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 first golf design experience was the remodelling of his home course Wooodhall Spa, which he purchased in 1920. He then formed Ferigna Ltd, a firm that dealt with all phases of the golf course business, including design, construction, maintenance, equipment and seed." The Golf Course by Geoff Cornish and Ron Whitten

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-hole affair, 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.

Soon after finishing the work at Woodhall Spa, Hotchkin established a golf course consulting company, Ferigna, to deal with all aspects of the golf industry, from design to construction to maintenance. When he came back from a short spell in South Africa, he was joined by Hutchison and Guy Campbell.

The newly augmented Ferigna then took on projects in the south of the country at places such as Ashridge, Leeds Castle and West Sussex but the partnership with the other two didn’t last for long, perhaps due to disagreement over certain aspects of the designs or maybe just a clash of personalities.

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The Golf Course by Geoff Cornish and Ron Whitten: “Hotchkin’s first golf design experience was the remodelling of his home course Wooodhall Spa, which he purchased in 1920. He then formed Ferigna Ltd, a firm that dealt with all phases of the golf course business, including design, construction, maintenance, equipment and seed. In the mid-1920s, he ma...

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