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Blakeney & Cley Golf Club, Norfolk.

Founded in 1894/5.

Blakeney and Cley had a 9-hole course, about 10 minutes walk from Blakeney Town along a sea bank. The turf was good and the greens excellent and well kept. The clubhouse offered accommodation for players. There was a membership peak of about 100. The Station at  Holt was 5 miles away. Local hotels were the Blakeney, Ship, Priory Farm, White Horse at Blakeney and the George and the Fishmongers Arms at Cley.


Bakeney & Cley Golf Club, Norfolk. Result of a match between Blakeney and Wells July 1895.

From the Norwich Mercury Saturday 13th July 1895. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


The following is from the 1905 Nisbet's Golf Yearboook; Instituted 1894; Membership of 70; Hon. secretary - C J Temple-Lynes, Blakeney, Norfolk; captain, P A Underhill; green-keeper, Robert Dix; Entrance fee nil, and subs £1/1s, ladies 10s/6d; nine-holes; professional record - W Aveston, 76; amateur record - George Bromley, 81. 

In 1906 visitors fees, on introduction, were 1/- a day, 5/- a week, 10/- a month.

The summer meeting was held on August 18th and 19th 1908. There were eight competitors for the Challenge Bowl presented by Mr J T Spurrell, the winner was A H Peart and the runner-up was E B Loynes. For the eighteen-hole handicap competition (handicap to 12) the winner was C G Agnew, 80. The best nine-hole competition, A H Peart, 36½ Best eighteen-hole (handicap over 12) C J Ash, 127. Ladies’ competition (handicap) was won by Mrs Murdock, 69, Mrs Peart, 76. Best gross, Mrs J S Scott, 101. 

In 1914 there was no entry fee. Subs for gents were £1/1/0 and ladies 10/6d. Visitors’ fees, on introduction, had increased to 2/- a day, 7/6d a week, 15/- a month. There were no restrictions for ladies and Sunday play was not allowed.

In 1922 the daily rate for visitors was still 2/-, but other charges had increased to 10/- a week, 15/- a fortnight, and 20/- a month.

  Secretary Professional/Greenkeeper
1895/1907   Robert Dix (p&g)
1905/22 C J Temple-Lyn, Blakeney, Norfolk.  
1914   Albert Lee (p)
1922   R W Smith (g)
1923/47 A T R Steadman, Glandford, Cley, Norfolk. T Cobon (g)


  Course records
1906 G Bramley (am) 81 Willie Aveston (pro) 76
1922 A H Peart (am) and P A Underhill (am) 83

In 1947 visitors’ fees were 2/6 a day, 12/6 a week, 21/- a fortnight and 30/- a month. Sunday play was allowed after 1pm.

Blakeney & Cley Golf Club, Norfolk. Location of the former course.

Course location, Blakeney & Cley Golf Club had disappeared by 1951.