Date: June 09, 2010

Hampton Court Palace Golf Club hosts National Squad

Golf Australia National Squad members Stacey Keating, Justine Lee, Ashley Ona and Jessica Speechley will continue Golf Australia s relationship with Hampton Court Palace Golf Club as the quartet use the course as a practice base during their time in the UK. The course, the only club set in a Royal Park, is set in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace in a hidden nook of the Thames about 20 kilometres south west of London. The club has generously acted as base for Golf Australia/AIS National Squad players for several years. As well the 5956m par 71 layout, the girls will need to negotiate more than 300 free roaming deer that call the course home. During their stay, the squad members will conduct junior clinics as well as competing in club competitions with lady members. Course designer Willie Park, who is renowned for his most famous creation – Sunningdale s Old Course – did not create too many easy golf courses and Hampton Court Palace is no exception to that rule. The course bares all Park s design hallmarks, slightly raised greens with imaginative contours, gently undulating fairways, strategically placed bunkers and fairways flanked by flowering grasses during the summer months. Boasting a parkland style front nine and a contrasting links feel to the back nine, the course offers two challenges in one round particularly when the wind picks up. During their time in the UK, the female squad members are competing in the St Rule Trophy at St Andrews, the Irish Ladies Stroke Play at Newlands Golf Club in Dublin, the Astor Salver at Berkshire Golf Club and the Ladies British Amateur Championship at Ganton Golf Club in Scarborough. Hampton Court Golf Club