Surrounded by seven different counties, Staffordshire in the West Midlands is sub divided into nine districts with Stoke-on-Trent as its main city. Famed worldwide for its pottery manufacturing since the 17th century, the conurbation of Stoke sits half way between Manchester and Birmingham in what was once the engine room of industrial England.
On the sporting front, eight clubs formed the Staffordshire Union of Golf Clubs back in 1923. Seven of those clubs remain part of the present day Union, which has an office in the clubhouse of Brocton Hall Golf Club to oversee the activities of some fifty clubs.
Female golfers in the county were even quicker at organising themselves, with Staffordshire Ladies County Golf Association founded in 1907. Geoffrey Marks – one of several Walker Cup golfers to have played county golf with Staffordshire – was captain of the first GB & Ireland team of amateur golfers to win on American soil (at the 16th attempt) when his team defeated the hosts at Peachtree in 1989 by the narrow margin of twelve and a half points to eleven and a half points.
Our Staffordshire Best in County golf course rankings were updated in 2015. Click here to read the story.