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Hardwick Golf Club, Derbyshire. (1894 - 1907)

Founded in 1894.

The nine-hole private course was situated on the Hardwick Park Estate.

From the Sheffield Independent Monday 12th November 1894 – “The Hardwick Golf Club - The opening took place last week in Hardwick Park. The weather was fine, and 37 members sat down to lunch at the Hardwick Inn. The Duchess of Devonshire is president of the club, E Wilson Barnes, Esq., captain, and Mrs Hallowes of Glapwell Hall, represented the ladies, and performed the ceremony of the “first stroke.” The new inks were reported as being satisfactory, and are expected to rank among the most popular in the country next season.”

It was reported in December 1897 that the first dance in connection with the Hardwick Golf Club, the secretary of which is E Wilson Barnes, was held in the Hardwick Inn and was a great success.

The Royal family where paying a visit to the area in the New Year of 1904. Also, as can be seen below, Ben Sayers had been spending some time working on the Hardwick course.


Hardwick Golf Club, Derbyshire. Newspaper report from January 1904.

From the Nottingham Evening Post Saturday 2nd January 1904. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


Due to the poor quality of the above report it’s reproduced as follows – It is thought that Friday will be the day set apart for the visit to Hardwick Hall. The journey, it is expected, will be performed by motor-cars, and the party will partake of luncheon at Hardwick. Golf will, no doubt, prove the paramount attraction to many of the guests – especially if, as is probable, Mr Balfour is among the number, and his health permits. Ben Sayers has been devoting himself assiduously to the links, and has brought them to a rare state of perfection.  

The course disappeared in about 1907