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Ardsley Golf Club, Barnsley, Yorks. (1928 - WW2)

The club was formed in March 1928.

From the South Yorkshire Times Friday 6 April 1928 - "it is hoped that the new golf course at Ardsley will be available for play during the Easter holidays."

It was reported in July 1929 that the new Ardsley Golf Club were arranging an “open” competition to be played on the 27th, a modest 1 shilling was the entry fee. Entries to Mr J L Potts (secretary,) 115 Barnsley Road, Stairfoot. The medal competition was for a prize given by Dr. Blackburn.

Result of the “open” competition; A Vickers (Barnsley,) 88-18-70; J Upton (Tankersley Park,) 98-22-76; Rev. W Henwood (Ardsley,) 93-15-78; J Potts (Ardsley,) 100-22-78. The prize was presented to the winner by the president, Rev. W Henwood.

Below the “Early Bird” competition in June 1930.


Ardsley Golf Club, Barnsley. Driving off in the "Early Bird" in June 1930.

From the Sheffield Independent Thursday 19 June 1930. Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.


Ordnance Survey Map showing the location of the golf course in the early 1930s. 


Ardsley Golf Club, Barnsley. The golf course on the O.S. Map in the early 1930s.

O.S. Map Revised 1929 © Crown Copyright {year of publication 1931}.


In the 1930s the secretary was J Leonard Potts, Stairfoot, Barnsley. The professional was H Burrows and the green-keeper G Walton. The club had a 9-hole course with a membership of about 100. Course records were, amateur A E Jones 36, professional H Burrows 33. Visitors’ fees were 1/6 a day and Sunday play was permitted.

In 1931 the captain was the Rev. W Henwood.

The President’s Trophy was played in December 1931. In the final G S Bunn (2) defeated W Hammerton (22) by 1 up.


Ardsley Golf Club, Barnsley. Extension to the clubhouse completed in November 1932.

From the Sheffield Daily Telegraph Monday 7 November 1932. Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.


Ardsley Golf Club, Barnsley. Result of a match played against Barnsley in July 1933.

From the Leeds Mercury Friday 7 July 1933. Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.


Below is the result of a match played at Grimethorpe against Ferrymoor Golf Club (now defunct) in June 1934.

Ferrymoor Golf Club   Ardsley Golf Club  
G Hoyland and C Petch 1 A Jones and G S Bunn 0
H Moorhouse and C Bailey 1 C Laughton and A Lazenby 0
E Madeley and J Booth 1 H Jones and J E Wainwright 0
F Greaves and F Hotchen (halved) 0 W Foulstone and W Richardson (halved) 0
W Scholey and J Hyslop 1 J M Haigh and A Beevors 0
B Neale and E Winstanley 1 W C Jackson and B Taylor 0
  5   0

At the annual meeting of the ladies’ section in May 1936 the following were elected; Captain, Miss C Wray; vice-captain, Miss M Straw; secretary, Miss Keith-Ness; asst. secretary, Mrs B Taylor, Darfield.

In 1940 the secretary was A W Lazenby, “Moorlands” Crown Hill Road, Barnsley and the green keeper G Walton. The 9-holes had a SSS of 34 and a membership of 120. Amateur course record now held by C E Baines 34. The railway station at Stairfoot was ½ mile away.


Players on the Ardsley Golf Club course.

Charlie Mahon putting out on the Ardsley golf course.


I would like to thank Michael Chance for his help with the history of the club and for allowing us to use the information and images below.


Ardsley Golf Club, Barnsley. Competitors in the "Early Bird played on 18th June 1930.


The above photograph of the “Early Bird” competition was taken at 6 am on the 18 June 1930 (written on back). Kathleen Townsley (standing third from left) was the captain. John Leonard Potts (standing behind her) was the founder and Dr Chapple (seated centre) was the president. Kneeling on extreme left is Frank Parkinson and third from left is Arthur Lazenby.


Ardsley Golf Club, Barnsley. Photograph of members with the clubhouse in the background.


On the above photograph is J C Snell (standing far right with golf bag), fifth from right is Norman Holloway. Middle row seated second from left Dr A B Slack, far right is Frank Parkinson. Front row kneeling left is Charlie Baines, and centre is Arthur Lazenby.

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Location of the Ardsley Golf Club course.

Location of the Ardsley course. Grid reference SE38050,05455, co-ordinates 438050,405455.



Ardsley Golf Club did not appear after WW2.