(45) Max Faulkner memorial plaque, Sutton Place

Max Faulkner memorial plaque, Galley Hill open space, East Parade. Photo by Paul Wright, May 2010.

Max Faulkner was an English professional golfer who was born in Bexhill on 29th July 1916. He won the Open Championship in 1951 and a total of 18 tournaments in UK and Europe during his career. On five occasions he played in the Ryder Cup. Max Faulkner was renowned for his colourful dress sense as well as a free and easy style of play which earned him the title “Clown Prince of Golf”. He was awarded an OBE in 2001 and died, aged 88 years, in 2005. This large metal plaque was erected by Rother District Council in 1999 adjacent to the then crazy golf course. Both the plaque and crazy golf were removed during the changes to the promenade along West Parade in 2010 – 2011.

With the help of Bexhill Heritage the plaque was re-erected on the corner of Sutton Place and De La Warr Parade on 16th June 2019. This site is appropriate as the large expanse of grassland leading from here up Galley Hill is the remains of Bexhill’s first golf course opened in 1880.

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