Although originally designed by Tom Chisholm and Tom Dunn in 1891, Ganton has been privileged to have some of the top golf course designers from the golden age of golf course design help shape the course that the golfers are playing now; Harry Vardon, James Braid, J H Taylor, Harry Colt, Alister Mackenzie, Tom Simpson & CK Cotton.
Recently some alterations have been made to tees and bunkering on the 6th, 9th, 13th and 15th holes to ensure that Ganton remains the great challenge that everyone who plays here expects. Whilst the challenge is never far away right from the 1st tee, it begins in earnest at the 15th with the last four holes consisting par 4s of 493yds, 443yds & 435yds with the last two separated by a 251yd par 3 to provide a tough but memorable finish.
Ganton has a rich tournament history being one of only three courses in the world to have hosted the Ryder, Walker and Curtis Cups. This is in addition to the other top amateur and professional events held here; British & English Amateur Championships, British & English Ladies, the Brabazon, Dunlop Masters & PGA Championship. Ganton recently hosted the British Seniors Amateur championship which had a field of 144 of the world’s top senior amateur golfers. In 2016 it will host the English Amateur Championships for the 6th time.
The Clubhouse contains a lot of memorabilia about the history of the Club and the events that have been played here, including a room dedicated specifically to Harry Vardon who won 3 of his Open Championships and the US Open whilst he was the professional at the Club.
Ganton is proud to have been so closely linked with the story of British golf & looks forward to welcoming golfers who wish to play this great course.
- Tom Chisholm