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Felixstowe Ferry Members Play Golf Shots From Martello Tower

By: Golfshake Editor | Mon 22 Aug 2022 | Comments

Marking its Club Captains Day, Felixstowe Ferry put on a rather special event for its members, giving them (for the first time) the opportunity to ascend the steps to the summit of the historic, 210-year-old Martello Tower and hit golf shots to the 17th green in a 'beat the pro' competition and to the 13th green for a 'nearest the pin' contest.

The Martello Tower proudly sits alongside the 17th fairway and is one of eight that were originally built on the Felixstowe peninsula as defensive forts during the Napoleonic War. The championship links course takes its name from the Tower and Members used the Tower as a clubhouse from 1880 to 1884.

Over 200 Members took part in the Martello Challenge, which was to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Prostate Cancer UK, and the Martello Tower Repair Fund. Over £5,000 pounds was raised from members on the day.

Richard Seaman, Club Captain commented: "We were delighted to create a unique event for our members, we were blessed with lovely weather, and it was wonderful to see so many members taking part and enjoying the fun of the day. Hitting golf balls from the top of the Martello Tower certainly gave us a whole new perspective and appreciation for the place that we are fortunate to play golf in. For many members this was their first time in the Tower, and many were in awe of the historic significance of this iconic building."

Felixstowe Ferry

Prior to the event a special platform was built by BF Scaffolding and the Martello Challenge on the day was sponsored by MSC, Felixstowe Ferry Professional Shop, Seven Hills Crematorium and Titleist Golf. Felixstowe's Head Professional Andrew Robinson spent ten hours at the top of the Tower and managed to beat around 85% of members!

The special build platform was also used in early July by the club to shoot a video at sunrise highlighting the iconic feature of having a historic Martello Tower within your golf course.

For more information, please visit https://felixstowe.intelligentgolf.co.uk/.

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