East Brighton Golf Club Official Brochure 2012

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A guide to the golf club, course and facilities, and supporting local businesses.

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  • East Brighton Golf ClubOfficial Brochure 2012

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    Welcome 5 Welcome 7 About Our Club 8 Club History 11 The Course 12 Take the Course Tour 19 The Professional and the Pro Shop

    39 The Clubhouse Business and Function Hire 43 The Halfway House 45 Corporate Membership and Golf Days 47 Social Activities 49 How to Find Us 50 Contact Us

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    East Brighton Golf Club and Pinnacle Publishing wish to thank the businesses who appear in this publication for their support and wish them every success in deriving business from its circulation.

    The contents of this book are believed to be correct at the time of printing, nevertheless, we cannot endorse and readers should not rely solely upon the accuracy of any statements or claims contained herein without prior consultation with the service provider.

    21 Tuition 22 Learn to Play 25 Practice Facilities 28 Membership Opportunities 31 Why East Brighton? 33 Junior Golf 35 Visitors 37 Golf Societies

    Photography by East Brighton Golf Club and James Boardman Photography - www.boardmanpix.com

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    WelcomeEast Brighton Golf Club is situated in an enviable location only two miles from Brighton city centre yet is a true downland golf course with spectacular coastal views.

    Formed in 1901, our historic course stretches to 6,426 yards off the Championship tees and has a par of 72. While it is certainly a challenge, particularly when the wind blows, it offers a fair test to golfers of all ages and abilities.

    Being built on chalk, and with its lofty position overlooking the English Channel, our course drains quickly and is often open for play when neighbouring clubs are closed.

    We pride ourselves in being a friendly and sociable privatemembers club that extends a warm welcome to members,societies, corporate groups and green fee visitors alike.

    East Brighton is the perfect venue for those looking to simply play a round of golf, enjoy a great society or corporate golf day or learn to play under the guidance of Adrian Milligan, our head professional, and his team, who have some of the latest technology available in their new purpose-built teaching studio.

    The off-course experience is equally pleasurable, with a delightful clubhouse full of character where members and guests may relax with a drink or sample some of the wonderful fare on offer from our caterers.

    If you enjoy competitive golf in a friendly environment, on atop quality course with stunning views of the Sussex Downs and the English Channel, then we look forward to welcoming you to East Brighton..

    A true downland golf course with spectacular coastal views.

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    We pride ourselves on being a friendly and sociable club, with an ambience to complement the golf.

    About Our ClubThe club was formed in 1893 and in 1908 James Braid (Open Champion five times between 1901 and 1910 and the most sought-after golf architect in his day) redesigned the course to basically what you see today.

    East Brighton offers you a course that rarely closes during the winter, or resorts to temporary greens or tees, due to being built upon chalk subsoil.

    We pride ourselves on being a friendly and sociable club, with an ambience to complement the golf. Although blessed with more than 100 years of tradition, we have moved readily into the modern era of providing a contemporary golfing environment for everyone.

    A Golf Academy has been established for a while now and is proud to be introducing new golfers to the game; we were one of the first clubs to extend equal rights to Ladies. Whilst we believe in maintaining the best traditions of golf, we also provide a friendly and relaxed atmosphere to members and guests. In the interest of both, the club allows smart casual dress in most parts of the clubhouse.

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    Club HistoryMr Steyning Beard, a local landowner, received a letter from a Mr Abbey with a request to rent sufficient land to allow the setting up of a nine-hole course for 20-30 players at a rental of 15 per annum. This was agreed to and on 12th May 1893 the Ovingdean Golf Club was formed. The first AGM was held in October 1893. The Club name was changed to Kemp Town Golf Club and permitted membership increased. A new lease was obtained and Mr Beard was asked to be a Vice President which he accepted. In 1901 it was proposed to change the name of the Club to Brighton and Kemp Town Golf Club, however Brighton and Hove Golf Club objected, anticipating some confusion with this name, so in June 1901 the Club became East Brighton Golf Club Limited and remains so today.

    In 1905 work commenced on a clubhouse which was opened in November of that year. At this time extra ground was obtained by lease and William Park and James Braid were invited to tender for a contract to improve the course

    on 130 acres. Braid was chosen and his redesign was completed for opening on 23rd May 1908 and has remained virtually unchanged since.

    When Mr Beard died in 1912 the Club was offered the land for 5,000 with an indication they could get it for 4,000, 1,000 down and a 3,000 loan at 3%. This was not accepted by the Club and the whole Estate was sold to Brighton Council for 30,000. The Club rented the course from the Council for a peppercorn rent of 200 rising to 4,000 by 1992. At this time the Council attempted to increase the rent to 80,000 per annum. This was not accepted, the Club went to arbitration, won and the rental was set at 9,000 per annum. At this time negotiations were opened to buy the land and this was completed in December 1996 for 600,000.

    During 1928/1929 the clubhouse had substantial rebuilding undertaken, again in 1975 and was refurbished in 1990.

    During 1928/1929 the clubhouse had substantial rebuilding undertaken, again in 1975 and was refurbished in 1990.

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    In 1986/1987 an irrigation system was installed to all greens and this was extended in 1991 to the teeing areas.

    Many illustrious names have appeared on the membership list including David Lloyd George, who joined in 1911 and as Prime Minister held War Cabinet Meetings in the Oak Lounge in the period 1916-1918, together with Field Marshall Earl Haig and Sir William Robertson, both of whom were Club Presidents. Others of blue blood include The Marquis of Abergavenny, The Earl of Chichester and His Grace The Duke of Norfolk and the Duke and Duchess of Fife.

    In the 1930s the Club was a popular venue for professional tournaments. In 1933 Walter Hagen and Densmore Shute, famous US golfers, beat Alf Padgham and Charlie Parsons

    (Club Professional) 6 and 5 in an exhibition match and the News Chronicle Tournament was played for four years from 1935-1938 with Abe Mitchell, Ernie and Reg Whitcombe and Sam King on the leaderboards.

    Both pre and post Second World War this Club was a popular venue for the Theatrical Society with names well known to the public, when at weekends, you may have seen Jack Buchanan, Leslie Henson or Max Miller. The links with the Theatre continued post war when James Carreras (later Sir James) of Hammer Horror Films fame organized Variety Club competitions with his friends Christopher Lee, Sir Stanley Baker, Eric Sykes, Ronnie Corbett, Billy Dainty, Charlie D