120 Years of Golf in Strawberry Hill

Aerial View of Strawberry Hill GC in 1928

This year marks the 120th anniversary of Strawberry Hill Golf Club. The story began in the summer of 1900 when six local residents were searching for a new golf club. One of them, Henry Robert Fargus, lived at Milton House in Wellesley Road (site of the current Milton Court). Behind this house lay 27 acres of grassland with a brook, trees and stables with grooms’ quarters. They approached the landowners, the Freake Estate Company, who gave permission to play golf there. Although there were some natural hazards, with no bunkers they improvised with sheep hurdles stretched across the ‘fairways’ and made holes in the ground as there were no greens.

Within a couple of years, an agreement to lease the land as a golf club was reached, the stables were turned into a kitchen and bar and the grooms’ quarters had become a locker room. JH Taylor, a five-times winner of the Open Championship and the Professional at Royal Mid Surrey, was engaged to advise on the course layout. The nine- hole, parkland golf course at Strawberry Hill was established.

Moving fast forward to modern times, Taylor’s course design remains largely intact with the brook still meandering across every hole bar one waiting to catch the errant shot! Whilst much has changed to meet the demand of today’s golfer, the Club continues to serve the local community and it remains a great place to play golf for members and visitors alike.

For existing golfers, the Club has a range of memberships and has flourishing ladies’ and junior sections – families are welcome!

The Club runs a successful group coaching programme for adult beginners (‘Get into golf’ – comprising four one-hour sessions which cover the basics) and also operates an Adult Academy for ‘improvers’ progressing onto the golf course. Coaching is provided at all levels by Club’s PGA Professional, Peter Buchan.

Alan Plumb, Academy Organiser said ‘We offer a pathway for those wanting to take up the game. Our Adult Academy, in particular, has proved to be very popular with those who are just starting out, or perhaps returning to the game after a number of years. It includes individual coaching and access to play on the golf course at quiet times. We try to create a relaxed environment to welcome and integrate new golfers into the Club’.

When the current Government restrictions for Covid-19 are lifted, the Club house will be available to hire for functions (parties, wedding receptions, celebrations of life etc.) and will again be a hub of social activities.

For Club and general membership enquiries please contact Club Manager Peter Mutton on:

Tel: 020 8894 0165

Email: secretary@shgolf.co.uk

www.shgolf.co.uk

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