A week after the biggest names in golf visit British shores for The Open Championship, the next generation of stars will descend upon Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa, in Essex, for the English Challenge from July 26-29.

Michael Campbell, Trevor Immelman, Martin Kaymer and Louis Oosthuizen all took the path from the European Challenge Tour to Major glory, and spectators will have the opportunity to walk side-by-side with the rising stars of world golf at this year’s English Challenge.

Who will be next to make the step up from the Challenge Tour to The European Tour before tasting success on the big stage, in the way that Thomas Björn, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter have all done?

Could it be promising young Dane Andreas Hartø, or will it be one of the Tour’s breakthrough stars this season, 21 year old Englishman Eddie Pepperell?

Whoever it may be, there is no better chance for English golfing fans to get up close and personal with the stars of tomorrow, today.

For the third year running, the venue is the splendid Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa on the Suffolk and Essex border.

Considered by many to be the finest venue of its kind in East Anglia, Stoke by Nayland offers 80 luxury hotel rooms, two 18-hole championship golf courses ideal for golf breaks or golf weekends, function rooms for weddings, wedding receptions, Christmas party nights, New Year’s Eve and business or corporate meetings, conferences and team building.

The Hotel also has a fully-featured spa, gym and fitness facilities and is the perfect venue for spa treatments, pamper days or luxury spa breaks, or simply an idyllic place to relax and explore the many local places of historic interest and charm.

Visit www.stokebynayland.com and www.stokebynaylandlodges.com for more details.

THE COMPETITION

Golf Monthly is offering one lucky winner, and a guest of their choice, the unique opportunity to play with one of Europe’s top up-and-coming young players in the English Challenge Pro-Am at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa on Wednesday July 25.

The winner and guest will then spend two nights in one of the brand new, luxurious Stoke by Nayland Country Lodges on site, with breakfast each morning in the hotel’s AA Rosette Lakes Restaurant which overlooks both 18th greens and beautiful Constable Country.

The trip will also feature a 4 course dinner at the glamourous Pro-Am Gala Dinner after the Pro Am round.

The winners will have full access to the use of the Hotel’s indoor pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room and Technogym gymnasium.

Tour59, an all-British provider of custom fitted wedges, will also provide the winner with a free sand wedge while Abacus, The European Tour’s clothing supplier, will give the winner a set of quality waterproof gear.

 To enter the competition click here.