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Ewelme Golf Club, Wallingford, Oxfordshire. (1893 - 1970s)

Founded 1893.

The first monthly handicap was arranged for early November 1893. Information for membership of the club could be obtained from the hon. secretary; Rev. G H M Hamilton, Ivy Bank, Ewelme.

The next mention found was in February 1898.

 

Ewelme Golf Club, Wallingford, Oxfordshire. Announcement of the annual meeting for March 1898.

From The Oxford Times Saturday 26th February 1898. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

The annual general meeting was held in the club-room on Saturday 4th March 1899. The following officers were elected; Mr Palmer, captain; E H Burkitt, treasurer; Lieutenant Col Wylie, secretary; committee – A C Harding, W G Curtis, F E Hedges, Rev G H Hamilton. The monthly medal competition took place on the same day, result as follows; F R Hedges, 114-16-98. The ladies’ medal was a tie between Mrs Palmer, 57+2-59 and Miss Manley, 79-20-59, Miss Manley won the play-off. The monthly bogey was won by F R Hedges with a score of 2 down.

Below are results from competitions played in October 1899.

 

Ewelme Golf Club, Wallingford, Oxfordshire. Results of competitions played in October 1899.

From the Berks and Oxon Advertiser Friday 13th October 1899. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

There were a large number of members present for the AGM which was held in the clubhouse on the 3rd March 1900. The balance sheet was presented and the following officers were elected; Mr L Palmer, captain; Mr E H Burkitt, secretary and treasurer; committee – A C Arding (note the surname spelling in  1899), S H Bennett, W G Curtis, F E Hedges and F R Hedges. The committee reported that club membership had greatly increased during the year. The greens were in excellent order and golfers visiting the picturesque course could be assured of  a warm welcome.

Below is the result of a match played at Goring & Streatley in April 1900.

Goring & Streatley Golf Club   Ewelme Golf Club  
W S Ranson 1 L Palmer 0
J E Bateson 1 W Neill 0
C A Reiss 4 F E Hedges 0
Col. Harcourt 0 K Symonds 0
W S Morris 0 J A Gibb 0
Guy Bennett 0 F R Hedges 3
W S Ranson and J E Bateson 0 L Palmer and W Neill 1
Col. Harcourt and Guy Bennett 0 F R Hedges and K Symonds 2
C A Reiss W S Morris 0 F E Hedges and J A Gibb 3
  6   9

 

Below, result of a one sided match played at Reading on Wednesday 10th October 1900. 

Reading Golf Club   Ewelme Golf Club  
S S Wollaston 0 E R Morres 4
D A T Wilmot 1 L Palmer 0
A C Bartholomew (Half) 0 W Neill (Half) 0
E M Fletcher 6 F R Hedges 0
H A Copeland 6 F E Hedges 0
G E Seon 6 W G Curtis 0
Com F L Laurence 6 S A Bennett 0
Capt C J Baker 2 Reverend E B Mackay 0
  27   4

In 1906 the secretary was Colonel F Gossett, Watlington, Wallingford. A 9-hole course on Ewelme Common. Amateur  course record holder was Lester Palmer with a score of 39. Visitors’ fees on introduction were 1/- a day, 2/6 a week and 10/- a month, ladies and youths under 18 years of age 5/- a month. Stations at Watlington and Wallingford 4 miles away. Local hotels were the Greyhound at Ewelme and the Lamb and the George at Wallingford.

Below is the result of a match played against Peppard Golf Club, Henley, (now defunct) in June 1907.

 

Ewelme Golf Club, Wallingford, Oxfordshire. Result of a match played at Peppard in June 1907.

From the Henley & South Oxford Standard Friday 28th June 1907. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

In 1914 the entry fees were 2/6. Subs for gents were £1/1/0 and ladies 10/6.

The following report appeared in the Berks and Oxon Advertiser in August 1921. "Ewelme Golf Club - The efforts to re-start the Golf Club have proved unsuccessful the Club has now been finally closed. Members who have left golf clubs at the clubhouse are requested to move them at once." 

Ewelme Golf Club, Wallingford. Location of ther former golf course.

Location of the Ewelme golf course.

Grid reference SU65010,90890, co-ordinates 465010,190890.

 

Ewelme golf course was appearing on Ordnance Survey Maps up until the 1970s. 

The common was used for grazing and was also noted for its rare flowers including a species of gentian and the bee-orchid. Unfortunately due to ploughing and cultivation the fairways and greens have disappeared; let’s hope the rare flowers have survived.

The Map below was published in 1944.

 

Ewelme Golf Club, Wallingford, Oxfordshire. The golf course marked on the 1944 O.S. Map.

Ordnance Survey Map © Crown Copyright {1944}