Notable Members

This section pays tribute to certain, but by no means all, notable individuals who helped to shape the early years of the CUGC. Without the influence of these figures, the CUGC would not have had the opportunity to flourish into what it is today.

George Gosset (King’s)

Son of Rev Isaac H Gosset, the founder of Royal North Devon GC (1864)

First Captain of CUGC (1869-71)

After Cambridge, pursued a career in medicine

Emigrated to New Zealand in 1883

Amateur champion golfer of New Zealand in 1895 (age 47)


Andrew Graham Murray (Trinity)

A founder member of CUGC in 1869

After Cambridge, pursued a career in law and politics

Captain of the R&A in 1892

Captain of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers in 1894 and 1895

Captain of Sunningdale GC on four occasions in the 1920s

Secretary of State for Scotland in 1903

Raised to the peerage as Lord Dunedin of Stenton in 1905

Donated the Dunedin Cup to CUGC in 1928 to commemorate its formation in 1869


W T Linskill (Jesus)

Moved from St Andrews to Cambridge in 1873 and re-established CUGC in 1876

Laid out the original golf course at Coldham Common in 1876

His father donated the Linskill Cup to CUGC in 1877

Initiator of the Varsity Golf Match in 1878

Captain of CUGC from 1876-83; Hon Sec of CUGC from 1887-96

Retired to St Andrews in 1896 where he became Dean of Guild

Wrote the book, ‘St Andrews Ghost Stories’ – remained in print for 60 years


H S Colt (Clare)

Captain of CUGC 1889-90

After Cambridge, became a solicitor in Hastings

First Captain of Rye GC in 1893, Hon Sec from 1895-1898

Founder member of the R&A Rules of Golf Committee in 1897

First Secretary of Sunningdale GC in 1901

Developed a career as a golf course architect for over 100 courses worldwide

Designs / re-designs include: Sunningdale New, Swinley Forest, St George’s Hill, the Eden course at St Andrews, Wentworth, Muirfield, Hoylake, Portrush and Pine Valley


J L Low (Clare)

Captain of CUGC in 1891-92 and 1892-93

After Cambridge, attended the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester

Became influential member of the R&A

First Captain of The Oxford and Cambridge Golfing Society

Lost in the final of the Amateur Championship to Harold Hilton in 1901

In his book, ‘Concerning Golf’, (1903) he set out the principles of strategic golf course design

Made influential changes to the course at Woking


Bernard Darwin (Trinity)

Grandson of Charles Darwin

Captain of CUGC 1896-97

After Cambridge, initially pursued a career in law

From 1907 became a golf correspondent for the Evening Standard, The Times (1907-1953) and Country Life (1907-1961)

Played in the first Walker Cup in the USA in 1922 (when one of the players fell ill)

Captain of the R&A in 1934

He was also an authority on Charles Dickens


A G Barry (Pembroke)

Won the Amateur Championship in 1905, aged 19 while at St Andrews University

Represented Cambridge in the Varsity match in 1906 and 1907

Represented Oxford in the Varsity match in 1914 (first player controversially to play for both)


J F Ireland (Trinity)

Captain of CUGC 1910-11

Played in three Varsity golf matches

Represented Cambridge against Oxford at hockey (three times) and cricket (four times)

Was elected Captain in all three sports