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Chipping Norton Golf Club, Oxfordshire. (1890 - 1907)

Founded 1890, the first course was on Chipping Norton Common, it moved to its present location in 1907.

The professional’s in the early years of the club were; A Finch, 1890/92; William Woodward, 1892/94; W G Saunders, 1905/08.

The home of Mr A W S Hitchman at Monkdene was the meeting place to discuss the possibility of a club for Chipping Norton. The Field Reeves had kindly consented to the Common being used for the course. At the meeting Dr G Wright Hutcinson accepted the Presidency of the club. At this time there were about 20 gents as members, but they were confident that this number would grow. Report Below.

 

Chipping Norton Golf Club, Oxfordshire. Report on a meeting held in March 1890.

From the Oxfordshire Weekly News Wednesday 19th March 1890. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

The course was in good condition for the competition for the President's prizes which was played on Saturday 20th September 1890; A W S Hitchman, 106-8-98; A Mackenzie, 101 scratch; Rev. A E Rose, 190-6-103; F F Walker, 112-4-108; C G Rowell, 117-6-111; H L Bliss, 120-8-112; Rev. G A Littledale, 125-12-113; Austin Webb, 130-12-118; R Lawton, 136-14-122. 

Report on the annual meeting in February 1894.

 

Chipping Norton Golf Club, Oxfordshire. Report on the annual meeting in February 1894.

From the Oxfordshire Weekly News Wednesday 4th March 1894. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

Result of the September 1894 monthly medal; Gent's 18-holes - A B Field; T N Pettipher; A Webb; Ladies 9-holes - Mrs Lawton; Miss A Edwards; Mrs Pettipher; Miss Stephan.

Result of a match against Evesham played in December 1899.

Chipping Norton Golf Club   Evesham Golf Club  
A Pettipher 4 J G Baker 8
F Lewis 5 E J Neale 9
A Webb 3 C T Standring 9
G Sharpe 1 A Baker 10
T K Pettipher 4 G Hogarth 10
H Warne 4 S Horsman 7
  21   53

Report on the annual meeting in April 1902.

 

Chipping Norton Golf Club, Oxfordshire. Report on the annual meeting in April 1902.

 

Chipping Norton Golf Club, Oxfordshire. Report on the annual meeting in April 1902.

From the Oxfordshire Weekly News Wednesday 30th April 1902. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

The following is from the 1905 Nisbet's Golf Yearbook; Instituted 1890; Membership of 25; Hon. secretary - G Gordon Sharp, Westbourne House, Chipping Norton; Entrance Fee nil and Subs 10s, ladies 5s; Nine-holes; Professional, A Sa(u)nders; Amateur Record - J Arkhill and A Pettipher, both 43; Terms for visitors, two days free, afterwards 8s/6d a week. The course is over pastureland and is playable from September 1st till the end of April. The total length is 2,065 yards and the longest hole 375 yards, while the shortest is 132 yards.

Below is the result of a match played at Chipping Norton against North Berks Golf Club, Abingdon, on Saturday 2nd March 1907.

Chipping Norton Golf Club   North Berks Golf Club  
G Gordon Sharp 0 A Pettipher 5
O W Benwell 6 L W Daniell 0
A Webb 0 Rev. H C B Gibson 9
A H Dunston 6 W T Morland 0
A Lewis 0 H Donkin 0
T K Pettipher 0 C A Pryce 1
J C Grant 0 E W Estridge 2
F Cooper 4 T Bowen 0
  16   17

Below is the result of the return match against North Beds Golf Club played on the Shippon Course on Saturday May 4th 1907.

North Berks Golf Club    Chipping Norton Golf Club  
A Pettifer 4 J S Hall 0
L W Daniell 0 T K Pettipher 1
E W Estridge 11 G G Sharp 0
Rev. H C B Gibson 10 O W Benwell 0
A Pryce 0 J C Grant 0
D Almaine 0 A Webb 0
  25   1

Below report on the new course in September 1907.

 

Chipping Norton Golf Club, Oxfordshire. Report on the new course in September 1907.

From the Oxfordshire Weekly News Wednesday 25th September 1907. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

Chipping Norton Golf Club, Oxfordshire. Course location.

Location of the course on the Common. Grid reference SP30400,26875, co-ordinates 430400,226875.