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Shifnal Golf Club, Shropshire.

There is evidence of a pre-WW1 nine-hole course at Lodge Hill.

The current club was founded in 1929, this was originally a 10-hole course at Lodge Hill/Brimstree Hill, the club moved to its present location at Decker Hill in 1963.

 

Shifnal Golf Club, Shropshire. Working on the Lodge Hill course.

The Golf Course, Shifnal, undated postcard of the course at Lodge Hill. Authors Collection.

 

Below is the result of a match played at Walsall against Shifnal in May 1914. 

Walsall   Shifnal  
G B Gooding 1 A Lander 0
J R Boak 1 J R Phillips 0
B Gilbert junior 1 H Edge 0
G Nicklin 1 G P H Godfrey 0
H W Shipley 1 G F Gader 0
W H Fox 1 L Owen 0
J T Bunch 1 G Greene 0
J Pritchard 1 F Thompson 0
  8   0

It was reported in May 1939 that the course had been extended to 18-holes. A nine-hole course had existed for many years; in early 1938 a further 40 acres of land had been acquired; the course measured 5,300 yards. The opening of the new course was celebrated with a match in which Dr Tweddell, of Stourbridge partnered Stanley Lunt of Moseley, against C Stowe of Penn, and K R Frazier, of Chadwick Manor. Tweddell and Lunt won by 2&1. It was also reported that there had been a substantial increase in club membership.

In the early 1950s the secretary was P N Wadlow, Wingfield, Shifnal, the professional and green-keeper was P R Rudge. Club membership of 170. Course records; amateur - G D Nook, 74; professional - G F Reynolds, 68. It was recorded as being a 10-hole course with a Par of 74 and SSS of 73. Visitors' fees were 2s/6d a day; 3s Saturday and 5s Sundays. 

 

Shifnal Golf Club, Shropshire. Location of the Lodge Hill course.

Location of the earlier Shifnal course.
Grid reference SJ74530,05960, co-ordinates 374530,305960.