Gillingham Golf Club Official Brochure 2011/2012

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  • Gillingham Golf ClubOfficial Brochure 2011/2012

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    WelcomeThe Chairman, Captain and Ladies Captain offer you a warm welcome on behalf of the members, committee and staff of Gillingham Golf Club; a private members club with over 100 years of history.

    We look forward to welcoming you into the clubhouse where you can sample fine food and drinks, and on the

    course, where your skills may be tested to the limits. A further welcome awaits you when you visit our Professional in his fully stocked golf shop.

    Join us for the day, or longer and enjoy a round of golf in an attractive part of the Kent countryside.

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    A Golf Club With Over 100 Years of HistoryGillingham Golf Club was originally known as The United Services Golf Club, having been set up by serving officers of the Armed Forces. It is not known exactly when the club started, but it was certainly registered with the Royal and Ancient by 1905 as a nine-hole course with 50 members.

    Even the exact location of the original site is uncertain, but it is believed that golf was played north of the railway line, with the Mulberry Inn on the Lower Rainham Road acting as a convenient HQ. (It is well remembering that in those days any field could become an instant golf course without the expensive construction and maintenance work necessary today.)

    During the Great War, the course, by then on the present site, fell into disuse to become grazing land.

    In 1919 the club was reinstated and James Braid commissioned to lay out the new golf course. The clubhouse then was an old army hut purchased for 40! By 1920, a few civilians had been admitted as Honorary Members, at a time when horses were still pulling the mowers to cut the fairways.

    Many of the clubs old records have been lost, but fortunately the records of the Ladies Section have survived to give us an unbroken record back to 1923 when the Ladies Section was first formed.

    The Second World War saw the course left in the hands of a few elderly but dedicated civilians, who were able to keep four holes in play whilst the remainder was given over to military use as tank traps, anti-aircraft and searchlight batteries.

    James Braid (1870 1950) was a Scottish professional golfer, he won The Open Championship five times. He also was a renowned golf course architect.

    Braid was born in Earlsferry, Fife, Scotland and played golf from an early age, working as a clubmaker before turning professional in 1896.

    In 1912, Braid scaled back his tournament golf, and became a club professional at Walton Heath. He developed a very successful career in golf course design, and is sometimes regarded as the inventor of the dogleg, although holes of similar design had been known for centuries (for example, the Road Hole at the Old Course at St Andrews). Among his designs are the Kings Course and the Queens Course at Gleneagles, and the 1926 remodelling of The Open Championship venue Carnoustie Golf Links.

    Braid playing at the Open de France at Chantilly in 1913

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    At the end of hostilities, the War Office was persuaded to rehabilitate the course and by 1950, fifteen holes were back in use for playing golf, with the others following shortly after. In those times of change, the civilian element of the club grew whilst the service element declined and to reflect this, the name was changed to Gillingham and United Services Golf Club.

    In 1960, the site of the golf course was sold to Gillingham Council and this gave the club some security of tenure. So much so that, in 1964, a sorely needed new clubhouse was built.

    1986 saw a serious threat to the continued existence of the club when it became clear that a dual carriageway link road was to be built through part of the course.

    There was much speculation about alternative sites which led to a period of uncertainty. In the event, the land lost to the new road was partially replaced by the club obtaining the use of a section of Langtons playing fields.

    This enabled the club to negotiate a longer lease, which in turn paved the way for our new larger clubhouse. The result is the current splendid building, formally opened on 8th March 2002 by Mr Ronnie Corbett O.B.E., which has given the members a home they can be proud of.

    In 2005, centenary celebrations took place throughout the year. With the support of its members, the club is proud to be trading profitably and this augurs well for the next hundred years!

    The course in recent history, 2008.


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    The Course - Hole By HoleHole 1 - 264 yards Par 4This hole has probably the widest fairway on the course. The problem for the golfer is whether to layup before the wide bunker that runs from one side to the other, or to attempt to drive the green avoiding two further bunkers on the right and another on the left of the green.

    Hole 2 - 355 yards Par 4On a good day the first view visitors get from this tee is that of the Thames estuary in all its glory. The feature of this hole is the large tree placed in the middle of the fairway protecting the small green down on the left. A ball driven on the wrong side of this tree makes the shot into the green difficult.

    Hole 3 - 190 yards Par 3As our longest par 3, this green is invisible from the competition tee and is protected by bunkers both left and right.

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    The Course - Hole By Hole Continued...Hole 4 387 yards Par 4The narrow entrance to this fairway takes players back up the slope to a small green protected by bunkers on both sides waiting to catch the wayward second shot. Dont be fooled by its appearance as it is rated as the most difficult hole on the course.

    Hole 5 516 yards Par 5Back down the slope now and with the wind behind, you can make this hole your first birdie of the round, but be aware of the out of bounds to the right from the tee. If the wind is against you, this narrow fairway can be tough. There are bunkers left and right of this greens narrow entrance.

    Hole 6 140 yards Par 3Be aware of the Out of Bounds at the back of the green before playing. A large bunker in front of this green will catch anything pitched short and there is also a bunker at the back on the right, and trees on the left, which make this a hole that needs much thought.

    Hole 7 343 yards Par 4This little par 4 is not as simple as it looks as it holds a stroke index of 3. It winds its way back up the slope to the green, which is slightly elevated and is protected by bunkers on both sides with some trees that come into play from the offset tee.

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    The Course - Hole By Hole Continued...Hole 8 166 yards Par 3A picturesque little hole with views out to the estuary, but do not be fooled as it is protected by strategically placed trees, creating a very narrow entrance. Watch out for the bunker placed on the right which will catch anything short.

    Hole 9 499 yards Par 5This par 5 takes players back up the gentle hill and is a slight dog-leg left. With the wind against this is a stern test on a normal day and many low handicappers run out of fairway from the tee. The green for this hole is protected by bunkers to the front right and left.

    Hole 10 - 109 yards Par 3This is the shortest hole; an easy shot some would say, but bunkers in front and to the right are there to catch the short pitch.

    Hole 11 - 279 yards Par 4This fairway appears to be much wider than it is, but the low handicapper will be able to drive to the green. To counter this, there are a few well placed trees and bunkers to catch the wayward shot.

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    The Course - Hole By Hole...