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Loddon and Hales Golf Club, Hales Green, Norfolk.

Founded in 1902.

Below is a report on the proposed golf club.


Loddon & Hales Golf Club, Norfolk. Report on the proposed new golf club.

From the Norwich Mercury Saturday 29 November 1902. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


Following from the Norfolk Chronicle Saturday 4 April 1903 – “The Loddon and Hales Golf Club, which has recently been formed under the presidency of Sir Reginald Beauchamp Bart., held an opening meeting on Thursday last week on the new golf course on Hales Green. Messrs. J Kinnell, of the Royal Norwich Golf Club and J Clarke of the Waveney Valley links, played an exhibition game during the afternoon. Play commenced at 3.15, when the Rev. R F Fleming, captain of the club, drove the first ball for Clarke, and Mr S H Fitch, the hon. secretary, played a drive for Kinnell. The match, which was keenly contested, was eventually won by Kinnell, who played around the nine-hole course in 96 strokes for the two rounds, his opponent taking 104. During the afternoon the members of the club and their friends were most hospitably entertained to tea by Mrs Wharton of Loddon-hall.”  

From the Norfolk Chronicle 27 February 1904 - "The members of the Loddon and Hales Club held their first annual meeting at the Town Hall, under the presidency of Mr Edward Cadge. The secretary, Mr S H Fitch, reported that the exceedingly wet season had prevented many members from playing. The grass had grown to an unusual extent and cart ruts and hoof marks on the greens had not tended towards their improvement, but it was hoped, before next season, some arrangement might be made to make the course more playable. The accounts showed a balance in hand of £3/18s. The captain, secretary and treasurer were all re-elected, and it was agreed to ask Mr J Wilson Gilbert to become a vice-president of the club." 


Loddon & Hales Golf Club, Norfolk. Result of a match played against Brundall in April 1904.

From the Norfolk News Saturday 30 April 1904. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


The club had disappeared by the onset of WW1.

The Google Map below shows Hales Green the location of the golf course.