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Looe Golf Club, St Martins-by-Looe, Cornwall.

Founded 1908 when the professional to 1911 was Fred Hearn.

 

Looe Golf Club, St Martins-by-Looe, Cornwall. Report from the Royal Cornwall Gazette October 1910.

 

Looe Golf Club, St Martins-by-Looe, Cornwall. Report from the Royal Cornwall Gazette October 1910.

From the Royal Cornwall Gazette October 6th 1910. Image © Illustrated London News Group. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

In 1911 the secretary was W H Merriman, Commonwood, Looe.

In 1914 the secretary was R A Peter, Looe. A 9-hole course on pasture land. Hazards were hedges and artificial bunkers. There was a membership of 55. The entry fee for gents was £1/1/0 and ladies 10/6. Subs for gents were £2/2/0 and ladies £1/11/6. Visitors’ fees were 2/- a day and 7/6 a week. Sunday play was allowed without caddies. The station at Looe was ¼ mile away.

It’s likely that the club went into abeyance at the time of WW1. The next mention found is below.

It was reported in July 1923 that further subscriptions were needed before the committee could commence work on the proposed golf course for Looe. Up to this time the amount promised was about £250 and it was hoped that a further £150 could be raised otherwise it was feared the scheme would fail. Subscribers were asked to contact Colonel Bidwell, The Woodlands, East Looe, who would provide the necessary information.

Reports on the club are infrequent but as can be seen below the course was still around at the time of WW2.

 

Looe Golf Club, St Martins-by-Looe, Cornwall. Report from the Western Morning News March 1943.

From the Western Morning News March 5th 1943. Image © Illustrated London News Group. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

The club does not appear following the war.

 

Looe Golf Club, St Martins-by-Looe, Cornwall. Location of the former golf course.

Location of the Looe Golf Club, St Martins-by-Looe, Cornwall.

Grid reference SX25875,54750, co-ordinates 225875,054750.

 

Thanks to Ms V J Young for the following -

“I recall that as a schoolgirl I stayed on a farm called Penrith Farm, St Martins-by-Looe and the land adjacent had previously been a golf course, but turned over to agriculture due to the war. The golf professional was then farming it. He lived in a small bungalow up a path close to where we were staying”