Racecourse Recreation Ground

Racecourse Recreation Ground, 18 Hole Pitch and Putt Golf Course

I grew up on Smith Street, near the “Park” as I knew it, and I just loved the golf course.I played on it with my mates from 1959 to about 1968 and later with my family. Great memories of those years. The Racecourse Recreation Ground was opened in 1931 with tennis courts, football pitches, hockey pitches, a bowling green, paddling pool and swings etc. Before this time it was a horse racing course from the late 18th century till the last race in 1874.

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  • I was in a gang from the Barn Lane side in the 60s-70s and we used to call it ‘the rec’. We played footy, tennis, cricket and golf. Sometimes they let us kids do the scoreboards for cricket games on a Saturday afternoon, (number boards on hooks, not an LED in sight). I once got a hole-in-one on the fifth hole of the golf course which was the longest at 93 yards. Never forgotten, it turned out to be my lifetime golf achievement 🙂

    @Graham – where was the kiosk, was it in the pavilion? I was just discussing with a pal whether we paid for the tennis and golf at a sliding window next to the door of the pavilion or if we went inside. Maybe you can settle it.

    By Paul Beardsley (22/05/2023)
  • My grandmother and mother used to run the kiosk serving teas and coffee and the famous racecourse special, ice lolly in pop! I played for the cricket team and used the golf course and the tennis courts

    By Graham Hartley (03/07/2022)
  • Hi, is that Robert Longden of Mansfield Invicta FC who played on Racecourse top pitch?
    Marvellous Park at one time, boasting 2 Football pitches, 2 Cricket squares, Hockey Club pitch, busy Tennis Club, very busy Golf Club and course, along with paddling pool, swings etc. and the Bowling Club and green.
    From Ravensdale, I too lived on the golf course from around 1954 to 1964 along with many others. Such a great period. A hive of activity, especially weekends.

    By Alan Bramley (28/04/2020)

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