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Worcester City Golf Club. (1898 - 1926)

The club was founded 1898.

A meeting of the recently formed Worcester City Golf Club was held in the Guild Hall on Tuesday 10th January 1899. The Mayor, Mr J A Steward, presided at the well attended meeting. Mr A Milne, temporary secretary, announced that the services of a professional had been secured, the greens were marked out, and a “generous friend” of the club had provided them with a set of rings and flags. It was decided to ask the Earl of Beauchamp to become president, and the Mayor, the Hon. G H Allsopp, M.P., W Holland, A C Cherry and C W DysonPerrins to be vice-presidents. Mr H W Spreckley was elected captain, and the following were elected to the committee; Rev P Norton, Mr Page, Mr Walker, Mr Olver, R Clarke, H Oram, L Thomas and W Binns. Mr Milne was unanimously elected secretary and Mr Stephens of the National Provincial Bank, treasurer. Mr Spreckley stated that 66 members had already paid their guinea subscription and 81 names had been given in. At his suggestion, it was decided to extend the time for receiving subscriptions until the end of the month, after which time an entrance fee of £1/1/0 would be payable in addition to the subs. Ladies would be admitted, annual subs 10/6. All clubs and balls could be purchased from the professional, Mr Strachan.  

Below are results from the first meeting played in August 1899.


Worcester City Golf Club. Results from the first meeting in August 1899.

From the Worcestershire Chronicle Saturday 12th August 1899. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


Result of a club match played in April 1900 at Kidderminster.

Kidderminster Golf Club   Worcester City Golf Club  
A C Oldham 0 J G Baker 3
F C Jotham 1 H W Spreckley 0
R B Dawson 0 A G Spreckley 7
J F Coney 5 A Graham 0
A Nether 0 W M Binns 6
J G Welch 4 J Walker 0
  10   16

Result of a match played at Worcester against Droitwich in March 1900.

Worcester City Golf Club   Droitwich Golf Club  
H W Spreckley 2 F Wragg 0
A Graham 4 F Holyoaks 0
W M Binns 3 F Richardson 0
C H Langmore 7 H J Jones 0
M Graham 11 F B W How 0
F Adams 0 T Young 5
  27   5

Result of a club match played away at the Barnwood Golf Club, Gloucester, in November 1901. Barnwood had a runaway victory in the match. The only winners for Worcester were J G Baker and H B Howard.Worcester team and scores as follows (scores based on number of holes won in each match); J G Baker 1, H W Spreckley 0, A Graham 0, A G Spreckley 0, H B Howard 4, T H Gallaher 0, S Southall 0, W B Hulme 0, P Smith 0, J Walker 0.

In February 1903 the Worcester City Club played a home club match against Droitwich, the home team ran out clear winners. The Worcester team were as follows; H W Spreckley, A G Spreckley, W M Binns, G D Hancock, F J Adams, W B Hulme and H P Smith.

Result of a club match played at Gloucester in April 1905 against Worcester.

Gloucester Golf Club   Worcester Golf Club  
C H Scott 0 J Custance 1
C E W Fluck 0 H W Spreckly 0
E F F Fowler 1 A G Spreckly 0
E W Henley 0 E Lodder 1
A B Fowler 1 J Walker 0
H W Grimes 0 G O Hancox 1
W B Wood 0 W B Hulme 1
W H Chadborn 1 J G Jones 0
  3   4

Result of a ladies’ match played at Barnwood, Gloucester in December 1905 against Worcester. 

Gloucester Ladies' Golf Club   Worcester Ladies' Golf Club  
Miss M Pearce 1 Miss Twinberrow 0
Miss M Langley-Smith 1 Mrs Gostling 0
Miss M Newall 0 Mrs Porter 1
Mrs H W Grimes 1 Mrs Allen 0
Miss Hibbard 1 Mrs Peake 0
Mrs Scott 0 Mrs Cartland 1
  4   2

Result of a match played at Kidderminster in March 1909.

Kidderminster Golf Club   Worcester Golf Club  
Rev W H Yerburgh (6&4) 1 J Custance 0
A C Oldham (2&1) 1 H W Spreckley 0
E B Worth 0 G W Hancock (3&2) 1
H Saunders (7&5) 1 D B Cross 0
R B Worth (2up) 1 H Byrne 0
Rev. R S Chesshire (2&1) 1 H Pratt 0
R J Boning (2&1) 1 F G Jones 0
J Chessshire (5&3) 1 C H Humphreys 0
Rev. L Sladen 0 W E D Bell (8&7) 1
Rev. J F Kershaw 1 T J Southall (w.o) 1
  8   3

In 1910 the professional was William Strachan, Tolladine Road, Worcester.

In 1912 the secretary was F R Davey, Gorse House, Tolladine Road.

In 1914 the secretary was F R Davey, 6 Britannia Square and the professional W J Cox. An 18-hole course situated on high ground with fine views. Length of course was about 5,350yds. There was a membership of 165 gents and 60 ladies. Entry fees were £1/1/0. Subs for gents were £1/11/6 and ladies £1/1/0. Visitors’ fees were 1/6 a day, 6/- a week and 15/- a month. Sunday play was allowed without caddies. Visitors were allowed on Sundays. The station at Shrub Hill ½ mile away.

In 1923 the secretary was E R Edwards, Mount Elbury, Worcester and the professional Walter James Cox, 34 Ombersley Road.  An 18-hole course although 9 were temporary closed, probably required for the war effort. There was a membership of 150. Visitors’ fees on introduction were 2/6 a day, and 10/- a week. Sunday play was allowed without caddies.

Home match against Tewkesbury Golf Club in November 1923.

Worcester City Golf Club   Tewkesbury Golf Club  
T W White (halved) 0 F W Clive (halved) 0
B Gibbons 0 H E Botting (5 and 4) 1
H C Gibbs (7 and 5) 1 S H Donnison 0
Dr. Rook (2 and 1) 1 W H Jessop 0
H C Hayden (4 and 3) 1 C S Barnett 0
C E Turner (halved) 0 N G Moore (halved) 0
J B Parsons 0 H Cowley (6 and 5) 1
F Cowper (7 and 6) 1 W R Hopkins 0
G Evestin 0 Dr. Holroyd 1
  4   3

In 1924 the secretary was Arthur Alfred Annis, 115 Droitwich Road.

Result of a match played at Tewkesbury Golf Club (now defunct) in March 1925.

Tewkesbury Golf Club   Worcester Golf Club  
H E Botting (5 and 3) 1 H C Hayden 0
Rev. W D Boyd (3 and 2) 1 H Brookes 0
N G Moore (1up) 1 F J Adams 0
Major E G Moore 0 E Chapman (2up) 1
Dr. T H Holroyd 0 J R Parsons (3 and 2) 1
C S Barnett (3 and 2) 1 E I Nicholas 0
J M Caldicott 1 R J Dorrell 0
W R Hopkins (6 and 5) 1 R Mortimer 0
  6   2

Towards the end for Worcester City Golf Club in 1926 the secretary was R Randall, 105 Bath Street, Worcester, telephone 555. The professional T Whiting. 18-holes with a membership of 270. Visitors’ fees were 2/6 a day, weekend and Bank Holiday 2/6 a round and 3/6 a day. Local hotel was the Hop Market.

As Worcester City disappears in the late 1920s, Tolladine Golf Club comes on to the scene on the same course (see separate entry.)


Worcester City Golf Club. Course location.

Above, location of the Worcester City and later the Tolladine course.


Below is a Google Map showing the Tolladine course location.