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Loudoun Hill Golf Club, East Ayrshire.

In 1909/10 the secretary was J W Morton. The subscription for half a year was 10s/6d. One of the members during this time was George M Young, 36 East Main Street, Darvel. His invoice for his subs, dated October 1909, showed that he was the “third member” and that he only paid half fees of 5s/3d.

From 1911 to the outbreak of WW1 the professional was E MacIntosh.

Thanks to Archie Frame and Robert W Young for their contributions regarding Loudoun Hill.

Archie Frame: “May I advise that there was a nine hole course at Loudoun Hill some 2 miles east of  Darvel just on the right going east, beside the Darvel Strathaven Road overlooking Loudoun Hill, a unique rocky rise. There was a railway station there, now non existent. I think the course was in existence before the First World War and closed near the start of the second. My father was a member and I was a very young junior member, so young that I only remember being taken there once or twice”

Mr Robert W Young supplied the following information: “Around 1900 a railway line was constructed between Darvel and Strathaven and a railway station was established at Loudoun Hill. Great plans were envisaged for this area such as the complexes at Gleneagles and Turnberry but none came to fruition as the railway proved unprofitable. A golf course was set up however between the railway station and the old Roman Fort which has now disappeared due to sand and gravel extraction. I can remember people who played there and believe it shut down around 1920 when the golfers went to Loudoun Gowf Club which incidentally is the only GOWF club in the world”.