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Galston Golf Club, East Ayrshire.

Founded in 1895, when the professional was D Orr. The 9-hole course was situated on Sorn Road, west of Cessnock Castle, and was only in existence for about 10 years. In November 1908 there was a meeting in the library room of the Brown’s Institute in an attempt to re-open the extinct Galston Golf Club. At that meeting, it was agreed to approach Lord Loudoun regarding the site at Gowf Field to form a new club, The Earl agreed to rent out the ground and this was the beginning of Loudoun Gowf Club.

Thanks to Mr Robert W Young for the following: “I don’t remember them, but there were two golf courses locally which are now defunct. The local Irvine Valley towns of Darvel, Newmilns and Galston were at the height of their prosperity around the turn of the century and the local weavers and miners started playing golf. There was a golf course just outside Galston on the Cessnock Estate and was situated on the Sorn Road immediately leaving Galston. This probably didn’t exist for very long. In 1906, the Galston golfers were allowed to rent the land known as Gowf park which had been used by the Earl of Loundon and his family for golf since the 15th century and the golf club at Cessnock finished. Loudoun Gowf Club was born and the land was finally purchased from the Loudoun Estate somewhere around 1970.”