History of Exeter Golf and Country Club

Exeter Golf and Country Club is something of an institution within the Exeter area with a rich history dating back to the 1800s. When the club opened in the Pennsylvannia area of the city as one of the original 1895 golf clubs, there were only 95 members.  At the same time on the other side of the city in our current home at Wear Park on Topsham Road, the Duckworth family had been resident since purchasing the land from the Spicer family in 1804.

The Duckworths re-built the mansion house and it remained as their family home until 1919 when the Eveleighs moved in. The estate was finally purchased in 1929 by Exeter Golf and Country Club who had by then outgrown their original site…and so begins the history of the club here on Topsham Road. Over the years, extensions to the mansion house took place, utilising the stables and courtyard which now house the Sports Bar and Family Cafe, along with the gym, pool and courts.

From the 95 original golfers, the club has now grown to welcome over 4,500 members who enjoy swimming, gym, fitness, squash, tennis, socialising and of course, golf, which now also boasts thriving junior and ladies sections. We embrace our history, and build upon our years of experience to develop the club into the ever-changing future.

To read more about the history of Exeter Golf and Country Club visit Exeter Memories.

A Wonderful Trip Back in Time – 1930s Photo Album

We recently found a dusty old photo album stashed at the back of an office and opened it to find a treasure trove of beautiful old photos of the club in the early 1930s…it is now our pride and joy having had it carefully restored by the very talented Exeter Bookbinders! If you pop in for Afternoon Tea, ask to have a look for a wonderful trip back in time!

More photos from relatives of members from years gone by…

Thank you to Mr Davies of Newton Abbot who sent in this charming photographs of his father, J R Davies. Mr Davies was a semi-professional golfer and trained as a pilot at Exeter Airport – listing his pilot’s licence address as the club – so perhaps he spent some time living here too!

Exeter history

Exeter history

If you have any photos you would like to share with us please send them by post or email to info@exetergcc.co.uk