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Burbage Common Golf Club, Leicester Road, Hinckley. (1894 -1982)

Founded in 1894.

A 9-hole course until the late 1930s when it was extended to 12-holes, it reverted to 9-holes in the 1950s. There were several changes to the yardage and these are listed further down the page. Sunday play was not permitted prior to WW1. Local hotels were the Union and the George.

Hinckley Golf Club opened a new 18-hole course on an adjoining site in 1982.

Report on the formation of the Burbage Common Golf Club in October 1894.


Burbage Common Golf Club, Hinckley. Report on the formation of the club in October 1894.

Hinckley Times Saturday 20 October 1894. Image © Reach plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.


Ordnance Survey Map from the 1900s showing the location of the golf course.


Burbage Common Golf Club, Hinckley. O.S. Map from the 1900s showing the golf course

O.S. Map Revised 1901; © Crown Copyright {year of publication 1904}.


From the 1905 Nisbet's Golf Yearbook; Hinckley; Burbage Commmon Golf Club; Number of members, 72; Hon. secretary, J H Layling; Captain, J E Pilgrim; Entrance fee, nil and subs, £1/1s, ladies 5s; Nine-holes; Professional, W Strachan; Professional record J Adinch, 37; Amateur record A Reid, 37; Terms for visitors, 1s a day, 3s a week, 5s a fortnight, 10s a month. 

Below is the result of a match played at Burbage against Coventry Hearsall Golf Club on Saturday 20 February 1909.

Burbage Golf Club   Hearsall Golf Club  
W G Wood 0 C D Pole (7&5) 1
J E Pilgrim (half) 0 L Cartwright (half) 0
A W Crofts (4&3) 1 W G Franks 0
A O Wilcox 0 W J Wormell (3&2) 1
A T Blakesley 0 A G Hadden (1up) 1
W C Britton (2&1) 1 R Wormell 0
J Green 0 W Jones (3&1) 1
J Mason (3&2) 1 E Tucker 0
N G Clarke 0 E A Floyd (8&7) 1
G Bott 0 C J Johnson (3&2) 1
  3   6

Below is the result of a match played at Cosby against Narborough Golf Club (now defunct) in September 1909. 

Narborough Golf Club   Burbage Common Golf Club  
W T Clarke 1 J E Pilgrim 0
F W Fanshawe 1 M G Wood 0
W A Thompson 1 A O Willcox 0
B Broadbent 1 H G Hurst 0
F W S Vincent 1 W C Brittain 0
J E Hall 1 T Beardsmore 0
  6   0

In 1914 there was no entry fee and subs were £2/2/0 for gents and 10/6 for ladies. Visitors’ fees were 1/- a day, 3/- a week, 5/- a fortnight and 10/- a month.

In 1916 the secretary was Walter J Pilgrim, Station Road.

In the early 1920s visitors’ fees were now 2/6 a day. 

Ordnance Survey Map from the 1920s showing the location of the clubhouse and golf course.


Burbage Common Golf Club, Hinckley. O.S. Map from the 1920s showing the golf course and clubhouse.

O.S. Map Revised 1923; © Crown Copyright {year of publication 1925}.


In 1925 the secretary was Walter Pilgrim. 

In 1940 and 1947 recorded as a 12 hole course with a SSS and par of 70. Visitors’ fees were 1/6 a round, 2/6 at weekend.

In the mid 1960s the 9 holes had a total yardage of 5,362, a SSS of 65, and a membership of 250. Visitors’ fees 5/- a round, 7/6 a day, 10/- weekend and Bank Holidays.

  Secretary Professional/Greenkeeper
1914 J H Layng J H Busson (p)
1920s(early) A T Blakesley, Walton House.  
1924 R C Mason, "Briefond" Hinckley. W E Colver (p)
1930 W T Busby, Queens Road, Hinckley.  
1940/47 A W Macarthur, 78 Mount Road, Hinckley. B Fereday (p) M Fraser (g)
1950s (mid) P J Hardy J Houghton (g)
1960s (mid) J H Chapman E Harrison (p)
1970s (mid) J H Chapman  
1982 J Toon  


  Course records
1920s T S Beards more (am) 33 J H Busson (pro) 31
1960s A M Reed (am) 67
1970s G B Clarke (am) 70
1982 A Taylor and P Taylor (am) 68


In the mid 1970s the 9-hole course now had a total yardage of 5,667 and a SSS of 67. Fees £1 a day, £1.20p at weekend and Bank Holiday.

Towards the end in 1982 the 9-holes of 5,845 yards had a SSS of 69.

Burbage Common Golf Club, Leicestershire. Location of the course in 1955.

Map of the course showing the location in 1904 to the east of the common, in 1955 the course is to the centre and clubhouse to the north.

Grid reference SP44660,95110, co-ordinates 444660,295110.



Burbage Common Golf Club sometimes called Burbage Green finished in 1983. The current club is Hinckley.