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Shifnal Golf Club, Shropshire. (Pre-WW1 - 1929)

There is evidence of a pre-WW1 nine-hole course at Lodge Hill.

The current club was founded in 1929, this was originally a 10-hole course at Lodge Hill/Brimstree Hill, the club moved to its present location at Decker Hill in 1963.


Shifnal Golf Club, Shropshire. Working on the Lodge Hill course.

The Golf Course, Shifnal, undated postcard of the course at Lodge Hill. Authors Collection.


It was reported in the Birmingham Daily Post in March 1912 that Huntsmen with the Albrighton Hounds had "crossed the Shifnal sewage works and the golf links with Lodge Hill on the left."

Below is the result of a match played at Walsall against Shifnal in May 1914. 

Walsall Golf Club   Shifnal Golf Club  
G B Gooding 1 A Lander 0
J R Boak 1 J R Phillips 0
B Gilbert junior 1 H Edge 0
G Nicklin 1 G P H Godfrey 0
H W Shipley 1 G F Gader 0
W H Fox 1 L Owen 0
J T Bunch 1 G Greene 0
J Pritchard 1 F Thompson 0
  8   0

It was reported in May 1939 that the course had been extended to 18-holes. A nine-hole course had existed for many years; in early 1938 a further 40 acres of land had been acquired; the course measured 5,300 yards. The opening of the new course was celebrated with a match in which Dr Tweddell, of Stourbridge partnered Stanley Lunt of Moseley, against C Stowe of Penn, and K R Frazier, of Chadwick Manor. Tweddell and Lunt won by 2&1. It was also reported that there had been a substantial increase in club membership.

From the 1947 Golfer's Handbook; Membership 90; Hon. secretary - P N Wadlow, Wingfield, Shifnal; Professional and green-keeper, G F Reynolds; Visitors, 2s/6d a day, weekends, 3s a day. 

In the early 1950s the secretary was P N Wadlow, Wingfield, Shifnal, the professional and green-keeper was P R Rudge. Club membership of 170. Course records; amateur - G D Nook, 74; professional - G F Reynolds, 68. It was recorded as being a 10-hole course with a Par of 74 and SSS of 73. Visitors' fees were 2s/6d a day; 3s Saturday and 5s Sundays. 

In March 1958 Albert Sarson was appointed professional at Shifnal, he was previously professional at the Atherstone Golf Club. 

From the 1961 Golfer's Handbook; Brimstree Hill; Founded 1929; Membership 220; Hon. secretary - G D Nock, 28 Shrewsbury Road, Shifnal; Professional and green-keeper, J Goodwin; Course records; Amateur - R P Yates, 69; Professional - J Goodwin, 67; 9-holes, 5,639 yards, SSS 69; Visitors, 5s a day, week-ends and bank holidays, 7s/6d.


Shifnal Golf Club, Shropshire. Location of the Lodge Hill course.

Location of the earlier Shifnal course at Lodge Hill.