Barton under Needwood Golf Society was formed in 1994 and to celebrate our 25th year in existance, we have arrange a special trip to take place on Sunday 17th and Monday 18th March. Back in 2014 we celebrated 20 years of society golf by a visit to Royal Lytham & St. Annes and the 25th trip will also see us visit a prestigious course on the Open rota, namely Royal Liverpool.
We will start the trip with a breakfast at Caldy Golf Club followed by 18 holes on the part links part parkland course on The Wirral. Dinner bed and breakfast accommodation will be at the Leasowe Castle Hotel on the Wirral Peninsula. The next day we will head to Royal Liverpool to compete for the 2019 Ballesteros Bowl, to be followed by a two course meal and prize giving.
We will no doubt also have some sort of team competition over the course of the trip, further details to be decided by the committee and announced in due course.
Full English breakfast at Caldy Golf Club (from 9.45am)
18 holes of golf - format to be decoded (1st tee-time 11.00am)
Head to Leasowe Castle Hotel and check-in
Two course meal at the hotel
Further information on Caldy Golf Club and the Leasowe Castle Hotel can be seen further down the page
Breakfast at the
18 holes of stableford golf competing for the Ballesteros Bowl (1st tee-time 10.30am)
Two course meal at the golf club followed by prize givingl
Further information on Royal Liverpool Golf Club can be seen further down the page
Links Hey Road, Caldy, Wirral, CH48 1NB
6.5 miles and approx 19 minutes from the hotel
The Caldy Golf Club course provides a unique blend of seaside and parkland golf. Situated on the estuary of the River Dee, the course straddles the Wirral Way - an old railway line which is now a country park. It is a picturesque setting with breathtaking views of the North Wales mountains and a rural outlook to farmland and dales to the South.
Caldy has hosted many important events in golf, in 1981 it was chosen as one of the qualifying courses when the European Open was held at Royal Liverpool and the same year was invited by the R&A to co-host the Senior Open Championship, again with Royal Liverpool. Ladies golf has always been part of the scene at Caldy, with many county and national championships held there. From 1983 to 1988, the Caldy Classic played a significant role in the development of the WPGA European Tour, with many of the winners going on to enjoy future success on the women's circuit, notably Dale Reid and Laura Davies. In 1992, when the Curtis Cup was held at the Royal Liverpool, Caldy hosted the 'Supporters Saucer' - a competition held just prior to the event in which part players and officials from Great Britain and the USA took part. Most recently, Caldy hosted the final qualifying competition for the Ricoh Ladies British Open held at Royal Liverpool in 2012.
With many of the fairways running parallel to the river, Caldy offers excellent golf all year round. One of the greatest attractions of the course is the variety of the holes, with the unpredictable nature of the wind giving each hole a different character from day to day. The glorious combination of wonderful links and inland holes make for a memorable game of golf for players of all standards. Many of the greens and tees have been rebuilt to USGA specification and the complete course and practice facilities have been drained in order to maximize playing conditions, whatever the weather. Caldy's clubhouse, built in 1974 and refurbished and extended in 1999, is a splendid single storey building, with huge windows giving uninterrupted views over the course.
Leasowe Castle, Leasowe Road, Wirral, Merseyside
Leasowe Castle offers a perfect combination of style, comfort and elegance in a tranquil setting with 6 acres of grounds and overlooking Leasowe Golf Course and the sea beyond. The Castle dates back to 1592, and was built by Ferdinand 2nd Heir to the English Throne, to allow him to watch horse racing on the Meols sands. Lawton Hotels Ltd. have owned The Castle since November 2000, and following a programme of sympathetic refurbishment including new bedrooms, wedding and event suites , gymnasium , Wreckers Bar & Lounge, and new dining concept Brasserie 1593 with the most recent addition of The Star Chamber . Leasowe Castle is truly a venue with a rich heritage , distinctive style and service and with a location that overlooks nothing but the sea.
Meols Drive, Hoylake Wirral, CH47 4AL
5.3 miles and approx 16 minutes from the hotel
Royal Liverpool Golf Club at Hoylake has staged major tournaments throughout its long history including eleven Open Championships and many amateur events. The Club is proud that The Open Championship made a successful return to Hoylake in 2006 when Tiger Woods achieved his third victory and again in 2014 with Rory McIlroy lifting the claret jug in a score of 271 (17 under par).
The Royal Liverpool course at Hoylake started life as the racecourse of the Liverpool Hunt Club, set on the shores of the Dee and with the Welsh hills in the distance. As a reminder of its previous life, the original saddling bell is displayed among the memorabilia in the clubhouse. The golf course was built in 1869 and, with the exception of Westward Ho! in Devon, is the oldest seaside course in England. It is also one of the great links courses.
The club is a place of firsts: the first Amateur Championship in 1885; the first international match between England and Scotland in 1902; the first international between Great Britain and the United States in 1921, now known as the Walker Cup.
Although the Club has hosted many great events and many a famous golfing hero has walked the fairways over the years, it is probably best known for its contribution to the amateur game and a place where amateurs feel at home. Aside from hosting the first Amateur Championship there have been other great golfing accomplishments. Harold Hilton, from neighbouring West Kirby, won The Amateur Championship four times and The Open in 1892 and 1897. Hoylake’s own John Ball won The Amateur Championship an amazing eight times, as well as The Open in 1890. By winning The Open at Hoylake in 1930, Bobby Jones secured a place in golf history by winning The Open and The Amateur Championship on both sides of the Atlantic in the same year to achieve his famous ‘Grand Slam’.
Whilst at first appearance the links may look flat, at 6,900 yards from the member’s tees it is a stern test and like all links courses, the wind makes its presence felt. The summer breeze can be your ally and the icy gale a ruthless adversary. All the holes require your utmost attention.
Celebrating its 150th Anniversary in 2019, Royal Liverpool is also the host for the 2019 Walker Cup Match, the 47th biennial match between the amateurs of Great Britain and Ireland and the USA in September.
|Kevin Armitt||Single Room|
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|Martyn Dodwell||Single Room|
|Keith Evans||Twin Room sharing with John Martin|
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|Gordon Galloway||Single Room|
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|Steve Harris||Twin Room sharing with Kevin Morris|
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|Paul Jobbins||Twin Room sharing with Jeff Thacker|
|Mark Johnson||Single Room|
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|Adrian Marchant||Twin Room sharing with Jamie Moore|
|John Martin||Twin Room sharing with Keith Evans|
|Peter Meaney||Single Room|
|Jamie Moore||Twin Room sharing with Adrian Marchant|
|Kevin Morris||Twin Room sharing with Steve Harris|
|Neil Preston||Single Room|
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|John Shaw||Twin Room sharing with James Shipman|
|James Shipman||Twin Room sharing with John Shaw|
|Neil Smith||Single Room|
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|Wayne Tandy||Single Room|
|Jeff Thacker||Twin Room sharing with Paul Jobbins|
|Tim Thacker||Twin Room sharing with Adam Thompson|
|Adam Thompson||Twin Room sharing with Tim Thacker|
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|Alan Tolley||Single Room|
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