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Frilford Heath Golf Club

Our History

  1. lease from Magdalen College

    1908

    The founders of the club, H S Challenor, A E Preston & T Skurray lease land from Magdalen College and work commences to build the first 18 hole course. Designed by JH Taylor

     

  2. a 36 hole Exhibition match officially opens the course.

    1909

    Harry Vardon v J H Taylor
    The match was all square at lunch. Vardon won the match 5 up with 3 to play.

     

  3. an Exhibition Match - Professionals v Amateurs

    1920

    The famous professional, JH Taylor played with  JH Turner (the club Professional) against 2 leading amatuer members, Cyril Tolley & Roger Wethered. Both subsequently become Walker Cup players and Captains of the R & A.

     

  4. original clubhouse lost in a fire

    1921

    The pretty wooden and thatched clubhouse housing Professional's workshop and cycle sheds was completely destroyed.

     

  5. a 9 hole course is added

    1928

    JH Turner, the club's resident Professional,  designs an additional 9 hole course. The holes all still exist today, now being the 9 holes of the Green course beyond the Tubney Road.

     

  6. Ryder Cup trial

    1931

    Prior to the match played in USA in 1931, there were 2 "trials" for the 24 man squad, the second being played at Frilford Heath on 7 March 1931.

     

  7. Gold Medal

    1961

    In the 1960's many top club's introduced 36 hole amateur scratch competitions to bring prestige and publicity to their clubs. Friford Heath introduced the "Gold Medal".  This has been won by our own leading Amatuer members over the years - 
    2006 - Eddie Pepperell
    2005 - Sean Ellott
    2004 - Ashley Walton
    1986 - Simon Walker

     

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  8. New clubhouse and a further 9 holes built

    1964

    The present clubhouse was for a numer of years a country residence for Mr A T West. The club bought the property from his executors and were then able to enjoy an enlarged clubhouse. It was also possible to build a further 9 holes, so that the club now played over two 18 hole golf courses, the "Red" and the "Green".

     

  9. Thomas Cook Pro Am

    1974


    is played at Friford Heath in aid of "Save The Children". Leading professionals of the 1970's played in the event, including Peter Alliss, Brian Barnes, Neil Coles, Bernard Hunt, Christie O'Connor, Peter Oosterhuis, Peter Townsend & Dai Rees, among others.

     




  10. Dickie Eyles

    1975

    Dickie was born and grew up playing golf at Frilford Heath first at the age of 4 when he was taken out on the course by his grandfather Cyril Viney. Dickie went on to represent England and played in the 1975 Walker Cup, hitting the opening drive of the tournament.

     

  11. England v France

    1984

    The annual amateur matches between England and France had first been played in 1934, but had lapsed in the 1960's. The matches were revived in 1982 in Chantilly. In 1984 the home match was played at Frilford Heath, with the club presenting the trophy still played for today. Well known players in 1984 were for France a 17 year old Jean Van de Velde and for England, Peter McEvoy and David Lane (Goring & Streatley).

     

  12. English Amateur Championship

    1987

    The competition for leading Amateur's comprised 36 hole scratch medal with the top 64 players moving to a knock-out format. The matches were played over a composite course, the front nine of the Red course and 3rd to 6th, then 14th to 18th on the Green course. The winner was Kevin Weeks, who beat Bobby Eggo in the final.

     

  13. Ladies British Open Amatuer Stroke Play Championship

    1992

    In 1992 this prestigeous Ladies Amateur event was played at the club.

     

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  14. The Blue Course

    1994

    In 1992 the club bought a neighbouring pig farm. The land was developed into what is now the club's third 18 hole championship golf course. The Architect was local Simon Gidman. Pictured the course was officially opened in 1994 by the then Chairman of the company Joe Skelton and the Captain Barry Mainstone.

     

  15. Centenary

    2008

    In 2008 the club celebrated 100 years since the formation of the club. The England v France Internation returned to the club. Players in these matches included for England Danny Willett, Chris Wood & Gary Wolstenholme. Victor Dubuisson played for France. The Club Competition, the Centenary Trophies was also created in celebration

     

  16. English Amateur Championships

    2013

    Hosted on the Red Course, this event was won by Callum Shinkwin, who beat Matt Fitzpatrick 4 & 3 in the final. 

     

  17. European Tour - 1st stage qualifying

    2014

    Our first Q School was hosted in 2014 on the Red Course off the Black Tees, this event is celebrated each year with the Black Tee Challenge. Members and Visitors can play the course as set up for the championships, in a individual stableford competition. A highlight of many golfing calendars! 

     

  18. Brabazon Trophy

    2018

    Englishman Nick Poppleton won the Brabazon Trophy in a tense playoff against South African, Wilco Nienaber. A highlight of the golfing calendar in 2018

     

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