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Royal St David's Golf Club

2 Harlech is a fascinating combination of history, mountain views, bracing sea breezes and the home of Royal St. David’s Golf Club. Royal St. David’s was founded in 1894 at the very end of the first great golfing boom, when the sport ceased to be an almost exclusively Scottish pastime. Conscious that the English had a St. George’s at Sandwich, the founding fathers, The Hon. Harold Finch-Hatton and William Henry More, decided the name of St. David’s seemed logical and appropriate for this new Welsh initiative. Plucking up courage, the founders contemplated launching their modest creation upon the world with an open competition of some kind, and somehow persuaded emissaries from the Royal & Ancient, St. George’s and most notably, The Royal Liverpool, to attend. So, in the Autumn of 1894, three of the most distinguished golfers in the world found themselves on the Cambrian Railways, heading towards this small seaside town where, rumour had it, a links of unusual quality was in the making. Within 18 months, golf at Harlech assumed a basic rhythm that it has enjoyed ever since, periods of relative tranquility interspersed by two or three important meetings and events each year. The Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII was Captain of the Club in 1934/5, and HRH the Duke of York is the current patron of the Club. A ‘Town Club’ grew up alongside the Royal Club enabling local people to play the course. In the Sixties the Town Club faded away and the two clubs were integrated. The Club has always boasted a large contingent of ‘away’ members from all over Britain, drawn to the Club by the quality of the golf and the delights of the area. Now the Club has spread the good news beyond these shores by recruiting international members from all over the world. His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales plays himself in as Captain of Royal St. David’s in 1934 Lord Winchilsea driving off in 1907 A competitor in The Ladies Championship of 1926 Steeped in history


Royal St David's Golf Club
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