British Masters Official Venue
We are proud to have been chosen as the official venue of the British Masters in 2017, supported by Sky Sports. The event will be hosted by none other than Lee Westwood, our attached tour professional and former World Number 1 golfer. Read on to learn more about the event, and get your tickets for this historical event.
The British Masters has a rich history as one of the leading professional tournaments on the European Tour. The event was first held in 1946 and has a host of legendary previous winners.
A look down the list of previous winners is more like a who’s who of European golf. The first time the event was part of the European Tour schedule, former Open Champion Bob Charles claimed the title. Tony Jacklin was victorious in 1973 followed by Ryder Cup Captain Bernard Gallacher who won back to back in 1974 and 1975.
British Masters champions in the 1980’s included legends such as Ian Woosnam, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Seve Ballesteros and Sir Nick Faldo who were the driving force behind Europe’s success in the major tournaments all claiming the US Masters.
More Ryder Cup Captains would be successful during the 90’s with Mark James, Colin Montgomerie and Sam Torrance all lifting the famous trophy.
The most notable winner after the Millennium was our host and former World Number 1 Lee Westwood. Our Attached Touring Professional claimed the title in 2007 at the Belfry.
The British masters returned to the Tour schedule in 2015 at Woburn thanks to the support of Sky Sports. The event was a huge success and was won by Sheffield’s Matthew Fitzpatrick who enjoyed his first European Tour victory. Sky introduced several new concepts during the event including a player wearing a live microphone during their round. Masterclasses were held after the round offering the fans unique insights into the games of leading players including Poulter, Westwood and Donald.
The British Masters will be hosted by Lee Westwood, our attached tour professional. Lee originally opened the Colt Course on 10th May 2011 as the World’s No.1 Golfer.
The Ryder Cup legend is at the golf club on a regular basis either playing on the golf courses or using the PGA Academy to hone his game. He even played in this year’s members pairs knockout and the Club Championship.
Opened in 2011, the Lee Westwood Championship Colt course is set in almost 200 acres of beautiful Northumberland countryside. Designed by Scott Macpherson and named after English Golf Architect Harry Colt, the European Tour venue was voted one of the top 100 courses in the UK just one year after opening, and is the only course in North East to hold that accolade.
Lee Westwood has helped the team at Close House to improve the features of the Scott Macpherson designed Colt golf courses, adding new tees and bunkers. His experience of competing on the best courses around the world has allowed us to produce a golf course that will challenge all levels of golfer.
To celebrate the European Tour returning to the North East with the 2017 British Masters we are looking to run the Junior Masters in conjunction with the event. We feel that this is a huge opportunity to have a positive impact on junior golf within the region for years to come. We aim to:
- Build upon Lee Westwood’s desire to see more younger players playing golf
- Enrich the experience of the tournament for young golfers throughout the North of England.
- Help to promote the overall tournament through local media and golf clubs
- Assist the Northumberland County Golf Union to improve the lower numbers of participants in junior competitions.
- Develop a fantastic PR story around the British Masters and Close House.
- Tournament to continue after 2017 as an annual event with the final at Close House.
The following clubs are taking part in the 2017 Junior British Masters.
- Northumberland County Spring Meeting at Seahouses
- Close House Golf Club
- Durham City Golf Club
- Middlesbrough Golf Club
- Seaton Carew Golf Club
Tickets are now available to buy in person from Close House. 25% of all tickets sales made on site will go to the Graham Wylie Foundation – thanks to the European Tour.
Registered charity number: 1165447
If you need to buy online, visit the European Tour Official Page (no donations will be made to the Graham Wylie Foundation).