A SHORT HISTORY OF B.A.G.C.
A little of our story...
We were established in 1922 following a Beaconsfield Golf Club committee meeting. We have the then Club Captain, Major Paulet to thank, for putting forward the suggestion. The idea was” …to help the artisan inhabitants of Beaconsfield to take up the game of golf…”
In those times we were limited to fifteen members and were known as a “Society” rather than a club. The annual fee was one guinea (£1.05). The numbers soon were allowed to increase and by 1936 we were 50 strong and have remained at that number.
Our first (recorded) AGM was held in Beaconsfield Old Town, at the Old Rectory in 1928 and they were held there right up until wartime.
At the beginning, Beaconsfield Artisans had no premises of our own. The first building of any description we had was a hut. This was situated in the copse to the right of the 6th tee, close to the footpaths leading to Beaconsfield and Seer Green. The hut contained a few chairs around a table- just somewhere to hang a jacket and change shoes, really. The “hut” was relocated in 1951 to a space between the 2nd Hole tees and the railway bridge (that leads to the 13th fairway). This had an electricity generator. This survived until 1959 when a wooden bungalow from Seer Green was dismantled and erected at the site we currently occupy. The next major development was not until 1980 when it was extended using brickwork and a kitchen was built. This was done by the artisans themselves, every Sunday morning.
In 1997 we celebrated our 75th anniversary. Barry Kitching, Captain at the time was presented with a cheque to buy new tables for the clubhouse.
Beaconsfield is a beautifully presented, classic Harry Colt designed course with excellent practice facilities. The course remains near the same as when it was originally designed in 1913 by HS “Harry” Colt and has many of his trademark features. In particular it is very well bunkered and has unusually large greens. Each of the holes has its own character and is separated from its neighbouring holes by mature mixed woodland.
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