Ruddington Grange has an interesting history and was originally a large mansion built and occupied in 1828 by Charles Paget, a local landowner, JP, High Sheriff and eventually Liberal MP for Nottingham. He was eventually killed in a freak accident along with his wife Filey in 1873.
Ruddington Grange was then sold to Sir Thomas Isaac Birkin who owned the famous Birkin Lace Company in Nottingham. During his ownership 'The Grange' was made famous locally for its monkeys which used to roam around the house, not to mention Sir Thomas's two famous sons of motor sport Archie and Tim. Archie was killed during practice for the 1927 TT Races in the Isle of Man and Tim, who won the Le Mans race in 1931, dies in 1933 after developing septicaemia from a burn on his arm caused by the exhaust pipe of his car.
In the 30's The Grange was occupied by Frank Bowden founder of Raleigh Industries, who then sold it to Thomas Farr founder of Home Ales. Thomas Farr went on to demolish the big house and replace it with a bungalow and ran the estate as a stud for his Race Horses. He died in 1970 and the house stood empty for seven years until Jack Johnson, a local property developer brought it for his home and to develop the surrounding buildings until eventually in 1987 he decided to approach Mr John Small a Committee Member of the EGU to enquire as to how much land was required to build an 18-hole golf course.
Trent Lock Professional, then the Pro at Chilwell Manor, Mr Eddie McAusland, designed the course layout in conjunction with Mr John Small and David Johnson, with final design and construction by CDC Ltd of Ipswich and Jack Johnson's own firm.