open venue.

"I come to work in the morning and the hairs on the back of my neck sit up. Where are you going to find a finer clubhouse and collection of golf memorabilia - only second to the R&A."

Plenty of criticism was dished out to last week’s host course Muirfield, drawing from the fact they still do not allow female members, a direct contrast to Hoylake which has welcomed women for more than a hundred years.

"Women have been welcome at Hoylake since the middle part of the 19th century," continued Cromie. "This club is fully inclusive and complies fully with the 2010 equality act."

Returning the Open Championship to Hoylake is a good move for everyone, and already the excitement for next year is palpable.