A brief history of Little Hay Golf
Club and Complex
Little Hay Golf Course was
opened in September 1977 and Little Hay Golf Club was officially formed in
December of that year. In its early years the course, built on farmland,
was very stony and had only a few newly planted trees.
The original clubhouse was a
small building in the shape of an ‘A’ frame and will be remembered with a hint
of nostalgia by many of the original members. This was replaced a
couple of years after opening, when Dacorum Borough Council, the owners of the
course, built a much needed new, larger Clubhouse.
David Johnson, the resident PGA professional, took over the franchise for the
course and complex, and he continued to manage the facility until 1999, before
moving on to pastures new. During his time at Little Hay, David arranged
for a 25 bay, floodlit driving range to be built and planted more trees.
Originally the course started with a par 5, with the 1st tee just
outside the pro-shop. The course was later changed, so that the original par 4
10th became the 1st hole. In April 2000, when Dacorum
Borough Council took over the management of the course, it reverted to its
December 2007 Dacorum Sports Trust became responsible for the management of the
Reid, who has been our head green keeper for many years, does a tremendous job in keeping the course in
fantastic condition throughout the year.
Shortly after the opening of the
course, a golf magazine writer named John Stobbs, became aware that another new
club, Great Hay, had also recently opened in Telford. He wrote to both clubs
suggesting they have an annual competition. This was accepted and the challenge
has run both home and away annually ever since.
The club has grown over the
years. It has thriving and friendly seniors, ladies, juniors and men's sections.
With many mixed competitions played throughout the year, golfers from all
sections have an opportunity to share their love of golf.
We have a team in the Herts Friendly League, and play many other friendly matches
during the year against other local clubs. We are also members of the
National Association of Public Golf Courses
which provides members from all sections of the club with the
opportunity to play in national competitions.