Royal North Devon Golf Club

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Coordinates: 51°02′46″N 4°13′34″W / 51.046°N 4.226°W / 51.046; -4.226

Royal North Devon Golf Club, Northam

Royal North Devon Golf Club was founded in 1864,[1] and is the oldest golf course in England.[2] The course was designed by Old Tom Morris.[3] Royal North Devon Golf Club is located on Northam Burrows between Northam and Westward Ho!

Northam Burrows is common land and golfers share the environment with sheep, ponies and walkers.[4]

The Club provides facilities for one of the largest Junior Sections in the country.

The course has hosted The Amateur Championship on three occasions, in 1912, 1925, and 1931.[5] One of the Great Triumvirate, J.H. Taylor, learned his golf at Royal North Devon Golf Club[6] and was invested Honorary President of the Club in 1957.[7] Royal North Devon was also the home course for the noted amateur golfer Horace Hutchinson[8] who won the British Amateur in 1886 and 1887.


  1. ^ Telegraph - Golfing holidays in the West Country The Telegraph, 15 December 2010, accessed 30 January 2012.
  2. ^ Dowell, Phil, The English Golf Coast, Melrose Books, 2006, ISBN 1-905226-43-8.
  3. ^ Old Tom Morris Golf Course Architecture, 1 July 2006, accessed 30 January 2012.
  4. ^ The Draft North Devon AONB Landscape Assessment, The Countryside Agency, May 1999, accessed 30 January 2012.
  5. ^ Amateur Championship History The R&A, accessed 30 January 2012.
  6. ^ MacWood, Thomas, A Round of Golf Courses: Bernard Darwin - Inward Nine, Golf Club Atlas, August, 2007, accessed 30 January 2012.
  7. ^ The oldest Links in England - RND History, Royal North Devon Golf Club, accessed 30 January 2012.
  8. ^ Stevens, Mike. "The Father of Golf Instruction". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 

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