Brickendon Grange claims prestigious honour courtesy of its 'very inviting' par-4 17th
By Chris Johnston
The par-4 17th hole at Brickendon Grange Golf Club in Hertford has beaten nine other of Britain’s most picturesque and challenging golf holes to be crowned the UK’s Greatest Amateur Hole 2016.
The winning club received a high number of public votes and impressed an independent judging panel in the national ‘Grass Roots’ golf competition organised by BusinessInsuranceFor.com, which provides business insurance services for golf and other sports clubs.
The initiative aims to shine the spotlight on lesser-known golf clubs across the UK, with Brickendon Grange claiming the top spot, closely followed by Robin Hood Golf Club in Solihull and Murrayfield Golf Club in Edinburgh.
In addition to being crowned the UK’s Greatest Amateur Hole 2016, Brickendon Grange Golf Club will receive a commemorative plaque, whilst BusinessInsuranceFor.com will donate £500 on behalf of the club to the Golf Foundation charity, which is committed to helping encourage more young people to take up the game.
Golfer James Short, who nominated the hole, has also won a Scotty Cameron putter worth up to the value of £280.
Kevin MacKenzie, Head of Affinity Operations of BusinessInsuranceFor commented: "Congratulations to Brickendon Grange for its standout hole and for epitomising the best qualities of amateur golf courses everywhere. It was a close call between the finalists, but Brickendon Grange’s 17th hole strikes the perfect balance between challenge and beauty."
Brendon Pyle, Chief Executive of The Golf Foundation had this to say of the winning club: "Brickendon Grange’s 17th looks very inviting and fun. I learned my golf playing on the Weston course at Hawkstone Park in Shropshire and loved a similar hole."
Michael Coffey, publisher at The Golf Club Secretary, added: "Brickendon Grange was certainly one of the top entries, and the photograph makes you want to play the hole immediately."
THE TOP 10
1. Brickendon Grange GC, Hertford 17th
2. Robin Hood GC, Solihull 16th
3. Murrayfield GC, Edinburgh 10th
4. Easingwold GC, York 18th
5. Langley Park GC, London 10th
6. Epping GC, Essex 12th
7. Toft GC, Lincolnshire 18th
8. Merchants of Edinburgh, Edinburgh 13th
9. Rusper GC, Surrey 14th
10. Bruntsfield Links, Edinburgh 16th