In previous years the National Championship and Open Golf Championship have run separately, however in 2012 they will run alongside one another.  4 male and 4 female players will be selected to represent their region with players in the men's competition playing off a handicap of 18 or less and players in the women's competition playing off a handicap of 30 or less.


Regional & National Championships
British Colleges Sport runs Regional and National Golf events. FE Colleges have the opportunity to represent their region in the National Championships run by British Colleges Sport.  Please visit: - our micro site which covers all things in relation to our Regional and National championships events.

Open Golf Championship
British Colleges Sport run an Open Golf Championship and details on this event are available from (insert link to events page).  In 2011/12 the Open Golf Championship will also be the main event for the National Championships.



Golf 1Golf originated from a game played on the coast of Scotland during the 15th century. Golfers would hit a pebble instead of a ball around the sand dunes using a stick or club.


Some historians believe that Kolven from Holland and Chole from Belgium influenced the game. The latter was introduced into Scotland in 1421. However while these games and countless others are stick and ball games, they are missing that vital ingredient that is unique to golf - the hole. Whatever the argument, there can be no dispute that Scotland gave birth to the game we know as golf today.


Golf's status and popularity quickly spread throughout the 16th century due to its royal endorsement. King Charles I popularised the game in England and Mary Queen of Scots, who was French, introduced the game to France while she studied there. Indeed the term 'caddie stems from the name given to her helpers who were the French Military, known in French as cadets.

After 1750, golf evolved into the sport as we recognize it today. In 1774, Edinburgh golfers wrote the first standardised rules for the game of golf.