Sonning Golf Club Heritage
Sonning Golf Club is over 100 years old and has an impressive pedigree. One of the ‘Great Triumvirate’ and a 5 time Open champion, JH Taylor, designed the original layout with later input from Harry Colt.
Golfers everywhere are indebted to Taylor for his instrumental role in laying the foundations of the modern game. Colt was responsible for some of the greatest courses around the world including, Sunningdale, Wentworth, Royal St Georges and Royal Melbourne and his influence very much remains at Sonning Golf Club today.
The Clubs first professional was Abe Mitchell whose image graces the top of the Ryder Cup. Max Faulkner, Open Champion in 1951, was the Club’s assistant professional from 1936 to 1937 and Harold Hilton, British Amateur Champion four times and Open Champion twice, was the Club’s first Secretary.
Sonning Golf Club was the scene of the first aerial golf match which took place in February 1930 between Captain G.A. Pennington and the club professional at the time, A.J. Young. The club still keeps its close links with the RAF today.