Our members come from a broad range of well-known clubs across the United Kingdom but mainly from the southern part of England. The Society has a full fixture list against clubs and societies, its own meetings and dinners and several mini-tours within the UK.
The origins of the Lucifer Golfing Society are rooted in the camaraderie among golfers. Founded in 1921, the Society was initially intended to be a small club limited to 60 members who would make matches among 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 from this 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 return this kindness they decided to invite these generous hosts to play golf and to dine with the Lucifers when they visited the UK. The first Lucifer’s Overseas Meeting was held in July 1928 at Sunningdale Golf Club; 36 holes followed by Dinner at the Savoy. This was a great success and 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.