Golf lovers in and around Henley are being invited to take part in the new Brakspear Golf Day, taking place on Friday 7 April at Henley Golf Club at Harpsden, which is widely regarded as one of the finest courses in the region.
To take part, golfers will need to sign up in a Brakspear pub as part of a team of four players, ideally including the pub’s landlord – though that’s not a condition for taking part. Only 22 teams can be included in the tournament, with places allocated on a ‘first come, first in’ basis.
On the day, the teams will test their golfing skills over the historic 18-hole course. The winning team will receive a trophy to display in their pub, while all members of the first four placed teams will also win prizes. There is also a special prize for anyone who manages a hole in one.
Entry to the Brakspear Golf Day costs £180 per team (£45 per person) and includes not just the 18 holes of golf but also a bacon roll on arrival, a sustaining pint of Brakspear and sausage roll at the halfway hut and, back at the Club House, lunch and further beer before the prize presentations. All players will also receive a selection of golf goodies.
Henley Golf Club was founded more than a century ago and is sited in an area of outstanding national beauty. It was designed by James Braid, five times Open Champion, whose many other courses included Carnoustie, Gleneagles, Royal Troon and Royal Liverpool in Hoylake. The course has been modified over the years – the 11th hole used to cross the road, but was shortened as the traffic on Chalk Hill increased, and it now benefits from a full irrigation system covering greens, tees and fairways – but it retains its original charm.
Tom Davies, Brakspear chief executive, said, “We’ve held occasional golf tournaments in the past for our licensees in and around Henley which have always been very popular. So we thought we’d open it up to our customers as well, and create a new event that brings together people with a shared love of Brakspear pubs, beer and golf. We think it’s a winner for everyone who takes part and are looking forward not only to the day, but to seeing the winner’s trophy take pride of place in one of our pubs.”
He added, “We’re delighted to be holding the event at Henley Golf Club which, like Brakspear, has long-established roots in the area. For anyone who has wanted to play this delightful course, the Brakspear Golf Day is great opportunity; our entry cost is less than the standard green fee and also includes lunch, other refreshments and prizes.”
To take part in the Brakspear Golf Day, simply visit your local Brakspear pub and complete a registration form. For a list of Brakspear pubs, visit: www.brakspear.co.uk