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Birthwaite Golf Club, Windermere. (1905 - WW2)

It was reported in April 1905 that it had been decided to lay out a nine-hole course at Windermere. The proposed new club would be known as the Birthwaite Golf Club.

In March 1906 a course of nine-holes, with a possibility of extending to eighteen, had just opened. It was located on the Rayrigg estate at Windermere, a few minutes' walk from the station. The Rev Hugh Fleming, the owner of the estate, was the president of the club. A fair number had already joined the club, chiefly tradesmen and professional men.    

Below is a report on the first annual meeting in March 1907.

 

Birthwaite Golf Club, Winderemere, Cumbria. Report on the first annual meeting March 1907.

 

Birthwaite Golf Club, Winderemere, Cumbria. Report on the first annual meeting March 1907.

From the Lakes Chronicle and Reporter Wednesday 27th March 1907. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

Result of the first monthly competition played in October 1907; E N W Branthwaite, 103-25-78; H Thompson, 104-20-84; G H Brockbank, 108-20-88; T W Hoggarth, 110-18-92; W W Hinde, 111-16-95; G W Spencer, 125-26-99; T M Holmes, 128-22-106; T S Halliday and J K Thornborough made no returns.

Result of a mixed foursome played in March 1908, prize given by Mr T M Holmes; Mr & Mrs Walker, 101 net; Miss Johnson and Mr Hoggarth, 103; Miss B Johnson and Mr Mudd, 103; Miss Jennings and Mr Hinde, 106; Miss Brockbank and Mr Burrell, 107; Mrs Ellis and Mr Thompson, 109; Mrs Hinde and Mr Ellis, 110; Miss Nicholson and Mr Spencer, 113.

Below is a result of a match played on the Birthwaite course in July 1908.

Birthwaite Golf Club   Mr Jones-Balme's Team  
W W Hinde 0 W Weston 1
E W Branthwaite 0 J Jackson 1
W G Burrill 1 T D Jackson 0
T W Hoggarth 0 J W Dove (half) 0
G H Brockbank 0 F E T Jones-Balme 1
G W Spencer 1 R B Marriott 0
S H Fell 1 A T Martin 0
J Mudd 1 Dr. Johnston 0
  4   3

The fourth annual meeting was held in the Crown Hotel, Bowness, in March 1910, George E Moser, captain, in the chair. The annual report and balance sheet showed the club to have 49 gentlemen and 14 lady members, a balance of £1/12s/2d in the bank. On the motion of J Mudd and seconded by W W Hinde, G O Nicol was elected hon. secretary in place of J C Trubshaw who wished to retire from the post. G Walker was re-elected hon. treasurer; George Moser was re-elected captain; committee - J Mudd, G H Brockbank, W C Bower, J C Trubshaw, T M Holmes.

Below is the result of a match played at Birthwaite in May 1190.

 

Birthwaite Golf Club, Winderemere, Cumbria. Report on a match played at Birthwaite in May 1910.

From the Lakes Chronicle and Reporter Thursday May 12th 1910. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

The secretary in 1914 was George O Nicol. The course was still in existence up to WW2.

The course was located on land between Birthwaite Road and Beemire Lane (Longlands Road).

 

Birthwaite Golf Club, Windemere. Location of the course in 1912.

The Birthwaite course is marked in the centre of the above map. Reproduced from the {1912} Ordnance Survey Map.

 

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