Club History

THE HISTORY OF RICKMANSWORTH GOLF CLUB 

In 1923, Harry Colt was instructed by Lord Leverhulme to design 3 golf courses on the Moor Park estate. The courses were named the East, West and High. The East was commonly known as the Ladies Course. In 1937, the local council purchased the East Course and re – named it Rickmansworth Municipal Golf Course. In the same year a group of regular golfers who played at Rickmansworth formed a golf society. This was named the Park Golf Society. By 1938 the Park Golf Society and its members had evolved into what has become Rickmansworth Golf Club. A private golf club attached to a municipal golf course.

In 1945 Arthur Tomkins had the privilege of being the club’s first Captain and played off an extremely low,  plus + handicap in his prime. The Scratch knock-out cup is named in his honour. There are several club competitions named after original founder members. R.G.C. has grown over the years and at one stage boasted over 300 members.

The club have participated in friendly matches against other clubs on a home and away basis for many years now, with the opposition changing along the way.

Since the late 90’s the club play a friendly match home & away against Meyrick Park in Bournemouth. This match came about after years of Rickmansworth golfers playing in the Bournemouth Open tournament, and talking to local golfers eventually a match was arranged and the teams now play for the coveted Meyricky Bowl.

R.G.C. always enter N.A.P.G.C. annual knock out competitions and in recent years have done very well reaching the Clapham Common Shield Finals in 2010, 2011 and 2015. In 2013, a four-man team from Rickmansworth won the prestigious Bourne-Vanneck Scratch Trophy.

The Club started to venture into European golf holidays in the mid nineties and have hosted tours to Spain, Portugal and Turkey every year since, sometimes up to three per year.

Niall Caprani better known as George Caprani has probably been Ricky’s most successful golfer to date.  His name is emblazoned over many of the trophy boards in the clubhouse. George was a real character and played golf at his beloved Ricky well into his seventies. He was a regular at the club until he sadly passed away in 2008. A bench with a plaque has been erected outside the clubhouse in George’s memory so he can keep an eye on proceedings on the 1st tee.

It was Easter 1960 that Rickmansworth Golf Club hit the headlines in a most remarkable way. Member of the ladies section, Paddy Martin scored a hole in one on the 3rd hole in 3 consecutive rounds of golf. She played on Good Friday, Easter Saturday and after taking a break on Easter Sunday, played again on the bank holiday Monday to complete the feat. The achievement was even more remarkable as she used the same club and ball on all 3 occasions.