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Kendal Race Course Golf Club, Cumbria.

Founded 1891, the course was laid out over the disused racecourse above the town. It was originally an 18 hole course reducing to 12 holes by closure.

The AGM was held at the Town Hall on Thursday 6th January 1898 with R H Greenwood in the chair. The following officers were elected; captain, Dr Taylor; secretary, Dr Leeming; treasurer, Dr Parker; the committee, R H Greenwood, C Somervell, C J Cropper, W Evershed and Dr Sturridge. Dr Parker, the new treasurer, had some fine credentials for the job. Recently when subscriptions amounting to 25/-, which had been promised, needed collecting, he took on the roll of debt collector. He not only succeeded in recovering that money, but a further 25/- was raised the next day. The retiring treasurer, Rev S J Livesey, produced the balance sheet for the year and when everything was taken into consideration there was a balance in hand of 3s/4d (about 17p) Amongst others present were Dr Leeming, J Martin, R F Chorley and T H Green

In 1900 the secretary was Dr Leeming. The course was of 18 holes at this time.

In 1906/7 the secretary was H B Greenwood, Bankfield, Kendal, the president was Captain Bagot MP. There was no entry fee, subs were 21/- and 10/6 for ladies. The course was now 12 holes, a mile and half from the railway station.

The club continued at this location until 1907 but with the opening of the new Serpentine course membership dwindled and many members moved to Serpentine. The Race Course club had disappeared by 1908.

Following are a selection of results from the 1890s/1900s.

Result of the monthly bogey for April 1898; B J Lawlor (4) and W R Parker (8) qualified to play in the final in October. On Easter Monday a special competition was arranged, results as follows; H Hoggarth, 100-27-73; Dr Parker (10) and Dr Gibson (12) tied for second place with 74net.

Following is the result of a match played on Thursday 14th April 1898 at Penrith in wretched weather.

Penrith   Kendal  
W Heelis 0 B J Lawlor 5
E F S Tylecote 0 W R Parker 0
J G Gandy 0 R O Pennington 5
J Bushby 6 J A Gibson 0
R H Horrax 0 A N Other 0
C B L Tylecote 7 F B Pollitt 0
R Thompson 4 A Hoggarth 0
H Gandy 0 P F Sturridge 0
J B Tylecote 0 S Turner 0
  17   10

On Thursday July 14th 1898 a match was played between teams selected by the captain and secretary; result as follows:

Captain's side   Secretary's side  
B J Lawlor 6 F Nicholson 0
P F Sturridge 0 R O Pennington 0
B R A Taylor 0 R W Leeming 2
Rev S J Livesey 0 W Evershed 5
Rev T Heelis 0 G E Moser 5
H A Mawby 0 R Greenwood 4
T H Green 0 A Hoggarth 3
  6   19

It was reported in August 1898 that whilst playing with Dr Elder on the racecourse links Mr B J Lawlor had set a new course record of 76, this beat the previous record by three shots. It also mentions that the course was playing its “full length” Scorecard details:

Out 4 3 5 4 6 3 5 4 4 38
Home 5 4 3 4 4 6 3 5 4 38

Because of changes to the course layout etc new course record scores can be higher see below.

On Tuesday September 11th 1900 Jack Collins the Kendal Race Course professional set a new course record; out 4,4,5,3,5,4,5,4,4 = 38, in 5,4,3,5,4,5,3,5,5 = 39, total 77. The previous record was held by John Ba(e)ll, previous Race Course professional who scored 79.

Kendal Race Course Golf Club, Cumbria. Location of the golf course.

The old Racecourse site is marked to the bottom left.Grid reference SD50050,91620, co-ordinates 350050,491620.