The new course layout
Henry went on to win three Open Championships and build an international reputation as one of the world's top golfers. He gave much credit for his success to Langley Park, writing in his book "This Game of Golf " that "The Club Committee were most encouraging to me and I certainly tried not to let them down. They always encouraged me in every way they could from the moment I joined them".
Henry was granted Honorary Membership in 1963, and his last visit was in 1986 to attend a lunch given in his honour. He died aged 80 in December 1987 just ten days before he was awarded a Knighthood to become Sir Henry Cotton
A Henry Cotton signature putter circa 1930
There are other examples of Langley Park golf clubs that can be viewed in the clubhouse.
The modern day course
In the thirties, changes did take place, but it was in the twenties that the course was turned "upside down" with the then 1st becoming today's 4th and the 18th became the 3rd.
Today the course sits in 120 acres with 9 holes each side of Red Lodge Road. It measures 6453 yards from the White tees with only one Par 5 on the men's card, with a tough par of 69. The fairways thread their way through flat, woodland parkland and is noted for its excellent greens as well as its long par 4's, eight of which are over 400 yards in length. The par 3 18th has a picturesque lake stretching almost from tee to green. Although the course itself appears to be flat, the ground is constantly rising and falling in gentle folds and undulations, and all the greens contain borrows in some degree.
Over the years extensive drainage and irrigation work has been carried out, and new pathways added. A new lake with fountain was added to the 12th hole and a comprehensive woodland management plan carried out to improve air and light penetration to greens and tees.