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Borrowood Golf Club, Borrowash, Derbyshire.

The club was founded in 1902.

Borrowood Golf Club ha a 9-hole course laid out on farmland between the villages of Borrowash and Ockbrook. Although the ground was heavy, being clay soil, the turf and greens were good. The greens were enclosed by wire fencing to keep off grazing animals. The course was ideally situated at 400ft above sea level at the highest point. Sunday play was not allowed. The railway station at Borrowash was 15 minutes away. The course steadily improved in the early years and by 1914 a new pavilion type clubhouse had been built. In later years a disused railway carriage was used as an extension.

When the club closed in the early 1950s the extension was found to be very useful for other entertainment, as there was a girls’ private boarding school adjacent to the golf course fields.

There is evidence that the club may have had associations with the nearby  British Celanese Company.

Result of a club match played against the Derbyshire Golf Club on Saturday 3rd March 1906 at Derby.

Derbyshire   Borrowood  
Dr Vaudrey 0 H Coles 1
Dr Moon 1 H P La Trobe 0
J White 1 J D Dale 0
C E Oliver 1 Dr Hunt 0
E T Hodson 1 A Cooper 0
C J Lynch 1 Rev J Mallalieu 0
E Colebourn 0 T Pares 1
Dr Barrett 0 Drury Dale 1
  5   3

On March 26th 1912 a ladies match in connection with the Derbyshire Association Cup competition took place between Borrowood Ladies and Chevin Ladies, result below.

Borrowood Ladies   Chevin Ladies  
Miss Mugliston 1 Mrs Sayers 0
Mrs Coles 1 Miss B Murphy 0
Miss Elliott 1 Miss D Harrison 0
Miss I Macdonald 0 Miss N Murphy 1
Miss K Barron 1 Miss Toulmin 0
  4   1

On Saturday 27th April 1912 Borrowood played a home club match against Chilwell, result below.

Borrowood   Chilwell  
W E Woodward 1 Rev T G Shelmerdine 0
Rev Alexander 1 H Nicholson 0
F Black 1 A G Mellors 0
Dr Hunt 1 D J Marr 0
H Fletcher 1 F N Hill 0
F Fletcher 0 F D Mellors 1
J Macdonald 0 W Haseldine 1
H Astle 0 J Birkinshaw 1
  5   3

In 1914 there was a membership of 85. Entry fee was £1/1/0 and subs £1/11/6.

In 1923 club membership was 75. Visitors’ fees were 2/- a day.

  Secretary Professional/Greenkeeper
1904/5   A Knight (p)
1905/6   L G White (p)
1906-9   H L Atkinson (p)
1909-24   F J Perkins (p)
1914 F Black, Ockbrook, Derby.  
1923 A C Faire, Ockbrook. A G Perkins (g)
1931-51 H F Oxley of Greenside, Ockbrook, Derby. Fred Knight (p&g)

Below is the result of a match played at Borrowood against Derby Golf Club in May 1930.

Borrowood Golf Club   Derby Golf Club  
Capt. Knight 1 F Bulllen 0
C Lomas 1 P Carr 0
J T Marsh 0 A C Greensmith 1
A Biddle 1 H A Payne 0
Rev Burtill 0 W H Potts 1
J T Gilbert 1 E E Willmette 0
Dr Hunt 0 J P McClelland 1
T C Gorton (half) 0 K I Browne (half) 0
H Rawson 0 A Milward 1
E Etches 1 J Nadin 0
  5   4

A reunion dance for members of the club, which had closed in March, was held at Ockbrook Church room on New Year’s Day in 1938. Miss A Faire of Loughborough, deputising for her father, Mr A C Faire, presented Mr H Rawson, treasurer of the club, with a cigarette case and lighter, and Mr J Bowmer with a pocket cigarette case and lighter, in recognition of their services to the club.

As with many clubs in a similar situation it continued to be listed in the Golfer’s Handbook until the early 1950s.

Borrowood Golf Club, Ockbrook, Derby, receipt for membership.

Thanks to Charles Bristow who supplied information and copies of the above documents relating to the club. Mr S Clifford, who is shown on the receipts, was a relative of  Mr Bristow’s wife.

Location of the Borrowood Golf Club course at Ockbrook.

Location of the Borrowood course at Ockbrook.

Grid reference SK41490, 35840, co-ordinates 441490, 335840.