Some of our most precious golfing treasures are fading away with every passing tide and storm. This special NCG investigation looks at how coastal erosion is changing the links landscape

The reality of coastal erosion

Links courses are some of our greatest golfing treasures and it’s a sobering thought – when standing and looking over a glorious dunescape – that some may soon no longer exist.

Extreme weather is here to stay and the planet’s climate will continue to shift over the coming decades as the world gets progressively warmer.

That will naturally have a huge effect on those golf courses situated closest to the sea.

The worst-case scenario sees the likes of St Andrews under water but, in reality, they, and their like, have the resources to either delay or alter the threat.

But there are others that will inevitably bear the brunt as rising sea levels, freak storms and the natural process of erosion inevitably take their toll.

Will they be able to realign and rebuild their courses or will the cost claim them as well as their precious turf?

As Royal North Devon’s Mark Evans concludes: “If the predictions are correct then a lot of links courses are really going to start to suffer.”

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Introduction

What is coastal erosion?

How Montrose is falling into the North Sea

Formby’s future-proofing plan for new holes

How Royal North Devon lost 20 metres in three nights

Is Abersoch an avoidable catastrophe?

The affect of coastal erosion on golfing communities

What can be done to tackle coastal erosion?

How Royal Dornoch is fighting coastal erosion