This upcoming tournament on a historic, diminutive course is a Cool Golf Thing

It's modest but mighty.

When we think of professional golf tournament venues, brawny 7,200-yard tests naturally spring to mind, even in the case of not-quite-top-tier events and tours. Most elite players drive it far, hit irons with surgical precision and make putts from all over town. They need a big ballpark to keep them from shooting a million under par, don't they?

Not necessarily. On September 1, the UK-based Clutch Pro Tour is hosting an event at Cavendish Golf Club, an Alister MacKenzie design southeast of the city of Manchester that has ranked among England's best courses. Cavendish opened about a decade before Mackenzie designed Augusta National here in the United States. Unlike Augusta, which has been stretched out to 21st-century proportions, Cavendish is less than 5,800 yards from its longest tees, par 68. In addition to the normal prize purse, a £500 bounty is on the line for a golfer who breaks the current course record of 62. That's a low number in the absolute, but considering it's only six-under par, it sounds like Cavendish is plenty of golf course, despite its modest length.

If you thought that Cavendish would be the shortest golf course the Clutch Pro Tour would play this year, you'd be wrong. That honor goes to the 3,700-yard, par-58 Sunningdale Heath Golf Club, where the tour held its Open Access Masters in July. In line with the tour's efforts to equalize prize money for male and female golfers, the tournament was open to both men and women. Will Percival shot a 3-under par 55 and triumphed over OJ Farrell in a playoff to get the win, but several ladies finished in the top 10, including amateur Thalia Kirby (2-under par 56), who tied for 3rd, and three female pros tied for 6th: Trish Johnson, Inci Mehmet and Sophie Walker.

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Tim Gavrich is a Senior Writer for GolfPass. Follow him on Twitter @TimGavrich and on Instagram @TimGavrich.
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How nice to hear of a golf club doing well. Here in Blackpool Lancashire we also have a Alister Mackenzie designed municipal golf course. Sadly Blackpool council see it as a lost cause and are closing part of the most enjoyable 18 hole course as designed by the Great man himself. They are very forgetfull of all the years the course made a big profit for this Council. So many people locally are so very upset by the way they, the council, have handled this whole affair. When we look back at this course, it started so many local people playing golf, during the summer seasons in Blackpool, this course had many of the biggest persoalities playing there while entertaining the visitors in the many shows that was part of the heart of Blackpool. Now though this greedy and unlistening council want to ruin a great piece of history. From once the hand over some 7 holes to the new and indeed unproven developer, this great part of historic blackpool and the designer name will dissapear for ever. The word municipal is for the whole community and not the council to distroy history in such a blatent and uncarring way. This council appear not to like golf or golfers and they need to be stopped. Too much of our green and pleasent land is dissapearing. As the saying goes "from once its gone its gone for good" but this is not good. A perfect course is going to be destroyed for a few pound. What is coming is not for the local people. Poor Alister would be very sad.

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