Club History 1890 – 2007

Founded as a 9 hole course in 1895 and eventually, following acquisition of additional land in 1928, extended to the present 18 holes measuring 6,355 yards, Goring & Streatley Golf Club has established itself in the hearts of members & visitors alike, as a mirror of the traditional and evolutionary trends in the game. The course has magnificent views of the Ridgeway & the River Thames winding like a silver ribbon on its way from Oxford to Reading and is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, which almost consoles the ravages of a bad round of golf!

From it’s foundation in 1895 with 52 members the club has grown steadily and now has 745 playing members. The highlights of our development are illustrated below:

  • 1890’s Army officers and friends led by Robert and Hugh Fife play “bumble puppy” golf in the meadows at Gatehampton, Goring. 
    1894 Field Barn Farm at Streatley, owned by Ernest Gardner, later Sir Ernest Gardner MP, viewed as potential for golf course.
    1895 January – Tom Dunn, a golf professional and course architect from Bournemouth, invited by F T Shoolbred, of Thames Bank House, Goring to lay out nine hole golf course at Streatley. March – inaugural meeting of the golf club. First ‘clubhouse’ in parlour of cottage at Field Barn Farm (behind the present second teeing area). 16th April – first medal competition played.
    1896 24th October – first AGM of golf club takes place. Held at Saunders Boat Yard, Goring, with Colonel Alfred Harcourt in the chair.
    1897 First lady, a Mrs Todd, elected to the committee. Appointment of J Forrest as professional.
    1898 First club match against Peppard. Goring & Streatley won 19 to 2.
    1907 Move to new clubhouse in 1 Golf Cottages, Rectory Road.
    1910 Streatley Bowl competition founded with cup presented by club members living in Streatley.
    1912 First ladies competition inaugurated, known as the Ladies Bowl.
    1913 Goring Cup competition founded with cup presented by members living in Goring.
    1922 Changes to the original course begin under the advice of revered designer Harry Colt (Sunningdale, Wentworth etc.). These become the steps which will enable the Club to become a full 18 holes.
    1925 14th October – The first purpose built clubhouse (the third in the clubs history) opened and was celebrated on 17th October with an Open competition. This clubhouse is the house at the west end of the car park known as the Old Golf House.
    1927 Land south of the B4009 leased from Major J A Morrison, of Basildon House, to extend the course. A further seven holes were constructed under the supervision of J H Turner, of Frilford Heath Golf Club.
    1928 J H Turner revamps some of the original holes and builds two new holes on the north side of the B4009, thereby extending the course to 18 holes. These were opened for play on the 3rd of October.
    1930 25th March – Reginald Powys-Lybbe, the owner of the golf course, Rectory Farm and Thurle Grange estate dies. His son Antony inherits. November – Rectory Farm and Thurle Grange Estate up for sale, including the golf course and clubhouse.
    1931 14th October – date of conveyance of original nine hole course purchased from Antony Powys-Lybbe. The purchase also included the clubhouse and land on which the present 1st, 5th, 6th and 18th holes are situated.
    1933 Leased land south of B4009 purchased from Lord Iliffe.
    1935 Greenwell Cup inaugurated. Move into new clubhouse (the fourth) on site of present building. 25th October – club holds its first AGM in its new clubhouse.
    1936 Land exchanged between golf club and Lord Iliffe to extend 7th and 13th holes and construct new 11th and 12th holes.
    1940 Land to the right side of the 15th fairway bought from Ernest Blacker Vignoles, of Little Orchard, Streatley for turf nursery.
    1955 Roy Mason joins as club’s professional.
    1956 Roy Mason sets club record of 63.
    1966 Clubhouse enlarged during second half of year.
    1969 John Cook wins English Amateur Championship at Royal St Georges.
    1970 Len Hawting retires as head greenkeeper after 45 years.
    1972 Automatic sprinkler system installed on greens and tees.
    1973 Carl Mason wins British Youths Championship.
    1975 Title of Honorary Secretary abolished and John Bohanna becomes first Secretary of the club to receive a remuneration.
    1977 Jess Riley became first salaried Secretary and Manager on John Bohanna’s retirement. 5th June – first pro am tournament resulted in a three-way tie between Michael King, Ken Bousfield of Coombe Hill and Basil Proudfoot of Berkhamstead, all with a score of 70.
    1978 30th June, Tony Jacklin, with a 67, won challenge match against Carl Mason (70).
    1980 David Lane wins English Golf Union Champion of Champions Tournament at Ashridge Golf Club.
    1995 Captains David Lane & Chris Carter, and Club President Frank Williams cut the centenary cake
    1983 Clubhouse demolished and in September the new clubhouse (the fifth) opened by Sir Michael Bonallack, who was then Secretary of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.
    1988 Simon Pardoe wins British Boys Championship at Formby.
    1991 Simon Pardoe wins Welsh Amateur Championship at Ashburnham, Llanelli.
    1993 Car park enlarged and practise ground constructed near 17th green.
    1995 The year started with the Club Captains teeing off on New Years Day in period costume, and the highlight of the year was the Centenary Ball in the summer. A big effort went into the production of a centenary year book which covered the first hundred years of the Club’s history.
    1998 David Lane wins British Seniors Amateur Championship at Glasgow Gailes and Western Gailes.
    2000 David Lane wins the Club Championship for the 14th time spanning five decades.
    2000 Club’s first website launched.
    2002 Refurbishment of all bunkers commenced.
    2003 New Greenkeepers Complex opened.
    2003 Drainage project completed, including a pond on the 8th hole.
    2004 Refurbishment of all bunkers completed.
    2006 Course pathways re-constructed using rubberised products.
    2007  Course: 1st Tee and 12th Green re-constructed.
    Clubhouse: Restaurant refurbished, kitchen re-equipped and disabled access
    facilities upgraded to include a bridge at the back of the Clubhouse, so
    disabled people can access the upper floor at a cost of £200,000.
Goring & Streatley History
Exhibition match, June 1953. Alf Padgham and Sam King on the 18th green with our 4th clubhouse in the background.
Exhibition match, June 1953. Alf Padgham and Sam King on the 18th green with our 4th clubhouse in the background.
Sir William Horwood (Founding Member)
Sir William Horwood (Founding Member)
Len Hawting (left) Head Greenkeeper 1925 - 1970
Len Hawting (left) Head Greenkeeper 1925 – 1970