Surrey club pays tribute to the BBC’s long-standing ‘Voice of Golf’ by naming its clubhouse bar after him
Veteran broadcaster Peter Alliss, recognised throughout the country as the BBC’s ‘Voice of Golf, is already an honorary life member of Hindhead Golf Club. But now, he has been afforded a further honour by the historic heathland club.
In recognition of his innumerable golfing and broadcasting accomplishments over a lifetime in golf, and his long membership and support of the Surrey club, its former members’ bar has been renamed ‘Alliss’ Bar’ in his honour.
Around 100 members and their guests were present at the opening of the refurbished facility, along with three generations of Alliss’ family.
The bar now boasts an amazing collection of photographs of Peter from when he won his first tournament right up to the present day.
“We are taking a unique opportunity to honour one of our own members - an honorary life member - a man who is not just our most illustrious member, but a true golfing legend,” said club captain Alan Snowball.
“The photos tell a story of a young golfer from a family which across three generations boasts an unbroken tradition in professional golf of over 100 years, who became one of this country’s greatest golfers and then one of its most respected and loved broadcasters.”
Alliss turned professional at 16 and, during a successful playing career, won 21 times. He also played in eight Ryder Cups, with a 43% winning record, and he represented England in ten World Cups over 13 years. His major record wasn’t too shabby either. He managed five top ten finishes in the Open Championship, including being runner-up in 1954.
As he came towards the end of his playing career, Alliss joined the BBC whilst still a player, commentating at the 1961 Open, and then worked full-time in television, becoming the lead BBC golf commentator in 1978. He has also worked for the Australian and Canadian Broadcasting Corporations.
In 2012, Alliss was chosen to receive the Golf Foundation’s Spirit of Golf Award for making the sport entertaining, for the support he has given to junior golf, and for his commitment to the Golf Foundation over many years. He has written many books on golf and presented numerous golf programmes, including ‘A Round With Alliss’ and, in May 2012, he was inducted to the World Golf Hall of Fame in the Lifetime Achievement Category.