St Neots Golf Club, Cambridgeshire’s first established Golf Club, was founded on 26th October 1890 when a group of golfers were given permission to play on the common. The first annual subscription was just a mere ten shillings.
A new nine-hole golf course was designed and built on its current site by the legendary Harry Vardon in 1912, a former winner of six Open Championships and a founder member of the Professional Golfers Association.
In 1962 The Club purchased land north of the River Kym, and four years later an additional nine holes were created. The full 18 holes were brought into use in 1966, making this course a modern but mature 18-hole parkland course. It’s situated at the junction of the Rivers Kym and Ouse combining both water and charming tree lined features in a harmonious and natural way.
The current clubhouse was constructed in stages between 1982 and 1987.
For further information on the club please refer to the book written by G A Walker (former club Secretary) titled “St Neots Golf Club The First 100 Years”.
Replacement Clubhouse 1964
The St Neots Golf Club Badge is derived from the design of The Alfred Jewel.
The Alfred Jewel is an exceptional and unusual example of Anglo-Saxon jewellery made of enamel and quartz enclosed in gold.
It was discovered in 1693, and is now one of the most popular exhibits at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. It has been dated to the late 9th century, in the reign of Alfred the Great and is inscribed "aelfred mec heht gewyrcan", meaning 'Alfred ordered me made'.
The jewel was once attached to a rod, probably of wood, at its base. After decades of scholarly discussion, it is now "generally accepted" that the jewel's function was to be the handle for a pointer stick for following words when reading a book.