Hoylake Open for buisness

The Claret Jug trophy, which is presented to the winner of The Open Golf Championship is displayed...

The Claret Jug trophy, which is presented to the winner of The Open Golf Championship is displayed at the Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake, England. (AFP)

DAVE HILSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:03 AM ET

There’s a massive beach just down the road from the site of the 2014 British Open. It’s bigger than most you’ll ever come across. It looks to be a couple of Bubba Watson drives from the edge of the road to the uninviting Irish Sea, and miles to the left and right.

A breeze kicks up and sand swirls along the ground and into the air and lashes at the legs. It stings. The breeze is cool and the water surely icy. Can’t see anyone wanting to swim here, and was told nobody does. This can be a harsh environment.

But when the wind settles and the sun pokes its fiery head through the often-cloudy conditions of Northwest England, it bakes one’s body — and the ground.

It baked the ground in 2006, the last time Royal Liverpool hosted the British Open, turning the links course into a yellow, hardened carpet.

The sand, sea and sun is what brings the well-healed to this area.


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