Wilpshire Golf Club founded in 1890
A number of golf clubs founded in 1890, have agreed to celebrate their quasquicentennial (125 year) anniversary by offering fellow clubs reciprocal playing rights. This arrangement will start from 1st January 2015. The Club Secretary will inform the member at the time of a request if there are any special conditions or a small fee. These clubs are below – click on name or photo to open in a separate tab/window. As these clubs are located throughout Great Britain, they are ordered by region.
South of England
postcode SO24 0PN
Founded in 1890, Alresford Golf Club has developed into one of the most attractive and challenging courses in the south of England. Situated on historic chalk downland adjoining the South Downs National Park, the course is playable year-round and almost never closed. The reputation of the course for its outstanding overall presentation and true greens has led to the club hosting regular County amateur and PGA tournaments.
Postcode SL3 9BP –
Since 1890 Datchet Golf Club has been providing a tough challenge for everyone that plays it. The course runs along the River Thames under the watchful eye of Windsor Castle. This is a nine hole course, with fifteen tees, so only three holes are repeated on the back nine. At 6087 yards it is not a course that can be taken for granted, and as the Pros find out when they play, it commands respect. As a relatively flat parkland course, it is also easy walking and provides an enjoyable day’s golf for all golfers, irrespective of age and handicap.
Postcode SN10 2LP –
The course, just five minutes from the A4 or the A361, is a wonderful example of a downland golf course. While it is relatively short by modern standards – 6414 yards off the white tees – the course tests even the lowest handicap golfer. Every hole poses a different question, a small green, an elevated tee and so on. While there is little or no water to contend with, the sloping fairways and strategically placed bunkers will give you plenty to think about. At its highest point – the 6th hole – you are 700 ft above sea level and the views are awesome. The terrain ensures that the course drains well and very few golfing days are lost each year.
Postcode WD3 5LN –
Chorleywood Golf Club was founded in 1890 and is the oldest in Hertfordshire. Its gently undulating 9 hole course is set in the heart of the picturesque Chorleywood Common and presents a fair, but demanding, challenge for golfers of all levels and experience. We have an enviable reputation for hospitality and sportsmanship so that visitors are always made to feel welcome. The modern clubhouse provides all the facilities and sustenance that a weary golfer might need and is also an excellent venue for the many social activities which members and their guests can enjoy. Lying only five minutes drive from junction 18 of the M25, the club is easily accessible by those coming from outside the local area to play.
Postcode WD3 3RL –
A beautiful 18 hole country course set out in woodland. Set in beautiful surroundings with tree lined fairways and well-bunkered greens, it has always been a golfers course. An ongoing programme of course maintenance and manicuring, ensures the best possible playing conditions throughout the year. The course offers a challenge to all standards of golfer- rewarding of good shots, it is considerate to the moderate and punitive to the bad.
Postcode TN15 0JE –
A fine, tight inland course recognised by the R&A as an Open Qualifying venue and a regular host for EGU and County events. Originally laid out in 1890, the Professional Golfer appointed to design the initial layout is sadly unknown although James Braid, most famous for his creation of the King’s and Queen’s courses at Gleaneagles, made a number of design changes including the new Par 3 5th hole which came into play in 1929. It is heavily wooded with tree-lined fairways and is more than capable of defending itself against longer hitters with small and undulating greens. It is a course where both straight driving and attention to well-placed bunkers is essential. Although it has few slopes and affords easy walking, it provides an entertaining battleground and examination for golfers of all abilities.
Postcode SE9 2PE –
Eltham Warren Golf Club, founded in 1890, is one of England’s oldest nine hole courses, and is situated on the outskirts of Eltham, South East London. Our course was designed by renowned architect and five-time Open champion James Braid and has a local reputation for being maintained in top condition throughout the year, with many interesting features such as strategically placed ponds, ditches, bunkers and rare mature trees, some of which are centuries old.
Postcode IG8 0ST –
Woodford Golf Club is an old-established 9-hole course set in Epping Forest, Essex, on the fringes of London, and easily accessible from major roads and public transport networks. The course is especially noted for its greens, usually fast-paced with interesting contours. There are no bunkers on the course, but some holes have transverse ditches and all greens are effectively protected at the back and both sides, meaning a careful approach is required.
Postcode TN3 8DT –
Lamberhurst Golf Club is a friendly members’ club founded in 1890, which is owned and run by its members for its members, and has one of the finest parkland golf courses in Kent. Our 6,448 yard 18-hole course boasts glorious views of Kent’s rolling countryside and runs through parkland of outstanding beauty on both sides of the River Teise. It provides golfers with some real challenges, with the course’s subtle slopes and undulations testing even the lowest of handicappers. The quality of our fairways and greens are well known locally and kept in superb condition by our dedicated and professional team of groundstaff.
Postcode PE19 7GE –
Starting in 1890, a new 9 hole golf course was designed built by the legendary Harry Vardon, winner of of six Open Championships and founder member of the Professional Golfers Association, at the current location of Crosshall Farm in 1912. By 1966 further land had been purchased and an additional 9 holes had been added. With its modern and forward thinking approach, the mature 18 hole parkland course is situated at the junction of the Rivers Kym and Ouse combining both water and charming features in a harmonious and natural way.
Postcode CF64 5UP –
The par 70, 6,184 yard golf course, enjoying stunning views over the sea, is not actually a links, but an 18-hole parkland course on undulating ground at the eastern edge of Cosmeston Lakes Country Park. With narrow wood-lined fairways, well-guarded greens, water hazards and over eighty strategic bunkers, it offers a stern but fair test to golfers at all levels.
Postcode LE5 6DJ –
The Leicestershire Golf Club founded in 1890 is a beautiful parkland course which stands to the south of the city, backing on to open countryside. Heavily treed and boasting the finest quality greens, the 6200 yard par 68 course challenges low handicap golfers whilst remaining suitable to golfers of all abilities. The course was extended to 18 holes in 1899 and in 1910 improvements by James Braid included a number of new bunkers. In 1936 the course was extended by Major Charles Mackenzie, brother of the legendary Alistair Mackenzie of Augusta National fame, and subsequently altered by C K Cotton.
Postcode LE12 8TA –
Founded in 1890, Charnwood Forest Golf Club is the oldest golf club in Leicestershire and is one of the best nine-hole courses in England. You are sure of a warm welcome from the members and staff at Charnwood Forest Golf Club. Our course is set amongst the ancient Hanging Stone Rocks and is surrounded by the picturesque scenery of Charnwood Forest. The original layout was designed by legendary golf architect James Braid, whose vision was to make full use of the natural environment to create a golfing challenge. Although there are no bunkers, the design makes full use of the natural contours, alongside a variety of hazards, such as rocks, heather, gorse, bracken and stone walls. Since 1890, the course has undergone many changes, but there has been no deviation from Braid’s original vision of heathland golf.
Postcode PE9 3JX –
Based in the grounds of Burghley House, home of the world famous horse trials, Burghley Park Golf Club is a wonderful parkland course with an impressive history. Commissioned by the Marquis of Exeter in 1890, the course works its way around the estate of one of England’s finest country houses where golf has been played for well over 100 years. With a modern clubhouse now on site this is a prestigious golf club and one of the best courses in the region.
Postcode PL19 9AQ –
Welcome to an area of outstanding beauty. The golf course was established in 1890 and with continual updating and maintenance to the highest standards it offers a challenging test to golfers of all abilities. Because of the excellent drainage the course and the greens (which are generally true and very fast) rarely closes, thus allowing trolleys to be used all the year round and there is no need for winter greens or tees, except during major course maintenance.
Postcode NG31 9SH –
Belton Park Golf Club is one of the finest golf courses in the East Midlands with 27 challenging and attractive holes set in 240 acres of Parkland in the heart of Lincolnshire. Enjoy superb views of the local National Trust landscape and see an abundance of wildlife including fallow deer which roam the course.
North of England
Postcode BB1 9LF –
Set in the heart of the Ribble Valley Wilpshire Golf Club provides a challenge to all levels of golfer, in a tranquil and beautiful setting. At 5,843 yards and par 69 (ladies 72), the course is not long by modern standards but it has a pair of excellent par 5’s and five par 3’s, none of which are that easy. The combination of parkland and moorland with the threat of challenging rough and a few water hazards can make a round interesting enough, especially for the player who is driving off-line. Our course was originally designed by James Braid, who took full advantage of the varied terrain – the first six holes use trees and greenside bunkers to catch the unwary.
Postcode YO32 5XF –
York Golf Club, situated 5 miles north of the historic city of York, is a serene blend of parkland and heathland – known as a lowland heath style. The tree lined course has undulating rather than steep fairways and there is a definite emphasis on natural beauty rather than artificial features.
With the course measuring 6,290 yards (mens competition tees) and 5,627 yards (ladies tees) York offers a fair challenge to all levels of golfer. The greens at York are regularly acclaimed to be amongst the finest in North Yorkshire.
Postcode LL32 8ER –
Conwy (Caernarvonshire) Golf Club is a championship links course that can be enjoyed by golfers of all abilities, from beginners to champions. This stunning location on the North Wales Coastline combined with the challenging links golf course will provide a memorable experience for all golfers, and our aim is to ensure that everyone will have an enjoyable and rewarding day.
Postcode CA11 8SG –
A Cumbrian golf course situated in a splendid location between the delights of the Eden Valley and the majesty of the Lake District. The Lakeland fells provide a magnificent backdrop to this par 69 course formed in 1890. Located adjacent to the historic market town of Penrith, this moorland course offers a worthy challenge to any visiting golfer. A clear day will have the added advantage of providing some of the finest views of the mountains of the Northern Lake District.
Scotland and Northern Ireland
Postcode EH46 7HN –
Our outstanding 18-hole, par 69 moorland course, situated on Slipperfield Moor above the conservation village of West Linton, meanders through breathtaking scenery and features an abundance of wildlife. Just 13 miles, a 20-minute drive down the A702, from the City of Edinburgh, the golf course is set away from the traffic whilst also being easily accessed by visiting golfers. The course boasts wonderful views of the Scottish Border countryside with the hills of Upper Tweeddale to the south, Mendick Hill to the south west and the Pentland Hills to the north.
Postcode KY10 3DZ –
The course is located 9 miles south of St Andrews and stretches along the shoreline between Anstruther and Pittenweem. The spectacular views over Anstruther Harbour and out to the Isle of May, Bass rock and south west to Edinburgh are a constant distraction. Golfers should beware of Anstruther Golf Club’s version of Amen corner which comprises a series of 3 challenging par 3’s starting with The Rockies (5th) voted the toughest par 3 in the UK!
Postcode BT54 6QP –
Ballycastle Golf Club sits yards from the shoreline on the Causeway Coast, a spectacular stretch of golfing coastline of unsurpassed beauty. The golf course is one of the most scenic in Northern Ireland and has a multitude of personalities from tame parkland holes to wild links offerings and includes flat and low-lying holes and a back nine that launches you up into seaside hills that command panoramic views of the town of Ballycastle, Fair Head, Rathlin Island and on a clear day the Mull of Kintyre.
Postcode IV19 1JE –
Designed by Old Tom Morris our Championship length links overlooking the Dornoch Firth arguably offers one of the best settings imaginable in the highlands for a round of golf. With sea on one side and the backdrop of the mountains behind, every day brings a different aspect to this challenging and beautiful course and the layout of the holes guarantees an interesting round for beginners or experts.
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