The Waud Classic started on the West Course of Royal Ashdown Golf Club in June 1982. The idea of the 20 year old Jeremy Waud, inspired by the then popular Bob Hope Classic which was played at Moor Park at the time. The first outing was a 36 hole affair with 18 competitors paying the princely sum of £30 for the day including lunch prizes and a party back at the family home in Forest Row – those were the days!
Playing in the first event was Gil Waud who presented the Waud Classic Trophy for the event and endured a ‘special experience’ when paired with Paul Shinerock who managed 3 points on the first two holes followed by 16 blobs! – Gil didn’t play again after that, but Shinerock has never ever missed a year!
Other competitors in the first and rain soaked year were Jeremy Waud of course and Haas Williamson who have also played in every single Waud Classic.
The spiritual home of the tournament is at Royal Ashdown Golf Club in East Sussex – and is played there annually on the last Friday in June. The society venture away every five years for an anniversary tour, where we visit classic golf courses such as Littlestone, Royal West Norfolk, Hunstanton, St Enodoc, Trevose, Quinta do Lago, Le Touquet and many more.
The event is steeped in a rich culture of fun and camaraderie which will hopefully transition between generations to come.
If you would like to join in the fun and games – please sign up now and we look forward to welcoming you into the society.