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Gosport and Stokes Bay Golf Club

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Gosport and Stokes Bay Golf Club is a golf club in near Gosport, Hampshire, England. The 9-hole course lies on the Haslar peninsula just to the west of Portsmouth Harbour, 1 mile (1.6 km) mile east of Stokes Bay, overlooking the Solent.[1][2] It is described as a water course, with "natural hazards".[2]

The club was established in 1885 as the United Services Club,[3] and was originally a 9-hole course used by local military as a means of exercise. In 1905, the club merged with the adjacent ladies of Alverstoke, who had founded their own 9-hole course in 1893, but they did not share a clubhouse until 1924. The club adopted its present name in 1939 as an acknowledgement that it was no longer a service and ex-service personnel only club.[4]

Colonel Bogey[edit]

It is claimed that in 1892, secretary of Great Yarmouth Club, Dr Thomas Browne, visited the United Services Club and introduced the members to the term "the bogey man", an invisible opponent invented by Hugh Rotherham of Coventry. The members, being all officers, duly promoted the bogey man to the rank of colonel.[4][5]


  1. Sunday Express Guide to Golf Courses. Automobile Association. 1 December 1994. p. 96. ISBN 978-0-7495-0906-4. Search this book on
  2. 2.0 2.1 Staff, FHG; Publishing, Hunter (January 2005). The Golf Guide Britain and Ireland. Hunter Publishing, Incorporated. p. 215. ISBN 978-1-58843-413-5. Search this book on
  3. Golf Journal. Chilton Company. 1987. Search this book on
  4. 4.0 4.1 "A part of the Gosport & Stokes Bay golf course". Hampshire Telegraph. 10 February 1939. p. 21. Retrieved 30 December 2020 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. Vardon, Harry (16 May 1927). "Why the old system is sound". Shields Daily News. p. 6. Retrieved 30 December 2020 – via British Newspaper Archive.

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Coordinates: 50°46′45″N 1°07′56″W / 50.7792°N 1.1323°W / 50.7792; -1.1323


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