As provided by President Dougal

Dear WHVGS Members

I have great pleasure to announce the details of the 2009 Claret Jug / WHV Open – The Big One, the one everyone wants, the only one that really matters etc.. etc… For the new Members the WHV Open weekend for the CJ is the most important event on the Tour Calendar, a 36 holer over 2 days and as such counts for a multitude of OoM ranking points – It also entitles the Winner to wear the covered WHVGS Green Jacket, with embossed gold badge – a true sight to be hold and a genuine honour, until the following year’s event. Coupled with that, the Amy Austin is a Tour Minor which takes place on the preceding Friday – It is a must for all WHVGSers.

So after (quite literally) scouring Europe for a suitable venue for such an auspicious weekend to incorporate, 2 quality courses, stylish, contemporary surroundings, for a reasonable price and not requiring handicap certificates…. The venue has been selected – The only down side is that it is somewhat of a trek, but it will be worth a few hours on the M5, I can assure you – “I knew it was going to be good, but not this good….it’s everything I hoped for and more…St Mellion is potentially the finest golf course in Europe” – Quote Jack Nicklaus 1988

So there you have it – The St Mellion Resort will host the 2009 Amy Austin the 2009 WHV Open : http://www.st-mellion.co.uk/

The golfing itinerary is:

2nd October – Early start, to arrive at St Mellion in good time for the Amy Austin

Amy Austin – Tee times from 12.30 : On the “Jack Nicklaus Signature Course” – The Venue for the 2011 English Open and one of the Top 100 courses in the UK.

3rd October – A lie in and a cornish breakfast for those already there, or an early start for those travelling down for the WHV Open

The Opening round of the WHV Open – Tee times from 12.40 : On the “Jack Nicklaus Signature Course” – The Venue for the 2011 English Open and one of the Top 100 courses in the UK – You will note that those playing in the Amy Austin will have a slight advantage, having played the course the day before – this is not classed as a practice round under T10 and has the backing of the Board.

4th October – A hang over and a Cornish breakfast for all.

The Final round of the WHV Open – Tee times from 11.40 : On “The Kernow Course” – Originally designed and set out by J Hamilton Stutt in 1976, it soon became recognised as one of the finest courses in the South West, playing host to the Benson & Hedges International Open in 1979, followed by the Tournament Players Championship and the Weetabix Ladies British Open, however with the arrival of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course in 1988, the Kernow course was somewhat overshadowed, until in 2008 it was completely redeveloped, incorporating 9 of the original holes, extended and modernised, along with nine exciting new holes. With wider fairways, larger greens and spectacular views the Kernow course is a wonderful complement to the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course…..

Followed by the Prize giving and the presentation of the 2009 Green Jacket – Followed by a long drive home….

The costs are:

The Amy Austin and WHV Open:
2 nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast with 36 Holes Golf, Nicklaus Course & 18 holes Golf Kernow Course – a very reasonable £238.00 per person

The Open only – 1 night Dinner, Bed and Breakfast with 18 Holes Golf Nicklaus Course & 18 holes Golf Kernow Course – a very reasonable £129.00 per person

Please can you all respond, but there is no need to reply to all…. To let me know if you are a 3 Day/2 nighter, or a 2 Day/1Nighter or you if you can’t make it. I will need a £50 deposit from each of you by return, with the balance due at the start of September.

I know it’s a long way (but its nearer than the Algarve) and its a few quid, but it looks the DBs, I think it is pretty good value and is only going to up in price over the next few years and it’s the Claret Jug for goodness sake!

Yours as ever

The President

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