Middleton Hall Golf Club continued their 25th anniversary celebrations with a lavish gala dinner.
The evening included a presentation from founder member, Bob Foster, about the club’s history. Those present heard that the opening day on March 5, 1990 was marred by the death of founder member, Ben Watson, while playing the third hole.
Ben’s widow presented a trophy for which the men still compete every year. Although it was initially a nine hole course, within six years it had been transformed into a challenging 18 hole course designed by Dick Scott.
President, Malcolm Garrod, said: “This is one of the friendliest clubs in the county and all members are extremely proud of what has been achieved in our first 25 years.”
Kevin Woolley talked about the golfing development. The membership has more than doubled over the past 25 years and developed strong men, ladies, senior and junior sections who have competed successfully at both county and national level, notably when the men reached the final of the prestigious Mail On Sunday competition in 2011, narrowly losing to Wentworth.
The course has also been gradually improved to become one of Norfolk’s premier courses regularly hosting county events. Mick Quince concluded the evening with anecdotes about the club and its people.