Barnoldswick Golf Club, Lancashire.
The club was founded in 1900. The professional in 1900/01 was W Brown and J Hartley in 1908.
It was reported in January 1901 that a Golf Club had been formed in the Barnoldswick district, the links being laid out at Brogden, on the Barnoldswick side.
The following is an extract from a report that appeared in the Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser on Tuesday 22nd January 1901. “Alex Brown, the well known professional from the Worsley Golf Club, has been laying out a course of nine-holes at Barnoldswick near Colne (then in Yorkshire), and that his namesake Brown, the professional of the Manchester Club at Trafford Park, has taken up his duties of green-keeper at the Colne course. The new course, about 1,340 yards in length, is situated at the top of the hill. Capital views are to be obtained from the new links and on a fine day it is quite possible to catch a glimpse of Blackpool Tower. The course is well arranged and the holes vary from 110 yards to 430 yards. There are some natural ditches and hedges, which work out in the proper places and make grand hazards, and the turf is of that moorish character which goes to make just those sort of lies which bring delight to the golfers’ heart.”
The annual meeting for the Barnoldswick Golf Club took place in the Lecture Room at the Liberal Club on Wednesday 29th January 1913. Most of the retiring officers were re-elected and the club was reported to be in a sound financial position.
The next mention found for a golf course for Barnoldswick appeared in February 1913. There is a report of a well attended meeting for the Hollins Golf Club which was held at Hartley’s Refreshment Rooms. The balance sheet showed that the club was in a satisfactory condition. A motion to extend the membership was defeated. The President, Mr J Taylor resigned, he was replaced by Mr Fred Wilson.
In September 1913 the shield presented by the Hollins Golf Club was won by Mr John Brown.
The Colne St Andrews Golf Club visited the Hollins Golf Links on Saturday 9th May 1914 the result was a draw.
The annual meeting for the Hollins Golf Club was held on Tuesday 9th March 1915 at Mr T Hartley’s Cafe, Rainhall Road. The balance sheet showed that the club was in a satisfactory financial position. The membership was 36. The following officers were elected; President, John Holden; secretary, James Norcross; treasurer, Holgate Norcross; captain, Fred Wilson. John Brown had once again won the Club Shield
Whether the Hollins Golf Club had any association with the Barnoldsick Golf Club is not yet known.
Prior to WW1 Ghyll Golf Club appeared. Barnoldswick Golf Club had probably disappeared by this time.