Large Burnham And Berrow Fire Causes Course Damage

A huge fire burnt through the rough between six holes of the Somerset links course this weekend

burnham and berrow fire

A huge fire burnt through the rough between six holes of the Somerset links course this weekend

Large Burnham And Berrow Fire Causes Course Damage

A large fire destroyed parts of the course at Burnham and Berrow Golf Club in Somerset over the weekend.

The links course, which ranks 31st in the Golf Monthly UK&I Top 100 Courses list, lost all of its rough between holes 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.

The huge fire started near the course's reservoir and burned during a Somerset vs Cornwall county match, with players posting videos and pictures online.

The match had to be abandoned.

The course, like many others across the UK at the moment, has a smoking ban due to the ongoing heatwave.

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Burnham and Berrow tweeted that they believed the fire may have been started deliberately.

The fire was contained with the help of six fire engines along with help from the club's greenkeepers who managed to activate the course's pop up sprinkler system.

An overhead view of the area affected by the fire

Forunately nobody was hurt and, incredibly, the course was open for play today.

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Burnham and Berrow tweeted, "Everyone please be careful in these hot conditions, we wanted to share these videos and photos of what happened on course today to highlight the importance of being careful. It’s a sad day but we are still open for play tomorrow and determined to bounce back!"

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Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered three Open Championships on-site including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


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