Played twice at Hoylake, once off the back and once off the men's tees. If you are a single figure golfer I would strongly recommend playing off the back as it allows the features of the course to stand out. Off the forward tees you often can fly the hazards and have approach shots that don't suite the contours of the green.
Similar to Lytham in the sense that its not the most scenic of courses, but really tests all parts of your game, particularly off the tee. Holes in the dunes just after the turn are very special as is the finish in front of the stunning clubhouse. some of the best par-3's on the Open rota in my opinion. The greens are on the flatter side but the greensites and bunkering more than make up for it. Amazing history there and hope to play there again.
One of a few Open Championship courses I've had the chance to play. Aesthetically it is not the best, but every single hole provides its own challenge and makes you think on every shot. For decent golfers Royal Liverpool is a real joy to play.
The course was obviously in perfect shape and the staff very friendly. Unfortunately we got timed by the marshall after 7 holes, which was unpleasant as there was no flight behind us.
All in all a great experience.