Just as Scotland has a St Andrews, so England has a St George’s and Wales a St David’s. It was a special moment for our GG4C campaign when, on St Andrew’s Day in 2018, our flag was raised on the 4th green at ‘the Home of Golf’; and we felt similarly proud when, during a very difficult 2020, our flag flew for the first time on the 4th holes at both Royal St George’s (an especially iconic 4th hole) and Royal St David’s (with its impressive Harlech Castle backdrop).
While our campaign in Scotland, and indeed the initial campaigns in Ireland and Northern Ireland, have seen our flag flying mainly on links courses, in England and Wales those countries’ great variety of inland layouts – from parkland to heathland and from moorland to cliff-top – are also featuring prominently. Significant dates have played a role too as we’ve sought to develop the GG4C campaign in England and Wales. Our flag flew for the first time at Sunningdale on the 4th February, 2020 (World Cancer Day – see ‘Events’); at Royal Birkdale and Royal Liverpool on the 4th July (our American friends were nowhere to be seen); at Stoke Park, Woodhall Spa, Ganton and Royal Lytham on the 4th August (a wonderfully varied quartet if ever there were one) and at Royal St George’s on the 4th October – 2020’s intended Open venue, but for coronavirus. … We plan to fly our flag and grow the Global Golf4 Cancer campaign throughout England & Wales in 2021– and we look forward to Royal St George’s hosting a spectacular 149th Open Championship.