Sir John marks the start of a new era at coastal golf club

Sir John Hall cuts the ribbon at the official opening of Alnmouth Village Golf Club's new irrigation system.
Sir John Hall cuts the ribbon at the official opening of Alnmouth Village Golf Club's new irrigation system.

A leading North East businessman, who now lives in north Northumberland, was the guest of honour at a special event at Alnmouth Village Golf Club at the weekend.

The club was delighted that ‘local resident and North East legend’ Sir John Hall, the life president and former chairman of Newcastle United, officially switched on a new watering system at the historic course situated close to the sea.

The club has completely refurbished its course irrigation thanks to £50,000 of National Lottery funding it received earlier this year from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund, part of the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

A very good crowd turned out on Saturday to witness this historic event and everyone enjoyed the lively reception and excellent buffet afterwards in the clubhouse.

Alnmouth Golf Club was formed in 1869, later to become Alnmouth Village Golf Club, and is the oldest nine-hole links course in England.

The course was designed and created by Mungo Park, a famous name in the sport, who was the club’s first professional/greenkeeper.

He won the Open Championship at Musselburgh in 1874.

New members are most welcome and for more information on memberships or the club, visit the website – www.alnmouthvillagegolf club.co.uk