Hazlemere Golf Course was the idea of Dave Wanstall. He invited three like minded friends Ron Luzar, Mick Curry, and Reg Carlisle to join him. He had always wanted to see a golf course in the Hazlemere area and when a parcel of land owned by The Earl Howe Estate (Inkerman Farm) came on the market in early 1981, the opportunity to bring the dream to reality presented itself.
The land went for auction in early 1981 and Dave Wanstall and his friends were successful in their bid. Wycombe District Council were very supportive of the planning application even though the land was Farmland and within The Green Belt.
The farmland lent itself to the contours of a golf course and the majority of the land’s natural features were retained. One of the original features was the avenue of lime trees which stretches from behind the 12th tee to behind the 1st green. It is believed that originally the avenue was a carriage drive used by Earl Howe and continued beyond where the 3rd tee is today on to Penn House. The course is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty set in the heart of The Chiltern Hills and wonderful views can be seen from the Clubhouse and many other areas around the course.
The course opened in October 1982 with many mature trees and hedgerows already in place. This has resulted in the course maturing over a short period of time. Over the years some major changes have taken place but the course retains its original and unique character.
In 1983 the club changed hands and was purchased by Sarit Roy and his partners Andy Andrews and Harry Carlisle, Reg’s brother. Sarit was the major shareholder and Managing Director for seventeen years until he sold the club to its members in 2000.
From 1988 onwards the Club held the annual Frankie Vaughan Classic, a charity golf day in support of the Boys Club and many show biz celebrities played and supported these golf days. Frankie Vaughan, the well known entertainer, was a local boy and also the president of the Boys Club. This annual golf day still continues under its present day title of Action 4 Youth Golf Classic and raises much needed funds for the charity.
In 1986 Luke Donald joined Hazlemere Golf Club as a junior when he was only nine years old. This was at a time when juniors were not admitted as members of a golf club until they were at least twelve years old. This enlightened attitude continues today and Hazlemere Golf Club is renowned for its development of junior golfers. Luke stayed for six years before moving on, and we at Hazlemere like to say it was here that Luke Donald learnt his golf. He was made an Honorary Member of the club in 2000.
It just goes to show, early recognition of enthusiasm and talent plus giving children support and opportunity can make future PGA Champions and a World No. 1!
In 2000 the playing members of the club were given the opportunity to purchase the club. The response was overwhelming and on the 24th March, 2000 Hazlemere Golf Club became a Members Club. Whilst Hazlemere is not a long course, some 5900 yards, it offers a considerable challenge due to the nature of the terrain and you can certainly sharpen up your short game – the same as it did for Luke Donald. A very warm welcome awaits you – so visit us soon and give it a try, you will not be disappointed.