Downes Crediton Golf Club

Course Status

Course is fully open Updated: 19th May 2024

About Us

Downes Crediton Golf Club is situated on the outskirts of Crediton, approximately 5 miles from the city of Exeter, and was established nearly 50 years ago thanks mainly to a group of golf enthusiasts who wanted to provide a golf facility for the benefit of the local community.

The 18 hole golf course is set in parkland on the historic Downes Estate in Mid Devon and will challenge both the low and high handicapper alike.

Golf societies and visitors are most welcome to enjoy this superb course along with its clubhouse facilities which include a full catering service and bar. Special arrangements can be made for larger groups who wish to reserve tee off times followed by lunch or dinner depending upon their requirements.

History of the Club

The idea of an 18 hole golf course in Crediton was formulated in October 1972 when 87 acres of agricultural ground was made available for this purpose by the Downes Estate. A group of enthusiasts then got together and after many meetings, in which costs and ways of raising the necessary money were the main considerations, it was decided that with much determination and goodwill a golf course was a viable proposition. A public meeting was held in November 1973 and at this, sufficient enthusiasm was shown by the public to warrant the setting up of a Members’ Club. The nominated committee from this meeting then proceeded to explore all avenues for grants, interest free loans and other ways of raising the estimated cost of £39,000. The South West Sports Council and the local councils all made generous grants, but inflation kept pushing the costs higher and a considerable amount had to be raised from local commercial firms and residents before the final cost of over £60,000 was obtained. The main fact which kept the project going forward was the considerable help given by members and non-members who worked to keep costs as low as possible. They felled trees and cleared ground before a firm of golf course specialists were employed to create the course; and also with professional supervision, willing workers converted two old cob-walled cottages into a delightful clubhouse. The weather also created a problem, as there was torrential rain in the seeding season, drought in the growing season and frost when the grass began to grow! In spite of this, a temporary nine hole course was in use by 19th April 1975 when the new clubhouse was officially opened.

The full course was declared open on 13th June 1976 by Michael Barratt of the BBC and an exhibition match was then played with Ryder Cup stars, Neil Coles and Tommy Horton, being partnered by two of the South West’s leading amateurs. Since this date, many improvements have been made both to the golf course and the clubhouse, so that today we have an interesting, well-kept course and a well-provided clubhouse in which good food and a friendly atmosphere prevail.

Dress Code

The club requests that all members and visitors dress in a smart casual fashion. No jeans or trainers are allowed on the course. No wet weather gear is to be worn in the clubhouse. Golf shoes are only permitted on the course and in designated areas of the clubhouse (not the bar & restaurant)

Club & Ladies Captains


Year Club Captain Ladies Captain
1976 H W Martin Mrs T Mitchell
1977 N Gardner Mrs J Gardner
1978 A Rodd Mrs E Millar
1979 S Setter Mrs J Gardner
1980 D H Taylor Mrs S Woolacott
1981 A D Ruddock Mrs M Bailey

Year Club Captain Ladies Captain
1982 A R Tomkins Mrs C King Robinson
1983 A S Gibbs Mrs M Warren
1984 J D Stevens Mrs M Trick
1985 D A Jordan Mrs F Kaye
1986 E J Coates Mrs M Pugsley
1987 P J Flavin Mrs B Carroll
1988 D J Vowden Mrs A Tomkins
1989 P G Evans Mrs P Allen


Year Club Captain Ladies Captain
1990 J Baird Mrs M Bailey
1991 H M Sims Mrs S Woolacott
1992 T A B Connell Mrs J Rodd
1993 M J Dunk Mrs E J Jewitt
1994 J A Davison Mrs J Coe
1995 K Dowell Mrs M Mapledoram
1996 P Ezard Mrs S Davison
1997 R Hudson Mrs A Dunnill
1998 R G Knowles Mrs J Bailey
1999 J C Liversage Mrs P B Plant


Year Club Captain Ladies Captain
2000 R P Gard Mrs A Jones
2001 A C Chandler Mrs J Ezard
2002 P Matthews Mrs M Warren
2003 R Lane Mrs S Moffatt
2004 P F Fricker Mrs B Glass
2005 R C Eidam Mrs D Parsons
2006 V Langdon Mrs A Hilton
2007 C Greenslade Mrs S Sparham
2008 G Price Mrs R Pawsey
2009 S Trowbridge Mrs A Battershall


Year Club Captain Ladies Captain
2010 D Slee Mrs J Gilg
2011 A J Cockayne Mrs A Coles
2012 C Greenslade Mrs F Shrubsole
2013 Q Payne-Cook Mrs S Marklew
2014 S Whyte Mrs L Parry
2015 Dr T Kershaw Mrs D Botterill
2016 D J Taylor Dr E Mapson
2017 Dr A Williams Mrs S Stunell
2018 N Murch Mrs S Barr
2019 G Dyne Mrs S Stunell


Year Club Captain Ladies Captain
2020-21 P G Blinkhorn Mrs S Jackson
2022 T C Keehner Mrs S Stunell
2023 D Greenslade Mrs R Aven
2024 S J Cowling -----





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