Bernard Darwin, the doyen of golf writers of the early 20th century, famously described Hoylake as the home of ‘mighty winds’ and ‘mighty champions’.

He also stated: ‘Hoylake belongs primarily to the members of the Royal Liverpool Golf Club - but it also belongs to the whole world of golf.’ It’s a sentiment we share, and it is always the Club’s pleasure to welcome visitors from home and abroad and make them feel like ‘members for a day’.

Royal Liverpool is proud of its links and clubhouse, which offer great golf followed by fine food in relaxed surroundings, and the opportunity to enjoy what is probably the finest collection of golfing memorabilia outside St Andrews. By respecting tradition and keeping up to date, the Club aims to make the Hoylake experience second to none.

Even on the calmest of days we like to think you'll be blown away...


All visitors are expected to be competent golfers who hold a current Club or Society handicap. 

Starting Times
All tee times are allocated in advance. The Club's official Starter controls access to the tee, and the Club reserves the right to adjust starting times as required.

Playing Restrictions
All play starts from the first tee. Members have exclusive rights to the tee at set times. Thursday is Ladies' Day. Visitor play at weekends is not normally allowed. The Club may insist on 2-ball or 3-ball play.


Depending on ability, visitors can elect to play from the green tees (6800 yards), or the yellow tees (6300 yards), or the Black tees (5900 yards).

Practice Range
Practice facilities are available to visitors including both short and long game areas, and practice balls are offered with our compliments. There is also a large, practice putting green in front of the clubhouse.

Naturally, visitors are requested to conform to established golfing etiquette, be aware of other players, and call other players through if necessary. We ask everyone to play at a pace that is neither slow nor rushed, to ensure that a good, golfing time is had by all and players maintain their position on the course. Marshalls patrol the links to help ensure this comes to pass.


Professional Shop Facilities
In addition to offering for sale a wide array of equipment, clothing and gifts, Royal Liverpool’s Head Professional and his team act as Caddy Master. The following are available by prior booking:

Additional Golf Services

Caddies (Single) - £75+Tip direct, allocated on a best-effort basis.

Forecaddie - £90+Tip direct, allocated on a best-effort basis.
Electric Trolleys - £25.00 (limited fleet)
Pull Trolleys - £5.00 (available on the day of play)
Buggy Cart - £30.00 (limited to medical certificate holders only)
Hire of Clubs - £40.00 - Please contact the Pro Staff for options.

The food on offer at Hoylake is first class, from light bites to lunch and dinner. Bar menu is available between 9.30am and 5.30pm. Pre-arranged lunches can be taken in the Dining Room from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. Evening catering is available for parties of 20 or more with a minimum charge of £800. Menus are available on request. Please email our House Manager, Shaun Herbert for further information. [email protected]


Mobile Telephones
The Club is a place of relaxation and leisure, so we ask that, apart from Doctors on-call, visitors must switch off their mobile phones when on the course or in the clubhouse. Essential calls must be made only in the Main Reception area.

The Club has the benefit of external CCTV, but regrets that it can accept no liability for the loss or theft of visitors' property on the course, in the car park, or in the clubhouse.


On the course
Conventional golf wear is required and shirts must be tucked in. Shorts should be tailored, knee length for gentlemen, and can be worn with white sports socks.

In the clubhouse
Golf wear can be worn throughout the Club until 6pm, but shorts should not be worn upstairs at any time. Thereafter, jacket and tie (or equivalent dress for ladies) are required. There are restrictions on where golf shoes, caps and outer garments can be worn. Visitors are particularly required to dress appropriately in the Dining Room. Denim jeans, training shoes and round neck T-shirts are not permitted either on the course or in the Club House.

Visitors are requested not to change into or out of golfing attire in the car park. Even if you feel pushed for time there are adequate and much more comfortable facilities available within the clubhouse! We hope you have an enjoyable visit to the historic Royal Liverpool Golf Club. The Secretary, Simon Newland, would be pleased to receive any suggestions or comments arising from your visit. Simon can be reached at [email protected]

Happy golfing!