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History

The Design

Founded in1930, the club celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2005. The course was designed and laid out by Fred Hawtree and J H Taylor (five time Open Champion).

The Countryside

The land is steeped in historical interest which dates back to Saxon times. Legend has it that Henry VIII used to hunt in the park and woodland. The first stages of the existing manor house were built in 1772 and in 1781. Capability` Brown was commissioned to landscape the parkland. The house and park were purchased by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1807.

Since 1954

The Golf club headquarters have been located around the fine courtyard which used to be the stableyard for the Palace. This was built in 1829.

Golf History

In the 1950s the course was the base of four time Open Champion Bobby Locke from South Africa. He is recognised as one of the greatest putters of all time and would certainly enjoy putting on the fine Palace greens.

Recent History

The course record is 63, 8 under par, and held jointly by Reg Glading in 1973 who was 13 times Club Champion. It was equalled by Keiran Staunton of Woodcote Park in the Men`s Scratch Open in August 2002. Reg had the distinction of holding 8 other course records. In 2003 the club had the honour of hosting the Surrey Amateur Championship. The winner was James Heath, who dominated the competition and was very complimentary about the course. An international golfer with a handicap that had reached plus 6, James was the winner of the 2004 Lythan Trophy and the English Amateur Championship. He set a tournament record of 132 (65/67) to win the 2002 Addington Palace Mens` Scratch Open.

In 2011 Reg’s record of 13 times Club Champion was eclipsed by Simon Crockett, a prominent member of the club since his time as a junior. He too has had great success particularly at county level both as player and County Captain.

Since the 70s the club has actively encouraged junior golf and has 7 junior champions who have gone on to represent Surrey. Worthy of special mention is Gary Christian, a member of Addington Palace GC who turned professional and played his golf in the USA. In 2011 he won his place on the PGA tour – a remarkable achievement at the age of 40.

 



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Archbishop Manners

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