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Shaftesbury & County Golf Club, Dorset.

First appeared in the early 1920s when the secretary was the Reverend C E Downe, Compton Abbas Rectory, Shaftesbury and the professional Roy Jackson. A 9 hole course with a membership of 120. The station at Semley was 5 miles away. Visitors’ fees were 2/6 a day, ladies 1/6.

Below is the result of a match played at Yarlington against East Somerset Golf Club (now defunct) on Saturday 29th April 1922.

East Somerset   Shaftesbury  
P D A Courtenay (4&3) 1 Major Nixon 0
Lieut-Colonel Glyn Cuninghame (2&1) 1 General R M Poore 0
C E Gatehouse (6&4) 1 Rev King 0
Capt Phipps-Hornby  0 Major Denison Pender (1up) 1
W C Fowler (8&6) 1 Rev C Donne 0
Colonel Hardy (half) 0 Major Hile (half) 0
W Mackie (7&5) 1 Mr Hastings 0
Courtenay & Gatehouse  0 Nixon & Poore (2&1) 1
Cuninghame & Hardy 0 Rev Reece & Pender (1up) 1
Hardy & Dr Price (half) 0 Hile & Hastings (half) 0
Fowler & Mackie  1 Donne & King 0
  6   3

In 1930 the secretary was D Arnott, Oaklands, Shaftesbury, telephone 46 and the professional Roy Jackson.Visitors’ fees for gents were 2/6 a day, 3/- a day on Sundays and Bank holidays, ladies 2/- and 2/6 respectively.

Below is the result of a match played at Shaftesbury against West Wilts Golf Club in June 1932.

Shaftesbury   West Wilts  
H J D Frith 0 J Pollhampton (2up) 1
H D Wigdahl 0 C Ashplank (4&2) 1
E E Good 0 L Hilser (3&2) 1
D M Erskine 0 T Barrett (2up) 1
C F Ellerton (5&4) 1 C Kennard 0
E Ribbans (half) 0 W Stroud (half) 0
H C Wyld (half) 0 J Langman (half) 0
Major T S Green 0 M Fitzgerald (1up) 1
Frith & Good (half) 0 Pollhampton & Barrett (half) 0
Wigdahl & Erskine 0 Ashplank & Hilser 1
Ellerton & Wyld 0 Kennard & Langman 1
Ribbans & Green 0 Stroud & Fitzgerald 1
  1   8

In 1935 the secretary was E E Good, Lloyds Bank Ltd, Shaftesbury, telephone 46. (Club telephone Fontmell Magna 16). Visitors’ fees gents 2/6 a day, 1/6 after 5pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays 3/-. Ladies 1/6, 2/6.

In 1940 and 1947 the secretary was V R Hopkins, Park Farm, Gillingham the professional and greenkeeper was Roy Jackson. The 9-holes had a SSS of 73 the club had a membership of 130. Visitors’ fees for gents were 2/6 a day, 3/- a day on Sundays and Bank holidays, ladies 2/- and 2/6 respectively.

In 1951 the secretary was L P V Vale, Weighbridge House, Shaftesbury, telephone 298. The 9 hole course had a SSS of 73 and a membership of 60. Visitors’ fees as 1940/47. Local hotels were the Grosvenor, Mitre and Royal.

Shaftesbury & County Golf Club, Dorset. Location of the golf course.

Course location, Shaftesbury & County Golf had disappeared by the mid 1950s.

Grid reference ST88100,18185, co-ordinates 388100,118185.