Wirral welcomes the return of The Open

21 April 2023
spectators waking across Royal Liverpool golf club with the clubhouse in the background

This summer will see many thousands of golf fans visiting Wirral to as The Open returns to Hoylake’s Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

The Open’s organisers, The R&A, say they are expecting some of the biggest ever crowds at an English golf course for the competition.

The return of The Open will also put Wirral once again in the international spotlight as one of the most watched sporting events across the world takes place within the borough.

With such a major sporting event there will be some changes for local residents and businesses during The Open as well as in the run-up to it and for a brief time afterwards.

Over the coming weeks we will be letting people know about some of the things which will need to be put in place as well as the work that will be done to minimise the impact as far as possible for local people. We will be making this information available through the council website and social media but would also urge people to sign up for the new Wirral Hosts The Open resident email to keep up to date with the latest information which affects you.

The council website will also be updated regularly with information about the event.

The council is also working to help local businesses benefit from the return of The Open, as each time the tournament visits Wirral it attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors and local businesses can benefit if they prepare by thinking about ways to promote their services to visitors.

Ahead of the main competition the formal ticketed practice days take place on 16 to 19 July and most visitors are expected to start to arrive from Saturday 15 July. The busiest days will be the Championship days which are 20 to 23 July.

Although work is already well underway on many preparations for The Open, more information about the changes being put in place will be publicised nearer to the event, but please bear in mind that there will be some major changes for the period of the competition, for example, some road diversions will be required and there will also be traffic restrictions on local roads to restrict visitors to the event parking there. Full details of all the temporary traffic arrangements during The Open will be available soon.

One major impact for local people will be the termination of trains at Hoylake station, with a rail replacement bus to continue the route to West Kirby. Information on train times will be posted in the coming weeks on the Merseyrail website.

Other temporary changes being put in place include areas such as bin collections. All those affected will be told directly about this change. In addition there will also be extra teams out every day during The Open to clean the streets and remove litter but if you have any concerns about waste or litter during the event, please email open2023enquiries@wirral.gov.uk

Don’t forget to sign up for the new Wirral Hosts The Open resident email to keep up to date with the latest information which affects you.