Dyke Park Golf Club, Brighton.
Several newspapers carried a report of the opening of the extended Dyke Park course in July 1908. A couple of the reports mention that there were only fifteen holes available for play on the day. Following is an amalgamation of the newspaper articles.
The extended course of the Dyke Park Golf Club, Brighton, was formally opened today (Saturday 25th July 1908) in glorious conditions with a match between the ex-champion, J H Taylor (Mid-Surrey) and Harry Vardon (South Herts.)
A foursome was played in the forenoon, Taylor and Mr C Parsons (Brighton & Hove) beating Vardon and Mr C Earnshaw (Dyke Park) by 3 & 2. The winners went round in 71 strokes. In the afternoon Taylor beat Vardon by 4 & 3. Taylor completed the round in the record score of 70. Details of the individual scores as follows.
Taylor - Out; 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4 = 36; Home; 3,3,5,3,3,4,4,5,4 = 34 - Total 70.
Vardon - Out; 5,4,4,5,4,5,3,4,4 = 38; Home; 4,4,4,4,4,4,3,4,3 = 34 - Total 72.
(Interesting to note that an eighteen-hole score is recorded, they must have played three holes twice.)
Lord George Nevill, the club president, intimated his intention to present the Dyke Park club with a challenge cup.
In the draw for the Southern Section of the Professional Tournament for £240, to be played at Stoke Poges in July 1910, C Earnshaw of Dyke Park, was partnered by Tom Vardon of Royal St George's.
Many thanks to Dixon Pickup for the following information and images on Dyke Park and the Ramblers Golf Club.
"A very fine hallmarked silver and double enamelled item to the "Ramblers Golf Club." Birmingham 1909 by Vaughtons (22.5mm). This is certainly a club within a club, as the winged golf ball and martlet decorated shield feature on the medals and buttons of the then "Dyke Park Golf Club" (now the Dyke Golf Club, Brighton).
The reverse is crudely scratch engraved, "Finlayson Gold Medal Aug 1910." A very handsome item, the 'Ramblers' must have been a well to do group." Are the Ramblers still performing? probably not."
Dyke Park Golf Club appears in a guide written by Horace Hutchinson in c1909 - Founded in 1907. Hon Secretary; Harold Harker, "Parkstone" Dyke Road, Brighton. Entrance fee £1/1s and subs £2/2s. A downland course, with excellent turf. Hazards mostly gorse and ravines, very sporting. Amateur record E A Eager, 78. Bogey score 73. Dyke station was a quarter of a mile away.
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The Dyke Golf Club records its foundation date as 1906.