Hankley Common Golf Club

History

Over 100 years of golf at Hankley Common

History

In common with many clubs that have been established for over 100 years, Hankley has a wealth of history and has developed as a course from humble beginnings. The course and surrounding land have grown from its early days as a nine hole course. Likewise the clubhouse has seen many changes to mirror the growth of the club. Throughout its history the club has attracted players of the highest calibre and the events staged at the club reflect this.

The Course

1949  The sixth green looking back down the fairway to the eighth fairway and green


1949  The 7th green from the Men's tee. Note the forward tee and the size of tracks, and absence of trees on both sides


1949   The 14th green taken from the 13th fairway 


The green to the left of the bush is the 15th, and beyond is the 12th green. The 12th was opened on the 1st November, 1935


1957  18th green with sand bunker and central pathway - 


2009 Boys Home Internationals

England won the 2009 Boys Home Internationals, defeating Ireland 12 – 3 on the final day of the event under threatening skies at Hankley Common Golf Club. They have now won ten of the 14 Boys Home Internationals staged since the event was changed to its present format in 1996.

Taking a 4 – 1 lead into the singles, England looked favourite to go on and win the title. And they continued that form into the afternoon, ensuring victory by winning the first seven matches reasonably comfortably with only one tie going all the way to the final hole.
 
The standard of play on show by the English team was aptly demonstrated by the English Boys Amateur champion, Tom Lewis, who finished off his 6&4 win with two consecutive eagles at the par-5 13th and par-4 14th. “As I was walking down the 14th I called it myself, actually,” said Lewis. “I was thinking, “I do feel like I can hole it here and win 6&4.”"
 
“We got off to a bit of a slow start this week to be honest with you,” explained England captain, Brian Roake. But we just played to our full potential today. The boys knew what they had to do. I told them to concentrate on winning points for themselves, and if they made points for themselves the overall score would look after itself.”
 
But Roake was quick to cite Jonathan Bell’s excellent birdie putt on the 18th green in the final foursomes match of the morning as being the catalyst for success later in the day.
 
“It could have been 3 -2. It’s a difference of two points isn’t it? It makes a little bit of a buffer. They [Jonathan Bell and James Webber] were three down with six to play and then had four birdies to win one up.
 
Bell, too, had realised the significance of the putt: “We said for a laugh that we’d win five on the spin to win 2&1 but we ended up having a putt on the last to win and somehow it went in! I knew it was important,” he said. “It gave us confidence going into the afternoon knowing that we had that three point cushion.”
 
“It’s been absolutely fantastic,” added Roake. “At Hankley Common what you need to do is keep the ball on the fairway. Today they did, and they holed a few putts. It was a great performance.”
 
In the second match of the day Scotland recorded their first victory of the week with an 11 – 4 triumph over Wales. Recently crowned Scottish Amateur Match Play champion, David Law, earned his fifth point out of a possible six this afternoon, helping the Scots to a well-deserved win.
 
He, along with many of this week’s players will now travel to Royal St Georges’s Golf Club, Kent, to compete against the likes of Open Championship Silver Medalist, Matteo Manassero, at the Boys Amateur Championship.


Chronology

7th December 1896

Foundation Meeting to set up the club.

10th February 1897

Committee laid down requirements of club and quoted a membership of 36 people. Entrance fee 1 guinea, annual subscription 2 guineas.

15th March 1897

Committee appointed first Professional Mr William Cochrane

1st May 1897

Official opening of the course.

29th June 1897

General meeting set up sub-committees & agreed need for a pavilion.

February 1898

Committee accepted a tender to build club room, dressing rooms, bar, toilets & veranda.

February 1898

First Annual General meeting.
Membership now 64

May 1898

Clubhouse built & then used until 1961

6th July 1898

Next Professional appointed. Albert James Ife

May 1899

First recorded use of pavilion by committee

November 1899

Match played against Farnham GC

May 1900

First President Richard Henry Combe died

July 1904

Next Professional appointed.
Charles Edmond Clare.
Ife had left 5 months before.

May 1920

Gerald Streatfeild who was Captain from 1903 to 1911 and from 1914 to to 1924 persuaded his committee that they should invite James Braid to come and advise on the extension of the course to 18 holes.

February 1921

Braid visited the course and submitted his plans in a letter dated 18th February 1921. His fee was 5 guineas plus expenses.

September 1921

Committee agreed to go ahead with a modification to Braid's plan and sold £1,000 of debentures to the members to fund the work.

October 1923

Five new holes opened. Namely: 2, 6, 7, 8, 10.

7th June 1924

Holes 11, 12, 13, 14 opened for play.

March 1933

Committee asked Harry Colt a member of a distinguished firm of course architects to lengthen the course and balance the spacing of the par three holes. He was engaged at a fee of 20 guineas plus 2 guineas expenses. Three new holes, numbers 10, 11 & 12 were created as recommended by Mr Colt. 9 unemployed men were provided by Aldershot labour exchange for 3 months in 1934 to prepare fairways & greens.

1st November 1935

The 3 new holes were opened.

1936

Gerald Streatfeild died

1938

After repeated irregation problems, piped water was provided to all greens.

April 1939

Streatfeild's brother-in-law Richard Coombe died. He had been President since 1905! He was Lord of the Manor of Pierrepoint Estate which embraced the golf club grounds..

30th May 1940

Pierrepont Estate put up for auction, including the ground used by the golf club.

June 1940

Major Alnatt the new owner of the estate proposed a rental of £50 per annum throughout the war and £100 per annum thereafter. The committee refused the amount as excessive in their current financial situation. They had an overdraft of £535 at the time.

28th November 1940

Major Alnett now offered to sell the club grounds to the club for £1,000.

23rd June 1941

The Club Captain wrote to Major Alnett asking the lowest price that he would accept for the Manorial Rights of the property.

January 1942

The committee was authorised to offer £800 for the whole of Hankley Common.

March 1942

The AGM resolved to purchase Hankley Common and to allow the club to incur a bank overdraft not exceeding £1,300. The AGM agreed to the club being formed into a private company with liability limited to a maximum of £2 per member.

5th June 1942

The contract to buy the Common was signed by Messrs Sprot, Windle and Potter (the Club Captain).

August 1960

A philanthropic member Mr J P Billmeir offered to provide a second hand 120ft by 18ft cedar wood building to replace the corrugated portions of the club house. The club had been suffering from serious corrosion for some years.

October 1960

An EGM accepted the offer and during the following winter, the building was transported to site & services installed.

October 1960

At the EGM, subscriptions were raised to £10.50 for men and £8.40 for ladies. The first increase for 9 years.

April 1961

Mr and Mrs. Billmeir were both appointed as Honorary Life Members.

February 1972

An EGM was called to approve the expenditure of £10,000 to install an automatic watering system on all greens. Many members came forward to make loans to cover the costs.

March 1980

Questionnaire sent out to members with proposals for a new 2-storey clubhouse. Replies were encouraging.

February 1981

Letter to members promised plans for new clubhouse would shortly be put on display and was followed by an EGM in late October 1981.

Easter 1983

A new single storey clubhouse designed by Newman Turner (a member and architect) was in use and was formally opened by Col Ozzie Logan on 18th June 1983.

8th August 1997

Club Centenary Year celebrated by a grand ball

Letter sent out to all members proposing extending and refurbishing the club house and inviting members to an EGM on 27th September 1997 to discuss options.

The management hoped to complete the work by the spring of 1998. This did not happen and two schemes were finally offered to members to consider.

14th August 1998

Chris Fielden the Captain announced the result of the members votes for two options of clubhouse extension and improvement at different costs. Of the 612 eligible, 265 had voted for Scheme A and 206 for scheme B. Option A was put up for tender.

2009 Boys Home Internationals Gallery





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