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Cooper’s Hill Golf Club, Surrey. (1890s - WW1)

The club first appeared in the early 1890s.

Below is an article that appeared in the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News Saturday 3rd March 1894. It’s a profile of a well-known amateur golfer of the time, Arthur James Duncan. What is of particular interest is the mention of three defunct golf clubs he was involved with; Southampton, Royal Isle of Wight and the Cooper’s Hill.

 

Coopers Hill Golf Club, Surrey. Report from the Illustrated Sporting Dramatic News

 

Cooper's Hill Golf Club, Surrey. Report from the Illustrated Sporting Dramatic News March 1894.

 

Cooper's Hill Golf Club, Surrey. Report from the Illustrated Sporting Dramatic News March 1894.

 

Cooper's Hill Golf Club, Surrey. Report from the Illustrated Sporting Dramatic News March 1894.

From the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News Saturday March 3rd 1894. Image © Illustrated London News Group.

 

Below is a report on the monthly medal July 1894.

 

Cooper's Hill Golf Club, Surrey. Result of the July 1894 monthly medal.

From the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News Saturday 28th July 1894. Image © Illustrated London News Group.

 

Below is the result of the May 1895 monthly medal.

 

Cooper's Hill Golf Club, Surrey. Result of the May 1895 monthly medal.

From the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News Saturday 18th May 1895. Image © Illustrated London News Group.

 

The following is from the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News Saturday 3rd August 1895. “COOPER’S HILL GOLF CLUB - In a mixed foursome competition against bogey by the members of this club, I find from the returns before me that the bogey score is fixed at 92. Surely, however, this is an enormously big score, especially as the course is certainly not a long one. It is, of course, not surprising to find that several couples were a large number of holes “up” on their unseen opponent. A notable case in point being the return of the winners, Mrs Henson and Mr A J Duncan, who were no less than 11 holes to the good. This, of course, an extraordinary score, and yet the total number of strokes played by the pair was 100. I hope it may not appear a presumption on my part to suggest that the system of handicapping and scoring should be subjected to some considerable revision. The second couple, Miss Schlich and Mr Murray beat bogey by 10, whilst Miss Fisher and Mr Brown were no less than 9 holes to the good. These are certainly the highest scores against bogey which I have ever come across.”  

There is no mention for Cooper’s Hill in the Nisbet’s Golf Yearbook 1905. 

The club is listed in the 1909/10 Golfing Annual as follows; Cooper’s Hill Golf Club, Nine-holes at Byfleet.

It’s likely that the club disappeared at the time of WW1.