Founded in 1890, Somerset’s Burnham & Berrow is particularly noted for its distinct sand hills that form such stubborn, natural obstacles along with the buckthorn and even a marsh for golfers to avoid mid-way through a round.
Throw in the prevailing south westerly winds that whip in from the Atlantic and along the Bristol Channel, and golfers are left with a links challenge that is not for the faint hearted.
The 6,658 yard, Par 71 course has evolved over the decades but today’s layout is largely the work of Harry Colt. The club’s first professional was the legendary JH Taylor, the five-time Open champion, who described the course as “one of the most sporting courses conceivable”.
Testament to the quality of the course, Burnham & Berrow has hosted a string of prestigious amateur tournaments, most recently the 2011 Brabazon Trophy and The R&A British Boys Championship. Previously it has staged the English Amateur Championship in 2006 and The Tillman Trophy in 2009.