Alnmouth makes its mark

England’s fourth oldest club, Alnmouth Golf Club, celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019.

It will now do so with the prestigious England GolfMark listed among its achievements underlining its status as a forward-looking, inclusive golf club.

GolfMark is an official seal of approval for clubs which successfully work to develop the game by attracting new members and encouraging existing members to play more. The accreditation assesses business planning to develop the club, offers of coaching and playing opportunities for all golfers and ensures safeguarding policies are in place.

Alnmouth was awarded GolfMark status after working hard to maintain and enhance its first-class golfing facility.

Club chairman Richard Gee said: “Alnmouth is one of the great golfing venues in the North East of England.

“The club is very friendly, welcoming and forward-thinking. This award helps us to spread that message and to tell people that children are safe and secure here and that we understand how to encourage beginner golfers.”

The award was presented by Phil Graham, England Golf’s club support officer for Northumberland. “I’m delighted that Alnmouth has achieved GolfMark and that its efforts to grow the game can be nationally recognised,” added Phil.