Paul Broadhurst was the last professional golfer to win at Royal Liverpool, winning the 1991 European Pro Celebrity. So who better to talk Ged Scott round the course?
I think Royal Liverpool is a cracking course with plenty of traps which should make for dramatic viewing, but don't be fooled by those who say it will be destroyed by some of today's big hitters. That will not happen.
Admittedly I have hit some drives on practice days 400 yards and I am not the biggest of the tee by any stretch of the imagination, but playing this course is the same as any other... you need control.
To get around Hoylake is tough and it is demanding. Okay, some of the monster hitters will almost be driving a couple of the par fours, but there is also plenty of trouble brewing. It is not an easy course at all and stories that it will be brought to its knees, I think, are wide of the mark.
The greenkeepers have watered the course pretty well so the greens are still very playable, but some of the fairways are like landing on concrete. They are white. When that happens there is a real element of luck involved because you can get a good bounce or a bad one, depending on which side of a ridge you land your tee shot on.
All the parthrees at Hoylake - the sixth, ninth, 13th and 15th - are very demanding holes. They require real control and that will be very tough if the wind starts to blow. The sixth, at 202 yards, is very difficult as it sits on top of a plateau with a pretty small target area, while the 15th, although a lot shorter at 161 yards, has a tiny green.
The course starts with four par-fours, before the fifth hole - a 528-yard par-five. This is definitely reachable for a lot of today's players and there will be eagles made here, but there will also be plenty of golfers getting into trouble as again, it involves a very narrow fairway, which is a feature of Hoylake.
The rough isn't as bad here as other links courses because the fine weather means it hasn't grown too high and that means players can take a bit of a risk with their drives.
After a par-three it is back to a couple of long parfours at the seventh and eighth, before you end the outward nine with another testing short hole.
The inward nine is 300 yards longer in total and has three of the four par fives, but I think that makes for exciting golf. The parfives at the 16th and 18th are both great holes and there will be plenty of changes on the leaderboard.
Hoylake, like all links courses, will play according to the weather and it looks as though the four days should be fairly good. That means it will be a real test and there are plenty of golfers who have the control to do well, including myself.
Whoever wins this time at Hoylake will certainly deserve the Claret Jug because it is a course which has got a little bit of everything and it will be exciting. It is challenging without because ridiculous and it is a proper Open course.
The winner? Simple really, hit it straight and putt well for four days. Putting is the key and if you read the greens well, you have a chance.