Purley Chase Golf Club, Nuneaton.
The Purley Chase Golf Club was founded in 1978. The course was designed by B Tomlinson. Many improvements were made over the years making it one of the leading golf courses in the Midlands and North Warwickshire.
The course measured over 7,000 yards off the championship tees with a par of 72. Lakes were a feature on some of the shorter holes and together with lush fairways and undulating greens it made a challenging course for all grades of golfer. There was also a driving range. Good food and drink was available in the four star clubhouse.
In the early 1980s the secretary was C T Cooke and the professional P R Bottell. Membership of 500. Visitors’ fees were £1.50p.
Later in the 1980s the secretary was R G Place and the professional M Chamberlain. Membership of 600. Course records were; amateur – P Broadhurst, 72; professional – P Elson, 64. Visitors’ fees were; weekday £8; weekend, £12.
In the early 1990s the secretary was R G Place and the professional D Llewellyn.
Later in the 1990s the professional was Gary Carver. Visitors’ fees were; weekday, £15; weekends, £25.
Colin Jones who qualified via the World Golf Teachers Federation Course in Spain during March 2005 was the later professional.
Lawson Evans served for two years as captain 2009 – 2010. Captain for 2010/11 was Paul Crump; Senior Captain, Mike Stocking; Lady Captain, Kelly Naylor.
But the club which once had a membership of 700 fell into decline and was described as “overgrown and totally unplayable” towards the end of its days in 2012.
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