Overview of golf course named Reading Golf Club

Reading Golf Club

Kidmore End Road, England

Details

Holes

18

Par

70

Built

1910

Type

n/a

Architect

James Braid

Access

Yes, from Monday - Friday (except public holidays).

“The Reading Golf Club”. That club had been founded at the close of the nineteenth century and so when the decision to form a new 18 hole course at Emmer Green was made, it was decided to call the new club “The Caversham and South Oxfordshire Golf Club”. The old course ceased to exist at the end of the First World War and our present name was adopted in 1939.The founding fathers were a group of business and professional men. An important factor in their decision to start the club was the likely increase in the value of building land in the vicinity that would result.Many illustrious names were included in the steering committee and in the founding membership but the dynamic force required to bring the plans to fruition was supplied by a Reading solicitor Arthur Hugh Sherwood. The pre-eminent part he played in the formation of the club is commemorated by a trophy in his name.The founders had planned to rent the land for the course because the purchase price seemed prohibitive. The farmers who owned the land were reluctant to do other than to sell it outright. The plans almost floundered for this reason but all was saved by some extraordinarily generous investments by two gentlemen which enabled the freehold of the land to be acquired. This decision laid the foundation for the healthy financial situation the club continues to enjoy in that all of the assets of the club are owned by the members.James Braid, who was one of the most successful golfers at the time, having already won the Open Championship four times, was appointed as the course architect. For his design he was paid 25 Guineas. Braid played in a match at the official opening of the Club in November 1910, having just had his fifth Open success.James Braid was followed by a new and equally renowned course designer in 1913 - Harry Colt, who is regarded by many as the father of modern course design.

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