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England's Oldest Golf Club at Risk from the Sea

Grass Clippings - The Royal North Devon Golf ClubEngland's oldest golf course could be swallowed by high tides within weeks as coastal erosion eats away at its boundaries, it was warned. 

Recent storms have already washed away the eighth tee of the 154-year-old Royal North Devon Golf Club.

And its manager Mark Evans, 55, fears that a large part of the historic course could disappear forever with the Spring tides next month expected to swallow it up.

He said parts of the golf course are likely to be severely flooded at the beginning of February when tides breach the pebble ridge.

With important golfing events in the pipeline, including the 150th anniversary of the Ladies Club, the risk of flooding is causing widespread concern.

Mr Evans said: 'We're 154-years-old and we are very concerned this erosion and the subsequent flooding will devastate this historic site.  'All of this was preventable.'

Last month Storm Eleanor ripped 49ft (15m) of land away from behind the eighth tee of the Westward Ho! club.

Read More on The Daily Mail


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