Hamptworth Golf and Country Club’s newly-launched restaurant and café-bar got off to a flying start when a collection of raptors swooped in for a visit.
Hundreds of children took the opportunity to visit the opening of ‘Barny’s’ during their school holidays.
South Wilts Falconry took along some owls and birds of prey and put on displays and entertained the crowds.
Despite Barny’s being named after a barn own it was the giant Eagle Owl that turned heads, with its six feet wing span and bright orange eyes.
Entrepreneur Carl Faulds, who bought the club a year ago, is creating a family-friendly atmosphere and encouraging non-golfers to make use of the facilities for morning coffee, lunches, dinners and functions.
Set on the glorious Hamptworth estate between Southampton and Salisbury in the north of the New Forest, the golf course is famed for its Par 6 hole, The Beast.
But the country club also has a magnificent clubhouse as well as five international croquet lawns and a tennis section.
Carl said: “The opening was a terrific success; we had free teas, coffees, cakes and ice creams and a membership offer on offer which was popular.
“The weather was a great for us and the birds of prey really put on a show for the visitors.
“We have a family-friendly venue with sensibly-priced food and drink and we also host regular ‘Dine around the World’ evenings and live music acts.
“We are hoping for a good summer and welcoming all our new members and their families.”
Pic caption: An Eagle Owl swoops at Hamptworth Golf and Country Club at the re-launching of its café-bar and restaurant, Barny’s.
Notes to editors:
Hamptworth Golf and Country Club is set in a beautiful location between Southampton and Salisbury in the New Forest.
It includes a spectacular, 18-hole golf course – one of the finest in the south – that has held some major professional events. The course weaves through the ancient woodland of the Hamptworth estate and includes undulating fairways, water hazards and some unique features. There is also a pro shop, putting green and driving range as well a ‘junior academy’. It’s also possible to ‘pay and play’.
The club includes tennis courts and five international standard croquet lawns as well as a gym, bar, restaurant and event space.
It hosts the full range of events including weddings, christenings, birthday parties, charity dinners, and school proms.
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