Paisley Golf Club, Renfrew.
Founded in 1894, the club was actually formed in May 1885. This course was situated on 40 acres of land on Bushes Farm, and continued on this site until 1946. There was a need for housing following WWII, and Paisley Town Council wanted to make a compulsory purchase of the land for development. This, of course, did not go down well with the golf club; eventually a compromise was reached and the club moved to its present location at Glennifer Braes.
It was reported in March 1895 that a golf club to be called the Paisley Golf Club had just been formed in the town and that a course had been laid out in the vicinity of Bushes Farm at the foot of Gleniffer Braes. At a meeting of the members the plans for the clubhouse, drawn by Mr T G Abercombie, architect, Paisley, were submitted and approved. The building was to be of a wooden construction, painted green, with brick foundations, and roofed with red tiles. In front there was to be a large verandah, behind this was a coomon room measuring 20ft 9 in by 13ft 6in, at the rear of this was the gentlemen’s room, 15ft 9in by 14ft and also a ladies’ room of the same dimensions. At the back of the house was the kitchen and the lavatory.
On the 30th April 1898 a professional competition was held on the 18 hole course. Taking part were; Ben Sayers, North Berwick; Willie Fernie, Troon; Willie Auchterlonie, St Andrews; and Jack Kinnell, Prestwick. In the morning a stroke competition was played and in the afternoon the Ayrshire golfers took on Sayers and Auchterlonie in a foursome match. It was reported that the bset golf of the day was played by Auchterlonie with the poor form of Fernie the subject of much comment. In the foursome competition the Ayrshire couple were beaten easily, the putting of Fernie being “very weak”. Following is the result of the stroke competition; Auchterlonie, 72 (new course record); Kinnell, 75; Sayers, 76; Fernie, 79. Auchterlonie and Sayers won the foursome 3 and 2.
Result of the ladies’ monthly medal played in January 1900; the winner was Miss Anna M Stewart, 98-18-80.