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Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club, Cumbria.

Founded in 1906.

A 9-hole dry course on gravel soil it was situated on undulating ground with plenty of hazards. There were railway stations at Kirkby Lonsdale 1 ¾ miles and Arkholme 4 ½ miles away. Local hotels were the Royal, Red Dragon, Sun, and Waverley.

In January 1909 the semi-final for the Gregson Cup resulted in a win for F A Morphet defeating J S Punchard 3 and 2, G Duguld defeated J Roper 5 and 4.

Result of the March 1909 monthly medal; John Taylforth, 78net; T Huddart, 80; F A Morphet, 81.

The April 1909 monthly medal was won by C H Keighly, 73net.

Below is the result of a match played against Hest Bank Golf Club (now defunct) in April 1909.

Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club   Hest Bank Golf Club  
W Bayliff 1 R B Jackson 0
T W Punchard 1 W Till 0
F A Morphet 1 J K McConnell 0
J S Punchard 0 H Warbrick 1
Dr. Martin (halved) 0 George Holme (halved) 0
T Huddart 1 H Satterthwaite 0
Rev. J A Burrow 1 J C Moore 0
H Jackson 1 E P Mawson 0
Rev. B Williams 0 A Burrow 1
J J Jopson 1 J Cromack 0
S G Sedgwick 0 Rev. Carruthers 1
A Pearson 1 J R Hall 0
  8   3

 

Result of a ladies nine-hole stroke competition played in November 1909; Miss N Brierley, 38net;  Miss J Bayliff, 43net; Mrs Askwith, 50net.

In 1914 the professional was A Fisher. There was a membership of 115. The entry fee was 10/6 and the subs 10/6. Visitors’ fees on introduction were 1/- a day, 3/- a week and 10/- a month. Sunday play was not allowed. The secretary from 1914 to 1923 was Herbert Gunson, 8 Bective Road. 

In 1923 the green-keeper was H Metcalfe. Membership was now 100. Visitors’ fees were increased to 2/- a day, 5/- a week and 15/- a month.

1924 and the secretary was F R Forsyth, 15 New Road, Kirkby Lonsdale and the green-keeper W B Eason.

Amateur course record was 64. Sunday play allowed without caddies.

In 1929/30 the secretary was C P Roberts, 15 New Road, Kirkby Lonsdale and the green-keepers W Atkinson (1929) and J H Blenkharn (1930). Club membership at this time was 100.

Competitions played in 1931.

 

Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club, Cumbria. Competition results December 1931.

From the Morecambe Guardian Friday 1st January 1932. Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

Below is the result of a match played at Heysham in July 1934.

Heysham Golf Club   Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club  
J H Firth 1 F T Thornborrow 0
A H Ratcliffe 1 Col. Chaldcott 0
S Millar Wishart (halved) 0 S Barber (halved) 0
B Drake (halved) 0 W L Metcalfe (halved) 0
A Dent 1 J Holden (captain) 0
T Smith 1 R Meiklejohn 0
F Bland (captain) 1 A C Willan 0
H F Weston 1 W Hutton 0
R Hilton 0 R Collinge 1
F Magson 1 R G Parker 0
  7   1

Report on the annual meeting in October 1934.

 

Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club, Cumbria. Report on the annual meeting held in October 1934.

From the Morecambe Guardian Friday 26th October 1934. Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

In 1935 the secretary was F Jackson, 29 Main Street, Kirkby Lonsdale, telephone 27.

The clubs final appearance was in 1940 when the secretary was R Collinge, The Cottage, Kirkby Lonsdale the greenkeeper was J H Blenkharn. The 9 hole course had a SSS and Par of 64 and a membership of 100.  Visitors’ fees were now 2/6 a day, 5/- a week and 15/- per month.

Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club, Cumbria. Devils Bridge from the course.

Devils Bridge from the course.

 

kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club, Cumria. View of the former course.

Kirkby Lonsdale from the earlier golf course.

 

Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club, Cumbria. Location of the former golf course.

Location of the former Kirkby Lonsdale course.

Grid reference SD60915,78045, co-ordinates 360915,478045.

 

 

The current Kirkby Lonsdale club is at Scalebar Lane.