Hurst Golf Club, Tile Hill, West Midlands. (1906 - WW1)

The club was founded in 1906.

The professional from 1909 to 1916 was F James.

In January 1908, after being in existence for a little over twelve months, the Hurst Golf Club held their first annual dinner dinner. It took place at the King's Head Hotel and was attended by about 60 members and friends, presided over by Mr H C Church. During his speech he paid special thanks to Mr A C Tunley, the secretary, saying that it was through his hard work that the club had attracted new members and had such a good golf course.

It was reported that on Saturday 31 May 1913 Harry Vardon set a record of 34 for the "new" nine-hole course. A medal competition was played over 18-holes, scores as follows; Harry Vardon (South Herts), 72; Ted Ray (Oxhey), 72; Tom Williamson (Notts), 74; J Bloxham (Leamington), 76.

Further report below.


Hurst Golf Club, Tile Hill. Report on the professional match played in May 1913.

Sporting Life Monday 2 June 1913. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


Below are the results of club matches played against Leamington Golf Club on Saturday 24 May 1913. The top one is the result of the first team match at The Hurst, Kenilworth. The match below is the second team result played at Leamington.

Hurst Golf Club   Leamington Golf Club  
S Booth 1 B R Knight 0
L Booth (half) 0 W H Stampe (half) 0
W Booth 0 G Lord 1
W Sanderson 0 E A Harris 1
T Schwark 1 E E W Berrington 0
L Munn 1 P Smith 0
J Mountford 0 S Straw 1
C Robson 0 J K Tonkin 1
  3   4


Leamington Golf Club   Hurst Golf Club  
A V Brown 0 S Swift (4&2) 1
C C Smith (5&4) 1 F W Bayliss 0
G A Skelton (half) 0 R H Lord (half) 0
G H Breen (half) 0 W E Mannison (half) 0
H P Stubbs (2up) 1 C T Bayliss 0
H R Horswill (half) 0 J R James (half) 0
A Hartley (2&1) 1 W R Barron 0
W S Spicer (3&2) 1 W Hellburg 0
  4   1

In 1914 the secretary was E Sanderson, London City and Midland Bank, Coventry. The professional was F James.


Hurst Golf Club, Tile Hill, West Midlands. Club button.

Hurst Golf Club button. 


For the opening match of the season for the Hurst Club (located between Kenilworth and Tile Hill), the course was in fair condition, the greens were in excellent order.

The match took place in April 1914 and was played against Leamington, result below. 

Hurst Golf Club   Leamington Golf Club  
S Booth (captain) 0 B R Knight (4&2) 1
L Booth 0 W H Hawkes (4&2) 1
J E Booth 0 D Heasman (4&3) 1
E Saunderson 0 W Heasman (1up) 1
J Munn (half) 0 W Jones (half) 0
R A Booth (half) 0 W Berrington (half) 0
R P Mason 0 H P Smith (5&3) 1
A F Holden 0 J K Tonkin (3&2) 1
J Robson 0 H Horswill (4&3) 1
S Swift (6&4) 1 R J Jones 0
J W Bayliss (w.o) 1 G A Skelton 0
W E Manisan (half) 0 C C Smith (half) 0
M R Barran 0 J Lawson (2&1) 1
W G Ledgard (5&4) 1 R Wright 0
  3   8

The foursomes, which followed the above singles, were halved.

The competition for the 36 hole Committee Bowl took place on the 19 June 1915. The course was in excellent condition with very fast greens. It was stated that R H Booth (not yet 16) was developing into a fine player, his handicap was seven. F James, the professional, was also in good form. Leading scores; A S Harris, 101-26-75 and 103-26-77; A Hacking, 102-27-75 and 106-27-79; R H Whelan, 108-30-78 and 108-30-78; H Whetton, 121-30-91 and 103-30-73; R Robson, 102-17-85 and 100-17-83. 

A sad note to finish. In March 1921 four famous golfers of the day; Ted Ray, Harry Vardon, J H Taylor and James Braid, played an exhibition match over the Moseley golf course. They gave their services to help a fellow professional who, in the great war, lost both legs as a result of being hit by a German shell in November 1918. Frank James, the professional at Hurst Golf Club before the war, was the victim.  

Hurst Golf Club did not survive WW1.

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