Cardiff Squash Rackets Club was established in 1937 as a proprietary club by Maurice Turnbull and other like minded individuals and is one of the oldest clubs in the UK. Maurice was arguably the most gifted sportsman that Wales has ever produced. He played rugby union for Wales, cricket for Glamorgan and England and played hockey for Wales. In addition he was also the first Wales Open squash champion. A truly remarkable achievement.
Unfortunately Major Turnbull [as he was to become] was killed in action in Normandy in 1944 and is buried at Bayeaux in northern France.
In 1955 the then owners of the Club offered it for sale to the membership at a cost of £4550 and it has been a private members club ever since.
Originally there were 2 courts followed by a third immediately prior to the Second World War. A 4th court with a glass back and a substantial viewing gallery was added in 1978.
The Club has had a long standing reputation for its historical influence on the game within Wales and was the home of the Welsh Open for many years. The Club Honours Boards show testament to this history.
The Club continues to thrive across all levels of the game and now has 7 teams as well as a strong junior section and a very buoyant doubles fraternity. Its close proximity to the City Centre and facilities like the Millenium Stadium and the Cardiff City Football Ground provides an added attraction for its membership.
In recent times the Club has entered into partnership with Pontcanna Lifestlye who provide a fully equipped gymnasium which offers members a range of membership options.
Members of the Turnbull family are still members to this day.