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Blickling Golf Club, Aylsham, Norfolk.

The club was founded in 1891.

Blickling was a 9-hole parkland course with holes varying in length from 155 to 390 yards. The course was located in Blickling Park. There were railway stations at Aylsham (Great Eastern and later the London North Eastern) and Aylsham Town (M&GN) 1 ½ miles away. Local  hotels were the Black Boy at Aylsham and the Buckinghamshire Arms, Blickling. Blickling Hall is now a National Trust building. The original clubhouse is now a privately owned house on the estate. It is possible that the former owner of the estate, Lord Lothian, had an interest in and played golf.

The annual meeting of the Blickling club held on Wednesday 16th February 1898. The secretary, Mr C R Dewhirst, reported a balance in hand of £1/5s/9d. The Rev J E Pease was elected captain for the year.

On Tuesday 11th May 1898 a match took place on the Blickling course between R Kelly (Norwich) and W Aveston (Cromer). The latter won the match by 2 up. Scores; Aveston, 37; Kelly, 42. 

In 1906 visitors’ fees were 1/- a day and 5/- a week.

In 1914 the club had a membership of 45 gents and 25 ladies. Entry fees for gents were £1/1/0, but there was no entry fee for ladies. Subs for gents were £1/1/0 and ladies 10/6d. Visitors’ fees had increased to 2/- a day and 7/6d a week. Sunday play was not allowed.

In 1922 membership was just 28. Visitors’ fees were 1/6d a round, 2/6d a day, 10/- a week, 20/- a month.

In the mid 1920s and early 1930s visitors’ fees were 2/- a round, 3/6d a day, 6/- a week and 30/- a month and Sunday play was allowed after 1pm.

In 1935 membership was 85 and the SSS was 67.

  Secretary Professional/Greenkeeper
1900s (early)   Charles Peat (p)
1906 Col C A Lyon-Campbell, Sankence Lodge, Aylsham.  
1902/19   George Harrison (p&g)
1914 Reverend W B Parr  
1922 A R George  
1919/22   W J Hannant (p) F Hooker (g)
1920s/30s Reverend S H Harvard Watts.  
1935 R E Steward, The Old Mill House, Aylsham. G Bean (g)
1940/47 R E Steward, The Old Mill House, Aylsham. W J Hannant (p) G Bean (g)

 

  Course records
1930s J F Bond (am) 74 W J Hannant (pro) 67
1935 Reverend S H Harvard Watts (am) 73 W J Hannant (pro) 65
1936 R J Bond (am) 71
1940 A D Bond (am) 69 W J Hannant (pro) 65.

 

Blickling Golf Club, Norfolk. The Blickling Golf Club Clubhouse.

The Blickling Golf Club Clubhouse on an undated postcard. Authors Collection.

 

Below is the former Blickling Golf Club's Clubhouse! The 'wooden bit' at the side (now a shed) was once the outdoor toilet. The building is now a private residence. Images below are courtesy of the Christopher Weston archive.

 

Blickling Golf Club, Aylsham. The former clubhouse.

The compact Blickling clubhouse

 

Blickling Golf Course is marked on the map below. All you will see today is a wide area of grass to left and right of the main drive through the estate. If you know where to look and have an idea of what to look for it's still possible to work out where the course was. 

 

Blickling Golf Club, Aylsham. The former golf course.

Blickling Golf Course marked to the north on the above map.

 

From 1940 to the club’s final appearance in 1947 visitors’ fees 2/- a round, 3/6d a day, 10/6d a week, 30/- a month. Sunday play was allowed after 1pm.

The Britain From Above link below shows Blickling Hall and the former golf course.

http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/image/eaw018542?search=blickling&ref=8

Blickling Golf Club, Norfolk. Location of the former golf course.

Course location at Blickling Hall.

 

Thanks to Mrs Beryl Griffiths of Melton Constable who made this contribution in 2004. “You may like to know that, pre war, there was a nine hole course at Blickling, Norfolk (National Trust). It ceased being a course in about 1940/1. I have spoken to a couple of R.A.F men who used it while billeted at the Hall. The golf club building is now a small privately owned house on the estate. I don’t know who created the course, possibly the late owner of the Hall, Lord Lothian. About three years ago I helped to mount an exhibition about his life but I found nothing else about the course”