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Greenock Golf Club, Inverclyde.

The original club was founded in 1873 with a course at Bow Farm. The 6-hole Bow Farm course lasted just three years.

 

Greenock Golf Club, Inverclyde. Formation of  the club March 1873.

From the Greenock Telegraph and Clyde Shipping Gazette Saturday 29th March 1873. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

It was reported in April 1873 that the adjourned meeting of the Greenock Golf Club will be held at the White Hart Hotel on Tuesday April 29th at 8pm.

 

Greenock Golf Club, Inverclyde. Notice of the Captain's Prizes.

From the Greenock Telegraph and Clyde Shipping Gazette Thursday 16th October 1873. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

On Saturday 18th October 1873 a handicap competition of two rounds of the course was played for with prizes presented by the captain, Rev. Mr Ireland. The first prize was won by William Grieve, Levau, with a score of 103-10-93. Second was Archd. Lumsdaine, Mansionhouse, with a scratch score of 94. William Spiers was third.

 

Greenock Golf Club, Inverclyde. The first annual meeting in 1874.

From the Greenock Telegraph and Clyde Shipping Gazette Thursday 9th April 1874. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

At the special general meeting on Friday 8th May 1874 Mr William Turner was unanimously elected chairman. Certain modifications and alterations to the rules of the club were submitted and agreed to. The captain was to be elected annually along with the other office bearers.

 

Greenock Golf Club, Inverclyde. The opening competition of the season.

From the Greenock Advertiser Tuesday 1st September 1874. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

Greenock Golf Club, Inverclyde. Match played against Glasgow Golf Club.

From the Greenock Advertiser Tuesday 15th September 1874. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

Following a dispute with the tenant farmer regarding grazing rights the club was disbanded after just three years. 

It appears from the report below that the earlier course had soon been forgotten.

 

Greenock Golf Club, Inverclyde. Seems the earlier club was forgotten.

From the Greenock Advertiser Monday 28th March 1881. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

Greenock Golf Club, Inverclyde. The 1858 O.S map showing Bow Farm.

Bow Farm in the centre of the 1858 O.S map long before the golf course. © Crown Copyright {1858}

 

The current Greenock Golf Club was founded in 1890 with a course at Battery Park.

The Google Map below pinpoints the location of the former Bow Farm golf course.