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

On Tuesday 1st 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 10th 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.

In July 1904 the first clue as to the exact location of the course. 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 were 1/- a day, 5/- a week and 15/- a month.

Below is the result of a club match played at Tideswell on May 28th 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 27th 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.