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Boscastle Golf Club, Cornwall. (1907 - 1924)

The links at Boscastle were originally established in 1907.

It was reported in August 1907 that Boscastle Golf Links Co. have commenced the laying out of the ground for the links, an expert being employed for the purpose.


Boscastle Golf Club, Cornwall. Report on the new course in August 1907.

Royal Cornwall Gazette Thursday 29 August 1907. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


Below is a report on the opening of the course in April 1908.


Boscastle Golf Club, Cornwall. The opening of the golf course Easter 1908.

From the Cornish & Devon Post Saturday 25 April 1908. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


From 1908 until 1909, the professional was Arthur Cross.

From the Cornish & Devon Post Saturday 30 May 1908 - "On Thursday (21 May) in rather rough weather, the club held their second handicap match. There were 10 competitors, who started in the following order; Mr and Mrs Davies, Rev. A Cornish (captain) and Frank F ward (secretary), W Olde and A Cross (professional), J W Rea and H Harris, R Webber and A Ward. The boisterous weather prevented anything  like good play. Mr Davies took first place and Mr Harris second, A Cross, the professional, missed winning by just four strokes, but it must be remembered that the lowest player had a handicap of 16, but Mr Cross throughout played a grand game. The improvement in the greens since the last match is very marked, the players being delighted with the condition of the links. The two matches have been very successful, so much so that it is intended to old another before long. Already several members have joined the club and visitors are already taking advantage of the links. Some of the resident members are getting very enthusiastic over the game, doing a round of the links before starting business."

The Ordnance Survey Map below from the 1900s shows Hillsborough, location of the course, to the east.


Boscastle Golf Club, Cornwall. O.S. Map showing from the 1900s showing Hillsborough.

O.S. Map Revised 1905; © Crown Copyright {year of publication 1907}.


During 1910 and in the Winter of 1911 the links were considerably altered and improved. The course was situated about a quarter of a mile north of Boscastle and covered about forty acres of land. While being close to, it was some 400ft above sea level on the cliff top. It ensured a breeze on the most sultry summer day and at the same time gave the golfer a magnificent coast view of about 40 miles on a clear day. It was a nine hole course with a total length of 2596 yard. For hazards the course had to depend to a large extent on nature, there were however, a number of bunkers of  different varieties to trap the unwary.

The 1st hole was 220yds in length a drive and a mashie shot, a sand bunker and a bank had to be negotiated.

The 2nd the longest on the course being 475yds in length. Two banks acted as hazards and the Bude Road trapped a sliced ball.

The 3rd was 178yds long and care was needed not to overdrive the green which was situated on the slope of a hill.

The 4th was probably the most sporting on the course and it was necessary to drive across an abyss which at this point intersected the links a ball failing to reach the opposite side would fall down on the rocks some 300ft below. The hole was 410yds long.

The 5th hole was 310yds in length and depended on rough stubble for a hazard.

The 6th hole was played over undulating ground  and was 320 yds long.

The 7th hole. 168 yds in length was not such an easy shot as it appeared, pot bunkers guarded the green and an over hit shot could go out of bounds.

The 8th hole was very sporting and required accurate play as the fairway ran along the ridge of a hill and if the ball was either pulled or sliced it rolled onto a cart track on one side or rough ground on the other. The distance was 345 yds.

The 9th hole was played over sloping ground and two sand bunkers acted as hazards, the length was 170yds.

Below the annual meeting December 1910.


Boscastle Golf Club, Cornwall. The annual meeting of shareholders in December 1910.



In 1914 the secretary was A R Ward, St Meachard, Boscastle. The professional was R Webber, who had taken over the post in 1909, remaining until the club’s demise in 1924.  The 9-hole course had by this time become very popular with visitors. The club had a membership of 74. There was no entry fee. Subs were £1/1/0. Visitors’ fees were 2/- a day, 7/6 a week, 15/- a month. Sunday play was not allowed and no refreshments were available. The station at Camelford was 5miles then by bus.

In the clubs last year in 1924 the secretary was Archibald R Ward. Course Records were amateur 43 (no name available) and professional R Webber 39.  Club membership was 85. Visitors’ fees for August & September were 2/- a day, 7/6 a week, 15/- a month. October to July 1/6, 5/- and 10/6 respectively.


Boscastle Golf Club, Cornwall. The ninth hole.

Early picture of the ninth hole on Boscastle golf course. Author's Collection.


Boscastle Golf Club, Cornwall. Picture taken in 2003.

Looking over the old course at Boscastle taken from a similar position in 2003. Authors Collection.


Boscastle Golf Club, Cornwall. Location of the former course.

Location of the Boscastle course.

Grid reference SX10265,91745, co-ordinates 210265,091745.