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Grass is greener for golf club after lottery windfall

Alnmouth Village Golf Course, flooded and covered in snow. 
 by Philip Coyne

Alnmouth Village Golf Course, flooded and covered in snow. by Philip Coyne

A historic golf club has teed up Olympic legacy funding to help it improve and maintain the quality of the course.

Alnmouth Village Golf Club has secured £50,000 of National Lottery cash to upgrade its irrigation system.

The improvements will ensure that all the greens and tee-boxes will be regularly watered during the playing season.

The facility will also carry the London 2012 Inspire mark, celebrating the link to the Games.

Club secretary Dickie Campbell said: “We are delighted. This investment means we can improve and maintain the quality of our greens for the benefit of members and guests of this historic course.

“It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club and excellent course for the 2012 Olympics’ legacy.”

Alnmouth Village is the oldest nine-hole links course in England. The first ball was struck in 1869.

It is one of 310 projects across England to receive lottery investment from the third round of Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund and one of more than 1,000 to benefit overall.

Sport England’s chairman, Richard Lewis, said: “This National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in Alnmouth from last year’s successful Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

To find out about bidding for cash, visit www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities.

 

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