Our History

Onneley GC celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2018. We have come a long way in that time:

1968: A club was formed, run by trustees, to run a new 9-hole golf course on rented land next to the Wheatsheaf Inn in Onneley. From the beginning though, the ultimate aim was an 18-hole course on land owned by the club itself.

1993: The silver Jubilee of the club was marked by the purchase of the freehold of the land, clubhouse and car park. The assets were held in trust by the trustees of the club.

1997: The club was converted into a company limited by guarantee, with each member holding a nominal £1 share. It was part of the restructuring to acquire further land on which five new holes were built, at the cost of losing one of the existing nine.

1999: This new interim 13-hole layout, together with a small practice area and a new practice putting green, came into play.

2002: Negotiations commenced to purchase further land in order to complete an 18 hole layout.

2005: The new course was opened in May; the men’s medal course measured 5740 yards in length and the par 70 layout was awarded an SSS of 68. The Ladies’ course was a par 71/SSS 71 layout measuring 5466 yards.

2006: The club entered the Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) Scheme. This further protects us as a not-for-profit sports club.

2012/13: New coaching facilities were introduced, with a covered training area, and an indoor Swing Room giving our resident PGA pro, Eddie Tittensor, better tools to offer coaching and lessons.

2016: In recognition of the increasing difficulty of this short but demanding layout, the county Union increased the SSS of the course from 68 to 69 for men, and from 71 to 72 for Ladies. At the same time, the most difficult par 4 for Ladies was raised to a par 5, leaving par and SSS equal as before.

2018: The Club opened its extended and refurbished clubhouse to coincide with the Golden Jubilee. It also completed the second of its major tee refurbishments.

The future: The Club is committed to ongoing course improvements under a regularly reviewed five-year plan, with any surpluses re-invested in the playing and social facilities. Our present priorities are to extend and improve the teeing areas, and to extend the present course irrigation infrastructure to include tee-beds.