In this week's blog we thought we would share some history with you - we have some wonderful black and white images to give you more of an insight into how Beeston Fields was formed.
Beeston Fields Golf Club was founded in 1923 by former Lord Mayor of Nottingham and entrepreneur, Frederick Mitchell. The estate had previously been the home of Sir Frank Bowden, founder of the renowned Nottingham bicycle manufacturer, Raleigh Cycles. Fred Mitchell saw the potential of the beautiful country house and park on the outskirts of Nottingham and decided to turn it into a golf club. He commissioned Tom Williamson to design an 18-hole golf course and in 1923 Beeston Fields Golf Club was opened by the Open Champion, Arthur Havers.
The course has remained true to Williamson’s original parkland layout, with some changes during the Second World War, and has been played by famous open champions including Henry Cotton, Ted Ray and Arthur Havers. Fred Mitchell made Beeston Fields his home and played the golf course for almost fifty years until his death in 1970. He passed his legacy to his nephew, John Mitchell, who learned his golf at Beeston Fields and was a prominent figure in Nottinghamshire golf for over half a century. In 2008, John Mitchell passed over the running of the golf club to his daughter, Philippa Marshall. She is now one of the few female managing directors of a golf club in the UK and herself a competent golfer.
The old swimming pool is now used as storage for the water tanks beside the 18th tee!