Please read on, but in light of the news that - following Lewisham Council's disappointing closure of Beckenham Place Park golf course - Braeside Golf Club is now based at Selsdon Park, in South Croydon.
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:
Council have set up a dedicated e-mail address for comments on their plans
for the park. Please use it! Link is : firstname.lastname@example.org
dedicated site save the golf course has been set up on Facebook. The
link is : https://www.facebook.com/groups/285749678279839
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;
attached is the text of an article I wrote for a local civic society
('Throwing out the Baby with the Bathwater?');
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
'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
- 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
- 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.