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Black Fell Golf Club, Birtley, Durham. (1896 - 1930s)

The club was founded 1896.

The annual competition for the president’s Christmas prize was played on Monday 2nd January 1911, leading scores; P McAllum, 87-8-79; D M Millar, 86-6-80; A Ernest Emley, 93-13-80; N Newton, 94-14-80; N H Pattinson, 87-5-82; J E Hicks, 89-7-82; J H Colley, 91-9-82; G T Parkinson, 86-2-84; T J Walker, 97-12-85; R P Paynter, 86-1-85; F P Paynter, 88-1-87; A C Kayll, 93-6-87; Edward Emley, 93-6-87. 

In 1914 the secretary was F P Paynter and the greenkeeper was H Allen. A 9 hole course with a membership of 100. Entry fees for gents were £1/5/0. Subs for gents were £1/1/0 and ladies 12/6.  Visitors’ fees were 1/- a day. Sunday play was not allowed. The nearest railway station was at Birtley.

Result of a one sided club match played away on the Wearside Golf Club course on Saturday 28th July 1899.

Wearside Golf Club   Black Fell Golf Club  
Dr B Cox 16 W Pybus 0
J Eltringham 2 R Caird 0
H Clark 6 E Corniel 0
F Pumphrey 2 C Pynter 0
W F Vint 3 R P Paynter 0
W Piggott 9 W P Patterson 0
E H Pumphrey 3 F P Paynter 0
R Willis 3 T Parkinson 0
Dr Todd 1 R B Clark 0
M Kirkup 0 F Herbert 3
  45   3

Below is the result of a competition played in July 1910.


Black Fell Golf Club, Birtley, County Durham. Competition result from July 1910.

From the Newcastle Journal Monday 25th July 1910. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


In February 1911 the secretary of the Gateshead Mayor's Fund for feeding poor children acknowledged the receipt of £1/12s from Mr J de C S  Paynter on behalf of the Black Fell Golf Club.

Of the eleven original clubs elected to the Durham Golf Union in 1908 Black Fell is the only one not to have survived. The golf club ceased to exist in the 1920s/30s.


Black Fell Golf Club, Birtley, Drham. Location of the former course.

Location of the Black Fell course in the early 1920s.

Grid reference NZ28260,57005, co-ordinates 428260,557005.