Aug 28th, 2016
Welcome to ‘The Beast’
666-yard par 6 launched at Wiltshire course
Words: John Dean
A Wiltshire golf club has launched a hole that measures 666 yards and is calling it ‘The Beast’.
Hamptworth Golf and Country Club’s hole is thought to be the only par six that measures 666 yards in the world.
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 will receive an ‘I Beat The Beast’ certificate.
“These certificates have already become highly sought-after souvenirs due to the attached bragging rights,” said club 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.
“But then they need to use their brain as well as brawn to zigzag 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.”
We only hope that you play this beast with the prevailing wind, otherwise you could be out there all day.