A year to remember

England’s fourth oldest club, Alnmouth Golf Club on the Northumberland coast, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year with a string of national and regional events to mark the occasion.

The highlight of the year will be the Senior Home Internationals in September, while the club will also host the Northern Counties Men’s Qualifying tournament, AKA The Big Six, in August.

The club’s gala dinner on June 7 is sure to be one of the highlights of the year with 350 guests packing a marquee on the 10th fairway. The club will also host an invitational tournament for representatives of all of Northumberland’s clubs, stage a hickory tournament in April, and host a triangular match with Royal Liverpool and Stirling golf clubs, which are also celebrating their 150th anniversaries in 2019.

Established in 1869 at what is now Alnmouth Village Golf Club by a group led by captain Arthur Walker, with Mungo Park as the club’s first professional and greenkeeper, the club moved to Foxton Hall in 1930. Alnmouth Village Golf Club took over the running of the nine-hole links in 1936 and the two clubs still share close ties.

As well as the special events in the coming months, the club will open its new studio with GC2 technology in the coming weeks – adding to the practice facilities already on offer.

Club manager Peter Simpson said: “2019 will be a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our golf club with big events throughout the year. The club and all its members are looking forward to making the most of the next 12 months, and welcoming people to our club.”

Alnmouth Golf Club shares fourth place on the list of England’s oldest clubs with Royal Liverpool. Only Blackheath (1608), Westward Ho (1864) and Royal Wimbledon (1865) are older in England.