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Twyford & Shawford Golf Club, Hants. (1890 - WW2)

The club was founded in 1890.

Originally named as Twyford & Shawford Golf Club it was often referred to as just Shawford Golf Club. 

Below earliest reference of the club found so far.


Twyford & Shawford Golf Club, Hampshire. Report from 1893 regarding the Shawford Golf Club.

From the Illustrated Sporting & Dramatic News Saturday 18th March 1893. Image © Illustrated London News Group.


Below is the result of a match played against Crookham Golf Club on Thursday 17th October 1895.

Twyford and Shawford Golf Club   Crookham Golf Club  
Captain Corse-Scott (scratch) 0 A B Cook (1) 2
H Strahan (7) 0 H E Meek (2) 9
Rev M R Bethuse (7) 2 A C Bartholomew (10) 0
Dr Geo Roberts (9) 0 B Rendall (8) 7
Rev E P Spurway (11) 5 J H Haviland (10) 0
Rev F N Harvey (12) 0 Rev J H Belcher (12) 4
Colonel Johnston R.E (13) 4 W P Godwin (12) 0
J H T Wharton (17) 2 Captain A B Ridley (14) 0
General Laughton (21) 10 R S Knight (27) 0
  23   22

Below is the result of a match played against Shirrell Heath Golf Club on April 20th 1899.

Shirrell Heath Golf Club   Shawford Golf Club  
Major Nicholls 0 Capt. Headley R.N. 1
Major Swinbourne 0 Rev. F N Harvey 0
Harold Alexander 0 Colonel Johnston 3
G M Nicholls 4 General Laughton 0
W Farquhar 4 Captain Child 0
Mr Lewin Nicholls 0 Alec Johnston 2
  8   6


Twyford & Shawford Golf Club, Hampshire. Report on the annual meeting held in April 1902.

From the Hampshire Chronicle 24th May 1902. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


In 1902 the secretary was Captain Forrest, Combe Down, Shawford. A 9-hole course.

Also in 1902 was Twyford & Shawford Ladies Golf Club. The secretary was General G A Laughton. Local hotel was the Bridge Inn.


Twyford and Shawford Golf Club, Hants. Ladies' club button.

Twyford & Shawford Ladies’ Golf Club button. 


The following is from the 1905 Nisbet's Golf Yearbook; 10-holes; *Instituted 1904; secretary Capt. Forest, Combe Down; Captain, H C Pilcher; Professional; J Broad; Entrance fee £2/2/0 and Subs £2/2/0; Terms for visitors, 5/- a week, 10/- a month. "Down turf; greens very good. The links are somewhat tricky, especially to a bad player; the lies are good. The course is kept in very good order."

*There was clearly a club in existence before this date.

Below is the result of a match against the United Services Golf Club played in April 1906.

Twyford & Shawford Golf Club   United Services Golf Club  
Major Dumbleton 1 H M Leggatt 0
Rev. F H Harvey  1 Colonel Stuart 0
Major Hedley  1 Captain Clogerhoun  0
A J Oxley  1 Lieutenant Heathcote  0
Captain Johnston 0 Lieutenant Murray 1
Captain Saden 1 Commander East 0
G M Tindner  1 Colonel Evans  0
H Winstanley  0 Lieutenant Stevens  1
  6   2

Result of a match played at Shirley Golf Club in May 1906.


Twyford and Shawford Golf Club, Hapshire. Result of a match against Shirley Golf Club in May 1906.

Southern Echo Saturday 19th May 1906. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


Twyford and Shawford Golf Club, Hants. Pre WW1 view of the golf course.

A pre-WW1 postcard of the Shawford course by F G O Stuart. Authors Collection.


In 1914 the secretary was J Biden, The Chase, Compton, Winchester. The 9 hole course was situated on Twyford Down with good greens, a tricky course proving a good test of golf. There was a membership of 130. Entry fees for gents were £2/2/0 and ladies £1/1/0. Subs for Gents £2/2/0 and Ladies £1/1/0. Visitors’ fees were 1/6 a day, 7/6 a week and £1 a month. Ladies were not allowed to play on Saturday afternoon and there was no Sunday play. The station at Shawford was only 50 yards away.

In 1922 it appeared as Shawford Golf Club. The secretary was J M Dunlop at the clubhouse, Shawford.

The greenkeeper  was A Harper. Amateur course record holder was H G Biden 73. Visitors’ fees on introduction were now 2/- a day, 7/6 a week, 12/6 a fortnight, £1 a month, 30/- two months and £2 three months. There was no Sunday play. Station at Shawford 50 yards away.

In the mid 1920s the secretary was E E Powell.

In the last year in 1940 the secretary at Shawford was E Reeves and the greenkeeper A Burton. Membership at this time was 90. Sunday play was permitted. All other information as 1922.

Thanks to Richard McKenzie for his memories of Shawford Golf Club -

“My home as a young man was Twyford near Winchester. The next village was Shawford on the main London to Southampton rail line. Shawford had its own nine hole golf course on the Shawford Downs situated to the west of the railway line and running up the Downs with incredible views to the north of Winchester Cathedral and the Itchen river valley. The clubhouse was by the main road in Shawford on a raised level piece of ground with planted trees around the car park. During the 1939-45 war the club house was a distribution centre for rosehip syrup and cod liver oil which may have been run by the Red Cross, anyway I remember walking round as a child. The club was never reinstated after the war to my knowledge”

Twyford & Shawford Golf Club, Hants. The clubhouse and golf course.

Shawford Golf Pavilion. Postcard by Kingsway Real Photo Series S9451.


Twyford & Shawford Golf Club, Hants. Location of the former golf course.

Location of course on Shawford Down.

Grid reference SU46965,24885, co-ordinates 446965,124885.