Construction of the municipal golf course began on April 27th 1923 at a cost of £500. The Mayor said that this was a red letter day in the history of Derby, because they had come to open the largest open space ever designed for municipal purposes in Derby.
The Course was opened by Councillor W. H. M. Marsdon, the Chairman of the Estates and Improvements Committee. The Mayor, Alderman Ling gave the project an official blessing, Alderman Hart driving the first ball the members of the Corporation playing a match with a number of officials.
Alderman Hart drove off. It is an ordeal to anyone discharging this function and many first class golfers have been known to play a shot a pure novice would despise. Alderman Hart was true to tradition. He made a practice swing and then addressing the ball for the real thing, sent it only about 50 yards. A youngster attached to the Derbyshire Links pounced on it and returned it to the smiling and blushing Alderman who gave the boy a sovereign. Alderman Hart and Mr T. B. Farrington, a well know County and Midlands golfer who designed the course, then set about their match, with Mr Farrington giving the Alderman twelve strokes. The match was eventually halved.
It was most appropriate that Cotton's Farm should be converted into a golf course as two or three years ago when there was a demand for small holdings the Cotton's Farm was taken over. But demand was low and the Corporation decided to turn it into golf links. A fact mentioned at this time was that the site, approximatley 100 years ago was the site for Derby Races.
Alderman Hart proposed moved a vote of thanks to Clr. Marsden his handsome hospitality in entertaining them that day. Ald. Raynes seconded and congratulated the Corporation on steps taken. The result of the match: Coporation 3 1/2 Officials 5 1/2.
There have been one or two changes to the course over the years, the most notable during the seventies with the construction of Wilmore Road. A large chunk disappeared at the north edge as an extension appeared down the western side by the side of Sinfin Primary School.
Derby Golf Course is a generally flat, mature course which sets a real challenge. Set in low lying parkland close to the River Trent, its flat terrain makes it a favourite of golfers of all ages and abilities.