Antique Programme for Concert by Members of Cannes Mandelieu Golf Club 1894 Established by Grand Duke Michael of Imperial Russia


Five antique Programme for a Concert and two Comedies in English and French by Members of The Cannes Golf Club, now known as The Mandelieu Golf Club in Cannes, dated 24th February 1894. Printed in gold, red and black with the imperial Russian double headed eagle. Mounted on its original album page with newpsaper cuttings in English regarding the event. Its guests included Prince of Nassau, Countess Merenberg, Prince Serge Galitzine etc.

From the collection of Richard and Mary Winslow, English aristocrats who had the Villa Winslow in Cannes during the 1890s and were friends with aristocrats and royals from all over the world. Mary was a great beauty and had by family traditon once been a mistress of the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII.

It is the oldest golf courset in the Alpes-Maritime, created by Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich, and modelled on St Andrews Golf Course in Scotland.

Grand Duke Michael and his wife Countess Sophie von Merenberg, Countess Torby, learned how to play golf at North Berwick, a famous Scottish seaside resort on the Fife Coast. They were fascinated by this new game but also by the natural beauty of the different courses. Back on the Riviera, he bought a piece of land near Cannes and built a course there. For the 1892/1893 season, the Cannes Golf Club opened the 9 hole Old Course. For a few years, the couple only spent the winter there but by 1899, they decided to settle there for a longer period.

Very quickly, this winter paradise became the rendezvous of  European aristocracy. The Prince of Wales future King Edward VII, passionate about golf came to play.

In 1905, Pierre Lafitte published an article in his magazine Life in Grand Air: "Golf de Cannes is one of the most delightful sports corners of France ... Here it is mild in January and February. The sun does not cook too much and, under the blue of the sky, the promenade of the golfers is delicious. They come from all countries. French, Americans and English meet every morning on the links, and fraternize in the love of the same sport ."

Programme Size: 29 x 22.5 cm approx

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