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Corwen Golf Club, Denbighshire.

Founded in 1909, the course was laid out above the town and consisted of 9 holes of a very sporting character. The course was situated on the hillside, and from this elevation, an extensive view of the beautiful valley was obtained, as well as of the hills to the north. The station at Corwen was 15 minutes away. Local hotels were the Owen Glyndwr, Central and the Crown.

We are still trying to identify the exact location of the course. A local resident tells us that it was located behind the Uwch Y Dre Housing Estate. The Google Map at the bottom of the page pinpoints the area at the rear of the estate.

Our contact also suggests there was a course near the Recreation Ground, possibly 18 holes. This could have been a pitch and put course. 

The first round for the cup presented by the Hon C H Wynn took place at the end of July 1910. The qualifiers for the second round were; H R Jones v Glyn Owen; Tom Roberts v T Lloyd Jones; F WCarson v Dr Hindley; O A Lloyd v L G Owen (Bala).

In August 1910 the final match for the Rug Cup (presented by the Hon C H Wynn) was played.  Mr T Glyn Owen (the holder) played Dr Hindley. After a good game Mr Glyn Owen ran out the the winner. As Mr Owen had won the cup two years in succession he was entitled to keep the trophy.

 

Pre-WW1 Corwen golfers.

Above is a pre-WW1 group of Corwen Golf Club members on a Pearce Photocard, Corwen, 1913. Unfortunately there are no names, can anyone help? Could it be the clubhouse building?

 

In 1914 the secretary was J Francis Jones, 5 London Road, Corwen. Membership at this time was 79. There was no entrance fee. Subs for gents were £1/1/0 and ladies 10/6d. Visitors’ fees were 1/6d a day and 5/- a week. Sunday play was not allowed.

Throughout the 1920s the secretary was W J Griffith, N P and Union Bank Ltd, Corwen. The greenkeeper was R Davies. Visitors’ fees were 2/- a day, 6/- a week and 12/6d a month.

Lieutenant Norman Davies Garner, Corwen, was one of the best amateur golfers in Wales at this time, he would go on to win many valuable prizes locally.

Below is the result of a one sided club match played at Cerrig on Saturday 5th August 1922.

Cerrig   Corwen  
Rev W G Evans 0 N D Garner 1
G Humphreys 0 Jabez Evans 1
Tom Roberts 0 D Buckley 1
R O Roberts 0 S Roberts 1
Lt Buckley 0 J H Evans 1
R R Roberts 0 W J Griffith 1
R Williams 0 E P Griffith 1
R Roberts 0 H Williams 1
  0   8

A meeting was held on Wednesday 25th April 1923 Mr Eyton Williams, postmaster, was unanimously elected as secretary of the club, he replaced Mr W J Griffiths who has left the district. The new secretary was a keen all round sportsman and he was popular in both town and district. The new president was Dr Hindley, Carrog. Mr Norman Garner, Corwen, won all the golf competitions arranged by Ruthin Golf Club during the Easter holidays. Mr Garner and Mr Skilton were selected to represent Corwen at the NorthWales Club Championship Tournament which was to be held at Maesdu, Colwyn Bay.

Below is the result of a club match played at Cerrigydruidion in May 1924.

Singles.

Cerrig   Corwen  
H R Richards (3&1) 1 N D Garner 0
Idwal Davies (2&1) 1 Jabez Evans 0
Tom Roberts (1up) 1 Artro Owen 0
C R Roberts (half) 0 O A Lloyd (half) 0
R O Roberts 0 Gwilym Humphreys (5&4) 1
Frank Jones (4&2) 1 Henry Williams 0
J Winston Jones 0 T Lloyd Jones (5&3) 1
D M Evans 0 Brynle Hughes (2&1) 1
  4   3

Foursomes.

Cerrig   Corwen  
Richards & Davies 0 Garner & Evans (2up) 1
Tom & R O Roberts (2up) 1 Owen & Lloyd 0
Frank Jones &  C R Roberts 0 Humphreys & Williams (2&1) 1
Winston Jones & D M Evans 0 Lloyd Jones & B Hughes (3up) 1
  1   3

From 1930 to 1936 the joint secretaries were H B Davies, Yr Hafan, Corwen and B Hughes, Glaslyn, Corwen , and the greenkeeper was W O Jones. Membership at this time was about 90.

Below is the result of a foursome match played at Dolgellau in July 1938. The Corwen club had played well through  the season so far, losing only one match, at Ruthin.  

Dolgellau   Corwen  
G Jones & W D Jones 0 N D Garner & D Rees 1
E Jones & R G Roberts 0 Dr Thompson & W A Hughes 1
R H Williams & G B Richards 0 M Goodlad & D Jones 1
A E Hughes & J Williams 0 W Wilson & C Pearce 1
C P Hughes & Dr Edwards (half) 0 J Thomas & L Williams (half) 0
T G Evans & W A Meredith 0 W G Astley & T Hughes 0
  0   4

In the club’s last year in 1940 the secretary was H B Davies, Tawelfryn, Corwen. Telephone 74. The greenkeeper was W O Jones. The 9 hole course had a SSS and Par of 66. The amateur course record was held by the very successful local amateur golfer N D Garner with a score of 63. Visitors’ fees were 2/6d a day, 1/6d after 4pm, 7/6d a week and £1/1/0 a month. Sunday play was still not allowed.

Early postcard looking over Corwen golf course

Early postcard looking over Corwen golf course

 

The Google Map below shows the area behind Uwch Y Dre the possible location of the course.