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‘I had the good fortune to be invited to play Cavendish Golf Club by the current captain, Mike Watson, last week and would like to share my experiences.  As a single figure golfer and member of Moseley Golf Club in Birmingham, I’ve had the good fortune to play many of the UK’s finest courses over the last 10 years and was therefore surprised that I had not heard of Cavendish before and it’s unique place in golfing history.  Mike had invited me to play earlier in the year and had directed me to the club’s website and to the links with Augusta and Alistair Mackenzie.  A great enthusiast of his club, Mike had certainly raised my expectations of what Cavendish had to offer – and these were more than met when I finally joined him for our round.

I’ve played few courses with so many great stretches of holes – 4 through to 8 and 10 through to 14 are magnificent and I fully understand why the renowned golf course architect Tom Doak thinks so highly of Cavendish.  Although the length of the course is below 6000 yards, the par of 68 and presence of 3 excellent 130 yard par 3 holes, means that there are also plenty of challenging par 4s that exceed 400 yards.  Overall, Cavendish does not play short – certainly not in a wet Derbyshire August. 

The challenging 18th hole led up to an inviting clubhouse that serves superb food and the day was finished with a vast portion of apple crumble were – perhaps a perk of playing with the captain!

I’ll definitely be returning to Cavendish and can’t think there are too many courses in England that can match Cavendish for quality of course, welcome, value and stunning views’.

Mike Hosfield
Moseley Golf Club, Birmingham

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