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Carlisle Golf Club.

In June 1890 Willie Fernie of Troon visited Dalston and laid out a 9 hole course on The Green. The course was on gravelly sub-soil with grass that did not grow to any length, the course was said to compare favourably with most inland courses. The first game took place Wednesday afternoon on the 11th June, Mr Cowen and Mr Fernie against Dr Murphy and Dr Douie, two rounds of the 9 hole course were played with Cowen and Fernie winning by four holes. Among those about to join were; Rev W Stephenson (consented to act as secretary), Captain Langton, Rev W E Strickland, Dr Helm, Dr Walker (Dalston), Mr Henry Scott, Mr R Hind, Mr T L Atkinson, Mr Cochrane and others. Play will commence as soon as the club is formed.

On Wednesday 18th June a meeting was held at the Central Hotel to form a golf club for Carlisle and district. Mr Cochrane was voted to the chair, and there was a large attendance. It was decided to form a club to be called “The Carlisle Golf Club” and a committee consisting, Mr Henry Scott, Mr R W Cowen, Mr Chocrane, Dr Douie and Captian Langton were appointed to draw up the rules. The Rev W Stephenson was appointed secretary and it was agreed to ask Colonel Salkeld to become its president. The subs were fixed at 10/6  and each member would have to pay an entrance fee of half a guinea.

In September 1890 it was reported in the Carlisle Patriot that the first golf match that has been played in many years in Cumberland came about when the Carlisle Club played Dumfries on the fine 9 hole course recently laid out at Dalston. At the conclusion of the game the players were entertained at the residence of Mr R W Cowen, Mill Ellers.

Carlisle   Dumfries  
Rev T W Stephenson 7 W N Blake 0
R B Lattimer 0 J Leitch 2
T Cochrane 0 F Reid 4
Dr Helm 0 R Wright 2
Dr Murphy 0 H Gouan 8
Captain Langton 0 Rev J A Campbell 9
Dr Douie 0 H Scott 2
R W Cowen 0 L Starkey 8
Dr Macdonald 2 A N Ferguson 0
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Result of a match played against Langholm on Saturday 16th June 1894.

Carlisle   Langholm  
C Todd 0 James Scott 5
Rev T W Stephenson 5 A J Craig 0
Dr Murphy 3 W Connell 0
Rev E W Parker 6 Mr Milroy 0
J K Parker 0 Mr Graham 3
F W Chance 5 Mr Watson 0
W P Story 0 Mr Renwick 1
Rev E Robertson 6 Rev Mr White 0
G A Story 5 Mr Cairns 0
R W Cowen 2 Mr Moses 0
  32   9