Chepstow Golf Club, Monmouthshire.
The club was stated to be founded in 1914.
There is, however, evidence of an earlier club. The ladies match below was played in July 1910.
|Chepstow Ladies' Golf Club||Forest of Dean Ladies' Golf Club|
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|Mrs Evil||1||Mrs Battle||0|
|Mrs D Phillips||1||Miss Blanch||0|
|Miss M King||1||Mrs D Langham||0|
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Still searching for further evidence of this earlier club.
The professional into the early 1920s was C Powell. The club seems to have had courses at four different locations.
The following report is from the Western Mail Thursday July 2nd 1914. “There were exciting scenes at Chepstow during the opening by Mr W C C Anderson of the links of the newly-formed Chepstow Golf Club at Thornwell. There was nominally a match between Chepstow and Newport teams, but the play was much interfered with by the storm. The refreshment tent was blown down by the wind, and several present received nasty knocks about the head, but no-one appears to have been seriously hurt.”
The Thornwell course is clearly marked on the centre of the above. This course continues to be marked on Ordnance Survey Maps until the late 1930s.
To complicate matters further regarding the location of the course - The monthly medal and Davis Cup competitions were played at "Rogerstone" in July 1914. Senior Medal (handicap to 12) - W C Baddeley, 86-7-79; T W Pearson, 86-6-80; C Kendrick, 89-9-80; J W Hunt, 91-11-80; E E Phillips, 92-12-80; W J Winfield, 89-7-82. Junior Medal (handicap 13 on) - A Jones, 88-13-75; G T Tomlinson, 94-18-76; T H Reynolds, 91-14-77; F A Carter, 9515-80. Davis Cup - A Jones, 88-13-75.
In 1922 (listed as Chepstow Golf Club) the secretary was A Brown, 23 St Mary Street, Chepstow. The professional was J Handy (1923 - 1926) and the green-keeper T Henry. A 9-hole course with a membership of 150. Visitors’ fees were 2/- a day, 5/- a week and 15/- a month. The station at Chepstow was 1 mile away. Local hotel was the George.
By the mid 1920s the course was situated at Rogerstone Grange. In 1928 the secretary was the Reverend W Coonan, 4 Mount Pleasant, Chepstow. Although membership had reduced to 120, the course had been extended to 18-holes. Visitors’ fees were now 2/6d a day, 7/6d a week, 21/- a month.
In 1930 the club was still appearing at Rogerstone Grange. The secretary was J Owens, 12 Portwall Road, Chepstow. The professionals were W J Trickett (1927 - 1930) and G C Goodlad (1930/1), and the green-keeper was G Kitson. Membership now stood at 130. Fees were as before, and Sunday play was allowed. The station at Chepstow was 2 ½ miles away from the course. Local hotel was the Beaufort Arms which was reputed to be the last stopping place of George Borrow on his famous tour of Wales.
By 1935, Sedbury Park Golf Club, Chepstow was appearing (Rogerstone Grange had disappeared by this time). The secretary was M Horan, Mount Pleasant, Chepstow. the professional was G Gainey and the green-keeper W Neville. A 12 hole course. The railway station at Chepstow was 2 miles away. Visitors’ fees were 2/6d a day, 3/6d at weekends and Bank Holidays, 10/- a week and 21/- a month.
In the 1940 and 1947 the secretary was H Swinney, Bethdour, The Look Out, Chepstow. Telephone number 382. The professional was R J Burcher. Now a 9-hole course, membership was 100. Visitors’ fees were 2/6d a day, 7/6d a week and 15/- a month. Local advertised hotel was the Sedbury Park.
In 1951, after yet another change of name, the club now re-appeared as Chepstow Golf Club at Piercefield Park. The secretary was O D Saxon, c/o Barclays Bank, Chepstow. The club had 9-hole course and a membership of 70. Visitors’ fees were2/6d a day and 7/6d a week. Sunday play was allowed. The station at Chepstow was 2 miles away.
In 1955 the joint secretaries were I J Hoare and I Thomas, 11 Beaufort Square Chepstow. The green-keeper was G Kitson. The 9 hole course had a SSS of 69 and length of 5,000yds. Club membership was 100. Visitors’ fees were now 2/6d a round, 3/6d a day, 7/6d a week and 15/- a month. Local hotels were the Beaufort, Tintern and Kings Head
In 1960 the club was still listed as Chepstow Golf Club, Piercefield Park, with a foundation date of 1947. Joint secretaries were I J Hoare and H Sweeting, the professional was Tim Hodson and the green-keeper G Kitson. Still a 9-hole course of 5,000yds, SSS was now 68. Visitors’ fees were 3/6d a round, 5/- a day, £1 a week and £1/10/0 a month with Sunday play.
By 1964 the only Chepstow club was the current St Pierre Golf Club, founded 1962.