Entering the Clubhouse
From the car park, which still lacks any formality such as marked parking spaces, the view of the Club House is little changed from what it has been for most of the last hundred years and the visitor gets little warning of the delight of stepping through the porch into a traditional wood beamed hallway with this theme continuing in the corridor on the right and the dining room on the left.
The honours boards carry some of the most eminent names in amateur golf. Names such as Joyce Wethered, thought by many to be one of the best lady players in amateur golf, her brother Roger Wethered who was a Walker Cup captain, and who played Bobby Jones in the final of the Amateur Championship in 1930 when the latter achieved the Grand Slam, Bernard Darwin, and Cyril Tolley, another amateur champion and Walker Cup player.
And then there is the wonderful surprise of the picture post card view of the course from the windows and glassed door at the far end of the hallway and two bars. These must be the prettiest views from a clubhouse in golf.
The dining room is traditional giving the promise of good food and a drink or three in agreeable company and providing a sitting capacity of 84 covers.
The unusual view from the 18th fairway of the Clubhouse nestling below the green… a bit like something out of a fairytale… surprises and gives the promise of a warm welcome.