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Work starts on £1.25m upgrade to Nailcote Hall golf course

A new clubhouse and 10 more hotel bedrooms are being added to Nailcote Hall in Berkswell

Work has started on a £1.25 million scheme to improve a world-class par three golf course after it secured a funding boost.
A new clubhouse and 10 more hotel bedrooms are being added to Nailcote Hall in Berkswell, on the Solihull-Warwickshire border, which is home to the Farmfoods British Par Three Championship.
The investment was unlocked by £100,000 match-funding from the Birmingham Post Growth Fund, in partnership with Bournville College, and will see plans that have been 16 years in the making come to fruition.
Nailcote’s owner, Rick Cressman, said the enlarged and improved facilities will attract more golfers as well as corporate clients.
Mr Cressman said: “We will have a clubhouse which befits the best par three event in Europe.
“We have got 10 more bedrooms being built and a clubhouse for the golf course.
“With it being recognised as one of the best par three courses in the world we really need the whole facilities to be something that can be enjoyed by people coming to stay, play or visit.”
As well as the golf course, Nailcote already offers a 40-bedroom luxury hotel, conference facilities, tennis courts and a regular programme of live entertainment.
Mr Cressman said the other 40 bedrooms at the hotel had all been refurbished in the past 18 months ahead of the new investment.
He added: “That is something that we have been trying to make happen for 16 years, which has been very frustrating because it has been absolutely essential to the long-term success of the business to have this capacity in place.
“Thankfully the Regional Growth Fund has been a big help to us.
“It has assisted us to grow the club, create more jobs and add additional security for the people who work for us.”
The scheme will see five jobs created at Nailcote, which already employs 65 people.
The Birmingham Post Growth Fund distributes Regional Growth Fund money to companies across the region to stimulate investment and unlock job creation and is set to return later this summer after it was awarded a further £5 million.
Graeme Brown, regional head of business at Post publisher BPM Media, said the success of Nailcote Hall showed why the fund was so important in the region.
Mr Brown, who sits on the panel for the Birmingham Post Growth Fund, added: “Nailcote Hall is another example of exactly why the Post and our partners Bournville College invest so much time and effort in our growth fund. These plans have been more than a decade in the making, and it took a bit of investment to help get it up and running.
“It also shows that this is not just a Birmingham fund. When the fund re-opens later this summer we’ll be keen to hear from companies across Solihull and Coventry who are also looking to invest, unlock opportunities and create jobs.”

Nailcote Bride of the Year 2014

We are pleased to announce our Bride of the Year 2014 is Becky White of Nuneaton.

Becky along with her Bridegroom Jamie Long who reside in Nuneaton were picked from the invited eligible couples who have their wedding booked at our Bride of the Year event in February.

The prize of £5000 from the price of their wedding was donated by Nailcote Hall along with a wonderful prize of bridal hair on the wedding day from Fay Smith of Hair Hostess.

Other winners of runner up prizes were: Charlene Graham & Julian Taylor, Gemma Weston & Anthony Phillips, Laura Stewart & Paul Harris and Sarah Atkinson & Alan Amaria....

The team at Nailcote Hall wish them and all our Bride and Bridegrooms every happiness

Nailcote Hall in Golf News

Proprietor of Nailcote Hall and creator of the British Par 3 Championship Cromwell Course, Rick Cressman was recently interviewed by Golf News magazine. He talked about how he built such a fabulous course, why he believes Par 3 courses are an important addition to the golfing landscape and the ongoing success of the British Par 3 Championship.

Read the full article here.

Rick Cressman interview

Proprietor of Nailcote Hall, Rick Cressman was recently interviewed by Birmingham Living, giving his opinion on nimby politics, low ambitions, and why, despite that, he believes Birmingham is on the rise.

Read the full interview here.

Greatest golf shot of the year goes viral!

Matt Wheatcroft found himself in an impossible position at this years British Par 3 Championship at Nailcote Hall. With his ball just a foot away from a fence and with no way to make his swing things weren't looking good. So he decided to get creative, turning his back to the hole and swinging away from the green. He managed to bounce the ball off a fence post and have it land behind him, on the green, and within a foot of the hole.

Video of the shot was uploaded to YouTube this week and has had more than half a million views in only 3 days.

Take a look for yourself and see if it really is the shot of the year!

Incredible Golf, Great Celebrities, Huge Crowds

Tommy Fleetwood claimed the coveted 2013 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship title, taking home a cheque for £25,000 with a majestic performance at Nailcote Hall.

Tony Jacklin CBE
The crowds enjoyed four days of golfing excellence and celebrity fun as golfing legends, top professionals and stars from sport and entertainment gathered in Warwickshire for the annual event, celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, which continues to grow year on year.

Record numbers of spectators came to watch and enjoy the Championship action as it unfolded. Leading this year’s all star cast of professionals were the most successful Ryder Cup Captain of all time Tony Jacklin CBE, Ryder Cup legend Sam Torrance OBE and once Masters winner Ian Woosnam OBE. The Sky Sports cameras were on hand to cover all of the action of what has become the world’s leading par 3 championship.

The action began on Tuesday with the first Celeb Am tournament featuring star names including England cricketing legend Matthew Hoggard MBE, comedian Jasper Carrott OBE, Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman and goalkeeping legends Peter Shilton OBE and Peter Schmeichel MBE. The individual competition was won by ‘Big Break’ star, Irishman Mark Murphy who shot -3 under par to fend off the competition. The ‘Social Golfer’ took the spoils in the team event and there was a spectacular hole in one for James Weekes who was playing in the Glenmorangie team.
Len Goodman & Jasper Carrott OBE

After a full day’s golfing action Nailcote Hall hosted the first of three gala balls all raising money for Midlands’s charity Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. There was superb entertainment from ‘Groove Nation’ and Tony Jacklin welcomed all guests to the championship with his inaugural welcome address.

The Professional Championship began on Wednesday 8th August and featured golfing icons and current professionals. The field included Tony Jacklin CBE, Sam Torrance OBE, Ian Woosnam OBE, Tommy Horton MBE, Gary Wolstenholme MBE, DJ Russell, Tommy Fleetwood, Robert Rock, Graeme Storm and Gary Boyd. 6-time European Tour winner Paul Broadhurst led after the first day, with a superb round of -6.
Ian Woosnam OBE & Sam Torrance OBE

Always one of the highlights of the week, the Players’ Ball took place on Wednesday evening and featured a Q&A session with event host Tony Jacklin and his fellow Ryder Cup friends Sam Torrance and Ian Woosnam with former snooker star Willie Thorne asking the questions. The trio candidly discussed their careers and kept the audience engaged with fascinating stories from their illustrious careers. There was a delicious three-course meal and entertainment was provided by mind reader and illusionist Graham Jolley.

Huge crowds gathered on Thursday for the conclusion of the Professional Championship and they were treated to an incredible golfing spectacle. Paul Broadhurst was unable to maintain his lead until the end and was overtaken by 22-year-old European Tour hot prospect, Tommy Fleetwood. The thrilling conclusion saw Fleetwood bogey the final hole to finish on -4 but Broadhurst was unable to get the birdie he needed to level the scores and finished at -3.

Tommy Fleetwood, 2013 Farmfoods British Par 3 Champion
Day three of the Championship saw three holes in one for Douglas Dawes, Luke Tarbott and Paul English.

The Super Seniors prize for leading player over 60 was won by Senior Tour player Carl Mason. At the other end of his career, the Norma C Herd prize for leading amateur was won by Craig Lawrie, son of Open Championship winner Paul Lawrie. The Ian Halliwell Cup for leading Pro Am team went to the team featuring European Tour regular Andrew Marshall and former Manchester United and Wales star Clayton Blackmore.

Friday was the final day of the Championship and the second Celeb Am tournament. The celebrities teeing off included: former Manchester United manager Ron Atkinson, former Aston Villa striker Dean Saunders, former Grand National winner Bob Champion and Scotland football manager Gordon Strachan. Once again, Mark Murphy emerged victorious in the individual event with a round of -2, showing himself to be a master of the Cromwell Course. In the team event the ‘Callaghan Tire’ (USA) team were victorious.

The final charity gala ball concluded proceedings in what was a truly stunning week of golfing action at Nailcote Hall. The rain stayed away and the stars shone as spectators were treated to a unique and once again first class event.

Golfing Royalty and Celebrity Favourites Descend Upon Nailcote Hall

Tony Jacklin CBE will once again be hosting the Championship
Each year, the Farmfoods British Par 3 welcomes a host of major golfing stars, celebrity golf enthusiasts and talented amateur players to take part in the most popular and hotly contested Par 3 competition in the country.

'91 Masters Champion Ian Woosnam OBE
For 2013, the Championship will again be hosted by the inimitable Tony Jacklin CBE, a stalwart of the international golfing community, three time victorious Ryder Cup captain and twice major winner.  Having famously revolutionised the European Ryder Cup team’s approach to the previously American dominated competition, the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship host placed the team on a level playing field that has continued to support the continent’s dominance of the competition ever since. 
Jacklin will be joined at this year’s events by fellow Ryder Cup captain and winning ’91 Masters’ champion Ian Woosnam OBE, returning to the tournament for a second year and former Ryder Cup team mate Sam Torrance OBE, playing in the Championship for the very first time. 

The quality of the competition has increased year on year, with ever increasing numbers of European Tour professionals trying their hand at Nailcote Hall’s Cromwell Course throughout the four day event.  This year, the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship will welcome long term supporter and fan of the event Graeme Storm, along with Gary Boyd, Tommy Fleetwood, Eddie Pepperell, Steve Webster,  Jamie Elson, Paul Broadhurst, Marc Warren, Lee Slattery, Andy Sullivan, Jamie Spence, Robert Rock, John Parry and Scott Jamieson, as well as young star of the Ladies European Tour and mentee of Tony Jacklin himself, Charley Hull.   

2012 Champion DJ Russell
The European Senior Tour will also be well represented this year, with a strong field of players well accustomed to success in many of the major competition dates on the annual calendar.  High profile player Gary Wolstenholme MBE will be joined by Senior Tour winner Paul Wesselingh, as well as last year’s Championship winner DJ Russell.  Returning this year to retain his title, Russell will be just one of the competition’s former victors who are unable to resist the allure of this exciting and dynamic short course event.

Former Ryder Cup Vice-Captain Peter Baker, the very first winner of the Farmfoods British Par 3 following its ‘rebirth’ in 1996, will be returning to the tournament for the first time and will undoubtedly be delighted to be taking on the Cromwell Course along with its many additions and developments. 

Female golfers will also be represented at this year’s tournament and Alison Nicholas, the captain who inspired her Solheim Cup team to victory in Ireland in 2011 showcased all the determination and leadership that characterises this formidable competitor. Throughout her 20 year career on tour, Nicholas impressed time and again not only with her success but by the restless ambition and drive that saw her excel not only on the Ladies European Tour, but on the LPGA tour in the United States.   Returning this year, Nicholas will of course be hoping to take some of the substantially increased £100,000 prize fund away with her.  

The Cromwell course will once again be in fantastic shape

Former Nottinghamshire County Cricket star, turned professional golfer, Franklyn Stephenson will also be attending the tournament for the first time.  Renowned for his incredible all-rounder capabilities and outstanding golfing performance, Stephenson will undoubtedly be hoping to play some of his best golf on Nailcote Hall’s Cromwell Course. 

If such a star studded line up of professional golfers is not enough for the huge annual spectator contingent, there will also be a substantial celebrity offering, all enthusiastic golfers and more than equipped to make a substantial impression on the short course event. 

Large crowds enjoying the marvellous atmosphere of the 2012 Championship

This year welcomes new and exciting players, as well as a range of familiar faces, all returning once more to try their hand at the Cromwell Course’s challenging holes. 2003 Rugby World Cup winning flanker Neil Back MBE, footballing superstar Robbie Savage, England and Gary Lineker are among the names taking to the short course for the first time.

Len Goodman is always a popular figure
Nailcote Hall will also welcome ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ sensation Len Goodman, comedian Jasper Carrott OBE, Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel MBE, snooker’s ‘Mr Maximum’ Willie Thorne, England’s most capped player of all time Peter Shilton OBE, Ashes hero Matthew Hoggard MBE and many, many more.

Running from the 6th to 9th August at Warwickshire’s Nailcote Hall, the Championship is one of the most exciting dates on the English golfing calendar, celebrating golfing talent at its best and allowing both experienced greats and young, breakthrough players to compete together as a measure of their skill, showcasing their incredible talent.  There will also be a wide array of amateur players.

A fantastic garden party atmosphere
All players and spectators will also be able to enjoy the competition’s fantastic tented village with great garden party atmosphere and fun for all the family. With a wide range of hospitality, retail and entertainment options, the village will be playing host to prestigious retailer Harvey Nichols, a dedicated Moet and Chandon tent, luxurious beauty treatments from Leicester’s Femi and golfing supplies from retailer american golf.

The Championship really is a unique chance to get close to the stars, watching them play excellent golf and make the most of all Nailcote Hall has to offer throughout the four day event. 

Public car parking is available and tickets are just £10 for adults and £5 under 13s and over 65sFor more information about the Championship, visit or call Champions (UK) plc on 08453 31 30 31

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