In 1924 Eric Stoddart, assistant cashier, put the idea of forming a golf club to his fellow commuters on the 8.30 train from Corstorphine to Waverley and so the Corstorphine 8.30 Golf Club was born. Eric took on the roles of Honorary Secretary and Treasurer until 1939 when he left for wartime service in the army.
Over the years, membership numbers have varied considerably from the 12 original members to over 50 at its peak. WWII saw 6 of the 34 members, in active service. The club honoured them in November 1946 with a "Welcome Home" dinner. Currently the membership is 53.
Each season, 8 outings take place at golf courses within 40 miles of Edinburgh. Half are strokeplay and half are stableford. There are also annual matches against the Royal Scots Club and a match against the "Dawn Patrol" from Ratho GC.
The club competes in the Sivewright Quaich and the Handicap Match Play Championship.
The most prestigious club trophy is the Bishop-Stewart Rosebowl (presented to the club by William Bishop and Robert Stewart in 1927).The winner represents the Club in the LGA Handicap Match Play Championship the following year. In 2019, our 2018 Champion, David Gilroy won the LGA Handicap Matchplay Championship.
Another trophy of note is the Eric Stoddart Quaich which had been presented to Eric on his 90th birthday. Eric returned the Quaich to the club on its 70th anniversary and it is now awarded to the player with the 3 best Stableford scores of the season.
The Club will be celebrating its centenary in 2024. The Committee is working hard to make this a special year and is consulting widely on ideas.