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

AbbeyleixCounty Laois, Ireland057 873 1450
AbbeydaleSheffield01142 360763
AberfeldyPerthshire, Scotland01887 820535
BearstedMaidstone01622 738198
Bush Hill ParkWinchmore Hill, London020 8360 5738
CardrossDumbarton01389 841 754
Cathcart CastleGlasgow0141 6389449
CosbyLeicester0116 2864759
Crowborough BeaconSussex01892 661511
Craigmillar ParkEdinburgh0131 667 0047
DuddingstonEdinburgh0131 661 7688
EdzellScotland01356 647283
Exeter Golf & CCCountess Wear, Exeter01392 874139
FlemptonBury St. Edmunds, Suffolk01284 728291
FrintonFrinton on Sea, Essex01255 674618
Great TorringtonTorrington, Devon01805 623878
Goring and StreatleyStreatley on Thames, Reading01491 873229
*HandsworthBirmingham0121 523 3594
HalifaxWest Yorkshire01422 244171
The KnockBelfast. N. Ireland028 9048 3251
IpswichSuffolk01473 728941
ManawatuNew Zealand 646 3578 793
MaloneBelfast. N. Ireland028 9061 2758
#MashamRipon01765 689379
MassereeneCo. Antrim, N. Ireland028 9442 8096
MilngavieGlasgow0141 956 1619
Mullion (no weekend visits)Cornwall01326 240685
PaisleyGlasgow0141 884 3903
PeacehavenNewhaven01273 512571
PeelIsle of Man01624 843456
PumphertonScotland01506 432869
Reigate HeathSurrey01737 226 793
RoyalGC De ArdenneBelgium 32 8266 6228
Sandwell Park Birmingham0121 525 4637
SeacroftSkegness01754 763020
SettleGiggleswick, N. Yorks01729 825288
SurbitonSurrey020 8398 3101
TodmordenLancashire01706 812986
!Torphin HillEdinburgh0131 441 4061
TorwoodleeGalashiels01896 752260
UlverstonCumbria0122 958 2824
UphallWest Lothian01506 856404
Valescure Golf & Tennis CluSaint Raphael. France04 94 82 40 46
Whiting BayNorth Ayrshire01770 700487
WrangatonSouth Brent, Devon01364 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.

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