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Cuckfield Golf Club. Haywards Heath, Sussex. (1907 -1918)

The club was founded in 1907 when the professional was Ben Sayers junior (1906/7).

In July 1907 the Cuckfield Golf Club, of which Lord Denman was captain, held a professional competition of 36 holes over the course. The total prize money amounted to £30; first, £10; second, £6; third, £4. Nine prizes were distributed. There were 23 entrants, leading scores; A Mitchell (East Sussex), 140; Ben Sayers sen. (North Berwick), 143; B Sayers jnr. (Cuckfield), 144; Rowland Jones (Wimbledon Park), 147; C Ralph Smith (West Middlesex) and A J Howlett (Puttenham), 150; J Rowe (Royal Ashdown) and W Reid (Banstead Downs), 151; A Thomson (Hampstead), 153.

The autumn meeting was played on the 12th October 1907. The President's Cup (presented by Captain Sergison J.P) and the captain's challenge cup, presented by Lord Denman, Mr W Radcliffe won both cups. The course was in excellent condition. During the winter months two new greens were to be made. The club had 250 members at this time.

The June 1908 monthly medal ended in a tie between Major Crawford and the Rev. Lewis Evans , net 81.  

Below is the result of a match played on Saturday 12th October 1908 at Cuckfield against Horsham Golf club.

Cuckfield Golf Club   Horsham Golf Club  
Major Payne Crawford 1 M Blunt 0
R B Phillips 1 C Dolphin 0
W H Dudney 0 H Blunt 1
Lord Denman 1 E Innes 0
B A Long 1 F Juckes 0
Rev R H Mertens 0 Captain Calvert 1
L E Dolman 1 W Campion 0
R M Thrupp 1 F Gibb 0
Major Payne Crawford & R B Phillips 1 M Blunt & F Juckes 0
W H Dudney & Lord Denman 1 C Dolphin & H Blunt 0
L E Dolman & S Leslie (half) 0 Captain Calvert & E Innes (half) 0
Rev Lewis Evans & R M Thrupp 1 W Campion & F Gibb 0
  9   2

The ladies monthly medal for April 1909 was won by Mrs Farquharson, Miss Leslie was runner-up.

In 1909/10 the secretary was the Rev Lewis Evans, and the professional Percy Beal. Amateur course record; Major Payne Crawford, 74. Professional course record; Percy Beal, 70. Bogey score was 77. Club membership of 250. There was no entry fee and subs were £3/3s. Visitors' fees were 2s/6d a day.  

The November 1910 monthly medal was won by the Rev E R D Little.


Cuckfield Golf Club, Haywards Heath, Sussex. Location of the course in 1910.

The Cuckfield course is marked on the above map, the clubhouse is centre left. Reproduced from the {1910} Ordnance Survey Map.


Up to 130 people attended the annual Golf Club Ball which was held on Friday 22nd November 1912 at the Queen's Hall. The dance music was played by Batty's Red Band, and the merry gathering did not break up until about three o'clock on Saturday morning.

In 1913 the secretary was W H Dudney and the professional was P Beal (1907 to 1917). An 18-hole course on the Haywards Heath to Cuckfield Road. It had a good clubhouse with fine views of the South Downs and Weald of Sussex. The club had a membership of 230. There was no entry fee. The subs for gents were £3/3/0, ladies £2/2/0. Visitors had to be members of a recognised club, fees were 2/6 a day, 7/- a week and £1/1/0 a month. Officers on active service paid 21/- a year. Sunday play was allowed without caddies. The station at Haywards Heath was 1 ½ miles away.

At the ladies autumn meeting in October 1913 Miss Glenn won the Sturdy Challenge Cup and Miss Bennett the Bridgman Challenge Cup.  

The annual general meeting was held in February 1914. In the statement the committee reported that the number of players through the past year had been very satisfactory and the green fees had shown an increase. The profit on the sheep (interesting sideline) was £76/12s/8d , although lower than the previous year it was considered satisfactory. Early in December the committe received with great regret the resignation ofthe secretary  W H Dudney, owing to illness. Mr D W Clarke agred to undertake the duties. Col C H Coles was elected captain.

At the autumn meeting in October 1914 the Sergison Cup was won by Mr B A Long; Mr D W Clarke won the Denman and Blackall Cups. Owing to the war there was not a large entry.

It was reported in February 1918 that the company of T Bannister & Co, acting upon instructions from the Cuckfield Golf Club, conducted the following sale of effects at the clubhouse of; live and dead stock, implements, tools, golf appliances, buildings, challenge cups etc. The company was a large one and biding was keen and everything was sold. The total proceeds amounted to £299/9s. The challenge cups sold as follows; The Sergison Challenge Cup (Rose Bowl), £3; Coronation Challenge Cup, £3; Pakenham Memorial Challenge Cup, £6; Blackall Challenge Cup (Rose Bowl), £3/10s; Denman Cup, £6/10s; Sturdy Cup, £3.  

The Google Map below pinpoints the location of the former Cuckfield course.