Arden Golf Club, Solihull, Warwickshire.
Founded 1891. A 9 hole flat course on gravel soil. The GWR station adjoined the course.
The following is a report from the Birmingham Daily Post in July 1893. The Reverend Canon Evans was concerned about young men spending time on the Arden golf links when they should have been at school or work “The golf club, he believed, was responsible for the non-attendance of many boys. Young gentlemen who were supposed to be in business in Birmingham seemed to be able to play upon the golf ground from early morn to dewy eve. Every gentleman wanted an attendant, and little boys were admitted to the ground, and were paid small sums of money 3d, 6d or 1/-and the consequence was they sometimes had thirty or forty boys away from school. He hoped parents would face up and make sure their boys attend school regularly”
|1897-1902||J W Whiting|
|1914||S P Leitner|
Below is the result of a match played against Kenilworth Golf Club at Solihull on Saturday 15th October 1892.
|F A Bainbridge||6||T Latham||0|
|O Airy||5||V Jepson||0|
|Rev G W Barnard||0||Dr E K Bourne||4|
|A E W Browne||3||H R Hands||0|
|A G Tonks||4||J Sidebottom||0|
|J F Wright||5||C G Middleton||0|
In September 1893 Arden, in this match called Solihull, played a match against Tanworth at Solihull. Result below.
|F A Bainbridge(captain)||3||Hon. and Rev R C Moncrieffe||0|
|O Airy||11||Rev G W Barnard (captain)||0|
|A E Wilson-Browne||4||A J Moncrieffe||0|
|M C Lord||3||C G Graham||0|
|H H Wright||2||W J Burman||0|
Below is the result of a club match played at the Arden Club in October 1893 against Barton under Needwood Golf Club (also now defunct).
|F A Bainbrisge||4||C Palmer||0|
|O (G) Airy||3||A H Palmer||0|
|A E Wilson-Browne||0||P S White||0|
|A G Tonks||2||A R White||0|
Below, result of a match played at Kidderminster on Saturday 15th April 1899.
|J P Humphries||0||H W Bainbridge||2|
|W R Nash||0||A G Tonks||1|
|W H Grazebrook||8||M C Lord||0|
|G Grindley||0||A E Wilson-Browne||1|
|C K Harrison||2||H H Wright||0|
|E C Corbett||1||M Lindner||0|
|A C Oldham||8||C Wade||0|
In 1914 the club had a membership of about 100. Entry fees for gents were £3/3/0 and ladies £1/1/0. Subs for gents were £2/2/0 and ladies £1/1/0. Visitors’ fees on introduction were 1/- a day, 2/6 a day at week-end, 5/- a week, 10/- a month. Sunday play was allowed without caddies.
The result below is interesting, it’s a match played between the Hampton Golf Club and Hearsall Golf Club in June 1914. It was reported as being played at Hampton-in-Arden. The course shown on the map below was appearing on maps up to WW2. No evidence has so far been found of a course at Hampton-in-Arden.
|G W Harriden||0||A B McLean (4&3)||1|
|F G Cross||0||W C Hunter (5&4)||1|
|B Evans||0||J Wormell (4&2)||1|
|H Sydenham (half)||0||A G Hadden (half)||0|
|G Senior (2&1)||1||R Wormell||0|
|H Burrill (3&1)||1||T Hancox||0|
|F Trusty||0||R H Tilt (5&4)||1|
|P Mantle (4&3)||1||J Haymes||0|
|D N Barrs (half)||0||B Hirons (half)||0|
|E G Bryant||0||J Simpson (4&2)||1|
|G Chambers||1||W Bednell||0|
|O Hauser||1||M Barron||0|