History St. Augustine's Golf Club

 

St. Augustine's Golf Club is a private members club that prides itself on having the reputation of being a very warm and welcoming club to both guests and visitors alike. Situated in the Pegwell Bay area of The Isle of Thanet the Club was established in 1908. St. Augustine's Golf Links was originally designed by Tom Vardon with some holes adjacent to the sea shore. Unfortunately these holes were prone to flooding and after this land was requisitioned for logistical purposes during the 1st World War the course was reduced in size and redesigned to fit into the remaining land. Today this has resulted in a compact but very popular Golf Course that is well maintained and highly manicured.

The Golf Course is reasonably flat with tight challenging holes and having six par three's requires a degree of accuracy to score well. Par for the course is 69 and the standard scratch score is 66 from the white tees and 65 from the yellow tees with an overall length of 5,254 yards.

The Club takes its name from the natural fresh water well to the left of the 17th fairway recorded on maps as St. Augustine's Well and possibly from an Oak Tree no longer in existence which was known as St. Augustine's Oak.

The runic cross close to the club house was erected more recently by the Earl of Granville to mark the spot where King Ethelbert met St. Augustine and 40 missionaries in AD596 who came to re-establish Christianity in England.


By 603 St Augustine was well established at Canterbury as Archbishop, and he undertook a missionary journey to the Celtic area on the borders of Wales and England. He wanted to preach the importance of the Christian tradition he had brought with him from Rome rather than the Celtic tradition. He met with the Celtic Christians at a place known as Augustine’s Oak, and despite much discussion nothing could be agreed. The Celts would not even recognise Augustine as their Archbishop. Augustine was angry and prophesied that if they refused to accept the Roman way, then they would face war. Not long after, the Christian King Ethelfrid, raised an army at Chester and ‘made a great slaughter of the faithless Britons’, many of whom were monks and priests from the monastery at Bangor in north Wales who had come to pray for the soldiers. ‘Thus, long after his death, was fulfilled Augustine’s prophesy that the faithless Britons, who had rejected the offer of eternal salvation, would incur the punishment of temporal destruction.