Cannock Chase Golf Club, Staffs.
There is evidence of a club playing on Stafford Common in the early 1890s (see separate Staffordshire Golf Club entry.)
The Cannock Chase Golf Club was founded in 1894. The club rented land on Milford Common, between the villages of Milford and Brocton, at a cost of 1 shilling a year. The nine-holes were quickly laid out at a cost of just £70. The professional at the outset was J Hutchings and he continued until the club’s closure in the early 1920s. The railway station at Milford and Brocton was 10 minutes away.
The club members originally used a small pavilion next to the Barley Mow Inn. By 1898 the impressive thatched clubhouse was built. To celebrate the opening of the clubhouse a 36-hole match was played between the professional J H Taylor (Royal Wimbledon) and amateur John Ball (Hoylake), Taylor won the match by 6&5. J H Taylor was a five time winner of the Open Championship. John Ball was the first English-born player to win the Open in 1890, he also won the Amateur Championship in the same year.
Below is the result of a match played against South Staffs at Penn on Saturday 13th May 1899.
|South Staffs||Cannock Chase|
|M Wilkie||0||J A Fairhurst||2|
|Noel Fowke||0||B J Fitzherbert||4|
|Dr Lamb||5||B Moore||0|
|C Elwell||3||Conway Morgan||0|
|Dr Chesshire||7||R J Dunn||0|
|G O Lees||7||J W Dunn||0|
|Rupert Smith||0||J G Gifford||1|
|E W Cozens-Hardy||0||J H Ketley||4|
|Rev A H Harrison||3||G Reid||0|
|R J Lawrence||0||Rev F W Haden||7|
On Saturday 3rd June 1899 Cannock Chase played two home matches on the same day. The game against Burton on Trent was a one sided affair, the other match against Notts Golf club was much closer, results below.
|Cannock Chase||Burton on Trent|
|B Moore||11||H Trafford Nadin||0|
|Conway Morgan||1||H Beck||0|
|J G Gifford||2||A H Dudney||0|
|Rev F W Haden||2||J W Birrell||0|
|F J Nesbitt||8||W Ward||0|
|R H Hand||0||R J G Griffiths||0|
|H O Jones||2||F W Browne||0|
|J A Fairhurst||6||J Hall||0|
|B J Fitzherbert||1||N M Robinson||0|
|B Knyvet Wilson||5||C R Hemingway||0|
|H G Nadin||0||J G Mellors||6|
|J H B Bamford||0||J Bright||1|
|J G Gifford||0||H J Neilson||4|
In 1906 the secretary was Dr George Reid, Brocton, Milford. Course records were amateur K Wilson 75 and professional J Hutchings 70. Visitors’ fees on introduction were 1/- a day and 5/- a week.
Below is the result of a match against Buxton and High Peak Golf Club played in May 1906 at Buxton.
|Buxton & High Peak||Cannock Chase|
|Capt Taylor (1up)||1||T C Fitzherbert||0|
|Dr H Shipton (half)||0||R J Dunn (half)||0|
|Dr Little (half)||0||T H B Bamford (half)||0|
|R J Kerr||0||W H Rogers (1up)||1|
|Dr Braithwaite||0||H C Pearson (2&1)||1|
|D H Greenwood (8&6)||1||W C Stubbs||0|
|Dr Gunn (6&5)||1||J W Dunn||0|
|P Shaw (2&1)||1||A E Hughes||0|
|A Galbraith||0||Rev G C Bruton (7&5)||1|
Result of a match between Milford and Whiitington played at Brocton on Wednesday 8th June 1910.
|Rev Melville Scott||1||Captain Duckworth||0|
|Rev G C Bruton (half)||0||C A CBentley (half)||0|
|K Benham||1||N S Smith||0|
|V Bloor||1||N M Powell||0|
|C Morgan||1||E C Schooling||0|
|F J Nesbitt (half)||0||Colonel East (half)||0|
|J Powell||1||F Thompson||0|
|H W Gardner||0||S H Stokes||1|
Below, result of a match played at Whittington Barracks (against Milford on this occasion) in October 1910.
|Captain R Duckworth (2&1)||1||????||0|
|C A C Bentley||0||Rev G C Bruton (1up)||1|
|A E Smith||0||J P Powell (2&1)||1|
|E D Jervis (2&1)||1||J G Gifford||0|
|A H Barnes (5&4)||1||W H Bannister||0|
|W S Halliley (2&1)||1||H C Gardner||0|
|H S Cooper||0||R Bamford (3&2)||1|
Below is the result of a match played against South Staffs Golf Club at Tettenhall on Saturday 15th June 1912.
|South Staffs||Cannock Chase|
|E A Creswell (4&2)||1||J P Powell||0|
|W Vincent Vale (4&2)||1||Rev G C Bruton||0|
|C Howl (2up)||1||J G Gifford||0|
|J D Graham (3&2)||1||W H Bannister||0|
|A Whitlock (5&3)||1||H B Farquhar||0|
Below is the result of a match played at Little Aston Golf Club in April 1913.
|Little Aston||Cannock Chase|
|R S Mackenzie (half)||0||T H B Bamford (half)||0|
|B Lorrimer||1||J P Powell||0|
|T Pollock||1||G C Bruton||0|
|H Ansell||1||W W Morgan||0|
|J G Sheldon||1||G Reid||0|
|S Powis (half)||0||R Bamford (half)||0|
|F Bill||1||H L Underwood||0|
Below are the results from the Ladies’ Autumn Meeting held on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th October 1913. The course was in excellent condition and there was a full entry for all competitions. Arrangements had been made by the secretary, Mrs Conway Morgan, assisted by a special committee, as follows; Mrs Hand, Mrs S W Morgan, Mrs Allan Hughes, Miss Bull, Mrs Nesbitt and the Misses Southam.
Thursday morning bogey competition, prize given by Miss Wolfe Barry. Mrs Beard won the play off against Mrs Fernie. There were 13 no returns.
|Mrs Beard||all square||Miss M Robinson||4 down|
|Mrs J Fernie||all square||Mrs Farquhar||5 down|
|Miss Llewellyn||1 down||Miss Meakin||5 down|
|Mrs Reid||1 down||Miss D Twigg||5 down|
|Mrs Howard Mander||2 down||Miss D Johnson||5 down|
|Miss P Johnson||4 down||Miss Bull||6 down|
|Mrs S Morgan||4 down||Miss E Southam||6 down|
|Mrs C Morgan||4 down||Mrs Hand||7 down|
|Miss Wilson||4 down||Miss G Southam||8 down|
|Miss Twigg||4 down|
Leading scores for the Thursday afternoon foursomes medal, prize donated by Mrs Allan Hughes and the Misses Twigg.
|Mrs S W Morgan & Miss Bell||101||18||83|
|Miss Llewellyn & Miss Robinson||95||11||84|
|Mrs Dixon & Miss Nadin||95||11||84|
|Miss Meakin & Miss D Johnson||98||11||87|
|Mrs Beard & Miss Wilson||103||15||88|
|Miss Twigg & Miss M Twigg||110||21||89|
|Mrs Homan & Miss Landor||114||22||92|
Friday morning medal competition, prize given by Miss Nadin.
|Mrs S W Morgan||92||17||75||Miss Bull||105||20||85|
|Mrs Hand||97||18||79||Miss E Southam||100||11||89|
|Miss Llewellyn||83||2||81||Miss D Johnson||103||14||89|
|Miss Twigg||106||24||82||Miss Meakin||97||8||89|
|Mrs Farquhar||96||13||83||Miss Landor||106||16||90|
Friday afternoon mixed foursome, prizes given by Mrs Hand and Miss Morgan.
|Rev M Scott & Miss E Southam||all square||Dr Steele & Mrs Hignett||4 down|
|Dr G Reid & Mrs Reid||2 down||K E Poyser & Miss D Twigg||4down|
|C S Allison & Miss Southam||3 down||Rev G C Bruton & Mrs Bull||4 down|
|Rev Humpley & Miss Philips||3 down||J P Powell & mrs Farquhar||5 down|
|H Beevor & Mrs Nesbitt||3 down||Dr F Fernie & Miss Llewellyn||6 down|
|M Eddy & Miss Twigg||3 down||C Beard & Mrs Shelton||7 down|
|G H Grummit & Miss Landor||4 down||M Brown & Mrs C Morgan||7 down|
|Conway Morgan & Miss Bull||4 down||C Rogers & Mrs Beard||7 down|
|W W Morgan & Miss M Twigg||4 down||C H James & Mrs S W Morgan||7 down|
In 1914 the secretary was F J Nesbitt, Tixall Lodge, Stafford, the ladies’ secretary was Mrs Conway Morgan, Queensville, Stafford. At this time the club had a membership of 140 gents and 70 ladies. Entry fees for gents were £3/3/0 and ladies £2/2/0. Subs for gents £2/2/0 and ladies £1/1/0. Visitors’ fees were 2/6d a day and 7/6d a week. Ladies were not allowed to play on Wednesday or Saturday afternoons except in mixed foursomes or on competition days. Sunday play was not allowed. There was also a small working men’s club, composed mostly of ex-caddies, who were allowed to play after 1pm on Sundays.
In the early 1920s membership was 103 gents and 70 ladies. Visitors were required to be a member of a recognised club and were permitted on introduction at 2/6d a day, 10/- a week and 25/- a mont
A fire devastated the picturesque clubhouse in March 1922, this no doubt added to the demise of the club. At about the same time land became available nearby and this became Brocton Hall Golf Club.