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Luffenham Heath Golf Course

Coordinates: 52°36′58″N 0°34′48″W / 52.616°N 0.580°W / 52.616; -0.580 Luffenham Heath is an 18-hole golf course near South Luffenham in Rutland, England. Designed by Harry Colt, it began under the patronage of the Earl of Ancaster who had exchanged fields in South Luffenham for common land on the Heath.

The opening event in 1911, witnessed by over a thousand spectators, was an exhibition match between James Braid and Harry Vardon.

The club initially attracted an aristocratic membership. Viscount Castlereagh was Club Captain in 1912 and 1932, on the latter occasion bearing the title of Marquis of Londonderry. In 1928, the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VIII, was invited to become Captain. The club applied to be allowed to add the word Royal as a prefix to the club's name, but the request was refused.

In 1973 the course was declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest and in particular is notable for Brown Hairstreak butterflies.

External links

  • Luffenham Heath website
  • Review of the course
  • magazine; Nov 2010

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