The 1895 Club
The 1895 Club was the brainchild of Bill Flockhart, Captain of Duddingston GC in 1995. He obtained from The R&A a list of UK Clubs founded in 1895 and contacted them with the aim of agreeing reciprocal visiting rights for members of these Clubs. The inaugural meeting was held at Handsworth GC (being the most central location) where the basic tenets were thrashed out and 18 Clubs agreed. Since that time the 1895 Club has expanded to 40 Clubs It has brought about many new friendships and is a great benefit to all members.
Club basic rules/courtesies
For courtesy visits to other Clubs in the 1895 scheme some basic courtesies/rules are to be followed:
- Members make their own arrangements (IN ADVANCE) with the secretary of the Club they wish to visit. (Do not turn up unannounced.)
- Members must take with them a letter of introduction and a handicap certificate. This is available from the professional’s shop.
- Check with the host Club their dress rules and respect them.
- Numbers to be kept to a reasonable level at any one visit as are the number of times visits are to the same Club.
- Some Clubs have put restrictions on the number of visitors at any one time and these are shown on the bottom of the list of participating Clubs. Please check before you make any requests.
The original arrangements included a 75 mile separation between Clubs for visits to take place, meaning that some effort should be made by visitors, rather than a short ride to a neighbour Club, thus avoiding the possibility of convenience leading to nuisance visits. However a few Clubs have come to mutually agreed reductions in the separation distance, and this is a matter entirely decided by the Clubs in question.
List of members as of January 2014
|Abbeyleix||County Laois, Ireland||057 873 1450|
|Aberfeldy||Perthshire, Scotland||01887 820535|
|Bush Hill Park||Winchmore Hill, London||020 8360 5738|
|Dumbarton||01389 841 754|
|Crowborough Beacon||Sussex||01892 661511|
|Craigmillar Park||Edinburgh||0131 667 0047|
|Duddingston||Edinburgh||0131 661 7688|
|Exeter Golf & CC||Countess Wear, Exeter||01392 874139|
|Flempton||Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk||01284 728291|
|Frinton||Frinton on Sea, Essex||01255 674618|
|Great Torrington||Torrington, Devon||01805 623878|
|Goring and Streatley||Streatley on Thames, Reading||01491 873229|
|*Handsworth||Birmingham||0121 523 3594|
|Halifax||West Yorkshire||01422 244171|
|The Knock||Belfast. N. Ireland||028 9048 3251|
+646 3578 793
|Malone||Belfast. N. Ireland|
028 9061 2758
|Co. Antrim, N. Ireland||028 9442 8096|
|Milngavie||Glasgow||0141 956 1619|
|+Mullion (no weekend visits)||Cornwall||01326 240685|
|Paisley||Glasgow||0141 884 3903|
|Peel||Isle of Man||01624 843456|
|Reigate Heath||Surrey||01737 226 793|
|RoyalGC De Ardenne||Belgium||+32 8266 6228|
|Sandwell Park||Birmingham||0121 525 4637|
|Settle||Giggleswick, N. Yorkshire||01729 825288|
|Surbiton||Surrey||020 8398 3101|
|!Torphin Hill||Edinburgh||0131 441 4061|
|+Ulverston||Cumbria||0122 958 2824|
|Uphall||West Lothian||01506 856404|
|Valescure Golf & Tennis Club||Saint Raphael. France||04 94 82 40 46|
|Whiting Bay||North Ayrshire||01770 700487|
|Wrangaton||South Brent, Devon||01364 73229|
*10 courtesies before green fee charged (No weekend visits allowed)
+8 courtesies before green fee charged
!4 courtesies before green fee charged
#4 visits in a party
You must book your tee time directly with the Secretary of the Club to be visited. Once a booking is made you must then obtain a letter of introduction from the office to take with you on the day. Any guest with you who is not a member of Sandwell Park Golf Club will have to pay a full green fee.