JCB’s Golf and Country Club is set to realise its vision as a major international tour destination, as some of the biggest names in the sport prepare to descend on the course for a star-studded competition.

The Staffordshire club - the brainchild of JCB Chairman Lord Bamford himself - will host the JCB Championship as part of the Legends Tour’s international schedule in July next year. The event takes place the week after The Senior Open at Gleneagles and boasts a prize fund of €600,000. It will be hosted by Ryder Cup and European Tour legend Darren Clarke. Profits will be donated to JCB’s NSPCC Platinum Jubilee Appeal.

Speaking of the new tournament, Anthony Bamford said: “When JCB set out to create a world class golf and country club, it was always our ambition to attract an international tour event, so it really is wonderful news that the course has been selected to host such a prominent competition.”

While Darren Clarke added: “I’m extremely proud to be hosting The JCB Championship. Knowing JCB as a company and having been fortunate enough to visit JCB’s Golf and Country Club, you can be certain that this will be a fantastic event and I’m very much looking forward to it.”

The JCB course itself spans 240 acres of rolling Staffordshire countryside, and has been hailed as a masterpiece in contemporary course design since it opened in 2018. It was built to create aesthetically appealing tee shots, wide, sweeping fairways and interesting green complexes - this view of the 17th is a stunning example of what to expect.

The JCB Championship will take place from July 29-31, 2022. The full 2022 Legends Tour International Schedule will be revealed later this year.