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Branston (Branstone) Golf Club, Burton-on-Trent, Staffs. (1897 - WW1)

The Burton Golf Club moved to Branstone from Stapenhill in 1897 and stayed until 1907.

In 1907 Branstone Golf Club took over the course vacated by Burton Golf Club when they moved to Bretby. 

Result of a match played at Burton against Atherstone Golf Club in February 1898.

Burton Golf Club   Atherstone Golf Club  
H G Nadin  3 W J W Bourne 0
T Hartland 14 A W Phillips 0
H T Nadin 11 Rev C T Stephen 0
Rev G R Harrison 4 Dr Joy 0
W Ward 0 R H Robertson 3
G M Day 10 L E Bourne 0
  42   3

From 1899 to 1904 the secretary was Mr T Hartland. The treasurers were; R R Morley, 1899, G H Dudney, 1900, Rev G R Harrison, 1902 and W Lobb, 1904. In 1899 the entry fee was £1/1/0, subs £1/1/0, visitors’ fees were 2/6 a day. In 1904 subs were increased to £2/2/0.

On the 21st January 1899 a 36-hole match took place between Harry Vardon of Scarborough, the Open Champion, and A Lewis the local professional. Vardon won the match 6 and 5. Scores, Vardon, 76+78=154, Lewis, 84+77=161.

Below is the result of a one sided match played between Cannock Chase Golf Club and Burton on Trent Golf Club at Brocton on Saturday 3rd June 1899. 

Cannock Chase Golf Club   Burton on Trent Golf Club  
B Moore 11 H Trafford Nadin 0
Conway Morgan 1 H Beck 0
J G Gifford 2 A H Dudney 0
Rev F W Haden 2 J W Birrell 0
F J Nesbitt 8 W Ward 0
R H Hand 0 R J G Griffiths 0
H O Jones 2 F W Browne 0
  26   0

Following is the result of the monthly cup and medal played in February 1905; Rev. J S Forbes, 80-6-74; C Dickinson, 95-12-83; J S D Owen, 106-20-86; E P W Davis, 97-8-89; T G Abbotts, 100-11-89; W Renwick, 108-19-89; P G Exham, 114-24-90.

The following is from the 1905 Nisbet's Golf Yearbook; Burton-on-Trent Golf Club; Instituted 1895; Membership of 102, ladies 35; Station at Branstone half a mile; Hon. secreatry W B Briggs, The Rowans, Burton-on-Trent; Captain, H E Cherry; Entrance fee £2/2s and subs £1/10s, ladies 10s/6d; nine-holes; Professional, V Richards; Professional Record, A Lewis 72; Amateur Record, F Ballingall 72; Terms for visitors, 1s a day, 4s a week, 10s a month. The links are on pasture land with a gravel soil. The hazards consist of hedges, ditches, and sunk trenches filled with sand.

In 1907 Branstone Golf Club took over the course vacated by Burton Golf Club when they moved to Bretby. This course was situated in the vicinity of what is nowadays the Branston Depot. The Branstone club moved to a new location on the opposite side of the road in April 1911, this 9-hole fairly flat course was more of a challenge than the old one. There was an excellent clubhouse, formerly Beehive Farm, with accommodation for ladies and gents. The first tee was close to the entrance to the clubhouse. The clubhouse was requisitioned during WW1 and was probably used to house staff at the nearby ordinance depot. There were stations at Branstone ¼ mile and Burton-on-Trent 1 ½ miles away. A tram service ran to within a ¼ mile of the course.

From 1906 to 1908 the secretary was J Husband, 84 Malvern Street, Burton. The captain was H C Cherry and the professional was V Richards. Membership of 115 with 40 ladies. Entrance fee was 42/- for gents, 10/6 ladies, subs 30/- and 10/6 respectively.  A 9 hole course on pasture land with gravel soil and hazards of hedges, ditches and sunken trenches filled with sand. Course records; professional A Lewis 72, amateur F Ballingall 72. Visitors' fees 1/- a day, 4/- a week and 10/- a month.

The picture below shows golfers that played in a club match at Ashby-de-la-Zouch Golf Club (now defunct) against Branstone Golf Club on May 12th 1909. If anyone can identify any of the players please "Contact Us" through the website Home Page.

 

Branston (Branstone) Golf Club, Staffordshire. Team picture of Branstone and Ashby golfers.

Picture of the players who took part in the Ashby v Branstone match played on May 12th 1909. Image courtesy of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Museum.

 

The following report regarding the “New Course” is from the Staffordshire Sentinel Monday 3rd April 1911:-

On Saturday afternoon the Mayor of Burton, Councillor Jenkins, formally opened the new course of the Branstone Golf Club in the presence of a large number of members and friends. The members have hitherto played on  the north side of Branstone Road, but having to give up the ground, they secured a site on the south side, and here a nine-hole course, with a charming outlook across the Trent to wooded Drakelow, has been formed, with an ample supply of natural bunkers. A big crowd of golfers lined up at the first tee as the Mayor came on to drive the first ball. Amid cheers the club’s chairman, Councillor Tarver, hoisted the new flag, and after an appropriate speech, presented the Mayor with a silver mounted cleek. His worship made an excellent drive, and was followed by Councillor Tarver, both of whom played a round of the course.   

In 1911 the professional was Tom Forrest.

In 1912 the secretary was A W Garrett.

R B Rickman, the Derbyshire County cricketer, won the June 1912 monthly medal with a net score of 76.

The annual meeting was held in February 1913, R F Peach presided. The balance sheet showed that the revenue had been adversely affected by the wet weather. Since the new course was opened, there had been almost record attendances and many new members were now joining. Officers elected; President, Marquis of Anglesey; vice-president. Col. R F Ratcliff,M.P; captain, R F Peach; vice-captain, J J Henderson; hon. secretary, A E Brown; hon. treasurer, W C Riley.

Result of a club match played at Tamworth Golf Club in March 1913.

 

Tamworth   Branstone  
A E Smith (captain) 0 J J Henderson (1up) 1
J W Colley 0 R F Peach (3&2) 1
Rev D Fraser 0 J W D Wyley (5&3) 1
S S Mundy (3&1) 1 H G Abraham 0
W T Oliver 0 W Renwick (2&1) 1
L J Owen 0 H Beasley (3&1) 1
R P Percival (5&4) 1 A E Birch 0
J E Combe 0 J A Sadler (2&1) 1
H V Argyle (4&2) 1 H S Tebbitt 0
R H Hicklin (4&3) 1 H Mayger 0
  4   6

 

Result of the Harrison Cup competition which was played in September 1913; W C Riley, 91-12-79; Rev. W E Brock and H H Cornforth tied runners-up with 80 net.

In 1913/4 the secretary was A E Brown, Torrington House, Branstone Road, Burton on Trent. The professional was James Thorburn, who had joined the club in 1911, he stayed until 1914, he was previously at Lenzie Golf Club. The club had a membership of 100. Entry fee for gents was £1/1/0 and ladies 10/6d. Subs for gents were £1/10/0 and ladies 15/-.  Visitors’ fees were 1/- a day, Sunday 1/6d, 4/- a week, 10/- a month. Sunday play was allowed without caddies.

The annual meeting of the Branstone Golf Club was held in February 1914, the hon. treasurer (W C Riley) reported that they now had a balance in hand of £25. The chairman (R F Peach) said a suggestion for enlarging the course to 18-holes was under consideration. Officers for the year; President, Lord Anglesey; vice-president, Col. R F Ratcliff, M.P; captain, R F Peach; vice-captain, J J Henderson; hon. secretary, A E Brown; hon. treasurer, W C Riley.

Below is the result of a match played in May 1914 between Stapenhill Golf Club and Branstone Golf Club on the Stapenhill course for the “Robertson Cup”.

Stapenhill Golf Club   Branstone Golf Club  
H Faulkner (half) 0 R F Peach (half) 0
H Tooby 0 H H Cornforth (2&1) 1
W Lambrick (4&3) 1 A Fox 0
G H Wheway (6&5) 1 J A Sadler 0
A Dodsworth (5&4) 1 W Renwick 0
Dr C Thompson (5&4) 1 A E Birch 0
G R Sparrow (3&2) 1 H S Tebbitt 0
Read Samble (2&1) 1 H Mayger 0
J Dunnicliff (8&7) 1 G B Hesp 0
H White (5&4) 1 A E Brown 0
T E Hanson 0 A West (8&7) 1
F Robinson 0 T S Joyce (2&1) 1
J C Bullock (4&2) 1 F W Platts 0
A J Feeny 0 J J Henderson (5&4) 1
  9   4

The Captain's Cup competition was played at Branstone on Saturday 9th May 1914, there were 22 entries. There was a tie for first place with J A Sadler and W Renwick scoring 82 net; F W Platts scored 83, and H H Cornforth, 86.

The Ratcliffe Cup mixed foursome competition was played on Saturday 1st August 1914 and was won by Miss C Bott and E E Kind with a score of 103-23-80.

Below is the result of a mixed foursome played in July 1915.

 

Branstone Golf Club, Burton-on-Trent, Staffs. Result of a mixed foursome in July 1915.

From the Evening Despatch Tuesday 6th July 1915. Image © Trinity Mirror. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

Below sad news, a reflection of the difficult times during war.

 

Branstone Golf Club, Burton-on-Trent, Staffs. A sad report from August 1915.

From the Birmingham Daily Gazette Wednesday 11th Aug 1915. Image © Trinity Mirror. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

Branston Golf Club. Location of the course 1900s.

The Old Golf House on Branston Road, it continued with the name until 1970, the building still stands today and is a private residence. In the 1900s it was “close to the first tee”, some way from the current course. The earlier Burton/Branstone course (1897 to 1911) was to the north near Branston Depot.

Grid reference (clubhouse) SK23620,21195, co-ordinates 423620,321195.

The Google Map below pinpoints the former clubhouse.

 

 

The current Branston (note new spelling) Golf Club was founded in the mid 1970s. When new owners took over in the 1990s the name was changed to The Branston Golf and Country Club.