The story so far... 16 years on
In June 2000, Heysham, Lancaster and Morecambe Golf Clubs combined to create the Morecambe Bay Golf Festival with a number of objectives.
It was hoped to be able to promote and develop the facilities of the three Golf Clubs and to make golfers aware of a region of outstanding natural beauty and its many attractions.
By staging the Festival in early September, it was anticipated that it would extend not only the Golfing Season, but also increase the number of visitors visiting and staying in the area and hopefully extend the Tourist Season and also enable monies to be raised for Charitable causes.
With this in mind, the Festival was generously endorsed for the first three years by Lancaster City Council and the Committee were able to present prizes to the value of £6,000.00. As National and Local companies continue to sponsor the Events, the prize fund has now reached almost £10,000.00.
Each day Competitions are hosted at two of the Clubs and consist of either pairs or team events. There is a three-day competition with a prize for the overall winning pair who receive the Festival Trophy and replicas. We believe the present format meets with the approval of the visiting golfers.
The Festival attracts golfers from all over the United Kingdom and further afield and it is hoped that not only do they return but do so having spread the word and introduce new competitors. Each year golfers residing out of the region total over 75% of the entries.
At the inception in 2000, Gary Wolstenholme M.B.E. the twice-Amateur Champion, Walker Cup Player and now very successful Senior Tour player who has many local connections kindly agreed to be the Honorary President of the Festival and he promotes the event at every opportunity.
Ben Crenshaw - U.S.P.G.A. and twice winner of the Masters and Ryder Cup Captain in 1999 has also endorsed the Festival.
The Festival continues to expand and each year the Committee are grateful for the support they receive which enable innovations to be introduced. The past ten years has seen the introduction of a Charity Appeal with monies being donated to various charitable causes including the Macmillan Cancer Appeal, the Northwest Air Ambulance Service, Help for Heroes and Cancer Care.
The chosen charity in 2014 was the St. John’s Hospice at Lancaster and a significant donation has been made. This Hospice will benefit from donations in 2015.
Finally, the three clubs have used the revenue raised in different ways by improving amenities, including the construction of a Halfway House at Morecambe Golf Club and creating the fund for their centenary celebrations and further course developments at Heysham Golf Club in 2010 and additional donations to the Junior Sections.