Appley Bridge Golf Club, Wigan, Lancashire.
The club was founded in 1907.
A 9-hole course laid out on land belonging to the then Smith family, owners of Parbold Hall. The rent at the time was £45 a year.
Locally there is a competition called the Victory Trophy, played for once a year by local clubs, Appley Bridge Golf club appear on the original plaque as winners.
The station at Appley Bridge was 1 mile away.
|1914||C Spary, Lyndale, Appley Bridge.|
|1923/24||J H Shuttleworth, Grove House, Appley Bridge.|
|1925||W O Fillingham, Ashfield, Appley Bridge.||H James (g)|
|1926/30s||J H Liptrot, "Glenside" Appley Bridge.|
|1926/31||T Bamber (g)|
|1932/40||G Clements (g)|
|1930s (mid)||J Stopforth, Greg-Na-Baa, Parbold, Wigan.|
|1940||J F Barnes, Lyndale, Appley Lane, Appley Bridge.|
|1947/49||J Guest, 16 Ashfield Terrace, Appley Bridge.|
|1947||N Kenny (p&g)|
|1949||A Simpson (p&g)|
In 1914 the entry fee for gents was £1/1/0 and ladies10/6. Subs for gents were £1/11/6 and ladies15/-. Visitors’ fees were 1/- a day, 3/6 a week and 10/- a month. Sunday play was not allowed.
In 1923/4 there was a membership of 150. Visitors’ fees were 2/- a day.
From 1926 and in to the 1930s membership peaked at 165.
In the Chorley Golf Club Hospital Trophy competition played in May 1931 W E Ashton of Appley Bridge Golf Club tied with two other golfers for the trophy, he returned a score of 90-14-76. He finished second in the play-off. J Stockforth, Appley Bridge, also played in the competition.
On Sunday 17th December 1939 George Duncan, former Open Champion, played a match that also included the then Open Champion, Dick Burton, on the Appley Bridge course. In the afternoon Duncan had a round of 67, a course record and five strokes better than the scratch score. Duncan was partnered by James Adams (Royal Liverpool) they beat Burton and H E Walker, a former Cheshire amateur champion, in a match played over 36 holes. The match was in aid of the Mayor of Wigan’s war comforts fund, and a large crowd followed the play. Afterwards the balls used by the players were auctioned for £14/5shillings.
In 1940 the SSS was 70. Visitors’ fees were 2/- a day, weekends and Bank Holiday 2/6 a day.
Membership in 1949 was 160. Professional record of 67 held by G Duncan. Visitors’ fees were 2/6 a day, Saturday 3/- a day. On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday after 2pm 2/-.
Folklore has it that one of the reasons for the closure (could have been the main reason) was loud and uncouth behavior and drunkenness! Who knows?
Appley Bridge Golf Club had disappeared by 1951.