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Stevenage Golf Club, Herts.

First club appears in 1893.

Below a match played at Bedford on December 7th 1893. It was a return match played between Mr C F G Hervey’s team of Bedford and Stevenage. 

Bedford Golf Club   Stevenage Golf Club  
Mr A Tyson 1 Mr A Young 0
Rev. G F Apthorp 10 Rev. W Jowitt 0
Col. C E Harenc 5 Mr H Barclay 0
Mr W Church 7 Mr Dunn 0
Mr Boyd Thomson 0 Mr Standring 0
Mr C F G Hervey 3 Mr Robinson 0
  26   0

The following extract is from a report in the Pall Mall Gazette on 17th January 1894 and is further confirmation of the existence of an earlier club at Stevenage; “No club plays more matches with others than Cambridge University. On February 2nd the Varsity team will meet the Stevenage Golf Club.”

It was reported in April 1894 that Mr Standing, late secretary of Stevenage Golf Club, had been presented with “Quain’s Dictionary of Medicine” and a claret jug as a recognition of his services to the club. 

Below the “New” Stevenage Golf Club at Norton Green in 1902.

 

Stevenage Golf Club, Herts. Opening of the new course at Norton Green in 1902.

From the Luton Times and Advertiser Friday 10th October 1902. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

Below is the result of match played at Stevenage against South Beds Golf Club November 1904.

Stevenage Golf Club   South Beds Golf Club  
J Milne 0 G H Barford 1
G Muirhead 0 J Healing 1
W O Times 0 P Allen 1
R L Hine 0 E Burr 1
F Chouler 1 B T Crew 0
T E Dobinson 0 H Beecroft 1
H Broadbent 0 F L Neve 1
G F Marsh 1 G Worboys 0
  2   6

The professionals were F H Potton 1905/6 and F Fiddaman 1907/8. 

In 1906/7 the joint secretaries were P R Tarbet and P N Wurr, High Street, Stevenage. The captain was J E Dobinson. A 9-hole course with a club membership of 120.  There was no entry fee and subs were £2/2/0 for men and £1/1/0 for ladies. The professional F H Potton was also the green-keeeper. Visitors’ fees were 1/6 a day, 5/- a week and 12/6 a month. The railway station was 1 ½ miles away. The local hotel was the Yorkshire Grey.

In 1908 the secretary was George B Dunn and the professional and greenkeeper was listed as J Fiddaman, some evidence it could have been F Fiddaman. 

The club had disappeared before WW1.

The Google Map below shows the area around Norton Green, location of the later golf course.