Middleton Hall Golf Club is continuing to mark its 25th anniversary in style after hosting a gala dinner and planting an oak tree between the ninth and 18th fairways to celebrate the milestone.
Officially opened for play on March 5, 1990, the Norfolk club was initially created as a nine-hole course but, within six years, it had been transformed into a challenging 18-hole layout.
Offering a test for players of all abilities, Middleton Hall’s current layout is situated amongst beautiful unspoiled countryside and combines natural undulations, woodland and great conditioning to offer a thoroughly enjoyable layout.
Founding member Mick Quince was in attendance to plant the tree and said he hoped it would add to the existing beauty and challenge of the course.
The club followed up the tree-planting with further celebrations, as members and their partners attended a lavish gala dinner, which included a presentation about the club’s history.
The dinner also marked a poignant moment, too, as the club remembered founder member Ben Watson, who died on the opening day while playing the third hole.
Another founder member Kevin Wooley said: “The membership has more than doubled over the past 25 years and developed strong men’s, ladies’, senior and junior sections who have competed successfully at both county and national level, most notably when the men reached the final of the prestigious Mail on Sunday competition in 2011, narrowly losing to Wentworth
“The course has been gradually improved over the last 25 years and has become one of Norfolk’s premier layouts, regularly hosting county events.”
Malcolm Garrod, the current club president, added: This is one of the friendliest clubs in the county and all of the members are extremely proud of what has been achieved in our first 25 years. We look forward to continuing that for years to come.”