Hat-trick of top 100 awards for Cavendish

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Cavendish Golf Club is celebrating after being named among the top 100 courses in England for a third successive year.

It is the only club in Derbyshire to be included in the top 100 list.

In July it was revealed that Cavendish had been shortlisted for inclusion in the National Club Golfer TOP 100 English Courses.

Now the poll has been published and has ranked Cavendish the 55th best English course.

A club spokesman said: “Once again we are delighted with this accolade and it completes a clean sweep in TOP 100 Rankings for 2016, 2017 and now 2018.”

Club Captain Malcolm (Nod) Forder congratulated Greens Chairman Mike Higgins and displayed all three framed awards.

Higgins was quick to credit his greens team for the accolade.

He also praised “the brilliant volunteers who all have a genuine love for this 125 acres of secluded heaven in beautiful Buxton.”

The rankings were completed by a panel of experienced golfers visiting all 168 shortlisted courses, playing them and then judging the quality of the course to set criteria.

The judges then met to agree their order of merit.

It was not just the high ranking that was so pleasing for Cavendish, but also the comments made by the judges.

The comments included: “The best greens complexes I have played in England. A fantastic layout and design — great use of the naturally undulating Peak District terrain.

“Here you will find some of the wickedest and most interesting putting surfaces in the UK.”

Among the judging panel was John McGloughlin, who is course manager at Warrington GC and plays at West Lancs GC

He has worked all over the world, including a five-month spell at the iconic MacKenzie-designed Royal Melbourne GC in Australia.

The West Course at Melbourne was completed in 1931, six years after Cavendish and two years before Augusta National was opened in 1933.