Cambridge University Golf Club.
The beginnings of Cambridge University Golf can be attributed to two graduates Andrew Murray and George Gossett. Armed with golf clubs and a hole-cutter they ventured to the common at Royston in 1869 and set about laying out an 18-hole golf course, cutting holes as they played. The course was quickly established and a further 17 undergraduates were enlisted as members, each paying 2s/6d subscription fees.
Due to the travelling distance from Cambridge golf on Royston Common was a short lived affair and in 1871 the first Cambridge University course closed.
The University course on Coldham's Common, just off the Newmarket Road, was established in 1875 by W T Linskill. Originally a nine-hole course it was eventually extended to 18-holes.
The prize meeting took place on Monday 15th November 1880 on the University Green, Coldham's Common. Rain fell heavily all afternoon making play difficult. Results as follows; Linskill Cup – W Welsh, Jesus, 90 scratch; Pirie Medal – A Reid, Trinity Hall, 96-6-90. A meeting was held on the same evening at Trinity to elect officers; W T Linskill was re-elected captain, R C Faithfull, treasurer and F E Ainger, secretary.
In the late 1890s the Coldham's Common course was threatened with the laying of a railway line which would bisect the course.
It moved location in the early 1900s to a new site on Whitwell Hill between Coton and Barton. The station at Cambridge was 3 ½ miles away.
The following is an extract from The Golfing Annual 1889-90; Entrance Fee £1 and Subs 10s; Membership about 160; President - Rev. A Austen Leigh, Provost of King's College; Captain - Charles W Burn; Treasurer - R H Adie; Committee - G Townsend Warner (Jesus), H S Colt (Clare), C T Montgomery (Pembroke), C J Dedham (Jesus), R J Younger (Jesus), H T Wright (Trinity), L E G Abney (Trinity); Hon. Secretary - W T Linskill, 48 New Square, Cambridge; Green-keeper - J Tabor. "The course has been greatly extended and consist of eighteen-holes, and although the soil is clay, the putting greens are excellent and true in dry weather. The drainage of the Common, and sanding and sowing of the greens, have greatly improved the links. There are no very short holes. The ground is undulating, and the hazards a road, several footpaths, dry ditches, two running burns, and bushes, etc. The professionals are John Lambert of Musselburgh, and James Gourlay of St. Andrew's. The University Golf Pavilion is situated close to the first hole, has two large rooms, and capital box accommodation for members. The professionals' shop is connected to the pavilion. The links are open from October 1st to May 12th, and the professionals are always ready to instruct beginners."
On Thursday 9th November 1893 in cold and damp weather, with a stiff breeze blowing across Coldham Common the competitions for the Linskill Cup and Pirie Medal took place. There was a good field and “The green was in capital order” Result; F R Upcher won the cup with a score of 87, F W Beckford won the medal, 91-12-79.
Result of the St Andrew’s Medal competition played on 31st October 1893; E E Eddowes, 99-25-74; P H Latham, 91-15-76. The best scratch scores were; A M Chance, 90 and W T Linskill, 92.
The competition for the “Barrow” medal took place on Coldham Common on Tuesday 21st November 1893. The day was cold and wet, but a large field started in the bogey competition, result; W B Knobel (9) all square; W Watson and W Waterhouse tied second with a score of 1down.
The result below appeared in the Sheffield Daily Telegraph on Tuesday 27th February 1894. The match was played at Cambridge between the University and it’s interesting to note that the away team was called the “ROYAL YARMOUTH GOLF CLUB”.
|Cambridge University||Royal Yarmouth|
|J L Low||6||P M Lucas||0|
|A M Chance||3||F S Ireland||0|
|D D Robertson||0||J G Gibson||0|
|H Glasier||0||L Horner||3|
|F R Upcher||0||"L De Maurice"||6|
|C Pigg||3||R Whyte||0|
|H M Siddall||6||E G Ashton||0|
|H M Marshall||0||H Mann||0|
|E K Le Fleming||0||W E Hughes||0|
|F E G Johnson||2||Charles Hope||0|
|W L De B Thorold||0||C Young||0|
On the 12th November 1896 the weather was fine and the course was in good condition for the Linskill Cup scratch competition which was won by B Darwen with a score of 76. A R Heathcote won the St Andrew’s medal with a score of 78-3-75.
Result of the weekly competition played on Thursday 1st December 1898 at Coldham Common; first class G H Hardie, 84-4-80; P W Leathart, 82 scratch; E E Apthorp, 84-2-82; G G Hirst, 92-7-85; H G Neirle, 90-4-86; F H Churchill, 95-6-89; second class A B Wilson, 91-10-81; J C Lucas, 101-20-81; N H Haggie, 97-15-82; A A Trinder, 95-10-85; G H Wilson, 110-25-85; G Stapleton, 95-8-87.
Below is the result of a match played on Saturday December 3rd 1898 at Cambridge between Cambridge University and Oxford and Cambridge Golfing Society.
|Cambridge University||Oxford and Cambridge Society|
|P W Leathart||0||B Darwen||0|
|A C Lawrence||1||J L Low||0|
|E E Apthorp||0||W A Henderson||2|
|N F Hunter||0||H W De Zoete||5|
|A F Dudgeon||0||J E Pease||6|
|W F Lumsden||0||A C M Croome||1|
|W G Howarth||0||R H Mitchell||8|
|C D Mathias||0||D F Ranson||1|
|H M Smith||0||K McL Marshall||1|
|G H Hardie||0||C N Day||5|
Result of the weekly competition played on the 9th March 1899 at Coldham Common, results; first class G H Hardie, 81-4-77; C B Hudson, 84-7-77; G H W Dawson, 86-7-79; W G Howarth, 83-3-80; E V Soames, 88-7-81; J B Escoline, 88-7-81; J S Bookless, 88-6-82; E H Timms, 89-6-83; F W Eddison, 88-4-84; second class E F Penn, 86-13-73; E C Miller, 94-20-74; L G Davies, 89-14-75; A A Trinder, 89-10-79; A N Lee, 95-16-79; R B Wright, 93-11-82.
The following is from the 1905 Nisbet's Golf Yearbook; Membership of 350 (including life members); Joint Hon. Secs. - Charles Pigg, 11 Queen Anne Terrace, Cambridge, and R C Simpson, Trinity College; Captain - G Hoffman, Caius College; Entrance Fee 21s and Subs £2/2s; 18-holes; Professional - Robert Glass (North Berwick.) "The course is situated on Whitwell Hill, and has a great advantage over the old course at Coldham's Common, in that it is situated in pleasant country far from the streams of Barnwell. The course is still young, and there is much yet to be done. The chief failings at present are a lack length and legitimate incident" - B DARWIN.
In 1914 there was a membership of 450, which included life members. Amateur course record holder was J F Ireland with a score of 72. The entry’ fee was £1/1/0 and subs £2/2/0. Visitors’ fees were 2/6 a day, 10/- a week and £1 a month.
Below is the result of a match played at Oxhey Golf Club (now defunct) on Saturday 1st December 1934.
|Oxhey Golf Club||Cambridge University|
|J McKay (7&5)||1||J S L Lyon (Trinity Hall)||0|
|R G D Riddell (1up)||1||P B Lucas (Pembroke)||0|
|C K Cotton (2&1)||1||H A Pope (St John's)||0|
|R Egerton Johnson (3&2)||1||P T Dickinson (St Catharines)||0|
|M F Darke (5&4)||1||H C Neilsen (Clare)||0|
|W B Pilling (1up)||1||G O Peake (Pembroke)||0|
|E Homberger (2&1)||1||P J Gold (Jesus)||0|
|C G Melrose (halved)||0||C M Bell (Trinity Hall)||0|
|P W D White (halved)||0||E C Pemberton (St Catharines)||0|
|B O Babb (halved)||0||R Pattisson (Pembroke)||0|
|Riddell & Cotton (5&4)||1||Neilson & Lyon||0|
|McKay & Pilling||0||Lucas & Dickinson (3&2)||1|
|Johnson & Darke||0||Pope & Peake (3&2)||1|
|Melrose & Homberger||0||Gold & Pemberton (1up)||1|
|White & Babb||0||Bell & Pattisson (5&4)||1|
|1890||W T Linskill, 48 New Square, Cambridge.|
|1906||Charles Pigg, 11 Queen Anne Terrace, Cambridge and R C Simpson, Trinity College.|
|1914||Charles Pigg and R B Vincent, Trinity College, Cambridge.|
|1924||J A Bourn, Pembroke College, Cambridge.|
|1925||J S C Maughan, Trinity College, Cambridge.|
|1920s-30s||G Illingworth, Trinity College.|
|1940-47||G G D Carter, Trinity College, Cambridge.|
The club no longer has its own course; it now plays its home golf over the Royal Worlington & Newmarket Golf Club.
The Google Map below shows Coldham's Common.