Peter Alliss returns to Belton Park

The “voice of Golf”, Mr Peter Alliss, visited Belton Park Golf Club on Saturday 17th August to help celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the opening of the Inner nine holes. Mr Alliss designed the layout for the nine holes with course architect Dave Thomas in 1979 and it was wonderful to welcome him back to the club.

The day started with an Am Am competition on the nine holes designed by Peter and nearly 100 members took part on a lovely Summer day. The event was won by Pete Corcoran, Paul Wood, Paul Thompson, and Anna Clark, narrowly beating Stuart Smith, David Couth, Paul Nash, and Chris Wesson on countback.

A display board was put up in the clubhouse with memorabilia from the original opening of the nine holes in 1979. Among the guests that day in 1979 were; Ray Clemence the England goalkeeper, John Spencer the world snooker champion, Christy O’ Connor Jnr and several players from the Nottingham Forest European Cup Winning team.

In the evening on Saturday, nearly 150 members and their guests enjoyed a superb four course meal before Peter Alliss gave an after-dinner speech and answered questions on his career in golf. It was a fabulous evening for the club and will be long remembered. Pictured with Peter Alliss are Captain Simon Denton and Lady Captain Helen Long presenting a cheque for one of Peter’s charities, England and Wales Blind Golf (picture courtesy of The Grantham Journal).

Inner 9 competition results;

Winning team

Pete Corcoran, Paul Wood, Paul Thompson, and Anna Clark

43 points

2nd place

Stuart Smith, David Couth, Paul Nash, and Chris Wesson

43 points (OCB)

3rd place

Ken Hart, Gerry Short, Jo Hennerberry, and Harry Paice

42 points

4th place

Grace Andrew, David Andrew, Kathleen Bell, and Julia Bishop    

42 points (OCB)    

Longest drive (men)

Josh Smith


Straightest drive (ladies)

Jackie Barson


Nearest the pin on 21 (ladies)     

Anna Clark


Nearest the pin on 24 (men)

Pete Long


Nearest the pin in 2 on 27

Colin Mason



For more pictures of the day and evening, including competition winners, click this link;