Golf was first played on Therfield Heath in 1869 when two Cambridge Undergraduates thought that this would be an excellent location for a Golf Links that could be used by fellow students.
These two gentlemen were Lord Dunedin and George Gosset, both very keen golfers who came over with a bag of clubs each and set about arranging their golf course by establishing the holes by position and distance according to their striking of a golf ball.
rgc-history-3The course unfortunately only lasted two years when in 1871 it was felt that Royston was too far from Cambridge.
However in 1890 local townsfolk promoted the reconstitution of the club and course. This time it was with the encouragement of the Conservators and the help of two gentlemen from the new formed Cambridge University golf Club.
The course that was designed followed much of the original eighteen holes set out in 1869. This was the prelude to the establishment of Royston Golf Club on the 1st May 1892. Notably the club’s professional in 1893 was Andrew Kirkaldy. He played many times in the Open between 1888 and 1899, finishing second twice, third three times and fourth twice. He was subsequently one of the pioneers of professional golf in the USA before returning to Scotland after serving with distinction in the first world war to become head professional for the R&A.¬† The course has gradually evolved since these early days, more particularly over the past thirty years, with changes in layout to increase¬† length and avoid playing over the road. However the essential character¬† has been successfully preserved, allowing players today to experience more than 125 years of golfing history.