When one is discussing the history of County Golf in Middlesex, Ashford Manor GC often dominates the conversation. It has been a cornerstone of Middlesex for a century. It was a founding member of the Middlesex County Golf Union when it was formed on 29th April 1924 and the club were champions of the inaugural Middlesex Champion Club title in 1927. In 2013, Ashford Manor donated the trophy for and hosted the inaugural Middlesex Mid-Amateur Championship.
No matter it be our designers – Braid, Colt, Mackenzie etc, or our professionals – Duncan, Whitcome and Beef from Nth Mid, or our founders as in Blackwell of Crosse & Blackwell at Stanmore or Mr H. B. Randolph of Wilkinson Sword at Ealing. Most of us in Middlesex can claim brushes with greatness, but, few, can claim the long-term association that existed between one of golf’s most successful men and Ashford Manor Golf Club.
Harold Horsfall Hilton (12 January 1869 – 5 May 1942), originally from Liverpool and a member at RLGC, Hoylake from the age of 8, would go on to claim The Open Championship twice, The Amateur Championship four times (three times runner up), and the U.S. Amateur Championship once. That Hilton is one of the game’s greatest players is attested by the fact that the only other amateurs who have won the Open Championship are John Ball Jnr. and Bobby Jones.
Reason to Play
December 1933, Brer Rabbit of Golf illustrated wrote
Having been a modern-day guest and a visiting competitor at Ashford Manor on many occasions I can only echo the above sentiment and confirm all of the above is still very much the case.
Once again, I can confirm Ashford Manor has been able to perpetuate all of the above into the modern era, the course was originally laid out by Richmond greenkeeper Tom Hogg and it is recorded that Peter Lees of Royal-Mid Surrey GC advised and it is unthinkable that Hilton when acting as Club Secretary and latterly a long-term member was not asked to advise on the design of the golf course and influenced its course architecture. Surrey-esque in nature with pine trees a-plenty signposting the way, a visit to Ashford Manor is always a joy and to be highly recommended in whatever season of the year you may be wanting to visit.
Visitors are welcome at Ashford Manor and tee times can be booked by calling the pro shop on 01784 424644.
4 miles & 16 minutes from Heathrow and 19 miles & 47 minutes from Marble Arch.
Club Website: amgc.co.uk
H. H. Hilton: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Hilton
Author – Lee Patterson