Golf date for your SJA diaries

For the fourth year, our SJA Social Secretary Trevor Bond has arranged an SJA Spring Golf Day, in 2008 to be staged at Surbiton Golf Club on Monday, April 7.

This is David Emery’s club, so we ought to be afforded a warm welcome. Established in 1895, Surbiton enjoys panoramic views over Surrey. Its picturesque Par 70 parkland course, running out to just over 6,000 yards from the competition tees, offers both challenging and enjoyable golf.

The original course was designed by local professional, Tom Dunn. His golfing life starting at Royal Wimbledon in 1870 before moving to North Berwick (1881) and finally to Tooting Bec in 1889. Dunn was a prolific designer of the late Victorian era being involved in some 137 courses in Great Britain.

Unfortunately many of his local courses such as Raynes Park and Walton on Thames no longer exist. Three of his designs, in particular, remain as examples of his undoubted expertise, Broadstone, Lindrick and Ganton, the latter designed in conjunction with Harry Varden.

For the first SJA Golf Day of 2008, we have been offered £45 a head for coffee on arrival, 18 holes and a set lunch. There is a facility on the 8th tee to purchase bacon rolls which may avoid the scramble to rush breakfast at the start.

It will be the usual three-ball format with a first tee-off time at 9.00am. Guests as always most welcome and plenty to play for.

To sign yourself up to play on this splendid, social golfing day, please contact Trevor Bond by e-mailing him at:

Following last year’s two successful events at courses in Hertfordshire, we are looking again to stage an autumn SJA Golf Day, on a date and at a course to be announced, though it will almost certainly be on a Monday and somewhere north of the Thames.

First posted: Jan 16

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