GSGB Meetings for 2016

Hot off the press here are the details for the GSGB events for 2016 and a wonderful selection they look too. 

May 23rd and 24th West Lancs and Southport and Ainsdale

West Lancs Web Site

The West Lancashire Golf Club was founded in 1873 by seven members of Royal Liverpool Golf Club anxious to expand the 'Scottish national game' by bringing it across the River Mersey. 

As such, the West Lancashire Golf Club is the oldest in the county of Lancashire and one of the earliest golf clubs in England.

At the outset, both clubs shared the same membership and by 1903, five West Lancashire Captains had also been Captain at Hoylake.

The present course, opened in 1961, was designed  and laid out by CK Cottonwho lists Royal Lytham & St Annes, Ganton and Blairgowrie among his professional credits and it was one of his future colleagues, Donald Steel, who wrote that;-

"Only in Britain can one savour the true flavour of seaside golf of which West Lancashire is a perfect example".

Southport and Ainsdale Web Site

Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club is a true championship course, with first class facilities to match.  The links is set amongst the dunes on the North West coastline and is another of course designer James Braid’s great creations.  

S&A (as it is widely and affectionately known), was founded in 1906, part of the great golf boom around the turn of the 20th century. Inevitably the passing of so many years has brought about changes to the course, but the traditional feel of a championship links has been retained.

The club has hosted two Ryder Cup matches in 1933 and 1937 and a number of other prestigious championships including The British Ladies' Open and The British Amateur.

It remains a final qualifying course for The Open Championship and it has been voted by one golf magazine as among the top 50 courses in Great Britain. 


June 21st and 22nd Sandiway and Delamere Forest

Sandiway Web Site

Sandiway Golf Club Limited was established in 1920. The very highly-rated 18-hole course is set in mixed heath and woodland and has been developed from the original course designed by Ted Ray, the first Ryder Cup captain.

Harry Colt was called to make improvements in 1925. Additional holes, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th, were built in 1955 to the design of Fred Hawtree following the loss of the original 2nd and 3rd when the adjacent A556 was widened.

From the white tees and at par 70 with standard scratch 72 an enjoyable test of any golfers' ability is ensured whatever his or her handicap.

Delamere Forest Web Site

Founded in 1910 and designed by the distinguished architect Herbert Fowler, Delamere Forest Golf Club is widely regarded as one of the finest traditional heathland golf courses in England. The club's current rating as the  best inland course in Cheshire and 62nd in England by Top 100 Golf Courses is well deserved. Situated in the heart of rural Cheshire but with easy access, Delamere is often described as a ‘hidden gem’. Its rolling fairways are interspersed with heather and gorse, crowned by fast, subtle greens which are typical of Fowler’s early designs. As a result the course offers a fair but tough challenge to visitors and members alike.


July 26th and 27th Foxhills ( The AGM ) Web Site

Foxhills offers three quality courses, with a combination of parkland and heathland play that is typical of the best layouts in this part of the world.
Foxhills have staged a number of prestigious tournaments such as the European Tour’s Tournament Players Championship and the Tour’s Qualifying School. Open champion Sandy Lyle and European Tour veteran D.A. Russell are two of the esteemed winners of the Qualifying Schools held here.
Bernard Hunt 18th
August 22nd and 23rd Trentham and Beau Desert

Trentham Web Site

Trentham Golf Club's Open Championship Qualifying course is one of the finest in the Midlands and North West.

Members and Visitors are able to enjoy a golfing experience both on and off the course, with facilities that few other clubs can match.

The Club has hosted Open Championship Qualifying, England Golf and Staffordshire County events for both men and ladies, most recently the English Champion Club in 2014 and the the English Women's Open Amateur Match Play Championship in July 2015..  Further R&A and England Golf Championships are planned for the future,  

Trentham Golf Club was founded over 100 years ago having been recognised by the R&A in 1894.

Beau Desert Web Site

Hidden among the towering canopy of Staffordshire's Cannock Forest, this Herbert Fowler classic stands proudly alongside his other English master-pieces - Saunton, Walton Heath and The Berkshire to name but a few.
The beauty of Beau Desert is hard to describe as, with only the occasional passing Stag as a critic of your ability to master the rolling fairways and testing greens, you will enjoy both a sense of isolation and peacefulness here allowing you to focus on your game and enjoy your visit to the full.
As a host to the 2012 England Golf County Championships, the Carris Trophy and 17 Open Regional Qualifying events, Beau Desert provides a stern, yet fair examination of everyone's game and the members welcome the opportunity to share these links with you where you can be assured of a warm welcome from everyone at the Club. 

September 20th and 21st Broadstone and Isle of Purbeck

Broadstone Web Site

Set in the glorious Dorset countryside, Broadstone is one of the finest examples of an unspoilt heathland golf course in the South of England, and deservedly sits in the Top 100 golf courses in the UK, as judged by Golf World. Within 250 acres of rolling terrain, the fairways run freely and separately through superb natural heathland with its swathes of heather, pine, gorse and rhododendrons, several holes offer magnificent views for miles around.

Isle of Purbeck Web Site

A visit here is a must for all golfers; the beginner is catered for on the 9 hole 
Dene course  and the  Purbeck Championship course  proves an exciting test for even the most accomplished golfer. The Club dates back to 1892 and among the past owners, who were responsible for the extension to 27 holes, were Enid Blyton, the legendary writer of children's books, and her husband, Dr Darrell-Waters. The courses are built on heathland and are set within a nature reserve where many rare plants can be seen as well as rare birds. The restaurant has a well deserved reputation for excellent fare and very good value.