Southdown Golf Club Ledger and Members

A selection of pages from a ledger of the Southdown Golf Club, Shoreham recording competitions and participants from 14th January 1911 to 3rd August 1914.


The Southdown Golf Club started in 1900 and operated from Buckingham barn until 1903, when a new clubhouse opened at what is now the south end of New Barn Lane in Shoreham, opposite Southlands Hospital. The British army requisitioned the golf course in 1914 and attempts were made to re-open the course in the mid-1920’s and finally a new course was opened in 1935. The clubhouse was an old building at New Erringham, believed to be the former home of farmer Richard Sharpe. The club did not survive the Second World War, and in 1976 the settlement comprised only three mid-20th-century cottages, farm buildings, and the ruins of the original farm house (once the official clubhouse for the golf club).


Players names and various competition events for the club and names of clubs and players they competed against are recorded. The first page is titled Southdown Golf Club, Records, showing scores divided in half; left marked “Amateur, C.B. Cumberledge” and right with the foot of the page states signature and then golfer’s name signed, but in the ledger-makers’ hand. Also, with marker names J. Piper and S.C. Ganson. Other golfer’s names include many noteable figures from Shoreham of the time: I. Gregory Taylor, A. McKenzie, F. Carr, H.F. Gates, H. Flowers, P.E. Tickle, R.H. Russell, L.A. Elliott, D.F.S. Smith, C. Johns (professional), F.D. Thorowgood, P.E. Hill, C. Burt-Brill, J.E. Dell, W.L.A. Lennard, W.C. Hopkins, C.K.A. Congreve, H.L. Dorrell, A.E. Webster, B.F. Ayrton, J.U. Gaskill, W.H. Reeves, R.J. Hutchinson, A.S. Morris, C.H.C. Macgregor, and many many others.


Some of the events titled: Yearly Shoreham Bowl, Monthly Bogey Competition, Monthly Medal Competitions, Open Eclectic Sweepstake, Southdown “Dinner” Cup Competition, Inter-Club Match at Worthing (also with West Hove, Hollingbury, Littlehampton, Goodwood, Eastbourne Downs, Willingdon, Chichester, etc.), “Maxwell Davis” Cup, 18 Hole Medal Competition for the “Rough Riders” Cup (also the “Freeman,” “Dick Dell,” “Lancing College,” “Captains” Cups), Annual Caddies Competition, etc.


The clubhouse when it was situated just above Southlands Hospital





Left: a photo from the club’s early years showing a rather bleak and basic course. Right: The 1904 Southdown Whitsun Cup, won by J.E. Dell


The photo at the beginning of this article records the opening of the Southdown Golf Club House on the 11thApril 1903 (opposite Southlands Hospital.) Left to right Top Row:  ?, J.W.C. Langfield, D.D. James, R.B. Dell Jnr, ?, ?, T.B. Gates, M. Strivens, Mrs. Madden, ?, ?, W.J. Tanner, ?, J.D.C. Febb, ?, G.O. Blaber, ?, A.C. Ganson, C.T. Gillett, ? Payne, A.G. White, W. Holmyard, ?, Mrs. W. Holmyard, Mrs. G. Dell, Mrs. R.B. Dell Jnr, Mrs. J.E. Dell, Mrs. H.J. Burt, Mrs. C. A. Baker. Lower Row Left to right: H.A. Payne, ?, ? Peard, W. Mead, J.A. Begbie, P. Barca, H. Manwaring, R.E. Raven, W. Cattley, R.J. Frank, O. Cavanagh, F.W. Freeman, R.D. Bell, G.A. Dell, C. Burt Brill, E.L. Norris, H.N.T. Jenner,Mrs. E.L.Norris, H.J. Burt, J.E. Dell, B.J. Saunders, A.E. Saunders. 


Photos of ledger pages and description from PBA Galleries (U.S.A auctioneers and appraisers). 

Cup photo donated by Simon Dell

Other photos from the collections of Doris Steers, Peggy Bailey and Roger Bateman.

Compiled by Roger Bateman

May 2013

3 Replies to “Southdown Golf Club Ledger and Members”

  1. Hi there, I’m absolutely amazed to learn there was a golf course in Shoreham less than 100 years ago. I’d be really interested to know what the course boundaries were as I live in North Shoreham and I’m wondering if my house lies where the course once was. If anyone has this information I’d like to know more.

    1. Hi Lee, Someone who used to contribute to our old forum has written a detailed history of the golf club and doubtless included a map of the course. I seem to remember the course was altered during its lifetime and extended from just north of Southlands out as far as Erringham. We haven’t heard from him for sometime and don’t have an address for him I’m afraid. We do have maps, one of which shows part of the course but haven’t been able to add these yet.
      PS Lee, look on our forum – I’ll post detail from one of our 1912 maps showing the location of the original clubhouse and the first part of the course which may tell you what you want.

  2. Hi Nelson, thank you for posting the map on the forum. It’s really interesting! I’m amazed how much development has happened in North Shoreham since then. I never new that North Shoreham was so recently developed.

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