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Ashbourne Golf Club, Derbyshire. (1886 - 1889)

The club was founded in 1886.

The original six-hole course was laid out near the Dovedale Hotel in a remote spot on the edge of the Peak District.

In 1909 the club moved to a nine-hole course at Hollies Farm, Clifton. In 1928 the club acquired a further 38 acres of land at Lodge Farm and the course was re-designed by James Braid. The fourth hole on the course was based on the seventeenth at St Andrews “The Road Hole” The course was later re-designed by Frank Pennick although the year he carried out his work is yet to be confirmed. 

There is no entry for Ashbourne Golf Club in the 1888/89 Golfing Annual.

The course was in very fine order and the greens good and fast for the Spring Meeting played in May 1895. Tuesday May 14th prize presented by Mrs Peveril Turnbull; Rev. T Dale, 128-45-83; Rev. T Middleton, 117-30-87; T H B Bamford, 96-3-93; W H Matthews, 137-40-97;  H Holmes, 115-16-99; H F Gilson, 120-20-100; P Turnbull, 118-18-100; Rev. Barnwell, 128-26-102; J R Cooke, 125-22-103. Wednesday May 15th Monthly Medal; J R Cooke, 113-22-91; Capt. Macbean, 111-15-96; Rev. T Dale, 126-28-98; H Holmes, 115-16-99; Rev T Middleton, 122-20-102; L Frank, 122-18-104; W H Matthews, 137-30-107.

The following is from the 1905 Nisbet's Golf Yearbook; Instituted 1886; Membership of 35; Entrance fee nil and subs £1/1s; Terms for visitors, 1s a day, 2s/6d a week; Hon. secretary - R Williams, Church Street, Ashbourne; Captain, Capt. Macbean; Professional, J Plant; Course record - B R Wilson, 34. The course is of nine-holes and the hazards are natural and the greens good. There is a club room in a farmhouse adjoining the course.

In the Kelly’s Directory of 1912 the Ashbourne & Dove Valley Golf Club in the village of Clifton appears, the entry reads "Here is a golf club, established in 1910, with a 9 hole course and pavilion." Hon secretary was Rev Frederick Clifton Smith, MA. Kelly's also has a golf professional listed living in Clifton - Joseph Frederick Stenson.

Following WW2 the secretary was E R Sly, 112 The Green Road, Ashbourne, telephone 337. The greenkeeper was J Harrison. The nine hole course had a Par and SSS of 76. The station at Clifton was three minutes away. Visitors’ fees on introduction were; 2/6 a day, 7/6 a week and 15/- a month. Sunday play was allowed without caddies.

In the mid 1950s and early sixties the secretary was R E Job, Home Farm, Clifton, telephone 69. The greenkeeper was W Holland. Membership of 150. The total length of the course was 4548 yards the SSS was now 65. Visitors’ fees on introduction were; 3/6 a day, 15/- a week and £1 a month.

In the 1964 Golfer’s Handbook the club was stated to have been founded in 1910; presumably this was when it moved to Holllies Farm. The secretary was N P A James and the greenkeeper W Holland. The club had a membership of 250. The SSS was now 62.

From the late 1960s and into the 1980s /1990s the secretary was still N P A James. The club had a membership of 350 during this time. The (nine hole) course had a total length of 5,388 yards with a  Par of 68 and a SSS of 66. Visitors’ fees in the late 1980s were; £6 during the week and £8 at weekends.


1980s scorecard for the former Ashbourne Golf Club course.


Plan and clubhouse of the earlier Ashbourne Golf Club.

Above is the scorecard from the 1980s.


During the 1990s the club was listed as being founded in 1886, 1902 and 1910.

The green fees in 1998 were; £14 weekdays and £18 at weekend.   

The club moved to its current location in May 1999.


Location of the earlier Ashbourne Golf Club course.

Above is the location of the former Ashbourne course at Clifton; reproduced from the {1922} Ordnance Survey Map.