Course History

The History of Chiltern Forest Golf Club

The History of Chiltern Forest Golf ClubChiltern Forest Golf Club is situated by Wendover Woods on the north edge of the Chiltern Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Golf was first played here over 100 years ago, when most of the Halton area was owned by the Rothschild banking dynasty.

At the start of the 20th century motor racing enthusiasts competed in hill climb events on Aston Hill, the road adjacent to the golf course. It was from these events that the motor manufacturer Aston Martin took its name. A plaque commemorating this can be seen in the woods above course

Around the time of First World War the land around Halton, including the golf course, was acquired by the War Office as a military training camp and later became RAF Halton. During the Second World War the famous golf professional Sir Henry Cotton while stationed at RAF Halton had a key role in improving the golf course including extending it to nine holes.

Throughout the 1950s civilians were allowed to play the course at a cost of 6d and as the numbers playing gradually increased they formed their own club at the course. The first clubhouse was a modest wooden hut beside what is now the first tee.

The golf course was eventually acquired from the Ministry of Defence and Chiltern Forest Golf Club came into being as a members’ club. In 1977, a new clubhouse was constructed and in 1998 this was extended to further improve facilities for members and guests.

During the 1980s and 1990s the golf course was gradually extended using land purchased from the Forestry Commission where the current 3rd, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th holes are now located.

This was followed by development on additional land generously donated by Mr Wren Stewart, our neighbouring farmer and former Club President allowing the course to be extended by a further two holes with what are now the 10th and 11th holes, and to become the 18 hole course you see today.

The 18 hole course was officially opened in 1992 with a Pro-Celebrity competition to mark the occasion. Work continues to improve the golf course under the expert guidance of Head Green Keeper Steve Horwood. In February 2013 the clubhouse bar, restaurant and pro-shop areas were refurbished to provide a bright and comfortable environment for our members, visitors and guests.