Meir Golf Club, Longton, Staffs.

The club was founded in 1904.

Started life as a 9-hole course although there is evidence that it could have extended to 18-holes during the 1920s, it reverted to 9-holes in the 1940s. Sunday play was not allowed until the 1930s when it was afternoons only. Membership was 80 prior to WW1 rising to 200 in the 1950s.

The station at Meir was 5 minutes away. Local hotel was the King’s Arms. 

  Secretary.
1906 J W Skae, Stafford Street and W T B Ridge, Ashwood, Longton.
1914 Arthur Jolly and T L Mackee.
1923 Samuel Redford, The Cedars, Blythe Bridge and Aubrey Smith, Meir House, Meir.
1930 M Ferneyhough, 6 Commercial Street, Stoke on Trent.
1935-50s R M Chapman, 67 Market Street, Longton, Stoke on Trent.

 

  Professional/greenkeeper.
1906-14 R O (Bert) Hughes (pro)
1930 C Stanier (pro)
1930 C Stanier (pro & gk)
1940-50s G Bartlam (pro & gk)

 In 1906 visitors’ fees 1/- a day and 2/6d a week.

Below is the result of a one sided match played at Meir against Burslem Golf Club in April 1911.

Meir   Burslem  
S Radford (6&5) 1 G C Simpson 0
J Aynsley (4&3) 1 F M Steele  0
J H Barlow (7&6) 1 A Lyth  0
G L Lefevre (5&3) 1 J A Farrington 0
F J Radford 6&5)  1 A G Lyth  0
T L Mackee (3&1) 1 J S Brodie  0
T Twyford (5&4)  1 J E Simpson  0
W B Jones (5&3) 1 F Stephenson 0
  8   0

Result of the 1912 May monthly medal; D Radford, 80-12-68; W Sinclair, 81-10-71; J Aynsley, 83-8-75; E J Brewer, 92-17-75; G L Lefevre, 83-7-76; A J Morgan, 91-14-77; W B Jones, 87-10-77; L Mayer, 94-16-78; G E Barlow, 95-16-79; F J Radford, 88-9-79; T Twyford, 89-10-79; W Sinclair jnr, 97-18-79; W O Braid, 99-15-84. There were five no returns.

In 1914 entry fee, £1/11/6d, and subs £1/11/6d. Visitors’ fees 2/- a day, 5/- a week and 10/- a month.

In 1930 visitors’ fees 3/- a day and 8/6d a week.

One of the early members and secretary, Mr John Walker Skae, died aged 71 in January 1939.

In May 1939 the Allan Bowl (ladies 36-holes) was won by Mrs Inez Reid with 143 net. The following eight players qualified for the match-play stage of the Bradley Cup; T C R Barlow, J H Barlow, T Boden, A Bradbury, C W Healey, E A Heath, R E Horsfield and G Ray.

The advert below suggests sale of the land for a housing development.

 

Meir Golf Club, Longton, Staffordshire. Advert for the sale of land.

From The Staffordshire Sentinel February 9th 1939. Image © Illustrated London News Group. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

It was reported in July 1951 that Meir Golf Club had been resuscitated and that they were to resume playing competitions and club matches. They had recently played a home match against (Stafford) Castle Golf Club. 

 

Meir Golf Club, Longton, Staffs. Location of the former golf course.

Location of the Meir golf course. Grid reference SJ93000,42740, co-ordinates 393000,342740.

 

 

Meir Golf Club finally disappeared in the 1950s.