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Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club in Richmond has added The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney, venue for the Australian Open last November, to its list of 33 clubs in 15 countries with whom it shares reciprocal playing arrangements for members.

The Lakes Golf Club, which has hosted the Australian Open on four occasions since 2010 was formed in 1928 and becomes the ninth prestigious golf club in Australia to share reciprocal playing arrangements with Royal Mid-Surrey – along with Royal Adelaide, Royal Canberra, Royal Freemantle, Royal Hobart, Royal Melbourne, Royal Perth, Royal Queensland and Royal Sydney. Australia ranks as the overseas country with the most affiliations with Royal Mid-Surrey, followed by Canada (5), South Africa (4) and New Zealand (3). "It is a great pleasure to add a club and course with such an outstanding reputation as The Lakes Golf Club to our reciprocal list and I’m sure that it will prove to be another popular destination for our intrepid travelling club membership. We also look forward to welcoming members of the Lakes Golf Club here at Royal Mid-Surrey” said Chairman Chris Holt. "Having 36-holes close to central London has attracted many Australian golfers from affiliated clubs over here for the Cricket World Cup and Ashes Series and we were pleased to welcome them during the summer period with the courses in top condition,” he added. Other reciprocal playing arrangements exist with clubs in the Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Ireland, Kenya, India, Italy, Malta, Malaysia, Spain and Zimbabwe.

Those in the UK are Royal Belfast and Royal North Devon. In 2017, Royal Mid-Surrey celebrated its 125th anniversary and 22 Royal golf clubs were represented at the festivities, including playing both the JH Taylor and Pam Barton courses. More details about the club and its connections can be found at -ends-