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Kirkby Stephen Golf Club, Cumbria.

The club was founded in 1911.

In 1914 the secretary at  Kirkby Stephen Golf Club then Westmoreland, was Robert Waistell Braithwaite, 21 South Road.

A 9-hole course of fine quality situated between the Midland and NER stations. A pleasant course with natural  hazards. There was a membership of 70. The entrance fee was 5/-. Subs for gents were 10/6 and ladies 7/6. Visitors’ fees were 1/- a day and 3/6 a week. There were no restrictions for Ladies. Sunday play was not allowed. Stations at (Midland and NER), 15 minutes away.

Result of the October 1913 monthly competition; S Ridley (26), 79; J Alsop (28), 80; R W Braithwaite (26), 84. Mrs Crozier won the ladies prize. 

The club did not reappear until the late 1920s when the secretary was R Braithwaite, telephone 4. The greenkeeper  was W Binks. Visitors’ fees were 2/- a day and 7/6 a week. Sunday play still not allowed. Local hotels were the King's Arms and Groglin Castle.

The club's final appearance was in 1940 when the secretary was F H Marshall, telephone 24 and the green-keeper J Binks. 9-holes with a membership of 60. Visitors’ fees were unchanged and Sunday play was now permitted.

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

Location of the Kirkby Stephen course.

Grid reference NY75790,07345, co-ordinates 375790,507345.

Thanks to Keith Richardson for the following -

“I was born and brought up in Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, now (sadly) Cumbria. I lived there until 1952. There was a golf links there which must have closed at the beginning of  WWII or even earlier. The course was a large one built on fell land. Quite a few of the greens were dug out in the roughish terrain. There was a very small clubhouse covered in corrugated sheets. Post war it was lived in as a bungalow occupied by a railway worker, a Mr Allinson. It still stands today but is somewhat derelict. The site borders the A685 one mile south of Kirkby Stephen and sweeps around to abut the Settle to Carlisle railway line north of Kirkby Stephen railway station”

Kirkby Stephen Golf Club, Cumbria. The derelict golf course in 2004.

Overlooking the former Kirkby Stephen golf course in 2004. The derelict clubhouse is near the centre of the picture. Author's collection.


Kirkby Stephen Golf Club, Cumbria. The former golf clubhouse.

A close up of the old Kirkby Stephen clubhouse. Author's collection.