Deerfield Golf Course to open in 2019
Deerfield golf courses are all set to open for the 2019-2020 season.
The golf course in South Yorkshire is being named after the British Empire’s military hero, Sir William Deerfield, who served in the Royal Navy during World War II and was awarded the Order of the British Commonwealth.
It is the first golf course to be named after a former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
“We are delighted to be able to share our name with Sir William,” said Chris Cook, the manager of the golf course.
“It is an honour to be associated with such an extraordinary sporting figure, but we will continue to play in the same way as before.”
Mr Cook said he was also looking forward to the opportunity to bring his famous family name back into the public eye.
“My son has a beautiful family name, he is a professional golfer, and I think it will bring a great smile to many people’s faces to be related to this wonderful family name,” he said.
“It is a privilege to share that name with the local community.”
Mr Deerfield served in World War Two and later as a captain in the British Navy, the Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, and later in the armed forces.
He was awarded a Royal Commendation Medal for his service to the Commonwealth.
A spokesman for the British government confirmed the new golf course was being named for Sir William, adding: “Sir William was a member of the Royal Army, the British Naval Service, the Imperial War Museum, the Queen’s Royal Academy of Science and later became Commander of the Imperial British Navy.”
He was a man of integrity, courage and integrity, and was a great supporter of British armed forces and its members.
“Sir William’s service to Britain was recognised at the time of his death and is recognised to this day by the Commonwealth and other governments.”
The new Deerfield is the only one of its kind in the world.
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