Regional Qualifying Feature - Frilford Heath Golf Club
Frilford Heath Golf Club will host a Regional Qualifying event for The 147th Open on the 25th June 2018.
Founded in 1908 and set amongst 500 acres of heathland just south of Oxford, Frilford Heath Golf Club has three courses in its grounds. Players will compete over the Red Course, originally designed by five-time Champion Golfer J.H Taylor, on June 25th.
Hosting Regional Qualifying again is a feather in the cap for Frilford Heath chairman Alistair Booth, who is proud of the club's rich 110-year history.
"We've held a few R&A events in the past, over our history, but to secure this one is obviously a great thrill to us all at the club," he said. "We've worked hard to ensure the club is at a level and standard that would be acceptable to The R&A to be able to host a qualifying event like this for the most prestigious tournament in the world.”
"The Open is the ultimate event, with its background, history and the great Champion Golfers” he added. "It's important to us that we put on an event that is not only acceptable to The R&A, but to give the players the feeling that they've played on a good quality course."
After successfully hosting Regional Qualifying in 2016, Frilford Heath will welcome qualifying back to Oxford for a third consecutive year.
The excitement continues this time around with plenty of people wanting to play their part when the big day comes in June.
Booth said: "People do still get excited. People want to know what volunteering positions they can help with, whether it's out on the driving range, whether it's marshalling out on the course. We've got some excellent people who absolutely love doing the starting at these events.”
The Red Course, which will stage Regional Qualifying “is now over 7,000 yards long off the Championship tee” said Booth “and will test all areas of the game” he added. “You can't just simply take a driver out on every par four or par five hole and blast it, it does require a little bit of strategic thinking around the course.”