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Broad Oak Golf Club, The Downs, Bromyard, Herefordshire.

Founded in 1895, Broad Oak Golf Club was originally located in Worcestershire, this was before boundary changes were made. A 9 hole course situated on Bromyard Downs with fine views. Hazards consisted of whins, reeds and ditches.

Result of competitions held in January 1899, Gent’s - L G Childe-Freeman, 104-25-79; Rev E L Childe-Freeman, 100-14-86; D Macintosh, 101-15-86; R H Childe-Freeman, 118-28-90; Ladies’ – Mrs T B Hewiit, 103-17-86; Mrs Morgan, 129-24-105; Miss H Kempson, 143-28-115.

Below, result of a match played against Kidderminster on Monday 3rd April 1899. 

Broad Oak   Kidderminster  
Rev W Sarjeantson 7 Dr R A Oldham 0
Col Prescott Decie 1 F C Jotham 0
Rev E Hewitt 0 H G Henderson 0
Rev J B Hewitt 4 S Hemingway 0
E Wight 7 M Newcomb 0
Rev E H Oldham 7 Rev R Perowne 0
Rev E L Childe-Freeman 1 P Barton 0
D MacIntosh 4 C A Mackintosh 0
R Bailey 0 C F Barton 3
Rev H G Morgan 0 F Ragg 0
  31   3

On Saturday 21st April 1899 Bromyard (Broad Oak) visited Ledbury to play the first match against the newly-formed Ledbury Golf Club. The result of the match below. 

Foursomes. 

Ledbury   Bromyard  
Miss M Whatley & Rev C Black 3 Miss Kempson & C L Enderby 0
Miss F Whatley & Rev W P Matthews 0 Miss Wight & Col Prescott-Decie 1
Mrs Swift & Rev G Swift 0 Miss M Nicholl & Rev E Childe-Freeman 3
Miss Emily Scobell & C Kennedy Black 1 Miss Enderby & Rev E Hewitt 0
Miss P Scobell & R Masefield 1 Miss F L Enderby & Rev S McArthur 0
  5   4

Singles. 

Ledbury   Bromyard  
Miss M Whatley 0 Miss Wright 0
Mrs Swift 4 Miss Enderby 0
Miss Scobell 1 Miss F L Enderby 0
Miss F Whatley 0 Miss M Nicholl 0
Miss E Scobell 0 Miss H Kempson 4
Rev C Black 4 Col Prescott-Decie 0
R Masefield 2 Rev E Hewitt 0
C K Black 3 Rev E L Childe-Freeman 0
Rev G Swift 0 Rev S McArthur 0
Rev Matthews 0 C L Enderby 0
  14   4

In 1914 the club had a membership of 40. The amateur course record was held by the Reverend E H Oldham with a score of 35.  No entry fee was payable at this time. Subs were £1/1/0 for single membership and £2/2/0 for family membership. Visitors’ fees were 1/- a day, 3/6 a week, 10/6 a month and 15/- for six months. Sunday play was not allowed.

In 1923 and membership was 68, visitors’ fees were now 2/6 a day, 7/6 a week and 15/- a month. Sunday play was now allowed without caddies.

By 1932 membership had dropped to 30.

  Secretary Greenkeeper
1914 Reverend E L Childe - Freeman, Edwyn Ralph Rectory, Bromyard. G Summers
1923 T V Philpott, Dumbledown Cottage, Bromyard. F Moore
1932 G T S Sirrell, 25 Broad St.  

 

Broad Oak Golf Club, Bromyard. The clubhouse and course.

Postcard of Bromyard used and dated December 1911. Postcard by M Chadney Smith, The Library, Bromyard.

 

Broad Oak Golf Club, Bromyard. Location of the former course.

Course location, Broad Oak Golf Club had disappeared by the mid 1930s.

Grid reference SO66990,56045, co-ordinates 366990,256045.