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Grantham Golf Club, Lincs.

A nine hole course, the club was founded in 1894. The original course was located just to the south east of Beacon Cottage. Following WW1it moved a short distance north east to the area around Hall’s Hill. The station at Grantham was 1 mile away.

From 1896 to 1905 the president was Lieutenant A Hutchinson and the secretary A J Godfrey.

In March 1895 Grantham visited Bulwell Forest to play Notts Golf Club A team.

Notts Golf Club A   Grantham  
T G Mellors 0 F Park 11
P W Snook 5 Sid Shaw 0
J D Pearson 0 Alec Shaw 1
W R Lymbery 1 H Shaw 0
J A Simpson 0 J Evans 0
C P Dixon 7 D Bruce 0
J W Windley 11 A Friend 0
C A Rastall 0 A Lockhart 2
  24   14

A bogey competition was held on Whit Monday in 1895, result; H Preston, 6up; A E Park, 4up; F H Vinsen, 3up; J Evans 2up and A L Shaw, 1up. The prize was a box of balls given by the chairman, Mr A Shaw.

Also in June 1895 the foursomes competition, with prizes given by Messrs B Beeson, L Bell, Henley and MacVicar, which had been in progress for the last few weeks, concluded on Friday 7th ; first prize, Miss Luard and Mr G P Fillingham, 1up; second prize, Messrs J Evans and F W Robinson.

Result of the October 1895 medal; R Rothwell, 135-48-87; H Preston, 111-22-89; S Shaw, 103-12-91.

Result of a ladies match played over 15 holes on the Harrowby course against Belton Park in November 1896. Mrs Hutchinson entertained the players in the clubhouse after the match.

Grantham Ladies   Belton Park Ladies  
Miss B M Thompson 0 Miss Maud Wilson 6
Miss Luard 6 Mrs Clements 0
Mrs Allford 0 Miss H Garvey 6
Mrs Lee 0 Mrs Wilson 3
Miss Thompson 4 Miss Pope 0
  10   15

Below is the result of a match played over the West Common course at Lincoln on Saturday 10th March 1900.  

Lincoln   Grantham  
A Wallace 0 D C Thompson 3
C Pym 0 S Shaw 3
J Alexander 0 H Preston 1
Rev H J Watney 5 R Rothwell 0
W T Warrener 4 A Maxwell 0
W J Cannon 5 L Shaw 0
T P Stokoe 11 J Lockhart 0
A B Porter 5 A L Shaw 0
G Ponsford 4 H Shaw 0
  34   7

Result of a match played on the Harrowby course against Newark on Thursday February 19th 1903.

Grantham   Newark  
R Rothwell 0 Stuart Macrae 0
S Shaw 11 W J Robertson 0
H Shaw 7 E Harker 0
J Grantham 0 J Brown 2
Rev H H Surgey 0 W H Shipman 1
T Rowle 0 H Bailey 4
W S Brown 1 V Robinson 0
  19   7

Match played in March 1904 at home to Belton Park.

Grantham   Belton Park  
R Rorhwell 1 B C Thompson 0
B Shaw 0 W E Thompson 1
A J Shaw 0 T Norton 1
J Lockhart 0 F W Thompson 1
W S Brown 0 Rev G Goodwin 1
T Rowle 0 Rev E Robinson 1
  1   5

In 1906 course records were amateur Sid Shaw with a score of 36, and professional A Fowler 33. Visitors’ fees were 1/- a day , 5/- a week and 10/- a month.

Following is the result of  the Shaw Cup, a competition of 27 holes, played in April 1909; Herbert Shaw, 1down; W J Kelley, 5down; W S Brown, 7down; J Tinn, 9down; F G Simpson, 10down; J R Casburn, 12down. Result of the monthly medal for April 1909; W S Brown, 97-12-85; H Shaw, 95-7-88; W J Kelley, 101-11-90; B Fillingham; 123-26-97; F G Simpson, 115-16-99.

Result of a club match played at Peterborough on Thursday 1st April 1909. 

Peterborough   Grantham  
A F Percival 0 W E Thompson 1
C M Everard 0 T Norton 1
A C Ferrier 1 Rev H M Cooper 0
T Blunt 1 W S Brown 0
G C Hall 1 W E Dalby 0
W H Sturton 0 J S Glover 0
  3   2

Following is the result for the 1913 January medal (9 holes); division 1 – E W M Harvey, 49-6-43; division 2 – W Merry, 58-13-45; H H Hughes, 57-11½-45½; A L Shaw, 55-9-46. The winner of the Ladies’ Brooch” for January was Mrs A J Benson.

Result of the March 1913 medal; div 1 – H Sharpley, 104-15-89; div 2 – H Willoughby, 111-27-84.

Following is the result of the Shaw Cup, a 27 hole bogey competition, played on March 27th & 29th 1913; A J B Godfrey, 1down; E W M Harvey, 2down; A H S Boggis, 6down; T Rowle, 7down.

Result of the April 1913 monthly medal; div 1 – A J B Godfrey, 98-14-84; div 2 – Herbert Hall, 101-26-75; Theo Rowle, 111-22-89; A E Pearson, 115-26-89; J Curtis, 118-27-91. The winner of the ladies gold brooch for April 1913 was Mrs A J B Godfrey.

In June 1913 a bogey competition for a gold badge, given by A J B Godfrey, result; F J Shaw, 1up; A B Goold, 3down; A L Shaw, 6down. Result of the monthly medal for June; div 1 - A Shaw jnr, 91-14-77; div 2 – H Willoughby, 107-24-83; Ladies gold brooch, Miss G Shaw, 116-36-80.

Following is the result of the 1913 July medal; div 1 – J Tinn, 88-13-75; Stanley Shaw, 92-16-76; W Patrick, 84-7-77; A L Shaw, 91-14-77; F G Simpson, 93-16-77; div 2 – A B Goold, 100-27-73; J E Edmundson, 112-24-88; J T Slater, 112-24-88. Ladies’ gold brooch for July; Mrs A J Benson, 95-28-67; Mrs J E Edmundson, 110-32-78; Miss Willoughby, 109-30-79; Miss G Taylor, 118-36-82; Mrs A J B Godfrey, 115-32-83.

In 1914 the club had a membership of 100. The entry fee was 10/6d and the subs £1/1/0. Visitors’ fees had increased to 1/6d a day. There was no Sunday play at this time.

Below are competition results from 1921:-

The monthly medal and silver spoon competition for February; Division One – H Howman, 82-4-78; A J B Godfrey, 90-11-79; H Sharpley, 93-14-79; E C Newton, 92-92-12-80; A E C Chambers, 98-14-84; G Brittain, 100-14-86; Div Two – A J Benson, 106-18-88; E Peacock, 110-18-92; Rev W G Summers, 118-24-94.

Result of the 18-hole Hutchinson Trophy (Silver Cleek) played in April; H Bowman, 82-2-80; C J Barker, 89-9-80 (won play off); T H Bowman, 81-+1-82; W S Brown; 90-8-82; C Whinney, 106-24-82; A E CChambers, 97-14-83; H Willoughby, 101-18-83; J W Simpson, 95-11-84; B Fillingham, 100-16-84; L Egan, 100-16-84; G N Simon, 101-16-85; A Barnett, 103-18-85. 

Below, result of a match played in April at Grantham against Newark. 

Grantham   Newark  
A J B Godfrey 1 G Bateman 0
E C Newton 1 E Knight 0
G H Wilson 1 J H Bingham 0
A E C Chambers 1 J Essam 0
L Egan 1 T Hurst 0
B Fillingham 1 H W Mace 0
H Willoughby 1 H W Strange 0
A Barnett 0 E C Thrale 1
C A Basker 1 R J Hambling 0
W H Bird 0 F A West 1
A W J Manners 1 J W Tully 0
A J B Godfrey & E C Newton 0 G Bateman & E Knight 1
A E C Chambers & G H Wilson 1 J H Bingham & J Essam 0
L Egan & B Fillingham 0 T Hurst & H W Mace 1
C A Basker & H Willoughby 1 R J Hambling & H W Strange 0
W H Bird & A W J Manners 0 F A West & J W Tully 1
  11   5

Bogey competition for a prize given by Mr A J B Godfrey played on the 19th May; H Bowman (2), 1up; T H Bowman (+1) all square; E C Newton (14), all square; F W Whipple (8), all square; H Sharpley (12), 2down; W S Brown (8), 3down; C J Barker (8), 3down; H Willoughby (18), 6down; G H Wison (11), 6down.

June medal and silver spoon; Division One – F W Whipple, 88-8-80; Div Two – A J Benson, 101-18-83; A Barnett, 101-18-83; J G Hopkinson, 103-20-83. On Thursday 9th June an 18-hole eclectic competition was played for a gold medal given by Mr W H Bird, result below.  

A J Benson  42 9 33 A J B Gogdfrey 42 + 5 1/2 36 1/2 W McWilliam 48 9 39
39C J Barker 38 4 34 J W Barker 41 + 4 1/2 36 1/2 J W Simpson 45 5 1/2 39 1/2
F W Whipple 38 4 34 A E C Chambers 44 7 37 E C Newton 47 6 41
H Sharpley 40 6 34 J G Hopkinson 47 10 37 W G Summers 54 12 42
L Egan 42 8 34 H Bowman 39 1 38 L P Nainby 54 12 42
A Barnett 43 9 34 G H Wilson 44 5 1/2 38 1/2 C Whinney 53 10 43
T H Bowman 34 +1/2 34 1/2 Alex Shaw 45 6 39        

The monthly medal and silver spoon competition for July; Division One - J W Barker, 81-9-72; E C Newton, 85-12-73; H Sharpley, 94-12-82; L Egan, 98-16-82; Div Two – A Barnett, 94-18-76; H G Hopkinson, 96-20-76; W T Merry, 98-20-78; W G Summers, 105-24-81; C Whinney, 104-20-84; E Goold, 107-22-85; E Peacock, 104-18-86; W A McWilliam, 105-18-87. 

In July the most popular competition of the year, the Victory Bowl, given by the President, Mr J G Thompson was won by Alex Shaw, a founder member of the club in 1894 he beat F W Whipple in the final. On conclusion of play the trophy was presented to the winner by Miss Robertson of St Andrews.   

In 1923 club membership was 120 gents and 50 ladies. Visitors’ fees were 2/- a round, 7/6d a week and 15/- a month.

Below is the result of a match played at Burghley Park, Stamford in April 1930.

Burghley Park   Grantham Golf Club  
Mr Pearson & Mr Conway 0 W T Merry & V Borchard 1
Mr Tinkler & Mr Wait 0 W J Hall & E H Colwell 1
Mr Potter & Mr Bowman 1 C R Lawton & G Wild 0
Mr Eayres & Mr Farrow (half) 0 F W Dudding & L C Burningham (half) 0
  1   2

 

The winner of the 1930 October medal was W B Light with a score of 4down. 

  Secretary Professional
1906 A J Godfrey, 2 Watergate, Grantham. E Williamson
1914/20s H Sharpley, Upton Bank, Grantham. H Collingwood
1920s/30s W Pile, 41 South Parade, Grantham. H Collingwood
1940 B Shipman, 3 Albion Street, Grantham. A Petit

In the club’s last year in 1940 the 9 hole course had a SSS of 70 and a membership of 100 gents and 80 ladies. Visitors’ fees were as 1923.

Grantham Golf Club, Lincolnshire. Location of the former golf course.

Location of the Grantham course in the 1930s. Grid reference SK93075,35715 co-ordinates 493075,335715. The earlier course was located just to the south east of Beacon Cottage.