The London Solicitors’ Golfing Society was founded in 1904, the golden age of the profession based golfing society. Before the First World War the Society’s activities were followed in the national and golfing newspapers and, in Herbert Taylor and Vivian Pollock, there were internationals in the team. In its first years Bernard Darwin, Harold Hilton, twice Open champion and four times Amateur champion, and Gilbert Jessop, the scorer of the fastest Test century, all played against LSGS.
The inter-war years saw the height of the Society’s political connections with David Lloyd George, the most famous golfing solicitor, holding office as President of the Society while Prime Minister. In 1922 his golfing skills after lunch at Cannes precipitated the collapse of the French government. For LSGS’s first 30 years Walton Heath was owned by George Riddell, a Society member and newspaper baron, and the summer meetings in the late 1920s and early 1930s were entirely funded by him. There was free champagne for all, some of whom never got beyond the pond on the first hole.
After the Second World War the London Solicitors’ Golfing Society was re-invigorated by keen young recruits. Several matches date from before the First War and the match against the Bar and Bench is the longest standing fixture at Woking. The keenly contested matches against solicitors from Scotland, East Anglia and Ireland began later. The London Solicitors’ GS team and their Scottish opponents were perhaps the only people in the South of England to play both on the day before and after the Great Storm of 1987. Members of the Society have a good chance at the Spring and Autumn Meetings to have their name engraved on trophies, most of them impressive in size and age. In its second century the LSGS remains true to its traditions, and to foursomes golf and good lunches, with longstanding links with Walton Heath Golf Club, Woking Golf Club, Royal St George’s Golf Club, Aldeburgh Golf Club, Worplesdon Golf Club, Royal Wimbledon Golf Club and Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club.