Ross on Wye

About the course

Although Ross-on-Wye Golf Club was founded in 1903, it moved several times before a densely wooded site at Jays Green became available in the early 1960s.

The chosen architect, C. K. Cotton, quickly declared that the land was too hilly and the woodland would be extremely difficult to build a golf course on. However, after much persuasion by committee members, he relented and prepared several possible plans.

In the summer of 1961, loggers arrived and began cutting a path through the woods. “My first memory was the sight of the head woodcutter,” wrote Donald Steel, “then in his late eighties, lighting a forest fire with fresh brush and branches and cooking a lunch of bacon and eggs on the back of a carefully tidy shovel.” A few months later, bulldozers rolled in and cleared a path through the roots and tree stumps. After a Herculean effort, the first nine holes opened for play in 1964, and Frank Pennink officially opened the entire 18-hole, 6,451-yard layout in 1967, when he was president of the English Golf Union.

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Architect C.K. Cotton
Year of foundation 1903
Par Course 72
Number of holes 18
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