Northamptonshire is located in the East Midlands and it’s bordered by eight other counties, one of which – Lincolnshire – has a mutual boundary that extends to all of 21 yards. The county was once well known for its leather and shoemaking industries but nowadays its main claim to economic fame is the Daventry rail freight terminal located close to the junction of the M1 and M6 motorways.
Northamptonshire Golf Union was founded in 1921 and for many years it was the governing body for around 10,000 male golfers who were members of clubs in a region that ranges from Cherwell Edge GC in the west to Peterborough Milton GC in the east. The county is also one of ten Unions affiliated to the Midland Golf Union.
Female golfers came under the umbrella of the Northamptonshire Ladies County Golf Association. which looked after the interests of women golfers since 1930. In addition to organising the annual County Championship, the governing body promoted a number of other competitions, including the Bouverie Bowl, Cecil Leitch Trophy and Swannell Salver.
In 2015, Northamptonshire Golf Union and Northamptonshire Ladies County Golf Association amalgamated to form Northamptonshire Golf, with twenty-four golf clubs now operating under the one local authority.
Several courses are worthy of consideration if visiting the area and most are centred around the county town of Northampton: Northamptonshire County, Collingtree Park (two-time host of the British Masters), the little known Northampton Golf Club at Harlestone and the near century-old Alison and Colt design at Kingsthorpe.
Our Northamptonshire Best in County golf course rankings were updated in 2019. Click here to read the story.