Club History

Founded in 1892 South Staffordshire Golf Club or South Staffs, as it is more commonly known, is one of the oldest private members clubs in the UK.

Originally located in Penn, in 1908 the Club moved to our current home in Tettenhall where Harry Vardon - six time winner of The Open Championship - designed the original layout. Though, in subsequent years, the course has been updated by such luminaries as Harry Colt, James Braid and more recently Donald Steele, Vardon’s original design remains. Recognised as a challenge requiring both skill and imagination, over the last one hundred years the golf course has witnessed the play of many top professionals including, in the early days Harry Vardon and George Duncan,Ted Ray and Sandy Herd.

In the aftermath of World War Two Peter Alliss and Dai Rees played a series of Charity Exhibition Matches before in 1971 the Club hosted the inaugural Double Diamond Home International Tournament. Played between teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales it featured the likes of Tommy Horton, Christy O’Connor, Bernhard Gallagher and Brian Huggett.

The Carlsberg European Womens’ Championship and a Skins Challenge between Ryder Cup stars Peter Baker, Paul Broadhurst, David Gilford and Ian Woosnam add to the list of notable professional events. South Staffs has hosted amateur golf at the highest level including many County events as well as the EGU Champion Club Tournament in 1992, the Senior British Ladies’ Open in both 2003 and 2017, the England v Scotland Boys International in 2008 and the Midland Open Amateur in 2010. In 1992 the Club celebrated its Centenary and in 2008 the club marked 100 years of golf on its course at Danescourt by launching its Men’s Open Tournament, The Vardon Bowl.

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