Entries coming thick and fast for Captains' qualifying events

Spaces filling up fast for each of the eight venues that will host us this season - have you booked your spot yet?

The wet weather over the winter has clearly done nothing to dampen the spirits of the England Golf Captains.

So far we have received over 400 entries for this year’s qualifying tournaments, with some events on the verge of filling up.

At the end of April, we will visit our first venue: Harrogate Golf Club. Established in 1892, the club is the oldest in Harrogate.

It has a long history and is very well respected throughout the country, having hosted national championships and county events regularly. The classic design of the course provides a great test for golfers of all levels.

A proud member of the Mackenzie Society, the club is also where European Tour star and former England international John Parry played much of his junior golf.

From there, it’s on to Coventry Golf Club, founded in 1887, and one of the finest examples of mature parkland golf. Set in 120 acres of leafy Warwickshire, this aesthetically attractive, gently undulating layout, is a pleasure to play all year round.

A traditional club with a modern outlook, it has been used to stage many prestigious professional and amateur tournaments down the years and is a fair but challenging test for golfers of all abilities.

May 7 sees us touch down at Kingsdown Golf Club. It first opened its door in 1880 and has outlived all but 12 English clubs. It is also the second oldest golf club in the West of England (behind Westward Ho!) and the oldest club in Wiltshire.

Its downland course is renowned for its beautiful scenery, luscious fairways and, of course, its superb greens.

Then, we’re off to Manchester Golf Club in Lancashire at the start of June. Set in over 240 acres, the course is predominantly moorland in character but with heathland and parkland features, and is well known for its amazing views.

The challenging championship course founded in 1882, will provide a good test for this year’s captain’s qualifier. What’s more, being just 20 minutes from the city centre of Manchester, it is easily accessible.

Qualifiers from each of these four venues - plus the final four, which will be featured in the next edition of English Club Golfer - will win through the England Golf Captains Grand Final. A venue and date for this has yet to be announced, but we can assure you that, once again, it will be a final to remember, just as it was last year when Gordon Bailey of Blackwell Golf Club took the title.

We look forward to welcoming you to one of events this year for some fantastic golf and even better times.

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