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“Wham! Golf star opens course with splendid drive

Bernard Gallagher, this year’s Ryder Cup team captain, was the star guest at the official opening of the clubhouse at Hennerton Golf Club, Wargrave on Saturday.

The course caused controversy when farmer Peter Hearn applied for planning permission for the course in 1988.

His first application was turned down because of fears that it would increase traffic on the country lanes. His second fared no better, but permission was finally granted on appeal last year.

The course opened for play in May and the club now has more than 500 members, with a few vacancies for five-day members.

Saturday’s official opening was attended by more than 300 club members and their guests.

Mrs Joan Morley unveiled a plaque in memory of her late husband, the actor Robert Morley. Until his death in June, Mr Morley was a neighbour and friend of Mr and Mrs Hearn, owners of the club.

Mr Hearn introduced Colonel Dion Beard, the designer of the 9-hole course. Then Bernard Gallagher was invited to open the club officially, which he did with a splendid inaugural drive off the first tee.

Captains Roger Connolly and Margaret Morley drove off for the club, while Mr Gallagher held a 20-minute golf clinic for interested players.

The celebrations continued with a dinner dance for more than 200 guests at the clubhouse. On Sunday morning the club held its first tournament, a full handicap Stableford over 18 holes.

The men’s competition, for the Hearn Cup, was won by Andy Smith, and the winner of the Hearn Rose Bowl for the ladies was Candy Uchiyama.”

Excerpt from a Press release in October 1992

A Second Big Splash for Hennerton

In June 2006, after four years of planning and development, Hennerton officially opened as an 18-hole course.

The new 9-holes were designed and built by golf course architect Jonathan Gaunt to be embedded within the Area of Outstanding Beauty within which Hennerton resides. The creation of the new holes ensure a unique layout of play with terraced greens and contoured greens all surrounded by stunning scenery and ancient woodland. They have been formed out of the existing undulations of the land, all taking into account the natural tranquillity, and most importantly the wildlife, of Hennerton’s surroundings.

In June 2006, the club had another chance to throw a party for their second Open Day to celebrate extending the course.

The Hearn Cup was again played as the inaugural competition, this time won by Di Moss and Mark Warren. The celebrations started early with a champagne-fuelled first drive taken by the Proprietor Peter Hearn, and continued into the evening with a ball and dinner and show tunes sung by the London West End Singing Troupe.