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Southwell Golf Club, Notts. (1911 - 1949)

First appears prior to WW1.

Tom Williamson at Southwell in October 1911.


Southwell Golf Club, Notts. Tom Williamson at Southwell in October 1911.

Daily Mirror Friday 20 October 1911. With thanks to Trinity Mirror. Digitised by Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited. All rights reserved.


A 9-hole course the station at Southwell was 1 mile away. The local hotel, near to the golf course was Ye Olde Saracen's Head, the house where King Charles reputedly stayed and finally surrendered.

Result of a match played at Bulwell Forest in July 1912.

Bulwell Forest Golf Club   Southwell Golf Club  
A E Thorpe 1 N A Metcalfe 0
A W Pearson 0 Dr. Polson 1
T Callan 1 T D Partington 0
J B Partington 1 S Booth 0
H Oscroft 1 C L Maltby 0
J Clarkson 1 D Nairn 0
W A Marriott 1 H Browne 0
S W Stanley 1 T Collins 0
  7   1


Southwell Golf Club, Notts. Putting on the eighth green.

The eighth green at Southwell golf course. Authors Collection.


Below is the result of a match played at Newark on Saturday 5th October 1912. 

Newark Golf Club   Southwell Golf Club  
E Bennett 1 T A B Walker 0
F Auckland 1 N A Metcalfe 0
C N Park 1 T D Partington 0
H E Branston 1 Dr Handford 0
E Edis 1 C L Maltby 0
E Ringrose 1 Dr.D Nairn 0
E H Allard 0 S Booth 1
W Bradley 1 J H Kirkby 0
J Stewart 1 Mr Collins 0
  8   1

Result of a match played against Notts City Golf Club in June 1913.

Notts City Golf Club   Southwell Golf Club  
J Clarkson (5&3) 1 T D Partington 0
W H Knapp 0 A A Metcalf (2&1) 1
J Heiss (3&1) 1 Dr Polson 0
A Loverseed (3&1) 1 Dr Kairn 0
M Wilson (4&2) 1 S Booth 0
P N Lay (8&6) 1 J Bates 0
W A Scott (8&6) 1 J Ellis 0
  6   1

Following information on the Southwell professional John George Egleshaw is courtesy of the PGA Golf Remembers project; Rank, Aircraftman; Service No, F30578; Died, 14/08/1917; Age, 32; Regiment - H.M.S. "President II" Royal Naval Service; Last known club - Southwell, Nottinghamshire.


Souhwell Golf Club, Notts. Headstone for John George Egleshaw.

John George Egleshaw was professional at Southwell Golf Club at the time of WW1.


The annual meeting of the shareholders took place at the Rodney Hotel on Tuesday 9 February 1915, Mr James Henry Kirkby, founder of the club, in the chair. The accounts were passed and the following officers were elected; President, W N Hicking; captain and treasurer, C L Maltby; vice-captain and secretary, Thomas David Partington; committee – The Ven. Archdeacon Hacking, Dr Nairn, Dr Polson, Dr Willoughby, J J Bates, H Browne, S Booth, C G Caudwell, J Ellis, W Gregory, A E Hall, J K Lane, N A Metcalfe, R A Millington and F A Robinson.

Ordnance Survey Map showing the course and pavilion.


Southwell Golf Club, Notts. Ordnance Survey Map showing the course and pavilion.

O.S Map Revised 1915; © Crown Copyright {year of publication 1921}.



In 1922 there was a membership of 60. Visitors’ fees throughout were 1/6d a day, 5/- a week and 10/- a month. By 1924/5 membership had risen to 150. Sunday play was not allowed.

The annual meeting was held in the Saracen’s Head Hotel in January 1924. In recognition of his service the secretary, T Collins, was presented with an inscribed silver cigarette case. J F Clarke was elected hon. treasurer in place of C L Maltby who retired after many years service. H T Jackson was elected captain, the first artisan to fill the office. Mr Collins was re-elected as secretary and S Booth was the new president.

  Secretary Professional/Greenkeeper
1912/17 T D Partington J G Egleshaw (pro)
1922 T D Partington, The Burbage, Southwell. T Smith (gk)
1924/5 T R Collins  
1926/40 T Shaw, Kirklington Road, Southwell. R Wilkinson (gk)


Below is the result of a ladies’ match played at Belton Park on Wednesday 16 April 1930.

Belton Park Golf Club   Southwell Golf Club  
Mrs Brunyee 0 Mrs Kirkly 1
Mrs Grinling 0 Mrs Cafferata 1
Miss Pim 0 Miss Merryweather 1
Mrs Brittain 1 Mrs Harrison 0
Miss Harrison 1 Miss Coney 0
Miss Royle 1 Miss Higson 0
Miss Bolsover 1 Mrs Holliday 0
Mrs Parsons 1 Miss Jenkins 0
  5   3

Below is the result of a match played at Southwell against Grantham Golf Club (now defunct) in July 1933.

Southwell Golf Club   Grantham Golf Club  
H T Jackson 0 H Sharp 1
O Higson 0 D Gibson 1
Reginald Walker 1 B Ford 0
E Cauldwell 1 B Shipman 0
R Mather 1 R K Foster 0
R Holliday 1 J B Walker 0
E Clulow 1 Rev. Chantry 0
H Kirkby 1 J D Wroughton 0
J Cauldwell 1 J Millhouse 0
  7   2

The 23rd annual meeting was held at the Saracen’s Head Hotel in February 1934. Mr C G Caudwell, president, revealed that the club had experienced the best and most successful year so far. Green fees showed an increase of £17/11s and there was a surplus of over £43 over the years working. The following officers were elected; president, C G Caudwell; vice-president,  N A Metcalfe; captain, J F Clarke; vice-captain, H Kirkby; hon. treasurer, J F Clarke; hon. secretary, T Shaw; hon. auditor, W H Clifford; match secretary, R W Higson.

In 1940 the 9-hole course had a SSS of 69 and a membership of 180.


Southwell Golf Club, Notts. Article from Nottingham Journal January 1942.

Nottingham Journal 3 January 1942. Image © Illustrated London News Group. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.


It was reported in March 1943 that the Notts War Agricultural Committee had surveyed parks and other large tracts of land for the purpose of growing crops. The Southwell golf course was included in the survey so it’s probable that the course was taken over to aid the war effort.

It was reported in December 1949 that the proposed winding-up of Southwell Golf Club would be regretted by the many people that have enjoyed the club and course. However, there was satisfaction among those connected with the Southwell War Memorial Recreation Ground to whom the golf club was transferring its financial assets.