History

A General Meeting, held in the Memorial Hut in Station Road, Mickleover on 7th March 1923 led to the official formation of the Golf Club five days later. Shortly afterwards, a nine hole golf course was designed and laid for the benefit of golfers in the town and surrounding area. Two years later a further 9 holes were added. The entrance fee then was £2 10sh 0d and the annual subscription was £2 12s 6d. Green fees were 1s 0d.

In 1937 the gentlemen’s membership was 162 and the lady’s 148.

During the war members of HM Forces were allowed to play without charge and large obstructions were placed on two of the longer fairways to prevent enemy planes from landing. The clubhouse doubled as a home guard post and two holes were given up for ploughing in 1941, but were restored in 1944.

During the 1940’s and 1950’s the landlord’s sheep were allowed to graze on the course with the greens protected by wire fences. By 1949 the gentlemen’s membership had increased to 214 but the lady’s had fallen to 123, and by 1954 the numbers had declined to 161 and 109 respectively.

In 1970 the membership was stunned to discover that the proposed A38 trunk road was to pass virtually though the middle of the course, resulting in the loss of several holes and the old club house. The club house was then a small wooden structure, opposite Arundel Avenue on the main A516 Uttoxeter Road. Its impending demolition was no doubt good news for those living in Arundel Avenue as the Club car park was quite small and the street parking overspill resulted in much annoyance to the residents. However, the building of a resited clubhouse and new course design (by Cotton, Pennick, Lawrie and Partners) resulted in an 18 hole par 69 masterpiece of 5,621 yards.
In 1976, six years after joining the club, the well respected Doug Rodgers became the Club secretary. A gifted administrator, he continued in this post for 27 years before standing down in 2003. Doug still enjoys playing the course and will testify that the quality of the course (and in particular the greens) has never been better than in recent seasons.

The current clubhouse was officially opened by the Mayor of Derby in November 1972 and the newly laid out course was ready for use in 1973. When it opened, the current 9th and 18th holes were actually reversed and six years later a manually operated pop-up water sprinkler system was installed on the course. The gentlemen’s locker room was then extended in 1981, creating the balcony that now sits above it. The pro-shop (which was originally in the clubhouse) was re-sited in 1986 to its present position and then in 1992 the snooker area and dining room were added. Following an adverse court ruling in 1992 there was a very substantial increase in the ground rent payable which resulted in the recruitment of 40 extra members. In 1994 the 150 yard distance markers were added and in 1996 the current practice putting green was completed. Additionally, a halfway house was built adjacent to the 10th tee and the sprinkler system automated. In 1998 the membership stood at 440 for gentlemen and 90 for lady members.

Although there has been a national decline in golf membership since the turn of the new millennium (and Mickleover Golf Club is no different in that regard), the club has always been fortunate in being managed very professionally and as a result is currently financially stronger than for many years. The club and its members look forward to a very successful future and to its centenary celebrations in 2023.

Royal Wedding Golf

30 years ago 4 members of the club managed to avoid watching Charles and Diana getting married by spending the whole day playing golf and raising money for charity. To the right is the clip from the paper next day.
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