Harry Vardon was employed to design the course in 1903 and Harry Colt was employed to redesign the course in 1911. His recommendations took three years to complete and by 1914 the course routing was the same as it is today and the length had increased to 6400 yards. An exhibition match was played in May 1914 and leading players Ted Ray and Tom Ball stated that they considered the course to be one of the best in the British Isles. The original course, now rated as one of the finest golf courses in the world, was aptly renamed ‘the Hotchkin’ when the second course (the Bracken) opened for play in 1998. The dream of a National Golf Centre was finally achieved and there is no doubt that the game of golf has benefited from the Hotchkin’s legacy.
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