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Black Fell Golf Club, Birtley, Durham. (1896 - 1920s)

The club was founded 1896.

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

From the 1905 Nisbet's Golf Yearbook; Membership of 110; hon. secretary - L Pattinson, Denewell Avenue, Low Fell, Co Durham; president, R Wilson; entrance fee £1/1s and subs £1. The course is 5 miles from Newcastle and 20 minutes' walk from Birtley station. 

 

Black Fell Golf Club, Birtley, County Durham. Images of the James Henry Horsley Medal.

 

Black Fell Golf Club, Birtley, County Durham. Images of the James Henry HorsleyMedal.

Above images of the James Henry Horsley Medal courtesy of Graham Rowley http://www.oldsportsauction.com/

 

Competition result from September 1905.

Black Fell Golf Club, Birtley, County Durham. Competition result from September 1905.

Newcastle Daily Chronicle Wednesday 6 September 1905. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

Report on the club and course from the Newcastle Daily Chronicle August 1907.

 

Black Fell Golf Club, Birtley, County Durham. Report on the club and course from July 1907.

 

Black Fell Golf Club, Birtley, County Durham. Report on the club and course from July 1907.

 

Black Fell Golf Club, Birtley, County Durham. Report on the club and course from July 1907.

 

Black Fell Golf Club, Birtley, County Durham. Report on the club and course from July 1907.

 

Black Fell Golf Club, Birtley, County Durham. Report on the club and course from July 1907.

Newcastle Daily Chronicle Saturday 31 August 1907. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

Result of a match played at South Shields Golf Club in May 1909.

South Shields Golf Club   Birtley Black Fell Golf Club  
Dr. McNabb 0 G T Parkinson 1
C Blackwood 0 J H Colley 1
D Andrews 1 F W Brower 0
T Beasley 0 H J Wilson 1
C Campbell 0 N H Smith 0
A P Stainton 0 F Newton 1
P Wishart 1 W Simms 0
G R Wood 1 C L Bell 0
S Thubron 1 L G Pattinson 0
J Jameson 1 Ernest Emley 0
  5   4

Course record broken by two players on the same day in May 1909.

 

Black Fell Golf Club, Birtley, County Durham. Course record broken by two players on the same day.

Newcastle Daily Chronicle Wednesday 26 May 1909. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

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 25 July 1910. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

The annual competition for the president’s Christmas prize was played on Monday 2 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 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.

The second round of the Horsley Cup was played on Saturday 12 October 1912; C H L Bell, 90-12-78; Geo Wilson, 93-14-79; Rev. F J Walkey, 93-12-81; H A Haslam, 99-16-83; C J Hair, 98-13-85; Mrs F P Paynter, 110-20-90. There were several no returns. Members were informed that during the winter the brake will meet the 1 pm tram not the 1.15.

In 1914 the secretary was F P Paynter and the green-keeper 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 the June 1914 monthly bogey competition; R P Paynter, 1up; Edwin Emley, 1down;  F P Paynter and Ernest Emley, 4down; T A Hagan and A Fitzjohn, 7down.

In December 1914 the secretary was Mr E Emley.

Black Fell member killed in action. It was reported in January 1916 that Major F P Paynter a prominent golfer and member of the Black Fell Golf Club had been killed in action whilst attempting to rescue a wounded soldier. 

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.

It was reported in April 1920 that the Gateshead and District N.S.P.C.C., had received from the trustees of the late Birtley Black Fell Golf Club a cheque for £30 for the Society.

 

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.