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Hungerford Golf Club, Berkshire. (1903 - WW2)

The club was founded 1903.

Originally a nine-hole course situated on Hungerford Downs, within a quarter of a mile from the town, gravel soil. The distance round the course was two miles, with several natural bunkers.

Competition result from November 1904.

 

Hungerford Golf Club, Berkshire. Competition result from November 1904.

Newbury Weekly News and General Advertiser Thursday 24 November 1904. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

From the 1905 Nisbet's Golf Yearbook; Secretary was W Jacobs, The Capital & Counties Bank, Hungerford  A 9-hole course; the record amateur score was held by E R Portal with a score of 109; the green-keeper  was G Winterbourne; Visitors’ fees were 1/- a day which were obtainable from the secretary or Mr F W Church of the Three Swans Hotel. The station at Hungerford was 5 minutes away. Local hotels were the Three Swans and the Bear which was situated on the Bath main road, within 10 minutes of the course and 5 minutes from the railway station, close to the Kennet fishery.

Result of a scratch competition played in September 1905.

 

Hungerford Golf Club, Berkshire. Competition result from September 1905.

Newbury Weekly News and General Advertiser Thursday 2 November 1905. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

It was reported in April 1906 that Mr R McKenzie, who will be remembered as a former professional at Littlecote, and who has on one or two occasions, given exhibition matches on the Hungerford golf course, was engaged on Easter Monday.

Result of the Portal Cup Competition played on 4 June 1906; W H Belcher, 97-9-88; J McKerlie, 102-11-91; J Russell, 110-14-96; T W Alexander, 124-24-100; E E Palmer, 125-24-101; J Entwistle, 123-21-102; J C Adnams, 125-20-105; F W Church, 126-18-108.

Below is the result of a ladies match played at Hungerford against Reading Golf Club in February 1909.

Hungerford Ladies   Reading Ladies  
Miss Shepherd 0 Mrs Albury 1
Miss Denning 0 Miss Weedon 1
Miss Andrews  1 Mrs Simmons 0
Miss Portae 1 Miss Beach 0
Miss E Andrews 0 Mrs Clennell 1
Miss Platt 0 Miss Baker 1
Miss Shepherd & Miss Portae 0 Mrs Albury & Miss Weedon 1
Miss Denning & Miss E Andrews 1 Mrs Simmons & Miss Beach 0
Miss Andrews & Miss Platt 0 Mrs Clennell & Miss Baker 1
  3   6

In 1914 the secretary was F W Church. The course had now been reduced to 9-holes it had many natural hazards and was situated on Hungerford Downs ¼ mile from the town and about 400 feet above sea level. The club had a membership of 70. There was no entry fee the subs were £1/1/0. Visitors’ fees were; 1/- a day, 2/6 a week and 7/6 a month.

The annual meeting was held on Friday 7 May 1915 with Major E R Portal in the chair. It was stated that since the war started many members had resigned and there was a deficit showing on the balance sheet. The opinion was expressed that, with a reduced income, the club would be unable to carry on and it was unanimously decided that play should be suspended for the duration of the war.

 

Hungerford Golf Club, Berkshire. The golf course on the 1925 Ordnance Survey Map.

The course on the Ordnance Survey Map © Crown Copyright {year of publication 1925}

 

From the North Wilts Herald Friday 28 February 1930 - "During the winter the Hungerford golf course has been much improved, and on Saturday those taking part in the monthly competition found the greens in excellent condition. Mr J D Wells was the winner with a net score of 79. Mr A R Peart being runner-up with 82."

 

Hungerford Golf Club, Berkshire.Location of the former course.

Grid reference SU34480,67970, co-ordinates, 434480,167970.

 

Hungerford Golf Club disappeared prior to WW2.

 

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<p class="caption-text">Newbury Weekly News and General Advertiser Thursday 24 November 1904. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.</p>

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