With all seventeen of our golf clubs having celebrated their centenary year, a feat most recently achieved by Lytham Green Drive in 2013, England’s Golf Coast can certainly claim a rich golfing heritage.
The oldest of our clubs is Royal Liverpool, which was founded in 1869 and has had quite a hand in shaping the amateur game. In 1885, the club hosted the first British Amateur Championship. In 1902, the club was the venue for the first international match, a game between England and Scotland that would eventually lead to the formation of the Home International Championship. In 1921, the club extended its reach across the Atlantic to host the first match between Great Britain and the United States, the catalyst for the inaugural Walker Cup match the following year.
When mentioning the heritage of England’s Golf Coast is would be impossible to ignore The Open Championship, an event that Royal Birkdale, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham & St. Annes have hosted on an impressive 32 occasions. With our member clubs also having hosted events such as The Ryder Cup, The Walker Cup, The Curtis Cup, The Senior British Open, The Ladies British Open, The PGA Championship, The English Senior Open and The British Amateur, there is no shortage of golfing heritage shared amongst these fine golfing links.