The links on Hawton road

The course was bounded on the east by Hawton Road and on the west by the River Devon. The top end of Valley Prospect has been built on the northern edge, which continued on down to the Devon roughly along a line which would run by the side of the present house at 35 Valley Prospect. Part of Riverside Road and Fairway stand on the southern edge. The entrance was at the side of 140 Hawton Road (then the house of J C Kew) and the clubhouse was the end of what is now Sandfield Way, a cul-de-sac off Valley Prospect. This is a description of the course given in a souvenir booklet pub­lished at the beginning of the 1920s .

 The first hole, 420 yards, is well guarded; a bunker 100 yards from the tee, stretch­ing across the fairway, has to be carried and two pot bunkers on the right; a pulled or sliced drive is always penalised here. 140 yards further on there is a bunker on each side of the fairway and the green is well guarded by three bunkers and some large mounds. The bogey is 5.

The second hole is a very sporting one. It is about 110 yards, and is guarded by a bunker in front and one behind, three on the right side and two on the left. The bogey is 3. Green called "The Wood." The third tee is down near the River Devon, and the green is 276 yards, almost on the banks of the Devon. A pulled shot lands the player in the river. The carry from the tee to the fairway is very rough and is guarded by two large trees. The player who does not get his tee shot well away is very badly penalised. The green is guarded by a bunker in front. The bogey is 4.

The fourth hole, known as Cobley's Folly, is 240 yards long. Here again a pulled shot is out of bounds into a field and the green is a built up one on the side of a bank and is a most difficult approach. The bogey is 4.

The fifth hole is 495 yards, and here the player can get into innumerable troubles on his way to the green. A guide post directs him, and a good straight drive lands on what is called the Punch Bowl, which is part of the fairway. From there the player cannot see his direction but by playing straight over the guide post he escapes unseen dangers. The green is well guarded by a bunker on either side, while minia­ture Alps rear their heads to the left of the green, and a pulled shot behind these makes the approach one most difficult. The bogey is 5.

The sixth hole is 150 yards and is situated on the top of a ridge; it is guarded by four bunkers, two on either side. A well played straight iron shot here takes the play­er well on to the green. The bogey is 3.

The seventh hole is 240 yards and is also well guarded; two bunkers with a narrow fairway between, about 150 yards from the tee and a large mound on the edge of the rough on the left to catch a pull. Two bunkers on the right, catch a slice, two large bunkers with a narrow fairway gurading the green, and a pot bunker on the right of the green and a small bunker, known as Bennett's bunker at the back of the green make it a very interesting bogey 4.

The eighth hole is named the "Road", and is 360 yards. The tee is placed close to the roadway, the least pulled shot is out of bounds on to the road. A good straight drive meets with no trouble, but the second shot, if not well hit will get caught on what is known as Marker's bunkers, which stretches across the centre of the fairway. The bogey is 5.

Th ninth hole or the "Home Green" is 350 yards, with a long carry over 150 yards. There is a bunker to the right, and a pot one to the left, while guarding the green are two large bunkers in front, and three pot bunkers at the side of the green, and right at the back is the Club House. A ball pitched too hard very often gets out of bounds. The bogey is 4.