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Club History

Since its beginning in 1906, the Club has been held in high regard for the challenge it posed for both elite amateur and professional golfer. As early as 1914, it hosted the Lancashire Amateur championship, going on to host it 9 times, most recently 2009.

It began hosting professional events in 1917, when J. H Taylor, Ted Ray and James Braid played an exhibition match to raise funds for the war effort to help wounded soldiers. This was the beginning of a long association with the professional game. The Club hosted many professional tournaments, in the formative years of what later became the European Tour. In the 1950’s it hosted the Dunlop 2000 Guineas tournament, one of the richest prizes in British golf.

Over the years the links has been played by some of the world’s greatest players. Jack Nicklaus, played his first overseas professional tournament, the Piccadilly tournament in 1962 at S&A. Peter Thompson, winner of 5 Open Championships, won the Piccadilly Tournament in 1962. Arnold Palmer played the Nine Nations, in 1965 representing USA.

The links hosted the British Ladies Amateur championship in 1936, this was won by Pamela Barton, The “Pam Barton Memorial Salver” is now awarded to the winner of the British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship.

The Club will always be associated with the Ryder Cup, however its rich history and involvement in many championships runs very deep. The links continues to host events for amateur and professional, most recently hosting professional Ladies in qualification for the Ladies British Open Championship, an event the Club hosted itself in 1979 when Alison Sheard was the winner. The world’s elite Juniors graced the links in 2015, when the Club co-hosted the British Boys Amateur championship.

The Club continues to support and develop the game of golf, amateur and professional with a number of its members representing County and National teams, and a few moving on to the professional ranks following successful amateur careers.

The Ryder Cup

1937, 1933

The R&A Boys Amateur Championship

2015

Lancashire Ladies County Championship

2015

Ladies British Open Championship - Final Qualifying

2014

Senior British Open - Final Qualifying (Professional)

2013

The Open Championship, Final Qualifying

2012, 2008, 2001, 1998, 1996, 1991, 1988, 1983, 1976, 1965 

Lancashire Amateur Championship

2009, 1993, 1979, 1968, 1956, 1938, 1928, 1914

McGregor Trophy (English Boys U16 Championship)

2007

The R&A Amateur Championship

2005, 1984

Glenmuir Club Profesional Championships

2004

The Senior British Amateur

1994, 1985

The English Mid Amateur (Logan Trophy)

1993

EGU Team Championship

1989

The Ladies British Open Championship

1979

The British Youth Amateur Championships

1973

The Piccadilly No.1 Tournament

1962

Dunlop Tournament

1962

Ryder Cup Team v Walker Cup Team

1959

Dunlop 2000 Guineas

1957, 1954

PGA Senior Championship

1957, 1954

The Swallow Penfold Tournament

1955

Exhibition match - Percy Allis vs. Gene Sarazen

1954

The Dunlop Southport Tournament

1948, 1946, 1938, 1937, 1936, 1934, 1933, 1931

British Empire Challenge Match

1946

The British Amateur Ladies Championships

1936

Ladies Home Internationals

1936

Exhibition match - J.H. Taylor, Ted Ray, James Braid and T.G Renouf

1917