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Bromsgrove Golf Club, Worcestershire.

Golf was played at Bromsgrove as early as 1894, the club was inaugurated in 1896. 

A 9-hole course with good sandy soil. Holes varied in length from 130 to 592 yards. The bogey was 41. The station at  Bromsgrove was 1 mile away.  Local hotel was the Golden Cross.

Below, result of a match played at Alcester on Saturday 4th March 1899. 

Alcester   Bromsgrove  
E T Neale 7 F J Russon 0
G W Hinwood 4 M W Grafton 0
T F Woolley 10 J H Ludlow 0
H Overbury 0 T Horton 5
P H Hales 0 G H Wall 5
  21   10

Below, result of a match played at Ipsley on Saturday 25th March 1899. 

Ipsley   Bromsgrove  
H R Heatley 4 R Tapp 0
F C B Cave 0 M W Grafton 4
C A Milward 3 T Russon 0
F V Milward 3 W D Ashbourne 0
W A Downes 5 G W Wall 0
  15   4

The in depth report below gives important information on the early history of the club.

 

Bromsgrove Golf Club. Newspaper report from March 1900.

 

Bromsgrove Golf Club. Newspaper report from March 1900.

 

Bromsgrove Golf Club. Newspaper report from March 1900.

From the Birmingham Daily Post Friday 9th March 1900. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

Result of a match played against Droitwich at Bromsgrove in February 1903.

Bromsgrove   Droitwich  
W L Bunting 0 O W Walford 0
R Tapp 0 A C Pickering 6
M W Grafton 2 Rev F D Richardson 0
H M Goodman 0 F A W How 4
F Holyoake 8 Pr Shirley Jones 0
H B Carslake 5 A W How 0
H C Barham 8 T Young 0
  23   10

In 1906 the amateur course record held by  J Stevenson with a score of 39. Visitors’ fees on introduction, 1/- a day, 5/- a week and 10/- a month.

In 1914 the club had a membership of 100. Entry fees were £1/1/0 and subs £1/11/6. Sunday play was allowed without caddies.

Although the course was recorded on Ordnance Survey Maps just prior to WW2 no written evidence of the club has been found, so far, between the wars. 

 

Bromsgrove Golf Club, Worcestershire. Location of the course at Hill Top.

Location of the Bromsgrove golf course, which was still appearing just prior to WW2. Grid reference SO94380,69990, co-ordinates 394380,269990.