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Keswick Golf Club, Cumbria. (1894 - 1950)

Founded in 1894.

Below, the first steps are taken in May 1894.

 

Keswick Golf Club, Cumbria. The first meeting at the Court Buildings in May 1894.

From the West Cumberland Times Saturday 12th May 1894. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

Below a report on the annual meeting in November 1895.

 

Keswick Golf Club, Cumbria. Report on the annual meeting in November 1895.

From the English Lakes Visitor Saturday 23rd November 1895. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

Result of a match played at Keswick against Appleby Golf Club in February 1896.

Keswick Golf Club   Appleby Golf Club  
A C Allen 0 W Heelis 4
Dr. Knight 2 F Chatfield 0
F Hayes 0 J G Gandy 7
W Porteous 0 G H Heelis 2
Rev. A Slack 2 W Salkeld 0
Rev. W S Unwin 0 A C Whitehead 1
D N Pape 10 L A Heelis 0
G S Brown 0 R E Leach 4
  14   18

Result of a match played at Penrith Golf Club in May 1897.

Penrith Golf Club   Keswick Golf Club  
J G Gandy 0 A C Allen 3
R H Horrocks 8 T T Messenger 0
H Gandy 8 F Hayes 0
Rev. T B Tylecote 4 R Bewsher 0
H Gandy 0 W Porteous 3
Re. W M Keys-Wells 5 D N Pape 0
  25   6

Report from the English Lakes Visitor Saturday 12th March 1898. "The members of the Keswick Club met on the links on Wednesday afternoon to compete in a handicap. Fine weather prevailed, and there was a record feat by Mr D Parker, who went round in 35 strokes, thus stringing together almost all records of individual holes. "In fondest dreams," one of the cracks had never hoped for a better than 36. Result as follows; D Parker, 3up; G S Brown, 2up; T T Messenger, 1down.  

In 1899 the secretary was D N Pape. The winner of the gold medal in March 1899 was C E Marshall, 82-7-75.

The annual meeting held in November 1899.

 

Keswick Golf Club, Cumbria. Report on the annual meeting in November 1899.

From the West Cumberland Times Saturday 21st October 1899. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

The result of the monthly president's prize in October 1899 ended in a tie between G S Brown and D Parker who both had scores of  102-16-86.

The Golf Course marked on an early O.S. map.

 

Keswick Golf Club, Cumbria. The Golf Course marked on the 1900 Ordnance Survey Map.

Ordnance Survey Map © Crown Copyright {1900}

 

The annual meeting was held in the Court Buildings in October 1901, G S Brown presided. It was reported that the club was flourishing, the balance sheet showed a substantial balance and the course was in the best condition ever. The following officers were elected; President, G S Brown; captain, A C Allen; vice-captain, D Marshall; A P Abraham replaced D N Pape as secretary; committee - J R Dixon, T T Messenger, D N Pape, W Porteous, Lloyd Wilson.  

Result of a match played against Penrith in February 1902.

Keswick Golf Club   Penrith Golf Club  
A C Allen 5 J G Gandy 0
A P Abraham 8 H Gandy 0
C A Cooke 0 W L Glendinning 4
R Bewsher 5 F F Tylecote 0
D Parker 4 J Armstrong 0
W Porteous (halved) 0 H S Coles (halved) 0
G S Brown 3 W D Heskett 0
F P Heath 0 E W Parker 3
J R Dixon 6 M H Arnison 0
  31   7

 

Below is the result of a match played at Carlisle & Silloth Golf Club in May 1902. Keswick team; A C Allen, L Wilson, T Houghton, R Bewsher, A P Abraham, T T Messenger, D Parker, Rev. J A Kitchin.

 

Keswick Golf Club, Cumbria. Result of a match at Carlisle Silloth May 1902.

From the Lancashire Evening Post Saturday 31st May 1902. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

In February 1903 the member competed for a prize of three Haskell golf balls given by A W Rumney. Mr Brown, net 81, took the first prize of two balls; C R Cartmell, net 82, won the other ball. 

From the 1905 Nisbet's Golf Yearbook; Instituted 1894; Membership of 75; Hon. secretary, N Robinson; Captain T T Messenger; Entrance fee nil and Subs 15s. A rather short but difficult but difficult course about 1,980 yards. There are plenty of hazards in the way of hedges, streams an trees. The greens are well protected and are a special feature of the course. The bogey score is 37 and is by no means an easy one.  

In 1906 the secretary was N Robinson, Solicitor, Keswick. The professional was Dan Parker. A 9-hole course. Course records were, amateur A C Allan with a score of 37 and professional Dan Parker 35. The Station at Keswick was 3 minutes away. Visitors’ fees were 1/- a day, 4/- a week and 10/- a month. The local hotel was The Keswick whose residents had free use of one of the “finest inland courses in the kingdom."

In 1914 the secretary was Dr Mathewson. The professional was D Parker. Club membership of  91. The entry fee for gents was 10/- Subs for gents were 30/-  ladies paid 5/- and 15/- respectively. Visitors’ fees were 1/6 a day, 5/- a week and 10/- a month. Sunday play was not allowed. The station was a 3 minute walk away.

In 1923 the secretary was Robert F Chambers, 36 Blencartha Street, Keswick. The greenkeeper was Dan Parker, the former professional. The membership was now 200. Amateur course record holder was F Havis with a score of 31. Visitors’ fees were 2/6 a day, 10/- a week, 15/- a fortnight and 25/- a month.

Below the annual meeting in April 1931.

 

Keswick Golf Club, Cumbria. Report on the annual meeting in April 1931.

From the Lancashire Evening Post Thursday April 2nd 1931. Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

From the Golfer's Handbook 1933; Membership 150; Hon. secretary - G L Davies, 55 Hedlands, Keswick; green-keeper, Dan Parker; nine-holes; Visitors, 3s a day, 12s/6d a week, 30s a month. Sunday play allowed.

In October 1933 the captain's (W L Chapplow) prize was won by Dr. Matthewson. The vice-captain's (J Iredell) prize was won by the hon. secretary of the club, G Leslie Davies.

Result of the ladies' monthly medal for June 1934; Miss Pettitt, 93-27-66; Mrs Temple, 91-21-70; Miss Aichin, 101-31-70.

A ladies' foursome was played in June 1937 with prizes given by Miss Hawkrigg and Mrs S Bragg, result; Mrs Atkinson and Miss Q Abbott, 62; Miss Temple and Mrs W L Martin, 63; Mrs Robinson and Miss C Hudson, 63.

A mixed foursome was played on Friday 17th June 1938, result; Miss Bartlett & G Leslie, 66; Miss Temple & R Dennison, 66½. 

The 36-hole club championship was played at the end of June 1938 and for the second year in succession it was won by T W Forsyth with scores of 63 and 68, 131. W Davies was second with 70 and 74, 144. 

The war begins to take its toll on golf throughout the land in 1940.

 

Keswick Golf Club, Cumbria. The onset of WW2 begins to take effect on golf.

From the Penrith Observer Tuesday April 16th 1940.

 

From 1940 to the clubs disappearance in 1950 the secretary was G L Davies, 55 Headlands, Keswick. The greenkeeper was the long serving Dan Parker. 9 holes with a membership of 150. Visitors now paid 3/- a day, 12/6 a week and 30/- a month. Sunday play was now permitted.

The end is nigh in January 1948.

 

Keswick Golf Club, Cumbria. Building plan rejected on the course in January 1948.

From the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer Saturday 24th January 1948.Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

The following is from the Penrith Observer in the "Forthcoming Sales" column in June 1950. "Date unfixed - The trustees of Keswick Golf Club - The Clubhouse Fixtures and Fittings, to be removed from the site."

Keswick Golf Club, Cumbria. Location of the former golf course.

Location of the former Keswick course.

Grid reference NY26870,24350, co-ordinates 326870,524350.

 

 

The current Keswick club appeared in the mid 1970s.