There was great excitement in both London and Dorset on Monday evening, 9th September, as Canford took home the prestigious ‘Public School of the Year’ trophy at the annual Tatler Schools Awards
Canford School Golf Club is a proprietary club owned by Canford School. The course is set within the School's 250 acres of mature parkland, with many ancient trees and a rippling brook providing the context for some challenging holes of golf. This course looks benign but it provides a severe test for golfers of all abities and handicaps.
There are 9 holes, but 18 different tees (the ladies have a total of 11 different tees). Some of the tees require long and accurate drives; like the 2nd with a narrow pass between a bunker and a pond, at the point where the hole takes a dog-leg left; 14th with its 195 yard carry over a brook; or the 15th with its 180 yard carry over a lake. The SS of 68 for men and 71 for ladies is rarely achieved on this 6000 yard course (5,300 yards for the ladies). The course is well maintained by the school's ground staff, many of whom have gained a great deal of expertise in green-keeping skills over the past decade.
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