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Southwell Golf Club, Notts.

First appears prior to WW1.

A 9-hole course the station at Southwell was 1 mile away. The local hotel, near to the golf course was Ye Olde Saracen's Head, the house where King Charles reputedly stayed and finally surrendered.

 

Southwell Golf Club, Notts. Putting on the eighth green.

The eight(h) green at Southwell golf course. Authors Collection.

 

Below is the result of a match played at Newark on Saturday 5th October 1912. 

Newark Golf Club   Southwell Golf Club  
E Bennett 1 T A B Walker 0
F Auckland 1 N A Metcalfe 0
C N Park 1 T D Partington 0
H E Branston 1 Dr Handford 0
E Edis 1 C L Maltby 0
E Ringrose 1 Dr Kairn 0
E H Allard 0 S Booth 1
W Bradley 1 J H Kirkby 0
J Stewart 1 Mr Collins 0
  8   1

Result of a match played against Notts City Golf Club in June 1913.

Notts City Golf Club   Southwell Golf Club  
J Clarkson (5&3) 1 T D Partington 0
W H Knapp 0 A A Metcalf (2&1) 1
J Heiss (3&1) 1 Dr Polson 0
A Loverseed (3&1) 1 Dr Kairn 0
M Wilson (4&2) 1 S Booth 0
P N Lay (8&6) 1 J Bates 0
W A Scott (8&6) 1 J Ellis 0
  6   1

Below information on the Southwell professional John George Egleshaw is courtesy of the PGA Golf Remembers project.

 

Souhwell Golf Club, Notts. Headstone for John George Egleshaw.

John George Egleshaw was professional at Southwell Golf Club at the time of WW1.

 

The annual meeting of the shareholders took place at the Rodney Hotel on Tuesday 9th February 1915, Mr James Henry Kirkby, founder of the club, in the chair. The accounts were passed and the following officers were elected; President, W N Hicking; captain and treasurer, C L Maltby; vice-captain and secretary, Thomas David Partington; committee – The Ven. Archdeacon Hacking, Dr Nairn, Dr Polson, Dr Willoughby, J J Bates, H Browne, S Booth, C G Caudwell, J Ellis, W Gregory, A E Hall, J K Lane, N A Metcalfe, R A Millington and F A Robinson.

In 1922 there was a membership of 60. Visitors’ fees throughout were 1/6d a day, 5/- a week and 10/- a month. By 1924/5 membership had risen to 150. Sunday play was not allowed.

The annual meeting was held in the Saracen’s Head Hotel in January 1924. In recognition of his service the secretary, T Collins, was presented with an inscribed silver cigarette case. J F Clarke was elected hon. treasurer in place of C L Maltby who retired after many years service. H T Jackson was elected captain, the first artisan to fill the office. Mr Collins was re-elected as secretary and S Booth was the new president.

  Secretary Professional/Greenkeeper
1912/17 T D Partington J G Egleshaw (pro)
1922 T D Partington, The Burbage, Southwell. T Smith (gk)
1924/5 T R Collins  
1926/40 T Shaw, Kirklington Road, Southwell. R Wilkinson (gk)

The 23rd annual meeting was held at the Saracen’s Head Hotel I February 1934. Mr C G Caudwell, president, revealed that the club had experienced the best and most successful year so far. Green fees showed an increase of £17/11s and there was a surplus of over £43 over the years working. The following officers were elected; president, C G Caudwell; vice-president,  N A Metcalfe; captain, J F Clarke; vice-captain, H Kirkby; hon. treasurer, J F Clarke; hon. secretary, T Shaw; hon. auditor, W H Clifford; match secretary, R W Higson. 

Below is the result of a ladies’ match played at Belton Park on Wednesday 16th April 1930.

Belton Park Golf Club   Southwell Golf Club  
Mrs Brunyee 0 Mrs Kirkly 1
Mrs Grinling 0 Mrs Cafferata 1
Miss Pim 0 Miss Merryweather 1
Mrs Brittain 1 Mrs Harrison 0
Miss Harrison 1 Miss Coney 0
Miss Royle 1 Miss Higson 0
Miss Bolsover 1 Mrs Holliday 0
Mrs Parsons 1 Miss Jenkins 0
  5   3

In 1940 the 9-hole course had a SSS of 69 and a membership of 180.

 

Southwell Golf Club, Notts. Article from Nottingham Journal January 1942.

Nottingham Journal January 3rd 1942. Image © Illustrated London News Group. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

It was reported in March 1943 that the Notts War Agricultural Committee had surveyed parks and other large tracts of land for the purpose of growing crops. The Southwell golf course was included in the survey so it’s probable that the course was taken over to aid the war effort.

It was reported in December 1949 that the proposed winding-up of Southwell Golf Club would be regretted by the many people that have enjoyed the club and course. However, there was satisfaction among those connected with the Southwell War Memorial Recreation Ground to whom the golf club was transferring its financial assets. 

Southwell Golf Club, Notts. Location of the former golf course.

Location of the course at Southwell.
Grid reference SK70060,52920, co-ordinates 470060,352920.