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Beckenham Place Park Golf Club. (1932 - 2017)

Beckenham Place Golf Club took over the course from the Foxgrove Golf Club in 1932.

An 18-hole undulating woodland pay and play public course. The Mansion House that overlooked the course was formerly owned by the Cator family.

There was much sadness and controversy when Lewisham Council decided to close the public course in November 2017.

The Council put in place the following draft master-plan for the area.

“Our vision for the largest park in the borough is to restore its natural heritage features, enhance facilities and activities so that it attracts a wider range of visitors. To achieve this, Mayor and Cabinet made the decision to close the golf course in Beckenham Place Park, which took up a third of the park area.”

Thanks to Christoph Meister for his help in supplying some of the images below. Christoph also recalls "When I had my first golf lesson there in 1989 it was one of the busiest golf course in the U.K. with up to 50,000 players per year. Since then the number of golfers at Beckenham Park has decreased and Lewisham Council reckons there would be more people using the park if there was no golf course. From my memory I can only state that there is enough space in the park for both golfers and non-golfing visitors." 

 

Beckenham Place Park Golf Club, London. Course scorecard from 1937.

 

Beckenham Place Park Golf Club, London. Course scorecard from 1937.

Scorecard from 1937. From the Christoph Meister Archive.

 

Beckenham Place Park Golf Club, London. Early picture of the golf course.

 

Beckenham Place Park Golf Club, London. Early picture of the golf course.

Above are early views of the course.

 

Beckenham Place Park Golf Club, London. Article from Browning's Golf in Kent c1960s.

 

Beckenham Place Park Golf Club, London. Article from Browning's Golf in Kent c1960s.

Course description from “Browning’s Golf in Kent.” c1960s. From the Christoph Meister Archive.

 

Beckenham Place Park Golf Club, London. Beckenham Place Park Golf Course layout.

Later course layout. From the Christoph Meister Archive.

 

Beckenham Place Park Golf Club, London. Course scorecard from the 2000s.

 

Beckenham Place Park Golf Club, London. Course scorecard from the 2000s.

Course scorecard from 2000s. From the Christoph Meister Archive.

 

Beckenham Place Park Golf Club, London. Later picture of the golf course.

Later view of the course.

 

Beckenham Place Park Golf Club, London. Trees being felled on the former golf course.

Above, part of the master-plan. The trees are marked with red spots signifying removal.

 

Beckenham Place Park Golf Club, London. Trees being felled on the former golf course.

Felling takes place of many of the trees on the former golf course.