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Herne Bay Golf Club, Eddington, Kent.

The club was founded in 1889.

Still searching for early evidence of the club.

It was reported in June 1895 that Mr W C N Chapman of Old Tree Heath, had accepted the office of President for the "new" Herne Bay Golf Club. 

The original 9-hole parkland/links course was reconstructed in 1902. 

The AGM in March 1903 was held at the Connaught Hotel, in the chair was the President, Mr J C Lovell. Also present; Dr C K Bowes, Vice President, Dr E W Senior, Captain, Mrs Bawcomb, Mr and Miss L Byrne, Mrs Cuningham, Mrs Senior, Miss Kelso, F Bawcomb, W M Buckmaster, A Plomer, W J Gray, F H Neale, R Pembrook and F H Barwood and T E Horwell, Hon Secretaries.

The balance sheet was presented and was showing over £90 of receipts over expenditure. There were no outstanding accounts except a proportion of rent and part of the purchase money for the pavilion which amounted in total to £20. Membership for the year; 77 playing members, 44 non-playing members and 26 lady members. The upkeep of the course was praised and was stated to be in excellent condition, it was confirmed that no expense would be spared to keep it up to the present standard.  

Monthly medals for ladies and gents were held throughout the season. Competition winners for the year; The cup for the best aggregate net score in medal competitions presented by Mr A Christmas was won by Mr H W Lawrence; The Gold Medal presented by Mr W C N Chapman for the most medal victories was won by Mr F Bawcomb.

Mr Bass was re-elected as Treasurer, Mr George Burge was to be captain for the year. Mr J C Lovell was re-elected as President and Dr Bowes would continue as Vice President. Hon secretaries would again be F H Barwood and T E Horwell. Committee; Mr F Bawcomb, Mr H Boncey, Mr T E Horwell, Mr W J Gray, Mr J S Keen, Mr F Iggledon, Mr F Wood, Mr R Pembrook.

The following is from the 1905 Nisbet's Golf Yearbook; Reconstructed 1902; Hon. Secs. - T E Horwell and R Pembroke, Hillside, Beltinge Road, Herne Bay; Captain - F Bawcombe; Entrance Fee suspended and Subs £2/2s, Ladies £1/1s; 9-holes; Professional - PWyatt; Professional Record, P Wyatt 70 (18-holes); Visitors' fees, 2s/6d a day, 7s/6d a week, 21s a month. The course is situated on high and undulating ground and affords a beautiful view of the sea and surrounding country. It is of a sporting character well guarded by natural hazards. It has recently been much improved and is now over two miles round.     

In 1906 the joint secretaries were T C Horwell and R Pembrook, Hillside, Beltinge Road, Herne Bay. The captain was F Bawcomb. The professional was P Wyatt who also held the course record, now with 68. Entry fee was 21/- subs 42/-. Visitors' fees were 2/6 a day, 7/6 a week, 10/6 a fortnight and 21/- a month.

 

Herne Bay Golf Club, Kent. The opening of the extended course in July 1907.

From The Illustrated Sporting & Dramatic News July 20th 1907. Image © Illustrated London News Group. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

Herne Bay Golf Club, Eddington, Kent. The golf pavilion and course.

The golf pavilion and course

 

Below is the result of a match played between Tankerton & Whitstable Golf Club (now defunct) and Herne Bay Golf Club on the 17th July 1909. 

Tankerton & Whitstable Golf Club   Herne Bay Golf Club  
R J Arbon 1 R Wells
Carol Powers  1 C Hawkins 0
J B Sumner (half)  0 J Wacher (half)  0
S Anderson  1 A Smith  0
C Downs Butcher  Captain Nicolay 
J W Riddell  0 C Danson  1
W G Small  E W Gill 
J Ogden  0 A Wacher 
G W Jones  0 Courtenay Foster  1
G D Keddie  R Randall  0
Arbon and Keddie Wells and Randall 
Powers and Sumner 1 J Wacher and Hawkins  0
Anderson and Butcher Nicolay and Smith 0
Riddell and Small  0 Gill and Danson 
Ogden and Jones 0 Foster and A Wacher 
  9   5

 

Herne Bay Golf Club, Eddington, Kent. Cop bunkers on the course.

Interesting features of the course (cop-bunkers). Image courtesy of golf-repro.com

 

Herne Bay Golf Club, Eddington, Kent. Lost ball?

Lost ball! Image courtesy of golf-repro.com

 

In 1909/10 the secretary was T E Horwell, Hillside, Beltinge Road, Herne Bay. The professional was R D Randall. Amateur course record; G L Mellin, 74. Bogey score was 75. Entrance fee £1/1s and subs £2/2s. Club membership of 250.

 

Herne Bay Golf Club, Eddington, Kent. WW1 Identity Card for R D Randall.

 

Herne Bay Golf Club, Eddington, Kent. WW1 Identity Card for R D Randall.

Very rare WW1 Identity Card. A copy of the National Registration Act 1915 for Robert D Randall, professional at Herne Bay. Courtesy http://www.oldsportsauction.com/

 

In 1924 the Ladies held a stroke competition. Below are images of four of the competitors. (Courtesy of Golf Heritage London @LdnGolfHistory) 

 

Herne Bay Golf Club, Eddington, Kent. Mrs Rose and Mrs Sheffield.

Mrs Rose driving at the seventeenth against Mrs Sheffield.

 

Herne Bay Golf Club, Eddington, Kent. Mrs Cautley, scratch prize winner.

Mrs Cautley of Thanet, winner of the scratch prize.

 

Herne Bay Golf Club, Eddington, Kent. Mrs Robinson, winner stroke competition.

Mrs Robinson, winner of the stroke competition.

 

A fifty guinea silver trophy was presented to the club by the townspeople of Herne Bay in 1910 for a spring competition. On Saturday 6th May 1933 it was won by Mr Geo B Reeves, the newly elected captain of the Shrub Hill Golf Club, with a net score of 137 for 36 holes. By coincidence the same trophy was won in 1928 by the then newly elected captian of Shrub Hill, Mr H H Hole, with a score of 147.

 

Herne Bay Golf Club, Kent. Article from The Bystander August 1937.

 

Herne Bay Golf Club, Kent. Article from The Bystander August 1937.

Above from The Bystander August 4th 1937. Image © Illustrated London News Group. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

The picture above shows; left top to bottom – Captain Shier M.C (captain); R Evans Smith; G H Booth.

Middle – T Christie and L W Moylan (chairman); E W Gill and Dr D Jefferies.

Right – S Phillips (director); R E Leane; A Bridges.   

During WW2 the secretary was E Anstee; professional, R D Randall; Course records - amateur C Pentecost, 66; professional R D Randall, 66; membership of 350.

The clubhouse was gutted by fire in 1970, but was eventually rebuilt. The course was re-modelled by Donald Steel in the mid-1990s. 18 holes, 5567 yards, SSS 68, with USGA specification greens. There were over  400 members. Secretary Sue Brown. Professionals during the later years; Richard Lee, David Ledingham, S Dordoy (2008).

The course was owned by the Brealy family. It went into administration and was run by a consortium led by Heidi Brealy for 6 months, but was finally closed by the administrators. It has been sold to Melvyn Newman who plans to develop the land for leisure and tourism. The Club’s trophies were held by the administrators, Geoffrey Martin & Co, who contacted members who may wish to claim them.

 

Herne Bay Golf Club, Eddington, Kent. The course and clubhouse.

Postcard by Photocrom. Authors Collection.

 

Herne Bay Golf Club, Eddington, Kent. The course and pavilion.

Philpot’s Series Postcard of the course and pavilion, card posted in 1907. Authors Collection.

 

Herne Bay Golf Club, Eddington, Kent. The early clubhouse.

The clubhouse in the early 1900s.

 

Herne Bay Golf Club, Eddington, Kent. The clubhouse fire.

The clubhouse fire in the 1970s.

 

Herne Bay Golf Club, Eddington, Kent. The later clubhouse.

The later clubhouse.

 

Location; Grid reference TR17750,66860, co-ordinates 617750,166860.

The club closed in November 2011.