Fakenham Golf Club, Norfolk.
Founded in 1889, Fakenham was a 9 hole, undulating course situated on Hempton Common, with hazards of sandbanks, furze, roads and water. James Dennis was the professional in the early years and was a wonderful character recognisable by his limp he also wore a trademark bowler hat.
The annual meeting and dinner was held at the Crown Hotel on Wednesday 9th February 1898, the captain, Rev J R B Owen, in the chair. Mr Charles Scott Chad was elected captain for the coming year.
Following are results from the Spring Meeting played on the Hempton course in May 1898. The driving competition was won by Capt. Digby, 199 yards 9 inches. Capt Digby also won the scratch challenge cup. Mr Curtis won the approach and putting after a tie with Mr F Andrews. The match play for Mr Dillon’s prize, limited to the eight lowest cards in the Hammond Cup, resulted in Mr Andrews beating Dr Fisher in the final. The club handicap prize was won by Dr Belding, who also took the Hastings Cup with a score of 69.
In 1914 there was a membership of 51 gents and 22 ladies. Entry fees for gents were 10/- and ladies 5/-, subs for gents were £1 and ladies 10/6d Visitors’ fees were 1/6d a day and 5/- a week. Sunday play was not allowed. The M&GN railway station was 5 minutes away, the Great Eastern 25 minutes.
Result of a match played against Mid Norfolk Golf Club (now defunct) in June 1926.
|Mid Norfolk Golf Club||Fakenham Golf Club|
|N Vincent||0||Rev A R Hoare||1|
|E Gardiner Hill||1||R S Butcher||0|
|F T Alpe (half)||0||Rev P J Simeon (half)||0|
|J C Crossley||0||Dr W H Fisher||1|
|H Rodwell||0||I G Page||1|
|W G Milburn||1||H E Faulke||0|
|T B Probyn||0||J A Stoughton||1|
|J H Mason (half)||0||J White (half)||0|
|Hill and Vincent||0||Hoare and Butcher (1up)||1|
|Alpe and Crossley||0||Simeon and Fisher (1up)||1|
|Rodwell and Milburn||0||Page and Faulke (5&3)||1|
|Probyn and Mason||0||Stoughton and Heath (5&3)||1|
Result of a Ladies' match played at Fakenham against Swaffham in November 1926.
|Fakenham Ladies' Golf Club||Swaffham Ladies' Golf Club|
|Mrs Andrews||0||Miss Williams||1|
|Mrs H Dewing||0||Mrs Cathcart||1|
|Miss Fisher||0||Mrs Sawers||1|
|Mrs S Dewing||1||Mrs Dickie||0|
|Miss Butcher||1||Mrs Rammell||0|
|Miss Scott-Chad (half)||0||Mrs Ringer (half)||0|
In 1930 membership was 60. The station at Fakenham Town was ½ mile away. Local hotels were the Crown and the Lion.
Result of a Ladies' match played at Morley against Mid Norfolk Ladies' Golf Club (now defunct) in April 1930.
|Mid Norfolk Ladies' Golf Club||Fakenham Ladies' Golf Club|
|Mrs Vincent (3&2)||1||Miss Thistleton Smith||0|
|Miss James (4&3)||1||Mrs Dewing||0|
|Miss O Gardiner Hill (6&4)||1||Mrs Andrews||0|
|Miss D Gardiner Hill (3&2)||1||Miss K Palin||0|
|Miss Newbold (5&4)||1||Miss Goulder||0|
|Miss B Gardiner Hill (6&4)||1||Miss E Gardiner Hill||0|
|Mrs Vincent & Miss James (half)||0||Miss Thistleton Smith & Mrs Dewing (half)||0|
|Miss O Gardiner Hill & Miss D Gardiner Hill (4&2)||1||Mrs Andrew & Miss K Palin||0|
|Miss Newbold & Miss B Gardiner Hill (1up)||1||Miss Goulder & Miss E Gardiner Hill||0|
|1890s/1920s||James Dennis (p&gk)|
|1924||S G Page, "Daylesford" Norwich Road, Fakenham.||F Claxton (p&gk)|
|1930||D Savory||E J Meek (gk)|
|1935||A E Bird||F Brodie (gk)|
|1940||E N Thorn||A E Robinson (gk)|
In its final appearance in 1940 the club appeared as Flag Moor Golf Club. The 9 hole course had a SSS of 72 and membership of 60. Visitors’ fees were 1/6d a round of 18 holes, 2/6d a day, Sunday play allowed.