The famous oak tree that proudly sat as a Puttenham landmark in the middle of the first fairway at Puttenham Golf Club finally succumbed to father time on Tuesday 9th May when it unexpectedly split in half and slumped to the ground. Sadly what remained standing of the tree had to be condemned and carefully removed.
The tree, that features in the club crest of Puttenham Golf Club, was a familiar sight to many Surrey golfers who play regularly at Puttenham, and it was believed to have dated back to when Queen Victoria visited troops at Puttenham Heath in 1858.
Luckily a second specimen oak tree was planted behind its more illustrious partner on the 1st fairway in late 2002. This tree, which was planted as a memorial to Keith Gordon a long standing member of Puttenham Golf Club, now stands alone and takes on the mantle, hopefully for another 150 years, as “the Puttenham oak”.