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Matlock Bath and District Golf Club, Derbyshire. (1901 - 1920)

On Tuesday 1 October 1901 a meeting was held at the New Bath Hotel to discuss the new golf club project. Col Cantrell Hubbertsty laid before the meeting a proposal by which he would provide links on a 100 acre estate in Matlock Bath, on the hills, and lay out the nine-hole course at his own expense, providing that the town finds a club to use it. It was hoped there would be a first class course in place by next summer.

On Saturday 10 May 1902 the new nine hole course of the Matlock Bath & District club was "informally opened." There was a large attendance of members and their friends at the opening. These included, Mr H M Peacock, captain, Mr A R Doar, treasurer and Mr F C Lymm, secretary. The captain opened the links with Mr Broome hitting the opening drive. All were unanimous in the admiration of the course and the surrounding scenery - some of the finest in Derbyshire. Much credit was due to Mr Cross, the professional, for the manner in which he had laid the course out in such a short time. Sunday play was allowed without caddies. The station at Matlock Bath was 1 mile away. Local hotels were the New Bath, Royal, Devonshire and the Royal Hydro.

Reports on the official opening of the course on the "Masson Side" in May 1903. 

 

Matlock Bath and District Golf Club, Derbyshire. Official opening of the course on Masson Side in May 1903.

Nottingham Evening Post Monday 25 May 1903. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

A further and more in depth report on the golf course appeared in the Derbyshire Times in May 1903.  Mr Victor Cavendish carried out two important functions on Saturday 23 May 1903 - The opening of the new High Tor Bridge; and the opening of the Matlock Bath and District Golf Course. The report below is an extract from the full report and concentrates on the golf course. 

 

Matlock Bath and District Golf Club, Derbyshire. Report on the official opening of the course on Masson Side in May 1903.

 

Matlock Bath and District Golf Club, Derbyshire. Report on the official opening of the course on Masson Side in May 1903.

 

Matlock Bath and District Golf Club, Derbyshire. Report on the official opening of the course on Masson Side in May 1903.

 

Matlock Bath and District Golf Club, Derbyshire. Report on the official opening of the course on Masson Side in May 1903.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald Wednesday 27 May 1903. Images © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

In July 1904 Mr H Loveday presented a prize to be competed for by the ladies section and played over the course at Masson. Scores as follows; Miss Brooker won with a net 70, Miss Howe, 72; Miss Ryder, 72; Mrs Fox, 74 and Mrs Lymm, 78.

In 1906 course records were amateur  the Reverend A T Humphreys with a score of 38 and professional P Knight (no score recorded). Visitors’ fees  Tor Bridge 1/- a day, 5/- a week and 15/- a month.

Below is the result of a club match played at Tideswell on 28 May 1910. 

Tideswell Golf Club   Matlock Bath Golf Club  
Mr Howard 1 Mr Lymm 0
Mr Parke 0 Mr Gilbert 1
Mr Brightmore 1 Mr Boden 0
Mr Wilson 1 Mr Spud 0
Mr Cheetham 1 Mr Broom 0
Mr Howe 1 Mr Stair 0
Mr Chamberlain 0 Mr Ashover 1
Mr Boul 1 Mr Butcher 0
  6   2

In 1912 the secretary was J W Boden.

Result of a club match played against Chatworth on Saturday 27 April 1912 at Matlock Bath.

Matlock Bath Golf Club   Chatsworth Golf Club  
F C Lymm 0 Rev H W L O'Rorke (2&1) 1
J E Speed 0 J P Maine (2up) 1
J W Boden (half) 0 J W Hulley (half) 0
J Kidd (5&4) 1 H C Sweeting 0
A E Swann (3&2) 1 V Frost 0
B O'Dowds (1up) 1 L Bond 0
F Hollingsworth (4&3) 1 S Burdekin 0
J Oliver (1up) 1 F Bond 0
  5   2

In 1914 the the club had a membership of 50. There was no entry fee. Subs for gents were £1/1/0 and ladies 10/6. Visitors’ fees were now 1/6 a day, 6/- a week and 15/- a month.

  Secretary Professional/Greenkeeper
1906 R Rimmer, New Bath Hotel, Matlock Bath. B Goodie (p)
1912-14 J W Boden, South Parade, Matlock Bath. F Gilbert (p)
1920   J Wilmot (p)

The club disappeared in about 1920.