The original 15-hole course was designed by Willie Park Jr. renowned Scottish golfer and course architectIt opened in August 1914 when green fees were 2s (10p) per day or £1 for a 4-week ticket. Play was not allowed on Sundays until October 1918. Basic “golf-house” facilities were provided in the former farm buildings, which were also used for staff accommodation.
With the Great War of 1914-18 upon them, the Club resolved that “any employee who may enlist in HM Forces for service during the War be allowed to take up his appointment if and when he returns”. Matthew Owen, the Club’s first professional enlisted but unfortunately was killed in action a year later. As part of the War effort, the course was let out for grazing; as well as bringing in £20 p.a., this avoided having to plough up the newly-laid fairways.