Deangate Ridge was forty years old in 2012. Below are links to historical information on Deangate Ridge over the years.
We hope you enjoy this walk down memory lane.
History of the course
The course was first proposed in 1967 by Strood Rural Council. A sub committee was formed to oversee the development of the course. The army were trained in golf course construction during the development and worked on areas such as the 9th green.
The opening day on July 1st 1972 was open to the public and specially invited guests. There was an exhibition match which was to include Colin Cowdrey who declined the invitation and Sir Michael Bonnalack who pulled out at short notice to play a competition at Sundridge Park. The fourball was made up of the late great Sir Henry Cooper, Michelle "Mickey" Walker well known golfer who is now one of the foremost golf coaches and is regularly seen on SKY TV, Linda Denison-Pender (now Bayman) a well known and successful golfer at the time, who is now the performance director at the EWGA and Stuart Bryant the original club professional.
History of the Club
The members club was formed in 1972. Links to Historical documents of the club appear below. Be warned they make take a bit of time to open due to the size of the images. Thanks To Linda Bayman for providing the signed program.
The Club Emblem
The Club emblem is based on the shield of of the original Strood Rural District Council emblem. The shield is a heraldic map of the District. The green central section represents the rich agricultural area of the Rural District, particularly the Hoo Peninsula; between blue and white waves representing the rivers Thames and Medway. The gateway refers to Cooling Castle and the quill pens refer to the area's literary associations with Charles Dickens. The Cornucopia stands for agriculture, the principal industry. Full information can be found on the following site- civicheraldry.co.uk