The original course consisted of 9 Holes laid out on a piece of ground known as "The Old Field" in the parish of Bromfield. The land itself was a wild expanse of land traversed by two turnpike roads, covered with Gorse, Broom and Bracken, a refuge for rabbits and other wildlife, with Sheep walks and grazing turf as used by Mr John Downes of the Butt Farm, Bromfield, from whom the Golf Club rented the land at a fee of £5 per annum. The race course had been long in existence around the site and it seems that Polo was played on the site before golf began.
The old field name may have derived from several sepulchral bronze age burial mounds dating between 2000 BC and 700 BC. The course still occupies this piece of land and the mounds or "tumps" can still be evidenced today behind the 9th & 15th greens and to the side of the 15th fairway.
The 120 Acres of "The Old Field" is an ecological oasis and haven for wildlife and players today are walking the same turf as the clubs fore-fathers.