Having just finalised the 2023 Top 100s Tour schedule, it’s quite nice to take a moment to look forward to the upcoming season and highlight some of the venues we will be visiting for the first time. With 19 new events and 50 returning venues, we are in for a bumper year.
We will commence the year once again at Royal Cinque Ports and Royal St. George’s, with the addition of a new event at North Foreland. My colleagues assure me you will not be disappointed with the new addition, fun, quirky, with the same great turf, under £60 and 10 minutes from the two Open Championship venues.
Staying in the very south of the country, we have a new and very attractive Cornwall & Devon swing in July. Perranporth, Yelverton, and East Devon look set to give us a feel for the scenic South West, at the heart of the English summer.
Also in the South, previously on its own but now in a showstopper, South Swing is Piltdown, Royal Ashdown Forest, and Knole Park. A welcome return to the West Sussex and Kent border is proving to be very popular with competitors’ early doors.
Two swings I have been very keen to put together for our competitors are a North East and North West swing and I am delighted, after a few years trying, I have achieved both for 2023.
The North East coastline has hidden gems in Goswick, Dunstanburgh Castle, and Seaton Carew. Close to our hearts, Seaton Carew is also where the NCG Top 100s Tour journey started way back in 2018 and it will be great to revisit the course and welcome what is set to be a sold out event.
On the opposite side of the country, Seascale, Workington, Silloth on Solway, and Southerness are most often overshadowed by more accessible clubs on their coastlines but well worth the trip, if you ask me.
I am of course looking forward to our first visit to Scotland this year, two weeks in May, with our regular and very popular Ayrshire and Fife swings. Western Gailes sold out within a month of announcing the new Tour dates, one to remember if you missed out this year.
There are so many reasons to visit Western Gailes, the course, the turf, the coastal views, the clubhouse, and oh yes, that beautiful sunset!
We also have a new Scottish swing this year, our new Perthshire swing which includes Auchterarder, Blairgowrie, and Pitlochry. Three courses in the heart of Scotland surrounded by rolling hills, ancient woodland, and of course, Gleneagles!
We will visit Ireland again in June, the two Ballyliffin courses are well worth seeing, with first-class facilities and good local accommodation but the standout for me in Ireland last year was the opening holes at Portsalon, always one to admire a pretty bay but standing on the back tee at the second hole was stunning.
Pretty white houses set in the hills surrounding the bay, perfect vast golden sand, white waves rolling in and green manicured links edged with occasional gorse with a gorgeous challenging hole laid out in front of me. The second hole is a dogleg left, with the beach lining the left boundary and a fierce wind left to right off the sea, I was pretty happy standing on that tee.
We will also be returning to my old favourite Royal Lytham & St. Annes, and for the first time, we will twin it with St. Annes Old Links. I would imagine with the courses less than five minutes apart and Blackpool, Lytham and Southport all very close, this will be a popular trip, not only for the golf!
Our popular Yorkshire swing has a new venue this year, Headingley, will kick off our time in God’s Own Country alongside our regulars Moortown and Fulford. Alwoodley, a course that is loved by all at NCG, will come later in the year as a standalone event in September.
Our sought-after Welsh events are back this year in the month of August, kicked off by Royal St. David’s in the North Wales swing and Tenby in the South.
Tenby is one of my favourite places to visit on the Tour and the golf club is currently undergoing a clubhouse renovation to improve their accommodation, so I’m very much looking forward to returning.
Our last two swings of the year are in Scotland and I’m sure our returning competitors will agree that when I say they are two of the very best. The Aberdeen swing encounters Moray Old, Duff House Royal, and the mighty Trump International. Meanwhile the Ayrshire Autumn Swing includes Kilmarnock Barassie, and the two Turnberry courses, King Robert the Bruce and the magnificent Ailsa. Simply put, if you enjoy your golf, these two swings are worth the miles and the money.
After 68 events we will hold our Grand Final at Little Aston this year on the 13th October. The top 64 and ties from our Order of Merit will automatically qualify for this fun, free day out, where one lucky winner will have the chance of picking up our Grand Final prize which will be announced in the coming weeks!
So, there you go, something for everyone to look forward to and hopefully a few venues that will entice you away from your own golf club in 2023.
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