New golf competition at Erewash Valley to focus on unique Quarry Holes

UNUSUAL -- the famous Quarry Holes at Erewash Valley Golf Club.
UNUSUAL -- the famous Quarry Holes at Erewash Valley Golf Club.

Progressive Erewash Valley Golf Club is inviting players to test their skills on two of the most unusual holes in the country.

This follows the club’s launch of a new 18-hole medal competition in memory of a past president, captain and long-time secretary, Gilbert Skelston.

The club, based in Stanton by Dale, has thrown down the gauntlet by devising the Quarry Challenge, which will see its famous Quarry Holes take centre stage as part of the club’s new prestigious Erewash Kestrel Singles Open competition, being held on Sunday, September 11.

The competition takes its name from a stunning Kestrel trophy, which was donated to the club in 1994 by the family of Skelston, and will be presented to the individual golfer with the best gross score on the day, along with £150 worth of vouchers.

There will also be £150 worth of vouchers for the player with the lowest net score, as well as a reward for anyone who wins the Quarry Challenge, which involves completing the two par-three holes in the course’s 90-foot-deep quarry feature in just four strokes or fewer.

The Quarry Holes feature in Britain’s ‘100 Extraordinary Golf Holes’ guide and attract players from all over the country who want to experience the fourth, a 92-yard hole that is played down to an undulating green on the floor of the quarry, followed by the fifth, an equally deceiving par-three, played along the quarry floor.

Club chairman Paul Thomas said: “The Kestrel Trophy is a unique, detailed work of art and it is fitting that it will be presented to the best golfer in our most prestigious competition for individual men and women golfers.

“It is the perfect trophy for a competition that promises to be the biggest in our calendar and also one of our most popular, thanks in part to the Quarry Challenge. The Erewash Kestrel is open to all players with a handicap, and we expect that many will come and try to beat the Quarry. This challenge will certainly put players’ skills to the test and we know it will be keenly contested.”