Foursomes fun pulls in the generations at Oulton Hall

Oulton Hall’s first adult-and-child foursomes golf competition saw more than 80 competitors participating in two events over five and nine holes.

The day was designed by the FUEL Golf (Future Elite) programme to allow youngsters of all abilities to take part and the pressure of teeing off on the first, in front of a significant gallery, always fell on the adult in the pairing.

The nine-hole category was won by 15-year-old Regan Gray and his dad Dave, who scored a net score of 36½ points, two ahead of Jake Wallis, 12, and his dad Graham, while Jacob Moss, 14, and dad Simon’s 40 points earned them third place.

In the five-hole competition, it was six-year-old Eddie Claughton and dad Pete, who took the honours with a gross score of 20, while Charlie Wood, seven, and dad Adam, seven-year-old Oliver Pettigrew and grandad Dave Connell, and Harrisen Adkin, six, and his father Paul, all tied for second with a gross score of 23.

The winners received pizza vouchers from event sponsor Wood Fire Dine, while post-golf refreshments were served on the clubhouse terrace.

FUEL Golf programme director Thomas Devine said: “What a great day. The main idea was to bring as many adults and children together as we could, in a fun and friendly format. The sunshine made it even better and it was, as ever, great to see a huge number of golfers playing on the course and smiling.

“There were rumours that it was more the adults than the children that let the sides down, with some pairs having more shots than the junior usually does when playing alone. Everybody enjoyed it so much there’s no doubt we will be organising something similar in the future.”

FUEL Golf is QHotels’ golf academies unique and dynamic junior golf programme that strives to create well-rounded individuals, who are physically active and love the game of golf. Its regular ‘Course Saturdays’ are designed to give all children vital on-course experience.

Oulton Hall – managed by RBH, a leading UK independent hotel management company – features 27 holes designed by leading golf course architect Dave Thomas and outstanding practice facilities, boasting the north of England’s leading golf performance centre.

Along with Oulton Hall’s renowned golf academy, the top venue offers a range of other facilities aimed at fine-tuning your swing, while the Claret Jug course restaurant is the ideal place to re-energise after a long day on the course. Its unique 18th-century former family mansion is the perfect choice for a hotel, with landscaped gardens, sweeping spiral staircases and a state-of-the-art spa.

As the largest golf resort operator in the UK, RBH manages nine championship and tournament golf courses across the UK, hosting events from the European Tour, European Seniors Tour, Ladies European Tour and the PGA.