Broadway Golf Club

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Course Status

Broadway Golf Club: Course Open. No range balls due to broken machinery.

Club Heritage

The club was originally established in 1895 and the present golf course started in 1910.

The latter half of the 19th century saw Broadway village in a transition phase. For 200 years it had been a major coaching centre, located as it is on the Worcester, Oxford, London Road, but in 1860 the opening of the railway in Evesham made coaches obsolete almost overnight. Gradually the village changed into a beautiful, quiet backwater, a Mecca for the elite of Victorian society.

Into this arrived a man, who according to his contemporaries, was quite remarkable; he had unbounded energy, great organising skills, and a sort of Pied Piper magnetism that drew everyone into his schemes. This man was Dr Charles Turner Standring, and at the age of 29 he reorganised the Cricket Club, formed the Football Club, became Secretary of the Tennis Club, and most importantly founded the Golf Club - in other words he was the prototype sporting doctor. With some friends he began to play on a few holes “some extemporised links in Deans Meadow” (now the home of the Cricket Club) according to the contemporary Evesham Journal. This “taster” must have been successful because they sought better facilities. In fact it took 4 further moves before the club finally became settled on what we now call “the bottom 9” in 1911, to be increased to 18 holes in 1962. The first match was played against Alcester in 1894 and the club (by this time on the hill below the Broadway Tower) was instituted on April 18th, 1895, with Dr. Standring as Captain.

Broadway is also a founder member of the 1895 Club. Linked with 44 other UK and overseas golf clubs established in the same year it provides reciprocal members’ playing rights to visitors from other 1895 Clubs. Having 3 such clubs within 70 minutes drive provides an opportunity for members to play different courses with trips regularly organised further afield, particularly to Devon, Cornwall and Scotland. There is even an 1895 Club in New Zealand.

Above all, Broadway is a friendly members’ club run by members for the members. There are thriving Ladies, Seniors and Juniors sections, a very full programme of competitions to suit all levels of ability, with “roll ups” on most days providing the opportunity to meet and play with other members.

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