Bury Golf Club, Manchester.
Founded 1890 the original 9 hole course with hazards of hedges and roads was situated at Redvales. The course was extended to 18 holes in 1907. Harry Vardon was the professional in the early 1890s joining the club from Studley Royal (also defunct). Other club professional in the early 1900s were, R Wilkinson 1908, Arthur Joseph just prior to WW1 followed by T E Cooke to the early 1920s.
Below is the result of the annual Boxing Day competition played in 1896. Due to the rain-sodden conditions at Redvales the competition was played on temporary greens. Prizes were given by; F Perham, Captain; G A, H E and A H Kay; L Aitken; C H Pigott; Mr Kitchener; J W Barlow; D Nicoll; S F Butcher; J A Rogers and Dr Baird.
|Dr W B Gow||97||9||88||W French||122||20||102|
|P G Gow||99||8||91||E H Kay||118||16||102|
|G A Kay||103||12||91||A H Kay||113||9||104|
|Dr Baird||108||14||94||F Perham||114||9||105|
|F Murgatroyd||110||15||95||N D Stewart||117||11||106|
|C H Pigott||111||15||96||J Milnes||128||20||108|
|J A Rogers||126||30||96||N Duxbury||130||22||108|
|Rev C B Knox||110||13||97||J W Barlow||125||16||109|
|C B Fair||112||15||97||L Aitken||133||20||113|
|D Nicoll||113||16||97||R Maginnis||149||25||124|
|H W Freston||113||15||98||G Bridge||158||25||133|
|S F Butcher||102||2||100|
There were nine no returns in the above competition, Mr G Bridge became the year’s “Knight of the wooden spoon.”
In 1900 the secretary was S C B Farr, 8 Belgrave Place, Manchester Road, Bury. Course records; amateur S F Butcher 40, professional F Batel 37.
The autumn meeting took place over the Redvales course on Saturday 4th October 1902, there were 42 competitors. The Magginia Gold Medal for the lowest gross score with momento, presented by George Bentley, was won by Dr Baird with a score of 87. The Bealey Challenge Cup, for the best net score, handicap limit 20, with momento given by Dr Baird, was won by S G Gow, 88-9-79.
Result of the February 1910 monthly bogey, played at Redvales. There were 47 entrants, bogey score for the course was 76; C E Hardman, 1down; I Fielden, A T Webb, J Hyslop, all 3down; C Taylor, 5down; G L Wike and A E Hardman, 6down; S M Hopkinson, W H Ward, H Woodcock, Dr Johnson, all 7down.
Result of a four-ball foursome bogey competition played in October 1912; W Jamieson jnr & W H Ward, 3up; T O Charles & F Whittaker, all square; N Duxbury & J W Holt, 1down; Rev A A Fuller & A Fitton, 1down; C Hardman & H L Battersby, 2down; C H E Holt & W Broughton, 2down; F B Wolstenholme & J H Wild, 2down; T Chantler & J E Tinline, 2down; Dr Jelly & J Theakston, 3down; E Peers & A Tetlow, 3down.
The fourth winter competition was played at Redvales in January 1913. Due to the very wet weather only 14 competitors took part, result; Norman Duxbury, 82-3-79; S F Butcher, 88-8-80; J Theakston, 89-9-80; J R Hall, 95-15-80; J M Harvey, 89-8-81; W H Ward, 98-17-81; R H Butcher, 96-13-83; C Hardman, 86-2-84.
The club continued at Redvales until WW1 when the land was required for a housing and road development. The club moved to its present location at Unsworth Hall in the early 1920s on a course designed by Colt, MacKenzie and Alison.