Cleveleys Hydro Golf Club, Blackpool, Lancs.
Founded in 1900. A 9 hole course up to WW1, when the longest hole was 385yds. It appeared as an 18 hole course from the early 1920s. It was situated between the shore and the main Fleetwood Road, some 4 ½ miles north of Blackpool. There was a clubhouse and the course was well served by both bus and tram. The station at Clevely’s in the early years was 2 miles away; in later years the nearest station was at Blackpool 3 ½ miles away and Thornton 2 miles away. The Blackpool to Fleetwood Electric Tram station was nearby. Local hotels were the County and Lane Ends, Metropole, Imperial Hydro, South Shore Hydro, Cleveley’s Hydro, Albion, Palatine and Royal.
The Blackpool Gazette have informed us that the club played a competition for an antique copper cigarette box made from Nelson’s Flagship. It was inscribed “Second Golf Sweepstake, Cleveleys Hydro” If anyone has any further information please “contact us” (HMS Foudroyant was wrecked in a storm in June 1897 and was grounded on the shore at Blackpool)
|1904/19||Lawrence Gregson (p)|
|1919/1922||D McKenzie (p)|
|1923/28||C H Woolmer||E Marsh (p)|
|1929/30s||H C Rowe, "Anchorsholme" Blackpool.||E Marsh (p)|
|1935/39||R M Band, Mossom Lane, Cleveleys.||E Marsh (p)|
|1940/47||T Patterson, 9 Brentwood Avenue, Anchorsholme.||E Marsh (p) L Gregson (g)|
|1948||L Hackins, 307 Fleetwood Rd, Blackpool.||E Marsh (p)|
|1950s||C Harrison, 132 Anchorsholme Lane, Blackpool.||E Marsh (p&g)|
Interesting to note that L Gregson appears as greenkeeper in 1940/47; could this have been Lawrence Gregson the professional 1904/19?
The 36-hole bogey competition for the president’s prize was played in September 1933 and resulted in a win for 17 year old J Knight, handicap 12, with a score of 6 down. There was a tie for second place between L A Leach (3) and H Bradshaw (14) 9 down.
|Course records -|
|1906/19||C H Aldersmith, amateur, 39 James Butcher, professional, 39|
|1929/30s||E Marsh, professional, 63.|
|1940/47||A Gray, amateur, 63 E Marsh, pro 63.|
|1906/14||Visitors' fees, 1/- a day, 5/- a week and 10/- a month. Sunday play with caddies.|
|1923/28||Fees for residents, 1/6 a day, 7/6 a week. Non residents paid 2/6 and 12/6.|
|1929/30s||The SSS was 68 and club membership 220.|
|1935/39||There was a revised SSS of 66.|
|1940/47||Visitors' fees were 2/6 a day, 5/- at weekend and 12/6 a week. Membership 170.|
|1948||Standard Scratch Score and par of 67.|