British Masters

The British Masters started out as the Dunlop Masters back in 1946, with the sponsorship from this company lasting until 1982. It’s a 72-hole stroke play tournament that has been staged on the European Tour since the inception of this professional circuit in the early 1970s. It’s always been held in the British Isles, mainly in England, but it was also contested twice in the Republic of Ireland, at Portmarnock in 1959 and 1965.

British Masters Championship Trophy

The inaugural tournament was held at Stoneham Golf Club in Hampshire and it ended in a tie between Scotsman Jimmy Adams and Bobby Locke from South Africa, with both posting identical aggregate scores of 286. It’s not known why a playoff wasn’t held – as this took place in two of the next three editions – and so the first Masters ended up as a shared affair.

Bobby Locke won another Masters in 1954 but he’s not the only multiple winner from South Africa as Cobie Legrange also captured two titles in the 1960s. Australian golfers also featured prominently on the honours board in the competition’s formative years, with Norman Von Nida (1948) and Peter Thomson (1961 and 1968) having their names etched on the trophy.

Into the 1970s and 80s and further Antipodean victories were attributed to Bob Charles at Northumberland in 1972, Graham Marsh on the Duke’s at Woburn in 1979, and Greg Norman at Woburn in 1981 and St Pierre in 1982 – with The Great White Shark the only person apart from Bernard Gallagher (1974/75) to successfully defend the title.

Other non-Europeans to win the event include Americans Lee Trevino (1985) and Bob May (1999), along with Zimbabwean Mark McNulty in 1987, Australian Robert Allenby in 1996 and New Zealander Greg Tu...

British Masters host courses

Belfry (Brabazon)

1st Warwickshire - Best in Area 76th England Ranking

The Brabazon course at The Belfry doesn’t need introducing. This course has played host to more Ryder Cups than any other course on the planet – four in total.

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Close House (Lee Westwood Colt)

2nd Northumberland - Best in Area

The Colt golf course at Close House Hotel opened in the Spring of 2011 and its fairways are laid out over 160 acres of the Tyne Valley with many of the holes sympathetically fitted around existing trees and lakes.

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Collingtree Park

5th Northamptonshire - Best in Area

It’s Collingtree Park Golf Club's long par five 18th that everyone talks about and it’s worthy of the excellent value green fee alone.

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Forest of Arden (Arden)

4th Warwickshire - Best in Area

Despite the fact that the Arden is a modern golf course, Steel has blended the layout nicely into the natural landscape here at the Forest of Arden

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Ganton

1st Yorkshire - Best in Area 9th England Ranking 26th Britain & Ireland Ranking 77th World Ranking

This sandy, gently undulating site was once a North Sea inlet. Consequently, Ganton Golf Club has all the characteristics of a links and a heathland course.

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Hillside

4th Lancashire - Best in Area 23rd England Ranking 52nd Britain & Ireland Ranking

Hillside Golf Club is an underrated gem, separated only by a footpath, but hiding in the shadow of its noble next-door neighbour, Royal Birkdale.

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Lindrick

4th Yorkshire - Best in Area 59th England Ranking

Lindrick Golf Club is remembered passionately because it was here in 1957 that Great Britain beat the USA to win the Ryder Cup.

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Little Aston

2nd Staffordshire - Best in Area 46th England Ranking

Little Aston Golf Club is hidden away on the edge of exclusive suburbia in acres of tranquil, mature parkland. The former grounds of Little Aston Hall.

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Northumberland

3rd Northumberland - Best in Area

Renowned for its firm, fast greens, strategic bunkering and racecourse setting, Northumberland Golf Club has played host to the Dunlop Masters and the English Amateur Championship.

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British Masters Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Brian Ward Courses Played 29
2 Andy Newmarch Courses Played 26
= Keith Baxter Courses Played 26
4 RM61 Courses Played 24
= Ed Battye Courses Played 24
= Andrew Cooke Courses Played 24
7 David Oliver Courses Played 22
8 James Pinkstone Courses Played 21
= Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 21
= Michael Walker Courses Played 21