New shelter at Newton Green Golf Club in memory of legend Arthur Davey

A 1960s picture of president Roly Oliver (left) and Arthur Davey outside the professional's hut at N

A 1960s picture of president Roly Oliver (left) and Arthur Davey outside the professional's hut at Newton Green Golf Club - Credit: Archant

A replica of an iconic hut used by the world’s longest serving golf club professional at a west Suffolk club is to be recreated as a starter’s shelter.

An artist's impression of the proposed starter's shelter at Newton Green Golf Club

An artist's impression of the proposed starter's shelter at Newton Green Golf Club - Credit: Archant

The structure will be built beside the first tee at Newton Green Golf Club, where Arthur Davey served for 60 years until 1979.

His little hut beside the main A134 Sudbury-Colchester road became part of the heritage of both the club and the village from which the club takes its name.

The original structure is now a rotting hulk beneath a canopy of ivy, but was the nerve centre of the club in its former nine-hole days.

Davey, who died aged 97 in 1992, was a legendary figure who walked a few yards from his cottage in the village to his job tending the course, taking green fees, making clubs and giving golf lessons.

A group of enthusiasts are now working with the club to complete the project at a cost of £4,000.

Newton Green has one of the most successful junior sections in East Anglia, and through various initiatives is attracting a lower than normal age profile of golfers.

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Chairman Peter Philpott said: “As well as bringing young people into the sport, we believe it is important they appreciate local history and the heritage of the club.

“The shelter will feature an illustrated panel explaining its relevance to both the club and the village of Newton.”

In addition to its role as a starter’s shelter, the building will be used for serving snacks and drinks on major competition days, and much needed storage space.

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