Cavendish Top 100 Course

2016, 2017 and yes … 2018 as well

In July we reported that Cavendish had been shortlisted for inclusion in the National Club Golfer TOP 100 English Courses.

The poll has just been published and has ranked Cavendish the 55th best English course.

Once again we are delighted with this accolade and it completes a clean sweep in TOP 100 Rankings 2016, 2017 and now 2018.

Club Captain, Malcolm (Nod) Forder congratulated Greens Chairman, Mike Higgins at the club earlier and displayed all three framed awards.

These rankings were completed by a panel of experienced golfers visiting all 168 shortlisted courses, playing them and then judging the quality of the course to set criteria. The judges then met to agree their order of merit.

It was not just the high ranking that was so pleasing, but the amazing comments made by the judges:

“The best greens complexes I have played in England. A fantastic layout and design – great use of the naturally undulating Peak District terrain”

“Here you will find some of the wickedest and most interesting putting surfaces in the UK”

Cavendish is the only Derbyshire golf course to make the Top 100.

Greens Chairman Mike Higgins was quick to credit his great greens team and also the brilliant volunteers who all have a genuine love for this 125 acres of secluded heaven in beautiful Buxton!

The following blog post appeared in July 2017:

Rankings visit

One of the 12-person National Club Golfer judging panel played Cavendish today and decisions will be arrived at shortly as to which courses make the National Club Golfer Top 100 courses for 2017. John McGloughlin knew of Cavendish and was delighted to be playing the course and it was great to catch up with him after the game.

John who is course manager at Warrington GC, plays at West Lancs GC and is part of the panel who have to come to a decision on which clubs to include in their Top 100. John has worked all over the world including a 5 month spell at the iconic MacKenzie-designed Royal Melbourne GC in Australia. The West Course at Melbourne was completed in 1931 (6 years after Cavendish) and 2 years before Augusta National was opened in 1933.

John has been heavily involved in the golfing industry for 20 years and is personal friends with Tommy Fleetwood who did so well in 2017 and has started so well in 2018.

John  thoroughly enjoyed his round with us and we look forward to seeing the results of the poll when they are published.








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