S. V. Hotchkin

Full Name
Stafford Vere Hotchkin
Year of Birth
1876
Year of Death
1953 (aged 77)
Place Born
Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, England
Place Died
Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, England

Hotchkin’s interest in golf as a business started by accident in 1924 when he was an investor in a railway company running the Sleaford to Kirkstead line. He noticed that grasses grew stronger where joints in the rails had been cut. This developed through a company called Ferigna, which was initially set up to promote iron-based fertilisers.

Colonel Stafford Vere Hotchkin was born in 1876, the only son of Thomas John Stafford Hotchkin and Mary Charlotte Edith Lucas, elder daughter of George Vere Braithwaite. He served in the 21st Lancers and Leicestershire Yeomanry and was attached to the Royal Horse Artillery during the Sinai and Palestine Campaign in World War I.

After returning to England from The Great War, he purchased his home course at Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire. The original layout had been a 9-holer, designed by Harry Vardon then later extended to eighteen holes by Harry Colt and Hotchkin spent several years remodelling it alongside C.K. Hutchison, retaining only one of Colt’s greens.

Hotchkin’s interest in golf as a business started by accident in 1924 when he was an investor in a railway company running the Sleaford to Kirkstead line. He noticed that grasses grew stronger where joints in the rails had been cut. This developed through a company called Ferigna, which was initially set up to promote iron-based fertilisers.

In 1926, Hotchkin officially joined forces with Hutchison and Guy Campbell with the “Three Majors” becoming partners in a new company called Links and Courses, which operated from The Manor House, Woodhall Spa.

Hotchkin travelled to South Africa in the winter of 1927 at the invitation of Dr. Charles M. Murray, who had previously studied in Great Britain. Port Elizabeth Golf Club wanted a second course built on the Eastern Cape and they wanted somebody who knew what they were doing as golf design in the country was decades behind the times, with straight holes, bland bunkering and flat, square greens offering little strategic interest.

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Ashridge

2nd Hertfordshire - Best in Area 73rd England Ranking

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East London

3rd Eastern Cape - Best in Area 14th South Africa Ranking

East London Golf Club has hosted the South African Open six times (between 1930 and 2001) and it’s widely regarded as one of the top courses in the Eastern Cape.

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Herefordshire

2nd Herefordshire - Best in Area

The Herefordshire Golf Club was founded in 1896 but moved home a few times before settling into its current parkland site at Ravens Causeway in 1932. The par four 8th is the toughest hole… a potential card-wrecker.

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Humewood

1st Eastern Cape - Best in Area 4th South Africa Ranking

Greens at Humewood are firm and fast, requiring a sure putting touch – which was needed when the South African Open returned to this top class links in 2006.

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King David Mowbray

19th Western Cape - Best in Area 75th South Africa Ranking

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Links - Newmarket

4th Cambridgeshire - Best in Area

Built on a former Newmarket steeplechase course and polo grounds, the original 18 holes at Links Golf Club were set out in 1903. Colonel SV Hotchkin redesigned the layout in the 1930s and this stylish course is still the one that golfers play today.

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Maccauvlei

13th Gauteng - Best in Area 42nd South Africa Ranking

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Parkview

17th Gauteng - Best in Area 49th South Africa Ranking

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Port Elizabeth

10th Eastern Cape - Best in Area

Founded in 1890, Port Elizabeth is the second oldest golf club in South Africa and it marks 125 years as a golfing institution by hosting the South African Amateur championship in 2015.