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Barossa Golf Club, Camberley, Surrey. (1893 - WW2)

The club was founded in 1893.

The professional during 1912 and 1913 was C Mothersele. From 1914 and throughout the clubs existence to its last year in 1948 the secretary was Colonel J S Talbot, Camberley and the  professional C Baker. A 9-hole course that was situated in the middle of lovely countryside surrounded by Pine woods and gorse clad commons. The course was inclined to be wet during heavy rain but was in beautiful condition during the summer. There was a membership of 150. The entry fee was £1/11/6 and the subs £1/11/6. A Family ticket could be obtained for £3/3/0. Visitors’ fees were 1/6 a day, 5/- a week, 12/- a month. Ladies 1/-, 3/- 10/- respectively. Sunday play with caddies was allowed. Railway stations at Camberley ¼ mile and  Blackwater 1 ½ miles away.


Barossa Golf Club, Camberley. The clubhouse and course.

The Barossa clubhouse and course.


Result of a ladies match played at Camberley against Reading in May 1908.

Barossa Ladies   Reading Ladies  
Mrs Stewart 1 Mrs Albury 0
Miss Hogg 1 Miss Blatch 0
Mrs Cholmondeley Turner (half) 0 Miss Weedon (half) 0
Miss Wright 0 Miss Collins 1
Miss Bannatyne 0 Mrs Timberg 1
Miss Thurburn (half) 0 Mrs Simmons (half) 0
Mrs Stewart & Miss Hogg 0 Mrs Albury & Miss Blatch 1
Mrs Cholmondeley Turner & Miss Thurburn 0 Miss Weedon & Mrs Timberg 1
  2   4

Result of a ladies' match played on the Grovelands course at Reading in February 1910.


Barossa Golf Club, Camberley. Result of a ladies' match against Reading in February 1910.

Reading Observer Saturday 26 February 1910.Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


A charity golf match was played over the Barossa course on Thursday 12 May 1912. The competitors were; Harry Vardon (South Herts) the Open Champion, James Sherlock (Stoke Poges), C E Forrest (East Berks) and D Ayton (Swinley Forest).

A charge of one shilling was charged for entry with all proceeds going to the Frimley District Cottage Hospital and the Camberley, Yorktown, and Frimley Nursing Association.

In the morning Vardon and Sherlock played an 18-hole stroke play competition over the nine-hole course. Scores as follows; Vardon, Out – 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,3 = 35; Home – 3,5,4,4,3,5,5,5,3 = 37 – Total - 72. Sherlock, Out – 4,4,3,6,5,5,4,4,3 = 38; Home – 4,4,4,4,3,5,4,5,3 = 36 – Total - 74.

A 4BBB match was played in the afternoon when Vardon was partnered by Forest and Sherlock by Ayston. Sherlock and Ayton, Out – 4,4,3,4,3,4,3,3,4 = 32; Home – 4,4,3,4,3,4,4,4,3 = 33 – Total - 65. Vardon and Forest, Out – 4,4,3,5,3,4,4,4,3 = 34; Home – 3,4,3,4,3,4,4,4,3 = 32 – Total - 66.  

In the 1933 Golfer's Handbook the secretary was J S Talbot and the professional C Baker. Club membership was 150. Visitors - 1s/6d a day, 5s a week and 10s a month.


Barossa Golf Club, Camberley. Location of the course.

Location of the course on Barossa Common. Grid reference SU87160,61410, co-ordinates 487160,161410.