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Oxford University Golf Club.

Oxford University Golf Club (OUGC) was founded in 1875. OUGC's first home was on Cowley Marsh which was used for university cricket, the obstacles here where hedges marshes and trying to avoid the twelve university cricket pavilions. The golf club did not have a pavilion of its own, Balliol allowed the golfers to use their pavilion rent free.


Oxford University Golf Club. The Golfing Annual 1888/89.


Oxford University Golf Club. The Golfing Annual 1888/89.

From The Golfing Annual 1888/89.


The club then moved to Castle Park, Headington 1889-1891, where it spent two happy years.


Oxford University Golf Club. Club button.

Oxford University Golf Club button.


On Wednesday 25th February 1891 the University entertained the Warwickshire Golf Club at Headington Hill, it resulted in a landslide victory for the home team.

Oxford University   Warwickshire Golf Club  
J B Pease 3 Colonel Boothby 0
H J Whigham 8 W O S Pell 0
R H Dun 2 Hon and Rev R C Moncrieff 0
G H Stewart 7 E C Hunter Blair 0
W D Davidson 3 T Latham 0
A E Ripley 7 Hon R H Lyttelton 0
G B Grundy 7 R O Milne 0
G M Style 3 A Rotherham 0
A Gordon 0 G F Twist 6
G E King 0 N W Brown 0
H C Stewart 1 F Smith 0
Hon D H Cairns 0 S H le Fleming 0
  41   6

In 1891 it moved to Boars Hill, South Hinksey where it remained until 1904/5. Bernard Darwin referring to the Boars Hill course said “Hinksey was certainly amusing and I have spent some not wholly unpleasant afternoons there squelching through mud and trying vainly to hole putts by coming off alternate worm casts. There was a short hole, on the fourth I think, where one played a pitching shot into the heart of a wood which was distinctly entertaining; but on the whole, it was not a good test of golf, or, if it was, then I would rather have my golf tested in some other way”

Below are two images of the South Hinksey course in 1904, not a favourite of Bernard Darwin. On the left on the third green (Mr J Graham jun., putting) on the right the eleventh green.


Oxford University Golf Club, South Hinksey. Images from The Illustrated Sporting Dramatic News 1904.

From The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News December 24th 1904. Image © Illustrated London News Group. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.


Below is the result of a match played at Oxford against Coventry Golf Club on Monday 14th March 1892. 

Oxford University   Coventry  
H J Wigham 0 Harold Smith 2
W D Davidson 9 A Rotherham 0
H Nicholls 10 F C Hunter Blair 0
F H Stewart 0 H Rotherham 6
C F Balfour 1 H W Bainbridge 0
P Balfour 0 W Hillman 0
L Armistead 2 T Latham 0
A R Hamilton 0 Rev F R Evans 1
A Pelham 0 J Powers 7
T Smythe 0 F A Moncrief 2
  22   18

Below, result of a match played at Oxford against the Worcestershire Golf Club on Saturday 12th November 1892. Included in the Worcestershire team was Harry S Colt who played his early golf at Malvern. 

Oxford University   Worcestershire  
H J Whigham 0 E H Blackwell 1
F H Stewart 0 Rev H Foster 6
R B Pearson 0 H S Colt 6
P Balfour 2 E F Chance 0
L Robertson 10 E G M Carmichael 0
H T Knight 3 L S Milward 0
R H Dunn 7 Rev C Black 0
H Nicholls 0 A S Archdale 1
Viscount Encombe 0 W M Binns 5
R Lodge 0 H D Acland 3
F H Campion 4 H K Foster 0
  26   22

Below, result of a match played against Royal Ascot at Oxford on Saturday 26th October 1894. The course was heavy but Mr Lushington (OU) managed to go round in 68.

Oxford University   Royal Ascot  
R H Mitchell 0 F J Patton 1
R B R Mair 0 G W Rickets 0
A C M Croome 8 H Sawyer 0
G B Grundy 4 L B Keyser 0
F T Hope 0 F E Lidnell 6
P A Lushington 15 H C Clarke 0
  27   7

On Saturday 10th March 1900 the Oxford University team visited Royal Ascot, the visitors recording a convincing victory, result below. 

Royal Ascot   Oxford University  
R H Mitchell 0 E C Lee  2
H Blackett 0 T M Hunter 1
G W Rickets 0 F H Mitchell 2
Captain Quinton 0 A Horne 7
E G North 0 C T Lawrence 1
S S Wollaston  0 J Bramston 6
R Creasy 0 H Beveridge 8
H H Longman 3 S Gillon 0
  3   27

Result of a match played at Oxford on Saturday 3rd November 1900 against the Oxford and Cambridge Golf Society. Oxford ran out winners by 33 holes to 13; leading matches as follows; F A Mitchell (OU) beat T M Hunter (O and CGS) 2up; J A T Brampston (OU) beat H G Ellis (OCGS) 2up; H W Beveridge (OU) halved with B Darwin (OCGS); O T Falk (OU) beat J L Low (OCGS) 1up; H M Braybrooke (OCGS) beat J C Watt (OU) 4up; S D Barne (OU) beat E C Lee (OCGS) 8up; A C M Croome (OCGS) beat A C Hamilton (OU) 6up.

It then moved to the eighteen hole course at Radley and Kennington, 1904/5-15.

Result of a trial match held at Radley in January 1911; M Tennant beat D Lyell 7 and 5; S Henderson beat G Forrester 5 and 3; E W Holderness beat F W H Roulston 2up; J C Craigie beat Mr Seton Gordon 4 and 3.

Result of a trial match played at Radley on Saturday 19th October 1912; G C Craigie beat R V Bardsley, 4 and 2; W McClure beat R N Jobson, 1up; G Platt beat R Lefevre, 4 and 2; G Barnard beat L Craig, 3 and 2; G Polson beat T Darley, 7 and 6; L de Gough beat N Curran, 3 and 2; L Blamley beat J Crole, 4 and 3; W Birch and A Mellor halved.

Below is the result of a trial match played at Radley in January 1914. The course condition was described as being “in such a frozen state that play was rather fluky”

H B Stokoe (2&1)  1 A R Melllor 0
J W Allen (4&2) 1 H S Malik 0
O C Bristoe (4&2) 1 B Woodbury 0
E J Lossen (3&2) 1 C H Jenner 0
R J Johnston (5&4) 1 T B Simpson 0
E C Russell (2&1) 1 F J Cristison 0
R W May (2&1) 1 E L Bury 0

In 1914 the honorary secretary was G B Crole, University College and the captain W F McLure, Trinity College. The permanent secretary was J W Gynes, 4 Hill Top Row, Oxford and the professional C H Gibson junior. The Oxford University 18-hole course at Radley was laid out undulating hilly ground. The line of play was along the hill rather than straight up and down. This, it was thought,  made allowances for the “carefree player”. The club had a membership of 450.

Also listed at this time  was the Oxford City Golf Club Founded 1899 and the Oxford Ladies Golf Club, originally called the Cowley Ladies which was Founded in 1901. The Ladies club moved to Southfield Park in 1912, this site was to become Southfield Golf Club (current Club). The secretary at the ladies club prior to WW1 was Mrs How, 21 Merton Street, Oxford. There was a membership of 83. Entry fee was 10/- and subs were 18/-. Visitors’ fees on introduction were, 1/- a day. Ladies were only allowed to play to 1.30 in term time, at all times during vacation. Sunday play was not allowed.


Oxford University Golf Club. Oxford University Golf Club Presidents Medal from 1926.


Oxford University Golf Club. Oxford University Golf Club Presidents Medal from 1926.

Oxford University Golf Club Presidents Medal from 1926. Image courtesy


Oxford University Golf Club. Location of the Cowley Marsh golf course.

Cowley Marsh, the club's first home with unusual hazards, twelve college cricket pavilions, approximate positions marked.

Grid reference SP54075,04830, co-ordinates 454075,204830.



Oxford University Golf Club. Boars Hill golf course.

The course on Boars Hill. The Oxford Preservation Trust bought the land in 1946 and it’s now a Memorial Field.

Grid reference SP49415,02200, co-ordinates 449415,202200.



Oxford University Golf Club. Location of the Radley golf course.

Location of the Radley course.

Grid reference SP51600,01135, co-ordinates 451600,201135.



Thanks to Mrs S A Durbridge for the following information in 2003 -

“Cranbrook Drive is built on the original site of Oxford Golf Club before Southfield was constructed. It is reputed that the Duke of Windsor played on this course when up at Oxford. The original golf house is still standing but could soon be demolished to make way for further housing development”