The Lucifer Golfing Society
Founded in 1921, the Society was initially intended to be a small club, limited to 60 members who would make matches amongst themselves, hold competitions and dine together. The name Match Club was already taken and so the title “Lucifer” was adopted – Lucifer being the slang for a striking match used in the trenches in the Great War. Note the reference to “a Lucifer” in the song “Pack Up Your Troubles” * from the period.
Pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag, and smile, smile, smile. While you’ve a Lucifer to light your fag, Smile boys, that’s the style, what’s the use of worrying? It never was worthwhile, so, Pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag, and smile, smile, smile.
The early members of the Lucifer Golfing Society travelled to many parts of the then Empire and were struck by the welcome and hospitality they received. To repay and return this kindness they decided to invite members of overseas Empire clubs to play golf and dine with the Lucifers at a meeting in UK. In 1927 invitations were sent out and in July 1928 the first Lucifer’s Overseas Meeting was held at Sunningdale Golf Club. 36 holes followed by dinner at The Savoy hotel, attended by nearly 100 overseas golfers. So began an event which has been the central feature of the Society’s fixture list each year in early July with the exception of the period 1940 – 1948.
The Lucifer Golfing Society maintains to this day its mission of fostering goodwill and friendships through the game of golf – now within the Commonwealth rather than the Empire. The annual Commonwealth tournament is held in early July involving two days of competitive golf for Lucifers and overseas golfers. At this time Lucifers also invite our overseas visitors to their various clubs for social golf. There is a formal dinner, still held at The Savoy hotel, attended by Lucifers, competitors plus wives and partners.