Shelter will honour the longest-serving golf pro in the world

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A replica of an iconic hut used by the world’s longest-serving golf club professional is to be recreated as a starter’s shelter.

The structure will be positioned beside the first tee at Newton Green Golf Club, where Arthur Davey served for 60 years, until 1979.

His little hut beside the main A134 Sudbury to Colchester road became part of the heritage of both the club and the village.

The original structure is now a rotting hulk beneath a canopy of ivy, but was the nerve centre of the club in its former nine-hole days.

Davey was a legendary figure who walked a few yards from his cottage in the village to his job tending the course, taking green fees, making clubs and giving golf lessons.

Club press officer Alan Cocksedge said: “He was admired for his self-effacing benevolence and diffident charm.”

A group of enthusiasts are working with the club to complete the project at a cost of £4,000.

Newton Green has one of the most successful junior sections in East Anglia and through various initiatives is attracting a lower than normal age profile of golfers.

Chairman Peter Philpott said: “As well as bringing young people into the sport, we believe it is important they appreciate local history and the heritage of the club.

“The shelter will feature an illustrated panel explaining its relevance to both the club and the village of Newton.”

In addition to its role as a starter’s shelter, the building will be used for serving snacks and drinks on major competition days, and much-needed storage space.

Because of other priorities, the club has decided the project must be self-financing through private subscription.

Arthur Davey died at Newton, aged 97, in 1992.