Golf club launches a devilish 666 yard hole

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim August 26, 2016 11:40

A Wiltshire golf club has launched a hole that measures 666 yards and is calling it ‘The Beast’.

Many golf clubs have been advised to offer a unique selling point to market to the public, and Hamptworth Golf and Country Club’s hole is thought to be the only par six that measures 666 yards in the world.

Teeing off with the 'The Beast' Hamptworth Golf and Country Club's 666 yard par 6. Club members Malcolm Cox and Tony Loizou, with Hamptworth owner Carl Faulds teeing off.

Club members Malcolm Cox and Tony Loizou, with Hamptworth owner Carl Faulds

A new elevated tee box was built over the winter and the club hopes people will come from far and wide to take on the 16th hole.

Those who ‘Beat The Beast’ by making a birdie receive an ‘I Beat The Beast’ certificate.

“These certificates have already become highly sought-after souvenirs due to the attached bragging rights,” said spokesman Ed Baker.

“After taking on The Beast anyone can then celebrate with a pint of Hamptworth’s specially commissioned unique ‘Beast Bitter’ in the recently refurbished bistro-bar, Barny’s.”

The club’s owner, entrepreneur Carl Faulds, said: “Golfers love a challenge, so we extended the 16th hole last year to make it a par six and now we’ve elevated the new tee box and launched it officially.

“Our members love it, as do societies – and visitors come many miles to take it on.

“It is a fair hole, not just relying on brute strength; the first shot is to a quite generous fairway, allowing golfers to try and get as much distance as possible.

Teeing off at the 'The Beast' Hamptworth Golf and Country Club's 666 yard par 6.

“But then they need to use their brain as well as brawn to zig-zag their way to the green through some trees before they get to the green set in an amphitheatre, avoiding the greenside bunker.

“The green also slopes, making it a tricky finish, but an incredibly satisfying one if you make a birdie.”

The 18-hole course can play up to 6,500 yards long.

 

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim August 26, 2016 11:40
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