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By STEVEN DAVISON Manager, St Clements Golf and Sports Centre


After nearly a century, continues to expand


The Jersey Recreation Grounds Company Limited was founded on 27th December 1913 by a group of businessmen who wanted to provide recreation to all the people of Jersey and that has led to the sports facilities that we have today.


They rented a small area bordering on Plat Douet Road from the Seigneur of Samares, and to begin with, laid out a number of grass tennis courts. The commencement of World War One practically brought this venture to a standstill.


In 1920, work started on the grounds again. Land limitations did not deter the group of enthusiasts including Carlyle Le Gallais, Edward Mossop and Jack Willcox, who were among the key people involved in establishing the course. The company expanded, and over the years all available land was purchased, so that today it owns 43 vergees of open ground, providing first class facilities for golf, tennis and squash.


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Golf: The golf course, the most southerly in the British Isles, is a challenging 9 hole, par 33 parkland course of 2,637 yards in length. The course has improved dramatically over the years, the most important step being the availability of land to the north of La Blinerie Lane, allowing the course to be re-modelled and extended. Changes have also included the golf hole rotation, so now the 9th / 18th holes finish in front of the new club house and restaurant. There have been a significant number of trees planted, and when they reach maturity will add even more definition to this course.


With this extra land, it has allowed an area previously part of the original golf course to be developed into a 3 hole Academy golf course, which has proved very popular with both beginners to the sport and to junior golfers alike. The Academy was opened in April 2009, and is the first of its type in the Island. It is ideal for all the family, providing a safe, fun environment


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St Clements Golf and Sports Centre


for golfers to learn and develop their skills. Don’t worry if you don’t have equipment as this is available to hire from the Reception Kiosk.


PGA qualified golf professionals Mr. Steve Whiteside and Mr. Lee Elstone are affiliated to this golf centre, so whether you are a beginner or just want to improve your game, Steve and Lee are available to give instruction both on the golf course, the Academy course and at the adjacent Longueville Golf range. Group tuition can also be arranged.


Golf membership for 2012 is now available.


Tennis: There are thirteen outdoor tennis courts on site which have recently been upgraded including being re-sprayed and with wind breaks being fitted.


During 2011, St Clements Tennis Club was formed and has over 70 members and continues to grow. The members meet regularly three times a week to play.


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