Wirral welcomes the return of The Open

Hoylake’s Royal Liverpool Golf Club will host The Open this summer, attracting many thousands of golf fans to Wirral.

According to The R&A, the organisers of The Open, the tournament is anticipated to draw some of the largest crowds ever seen at an English golf course for the competition.

With the hosting of one of the most globally-watched sporting events within the borough, the return of The Open will place Wirral in the international spotlight once again.

Due to the magnitude of the event, local residents and businesses can expect some changes during The Open, as well as in the period leading up to it and for a brief time afterwards.

Over the coming weeks, Wirral Council 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. The council 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 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

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