Burnham & Berrow Golf Club

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  • Four holes don't have any bunkers.
  • Seven holes have alternate tee's.
  • One-shot holes best approached using the aerial approach.
  • 5 -time Open Champion, JH Taylor, became the cubs first professional.

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Golf Course Review

Burnham & Berrow Golf Club in Somerset is one of the oldest clubs in England. Originally a nine-hole golf course, it was laid out by the Royal North Devon professional Charles Gibson and opened for play on June 4, 1891. 5 years later, in 1896, it was extended to 18 holes and the name was changed to Burnham & Berrow Golf Club.

In 1901, it was again extended and in 1910 the club called upon Herbert Fowler to carry out the work. However, in 1913 Harry Colt made alterations which would result in making the course what it is today. Completed in 1923, Harry Colt, Alister MacKenzie and Hugh Alison all played a part in carrying out the work.

In contrast with Royal North Devon nearby, the course benefits from some of the most imposing sand dunes in golf. Due to the nature of the site, blind shots abounded early on. It was Harry Colt in 1913 who recommended the removal of them.

The course can be attributed to the following architects:

  • Charles Gibson is responsible for the majority of the 3rd, 15th, 16th & 17th. The 15th is an original 1891 green!
  • Fred Hawtree is responsible for 6, 12 & 13.
  • Harry Colt & Hugh Alison are jointly responsible for 8.
  • Harry Colt & Alister MacKenzie are jointly responsible for 9.
  • Frank Pennink is responsible for 14.
  • Herbert Fowler is responsible for 7 & 11.
  • Herbert Fowler and Hugh Alison are jointly responsible for 18.
  • Harry  Colt is responsible for holes 1, 2, 4, 5 & 10.

The Channel Course

The Burnham & Berrow Channel Course is a 9 hole golf course sat beside the Championship Course. The first few holes are found seaside but not in the rambunctious dunes which the course is known for. Decent golf but perhaps not inspiring... until you reach the 6th tee. The last four holes hold their own against any on the course next door.

Of the 9 holes, there is one par 5, six par 4's and two par 3's. It plays just over 2900 yards and has alternate tees to provide some variety if you decide to go round twice. The nine-hole Burnham & Berrow Channel Course is good golf and in the discussion for one of the best 9 hole courses in England.

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