Stranraer Golf Club, Dumfries & Galloway.
Founded in 1905/6.
An 18-hole hilly seaside testing course with excellent greens, the course was always kept in first class condition. The clubhouse was not licensed although food was available. Sunday play was not permitted. Membership was 160 prior to WW1 rising to 300 by WW2. The station was a 5 minute walk away. Local hotels were the Kings Arms, George and Milton House.
In 1914 entry fees for gents was £1/1/0; there was no entry fee for ladies. Subs for both ladies and gents were £1/1/0. Visitors’ fees were 1/- a day, 3/6d a week 10/- a month.
In 1925 visitors’ fees were 1/6d a day, 6/- a week, 9/- a fortnight and 15/- a month.
In 1930/40 visitors’ fees were 2/- a day, 7/6d a week, 12/6d a fortnight and £1 a month.
From the mid 1930s to closure the 18 hole course had a SSS of 68 and Par 69.
Result of four ball handicap played in August 1938; Tom Kerr & Alexander Stewart (8), 67; A K Donaldson & J Stanley McKail (scratch), 70; E G Paton & J G Carver (+4) and John Carswell & William Colthart (12), 74; Geo Park & J S Boyd (+2), D Jardine & James Hutchison (3) and James McRobbie & Ian Hendry (6), 75.
|1914||A McParker||J Murray (g)|
|1925||A McParker, Solicitor, Stranraer.||R F Gordon (p) A Cain (g)|
|1930||A Buchanan, Clydesdale Bank Ltd.|
|1930s/40||E G Paton, Commercial Bank of Scotland.||R F Gordon (p) T Morrison (g)|
|1930||J M Robertson (am) 68|
|1930s||H McNally (am) 66 R Gordon (pro) 67|
Stranraer Golf Club relocated to its present site following WWII.
Thanks to Harry Gibbs for providing the following information in 2004: “Stranraer Golf Club was closed at the start of the war, approximately Spring 1940. It was taken over by the army and became a transit camp for service personnel travelling to Ireland. The course was located on the east side of the town on the Cairnryan Road parallel to the sea shore but separated from it by the main road to Glasgow, the course was completely built over with army huts. The course was eighteen holes divided by a lane called Ladies Walk. Since I was only twelve years old at the time I did not play golf so I can tell you little about it as a golf course. However I did walk around it many times looking for golf balls. After the war the land was taken over for private housing and has now been completely built over. The original clubhouse is still standing and is in use as a private residence. Stranraer Golf Club built a completely new course on the other side of town”.
Thanks also to Donnie Nelson for providing further information on the location of the original course; “Stranraer's original golf course was divided by a roadway called McMaster's Road. The Ladies' Walk, parallel to that road, was the western boundary to the enlarged course and separated the links from the clubhouse. The first nine-hole course was to the east of McMaster's Road and when the course was enlarged the ground to the west of that road and stretching to the Ladies' Walk was taken in to make up the 18-hole links.”