St Pierre celebrates 50th anniversary in style
By 2-FORE!-1 Golf
22 May 2012 12:40
Popular 2-FORE!-1 venue St Pierre Golf Club, a Marriott Hotel, commenced its 50th Anniversary celebrations this month with a drinks reception hosted by Richard Lansberry, General Manager, Jim Cook Club Captain, Su Coombe Ladies Captain and John Holland Club President.
A commemorative Jubilee Clock was unveiled by founder Member, Joyce Hoare, and Oliver Russell, currently one of the youngest junior Members at the Club. Guests were also able to view a collection of memorabilia to highlight the Club’s rich history followed by a sumptuous afternoon tea with all the proceeds going to The Seve Foundation and Cancer Research Wales.
During the speeches thanks were given to everyone who had contributed to St Pierre over the last 50 years, with Jim Cook saying how was “delighted the Club’s anniversary celebrations got off to such a convivial start,”
The event was the first in series of events organised to celebrate the club’s half century and with others including the planting of 50 new trees to create a Jubilee Wood, a new club event called the Seve Trophy, a time capsule and a 60’s Summer Ball, “It’s going to be a hectic year but one that we’re determined to enjoy”
The St.Pierre Golf Club has had much to celebrate since its official opening in 1962 and not least its proud association at hosting 15 European Tournaments and the 1996 Solheim Cup, with the great players and winners including Wales’s own Ian Woosnam, Greg Norman, Bernhard Langer, Laure Davies and Seve Ballesteros, who won the 1989 Epson Grand Prix of Europe on St.Pierre’s Old Course.
St Pierre and the Old Course made its European Tour debut back in 1971 when Maurice Bembridge won the first of eight British Masters staged at the venue. Tony Jacklin won the next two years and he was later followed by other successful Ryder Cup Captains Bernard Gallacher, Bernhard Langer and Ian Woosnam.
The Club’s famous Old Course was designed to complement and encompass the outstanding natural beauty of the St Pierre Park and with the features of the 11-acre lake and a fabulous array of trees; the Old Course at 7,028 yards par 72 provides a tough but fair test of golf.
The Marriott Hotel's second course, the Mathern, is somewhat shorter but is equally challenging and still a fine test for golfers of all abilities.
The resort, which is adjacent to the Church of St.Peter c1065, belongs to 2-FORE!-1 and offers half-price green fees to 2-FORE!-1 voucher holders. It also features a golf academy, indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and spa bath, cardiovascular theatre, resistance gym, aerobics theatre, tennis courts, solarium and beauty salon and numerous rooms conference, weddings and events.