The record six time Open Champion was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in and was very much considered the shot-maker of his time. His name is familiar with most golfers today by the way they grip their clubs but he also turned his talents towards golf design in his later years. Harry Vardon is considered by many to be one of the greatest golfers to have ever played the game of golf. Hailing from Jersey, where a statue of the 6-time Open Champion greets you on the entrance to Royal Jersey Golf Club, Vardon went onto become one of the strongest golfers of his generation.
Vardon's skills on the course were unquestionable with victories claimed in The Open Championship no-less than 6 times between and Vardon also enjoyed famous tours to the United States and Canada where his was able to spread the knowledge and appreciation of the game to what is now the largest playing nation of golf.
Vardon's trips to The US saw him claim the US Open and also a notable playoff loss to Francis Ouimet in , an event that would become one of the most important moments in US golf history. Whilst his legacy in professional golf is one that will live long in the ages, it is also his work off the course through his course design and also with the creation of the overlapping or Vardon Grip that is evident for all to see today. Vardon's golf course design philosophy of asking many questions of the golfer off the tee and into the greens are apparent in the layouts he created or assisted across the UK and Ireland.
When you step foot on one of Harry Vardons Courses, you'll be astounded by the beauty. He sure could pick a piece of land on which to sign his name to. Little Aston is another gem that if you haven't heard of before, must really be added to your to-play list. Vardon is also the mastermind behind Woodhall Spa , Englands best inland course in Lincolnshire. Rated 9. Rated 8. Rated 9 by 39 golfers Read reviews of Woodhall Spa. Rated 10 by 2 golfers Read reviews of Ganton Golf Club.
Our Golf Experts are available to provide full details of all deals at Heswall Golf Club - call now for an instant quote! Vardon became renowned for creating stunning courses and so from his home of England, was invited to work his magic in Ireland too. He made popular modifications to Royal County Down which is now ranked 4th best course in the World, by Top Courses.
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A little further inland Vardon designed Llandrindod Wells , perhaps best described as an 'upland links' course, it provides a true test for golfers of all abilities. Heading south towards the capital is his first Weslh design, Newport Golf Club, regarded by many as one of the best parkland courses in the country. Rated 8 by 4 golfers Read reviews of Abersoch Golf Club.
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Can't find the experience you're looking for? In , Vardon won the first of his record six Open Championships a record that still stands today. Vardon had great rivalries with James Braid and J. Taylor , who each won five Open Championships; together the three formed the 'Great Triumvirate', and dominated worldwide golf from the mids to the mids. These rivalries enormously increased the public's interest in golf. Park missed a makeable putt on the 18th green to take the match to a play off.
Willie Park, Jnr was not adverse to offering such challenges. Vardon refused Park's challenge. Golf Week magazine acted as both promoter and stakeholder, and the match took place in July , by which time Vardon had won his third Open Championship.
The British press billed the encounter as the greatest golf competition of all time. Special trains were laid on to ferry fans from Edinburgh and other nearby towns. The first 36 holes at North Berwick ended with Vardon holding a two-hole lead, the format being match play. During his career, Harry Vardon made three visits to North America, , and During all three trips he competed in the U. Open finishing 1st, 2nd and tie 2nd. He became golf's first international celebrity in when he toured the United States and Canada.
Vardon played in more than 90 matches and capped it off with a victory in the U. Open , where Taylor was second. Vardon wrote that while on this tour, he lost only two matches  while playing head-to-head against a single opponent, and both were against the Boston professional Bernard Ben Nicholls ,  older brother of Gilbert Nicholls ; the Nicholls brothers had recently emigrated from the British Isles.
Vardon was the runner-up at his next U. He toured North America with Ted Ray that year, as he did once more in At the age of 50, Vardon was again the runner-up in his third and final U. Open appearance, in During his career, Vardon won 48 tournaments and 21 team events; that was the most titles won by a single player to that juncture in golf history. Between and Vardon played in 17 tournaments, winning 14 and coming 2nd in the other three.
Vardon popularised the overlapping grip that bears his name, one still used by over 90 percent of golfers. In his later years, he became a golf course architect, designing several courses in Britain, Llandrindod Wells Golf Club, Woodhall Spa and Radcliffe-on-Trent being notable examples. Following a bout with tuberculosis , he struggled with health problems for years, but turned to coaching and writing golf instruction and inspirational books.
During his peak years, Vardon was known for his exceptional accuracy and control with all clubs, the greatest ever seen to that stage. However, after his comeback to the game following a prolonged absence while recovering from tuberculosis, he experienced serious problems with his short-range putting as a result of nerve damage to his right hand, and several commentators claim that he could have added to his list of majors had this disability not afflicted him. Vardon died in at the age 66, of pleurisy or possibly lung cancer ,  at his home at 14 now number 35 Totteridge Lane, Whetstone, London ,   and is buried in St.
Andrew's Church cemetery in Totteridge after a funeral service on 24 March. In , Vardon was chosen as one of the initial group of inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame. His most prestigious medals, including those from his six British Open Championships, are on display in a tribute to him at the Jersey Museum.
In the annals of golf, he is considered one of the greats of the game. In , Vardon was ranked as the 13th best golfer of all time by Golf Digest magazine. Vardon is often called "The Stylist", "Mr. Golf" and "The Icon of Golfing"; another nickname attached to him was "Greyhound". Vardon was also well known for the Vardon Grip, or overlapping grip, the grip most popular among professional golfers. In the Vardon Grip, one places the little finger of the trailing hand the one placed lower on the club — right hand for a right-handed player in between the index and middle finger on the leading hand the hand that is higher on the club.
The leading-hand thumb should fit in the lifeline of the trailing hand. Vardon actually took up this grip some time after Johnny Laidlay , a champion Scottish amateur player, invented it. Vardon played in the U. Open three times, , , and In , the event was played at the Chicago Golf Club , and he won by shooting Vardon also won 70 exhibition matches that year.
In he finished in second place, losing to amateur Francis Ouimet in an hole playoff necessitated by Vardon missing a foot 3. Vardon shot eight-over-par Ted Ray also was in the playoff, but shot himself out of contention by shooting In the playoff Vardon shot a 77 while Ouimet shot a The golf world was shocked when Vardon and Ray lost to the year-old amateur. Open for the last time in at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. He finished tied in second place, one stroke behind fellow Jerseyman, Ted Ray , missing a short putt on the final hole to force a playoff.
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