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Gosport & Stokes Bay Golf Club

Gosport & Stokes Bay Golf Club

Fort Road
PO12 2AT
Tel: +44 (0)2392 527941

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This club can claim a proud place among the pioneers of the game of golf in the South of England, having been formed as long ago as 1885 . It was originally formed under the name of the United Services Golf Club to provide a Golfing facility for Officers in the Army and Navy stationed in Portsmouth. It continued to flourish under that name for more than half a Century. However just prior to WW11 the name was changed to its current name as it began to loose its exclusively military character.

The original nine hole course of 1885 was laid out on Haslar Common and the glacis of Fort Moncton. It was on this course that the term "bogey" originated. In 1890 Mr H. Rotherham of the Coventry Golf Club inaugurated the basic idea of playing against "ground score", which was the number of strokes a golfer playing steady golf would be expected to take on each hole. Other Clubs soon followed this example.