Although they were from very different walks of life, these influential men had a common interest, all of them had a passion for an up and coming pastime - the captivating game of Golf. As an organised pursuit, the sport was in its infancy and, although an association had been formed in the country as early as 1766, (the Royal Blackheath), the sun would set on Victorian Britain before Golf really teed off.
As a Result of that ad hoc assembly back in 1891, Maldon Golf Club was formed and Rev Horwood became its first president. Said to be the earliest Club on the Essex coast, Sir Claude and Christopher Parker were appointed vice-presidents. E E Bentall was made captain. (by 1899 he was the honorary secretary).
The committee then considered a number of suggested grounds. Of the options open to them, which probably also included included locations in Langford and great Totham, they finally plumped for a flat meadow lying between the Chelmer/Blackwater Canal and the river Chelmer, on the edge of the picturesque and historic little hamlet of Beeleigh.