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Hole Eight

Par 5,  Yards 516,  Stroke Index 11

Alison

Par 5, Yards 516, Stroke Index 11
Pro's Tip

“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.”

Hole Description

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.

Hole Burnham Blacks Brassie Spoon Baffy Cleek Par Stroke
Index
S.I.
1 381 381 373 366 360 4 / 5 9
2 422 395 387 381 371 4 / 5 3
3 369 369 354 333 311 4 13
4 515 499 493 482 423 5 7
5 194 157 144 135 122 3 15
6 434 417 396 390 344 4 5
7 451 451 443 438 418 4 / 5 1
8 516 479 451 446 422 5 11
9 182 168 156 141 124 3 17
10 399 379 365 359 324 4 10
11 455 419 410 378 373 4 / 5 4
12 202 202 195 108 108 3 12
13 572 559 544 532 476 5 2
14 192 181 167 154 119 3 16
15 477 443 436 365 341 4 / 5 6
16 390 350 340 330 320 4 18
17 201 201 182 144 142 3 14
18 450 450 442 388 377 4 / 5 8
In 3338 3184 3081 2758 2580 34 / 37
Out 3464 3316 3197 3112 2895 36 / 39
Total 6802 6500 6278 5870 5475 70 / 76