May 9th, 2016
Trip to The Masters up for grabs at Stoke Park
But you’ll need a hole in one to win it!
Words: John Dean Photography: Azalea Group
A trip to the 2017 US Masters, worth £17,000, will be up for grabs at Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel, next month, when visitors participate in a special event to relaunch the historic Colt course at the two five-AA Red Star golf club.
During the winter, every bunker on the Colt course - the first nine holes of the historic 27-hole layout - underwent major renovation to both shape and size.
The strategic positioning of the bunkers remains, however, and a group of invited golfers will have the chance to see the changes for themselves on May 19th.
What's more, when they play the iconic seventh hole - which was the inspiration for the original 16th hole at Augusta National, home of the US Masters - there will be a £17,000 prize up for grabs for anybody scoring a hole-in-one: a trip to next year's US Masters.
The prize, for two people, includes return flights from Heathrow to Atlanta; de-luxe round-trip transfers from Atlanta Airport to Augusta; five nights' B&B accommodation; entry to all four days of the Masters, with an official Masters' spectator chair for prime-viewing location; and a complimentary shuttle between the hotel and the golf club.
Stoke Park's director of golf, Stuart Collier said, "The Masters is a unique event in golf's calendar - arguably in sport altogether - and we're delighted to be able to offer this rare opportunity to win a trip to see the whole event.
"Mind you, anybody winning it will have earned it. The seventh hole, a 172-yard, par three, requires a carry of 153 yards - some of it over water - to the front of a green angled diagonally on the line of flight and set into a slope, with bunkers at the back; while, at the front, it falls away sharply down to the lake.”
We’ll find out how they got on May 19th, and whether or not someone could find themselves as hole in one, which is certainly going to be a big ask.