Budeyful! Marstons Festival venue void filled by Cornwall’s most northerly club

Budeyful! Marstons Festival venue void filled by Cornwall’s most northerly club

10/02/2021

Bude and North Cornwall Golf Club has agreed to become the third venue to stage this year's Marstons Cornish Festival following St Enodoc’s withdrawal and in doing so gilded its 130th anniversary celebrations.

St Enodoc Golf Club, a regular venue for the annual festival contested by more than 100 teams comprising a PGA Professional and three amateurs at a trio of Cornish venues, has pulled out due to Covid-19 and lockdown-related reasons.

Bude and North Cornwall Golf Club, however, has wasted no time in filling the void and joining Trevose and the Point at Polzeath in hosting the three-day festival in April. 

“It was too good an opportunity to turn down even if it’s just for one year,” said Mark Jenkins, the club’s general manager.

“To have such a prestigious event staged here is unbelievable, especially as it fits perfectly with our 130th anniversary celebrations. We’re very grateful to the PGA for thinking of us.

“I know a lot of people who have played in the event and what stature it has within the golfing fraternity, certainly in the south west and probably further afield.  

“The names of people who take part whether they’re PGA pros and a former Ryder Cup star like Peter Baker or celebrities such as Matt le Tissier tells you all you need to know – it was a no brainer for us to step in.

“We are celebrating our 130th anniversary this year so to have something as big as the Marstons Cornish Festival come to Bude is the icing on the cake. We’ll enjoy our moment and hopefully it will lead to us being asked again.”

Although just over 6,000 yards in length, plenty of blind shots, pot bunkers and elevated and cleverly contoured greens, coupled with the vagaries of the wind coming from the adjacent ocean, mean the course is not at the mercy of the big hitters.

“Bude presents a real golfing challenge and stands comparison with our other venues hosting the festival,” said PGA West regional manager Robert Moss. “We’re delighted to have them aboard.”

 

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