St Clements Golf & Sports Centre:
St Clements Golf and Sports Centre has been provided accessible sporting facilities for the people of Jersey for well over 100 years. Originally known as ‘The Jersey Recreation Grounds Company Limited’, or by the locals as ‘The Rec Grounds’ it was the seventeenth company to be registered in Jersey.
The Jersey Recreation Grounds Company Limited was founded on 27th December 1913 by a group of businessmen, it being their forethought in providing accessible recreation to all the people of Jersey that has lead to the Sports Centre that we have today. In those halcyon days, the main sports being provided were grass tennis courts and a bowling green, however, within a very short period, and with the acquisition of additional land, a 9 hole, par three, ‘pitch and putt’ golf course was established.
Over the past years, the sports centre has been further extended, upgraded and developed and now offers the most southerly golf course in the British Isles; a testing 9-hole parkland course measuring 2637yards (par 33) together with a 3-hole Academy course suitable for all ages and abilities with costs starting from as little as £2.00!
New for 2018 will be the addition of an ‘on line’ golf tee booking facility.
The once grass surface tennis courts, have been replaced by tarmacadam, allowing our users all year-round access. Another new addition for 2018, will be court lighting to two tennis courts to enable continuing play during the darker evenings.
The centre is also home to the only ‘Padel Tennis’ courts in Jersey. This new sport, popular in Europe, and originating in South America, is a combination of tennis and squash and is played out door, in an enclosed glass walled court. This court being half the size of a tennis court, however the same the rules of tennis are applied, except that the starting serve must be under arm! This is a must try game
The following clubs are sited within the centre; St Clements Golf Club, St Clements Ladies Golf Club, these being established in 1925 and 1924 respectively, and new in 2017 was the ’Tennis Hub’. All these clubs are continually looking for new members, so please contact them directly if interested or via our Reception, telephone 721938. Furthermore, the Jersey Squash and Racquetball Club have their club and five squash courts located within the centre, however, this is a private club and not available to our users.
Peacefully set in the parish of St Clement, and described by the Constable, Mr Len Norman, as the ‘Green Lung’ within the parish, the sports centre is open from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week and now ranks as one of the leading sports facilities in Jersey.
It remains the company’s intention to continue to improve and develop the facilities, although difficult in this current economic climate. Changes to certain areas of the golf course have already been agreed and addition court lighting is also being considered of implementation by 2020.
St Clements Golf and Sports Centre is a family-friendly place, open to everyone, and continues to operate with the same spirit and intentions that its founders had over 100 years ago.