David Hill, The R&A’s Director of Championships, said: “We are delighted that Royal Lytham St Annes has agreed to host the Walker Cup in 2015. It will undoubtedly provide a stern test befitting a contest that has come to represent the pinnacle of amateur achievement.
“The golfing public in the north-west of England are extremely knowledgeable and have always shown a keen interest in the amateur game. We look forward to welcoming them to Lytham in 2015.”
Lytham is stooped in amateur golf history. In 1926 Bobby Jones, still then an amateur, claimed his first of three Open Championships there. The venue has also seen four Amateur Championships. Added to that are ten Open Championships and two previous US Ryder Cup wins there in 1961 and 1977.
Club captain, Paul Gardner, added: “Royal Lytham St Annes Golf Club is both delighted and honoured to be asked to host the Walker Cup in 2015. Royal Lytham prides itself on strong connections with the amateur game, which it supports every year by holding the Lytham Trophy, a major event for those seeking Walker Cup selection.”
In 2011 the Walker Cup heads to Scotland’s Royal Aberdeen and then across to the National Golf Links of America in Long Island, New York in 2013.