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England's Atlantic Links to Make Debut at IGTM
9th November 2009

England's Atlantic Links, a collection of the five premier links golf clubs in the South West of England, will make its debut at IGTM in Spain from November 16 to 18, 2009.

Recognised as one of the most prestigious golf destinations in the UK, England's Atlantic Links comprises of the championship courses of Burnham & Berrow in Somerset, Royal North Devon and Saunton in Devon and St Enodoc and Trevose in Cornwall.

Burnham & Berrow
Burnham & Berrow -1st Hole

This quintet of legendary clubs has created a tantalizing trail of ancient links set amid the wild and unadulterated landscape of South West England's Atlantic coastline.

Though relatively unknown compared to Scottish and Irish links, the Atlantic Links of England lack nothing in terms of history, quality, variety and the prestige of hosting important professional and amateur tournaments. Burnham & Berrow Golf Club for example hosted The Tillman Trophy this year in July.

St Enodoc - Cornwall
St Enodoc - Cornwall

The milder climate of the South West ensures year-round golf on England's Atlantic Links and the gentler winter conditions means that the courses maintain their immaculate condition throughout the changing seasons. In the summer, the long, warm and balmy evenings promote perfect summer golfing conditions too.

 “England's Atlantic Links is excited to be showcasing its six courses for the first time at IGTM,” comments the Secretary of St Enodoc Golf Club, Tuck Clagett, who will be representing the offering in Malaga.

“Now that this Atlantic trail is well and truly established after its launch in 2007, we are looking forward to meeting both tour operators and media at the show and talking to them about these wonderful courses as well as the many other attractions of the region.”

Trevose GC 4th Green
Atlantic Ocean backdrop to 4th green at Trevose

Off the golf course, England's South West is bursting with attractions, including pretty coastal towns such as Cornwall's Port Isaac, Rock and Padstow. Unique historic towns like Weston-super-Mare and Bath, near Burnham & Berrow, would be ideal destinations to round off a golfing adventure. The region's rich culture features the inimitable Tate St Ives, displaying the very best in modern and local art, the incredible Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan whilst outdoor activities such as sailing, surfing, walking and horse riding are as good here as anywhere in the British Isles.

The gastronomic delights of the South West are not to be missed either, from the exceptional Padstow seafood restaurants of famous local chef Rick Stein and a variety of other Michelin-starred restaurants, to real English ale and an authentic ploughman's lunch in an abundance of traditional and unspoilt country pubs.

As for accommodation in the South West, the overall standard has risen dramatically in recent years, and there are now a host of comfortable, character hotels like the Long Cross Hotel, beautifully restored stately homes such as the St Moritz Hotel and Bath Spa Hotel and delightful bed-and-breakfasts, all offering something else for which the unspoilt South West in renowned; value for money. Visitors from the continent in particular have been finding that, given the current exchange rate of the UK pound to the Euro, the trail offers tremendous value.

In terms of travel, the nearby M5 motorway and A39 “Atlantic Highway”, and international airports at Bristol, Exeter and Newquay, ensure easy accessibility for all visitors.

If attending IGTM, please visit  stand J30 (contact is Tuck Clagett, Secretary of St Enodoc) for further information or go to www.atlantic-links.co.uk

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