The Club was founded in 1886 with a nine hole, heathland course. Before its creation, the heath had been used as a horse racing track, and reminders of its previous use are still visible; most obviously the balcony on the club house which was a viewing gallery for the finishing straight - now the 18th fairway.
The course was extended to 18 holes in 1927 by Mr. H.S. Colt but during the Second World War, the adjacent Whittington Barracks was essentially handed over to the US Army who used the course as additional space to accomodate soldiers under canvas. Not surprisingly, the course was serverly damaged by such use but strenuous post-war efforts restored it to its former state and enabled it to survive.
In 88 years, the club has had only five Professionals and has been described by Martin Hawtree as “Classic golfing country”.
You can read a full history of Whittington Heath here.