150th birthday celebrations underway at Seaton Carew

The 2024 season will mark a major milestone in the history of Seaton Carew Golf Club as the club celebrates its 150th anniversary and hosts the English Amateur Championship.

Seaton was the first club to be established in both County Durham and Yorkshire, and was known as the Durham and Yorkshire Golf Club when it was founded in 1874.

It is also the 10th oldest club in England, and among the first 50 golf clubs in the world.

In 2024, the course will add to its championship legacy when it hosts the English Amateur Championship on July 28-August 4 – in partnership with Hartlepool Golf Club.

Some 300 of the country’s top male and female amateurs will compete over the club’s Micklem layout – which combines 15 holes designed by Dr Alister MacKenzie and three by Frank Pennink.

The championship field will play 36 holes of strokeplay qualifying, with the leading 64 men and 32 women going on to compete in matchplay to decide the champions.

While the tournament will be a major highlight, there is much more to look forward to at Seaton in 2024. The club will host its first 36-hole scratch tournament for women along with the annual Seaton Salver, which counts in both the Durham and Yorkshire men’s orders of merit – plus the Senior Salver, a ladies’ open, and a junior open.

Meanwhile, on June 16, club members will relive the glories of the last 150 years by donning period costumes and participating in a hickory competition.