Malden Golf Club was founded in 1893 as the Raynes Park Golf Club. The original course was required for development so the club moved to its present site in 1926. It was opened by the President of the day Colonel Sir Augustus Fitzgeorge and was followed by an exhibition match between Abe Mitchell, Harry Vardon (6 times Open winner), Alex Herd and Ted Ray, four of the great professionals of the time. Alex Herd had advised on the layout of the course.
For a more detailed History of Malden Golf Club please visit the links below to review the book written by Robin Gems.
The land which now forms the course was originally part of the Coombe Manor Estate which had been acquired from Queen Elizabeth I in 1579. In 1753 the land was bought by John Spencer who became the 1st Earl Spencer (the same Spencer family as Princess Diana). In 1837, the 3rd Earl Spencer sold the land to Prince Adolphus Frederick, 1st Duke of Cambridge and seventh son of George III. When he died in 1850, his son George, the 2nd Duke of Cambridge, inherited the estate and it was his younger son, Colonel Sir Augustus Fitzgeorge KCVO CB who became President of the Club until his death in 1933.
One of the distinguished members in the early 1900's was Wing Commander Frank Brock OBE RNAS. He was a member of the Brocks Fireworks family which had developed pyrotechnics for use in military raids. One such "raid" was at Zeebrugge in 1918. Wing Commander Brock went as an observer on HMS Vindictive but was killed in an attempt to silence the German guns. To this day the club plays for the Brock Cup each Armistice Sunday in commemoration.
Some of the club's more famous sporting names include Jack Hobbs, the cricketer, Joe Davis, the snooker player, Micky Stewart of Surrey & England cricket all of whom were keen members. Dai Rees, the nine times Ryder Cup player was an assistant professional for a short while as was Peter Coleman who caddied for a long time for Bernhard Langer. Other famous golfers to play the course include Gary Player and Bing Crosby.
George Howard served as professional from 1953 until his retirement in 1990. During his career George Howard had numerous golfing achievements including a top 20 finish in the Open. He went on to captain Surrey PGA and became it's President in 1991. He was succeeded to the role of club professional by Robert Hunter in 1990 who has also captained Surrey PGA and was awarded "Professional of the Year" for the Southern Region at the annual PGA dinner in 2016. The current professional Ben Tebbs succeeded Robert in January 2017.
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