The concept of a golf course in Haverhill came about in the late 1960’s when plans to expand the town were being developed. The ex-Walker Cup Captain Charles Laurie amended initial layout designs and the resulting 9-hole course was built on farmland bisected by the Stour Brook and opened during the hot, dry summer of 1976. Originally a municipal pay and play course it was the Council’s continued insistence that temporary tees were used and a constant issue with drainage that led the members to take matters into their own hands and take over responsibility for the course. By 1982 Haverhill Golf Club was established as a member owned club.
Major developments came in the mid 1990’s when it was decided to build a new clubhouse and expand the course to 18 holes. Local course architect Philip Pilgrem was engaged as course designer and worked with members on plans to integrate the existing holes with the new holes on adjacent land. At the same time the new clubhouse was constructed, a tremendous improvement on the Portakabins that the members had previously enjoyed. The clubhouse was opened in 1995 and dedicated to Major Basil Kiddy, a founder member. The new 18 hole course layout was opened in April 1998 with the incoming Captain, Gerry Scott’s, ‘Drive In’.
As club membership grew so did the clubhouse and 2007 saw the opening of the stud bar, an extension to the dining room and improvements to the kitchen and cellar to enable staff to cope with more visitors to the club. It has become a popular destination for dinners, private parties, wedding receptions and funeral receptions.
In creating the expanded course some 7,000 trees were planted that today provide definition and beautiful colours, particularly in the autumn. These mass plantings augment the existing specimen trees and those kindly donated by members, strategically placed around the course. The introduction or expansion of the existing ponds on the 11th, 15th, 16th and 18th add to the natural water hazards presented by the Stour Brook and encourage you to think as you visualise your tee shot.