Established in 1908 on land known as Mollington Hill Farm the club first consulted Willie Park Jnr, twice winner of the Open Championship, but on receiving his quote for laying out the golf course the preferred to engage the now legendary Harry Colt to lay the course out. The official opening in May 1909 saw an exhibition match between the then Open Champion James Braid and former champion Harry Vardon. Braid returned a 5 under 73 to beat Vardon 2 up recording a drive of over 300 yards on the 16th. On the same day, the amateurs played for the Town Bowl a trophy still played for today.
Ladies have been an integral part of the club since the very start. They held their first general meeting in 1909 and with a starting membership limit of 130 this was quickly increased to 160. This was at a time when ladies had leisure time but the historical changes in the economic circumstances of many families required ladies to work and there started the demise in female membership at many golf clubs.
Set in 120 acres just to the south of the historic town of Royal Leamington Spa, Leamington & County Golf Club is one of the hidden gems of Midlands golf. The gently undulating, tree lined fairways that complement the excellence of the tees and greens offer an exciting challenge to all golfers. Easy to reach, being just 10 minutes from the M40, you are assured a warm welcome.
Leamington & County Golf Club, Golf Lane, Whitnash, Royal Leamington Spa, United Kingdom