Parts of Lichfield’s golfing heritage are to go under the hammer at auction.
Whittington Heath Golf Club is moving to a new clubhouse – a step which will see the existing facility demolished.
Around 180 items will be sold by Lichfield-based Richard Winterton Auctioneers on 24th September.
The items include 40 honours boards featuring the names of champion golfers from the club’s history, tee markers for all 18 holes, and cups, bowls and shields.
Golfing pictures and prints are also up for sale as well as the club’s full size snooker table.
Whittington Heath Golf Club’s general manager Colin White said:
“This move is one of the most significant events in the club’s history.
“Just as we are incredibly proud of the new clubhouse and the security it brings for the club, we are so proud of the history of Whittington Heath Golf Club.
“This is a unique opportunity to share that history with members as we step towards a bright future.”Colin White, Whittington Heath Golf Club
Also for sale is the clubhouse bar – front and back – plus the electric shutters and bell, club chairs, candlesticks, catering equipment including fridges, coolers and work tables, and point-of-sale tills with screens and printers.
Even the railings from the top of the building – a legacy from its beginnings as a race stand – are included in the auction.
The club originated in 1886 with a few holes set out on Whittington Heath, adjacent to Whittington Barracks.
The Tamworth Road grandstand was initially built for equestrian racing between 1840 and 1875 and was previously a residential home for old soldiers.
It has served as the clubhouse since 1957 and was purchased from the Ministry of Defence in 1994.
Auctioneer Richard Winterton said:
“This sale is a unique opportunity to own a piece of important Lichfield golfing history, from honour boards and tee markers to pictures, memorabilia and even the clubhouse bell.
“It’s a wonderful legacy from a building which has served as the clubhouse for more than six decades and this is the perfect time to celebrate that heritage during a pivotal moment for this much-loved club.”Richard Winterton
The catalogue is online now and available to view via www.richardwinterton.co.uk/auction_dates.htm.