Sunday, 15 July 2012

Ballesteros Challenge Returns to Royal Lytham

This week sees the Open Championship return to Royal Lytham for the 11th time in its 152-year history. Of all the times the Open has been hosted here, it is probably the 1979 victory by Seve Ballesteros that is most memorable. Known to be a difficult course to conquer, the Spaniard found himself in an awkward situation on the 16th, as he teed off on the blustery final day. His tee shot landed some way off the fairway - in fact, it came to a stop under a parked car. Given a free drop, he pitched on to the green and made the putt for the clinching birdie.
The Sports Coach’s course creation team has recreated Seve's experience at this famous Lancashire links course giving enthusiasts the chance to play Seve’s famous shot from the rough at the 16th with the exactly the same conditions. Golfers can pitch the 52 yard shot and battle against the 12mph south west wind and bone hard green.
Whilst the experience will be an enjoyable one, players will soon see why Ballesteros went on from this match to hoist the Claret Jug three times.