A Brief History of the Wags
In the mid-1960s a small group of members met regularly on Wednesday afternoons to play golf. Harvey Boone, an optician, had a half-day on Wednesdays and played with Cyril Thomas, Bertie Brown and J Robertson. Before long others joined them. In 1969 the group was officially formed into a Section of the Club and became known as the Wednesday Afternoon Golf Society – the Wags. Golf was always followed by tea and a glass or two of something stronger. In recent years, as the course had become much busier, the Wags agreed to bring forward their tee time to 10.30am to fit in with the needs of the Club.
As time went on home and away matches against other Clubs were arranged, trophy competitions introduced, and Texas Scrambles became a favourite feature. The Ladies’ Luncheon and the Annual Dinner became long-standing traditions of the Wags.
Some of our early Wags, c. early 1970s
The Wags logo
The Wags, as will be seen above, have always played golf on Wednesdays. The name Wednesday is derived from the Old English wōdnesdæg meaning Woden’s day. Woden was the Anglo-Saxon God of War, the equivalent of the Germanic Wotan and Norse Odin, and features prominently in both English and Continental folklore as the leader of the Wild Hunt. The Wild Hunt is an ancient folk myth prevalent across Northern, Western and Central Europe and the fundamental premise in all instances is the same: a phantasmal group of huntsmen with the accoutrements of hunting – horses, hounds etc. – in mad pursuit of their prey. Obviously our founders recognised the similarity with the way the Wags approach the game of golf, for they adopted the Norse Warrior as their logo and it has been used ever since.
Wags members of 1995
The Wags celebrated their 40th Anniversary click here
The Wags celebrated their 50th Anniversary click here