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Shrewsbury Golf Club, Meole Brace.

Shrewsbury Golf Club was founded in 1891.

The original course of 12-holes was situated at Hencote. Unfortunately, after just one year, because of the poor condition of the course the club decided to move. They managed to obtain land at Meole Village and a 9-hole course was laid out. In 1920 the club obtained further land and the course was extended to 18-holes. The club continued at Meole Brace until 1968 when a new road scheme was planned that would virtually wipe out the course. After discussions with the council the course was eventually sold for the road development.

The club moved to a new site at Grange Farm, Condover which opened in October 1971.

The current Meole Brace Golf Club has a twelve-hole municipal course which was established in 1976.

Professionals – W P Lewis 1891-1894; J Riddell 1908-1910; R C Lewis 1910-1914; Alex W Powell 1914-1940s; J W Walker 1940/60s.

The following is from the 1905 Nisbet’s Golf Yearbook; Instituted 1891; membership of 60; Secretary – C J Baker, Kingsland, Shrewsbury; Captain – R D Thomson; Entrance fee £1/1s and subs £1/1s; Nine-holes; Green-keeper Mr Dorricott; Professional record J Hepburn, 35; Amateur records C J Baker and R D Thompson,  37; Visitors’ fees 1s a day and 5s a month. The course is situated at Meole Brace on slightly elevated ground. The hazards are natural, and include Meole Brook, and a few hedges. The holes possess characteristic differences, the longest being 460 yards and the shortest 100 yards. The greens are cut and rolled daily and are of good size.

Result of a club match played at Ludlow in April 1934.

Ludlow   Shrewsbury  
J W Moxon 1 A Ashton 0
D E Llewellyn 1 G B A Lansdown 0
B M Tebb 0 A M Lightfoot 1
G B Stiles 1 E Davies 0
J E Banfield 1 R Adams 0
Rev G Ll Bainbridge 1 J Pool 0
T M Long 1 J F Morris 0
Rev D'Arcy Ward 1 W Davies 0
E Wilson 1 A P Higley 0
E S Miles 1 S Knight 0
O P Taylor 1 J W Fullwood 0
H J Sturton 1 A J Jelf 0
Maj E Molyneaux Seel 0 A Davis 1
F Lucas 0 W Hansford 1
  11   3


Shrewsbury Golf Club, Meole Brace. Article from The Bystander July 1935.

Above from The Bystander July 25th 1935. Image © Illustrated London News Group. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.


In the 1940s  the secretary was H W Newman, The Larches, London Road, Shrewsbury. The professional was J W Walker and the green-keeper, G Breeze. Course records; amateur G H Darlington, 67; professional J W Walker, 63; 18-holes Par and SSS 71; Visitors’ fees, 3s/6d, weekend 5s, 15s a week and £2 a month.

 In the 1950s the secretary was T F Holden, “Lancelyn”, Highfils Road, Shrewsbury. The course records, professional and green-keeper as 1940s . The course measured 5,770 yards with a Par and SSS of 70.

Prior to the move to the new course in the mid 1960s the secretary was R Adams, Ashworth, 132 Copthorne Road, Shrewsbury. The professional was J W Walker and the green-keeper G T Hulse. The 18-holes measured 5,863 yards with a SSS of 68. Visitors’ fees weekdays, 7s/6d a round and 10s a day, weekend 15s a day. 


Shrewsbury Golf Club. Location of the golf course.

Location of the former Shrewsbury course (now Meole Brace GC).
Grid reference SJ49400,10795, co-ordinates 349400,310795.