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Robin Hood Golf Club, Hall Green, Birmingham. (1892 - 1914)

Founded 1892.

Result of the October 1895 monthly medal; E Fordred, 96-14-82; H Lowe, 92-7-85; J Jordan, 107-17-90; S Harris, 113-17-96; F Stableford, 113-16-97; H Fordred, 126-23-103. Club competition; H Lowe, 88-7-81; Y Furneaux Jordan, 100-17-83.

The annual meeting in November 1897.


Robin Hood Golf Club, Hall Green, Birmingham. The annual meeting in November 1897.


Robin Hood Golf Club, Hall Green, Birmingham. Match against King's Norton Golf Club in November 1897.

Birmingham Daily Post Friday 5 November 1897. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


Below is the result of a match played at Blackwell on Saturday 21 January 1899. 

Blackwell Golf Club   Robin Hood Golf Club  
Arthur E Swift 0 C S Green 1
H Clark 0 H H Monckton 3
T J Addenbrooke 5 P C Adams 0
S Clark 1 P H Manley 0
H Mitchell 5 A R Bowden 0
  11   4

Course records in 1900; amateur, C S Green 72, professional A Toogood 70.

The early 1900s  map below shows the former Robin Hood course to the west. Interesting to note that the course to the south, on St Bernard's Road, was occupied by the Olton Golf Club at this time. It would later become the current course of the Robin Hood Golf Club.


Robin Hood Golf Club, Hall Green, Birmingham. O.S. map showing the early courses of the Robin Hood club and the Olton club.

Ordnance Survey Map © Crown Copyright {1903}


Course improvements in March 1905.


Robin Hood Golf Club, Hall Green, Birmingham. Course improvements in March 1905.

Birmingham Daily Gazette Monday 13 March 1905. With thanks to Trinity Mirror. Digitised by Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited. All rights reserved.


Result of a match played at Dudley on Saturday 24 June 1905.

Dudley Golf Club   Robin Hood Golf Club  
A H Bassano 0 D Y Mills 1
S G Hooper 1 A B Bowden 0
C W Bassano 1 C Butt 0
J W Nayler 1 R Lunn 0
W H Thompson 0 A M Thompson 1
E J Thompson 1 E L Baker  0
A M Fairburn 1 J B Holmes 0
J Smellie 1 N N Bore 0
R S Hooper 1 E Saunders 0
  7   2

Result of a match played at Castle Bromwich Golf Club (now defunct) in November 1908.

Castle Bromwich Golf Club   Robin Hood Golf Club  
W S Evanson (professional 4 and 2) 1 A Tunley (professional) 0
A M Beddie 0 F A Byrne (5 and 4) 1
J Foster (5 and 4) 1 C E Mander 0
W Ashford (2up) 1 C Butt 0
D Clayton (7 and 6) 1 T Schwark 0
H J Hobbins (7 and 5) 1 O Bird 0
H T Perry 0 H Holmes (5 and 4) 1
T Homer (half) 0 H H Bore (half) 0
W G Oxley (3 and 1) 1 W A Green 0
H W Pooler (2 and 1) 1 A H Mann 0
J G Riddell (7 and 6) 1 F W Langley 0
W Bentley (half) 0 N T Williams (half) 0
S W Morris (2 and 1) 1 H Wilson 0
  9   2

Result of the President's Bowl played in February 1909; N Temple, 2up; C M Bowen, all square; C E Mander, 2down; T Schwarck, 3down; J B Holmes, 3down; W A Green, 3down.

In 1911 the secretary was J W Magrath, Old Warwick Road, Olton. The professional was A Tunley. There was a club membership of 160 which included 40 ladies. Entry fee £3/3/0 and subs £2/2/0.  The 9-hole sporting course with good greens and fairways was situated on the racecourse and parkland to the south of Lakey Lane with hazards of brooks, ditches and gorse. Visitors’ fees were; 1/- a day and 2/6 at weekend. 

Below is the result of a match played against Wednesbury Golf Club (now defunct) in May 1911.

Robin Hood Golf Club   Wednesbury Golf Club  
T H Thompson (4&3) 1 S H Rutherford 0
C E Manders (4&2) 1 F H L Brooks 0
H Holmes (2up) 1 D Tonks 0
J B Holmes (2&1) 1 M H Peet 0
A H Crane (half) 0 T R Knowles (half) 0
O Bird 0 J Thomas (4&3) 1
W W Gamidge 0 O Windsor (6&5) 1
N Temple (6&4) 1 C Bishop 0
C P Tye (at the 19th) 1 L Robinson 0
  6   2

It was reported in the Sports Argus in January 1914 that the members were rejoicing in the prospect of a new and first class course. A gathering of nearly 250 members and friends attended a social evening which was held at the Grand Hotel. During the evening Mr F Hanman proposed a toast “to the success of the club” Mr A R Gray, the president, responded. He stated that if the good weather continued they would be playing on the new course by midsummer.

The man placed in charge of the work on the new course was Harry Sturtwant who had a large group of men working with him. Several of the greens had already been laid and the report goes on to say that “when the Robin Hood members get to play the course at Gospel Farm they will be up against something very different to what they have been accustomed”. Looking at the map below, which shows Gospel Farm, it’s probable that this was an extension to the Hall Green course.

Below is the result of a match played at Brand Hall in May 1914.

Brand Hall Golf Club   Robin Hood Golf Club  
S White jun 0 F E Plater (2up) 1
F Litherhead (3&2) 1 P H Thompson 0
H G Edwards 0 F T Meaking (3&2) 1
H H Wheeler (2&1) 1 H Holmes 0
C F Monk (1up) 1 E C Mander 0
S Smith (5&4) 1 F C Duffy 0
G W Wright 0 L H Mander (at the 19th) 1
C W Wheeler (3&2) 1 J M Lee 0
N G Rigby 0 R Harrison (3&2) 1
A Fieldhouse (7&6) 1 W Allen 0
  6   4

It was reported in January 1915 that The City Rifle Corps were appealing for volunteers. It stated that “There is still room for 130 recruits, and persons from 18 to 38 years of age having sufficient reasons for not joining the colours are asked to hand in their names to the commanding officer at the old Robin Hood Golf Course, Hall Green”. This suggests that the course was given over for the war effort in 1915.

Following WW1 the original course was required for housing development and the club moved to its current location.

The new course was once occupied by the Olton Golf Club from 1893 to 1903.


Robin Hood Golf Club, Hall Green, Birmingham. Location of the former golf course.

Robin Hood golf course at Hall Green in the early 1920s.

Grid reference SP11460,81230, co-ordinates 411460,281230.