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Shap Wells Golf Club, Cumbria.

The hotel had its own nine hole private course prior to WW1. The proprietor in 1910 was J H Whiteside, MD, CM. The exact location and layout of this first course has yet to be found. R J Clarke took over in 1912. 

The club was re-established in 1921 with a nine-hole course laid out on the Lowther Estate by Joe Anderson the well known Perthshire professional from the Braemar Golf Club. Joe’s daughter was the famous Scottish lady golfer Jessie Valentine.

 

Shap Wells Golf Club, Cumbria. Joe Anderson.

The above picture is of Joe Anderson, course designer, and his daughter, the famous Jessie Valentine. Image is from the collection of S W Simpson, Shap Wells Hotel.

 

The nine-hole moorland course became a popular attraction for hotel guests. Visitors to the area were also welcome. During the 1930s green fees were 2/- a day, 7/6 a week with the additional attraction of Sunday play. The railway station at Shap was four miles away. Many local golfers also played on the course and it’s possible that competitions were arranged. As well as golf tennis became a popular pastime. The hotel offered an afternoon’s golf or tennis, with afternoon tea, for 2/6 inclusive.

 

Shap Wells Golf Club, Cumbria. Party of golfers.

A party of unknown golfers at Shap Wells in the 1930s probably competing for the trophy displayed on the table. Image from the collection of S W Simpson, Shap Wells Hotel.

 

Shap Wells Golf Club, Cumbria. Second hole.

Above is the second hole with the Birkbeck forming a water hazard behind the green. Interesting to note the white posts at the back of the green which supported netting to prevent the ball from rolling in the hazard. Image from the collection of S W Simpson, Shap Wells Hotel.

 

Shap Wells Golf Club, Cumbria. Fourth hole.

A view which featured in the 1925 hotel brochure. It shows the footbridge between the fourth tee and green. Image from the collection of S W Simpson, Shap Wells Hotel.

 

Shap Wells Golf Club, Cumbria. The ninth green.

Another view featured in the 1925 hotel brochure showing the ninth green with the hotel in the background. Image from the collection of S W Simpson, Shap Wells Hotel.

 

At the onset of WW2 part of the course was requisitioned with the area around the first tee and ninth green being used as a POW garden. The rest of the course fell into decline and was used as farmland.

There were attempts to re-establish the course following the war but due to the excessive cost of the laying out of a course these plans never materialised. 

Grateful thanks to Stephen Simpson of the Shap Wells Hotel for providing the above images and for the information regarding the Shap Wells course. 

  

Shap Wells Golf Club, Cumbria. The Hotel from the golf course.

Shap Wells looking from the course. Postcard by Valentine’s “Carbotype” Series 86244.