Came Down Golf Club Annual Corporate Brochure 2012 - 2013

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    Came Down Golf Club

    Official cOrpOrate brOchure 2012

    Birthplace of the Ryder Cup

    Listed in Golf World & Golf Monthlyas one of Britains Hidden Gems

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    Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 05

    The Clubs Origins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 06

    HMS Iron Duke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 09

    Came Down and the Ryder Cup . . . . . . . . 10

    The Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

    Take the Course tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

    Professional Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

    Tuition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

    Practice Facilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

    Membership Categories . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

    Information for Members . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

    Playing Categories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

    Visitors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

    Societies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

    The Clubhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

    How to Find Us . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

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    Came Down Golf Club, located in Thomas Hardy country just south of Dorchester in Dorset, offers a spectacular golfing challenge suitable for all skill levels .

    The course sits on chalk downland and offers stunning 360 degree views to locations such as Weymouth, Portland, Dorchester, Isle of Wight, Maiden Castle and more .

    The current layout was designed by Harry Shapland Colt, who includes Muirfield, Royal Lytham, Pine Valley, St Andrews, Wentworth and Sunningdale among his other masterpieces .

    Founded in 1896, we can lay claim to being the birthplace of the Ryder Cup, because it was during his numerous visits to Came Down that Samuel Ryder was given the inspiration to create the most famous team competition inworld golf .

    Golf World magazine named our course among their 100 Hidden Gems, placing us in illustrious company, and we would be delighted if you paid us a visit to discover for yourself why we received such an accolade . Came Down is a very friendly club and visitors are more than welcome to come and sample our hospitality .

    Our members enjoy much competitive and social golf and we are also able to offer them reciprocal golf at a number of other outstanding courses across the South .

    For a round of golf in Dorset, theres nowhere better than Came Down .

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    This brief history of Came Downs origins starts with a private club, situated at Broadway Farm, locally known as Lorton Links .

    When play there was terminated in 1895, negotiations began with the landowner Lord Portarlington for 180 acres on Came Down . Successful talks led to Tom Dunn of Bournemouth laying out the original nine-hole course of 3,620 yards complete with small pavilion . The Dorchester Golf Club opened for play on March 2, 1896 .

    With golf in Bournemouth proving such a successful attraction, Weymouth Town Council enlisted former Open Champion J .H . Taylor as their golf course architect in 1904, with a view to setting up a first-class 18-hole course . Taylor took the view that there was no land suitable for golf south of the Ridgeway and recommended the expansion of the Dorchester Clubs course to 18 holes . The proposal was carried out and the course extended to 18 holes over 6,090 yards . In addition, a new clubhouse was constructed at the northern end of the course and the Great Western Railway were persuaded to build a halt at Monkton to provide golfers with easier access to the course just a mile away .

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    The new course opened under the revised name of the Weymouth, Dorchester and County Golf Club on May 15, 1906 .

    During 1910 the club appointed Ernest Whitcombe to be the club professional . Later his mother Bessie was appointed as the stewardess and brought her other two sons, Charles and Reg for a stay of 17 years . The brothers did much to put the club on the map by their brilliant play, which brought them many national tournament victories . During their time here the brothers got to know Samuel Ryder, a country member who played at Came Down when on holiday in Weymouth . It was an association

    which was to change the face of golf and one which we cover in more depth elsewhere in this brochure .

    During 1923 and 1924 the club was thriving, helped by the fame and popularity of the Whitcombe brothers . A resolution was passed to liquidate the original company known as Wey-mouth, Dorchester and County Golf Club Company and alter the name to Came Down Golf Club . It was also agreed to raise money for improvement to the course and clubhouse .

    It was not until 1927, however, that the work started . Harry Shapland Colt was employed to undertake a major course reconstruction . Mr Colt was himself a fine player but even more famous world-wide as a golf course architect responsible for such courses as Sunningdale, Wentworth, Royal Portrush and the redesign of Broadstone .

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    As well as Came Downs links to the Ryder Cup, visitors may be fascinated to learn that our Club also has a unique association with the Royal Naval ship HMS Iron Duke and its crew .

    It all started back in 1931 when HMS Iron Duke (the second ship to bear that name) was stationed in Portland Harbour . The Club offered sailors on the ship a wardroom membership offering discounted rates and a relationship was struck up which saw a match played between Came Down members and officers of the ship . Iron Duke officers presented a very elegant silver salver to the club which is still played for as a major competition to this day .

    The link was re-established about ten years ago when contact was made with the crew of the third Iron Duke, a Type 23 frigate launched in 1991 . The fixture started up again in 2004, with matches taking place at Came Down and also at the Navys course near Portsmouth . Came Down members have even been given a guided tour of the ship and entertained on board .

    The friendship has grown to such a degree that Came Down has been named an official Affiliate with the Iron Duke, perhaps the only golf club to enjoy such an association with the Royal Navy .

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