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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 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.

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 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


Chipping Norton Golf Club, Oxfordshire. Course location.

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