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Bletchingley Golf Club, Surrey.

The club was founded 1901. 

There is no entry for Bletchingley Golf Club in the 1905 Nisbet’s Golf Yearbook.

James Braid visited the former Bletchingley course in 1909 and probably advised on bunkering and the re-configuring of holes. In the Nisbet’s Golf Yearbook 1910 states that; “the course was improved under Braid’s advice.”

In 1914 the secretary was J Keble Guy, Barmoor, Bletchigley. A 9-hole course with a membership of 100. Entry fees for gents were £3/3/0 and ladies £2/2/0 subs were £3/3/0 and £2/2/0 respectively. Visitors’ fees were, 1/- a round, 2/- a day, 5/- a week, 15/- a month and £2/2/0 for six months. Sunday play was allowed without caddies after 1pm. 

The picture below shows some of the undulating features of the former course.

 

Bletchingley Golf Club, Surrey. The course at Nutfield.

The Bletchingley golf course at Nutfield prior to WW1.

 

Bletchingley Golf Club, Surrey. Location of the course in 1912.

The golf course was situated between Nutfield and Bletchingley. Reproduced from the {1912} Ordnance Survey Map.

 

During the 1920s and early 1930s the secretary was M T Maw, The Gatehouse, Nutfield, Surrey and the greenkeeper Luke Payne. Membership of 100. Visitors’ fees were 2/6 a day, 5/- on Sunday, 10/- a week and £1 a month.

Below is the result of a match played at Bletchingley against Warlingham Golf Club (now defunct) on Saturday 16th May 1931.

Bletchingley   Warlingham  
S D Greig 0 R Parry (5&3) 1
D O Light (4&3) 1 A Meredith 0
W R Birchall (8&7) 1 R T Bowly 0
C A Curnall (6&5) 1 F Harrison  0
F Roberts 0 C H T Cole (5&3) 1
E C Tyndale (5&4) 1 H Andrews 0
F E Barnard (6&5) 1 E W Lighton 0
S B Mitchell (4&2) 1 F H A Bell 0
D O Light & W R Birchall (4&3) 1 R Parry & F H A Bell 0
C A Curnall & E C Tyndale 0 A Meredith & C H T Cole (6&4) 1
F Roberts & F E Barnard (2up) 1 R T Bowly & E W Lighton 0
V T Ruck & S B Mitchell 0 F Harrison & H Andrews (2up) 1
  8   4

 

1935 the secretary was D O Light, “Holmbury” Peter Avenue, Oxted the professional was F Mayell and the greenkeeper J Worsfold. 9 holes with a SSS of 68 and a membership of 165. The station at Redhill was 2 miles away with a good bus service to the course. Local hotel was the White Hart.

In 1940 and 1947 little had changed. Membership had reduced to 110 and visitors’ fees were now 1/6 a day, 2/6 on Saturday, 3/6 on Sunday and Bank Holidays, 10/- a week and £1 a month.

 

Bletchingley Golf Club, Surrey. Location of the former course.

Location of the first Bletchingley course. Grid reference TQ31405,51275, co-ordinates 531405,151275.

 

 

Bletchingley Golf Club had disappeared by 1951. The current Bletchingley was Founded in 1993.