Welcome to Braeside Golf Club

Braeside Golf Club was established in 1947, at Beckenham Place Park in the London Borough of Lewisham. The course is an 18-hole, 5,722 yard par 69 public course, on which more players have been introduced to golf than any other in London. For many years, the course featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the 'most played public golf course in Europe'

The course meanders around Beckenham Place Park enjoying fine views and affords a good test of golf as players attempt to keep to the tree-lined fairways. A stream crosses the course, coming into play strategically on 5 holes. At the centre of the course is the Grade 2* Listed Beckenham Place Mansion where the pro shop, club areas, changing room and café/bar are located.

The original course, the Foxgrove Golf Club, was laid out as a nine-hole course. This was expanded to 18 holes after the acquisition of the park and mansion by the London County Council in 1927. Beckenham Place Park has been a public park since that time.
In recent years the park and mansion have suffered from a lack of maintenance by Lewisham Council. Campaigning, headed by Braeside Golf Club and the Friends of Beckenham Place Park, had secured the future of the 18-hole course (the Council had proposed a reduction to 9 holes) and there had been a notable improvement in the condition of the course since 2008. More recently however, we once again find ourselves campaigning against the closure of the course.

 

Our Secretary has recently written the following update to our campaign:

  • Lewisham Council have set up a dedicated e-mail address for comments on their plans for the park. Please use it! Link is : bppfuture@lewisham.gov.uk
  • a dedicated site save the golf course has been set up on Facebook. The link is : https://www.facebook.com/groups/285749678279839
  • attached are the 2 recently published articles - Daily Mail of Monday 9th February (on-line version as I don't have a scan of the actual article) and East London Lines of yesterday;
  • also attached is the text of an article I wrote for a local civic society ('Throwing out the Baby with the Bathwater?');
  • the physical petition now has nearly 3,000 signatures, the on-line around 2,000. I attach a blank copy of the paper petition. Please print this out and get all your friends to sign it and then return it to me or to the mansion. The link to the on-line petition is : http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/70912
  • the 'Save the Beckenham 18' open golf day will be held on Sunday 15th March. Your attendance, either as player or supporter, will be very welcome. We hope to fill the course with golfers and there is a wonderful meal afterwards at the Foxgrove (plus announcements, etc.). I hope to see you and your friends there (flyer attached) - £10 golf entry and meal, 10am tee off for non-club members;
  • we hope to have campaign t-shirts available for sale on 15th March (see rough design);
  • I am talking to the local NewShopper paper who were very supportive the last time we had to fight the Council. Expect good coverage in the next 2 weeks;
  • we have the full support of the NAPGC (National Association of Public Golf Courses) and Kent County Golf Union;
  • we also have the full support of the Friends of Beckenham Place Park, for whom Mal Mitchell said 'We support the view that the golf should be retained as it ensures that people are in the park most of the time, whereas without golf a large area may be devoid of any visitors for most of the week. Most visitors will use parks at weekends, summer evenings and holidays. The golf course occupies about 40 percent of the park and also allows visitors to walk across it provided they don't obstruct golfers. Shared use is encouraged and possible with respect from all users.' http://www.beckenhamplaceparkfriends.org.uk/Beckenham%20Place%20Park%20HLF%20application.pdf .

 

 

 

We welcome you to Braeside Golf Club. Please contact us via this website or visit the course any weekend. There is always likely to be a Braeside Committee Member available to make you feel at home.

We play competitions throughout the year, including monthly medals, summer and winter knock-outs (singles and doubles) and a series of some 20 competitions (most by tee closure) between April and October each year. In addition, our Club Championship (held over a weekend in July) and Captains' Day are highlights of our playing and social calendar. Braeside is a member of the NAPGC (National Association of Public Golf Courses and Clubs) and actively participates in the Penfold League competition for clubs in SE London and Kent.