The original Leominster Golf Club was formed in 1903, starting out with a 9-hole course which was then extended to eleven holes. Three new holes were added on 11th May 1939 but World War II intervened months later and the club never reappeared after hostilities ceased. Attempts to revive it failed in 1947 and the land at Ford Bridge was used for agriculture.
A meeting then took place at the Lamb Inn, Stoke Prior, on 16th June 1967, when a committee was set up to re-stablish the club. Five holes were brought into play four months later then another four were added the following year as the club quickly got back into its stride again.
In the late 1980s, land was made available to allow the course to expand to eighteen holes. Bob Sandow – who worked for a short time with Robert Trent Jones in America – designed the new layout, which is one of more than twenty low budget courses he fashioned in the south of England and Wales over three decades.
In 1998, a small stream running through the gully crossed by the 2nd, 8th and 18th holes was harnessed to create three ponds. The home hole was further modified to make space for the replacement clubhouse and to extend the car park. Apart from minor cosmetic changes, the course has hardly been altered since then.
Leominster is quite a hilly course and that is the overriding memory of playing Leominster, and this probably does detract from one's liking of the course. The other things I recall (and I haven't played Leominster for a few years) are the pond in front of the 18th green and the flatter holes down by the river. The par 4 6th is the stand-out hole with a good looking tee shot into the valley with river left and trees right. In my opinion should be ranked higher than Sapey.