GCGB Meetings for 2017

Here are the details for the GSGB events for 2017 and a wonderful selection they look too. 

May 22nd and 23rd Aldeburgh and Thorpeness
Aldeburgh Web Site

Established in 1884, Aldeburgh Golf Club has two courses, the 18 hole Championship Course and the River Course, a delightful 9 holes more suitable for beginners and high handicap golfers.

The Championship Course, ranked 31st in England by Golf World, is built on maritime heathland and is characterised by gorse-lined fairways and far reaching views of the River Alde and the North Sea. Fast-draining, sandy soil ensures that it plays well throughout the year; in winter the greens and fairways are in excellent condition with no need for preferred lies, temporary greens or tees. It is a great course, described by agronomist and R&A adviser Alistair Beggs as "having amongst the best playing surfaces in the land."

Aldeburgh, in association with Thorpeness Golf Club, was chosen by the English Golf Union to host the 2012 English Amateur Seniors Championship.  This event was judged by both competitors and organisers to be an outstanding success.  In the past the club has staged a number of English Ladies Close Championships, the Oxford and Cambridge University Match and numerous Suffolk County Championships.

Thorpeness Web Site

Scotsman James Braid was one of the greatest golf course designers in history.
Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel
He respected nature and let the lie of land dictate the path for his fairways, tees and greens.
In 1922 Braid laid out a golf course on low lying heathland, just a stones throw from the Suffolk coast  in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
His creation was Thorpeness Golf Club.
To this day, James Braid’s Thorpeness is regarded as one of the finest coastal heathland  courses in Britain, and one of the best golf courses in Suffolk.

Golfers play a course winding through heather, gorse, pine and silver birch trees, hit from firm quick drying soil with rare birdsong in their ears and the tang of sea salt in the air.

Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel    Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel

June 12th and 13th Conwy and North Wales

Conwy Web Site

In all probability golf was first played on Welsh soil when three enthusiastic Scotsmen laid
out a few roughly made holes on a spur of land known as the Morfa in 1869. It was not until 1875 that a group of members from the Royal Liverpool Golf Club realised the full potential of the area and had a professionally-designed course laid out by their club professional, Jack Morris, nephew of Old Tom Morris. Conway (Caernarvonshire) Golf Club was officially formed on the 30th June, 1890 and is the third oldest club in Wales behind Tenby (est. 1888) and Rhyl (March 1890).
Conwy is a championship links Golf course that can be enjoyed by golfers of all abilities, from beginners to champions. The stunning location on the North Wales Coastline combined with the challenging links golf course will provide a memorable experience for all golfers, and our aim is to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable and rewarding day.


North Wales Golf Club Web Site

Visitors to the North Wales Golf Club will discover a true links course situated on the West Shore of Llandudno.
              A Championship Links course, having previously hosted the Welsh Team Championships, it not only  provides a test of ability, but it also allows the golfer to enjoy the exhilarating sea air and the magnificent scenery of the North Wales Coast.

The Links run right along the coastline and there is an ever changing vista. On the outward holes can be seen the Vardre where battles were fought before and during the construction of Conwy Castle in the 12th century. The Snowdonia mountains loom over Conwy and across the sea to the island of Anglesey and Puffin Island. Sweeping further right and visible at the turn towards home is the Great Orme. Few other places could surpass this course for relaxation and enjoyment.

July 10th and 11th The Mere ( The AGM ) Web Site

The 18 hole, 6,882 -yard, par-71 course at The Mere was

designed by James Braid, and created out of 150 acres of Cheshire parkland in 1934. Today, the Championship course holds the reputation as one of the best maintained and highest quality golf courses in the North of England.

Surrounded by mature trees, flowering banks and with stunning views over the Mere Lake, the course offers the charm of the Cheshire countryside, coupled with a range of challenging features to test your precision and driving skills! Water, ravines and thick vegetation have been incorporated into the landscape, demanding care and accuracy whilst navigating the course.


August 30th and 31st Sand Moor and Pannal

Sand Moor Web Site

Sand Moor Golf Club is an Alister MacKenzie designed course, created in 1926

and situated 5 miles north of Leeds City Centre, with stunning views over Eccup reservoir.

Changes to the course took place in the late 1960's with advice from Henry Cotton and it is currently being updated by Andy Watson Golf Design, to help the course stay abreast of modern day equipment whilst remaining loyal to the original concept.

The club has been fully refurbished in recent years and has excellent catering to complement the fantastic course


Pannal Web Site

Generally recognised as one of the premier golf courses in the North of England, 
Pannal Golf Club in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, is a tree-lined heathland championship golf course measuring 6614 yards with a SSS and par of 72. Superb views enhance the golf course, with Almscliffe Crag to the West, the Crimple Valley and viaduct to the North, and the rolling plains of York to the East.

The full course was officially opened on 11th April, 1908 with a match between James Braid and Harry Vardon watched by over 500 spectators. Vardon won in the morning by 3 and 2 and the match was halved in the afternoon.

September 25th and 26th The Addington (2 days)
The Addington Web Site

Designed in 1913 by John Frederick Abercromby,
The Addington is a fine course which will challenge and excite golfers of all abilities.

Affording expansive views of the metropolis from hilltop tees like those at the 14th and 16th, the fairways wander through mature pine and birch trees and create a feeling of intimacy in stark contrast to the looming mast of Crystal Palace and the backdrop provided by the Natwest Tower, Canary Wharf and the Shard.

With no two holes the same, The Addington ensures golfers will need every shot in the bag to navigate their way round this exceptional course and promises a challenging game which will remain long in the memory.

You may struggle to pick your favourite, but perhaps the 230 yard par 3, 13th – described by golf writer and former member Henry Longhurst, as ‘with the exception of the 5th at Pine Valley, near Philadelphia, the greatest one-shot hold in inland golf’- will feature?

Having undergone a programme of course improvements over the last few years, The Addington is, without doubt, one of the finest courses in South East England and is ranked 30 in Golf World’s Top 100 Courses, England.