HRH The Duke of York Visits Charnwood Forest Golf Club
His Royal Highness The Duke of York, KG visited Charnwood Forest Golf Club, the oldest golf club in Leicestershire, on 29 September 2015 to unveil a plaque commemorating the Club's 125th anniversary.
The Duke of York was welcomed by Pauline Milner, the President of CFGC and attended a garden party where he was escorted by the Lady Captain, Jane Bevan, and met officials and members of the club. Gentleman Captain, Phillip Scott, thanked His Royal Highness for agreeing to accept honorary membership of the club before inviting him to unveil the plaque. The Duke of York in a short speech accepting Honorary Membership said “Charnwood Forest's 9 hole course gave it enormous appeal to the modern golfer who found the 2 hour format much easier to fit into our increasingly busy lives”
Located near Loughborough and the village of Woodhouse Eaves; CFGC is the oldest in Leicestershire. His Royal Highness is a former Captain of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club at St Andrews. The first Captain of CFGC, Rev’d R C Faithfull, was born in St Andrews and was a member of the R&A.
Set amongst the picturesque scenery of Charnwood Forest, the original layout was designed by legendary five times Open champion and golf architect James Braid. Unusually, there are no bunkers and the design makes full use of the natural contours, alongside a variety of hazards, such as rocks, heather, gorse, bracken and stone walls. Since 1890, the course has undergone many changes, but has retained Braid’s original vision of heathland golf. CFGC course has been designated an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) because of its variety of flora and fauna. Among its heathland terrain there are rocks dating back some 620 million years - which make a unique and stunning backdrop for playing golf.
For a video flyover of the course and further information please see the website: www.charnwoodforestgolfclub.com