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Ilkeston Borough Golf Club, Derbyshire. (1928 – 1947)

There is evidence of an earlier club prior to WW1.

The club was first mentioned in October 1928 when it was reported that “Ilkeston Council last night decided to proceed with the construction of a nine-hole golf course.”

In the early years it was known as Ilkeston Golf Club.

Announcement of the new golf course in July 1929.

 

Ilkeston Borough Golf Club, Derbyshire. Ilkeston's new golf course in July 1929.

Derby Daily Telegraph Saturday 6th July 1929. Image © Trinity Mirror. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

From the Nottingham Journal Tuesday 23rd July 1929; “New Ilkeston Golf Course – A nine-hole course adjacent to the Rutland Recreation Ground, Ilkeston, was formally opened yesterday by the Mayor (Mr W Lacey.)

It was reported in August 1929 that the Ilkeston Golf Course was “not busy.” To create interest it was hoped to arrange a competition between Ilkeston Council and Heanor Council. The absecnce of publicity was put forward as a reason why the course was not being used.

The new Ilkeston Borough Golf Club in February 1930. 

 

Ilkeston Borough Golf Club, Derbyshire. The new Ilkeston Borough Golf Club in February 1930.

 

Ilkeston Borough Golf Club, Derbyshire. The new Ilkeston Borough Golf Club in February 1930.

Derby Daily Telegraph Tuesday 18th February 1930. Image © Trinity Mirror. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

It was reported in June 1930 that the course was so popular that some congestion was being experienced. It was thought that extending the course to 18-holes may be considered. The condition of the nine-hole course was stated to be excellent.

The flourishing club in August 1930. 

 

Ilkeston Borough Golf Club, Derbyshire. The flourishing club in August 1930.

Derby Daily Telegraph Friday 22nd August 1930. Image © Trinity Mirror. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

The final of the Vertannes Shield was played in July 1932. R Joyce (10) beat J Costello (17) by 5 and 3.

 

Ilkeston Borough Golf Club, Derbyshire. Location of the golf course in 1933.

Location of the golf course in 1933.

 

A clue to the location of the course in the following report “One of the holes on the Ilkeston golf course is alongside a railway. More than once, it is said, a”pulled ball has nestled in a passing railway truck, and gone for a ride.”

Result of the Coronation Cup in  May 1937.

 

Ilkeston Borough Golf Club, Derbyshire. Result of the Coronation Cup in May 1937.

Derby Daily Telegraph Monday 17th May 1937. Image © Trinity Mirror. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

Result of a match played at Ilkeston against Derby Golf Club in May 1939. 

Ilkeston Borough Golf Club   Derby Golf Club  
E Godfrey and S Dexter 0 A Baker and B Price (2up) 1
E Waterhouse and F Burry (2 and 1) 1 J Burnham and A Turner 0
F Wheatley and E Paliney 0 A Targus and W E Smith  (3 and 1) 1
N Simpson and L Attenboro 0 A Matthews and H Milner (4 and 3) 1
F Wright and S Caddick  (halved) 0 T Burnham and S Davidson (halved) 0
  1   3

From the 1947 Golfer’s Handbook; Ilkeston Borough Golf Club; membership of 70; secretary – H Spencer Wood, P.A.S.I., F.A.I., 22 Burns Street,Ilkeston; green-keper, H Aldwinckle; amatuer course record – H Joyce, 62; 9-holes, Par 63; visitors’ fees – 1s/6d a round of 18-holes, 2s/6d a day.

Report from the Nottingham Evening Post Thursday 9th October 1947; “ILKESTON GOLF COURSE TO CLOSE – Ilkeston’s municipal golf course is to be closed at the end of this year and used for football pitches and playing fields. This action has been taken because of the loss on the undertaking – an average of £400 annually. This decision by the Town Council has not been accepted without protest, However, it was pointed out the membership had never been more than 50.”