Every summer a very special tournament is played. It doesn’t have the same fanfare that some of the other tournaments have during the summer of golf that invades Britain. Instead, it quietly goes about its business whilst at the same time breaking barriers within the game. The Cromwell Course at Nailcote Hall plays host to the British Par 3 Championship and if you have never heard about this hidden gem within the game, then perhaps this might make you think about coming along. Here is a tournament where age, ability, sex and reputation counts for nothing. For four days in August in Warwickshire, the Cromwell course brings the game together in ways that often feel is impossible.
Rick Cressman, the owner of Nailcote Hall, perhaps sums up the event better than we ever could. He told Golfhacker that: “It doesn’t matter how old they are, it doesn’t matter what sex they are. It’s a real opportunity to show that this game is a game for all and it’s a sport that really is a sport for life. You can enjoy this from 5 to 95.”
“Par 3 Golf has an enormous role to play in the future of the game in a society around the world that has less time to enjoy their leisure,” continued Cressman who also believes that Par 3 golf is where you can really hone in on your golfing improvement.
“This is where you can practice the skills that pay the bills. We have all heard the phrase “Driver for show, putt for dough”, but this is where you can see all of those short game skills that if you are going to be a really good golfer, you’ve got to have.”
One player who regularly graces the course at Nailcote Hall is Carly Booth. The LET player echoes what Cressman says about the short game. “Do you know what, it kills me every year. It makes me feel like I have the worst short game but its good fun,” Booth told us. “ It makes me realise how important the short game is. You play for great money so the competition is top with great players. It brings a little fun and a different light to golf as well.”
Golfhacker knows exactly what she is talking about. Last year, we were invited to play alongside Ashley Mason. Whilst the course might look relatively straightforward, it is anything but. This course can easily chew you up and spit you out. Not for Mason though who eventually finished in a tie for second alongside Eddie Pepperell.
This is what makes the British Par 3 Championship so special. From Major champions such as Tony Jacklin and Ian Woosnam to some of the top Women players including Charley Hull and Dame Laura Davies, the tournament allows a level playing field even allowing players from lesser known tours to challenge for the €50,000 first prize.
It is also a tournament loved by the many celebrities that play in the Celeb-Am. From Formula One champion, Nigel Mansell to boy band royalty including Brian Mcfadden and Keith Duffy, the British Par 3 Championship attracts many big names to enjoy a round of golf.
The price is right for spectators too. The tournament is completely free to attend and enjoy. It gives us a rare chance to see players loving the game they are playing. For us, it continues to rekindle our love of the game, to remind us that the barriers of age and sex that exist in the game are there to be broken down with a smile, laughter and the occasional cry of “Fore!”`
Get your free tickets here: http://britishpar3.com/booking/event-ticket/2018