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Royal St George’s and Nairn to host R&A amateur championships

The venues for next year’s men’s and women’s amateur championships has been revealed. Here’s a full rundown of the 2025 R&A competition calendar

 

Royal St George’s will host the Amateur Championship next year while the world’s leading women players will head to Nairn, the R&A have announced.

The governing body have revealed the venues for their tournaments and international matches in 2025 and it is the Kent venue that will take centre stage for the 130th hosting of the game’s oldest amateur championship.

Royal St George’s, which has also held The Open on 15 occasions, will be joined by Royal Cinque Ports, from June 16 to 21, with a pre-qualifier at the latter on June 13.

Harry Ellis was victorious when the Amateur was last held at Royal St George’s in 2017, while Deal – which staged The Open in 1909 and 1920 – also hosted The Amateur in 2013 when Garrick Porteous triumphed.

R&A amateur championships

R&A Amateur Championships: ‘Pinnacle events in global elite amateur golf’

Nairn, meanwhile, stages the 122nd Women’s Amateur Championship from June 9 to 14. Maureen Madill took the title when Nairn last hosted the championship in 1979.

The Walker Cup will take place at Cypress Point, in California, from September 6 to 7 with Dean Robertson captaining the visiting GB&I side.

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, the R&A’s executive director of championships, said: “It is important to reinforce The R&A’s amateur championships and international matches as pinnacle events in global elite amateur golf.

“We want to attract the best players from around the globe to compete and, as such, it is fitting to have our championships and international matches hosted at some of the world’s finest venues in 2025.”

Elsewhere, the Girls’ and Boys’ Amateur championships will be held at Conwy and County Louth respectively in August, with the Girls’ U16 Amateur Championship taking place at Gog Magog in April. The R&A Women’s and Men’s Senior Amateur championships will be played concurrently at Walton Heath in July.

On the international scene, the St Andrews Trophy will be staged at Real Club de la Puerta de Hierro in Spain in July, while Royal Hague Golf & Country Club in the Netherlands will welcome the Vagliano and Junior Vagliano trophies for women and girls a month earlier.

The boys’ equivalent match for the Jacques Léglise Trophy will be played in August at the Royal Golf Club of Belgium.

View the full 2025 event calendar here.

Pictures courtesy of the R&A

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Steve Carroll

Steve Carroll

A journalist for 25 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former club captain, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the R&A's prestigious Tournament Administrators and Referees Seminar.

Steve has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying, PGA Fourball Championship, English Men's Senior Amateur, and the North of England Amateur Championship. In 2023, he made his international debut as part of the team that refereed England vs Switzerland U16 girls.

A part of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. He currently floats at around 11.

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Having studied history at Newcastle University, he became a journalist having passed his NTCJ exams at Darlington College of Technology.

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