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King's Norton Golf Club, Birmingham.

Founded 1892. The club was originally situated on Wychall Lane, King's Norton. The club moved to the new site at Brockhill Lane, Weatheroak  in about 1970.

The annual meeting was held at the Old Schoolroom, King’s Norton, on Saturday 20th January 1894, Mr Austin Chamberlain MP, in the chair. The treasurer’s statement was showing a balance in hand of £41/18s/6d. The following officers were re-elected; Mr Austin Chamberlain, president; Mr C Pelham Lane and Mr G Cartland, vice-presidents; the names of  the Rev C W Barnard (vicar of King’s Norton) and Mr J Baldwin (Bredon) were also added to the list of vice-presidents; Mr Shirley Baldwin, captain; Mr J J Tomson, secretary and treasurer; the committee were re-elected, with A K Baillie and P M Ellis elected in place of the Rev Buchanan Allen and Mr J Baldwin. The membership at this time was 136 (95 men and 41 ladies). The club professional and greenkeeper was Jack Burns, Open Champion in 1888.

 

King's Norton Golf Club, Birmingham. Wychall Lane and Golf House.

Early picture of Wychall Lane and Golf House.

 

In the 1905 Nisbet's Golf Yearbook the secretary was J J Tomson, The Chalet, King's Norton, and the captain, T W Piggott. Club membershipof 180. Entrance fee £5/5s and subs £3/3s. Bogey score, 77. Visitors' fees 1/- a day, 2/6 at weekend.

Listed seperately was the King's Norton Ladies' Golf Club. Instituted in 1895. The secretary was Mrs E C Bewlay, The Cottage, Park Hill, Moseley, and the captain, Mrs H R Padmore. Club membership of 65. Entrance fee £2/2s and subs £1/1s. Amateur record, Mrs Douglas Charles 77, bogey score of 81. Visitors' fees 1/- a day.  

 

King's Norton Golf Club, Birmingham. The former clubhouse.

Postcard of the fomer clubhouse at King’s Norton. Image courtesy of Dave Blocksidge (Downtowndave)

 

In October 1897 King’s Norton had a resounding home win against Handsworth, details below. 

King's Norton   Handsworth  
H W Bainbridge 1 Dr C Robertson 0
Dr H T Lowe 1 R Vaughan 0
S Baldwin 3 A Brigg 0
A G Tonks 11 C Palmer 0
T W Piggott 2 G Pearson 0
C S Green 5 R M Hills 0
H H Monckton 4 D Hills 0
P F Wallis 1 K Jacobs 0
  28   0

Below is the result of a one sided ladies’ match played at King's Norton against Hagley in November 1897.  

King's Norton   Hagley  
Miss Wolseley 11 Mrs Chance 0
Miss Shufflebotham 0 Miss N King 0
Miss Morgan 2 Miss M King 0
Mrs Holcroft 8 Miss Webb 0
Mrs C Green 12 Miss A Webb 0
  33   0

In 1900 the secretary was J Thomson, The Chalet, King's Norton. Course records; amateur, G Ashmore 81, professional, G Cawsey. Listed as an 18 hole course. Secretary at Kings Norton Ladies Club was Miss Wolseley, Sunnyside, Kings Norton.

Below is the result of a match played against Coventry Golf Club at King's Norton on Tuesday 18th September 1900.

King's Norton   Coventry  
S Baldwin 0 P A Adams 0
C A Palmer 2 N A Stebbing 0
A G Brinton 0 Harold Smith 2
J O Walford 0 G B Sanderson 1
T Homer 0 S Cash 1
H S Player 5 A Pearson 0
W A Crosbee 5 R Hill 0
H Clark 3 Harry Smith 0
H E Cashmore 0 H N Smith 0
  15   4

In 1911 the secretary was H F Adkins, The Pentre, King's Norton, professional W P Lewis. Membership of 320 including 100 ladies. Entry fee £7/7/0, subs £3/3/0. Well kept 18 hole course of 5,800 yards bunkered by many well placed artificial hazards, heavy clay soil, well maintained good greens. The course has lately been altered and extended which has made much needed improvements. Amateur record, F A Woolley 72. Visitors’ fees 1/- a day, 2/6 at weekend, 6/- a week. Station at King's Norton was about 10 minutes away. Kings Norton Ladies Club, founded 1895. Secretary Mrs F O Timmins, Upcote, Kings Norton. Entry fee £2/2/0, subs £1/11/6. Visitors fees 1/- a day on introduction, 2/6 at weekend. Bogey score for ladies 81. Sunday play without caddies.

Officers at the club in 1914 were; Mr O Phillips, captain; W H Malin, secretary; Arnold Wood, treasurer; W P Lewis, professional. 

Result of the February 1914 Senior Division monthly medal; R Green, 83-2-81; J W G Hill, 84-3-81; T A Roose, 88-7-81; R S Hill, 93-10-83; R Caswell, 97-10-87.

Below is the result of a match played at King’s Norton against the Worcester Golf & Country Golf Club in July 1938. 

King's Norton   Worcester G&CC  
N A Seers 1 Dr Duggan 0
C J Reece 1 D G Johnson 0
F F Seymour (half) 0 A H Davies (half) 0
J L Brown (half) 0 P L Richards (half) 0
C H S Furse 1 E W Tinkler 0
T Dornan 1 H Hacking 0
J Morgan 1 P W Barker 0
E D Ludlow 1 W Darch 0
L G Seymour 1 G N Nicholl 0
H A W Smith 0 Mr Hallmark 1
T Sinnet 0 A N Alexander 1
  7   2

Just after WW2 the secretary was H A D Baldwin, the professional was B G Preston and the greenkeeper W Barton. An 18 hole course with a SSS and par of 72, membership of 250. Course records were, amateur, N A Seers 67, professional E Cawsey 63. Visitors’ fees were, 3/- a day (2/- with a member), weekends 5/- (2/6). Kings Norton railway station was one mile away.

In 1966 the secretary was H A Turner, 173 Hanging Lane, Birmingham, the professional was J Wiggett and the greenkeeper H Maybury. The 18 hole course measured 6,117 yards with a SSS of 71 and par 72. Course records were, amateur, B J Kingstone 68, professional, P J Longmore 66. Visitors’ fees, 10/- a day (5/- with a member) , weekends 20/- (7/6).

 

King's Norton Golf Club, Birmingham. Location of the former golf course.

Site of the former King's Norton course at Wychall Lane. Houses now cover the area, and the street names reflect the former use of the land, The Fairway, Mashie Drive etc.

Grid reference SP03750,78410, co-ordinates 403750,278410.