Berkswell’s Nailcote Hall to host major televised golf event


The popular Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship returns to Nailcote Hall again in 2013, with an incredible prize fund of £100,000 on offer to professional competitors, doubling the prize-fund from 2012. The Sky cameras will be there, along with crowds which numbered around 5000 in 2012, for Europe’s most prestigious Par 3 tournament as it celebrates its 80th anniversary in the glorious surroundings of Nailcote’s stunningly revamped Cromwell course.


Owner Rick Cressman’s continuous course improvements – including the introduction of new landscaping and water-hazards in early 2012 – have won glowing endorsements from professional players. Nailcote’s golf course is fast-becoming less of a secret what with current and former professionals, as well as a host of celebrities, now willingly endorsing the course in the same breath as Augusta as one of the best short-form courses in the world. Indeed six-times Ryder Cup player Brian Barnes went a step further when he pitched Nailcote at a level without equal when he described the Cromwell course as:


“A gem of a short course, Augusta does not compare with it [Nailcote]”.



Barnes came out of an injury ravaged 12 year retirement to win the Super Seniors section for over 60s at last year’s tournament and was happy to endorse Nailcote’s Cromwell course as one all golf enthusiasts should play:


“Anybody who has the chance to play Nailcote should do so” he said.


Championship organisers Champions (UK) plc, event hosts Nailcote Hall and sponsors Farmfoods keep taking this tournament to a new level each year and by increasing the prize fund to £100,000, have doubled the amount on offer this year.


The last few years have seen the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship attract some truly world class fields and 2013 stands to be no different.


The competition has hosted an impressive list of major winners, Ryder Cup heroes and European Tour stars, including double major champion and Ryder Cup legend Tony Jacklin CBE, current Race 2 Dubai leader Scott Jamieson, former Masters champion Ian Woosnam OBE, Ryder Cup legend Brian Barnes, current Senior Tour star Gary Wolstenholme MBE, former World Cup winner Marc Warren, Champions Tour star Mark Mouland, European Tour stars Graeme Storm, Oliver Fisher, Gary Boyd and Robert Rock, among many more.


Golfing legend Tony Jacklin CBE, will once again host the event, which takes place from the 6th-9th August 2013. Taking place either side of the Championship are two Celeb-Am days that regularly attract celebrities that have included Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Bobby Charlton, Len Goodman, Peter Shilton OBE, Peter Schmeichel, Jasper Carrot, Johnny Herbert and William Roache MBE.


Televised on Sky Sports and Challenge TV and covered extensively in national media including The Daily Telegraph, Talk Sport and Golf Monthly, the championship provides great sporting entertainment for spectators and home viewers alike.


Rick Cressman, owner of Nailcote Hall is excited by the increased prize fund and the ongoing development of the event.


He said,


“80 years since the championship was first played, it is fantastic to see that The Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship continues to go from strength to strength. With an international field represented each year, it is truly a global celebration of Par 3 golf. The scale of the event is only possible with the enormous support of our sponsors and the efforts of the whole team at Nailcote Hall and Champions (UK) plc.”



As an indication of the size and stature of the event the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship has attracted sponsors and partners including Mercedes-Benz, Dunlop, Nicky, Sky Sports, BritVic, John Letters, Finest Catch, Carlsberg, Villeroy & Boch, Moët & Chandon, The Daily Telegraph, Golf Monthly, and Inspirational Magazine.


Interviews from the 2012 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship


Here’s a video from the 2012 event that includes interviews with golf legends Tony Jacklin and Ian Woosnam, snooker star Willie Thorne, plus footage of guests and players including Manchester United goalkeeping legend Peter Schmeichel: