Hillside Golf Club is situated in Southport, the home of “England’s Golf Coast”. The course forms part of England’s finest stretch of coastal links, being adjacent to Royal Birkdale and Southport & Ainsdale with Formby Golf Club a few miles down the road. A true championship links, Hillside is proud to have been chosen to host Open Championship Final Qualifying each year from 2014, together with a superb track record in hosting the world’s major amateur events.
The final Regional Qualifying Tournament of 2014 at Hankley Common was close to perfection. The weather was very kind for November, the course was in superb order and the atmosphere in the clubhouse buzzing. Our thanks and congratulations to a large field who came from all points of the compass from Devon to Derbyshire and arrived on time.
The 19th Open Championship’s bar has been raised yet again! On a perfect, almost shirt sleeve order day for golf, on a wonderfully presented, challenging and re-bunkered course of just 6091 yards, everyone was round very smartly. As a result there were smiles everywhere with scoring being extremely good. A very big ‘thank you’ to all at The Richmond.
Practice makes perfect... Congratulations to Gaye Sjoberg (15) Epping who overcame the front nine at a dry if blustery Elie links, home of The Golf House Club, and despite a run of bad luck over the opening holes of the back nine, held on to record 34 pts and win. Runner up with 33pts was last year’s winner in Scotland, John Doyle (9) Old Ranfurly. We look forward to seeing them both at the Final at Hillsidein May.
The first Regional Qualifying Tournament for the 19th Open took place at Moortown and got off to a testing but thoroughly enjoyable start. There was a strong field for a breezy but mainly dry day on a long (6750 yards) and superbly presented course.
The first Regional Qualifying Tournament of 2015 for The Golf Club Secretary – 19th Open Championship got off to a superb start over the links of the Hayling Golf Club. Blessed with wonderful conditions, sunny, initially chilly and with a links in firm and fast condition, no one could have asked for more.
Set in over 240 acres or, in metric terms, one square kilometre, the course is predominantly moorland in character but with heathland and parkland features - when you play this course you will find yourself surrounded by scenic, rural views.
The ‘Last Chance Saloon’ at Seacroft Golf Club, Skegness, was a great success and a brilliant way to finish the Regional Qualifying Season. Many had made their way to the East Coast the evening before to witness Philip Vince of Majestic Crystal (local knowledge) win the sandcastle building contest on the North Shore, before adjourning to Toto’s, the most patient and excellent of Italian restaurants, where a select group of 18 enjoyed a riotous and entertaining evening.
"Was it the best Final ever?" - No, not quite, thanks to the atrocious conditions for the front nine (or more) holes for the Final itself. Did everything live up to expectations - we'd like to think so!?