GOLFERS at Hawkstone Park have been known to score birdies, eagles and even albatrosses, but they may have to avoid a different kind of bird altogether.

A doting pair of swans have taken advantage of the course being closed to make it the home for their new brood of cygnets.

Golf courses across England re-opened last week in line with the easing of government lockdown measures, but the lack of golf in recent weeks means wildlife have been making the most of the peace and quiet.

Hawkstone Park's resident swans were no different, choosing to nest in what would normally be an extremely busy spot right next to the 17th tee on the Championship Course.

The intimidating 17th tee sits in front of a large pond, the swan's home, and demands supreme concentration from even the most experienced golfer as they face the uphill par three.

The famous pairing and their cygnets will now provide an additional distraction for the weary golfer with the clubhouse in sight, as they step onto the daunting penultimate tee.