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King's Lynn & District Golf Club, Norfolk.

The club was founded in 1923.

The need for a club was discussed by a group of enthusiasts at a meeting held in December 1921. It was to be called the King’s Lynn & District Golf Club.

James Braid was approached to advise on the land selected for the course. He visited the site at the end of January in 1922 and confirmed by letter that the area would be suitable and that an eighteen-hole course could be laid out.

Braids letter read “I have pegged out tees and greens for a course of about 6,100 yards which may easily be lengthened or shortened if desired. A few essential bunkers etc. will have to be marked out and made at the same time as the greens are being constructed, the average width of the fairways should be about 45 yards and the average size of the greens should be 630 square yards (approx.)”

The course was opened on the 30th May 1923 with an exhibition match between Braid and James Sherlock, the Hunstanton professional, Braid winning 2&1. They went round in one and a half hours.

 

King's Lynn Golf Club, Norfolk. Opening of the course May 1923.

Sherlock and Braid on the opening day. Image supplied by Mr A Jones.

 

In August 1926 the Chatterton Cup was won by H Massingham who beat P Elliott in the final by 3 & 1. A bogey competition was won by Mr Leslie Barnes. 

Below is the result of a match played at Woodhall Spa in October 1928.

Woodhall Spa Golf Club   King's Lynn & District Golf Club  
Capt W J Alexander (Half) 0 W D Kirkham (Half) 0
H E Sharman 1 C O Billing 0
C E Scorer 1 T L Hart 0
G B Hett 1 W H Bardell 0
Rev T F U Robson 0 R Robinson 1
T M Wheat 1 Dr S G Collins 0
J W Walter 1 P C Elliott 0
Col J McCarthy 1 T Woodhall 0
Capt W J Alexander & H E Sharman 1 W D Kirkham & C O Billing 0
C E Scorer & G B Hett 0 T L Hart & W H Bardell 1
Rev T F U Robson & Col J McCarthy 1 R Robinson & Dr S G Collins 0
Major S V Hotchkin & J W Walter 1 P C Elliott & T Woodhall 0
  9   2

In the early 1930s the secretary was R C R Robinson, St Ann’s, King's Lynn. The club had a membership of 340. The professional was  A Gladman and the green-keeper C Large. Course records; amateur J H Thompson, 76; professional James Sherlock, 69. Visitors’ fees; 2s/6d a round, 3s/6d a day. 

In 1947 the club address was at Middleton. The 18-hole course had a SSS and Par of 75.  Railway stations were at Middleton or Gayton Road both 1 mile away. Visitors’ fees were 3/6d a round and 5/- on weekdays, weekend and Bank Holidays 5/- a round , 7/6d a day, 15/- a week and £2 a month. Local hotels were the Duke’s Head and the Globe.

On Thursday April 15th 1950 R A Knight, Felixstowe, formerly assistant to Henry Cotton at Mid Surrey, set a new competition course record with a first round of 68 in the Eastern qualifying section of the Daily Mail golf tournament. Previous record, 69, stood for about 20 years, but Charles Ward (Little Aston) a Ryder Cup Player, carded a 68 in an exhibition match in 1949.

In 1960 the 18-hole course was 6,232 yards in length and had a SSS of 73. Visitors’ fees were 6/- a weekday, weekend and Bank Holiday 7/6d a day, 25/- a week and 50/- a month.

In the early 1970s the 18-holes measured 6,312yds and had a SSS of 70, membership was 650.

  Secretary Professional/Greenkeeper
1947 A G Sykes, Old Hall, Middleton. J O Lovelock (pro) H J Powell (gk)
1950s (mid) J H Jenner, 59 King George V Avenue, KL. C Hanlon (pro) H J Powell (gk)
1960 G F Ball C Hanlon (pro) H J Powell (gk)
1970s Major H T Roberts C Hanlon (pro)

 

  Course records
1947 W S Thompson (am) 70 Jas Sherlock (pro) 69
1950s A J W Carlisle (am) 69 R A Knight (pro) 68
1970s M P Staines (am) 68 C Clark (pro) 68

The club moved from Leziate to its present location at Castle Rising in 1975.

The Leziate site was purchased by British Industrial Sand who excavated most, if not all, of the land that golf was played on. The area has now been landscaped, the large part providing lakes and young trees.

A Braid course lost forever.