UK Government to Invest in Golf Tourism England

It's hoped the investment will increase interest within the golf consumer sector

Golf Tourism England

Golf Tourism England receives Government support through the Discover England Fund to target the lucrative golf tourism market and drive inbound golf tourism

UK Government to Invest in Golf Tourism England

Golf Tourism England was one of a number of successful applicants in the first round of investments from the Discover England fund, which sets out to ensure that England stays competitive in the fast growing global tourism industry.

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The team at Golf Tourism England were amongst the first to receive the grant, which comes on the back of quite a period of distinction for England’s golf world.

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St. Mellion Golf Club, a Golf Tourism England member course

VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said, “Golf tourism is a fast-growing and competitive sector of the tourism industry and this investment will increase England’s market share by building world-class tourism products.”

“Golf has been a traditional stronghold for many destinations’ global inbound tourism strategies,” commented Andrew Cooke, CEO of Golf Tourism England.

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Sheringham Golf Club, a Golf Tourism England member course

“Two things have been clear since setting up the association; the quality and depth of the golf product in England and the willingness of stakeholders to collaborate on cumulative strategies to drive their businesses forward.

It has been this cumulative attraction approach of pooling assets into clusters that has really brought England’s golf product to life and showcased it against the very best the world of golf has to offer.”

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Hindhead Golf Club, a Golf Tourism England member course

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Masters Champion, Danny Willett said: “It is a champagne era for golf in England and I think it is a great move from the Government to invest in positioning the country in the minds of international golfers. There is an abundance of great courses, across all of the counties that together create a match for the very best golf destinations in the world.”

The fund will support Golf Tourism England’s product development strategy with funding and internal resource support.

VisitEngland and VisitBritain will work in conjunction with Golf Tourism England to fuel increased interest within the golf consumer sector.

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x