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Ivythorn Golf Club, Street, Somerset. (1897 - 1940)

The club was founded in 1897. 

A 9-hole course laid out by R Tollemache and situated on the common at Marshall’s Elms on the Polden Hills.

Report from the South Wales Echo January 18th 1898. “Just across the water a new golf club under the name of Ivythorn Golf Club has been formed for the Glastonbury district, and a nine-hole course has been laid out on the Polden Hills close to Marshall’s Elms. The course is of a sporting nature nearly two miles round, and in time ought to make a really good links. They were opened on New Year’s Day, when a large number of members and friends were present, and an exhibition match took place between the Rev. J Crump and the Rev. C F Montgomery, both prominent members of the Burnham Golf Club. Subsequently at a general meeting of members the following committee was formed; captain, Rev. J Crump; ladies’ captain, Hon. Mrs R Tollemache; secretary and treasurer, R Tollemache.”

Results of the January 1898 medals; Ladies - Mrs R Tollemache, 142-22-120; second, Mrs Gooding; third, Mrs Burtill; Gent's - P Carey-Elwes, 101-9-92; Hon. R Tollemache, 116-14-102; F J Clark, 132-16-116; Rev. H Dawes, 154-25-129. No returns from others.

Result of a match played on the Ivythorn course against Wells Golf Club in May 1899.

Ivythorn Golf Club   Wells Golf Club  
P C Elwes 6 R A Grant 0
Rev. C Montgomery 4 Dr. J H Sproat 0
F J Clark 3 J Gossage 0
Dr. C B Simpson 3 E  A Clark 0
Rev. E Lock 1 A Sheldon 0
J C Morland 6 L Crosse 0
C B Sparrow 0 J Dyer 1
  23   1

Result of a match played at Bruton Golf Club (now defunct) in December 1899.

Bruton Golf Club   Ivythorn Golf Club  
Rev. T Crump 2 P C Elwes 0
G B Beak 0 F J Clark 4
P Bennett 0 Hon. R Tollemache 8
W Cash 5 Dr. C B Simpson 0
C O Bennett 0 Rev. W J Birtill 8
  7   20

Result of a match played at Burnham and Berrow in December 1901.

Burnham & Berrow Golf Club   Ivythorn Golf Club  
J H Palmer 1 Dr. Lawrie 0
C R Blathwayte 0 T Crump 1
A Greswell 4 W J Birtill 0
J Adamson 3 R C Tollemache 0
Monsignor Kennard 0 W Cash 1
R T Nicholson 4 F J Clark 0
A Marwood Elton 0 J C Morland 3
  12   5

Results from the New Year meeting in 1902.

 

Ivythorn Golf Club, Street, Somerset. Results from the New Year meeting 1902.

Central Somerset Gazette Friday 6th February 1914. Image © Trinity Mirror. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

Result of the April 1904 monthly medal; J C Morland, 94-15-79; Dr. Lawrie, 89-4-85; F J Clark, 102-16-86; Rev. E S C Lock, 105-18-87. 

Result of the December 1905 monthly medal; Dr. Lawrie, 91-3-88; Rev. H L Barnwell, 119-22-97; J C Morland, 110-12-98; F J Clark, 114-16-98.

In 1906 the secretary was Dr Lawrie, Glastonbury.  Course records were, amateur J C Allsion with a score of 36 and professional J Bradbeer 36. Visitors’ fees on introduction were 1/- a day, 4/- a week and 10/- a month. Local hotels were the George and the Crown.

Result of the January 1908 monthly medal; F J Clark, 93-14-79; Dr. D Lawrie, 88-3-85; A W S Baily, 111-22-89; A A Baily, 112-22-90; Rev. G W Saunders, 116-25-91.

In 1913/14 the secretary was Dr Lawrie. 9-holes with a membership of 42. There was no entry fee. Subs were £1/1/0. Visitors’ fees 1/- a day, 5/- a week and 10/- a month. Stations at Glastonbury 3 miles,Street 1 mile.

Presentation made to Dr Laurie in January 1914.

 

Ivythorn Golf Club, Street, Somerset. Presentation to Dr. Laurie in January 1914.

Central Somerset Gazette Friday 6th February 1914. Image © Trinity Mirror. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

In 1915 the secretary was C A H Baily, Hillside, Glastonbury.

In the early 1920s the secretary was F Hagan a Solicitor of Street. The green-keeper was G W Hall who’s Telephone number was given as Street number 4.

Result of the December 1922 monthly medal; Rev. R J Jackson, 100-18-82; J C Morland, 99-14-85; W G Baker, 107-20-87; R H Carter, 115-24-91.

The annual meeting was held in the clubhouse in January 1924, Alderman J C Morland in the chair. Capt. Peter Pinney was elected captain; Mrs J C Morland, ladies' captain; F J Clark, secretary.

The 1924 February medal was won by Capt. R W Pretor-Pinney with a net score of 81. 

From 1926 to 1928 the secretary was F Clark.

Result of the May 1927 monthly medal; J W H Brown, 90-18-72; H Morland, 89-10-79; C Rose, 92-10-82.

The annual meeting was held in the clubhouse in April 1928, G R Read in the chair. The following officers were elected; Captain, R W Pretor-Pinney, Somerton; ladies' captain, Mrs J Coleby Morland; hon. auditor, J W Pearce; hon. secretary, Humphrey Morland; hon. treasurer, F J Clark.

From 1929 to 1936 the secretary was H Morland, Ynyswynyn, Glastonbury and the green-keeper G W Hall.

Report on the annual meeting held in June 1930.

 

Ivythorn Golf Club, Street, Somerset. Report on the annual meeting held in June 1930.

Central Somerset Gazette Friday 20th June 1930. Image © Trinity Mirror. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

Below is the result of a match played on the Ivythorn course against Wells Golf Club on Saturday 1st November 1930.

Ivythorn Golf Club   Wells Golf Club  
T I Pound 0 Dr. A C Hincks (3 and 2) 1
H Morland 0 Dr. R Kemm (2 and 1) 1
J W H Brown (halved) 0 A Carpenter (halved) 0
Capt. R W P Pinney (capt.) (3 and 2) 1 F George (capt.) 0
Dr. J Eglinton (6 and 5) 1 J Pinchard 0
Major Phelips 1 F C Griffin 0
  3   2

In 1937 the secretary was J B Senger, Portleigh Street, Street. The green-keeper was R Whitcombe.

The final of the Coronation Cup , presented to the club by the President J A Clark, was played in August 1937. The finalists were Cyril Hicks and Jack Barry whose handicaps were 12 and 36 respectively. After a close match Mr Hicks won on the last hole.

 

Ivythorn Golf Club, Street, Somerset. Golf in Somerset 1930s.

Golf in Somerset from the late 1930s.

 

Report on the annual meeting held in March 1939.

 

Ivythorn Golf Club, Street, Somerset. Report on the annual meeting held in March 1939.

Central Somerset Gazette Friday 10th March 1939. Image © Trinity Mirror. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

The clubs final year was 1940 when the secretary was W Barrett, Wraxhill St, Street. The green-keeper was R Whitcombe. The 9-hole course had a SSS of 36 and a membership of 72.Visitors’ fees on introduction were 2/- a day, 5/-a week and 10/- a month. Sunday play allowed.

Ivythorn Golf Club, Street, Somerset. The golf course,

A used Postcard dated 1928, it's from the Alice Pile Series showing the Golf Links, Street.

 

Ivythorn Golf Club, Street, Somerset. Location of the former golf course.

Location of the Ivythorn course.

Grid reference ST48830,34215, co-ordinates 348830,134215.

 

Memories of Ivythorn Golf Club  from Mike Evason:

“As a child in Somerset in the 1950s and 60s I often played in the area locally called “Golf links” Apparently in the 1920s and 30s it was a golf course becoming defunct at the outbreak of WW2. I know little else about the history other than some of the area was an army rifle range in the 1940s”