Firbeck Hall Golf Club, South Yorkshire.
First appeared in the early 1930s and continued until the early 1950s. The original address was given as Firbeck Hall Golf Club, Worksop, Notts. The secretary was Lt Col W Elwyn Jones the professional L Highfield and the greenkeeper G S Kinnear. An 18 hole course with a SSS of 74 and Par 72 and a membership of 600. Course records were, amateur S E Banks 67 and professional L Highfield 66. Visitors fees were 2/6 a day. Sunday play was allowed. Railway stations at Retford 11 ½ miles, Doncaster 12 miles and Worksop 8 miles.
In 1935, Cyril Nicholson, a stockbroker from Sandygate, Sheffield, renovated and opened the hall as a country club, renovation costs amounted to £80,000, a huge amount at this time. The interior included billiards room, ballroom, cocktail bars, restaurant and wine cellars. There was also the 18 hole golf course, Tennis, Squash Racquets, Swimming Pool, Fishing, Riding even an Aerodrome. designed by Captain T. Campbell Black.
Notable guests included celebrities and royalty. The Prince of Wales and Wallis Simpson were said to spend time at Firbeck Hall.
The Sheffield Telegraph reported of the Prince of Wales visit to Firbeck Hall in July 1935 – “As he inspected the club premises, presented to him by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield were: Lord and Lady Fielding; Mr Cyril Nicholson and his wife and daughter; Captain Campbell Black, the airman with his actress bride, Miss Florence Desmond. The Prince then walked through the ballroom to the swimming
pool, where a large number of members were bathing. He expressed his admiration of the club and was particularly as a keen golfer, in the golf course”
An exhibition match was to be played on Whit-Monday 1939. In the morning Alf Padgham was to patner the Firbeck Hall professional, Leslie Highfield, in a match against two other Yorkshire professionals, Arthur Lees of Dore and Totley, and J A Jacobs of Lindrick. The charge for admittance was three shilllings.
At the outbreak of WW2 the hall was used by Sheffield Royal Infirmary and the Royal Air Force. Following the war the building was bought by the Miner's Welfare Commission for use as a rehabilitation centre for injured miners.
Golf was by now a distant memory.