Top links celebrate 125th anniversary

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This month marks a double celebration at England’s Atlantic Links (www.atlantic-links.co.uk) as two of its members - Burnham & Berrow and St Enodoc - both reach their landmark 125th anniversary.

Founded back in 1890, two of England’s finest championship links will celebrate the momentous occasion with a ‘Festival of Golf’ week which will include an Atlantic Links competition hosted at Burnham & Berrow for all five clubs in the group.

Teams from Royal North Devon, the elder statesman of the quintet of clubs at 152 years old, 118-year-old Saunton and Cornwall’s Trevose, the youngest member at just 80 years old, will make their way up the north Atlantic coast to Somerset with St Enodoc to compete in the one-off match.

The occasion brings this ancient trail of the south west’s premier links courses into the golfing spotlight and acts as a reminder that it is not only Scotland and Ireland that boast some of the world’s most revered links layouts.

These links are also associated with some of golf’s most famous names: renowned architect James Braid designed St Enodoc’s Church Course and is one of five-times Open champion Tom Watson’s favourite courses.

“Burnham & Berrow is delighted to be celebrating its 125th anniversary and to be sharing it with St Enodoc, a fellow member in England’s Atlantic, makes it that much more special,” says Karen Drake, Secretary at Burnham & Berrow.

“The club decided it would be appropriate to mark the occasion by inviting the other Atlantic Links clubs along to be part of our 125th anniversary match.”

The Atlantic Links was established in 2009 to offer a leading links trail of six championship courses (two at Saunton) set against the dramatic backdrop of the north Atlantic Coast.

Since then the cluster has attracted visitors from all over the world who have also discovered the charms of the south west; its stunning scenery and its artistic & cultural attractions, glorious gardens & sweeping sandy beaches, numerous sporting activities as well as the gastronomic delights of Rick Stein, Jamie Oliver and Nathan Outlaw and local pubs offering traditional fayre.

*For more on the Atlantic Links golf courses, go to www.atlantic-links.co.uk or for golf packages, contact info@countrywide-golf.com or call 01637 879991.