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Stratford-on-Avon Golf Club. (1894 - 1925) 

Founded in 1894

The clubs first course was at Wilmcote Moor. It only stayed here for a short time before moving to a site where the Menzies Welcombe Golf Club is now. In 1925 the Stratford club moved to its present site at Tiddington. This leaves a gap of about 50 years before the Welcombe Hotel Club first appeared.

The first professional at the Stratford-on-Avon club was Jack Burns, winner of the Open Championship in 1888.  Other professionals at the Welcombe site; H Fitzjohn, 1896-98; A Fowler, 1899-1901; H Gisbourne, 1903-05; S G Harris, 1905-28.

Below is a report on the first competition played on the Wilmcote Moor course in October 1894.

 

Stratford-on-Avon Golf Club. Report on the first competition played in October 1894.

From the Leamington Spa Courier 3rd November 1894. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

Below is a report on the move to The Dingles, Welcombe Farm, in December 1896.

 

Stratford-on-Avon Golf Club. Report on the move to Welcombe Farm in December 1896.

From the Leamington Spa Courier 26th December 1896. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

The annual meeting was held in the Union Club in January 1898, G F Kendall, captain, in the chair. It was reported that an adverse balance of £9/17s. at the commencement of the year had increased to £26/15s/6d, but there had been a large influx of new members.

Below is the result of a match played on the Welcome Links at Stratford in December 1901.

 

Stratford-on-Avon Golf Club. Match played on the Welcome Links against Ipsley December 1901.

From the Alcester Chronicle Saturday 14th December 1901. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

Below is the result of a match played on the Welcombe course against Ipsley Golf Club in January 1903.

Stratford-on-Avon Golf Club   Ipsley Golf Club  
W F Hutchings 7 S Whitehouse 0
E G Holtom 7 N Lunn 0
D B Sanders 0 J H Whitehouse 5
T H Lloyd (half) 0 Rev. Canon Newton (half) 0
G F Kendall 4 E E Browning 0
  18   5

The following is from the 1905 Nisbet's Golf Yearbook; Membership of about 100; Hon. secretary - C Lowndes, "Hartwell" St Gregory's Road, Stratford-on-Avon; Captain, D B Sanders; Entrance fee £1/1s and subs £1/1s; Nine-holes; Professional, G Harris; Terms for visitors, 1s a day, 3s a week, 7s/6d a month.

Below is the result of a match played at Fladbury, Evesham. on Saturday 20th February 1909.

Evesham Golf Club   Stratford-on-Avon Golf Club  
J G Baker 0 R Norbury (2up) 1
J H Baker (1up) 1 S Flower 0
K Wilson (at the 19th) 1 Rev. Phillpott 0
H Richardson (3&2) 1 T Norbury 0
B A Howard (at the 20th) 1 W Norbury 0
H J Smith 0 A Flower (2&1) 1
  4   2

Below is the result of a match played at Cotswold Hills Golf Club in November 1910.

Cotswold Hills Golf Club   Stratford-on-Avon Golf Club  
H Webb 0 S Flower (3&2) 1
H G Swift 0 W J Onions (2&1) 1
C V Frith 0 A D Flower (1up) 1
R Ratcliffe (5&4) 1 T F Norbury 0
W T Bailey 0 Guy Pemberton (4&3) 1
C J Knight (4&3) 1 Rev. H Wilson 0
  2   4

Below is the result of a match played at Ladbrook Park in February 1914.

Ladbrook Park Golf Club   Stratford-on-Avon Golf Club  
E Spencer 0 B Norbury (2&1) 1
G Haddelsey (7&6) 1 S Flower 0
W A Green (4&3) 1 R Hutchinson 0
G Sharrock (2&1) 1 T F Norbury 0
W H Gibbs (5&4) 1 M Ashwin 0
H C Church (3&1) 1 G C Evans 0
F H Thomason (8&6) 1 G H Payton 0
  6   1

The second teams played at Stratford.

Stratford-on-Avon Golf Club II   Ladbrook Park Golf Club II  
Rev. F Orpwood 0 J A Hall (4&2) 1
Rev. H Wilson 0 R Patterson (4&2) 1
F C Wellstood (4&3) 1 G P Gibbs  0
E Pency Gem 0 P Prescott (3&2) 1
G M Bird 0 E Squires (6&5) 1
F D Spencer 0 H R Griffin (3&1) 1
N Mullings 0 C F Haywood (6&4) 1
C Pratt 0 A A Howard (9&8) 1
  1   7

It was reported in December 1925 that the new links on Tiddington Road, had recently been opened for play. The course was planned by J H Taylor and constructed by Carter & Co.  

Stratford-on-Avon Golf Club. Course location 1914.

Above is the 1914 O.S map showing the location of the Stratford course (in the centre) at the Dingles.