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Bexhill-on-Sea Golf Club, Sussex.

The club was founded in 1890. The professional in 1893/4 was H Britt and from 1894 to 1896 G Britt.

In January 1891came the return of mild weather which enabled work to progress on the “Bexhill Golf Ground”.  Mr Balfour, the chief secretary, accepted the position of hon. captain and the Hon. Gilbert Sackville had become a member. 

On Saturday 7th February 1891 the inaugural club dinner was held at the club-room at the Sackville Hotel, Bexhill. There was a very elite assembly including; Viscount Cantelupe, chairman; Mr Robert Keep, founder of the club; Mr Hardwicke, club secretary; Colonel H Lane; C A Egerton; Lieut H L M Dunn; Captain Matthews; Dr Hunt; Dr Carter; Mr Penrose-Warren; E O Burbidge; Mr Sutherland- Graeme and many others.


Bexhill-on-Sea Golf Club, Galley Hill, the former course.

Galley Hill, Bexhill. Postcard published by The Photocron Co Ltd, London and Tunbridge Wells. “Celesque Series” Authors Collection.


A general meeting was held at the Sackville Hotel on Tuesday 5th September 1893. It was announced that the Duc de Llitta had given a handsome silver cup, to be known as the “Italia” to the club.

On Wednesday 28th March 1894 the competition for the Italia Cup took place in fine weather, there were 16 entrants, result as follows; A MacGregor, 106-20-86; Rev F W Pawson, 116-27-89; A E MacDonnell, 107-17-90; H N Fowler, 113-22-91; N G MacGregor, 104-12-92; D H Benwell, 121-27-94; W C Beeching, 126-30-96; W J Harris, 116-20-96; Dr G Garrard, 110-12-98; W G Carpenter, 136-36-100.

Below, result of a club match played at Seaford on Wednesday 27th March 1895.

Seaford   Bexhill  
Captain Nugent 0 H S Colt 0
Hugh Thomson 2 W G McGregor 0
Davenport Knight 0 G Garrand 7
W M Cundell 3 J H Escoline 0
O E Winston 0 M Makalua 2
W Lambe 5 Rev H H Fowler 0
L Crawshay 0 H McDougall 0
  10   9

In 1906 the secretary was George Graham and the professional was Douglas Rolland who had been at the club since 1897. Course records were, amateur  G Noble Richardson  with a score of 68 and professional A Mitchell 65. Visitors’ fees were 2/6 a day, 5/- for 3 days, 10/- a week, 20/- a month.

Also in 1906 was the Bexhill Ladies Golf Club. The secretary was Miss A L Tyrrwhitt Drake, Bexhill-on-Sea. This was stated to be a 9 hole course although its not clear whether it was a separate course or if the ladies played over the main course. The professional was Douglas Rolland. The Ladies Amateur record was held by Miss A Wallis with a score of 35. Bexhill ladies club was also in existence in 1913 when the secretary was Miss Parsons, 111 Dorset Road, Bexhill. A membership of 127. Entry fees were £1/11/6 and subs £1/11/6.


Bexhill-on-Sea Golf Club the course in 1906.

Early days, on the course at Bexhill. Postcard from A. B. C. Stores, Bexhill, posted in 1906. Authors Collection.


Below is the result of a ladies’ match played at Tunbridge Wells on the Culverden course (now defunct) on Monday 4th November 1907. 

Culverden   Bexhill  
Miss Andrews 1 Miss A Wallis 0
Mrs R Homan 1 Miss A T Drake 0
Miss Beeching 1 Mrs Richardson 0
Miss Vanderzee 0 Mrs Barker 1
Miss Homan 1 Mrs Saison 0
Miss R Boddington 0 Miss Hickens 1
Miss Satire 1 Miss Parsons 0
  5   2

In 1913 the professional was J H Jones, from 1914 and into the 1920s Tom Gillespie. There was a membership of 400 gents and 187 ladies (Bexhill Ladies Golf Club did not appear as a separate club) The entry fee was £3/3/0 and the subs £3/3/0. Visitors' fees 2/6 a day, 3 days 6/6, 12/- a week, 20/- a fortnight, 30/- a month. Sunday play was allowed with caddies.

The secretary just prior to WW1 and into the 1920s was H W G Crawford at The Golf Club, Bexhill.  "An 18 hole challenging course with hazards consisting of sand bunkers, pot bunkers and ditches. The local advertised hotel was the Riposo which was situated on the sea front, 2 minutes from the golf links and clubhouse. The station at Bexhill on Sea was ½ mile away mile and Hastings 5 miles"

The third annual general meeting of the shareholders was held on Saturday 13th February 1915. In the annual report the amount raised in green fees was £1,089 and for subs and entrance fees £936/16s. The club membership was; Ladies 190; Gentlemen 254. It was decided that all members on active service should not be liable for subs for the present year. Sir Ernest Birch was elected as president.  

The annual meeting was held on Saturday 17th February 1917, Sir Ernest Woodford Birch, K.C., C.M.G was re-elected president. The captaincy was left open for the present. The annual report showed an improved financial position. The green fees also showed an increase. 

In 1922 the professional was Arthur Mitchell and the greenkeeper E Vidler. There was a membership of 460. Visitors’ fess from the 1st October to 30th June were, 3/6 a day, 5/- at weekend, £1/2/6 a week, £1/15/0 a fortnight, £3 a month. From 1st July to 30th September 4/- a day, 6/6 at weekend, £1/8/0 a week, £2/10/0 a fortnight, £3/10/0 a month.


Bexhill-on-Sea Golf Club the eighteenth green in the 1920s.

The eighteenth green and clubhouse in the 1920s. Authors Collection.


Bexhill-on-Sea Golf Club the seventeenth green and clubhouse.

The seventeenth green and clubhouse in the 1920s. Authors Collection.


At the annual meeting held on Saturday 11th February 1928 it was reported that Earl De La Warr, the landlord, had again kindly made a reduction of £200 in the rent, reducing the loss on the year to £272/5s/8½d as compared with £306/9/10½ in the previous year. It was stated that if the club continued to exist solely on the generosity of Earl De La Warr the end must surely come.   

Below is the result of two matches played against Nevill Golf Club On Saturday June 4th 1932.

Match played at Nevill.

Nevill   Bexhill  
H N Brooks 1 J H Greer 0
A J Mitchell 1 C S Parker 0
J S Hollis 1 E Austin 0
W F Haward 1 Major T T Oaks 0
Colonel R Taylor 1 E J G Smee 0
R N Torpy (half) 0 J M Ilott (half) 0
R P O Knox 1 G F Herron 0
Jan McDowall 1 Lieut-Col T Leeson Ball 0
  7   0


Match played at Bexhill. 

Bexhill   Nevill  
Major R J Cargell 1 G H Blanksby 0
J T Scotson 0 T W J Noel Thomas 1
Surgeon-Captain J A Moon R.N 0 Col E Boileau 1
Brig-General Marshall 0 H Odell 1
D H Frazer 1 R Woods 0
G E J Foster 1 J S Cowling 1
Lieut-Col C W Bowie 0 E T Morris 1
Lieut-Col F S Dallas 0 E C H Thomas 1
  2   6


Below is the result of a match played at Bexhill against Nevill on Saturday April 24th 1934.  

Bexhill   Nevill  
Major Oaks 0 G R Kinder (3&2) 1
W N Cuthbert 0 W F Haward (1up) 1
J W Revell (2up) 1 H Churchill 0
Dr O'Malley 0 A J Haward (4&2) 1
C W Parker 0 J S Hollis (1up) 1
General Marshall 0 C W Snazell (4&3) 1
Surgeon-Captain Moon (half) 0 F S Harries (half) 0
C C Austen (half) 0 G S Clayton (half) 0
  1   4


Below is the result of a match played at Bexhill Golf and Sports Club against Nevill Golf Club on 1st April 1939.

Bexhill Sports and Golf Club   Nevill Golf Club  
J S Jonstone & Captain J B Haly (3&1) 1 W J Hatcher & H A Stevens 0
Dr J P O'Malley & F R Hobbs 0 G Scott Page & C W Snazell (4&3) 1
J H Walton & Colonel J S Barger 0 F S Harries & H Churchill (3&2) 1
C E Emerson & General H Marshall 0 F G Plummer & H G Wallis (5&4) 1
  1   3


Below results of two matches played against Nevill Golf Club on Saturday 10th June 1939.

Singles played at Nevill.

Nevill Golf Club   Bexhill Golf and Sports Club  
W J Hatcher (7&6) 1 J S Johnstone 0
G E Work (1up) 1 A R Fielder 0
H Churchill (5&3) 1 M B Drake Lee 0
C W Snazell (4&3) 1 R Worthington 0
Dr J E H Cogan  0 F R Hobbs (4&3) 1
H G Wallis (4&2) 1 C V Bailey 0
F G Plummer 0 Major T T Oakes (1up) 1
D H Dabbs (1up) 1 A L Purnell 0
  6   2


Fourballs played at Bexhill.

Bexhill Golf & Sports Club   Nevill Golf Club  
J H Walton & Colonel T Kelly (3&2) 1 E C H Thomas & T N Strange 0
Commander B C Martin & C G May 0 G T Dean & A L J Ewbank (4&3) 1
L G Peake & E J G Smee (5&4) 1 Colonel E Boileau & Dr W J Rankine 0
J E Barker & General H Marshall (4&2) 1 E D Strain & H E Odell 0
  3   1


Result of a ladies’ match played at Bexhill against Hastings Downs on Monday 12th June 1939.

Bexhill Ladies   Hastings Downs Ladies  
Mrs Cross 0 Mrs Blackman (4&2) 1
Mrs Heisch 0 Mrs Bradman (3&2) 1
Mrs Urquhart 0 Mrs Skinner (5&4) 1
Mrs Tullerton (4&2) 1 Mrs Bennett 0
Mrs Simpkin 0 Mrs Taylor (7&6) 1
Miss Robinson 0 Mrs Finlay (4&3) 1
Miss Prenderville 0 Mrs Clennett (2&1) 1
  1   6


In 1940 and 1947 it was listed as the Bexhill Golf and Sports Club, telephone number 431. The secretary was Major A H Vergin, telephone 2112. The professional was Arthur Mitchell and the greenkeeper E Vidler. The 18 hole course had a SSS of 72 and a membership of 430. Course records were, amateur Captain J B Haly 70, professional A D Locke 64. Visitors’ fees were now 3/6 a day, 5/- a day at weekend and Bank Holiday.

Bexhill disappeared shortly after the above date. Most of the land has been used for building although some of the features can still be made out on the land nearest the sea.


Location of the Bexhill-on-Sea Golf Club course at Galley Hill.

Location of the course at Bexhill. Grid reference TQ75440,07600, co-ordinates 575440,107600.