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Henry Cotton

Red Cross Exhibition Match featuring Henry Cotton and Tommy Haliburton

There was a Red Cross Exhibition Match held here on September 1st 1940 which featured 3 time Open Championship winner Henry Cotton and Tommy Haliburton. Cotton played in many of these matches around the country to generate money for the Red Cross. Scots born Haliburton still holds the record for the lowest 9 holes in The Open, when he took just 29 shots to come home at Royal Lytham in 1963

Course Record

Rhyl Golf Club Course Record by L. Williams

The lowest gross score recorded in a competition at RGC was 65 by L William on July 10th 1994. Playing in The Hanson Bowl he carded 32 out and 33 back playing off a handicap of 1. Other low scoring rounds are shown below:

C Roberts Low Score

C Rees Low Score

Derek Thompson Low Score

Steve Davies Low Score

L Williams Low Score

Harry Vardon

Harry Vardon

Harry Vardon playing at the opening of the course in April 1908.

Henry William “Harry” Vardon (1870-1937) was a professional golfer from Jersey. He was part of the Great Triumvirate of the sport in his day, along with John Henry Taylor and James Braid. Braid had designed the Rhyl course some years earlier. Vardon won The Open Championship a record six times. Overall, he won 62 professional tournaments, including The U.S Open. He popularised the overlapping grip used today by most golfers and was the first professional golfer to play in knickerbockers! He later became a golf course architect as well as a coach and wrote golf instruction and inspirational books. In 1974 he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

The Artisan Section

The Artisan Section

This picture is of the Artisan Section from the 1940s.

Welsh Championship Team Winners 1955

Welsh Golf Championship Team Winners 1955

Top left to bottom right: Harry Griffiths, Hobley Eaves, Jim Corson, Ian Hughes, Caradog N Rees

Dai Rees

Dai Rees, Welsh Golfer

Welsh born David James Rees, CBE (31 March 1913 – 15 November 1983, was one of the Britain’s leading golfers either side of World War II. The winner of many prestigious tournaments in Britain, Europe and farther afield, Rees is best remembered as the captain of the Great Britain Ryder Cup team which defeated the United States at Lindrick Golf Club in Yorkshire, England in 1957. It was the only defeat which the United States suffered in the competition between 1933 and 1985. In 1983 Rees was involved in a car crash on his way back from watching an Arsenal football match. He died several months later, aged 70, having failed to recover from his injuries.