Welcome to the Manchester & District Golf Alliance website. We have tried to make navigating the site a little bit easier for everyone. All information relating to competitions is now available on the Competitions section of the site.
The Manchester and District Golf Alliance was formed 1924 and is reputed to be the largest of its kind in the Country. In the current year there are 114 affiliated clubs.
The primary purpose of the Alliance is to promote friendship through golf. Members of all affiliated clubs are very welcome at all Alliance events.
The Alliance runs weekly events throughout the winter. This is when clubs are comparatively quiet. The betterball format is always popular, with professionals also scoring their individual card in their pursuit of the valuable Order of Merit. Fields are well subscribed every week with an excellent standard of golf. The competitions provide a competitive atmosphere for the professional and keen amateur to keep an edge to their game in winter.
Throughout the golf season the Alliance runs inter-club knockout competitions. These are always highly popular and keenly contested. The 'blue riband' event, the Dunham Forest Trophy, is the largest of its kind in the country
Our moto "Friendship through golf" forms the basis of everything that we do. With an impressive list of affiliated clubs there is something for everyone. Take a look at the Clubs page for golfing near you.
11 September 2014 - Knutsford professional Tim Maxwell is looking forward to a great year as Captain of the Alliance after playing in their events for 20 years with a good record of success.
Tim began his golf as a junior at Macclesfield in the 1980’s alongside his good friend Jamie Donaldson and he is delighted to see his selection for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.
Tim was an assistant professional at Prestbury from 190-91 before becoming part of the professional team at Mottram Hall from 1991-96 and then moving on to his current role at Knutsford.
Tim obtained a BSc degree in Sports Science at Loughborough University after his course there from 1991-94.
Playing successes include being the four-time Cheshire pro champion, winning the Alliance match play champion three times and he also played on the European Challenge Tour in 1999.
Tim said: “It’s a real honour to be the Alliance Captain after enjoying their events over the past 20 years. “During that time I’ve seen the likes of top Manchester professionals Peter Barber and David Screeton in this role and I am delighted to be following in their footsteps.”
11 September 2014 - The Alliance teed off for it's busy winter programme at the magnificent Dunham Forest Golf Club.
Superb weather and a great course had attracted a quality field with new Alliance Captain Tim Maxwell launching the new season from the first tee with golf legend Denis Durnian.
Birchwood’s Phil Archer has been in good form on the European Tour and the Challenge Tour in recent weeks and he shared top spot for the individual pro prize with Order of Merit holder Paul Grannell of Vale Royal Abbey as they both posted 41 points.
On offer was the Robert Wax Trophy and it was won by Phil Archer and his Birchwood partner Dave Smith and although the top pro am score of 47 points came from Colin Moroney of Bolton Old Links and his partner Rob Batchelor from Whitefield they could not win the trophy as they are not from the same club.
The top am am pairing were Charles Herbert from Styal and Sale's Mark Marshall with 43 points.
Many thanks to Adam Moule from Marriott Worsley Parks for his sponsorship of the event
8 September 2014 - The draw for the semi finals of the 2014 Dunham Forest can be found on the knockouts page. The semi-finals and final take place on Saturday 20th September.
5 September 2014 - The funeral of Bert Thompson will be held at St Hugh of Lincoln R.C. Church, Park Road, Timperley on Friday 12th September at 12.15 p.m.
3 September 2014 - PIke Fold won the inaugural Alliance Seniors’ Team Championship after beating Lymm by 3.5-1.5 at Hopwood Cottage..
The better-ball match-play format of five pairs per side proved to very popular with 59 clubs which entered.
Pike Fold and Lymm had battled their way through five rounds to reach the final and were delighted to reach this stage and play on such a high-quality course.
Manchester past captain Ken Stafford, who suggested the competition, was on hand to present the trophies to each team and along with Alliance officials was delighted to say that his club would host the final in the coming years.
27 August 2014 - The Alliance is very sad to learn of the recent passing of Bert Thompson. Bert was an Alliance Life President, past Secretary and a stalwart of Didsbury Golf Club. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends. The funeral details will be provided when known.
27 August 2014 - The draws for the semi finals of the 2014 City Glass Foursomes, Archie Preston Trophy and the BMW Williams Junior Championship can be found on the knockouts page.
3 August 2014 - The Alliance fixtures for 2014-2015 can be found on the fixtures page.
12 June 2014 - Entries are welcome for the fabulous Alliance pro-am at Villa Sol in the Algarve in January 2015. The event is keenly priced and full details can be found here.
1 May 2014 Worsley Golf Club officials and staff were excellent hosts as the Alliance completed its busy winter with the annual President’s Day deciding some outstanding issues.
The President’s Cup for the best score of the day was won with a fine round of 65 from consistent Craig Corrigan of Haigh Hall leaving him ahead of Phil Archer (Birchwood) 66 and Scott Jackson (Disley) 68.
The season-long battle or the professional Order of Merit had been decided the previous week at Hazel Grove with Paul Grannell (Vale Royal Abbey) accumulating 550 points to finish clear of Europro Tour rival Graham Cox (Davenport) 485 and Steve Parry (Hart Common) 312.
Springfield Park’s Andrew Terry was the assistant’s champion with 131 points putting him clear of Liam Burgess (Bramall Park) 93 and Mikey Boyle (Ashton-under-Lyne) 61.
The Amateur Order of Merit went to the wire with the three top contenders playing each other and Andy Hall (Cheadle) just made it with 53 points seeing him clear of Vinny Doyle (Manchester) 51 and Marcus Corfield (Regent Park) 49.