Established in 1888 (although golfers had been active since at least 1875), Tenby Golf Club holds a distinctive place in the history of Welsh golf. This remarkable course, conceived by the renowned James Braid, a five-time British Open Champion, evolved to feature 18 holes in 1907. It also played a crucial role as a founding member of the Welsh Golfing Union.
AS GOLF SPREAD ACROSS THE BRITISH ISLES IN THE 19TH CENTURY, TENBY LED THE WAY
The club’s growth paralleled Tenby’s development as a Victorian seaside resort known for sea-bathing and its spa town status. It appealed to early golfers due to its sheltered position from the Bristol Channel winds. Notably, it attracted local and national celebrities, such as Prime Minister David Lloyd George, who frequented the links and even owned a house in Tenby town.
Inaugurating its legacy on October 25th 1888, with a captivating competition held over nine holes, the victor being Mr. TA Rees….
…TENBY GOLF CLUB EMBARKED ON ITS JOURNEY TO GREATNESS
Mr. Rees showcased remarkable skill, securing victory with a gross score of 51 and a net score of 41, all while carrying a handicap of 10.
The club’s competitive spirit was evident in its inaugural inter-club home match against Swansea Bay in April 1895, where Tenby emerged triumphant with a score of 15-13. At the Club’s first Annual General Meeting in 1889, it celebrated a burgeoning membership of 44 distinguished individuals.
Fascinatingly, we provide a historical glimpse through images of Tenby’s first greenkeeper from 1888 and a captivating group photograph on the right, set against the backdrop of Black Rock (a prominent tee on the course used during Championships and Finals Day) in October 1908.
The distinguished figures in the group photo on the right are, from left to right: R Hutton Esq; The Right Hon Lloyd-George; Mrs Clifton; and the Rev J Morris.
Among the luminaries who have graced Tenby Golf Club, one of the most illustrious is Dai Rees. A towering figure in British golf, he left an indelible mark on the sport on both sides of World War II, amassing an astonishing 39 world titles.
Dai Rees held a profound affection for Tenby, particularly the challenging third hole that demanded absolute precision in approaching the green.
IN LASTING TRIBUTE, THIS ICONIC HOLE NOW BEARS HIS NAME.