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Rye Golf Club
21st May 2017 @ 8:00 am - 22nd May 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Rye was founded in 1894. A 25 year-old Harry Colt laid out the course – surely one of the most impressive debut designs in history! Colt later became Rye’s secretary. Today’s layout bears the hallmark of Tom Simpson and Sir Guy Campbell, though the Second World War almost obliterated the links and a flying bomb devastated the clubhouse. With a measly par of 68, and a course that measures over 6,300 yards, Rye has to be one of the toughest courses in Britain. The one and only par five hits us straight away and it comes too early in the round to take too much advantage. The five short holes are outstanding but brutal, with alarmingly elusive elevated greens. The remaining twelve par fours are there for the taking – well, three of them at least. Nine others, yes nine, measure more than 400 yards in length. Rye is a battleground and there are so many good holes that it is unwise to list any.
To quote Bernard Darwin, who lived in the Dormy House at Rye following the death of his wife in 1956, “Surely there can nowhere be anything appreciably better than the golf to be had at this truly divine spot”.
Accommodation for Finalists will be at the Flackley Ash Hotel & Restaurant, a 3-star hotel set in a Georgian country house with three acres of gardens; this refined establishment is four miles from the mediaeval town of Rye.
The elegantly furnished rooms feature en suite bathrooms, TV and free WiFi. Other amenities include a spa, with an indoor pool offering aromatherapy treatments, a croquet lawn and free on-site parking.
Dinner, B&B rate will apply.
Peasmarsh, Nr Rye TN31 6YH
Telephone: 01797 230651
Email Penny Brown for reservations: