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Som­er­set links Burn­ham & Ber­row comes un­der the spot­light.

Burn­ham and Ber­row proudly sits on the Som­er­set coast and the clas­sic links is widely re­garded as one of Eng­land’s finest sea­side cour­ses. and a bright star within the south-west re­gion’s starstud­ded At­lantic Links golf net­work. It has been chal­leng­ing golfers from all over the world since be­ing founded in 1890 with the club’s first pro­fes­sional, the leg­endary JH Tay­lor, de­scrib­ing it as “one of the most sport­ing cour­ses con­ceiv­able.”

The course has evolved over the decades with the re­cent sig­nif­i­cant changes re­sult­ing in spec­tac­u­lar new raised tees at the 6th, 9th and 11th holes although to­day’s lay­out is chiefly the hand­i­work of Harry Colt.

Since 1906 it has hosted 40-plus ma­jor am­a­teur cham­pi­onships in­clud­ing the Brabazon Tro­phy, Ladies’ Bri­tish Open Am­a­teur, Home In­ter­na­tion­als and English Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onships (men’s and ladies).

It’s a tra­di­tional nine holes out-and-back lay­out with the front nine skirt­ing the sand dunes and coast­line north­wards, turn­ing in­land and south­wards and then fol­low­ing the coast road through Ber­row, past the church and back to Burn­ham-on-sea. So did our four­ball find it well worth stop­ping off the nearby M5 for?

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