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BRANSHAW GOLF CLUB

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  • Course History

    The club was formed in March 1912 as a 9 Hole course. The Committee at the time asked the Greenkeeper, a Mr. H.J. Large, to quote for the construction of the tees and greens, the Council minutes of December 1912 showed that his original quote of £25.00s was turned down as too expensive, they finally accepted his revised quote of £19.00s.

    The annual subscription for a Full Gent at this time was £1.10s. The land was leased from the Duke of Devonshire. In 1925 the Club increased their acreage in order to build an 18 hole golf course. and at the time the annual rent to the duke was £5.00. Over the years the land was purchased from the Duke and other sections were purchased as they became available, the most recent purchase was in 2003, each purchase adding to the quality of the course.

    The most important and beneficial improvement in recent years was the decision to drain the course in 1995. This was a joint effort between the members who paid a levy, and the Lottery Commission who made a grant of £93,000, we were one of the first clubs to receive such a grant. The effort has proved worthwhile; the course is rarely out of play.

    Through the 1960's, 70's and 80's we had the honour of having two ex-Ryder Cup players serving as our Professionals, Bert Jolly and Alex Caygill. The former played in the first Ryder Cup Competition in 1927.

    In the early years our Clubhouse and Locker rooms consisted of a wooden building, which remained, in use until November 1979, when the present building replaced it, providing members with modern and spacious facility.

  • Herbert Charles Jolly

    bigpicBranshaw Golf Club is able to boast ex-Ryder Cup player Herbert Charles Jolly (featured in this picture) as former Professional of the club.

    Herbert Charles Jolly was born in Guernsey in 1895 and represented Great Britain in the pre-Ryder cup match against the US in 1928. He began his career as an assistant at Royal Guernsey and, after serving in the First World War, took up a post as professional at Foxgrove, Beckenham and finally Branshaw Golf Club.

  • Gordon Alexander Cayghill

    bigpicBranshaw Golf Club is able to boast ex-Ryder Cup player Alex Caygill as former Professional of the club.

    Gordon Alex Caygill was born in Appleby. He turned professional in 1962 with great expectations having twice won the British Youths Championship. He quickly had success, winning the 1963 Rediffusion Tournament, but he did not win again on the circuit until 1969 having suffered with stomach ulcers. That year he won twice, first at the Penfold Tournament, and then again at the Martini International, where he tied with South African Graham Henning.
    On the back of those wins Caygill was chosen as a member of the Great Britain and Ireland Ryder Cup team in 1969, although he only played one match, partnering Brian Huggett in Friday's foursomes. They halved their match against the American pair of Raymond Floyd and Miller Barber.

    Alex is featured in the picture (3rd from left) of the 1969 Ryder Cup Team.