Three players set to qualify for The 146th Open in South Africa
The Open Qualifying Series moves on to South Africa this week and three players will qualify for The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale at the Joburg Open which gets underway tomorrow.
26 June 2017
Wildernesse Golf Club has hosted a number of prestigious competitions including Regional Qualifying for The Open, the British Seniors Championship and the English Golf Union Club Foursomes and County Finals. Originally laid out in 1890, the designer of the initial layout is unknown although Open Champion James Braid, known for his creation of the King's and Queen's courses at Gleaneagles, made a number of design changes including the new Par 3 5th hole which came into play in 1929.
It is heavily wooded with tree-lined fairways and is more than capable of defending itself against longer hitters with small and undulating greens. It is a course where both straight driving and attention to well-placed bunkers is essential. Although it has few slopes and affords easy walking, it provides an entertaining battleground and examination for golfers of all abilities.
At just over 6,500 yards the course has remained very much unchanged over the past 60 years. That it still remains difficult to beat par, despite changes in the modern game, is a tribute to the original design that has for decades stood the test of time.
The number of places in to Final Qualifying will be determined once all competitors have teed off.
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