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Cotswold Golf Club, Stow-on-the-Wold. (1890 - WW2)

Founded in 1890, at this time it was a 7-hole course, with a membership of 50. The entry fee was 10/-.

The Club Captain was Frank Sartoris. Course records set on 19 November 1891 were, amateur J J Gibson with a score of 95 and professional Douglas Rolland 89. The course was situated one mile from Stow on the Wold station (GWR). There were two pavilions with accommodation available.

Below is a report on the opening of the course.


Cotswold Golf Club, Stow-on-the-Wold. Report on the opening of the golf course 1891.

From the Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard Saturday 28 November 1891. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


A prominent member of the club in the early 1890s was Lady Margaret Scott. She was victorious in the first three British Ladies Amateur Championships that were played. In her first two wins she beat Issette Pearson in 1893 by 7&5 and in 1894 by 3&2 in 1895 she was victorious over Emma Lythgoe winning 5&4. Scott retired from competitive golf shortly after her win in 1895, at the age of 21. She was the daughter of John Scott the third Earl of Eldon who laid out a golf course at Stowell Park his Gloucestershire estate. Two of her brothers were also successful golfers, towards the end of his career in 1933  Michael Scott won the Amateur Championship, Osmund Scott was runner up in the same tournament in 1905.


Cotswold Golf Club, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire. Lady Margaret Scott at Portrush in 1895.

Ladies' Championship at Portrush in 1895, Lady Margaret Scott putting.


Cotswold Golf Club, Stow-on-the Wold. Lady Margaret Scott.

Lady Margaret Scott (1874 – 1938)


  Secretary Professional/Greenkeeper
1890/1 H E Rose Edwin Arthurs (g)
1894 H E Rose, Bourton Bridge, Bourton-on-the-Water. F Pulham (g)
1906-14 E Francis, The Bryn, Stow on the Wold. P Feddiman (p)
1923 R L Tuckey J Bellaridge (g)
1930s-40s G P Burden T Pulham (g)


Result of the February 1892 monthly medal; Ladies - Mrs Gott, 157-55-102; Mrs Grisewood, 118-15-103; Miss Wiggin, 117 scratch; Miss E Francis, 184-55-129; Gentlemen - Lord Encombe, 125 scratch; H E Rose, 136-8-126; Earl of Eldon, 130 scratch; G W Goodeve, 147-16-131; A Gott, 206-60-146. 

Competition results from December 1892.


Cotswold Golf Club, Stow-on-the-Wold. Competition result from December 1892.

Field Saturday 17 December 1892. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


The report below from November 1893 mentions a 21-hole golf course (three times round the seven-holes).


Cotswold Golf Club, Stow-on-the-Wold. Report from November 1893 mentions a 21-hole golf course.

From the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News Saturday 25 November 1893. Image © Illustrated London News Group.


In 1894 the entry fee was 10/- and the subs were also 10/-. The course, formerly of seven holes, had now been extended to eighteen. This was short lived however as in 1896 it was stated to be a course of 9 holes with hazards of walls, trees, hedges and ditches. The Unicorn (still there today) was a first class hotel opposite the club pavilion.

Competition results from February 1894.


Cotswold Golf Club, Stow-on-the-Wold. Competition result from February 1894.

Field Saturday 10 February 1894. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


In 1906 the amateur course record  was set by Honorable D Scott with a score of 34. Visitors’ fees on introduction by a member were 1/- a day.  Play at this time was from September to May. The station at Stow on the Wold was 1 mile away. Local hotels were the Talbot and the Unicorn.

In 1914 the secretary was still E Francis. Club membership was 50. Entry fees were £1 and subs £1. Visitors who had to be introduced by a member were charged 1/- a day, 2/6 a week and 7/6 a month. Sunday play was not allowed.

In 1923 visitors’ fees on introduction by a member, were 2/- a day, 7/6 a week and 15/- a month.

Result of a mixed foursome played on Saturday January 23 1932; H Starey & Mrs Baber, 94-17-77; O & L Farnworth, 114-32-82; G P Burden & Mrs Howman, 103-19-84; H S Rose & Mrs Hyde, 107-19-88; R Hicks & Mrs Hicks, 119-24-95; J W Pritchard & Miss G Price, 130-32-98.

Also in January 1932 a ladies’ stroke competition; Mrs Hollis,  86-20-66; Mrs Baber, 83-12-71; Mrs Hyde, 92-20-72; Mrs Howman, 96-20-76; Mrs Cunninghame, 94-18-76; Mrs Driver, 104-24-80; Mrs Hicks, 118-24-94; Miss Price, 122-24-98.

An American tournament organised by Mrs Bailey of Maugersbury, in aid of club funds, was played on Monday 27th June 1932, thirty two players took part, results as follows; ladies’ doubles final – Mrs P Fletcher & Miss F Arkell beat Miss Daly & Miss Barnett; mixed doubles final – Mrs Bardsley & J S Sanders beat Miss Clifford & J N Banbury. The excellent refreshments were supplied by Miss Dening.

In the mid 1930s to the clubs closure in the early 1940s membership was 70.

Mixed foursome competition played in January 1934, leading scores; Mrs D Cunningham and Timothy Bailey, 99-24-75; Mrs G P Burden and F C Baber, 95-19-76; Mrs P J Bailey and Col. P J Bailey, 104-18-86; Mrs D Driver and G P Burden, 106-19-87; Mrs G N Hollis and D Driver, 107-19-88; Mrs F C Baber and J W Pritchard, 110-18-92.

Result of a bogey competition held on Saturday 17 February 1934; R Hicks (16) 1down; E Powell (22) 1down; J Howman (6) 2down; H S Rose (14) 3down; D L Driver (10) 3down; G P Burden (8) 3down; L C Brooks (14) 6down; R L Tuckey (17) 6 down; Colonel P J Bailey (24) 7down; J V Weeks (30) no return.

Results of the holiday competition held April 1934. The Mark Fenwick Cup played over 36 holes; D L Driver, 170-20-150; G P Burden, 168-16-152; H S Rose, 182-28-154; V J Collett, 191-36-155; L C Brooks, 194-28-166; P Buckle, 218-48-170. Mixed foursome competition; Mrs D L Driver & L C Brooks, 95-23-72; Mrs G P Burden & D L Driver, 91-17-74; Mrs F C Baber & G P Burden, 95-12-83; Mrs S Hyde & J W Pritchard, 110-26-84; Mrs C Wimbury & H S Rose, 106-15-91; Mrs Wakeman & C Wimbury, 111-19-92.

Result of a bogey competition played on Saturday 17 November 1934. The winner was 16 year old Tim Bailey, son of Colonel P J Bailey of Maugersbury. Result; T Bailey, (16) 5up; G P Burden (8) all square; V Collett (18) 1down; D L Driver (8) 2down; L C Brooks (14) 2down; H S Rose (14) 4down; J H Smith (18) 9down; C Wembury (18) 9down.

Result of a stroke play competition held on Saturday 29 December 1934; O Farnworth, 86-16-70; G P Burden, 87-12-75; F C Baber, 86-10-76; D L Driver, 88-12-76; H S Rose, 94-18-76; V J Collett, 94-18-76; J H Smith- 101-24-77; J W Pritchard, 104-26-78; R Hicks, 103-22-81; L C Brooks, 101-18-83.

Result of the Mark Fenwick Cup played in April 1935; G P Burden, 165-28-137; D L Driver, 158-20-138; J Howman, 158-16-142; F C Baber, 165-20-145; H S Rose, 177-28-149; V J Collett, 182-30-152; L C Brooks, 187-28-159; J H Smith, 204-36-168.

The course can be seen on the Britain Fom Above link below.


Cotswold Golf Club, Stow-on-the-Wold. Location of the former course.

The course location in the 1920s. The land was used for tank training during WW2 and the course never recovered.