The new Professional Golf Team at Hamptworth Golf Club has been teed up with the aptly-named Michael Mulligan as the Head Professional.
Michael, who played full time last year, is an experienced and well regarded player and coach with nearly 20 years’ experience helping golfers get more out of their game.
Hamptworth, between Salisbury and Southampton in the north of the New Forest, is famous for being home of the 666-yard, Par 6 hole The Beast.
The club has an exciting, interesting and attractive course, which appeals to all standards of golfer and has a relaxed, family-friendly bistro-bar, Barny’s.
The 18-hole course can play from 5,900 up to 6,500 yards long and weaves through the trees on the sprawling Hamptworth estate.
Alongside Michael is Professional Mark Dawe, who is also a well-known player and coach and has already won two professional events this year.
And the third pro is James Dando, who worked with Michael at his previous clubs.
Hamptworth’s owner Carl Faulds, a golfer who bought the club last year, said: “When we were looking at putting the new professional team together Michael’s name kept coming up.
“I thought he would be a perfect fit for Hamptworth as he has a wealth of experience.
“At Hamptworth we are building a club for golfers and have built a team to teach, coach and support all standards of golfer.
“We have extensive practice facilities including a full distance driving range and a short game area including practice bunkers and we’re developing the facilities further so that we can help golfers get the most out of their game.
“And of course we have a golf shop with all the equipment players need and our Professional team can guide anyone around to find exactly what they need.
“Our club has benefited from lots of investment and it is very ambitious and the new Professional Golf Team will help us develop further.”
Hamptworth also has five international-standard croquet lawns and a tennis section.
Michael Mulligan’s surname in golf is a term used when a player gets a free shot after a mistake.
One account says it became a commonly used term in the 1920s and ’30s when a Canadian player, David Bernard Mulligan, drove his regular playing partners to the course in a vintage touring car.
If he fluffed his shot at the first tee his friends would let him take it again because he complained that his hands were still numb after driving over rough and bumpy roads.
Pic captions: (top) Hamptworth Golf and Country Club's professional Michael Mulligan (right) and his assistant Mark Dawe.