Horsham Golf Club, Sussex.
Founded 1906 on a course designed by James Braid. It was stated at the time that Braid made good use of the natural features, including the trees and the light clay soil which allowed good drainage.
The club professional to 1913 was Leonard Lewis.
The nine holes measured; Hole One - 376 yards; Two - 215 yards; Three - 460 yards; Four - 400 yards; Five - 297yards; Six - 137 yards; Seven - 380 yards; Eight - 324 yards; Nine -286 yards; Total - 2,875 yards.
The course was formally opened on the 27th October 1906 with a match between two leading amateurs, S Mure Ferguson and Horace Hutchinson. Unfortunately both players struggled on the day, both failing to break 80.
Below is the result of a match played on Saturday 12th October 1908 at Cuckfield against Horsham Golf Club.
|Cuckfield Golf Club||Horsham Golf Club|
|Major Payne Crawford||1||M Blunt||0|
|R B Phillips||1||C Dolphin||0|
|W H Dudney||0||H Blunt||1|
|Lord Denman||1||E Innes||0|
|B A Long||1||F Juckes||0|
|Rev R H Mertens||0||Captain Calvert||1|
|L E Dolman||1||W Campion||0|
|R M Thrupp||1||F Gibb||0|
|Major Payne Crawford & R B Phillips||1||M Blunt & F Juckes||0|
|W H Dudney & Lord Denman||1||C Dolphin & H Blunt||0|
|L E Dolman & S Leslie (half)||0||Captain Calvert & E Innes (half)||0|
|Rev Lewis Evans & R M Thrupp||1||W Campion & F Gibb||0|
On Thursday 6th July 1911 Harry Vardon, the Open Champion, was among the players competing in a professional competition held on the Horsham course. J H Taylor, Mid Surrey, Ernest Gray, Littlehampton and G Lewis, the local professional, were the other competitors. In the medal competition in the morning Vardon proved successful with a fine round of 72. Lewis was second with 74, Taylor third with 76 and Gray fourth with a score of 80. Vardon’s score as follows; Out – 4,4,7,3,3,3,4,4,3=35; Home – 4,3,5,5,4,4,4,4,4=37. In a four ball match in the afternoon the scores were, Vardon and Lewis, 72; Taylor and Gray, 71.
In 1914 the secretary was F F Haddock, Solicitor, Horsham and the professional was E A Hooker. A 9 hole course at Broadbridge Heath the clubhouse was a converted barn on the Warnham Court Estate. Club membership at this time was 164. Entry fee was £2/2/0 and subs £2/2/0. Visitors’ fees were 1/- a round, 2/- a day, 5/- for three days,7/6 a week, 20/- a month. Sunday play was allowed after 2pm, without caddies. Station at Horsham L.B&S.C.R was 2 miles away.
Horsham Golf Club closed shortly after WW1.