Sutton Bridge is ‘best-kept golfing secret in Lincolnshire’

Betty Reeve and Alice Grant on the fourth hole

Betty Reeve and Alice Grant on the fourth hole

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Two years ago, as Sutton Bridge Golf Club celebrated its centenary, it was called ‘the best-kept golfing secret in Lincolnshire’.

There may well be villagers who still don’t even know it exists on a glorious 37-acre site off New Road.

Sutton Bridge Golf Club

Sutton Bridge Golf Club

With around 160 members who enjoy playing on the nine-hole parkland course, the club wants to attract more people – particularly families.

Club secretary Norman Davis and chairman Richard Titchener certainly offered a warm welcome on a slightly cold morning last week.

Mr Davis said: “Unusually, we play on two levels which you don’t expect in this part of the world!

“The club has got that unique feature because you are playing across into the dock basin.

We are open to everybody to join us. Golf is widely recognised as being a good sport for people to keep fit and active.

Club secretary Norman Davis

“We pride ourselves on having very good greens here over the year and actually the whole layout has hardly changed at all in 102 years.

“We are well established but this is a relatively small area and you are never far away from the clubhouse.

“Unless you are a member, you probably wouldn’t even know we are here.

“A lot of local people have never even been in the clubhouse so we are hoping to get taster sessions for beginners in conjunction with England Golf during the early part of the summer.

Fid Cropper and Diana Coe on the second fairway

Fid Cropper and Diana Coe on the second fairway

“Every sport seems to be looking for more members and we are no different.

“But, even if you think you don’t have time to play a full round of golf regularly, you can have nine holes with two balls in one-and-a-half hours.”

Mr Titchener, who has been a member for 30 years, added: “We have very good facilities and this wonderful course for people to start getting into golf.

“It’s not an easy course to play with the layout but we are a family-friendly club.

A stunning view of the course

A stunning view of the course

“We have a very active senior section as well as the juniors, men and ladies so it’s a family atmosphere. There is a very good social aspect.

“We want to become more inclusive to the community so we are trying to be positive and pro-active.

“We have tremendous facilities and we’d love to see societies and smaller groups to show that we offer value for money.”

The club is looking to organise open days for all the family to come along.

Mr Davis, who has been a member for 45 years, said: “We want people to come here, go out on the course, try the driving range and have a go.

“I really love this place and it has played a large part in my life.

Chairman Richard Titchener in front of the driving range

Chairman Richard Titchener in front of the driving range

“We are open to everybody to join us.

“Golf is widely recognised as being a good sport for people to keep fit and active.”

As it says in the ‘welcome’ section of the website, ‘All in all Sutton Bridge is a great place to play golf!’

The club has pioneered a new drainage system on the bunker

The club has pioneered a new drainage system on the bunker