A brief history of the Staffordshire Union of Golf Clubs
By 1922 Staffordshire was the only Midland County without a County Union yet its members were winners and runners up of the Midland Counties Championship 1919-1922. This led to a desire for a County Union to promote a County Championship and County Matches, a uniform method of handicapping and assisting the game of golf in the County.
To this end a meeting was convened at the Grand Hotel, Birmingham, on May 3rd, 1923. Eight clubs were present: Dartmouth, Handsworth, Little Aston, Oxley Park, Penn, Sandwell Park, South Staffordshire and Walsall, .
Thirteen clubs first joined the Union, whilst 13 more hoped to join when they were out of debt.
The County now has 46 clubs affiliated to the Union and all of the original 8 are thriving, though Handsworth later transferred to Warwickshire. (The County boundary goes through their fireplace, whilst their ladies are affiliated to Staffordshire.)
The effort to promote excellence in golf went hand in hand with matches against other counties and in 1953 it was proposed that badges displaying the Stafford Knot should be presented to players who scored a minimum of 15 wins in the 1st Team, backdated to 1948. That meant that 8 players were awarded County Colours.
The Union is indebted to Brocton Hall GC for allowing the use of its Clubhouse as the Union's Headquarters.
Click on the links below to find out information about the past competition winners, Captains and Past Presidents