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  • Top 100 Inland Courses GB&I

    We are delighted to feature so highly in the latest Top 100 ranking from Golf World / Today's Golfer. This is an amazing achievement for a small club such as Kington. 

    Top 100 GB I Inland

  • Jubilee Beacon

    Lovely that so many visited Bradnor Hill to see the Jubilee Beacon which was lit by Councillor Bob Widdowson. Everyone could see and count numberous Beacons across the counties.

  • The OBAGS (Oxford Blue Amateur Golf Society) 50th Anniversary Tour

    Last week saw the return of our regular visitors to celebrate their 50th year of coming to Kington Golf Club. They have very generously dontated a new bench and funds towards a new 1st Tee clock for which we thank them very much. Please see below the history as described by Steve Smith and a few photos of the presentation.

     

    A Celebration to mark the 50th Anniversary OBAGS Tour, to Kington and Kington Golf Club.

    The OBAGS are pleased and proud to be making a 50th Anniversary presentation, to Kington Golf Club, of a new Bench Seat, (with a Commemorative Brass Plaque), and a cheque as a contribution to Kington GO's New Starting Clock Project.This is in recognition of Kington GC's 50 years of Welcome, Hospitality and Friendship to the OBAGS, for which we are extremely grateful.

    Over the years, previous donations have included a 25th Anniversary Bench, in 1997 and, in the early 1990s, a Gallon of Whisky, as a raffle prize, to raise funds for a new Sprinkler System.

    The OBAGS were "founded" in the Spring / Summer of 1973, in the bar of the Oxford Blue pub, in Old Windsor, Berkshire, where close friends, Dr Steve Culling, (a local GP), and Barry Elliott, (a precious metals trader), were enjoying a leisurely pint. Barry said to Steve, "You know, we should take a few days break, and go somewhere for a few rounds of golf". To which Steve replied, "I know just the place !"

    A few days later Steve introduced Barry to the delights of Kington Golf Course. (It should be noted that when Steve had been a medical student, he had visited the Kington area, on Cricket Tour and, in July 1959, had played at Kington GC, on days off from the cricket). Needless to say, Barry, like Steve before him, had become smitten with the Kington course, and the enthusiastic welcome they had received. Thus, the OBAGS Golf Society was born, being named after the pub in which it was conceived, (The Oxford Blue was representative of the old Blues & Royals Regiment, based in the Windsor Castle Barracks).

    Subsequently, in 1974, another friend was introduced to Kington GC. In 1975, a further two names were introduced to OBAGS membership, and Kington GC. In 1976, another three. In 1977, another three. In 1978, another five. And so it went on, with each passing year, new members being added to the OBAGS Golf Society. To date, there is a Roll Call of 80 past and present members, and this has also included a number of "'Next Generation" sons of former, and current playing members, of which some 21 members are in attendance on this 2022 50th Anniversary Tour. So, every year, for 50 years, there has been an OBAGS Kington Tour, although, in 2001, we were unable to play at Kington GC, because it was closed due to the Foot & Mouth outbreak. Instead, we were obliged to play at nearby courses, (Builth Wells & Llandrindod Wells, just across the border in Wales, and at Ludlow Racecourse). Notwithstanding, the OBAGS maintained their "Accommodation Base", in and around Kington town. In the early years, when numbers were smaller, the OBAGS stayed in hostelries such as The Bull at Presteigne, and The New Inn at Pembridge. However, the increasing number of OBAGS coming on Tour, eventually outgrew these hostelries, and the OBAGS needed a much larger venue. Thus, in 1986, the OBAGS "Accommodation Base" became The Burton Hotel in Kington, with Proprietor Mr John Richardson, and John, his wife Annabel, and exceptional staff team, have been looking after us for over 36 years.

    The OBAGS are looking forward to many more years of association with Kington town, Kington Golf Club, and The Burton Hotel.

    Steve Smith

    OBAGS Administration

  • Today's Golfer / Golf World Top 100 Courses under £35 Great Britain and Ireland

    We are delighted to be rated as the 2nd best course in GB&I in the latest Today's Golfer Top 100 ranking, in their current magazine on sale now. This follows our high ranking of 62nd n the Top 100 of all courses in England and 3rd Place in the GB&I Courses under £65.

    Whilst being extremely low cost, the quality of the course, the challenge it presents, and the great location are what visitors and the judges are rating us on.

    Today's Golfer Top 100 Under £35

    Today's Golfer Top 100 Courses GB&I under £35

    Thanks to our Greens staff, Professional and Clubhouse teams for all your hard work.

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