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Frith Park Golf Club, East Grinstead, Sussex. (1890s)

The club was founded in 1893 when the professional was Jesse Mills.

The following report is from the Illustrated Sporting & Dramatic News Saturday 4 November 1893. "THE FRITH PARK LADIES' AND GENTLEMEN'S GOLF CLUB - The links are situated about three quarters of a mile from Dormans Station, and one mile from East Grinstaed Station. They have been laid out by Hugh Kirkaldy on private ground, and consist of nine- holes, but these will be increased to eighteen should the club be well supported. There is a club pavilion on the ground for the use of members, fitted up with club, refreshment, dressing and bathrooms etc. The annual subscription is two guineas, and the entrance fee on guinea only for members joining before 1st January 1894. Application to be made to the secretary, Frith Park Golf , East Grinstead, Sussex."  

Result of the January 1894 monthly medal.


Frith Park Golf Club, East Grinstead. Result of the January 1894 monthly medal.

"Golf" Friday 19 January 1894. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


The following report appeared in the Dundee Courier on Tuesday 20 March 1894.

"A foursome of some importance is to be played on the Frith Park Links on Easter Tuesday by Douglas Rolland, of Limpsfield, and R B Wilson on the one side, and Hugh Kirkaldy and J Whyte, the Chesterford professional, on the other. Whyte especially has been playing a very fine game recently, and, with the aid of Hugh, "Duggy" and Wilson will have a pretty stiff battle to fight. The foursome should prove one of the most interesting exhibitions of the season. Frith Park Links was laid out by Hugh Kirkaldy, and are highly praised by gentlemenwho have had an oppotunity of visiting the place."

On Tuesday 27 March 1894 the professional match to open the new Frith Park Golf Club Links took place. Hugh Kirkaldy (St Andrews and Oxford University) and Jack White (Chesterford Park), were opposed by D Rolland (Limpsfield) and R B Wilson (Bec). Some fine play was seen in reasonable weather, Rolland and Wilson won the match 2&1. The course comprised of nine-holes "in the valley below Bellaggio, and started and finished on the cricket ground, the fine pavilion being placed at the disposal of the members of the club. There was a fairly large gathering of spectators to witness the match." 


Frith Park Golf Club, East Grinstead. Report on the foursomes match played in March 1894.



Frith Park Golf Club, East Grinstead, Sussex. The golf course on the 1899 O.S map.

The golf course is marked at Frith Farm at the top of the above map. Reproduced from the {1899} Ornance Survey Map.


The Google Map below pinpoints the location of the former Frith Park course.