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Whitchurch Golf Club, Prees Heath, Shropshire. (1908 - 1940)

The club was founded in 1908.

A 9-hole course on sand and gravel. The station was 2 miles away. Sunday play was allowed without caddies. Local hotels were the Victoria, Swan and the Raven.

  Secretary Professional/Greenkeeper
1914 S Bowler, The Mount, Wirswall, Whitchurch. ? Griffith (pro)
1923 R Barrow Jones, 2 Linden Avenue, Whitchurch. W Thornton (gk)
1920s G M Lee, Chester Rd, Whitchurch. F J Walker (pro&gk)
1930/35 R C Smith, “Stoneleigh”, Sedgeford, Whitchurch. W P McDonald (pro&gk)
1936/40 J G Lusty, 38 Edgeley Rd, Whitchurch. W P McDonald (pro&gk)

In 1914 there was a membership of 100. There was no entry fee. Subs for gents were £1/11/6 and ladies £1/1/0. Visitors’ fees 1/- a day, 3/6d a week and 10/- a month.

The picture below shows a couple of golfers, the green-keeper to the left, with his hand mower, and probably the "clubhouse" to the right.


Whitchurch Golf Club, Shropshire. Picture of players, green-keeper and clubhouse.

Whitchurch Golf Club, Prees Heath Golf Links.


During the mid and late 1920s membership was between 80 and 100. Visitors’ fees 2/6d a day, 1/6d after 5pm.

From 1930 to 1935 the professional and green-keeper  was W P McDonald who also held the course record of 73. Membership had risen to 150 by this period. Visitors’ fees 2/6d a day (2/- after 5pm Summer, 2pm Winter), 10/- a week, 25/- a month.

Result of a match played at Whitchurch against Nantwich Golf Club (now defunct) in June 1932.

Whitchurch Golf Club   Nantwich Golf Club  
D Griffiths (halved) 0 J Edge (halved) 0
W L Sunsion (2up) 1 W J Lake 0
R R Smith (5 and 3) 1 C Minshaw 0
Dr. Beckett 0 W R Booth (2 and 1) 1
O S Bamber 0 M Arnold (4 and 3) 1
P A Taylor (6 and 4) 1 G Gresty 0
P Smith (halved) 0 F Wooldridge (halved) 0
D G Davies (2 and 1) 1 A Hinde 0
P G Morgan 0 H Price (3 and 1) 1
J F Griffiths 0 F W Slight (3 and 2) 1
J R Hares 0 R Holland (5 and 3) 1
F Howell 0 C Button (2 and 1) 1
  4   6

During 1936 to the club’s final appearance in 1940 the professional and green-keeper  W P McDonald set a new course record of 72.

Whitchurch Golf Club, Shropshire. Golf course location.

Location of the Whitchurch course.
Grid reference SJ56060,37850, co-ordinates 356060,337850.