Golf club members find new way to enjoy Seaton course while lockdown forces greens closure

Axe Cliff Golf Club members suffering from ‘no-golf blues’ have found a new way to enjoy their hobby and Seaton greens amid the latest coronavirus lockdown.

Former club captain Ron Bragg, 72, has been keeping members entertained with his aerial shots of the Seaton-based golf course, taken with his drone, named Topflight.

Ron, who joined the Axe Cliff Golf Club in 1988, with brief gaps in his membership when he moved to Cornwall, is a self-taught drone operator who took up the hobby a year ago.

These birds-eye photos of the course show the south west corner of the Axe River estuary, harbour, beach and seafront, up to Seaton Hole and the town.

Seaton

The birds-eye photo takes in views of the south west corner of the Axe River estuary and Seaton town.
Photo: Ron Bragg.

Also shown, in a second image, is the golf course in all its glory, and adjoining farmland.

David Bruce, Axe Cliff Golf Club spokesman, thanked Mr Bragg, who was club captain in 1988 and again in the early 1990s, for sharing his mid-air photos.

Mr Bruce said: “In his first picture it shows the beautiful view we have in the south west corner of the Axe River estuary, the harbour, the beach and esplanade up to Seaton Hole and, of course, scenic Seaton town.

“You never tire of these views when you are playing even if you are not having a good game.”

Mr Bruce added: “The amazing second picture shows nearly all the course adjoining the cultivated farmland. Certainly, you have all the back nine, as far as I can tell, along the Jurassic Coast.”

At the foot of the photograph is the club workshop and machinery building.

Seaton

The aerial photo shows almost all of the golf course at Seaton.
Photo: Ron Bragg.

“I’ve always thought that would make a wonderful new clubhouse with its stunning views if the course was ever re-designed,” said Mr Bruce.

The top right quarter of the image shows a glimpse of 18th green surrounded by bushes, which Mr Bruce called ‘one of the finest finishing holes in the South West’.

He said: “The course is so green after the recent rain and our staff are looking after it so well it will be a joy when we return.”

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