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Morden Park Golf Club, London Road, Morden, Surrey. (1935 - WW2)

First appeared in the mid 1930s when the secretary was Frank W Humphries and the professional L King.

Threat of housing development in November 1935.

 

Morden Park Golf Club, London Road, Morden, Surrey. Threat of a housing development in 1935.

Belfast News-Letter Monday 25th November 1935.Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD

 

It was stated at a Merton and Morden council meeting few days later that the Morden Park course may be saved from the builders. The vice-chairman said that efforts were being made to persuade Surrey County Council and the L.C.C. to include the golf course in the "green belt." 

On Saturday 24th July 1937 Walter Hagen and Joe Kirkwood played an exhibition match on the Morden Golf Club course. The American Ryder Cup team captain had a score of 72 against Kirkwood's 77.

In October 1936 the Vaudeville Golfing Society obtained an affiliation with the Morden Park Golf Club. Members would be permitted to play at Morden Park for five days of the week free of green fee, and will pay a reduced green fee of 2s/6d at weekend an bank holidays. 

Frank Humphries, the Morden club secretary, was made a honorary member of the V.G.S. 

In March 1937 the V.G.S. played for the A G Spalding Trophy over the Morden course in very wet weather. Considering the conditions the score made by Billy Tasker (actor) of 84-11-73 was excellent. The runner-up was Donald Peers (popular Welsh singer) with 76 net.

It was reported in August 1939 that several golf clubs in London had lost their courses owing to the land being required for building purposes. The latest sufferer was to be the Morden Park Golf Club whose course was to be compulsory taken for housing development. 

In the late 1930s early 40s the secretary was J Mahood, CBE, DSO and the professional L King. 18-holes with a SSS of 74 and a membership of 400. Amateur course record holder W G Sweeting 72. Visitors’ fees were 2/6 a  round, 3/6 a day, 15/- a week and £2 a month. Stations at Morden South 8 minutes and Morden Tube 10 minutes. Buses service to the club entrance.

Below the course can be seen on Britain From Above. © Historic England.

 

Morden Park Golf Club, London Road, Morden, Surrey. The Morden Park golf course on "Britain From Above."

 

Morden Park Golf Club, London Road, Morden. Location of the golf course.

Morden Park Golf Club had disappeared by 1951. Grid reference TQ24750,67745, co-ordinates 524750,167745.