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Folkestone Golf Club, Radnor Park Avenue, Kent.

The club was founded in 1888.

There is no mention of Folkestone Golf Club in the 1889/90 Golfing Annual.

In 1891 it was reported that the Folkestone Golf Club course was located at Broadmead Farm, half-a-mile from Radnor Park and Shorncliffe stations. The secretary was H A Beeching, Lloyd's Bank, Sandgate Road. Annual subscription was one guinea.

Broadmead Farm in the 1890s was at the junction of Cherry Garden Avenue and Cheriton Road. (On the opposite side of the road to The Harvey Grammar School nowadays.)

On Saturday February 28th 1891 the first monthly competition of 20-holes, over the new 10-hole course was played. The course at this time was in a rough state, and the hazards, which consisted of hedges and brooks were numerous. Mr Faithfull, a well-known golfer from Wimbledon and Felixstowe, played a fine game. Leading scores; Mr Faithfull, 97-10-87; Mr Ward, 123-25-98; Captain Eccles, 119-20-99.

The AGM was held in the Town Hall in May 1891. Those present; Gen. Jackson (in the chair), General Gwyn, Mr Ward, Captain Layton, Colonel Gee, General Sir B Edwards, C.B, Mr Morris, Captain Eccles, Mr Bentinck, Mr De Guerin, Rev A Day, Mr Walker Myles, Dr Alston, Mr Miller, Mr Calverley, Mr Beeching (hon. sec.) Although the club were grateful to the landowner, Mr Jeffrey, who let the club use the land free of charge, it was thought that the club should be seeking a more permanent home. After a long discussion a small sub-committee was appointed to see if Mr Jeffrey, or any other land owner in the district, could sub-let land for a new course. Officials for 1891; President - General Jackson; Captain - General Gwyn; Secretary and Treasurer - H A Beeching; Committee - Major Blackall, Captain Layton, Rev A G Day, Captain Eccles, Sir Bevan Edwards, C T Ward.

Result of the monthly handicap played in August 1891; Captain Eccles, 99-16-83; Sir B Edwards, 107-24-83; Mr Morris, 106-20-86; Captain Conwy, 27-07.

Competitions were regularly played at Folkestone during the 1890s. How long the club continued to play on the Broadmead course isn't, as yet, known.

The later Folkestone Golf Club course was laid out in Radnor Park on land owned by the Earl of Radnor. When the club actually moved to Radnor Park is still to be found. The club continued at this location until the mid 1960s when the land was sold. An 18-hole inland course with good greens and plenty of hazards. The railway station at Folkestone Central was ¼ mile away.

 

Folkestone Golf Club. Club button.

Folkestone Golf Club button. 

 

In 1898 the December medal was won by Captiain Eccles with a score of 95-7-88, runner-up J W Jeffrey 98-5-93.

In 1908 A J Balfour, leader of the opposition, opened the new (extended) course and clubhouse on 27th June. 

Below is the result of a match played at Barham against Folkestone on Thursday October 9th 1913.

Barham Downs   Folkestone  
F G Mirfield (half) 0 J U Gaskell (half) 0
F W Morris 1 Dr Wilgress 0
Col Parker 0 H A Dickins 1
P D Baker 1 R P Shaw 0
Rev W A Newman 0 G D Katinakis 1
Col Hirst 0 W R V Webb 1
T R Stoney 1 M Rouse 0
S W Adams 1 W Standring 0
Mirfield & Morris 0 Gaskell & Willgress 1
Parker & Baker 1 Dickins & Shaw 0
Newman & Adams 0 Katinakis & Webb 1
Hirst & Stoney 0 Rouse & Standring 1
  5   6

 

Folkestone Golf Club. Early postcard of the golf links.

The Golf Links Folkestone. Pre WW1 Judges’ Postcard (Authors Collection).

 

In 1914 the secretary was E W Mitchell at the Golf Club Folkestone. The professional from 1913 to WW2 was A Whiting. There was a membership of 184 gents  and 147 ladies. The entry fee for gents was £5/50 and ladies paid £3/3/0. Subs gents £3/3/0 and ladies £2/2/0. Visitors’ fees were 2/6 a day, 10/6 a week and £1/10/0 a month. August 1st to September 10th 3/- a day, 12/6 a week and £1/15/0 a month. Xmas and Easter weeks 21/- or 5/- a day. Sunday play allowed with caddies. Local hotel at this time was Wampachs.

From 1924 to 29 the secretary was Captain H A Cramer-Roberts. The professional was still Albert Whiting. Membership at this time of 200 gents and 130 ladies. Course records were: amateur A C Edwards with a score of 71 and professional A Whiting 66. Visitors were required to be members of recognised clubs. Fees were 3/6 a day, 15/- a week,35/- a month. Special terms for weeks beginning on Thursday before Easter and Whitsun and from the 24th December. There were also special terms for naval and military officers stationed and serving in Kent, also their wives. Local hotels were the Queens, Regina, Clifton and The Grand.

 

Folkestone Golf Club, Kent. The fourth hole and clubhouse 1931.

 

Folkestone Golf Club, Kent. The first hole from the clubhouse 1931.

 

Folkestone Golf Club, Kent. Illustrated Sporting Dramatic News July 1931.

 

Folkestone Golf Club, Kent. Illustrated Sporting Dramatic News July 1931.

 

Folkestone Golf Club, Kent. Illustrated Sporting Dramatic News July 1931.

Above from The Illustrated Sporting & Dramatic News July 4th 1931. Image © Illustrated London News Group. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

Folkestone Golf Club. Golfers at Folkestone - Who are they?

A gathering of golfers at Folkestone (1930s?). 

 

Result of a home match against Dover Garrison Golfing Society played in May 1932.

Folkestone   Dover Garrison  
W J Hatcher (half) 0 Col H S Poyntz (half) 0
F J Harlow (half) 0 Capt H R Kirkwood (half) 0
G W Lunn 0 Capt Cowan Douglas (4&3) 1
E F Webb (4&3) 1 Lieut Mackenzie 0
R Hall 0 Capt J S Ritchie (2&1) 1
Col W H Trevor 0 Lieut Oulton (3&2) 1
C F Nicholson 0 Major Leslie (6&5) 1
Col H Harrington (2up) 1 Lieut Johnston 0
  2   4

Below is the result of a match played at St Margaret’s at Cliffe against Folkestone on Sunday 17th June 1934.

St Margaret's at Cliffe   Folkestone  
Major McNab 1 W J Hatcher 0
R V Hare (half) 0 R Hall (half) 0
A Jack 1 Colonel Trevor 0
G Shuter 0 Captain Sobutt 1
G Pickard 0 L Noble 1
A L Green 0 C F Nicholson 1
W Garland 0 A E Norris 1
P S Neylan 1 T L Kendrick 0
Major McNab & A Jack 0 W J Hatcher & R Hall 1
R V Hare & A L Green 1 Colonel Trevor & Captain R Sobutt 0
G Shuter & G Pickard 1 L Noble & C F Nicholson 0
W Garland & P S Neylan 1 A E Norris & T Kendrick 0
  6   5

 

Folkestone Golf Club, Kent. Article from The Tatler February 1936.

From The Tatler February 5th 1936. Image © Illustrated London News Group. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

Folkestone Golf Club, Kent.From the Bystander July 1936.

From The Bystander Wednesday 8th July 1936. Image © Illustrated London News Group. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

Folkestone Golf Club, Kent. The Channel Challenge Cup 1936.

From The Illustrated Sporting & Dramatic News August 21st 1936. Image © Illustrated London News Group. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

By 1940 there were few changes, the amateur course record holder who was now G D Hannay 65. The green-keeper was W Smith. The 18 holes had a SSS of 71.

In 1947 the secretary was W A Murray, telephone 3510. The professional was G A Gower and the green-keeper C Burton.

 

Folkestone Golf Club, Kent. Competition spoon from 1949.

 

Folkestone Golf Club, Kent. Competition spoon from 1949.

Competition Spoon from 1949. Thanks to Graham Rowley.

 

1951 and the secretary was Lieutenant Colonel E T Pain. The professional was G A Gower and the green-keeper J Hilder. The 18-hole course had a SSS of 75. Visitors fees were now 3/6 a round and 5/- a day, at weekend it was 5/- a round and 7/6 a day, £1 a week and £3 a month.

In the clubs final year in 1965 it was listed as Folkestone Golf Club (1954) Ltd, Radnor Park Avenue. Telephone 53510. The secretary was V S Woodiwiss. Membership was 400. The 18-hole course of 6,063 yards had a SSS of 71. The professional was C Whiting and the Green-keeper L Bell. Course Records were, Amateur W Pierce 69, professional H Weetman and S L King 66. Visitors’ fees were 7/6 a round, 10/- a day. June to September  10/- round or day. Weekend and Holidays 10/- a round 15/- a day. . Local advertised hotels were the Grand, Burlington, Garden House, Prince’s, Lyndhurst and Clifton.

The course can be seen on the Britain From Above link below.

http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/image/epw000700?search=golf&ref=63

Folkestone Golf Club. The early Folkestone golf course.

An early postcard showing the former Folkestone course. Postcard by The Photocrom Co Ltd, London and Tunbridge Wells, Celesque Series.

 

Folkestone Golf Club. Layout of the Folkestone golf course.

Layout of what appears to be the later Radnor course.

 

Folkestone Golf Club scorecard.

Scorecard.

 

Folkestone Golf Club. Location of the Folkestone golf course in 1908.

Location of the course in 1908.

 

Folkestone Golf Club. Location of the Folkestone golf course in 1938.

Location of the Folkestone course at Radnor Park in 1938. There’s a new clubhouse and the course has moved to the south, there is also further road development, a sign of things to come.

Grid reference TR21950,36790, co-ordinates 621950,136790.

 


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The current Folkestone club is Sene Valley, Folkestone, site of the former Hythe Golf Club.