“Play your tee shot to avoid the pot bunkers on the left. Long hitters will be able to get home in two by playing for the left side of the green, but normal play is to thread your second shot down the fairway and either run up or pitch onto the green for your birdie chance – when playing your approach it is better to err left rather than right here.”
Named after Charles Hugh Alison who was partner with Harry Colt and John Morrison of Colt, Alison & Morrison Ltd. Alison was a member of Burnham for over 40 years and was also an accomplished cricketer playing four fist class cricket matches for Somerset County Cricket Club. He served in both WW1 and WW2 decoding ciphers. One of Alison’s most respected designs is Milwaukee Country Club (1929), co designed with Colt, which was ranked among the top 50 courses in America by Golf Digest in 2007. Was a great supporter of Burnham and Berrow Golf Club and despite his commitments to designing courses all over the world and his reputation as one of the best, it is justifiable, to say that the architects of modern day Burnham & Berrow were Harry Colt and Hugh Alison.
This hole was originally laid out as part of the 1910 extension by Herbert Fowler. However the final input of the Colt/ Alison team came in 1951 when Alison was asked to design a new 8th green. By moving the green back towards the 9th tee and raising it several feet he made a much more challenging par 5 hole. This was completed in 1953, one year after Alison died aged 70. Colt died in 1951 so this was probably one of his last contributions to course design.