Top Cheshire venue hosts Open qualifying

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The Regional Qualifying for the Open Championship 2012 got underway at The Mere Golf Resort and Spa, Cheshire, tosday.

In 2008 the popular 2-FORE!-1 venue was chosen as part of this select group of 14 courses in Great Britain and Ireland to host regional qualifying rounds for The Open Championship until 2013.

“We are extremely proud to play host to this prestigious event and warmly welcome the 126 national and international golfers to our championship course. 

"This is an excellent showcase for our newly developed resort and our golf course has never been in better condition,” commented Joe Gates, Mere's Golf Operations Manager.

Set in private Cheshire parkland, the course is one of the best prepared and well-conditioned golf courses in the North of England.

It was designed in 1935 by the legendary James Braid, five times winner of the Open Championship. The 18-hole, 6,882 yard, par-71 course is both picturesque and challenging. 

It runs alongside The Mere lake with water, ravines and thick vegetation, all designed in to keep the game interesting and players focused.

The resort has the UK’s only floating golf ball driving range and is extremely popular with 2-FORE!-1 voucher holders who can play there for half-price green fees.