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City of Newcastle Golf Club, Town Moor Course. (1881 - 1907) 

The first report found for golf being played on the Town Moor was in 1881 by the Newcastle Golf Club.

It appears that four clubs actually played on the Town Moor Course at various times; Newcastle Golf Club - (1880s); Newcastle United Golf Club - (1891 - 1973); City of Newcastle Golf Club - (1891 - 1907); Claremont Golf Club - (1908 - 1951). 

The Newcastle Golf Club is mentioned in the report below from October 1881.

 

Newcastle Golf Club, Town Moor Course. Report on a competition played in September 1881.

The Sportsman Saturday 1 October 1881. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

From the Newcastle Journal Saturday 18 June 1882; "NEWCASTLE GOLF CLUB - Yesterday afternoon a number  of member of the club took part in a competition for the "Melville Cross" a handsome challenge trophy presented by Mr T Melville of North Shields. The Town Moor affords ampler scope for golf than does the celebrated Musselburgh Links, but, owing to the restrictions placed upon it by the Corporation and the Freemen, the splendid extent of ground cannot be so well utilised for the " Royal and Ancient" game as it could be were the members of the club left to develop it themselves. Under immense disadvantages, a sort of green, consisting of nine-holes, has been improvised, the leading spirit in the formation of it being Mr J Mitchell. It would be unfair, seeing that the club and the green as yet are in their infancy, to criticise it adversely. Suffice it to say that golf which has taken strong root in this district as an exhilarating game of skill, is played on the Town Moor daily, though it can scarcely be expected that the putting greens are as well adapted as those of older established greens. It is gratifying to see that interest is being taken in such a splendid game, and it is only to be hoped that the Newcastle Club, may be the germ of many well organised similar institutions, whose members may be brought together on the "Freemen's preserves." Yesterday's competition scores; R T Thomson, 48+3-51; Mr Snelgrove, 52 scratch; Alex. Guild, 68-13-55; W Atkinson, 72-13-59; A Deuchar, 66 scratch; P Hastie, 80-13-67; J Mitchell, 68 scratch; L Morris, 83-13-70; J Turnbull, 84-13-71; J Hedley, 80-3-77; W Turnbull, 92-13-79; E Thompson, retired."    

From the Newcastle Journal Saturday 8 July 1882; "NEWCASTLE GOLF CLUB - A very interesting single-handed match was played over the Town Moor course yesterday afternoon between Mr J Hedley and Mr J Mitchell and after scores had been called for the nine-holes it was found that Mr Hedley had won by three holes, he having played a most excellent game." 

In August 1882 the Newcastle Golf Club played a competition on the Town Moor witnessed by a large number of spectators, leading scores; James Hedley, 65-3-62; Mr Hume, 72-8-64; Alex. Guild, 75-6-69; J Mitchell, 72 scratch; H Emmerson, 86-13-73. 

The City of Newcastle Golf Club on Town Moor was founded in 1891. 

From 1891 to 1907 the City of Newcastle Golf Club played on an eighteen-hole course on the Town Moor.

It was reported in November 1891 that a City of Newcastle Golf Club had been formed and there is a membership of nearly 200. 

 

City of Newcastle Golf Club, Town Moor Course. Reporton the proposed course on the Town Moor.

Newcastle Daily Chronicle Wednesday 11 November 1891. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

From the Scottish Referee Monday 26 September 1892; “The City of Newcastle Golf Club opened their new course on the Town Moor, Newcastle, on Wednesday. Three competitions were held, and the splendid new premises recently erected by the members were thrown open for the first time. The game has caught on in this district.”

The course on Town Moor was laid out by Old Tom Morris. 

The articles below provide a great insight into the early years of the clubs history.

 

City of Newcastle Golf Club, Town Moor Course. Article from Illustrated Sporting Dramatic News October 1903.

 

City of Newcastle Golf Club, Town Moor Course. Article from Illustrated Sporting Dramatic News October 1903.

 

City of Newcastle Golf Club, Town Moor Course. Article from Illustrated Sporting Dramatic News October 1903.

 

City of Newcastle Golf Club, Town Moor Course. Article from Illustrated Sporting Dramatic News October 1903.

 

City of Newcastle Golf Club, Town Moor Course. Article from Illustrated Sporting Dramatic News October 1903.

 

City of Newcastle Golf Club, Town Moor Course. Article from Illustrated Sporting Dramatic News October 1903.

 

City of Newcastle Golf Club, Town Moor Course. Article from Illustrated Sporting Dramatic News October 1903.

 

City of Newcastle Golf Club, Town Moor Course. Article from Illustrated Sporting Dramatic News October 1903.

Above articles and images from the Illustrated Sporting & Dramatic News Saturday 3 October 1903. Images © Illustrated London News Group. Images created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

The Town Moor course is marked on the map below. Also marked is the Small Pox Hospital.

 

City of Newcastle Golf Club, Town Moor Course. The Town Moor course on the 1899 O.S map.

Town Moor Golf Course. © Crown Copyright {1899}

 

Below is the result of a match played on the Town Moor course against Berwick Golf Club in June 1905.

City of Newcastle Golf Club   Berwick Golf Club  
Joseph Milller 1 W R McCreath 0
A H Leathart 0 D Stephen 0
Dr. J M Glover 0 R R Riddell 0
A McConnell 0 D Fairburn 1
Dr. Anderson 1 S Edwards 0
J C Gracie 0 J Hall 1
T S Williamson 0 W R Blair 0
W F Graham 1 George Murray 0
J Bolam jnr. 1 J L McCreath 0
J Bolam 0 J S Tiffen 1
J H Chatt 0 D W Darling 1
  4   4

From the 1905 Nisbet's Golf Yearbook; City of Newcastle Golf Club; Instituted 1891; Membership of 370; Hon. secretary - E J McDonald, 49 Park Road, Newcastle-on-Tyne; Captain, J Miller; Entrance fee £2/2 shillings and subs £1/1s; Professional, J S Caird; 18-holes; Amateur record - Rev. D L Ritchjie and F E Thew, 74. The course of the City of Newcastle Golf Club is situated on the Town Moor, almost in the heart of the town, and is accessible by electric cars which pass the clubhouse door. The course is a free one kept up by the "City" club, and considering that it is on a public common is of a first-class description. The hazards are conspicuous by their absence, but the nature of the ground affords a good test of golf, and the greens are excellent.

The club moved to its current location in 1907. 

The Google Map below shows the location of the former course.