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Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Glasgow. (1904 – 2019)

The club was formed in 1904.

The original nine-hole course was leased from the local farm at Auldyards.

Announced on Friday 16th August 2019 that the club was to close the following Sunday. Membership numbers had fallen over recent years and because of this the club had decided that it couldn’t continue due to the challenging financial situation.

Early club professionals; Edward Wilson, 1907 – 1909; Dan Marshall, 1909 – 1917; G G Grant, 1924 – 1925.

The first meeting was held in Muirhead Public Hall on November 20th 1904.

Advert from September 1906; MOUNT ELLEN GOLF CLUB – Course beautifully situated near the station. Members now being enrolled for 1907. Entrance Fee (for a limited number only) 10 shillings; Annual Subscription £1. For further particulars apply to Charles D Rigg, Hon. Secretary, King’s Hill, Gartcosh.

The annual meeting was held in the Lesser Hall, Muirhead, in November 1906 Capt. David Jackson, in the chair. Office-bearers elected; Captain, R M F Millar; vice-captain, Parish Councillor Graham; secretary, C D Rigg; treasurer; Alex. A Johnston. The affairs of the club were in a “pretty sound condition.”

In January 1908 the entrance fee was £1 and the subs £1, the secretary was Robert McEwen, Rosebank, Garnkirk.

Result of a match played at Stepps Golf Club (now defunct) in June 1908.

Stepps Golf Club   Mount Ellen Golf Club  
J Barnett 1 ? Hendry 0
J Wilson 0 ? Tennant 1
W Moodie 0 ? Young 1
F Bell (halved) 0 ? Henderson (halved) 0
F Wilson 0 A S Fleming 1
C Carswell 0 ? Rigg 1
? Campbell 1 ? Allison 0
R Fullerton 1 ? Blincow 0
? Horn 1 ? Anderson 0
A MacDonald 1 ? Logan 0
H Swart 0 ? Gow 1
W Barnett 1 ? Flett 0
  5   5

Fund raising in June 1908.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Report on fund raising in June 1908.

Kirkintilloch Herald Wednesday 10 June 1908. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Early clubhouse at Aldyards.

The early clubhouse at Auldyards.

 

Exhibition match in July 1909.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Exhibition match played in July 1910.

Milngavie and Bearsden Herald Friday 9 July 1909. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

In June 1910 the final of the club championship was played between Duncan Marshall and F Henderson.

The Alexander Trophy was played over the Mount Ellen course in June 1911. The greens were very tricky owing to the long period of dry weather. The Kirkintilloch club won the competition; Mount Ellen runners-up were represented by; J Barnett, D D Marshall and E B Rattray.

Result of a match played on the Mount Ellen course against Coatbridge Teachers in June 1913.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Match played in June 1913.

Milngavie and Bearsden Herald Friday 13 June 1913. Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

At the annual meeting in May 1915 very satisfactory reports were submitted by the secretary and treasurer. The club had 17 members on military service, their membership was to be retained until they return. Under the prevailing circumstances a very quiet season was in prospect.

In 1919 there was no entry fee; subs were £1, 7 shillings and sixpence for ladies and juniors. The secretary was A B Lawson, Lilybank, Muirhead.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Johnston House and the early clubhouse and course.

Johnston House with the golf course and earlier clubhouse top right.

 

In 1920 local steel-work company Smith and McLean purchased the land at Auldyards and leased it to the golf club. The course was extended to 18-holes with the opening ceremony taking place on Saturday 20th May 1920. Membership at this time was over 380.

Competition and match results from May 1922.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Results from May 1922.

Kirkintilloch Herald Wednesday 31 May 1922. Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

In the Hurll Cup final in September 1923 J Butler beat J S Lennox by 3 and 2. In the final of the Ladies’ Hurll cup Miss R W Lenox beat Miss A Pitcairns.

The annual meeting was held in the Masonic Hall in January 1924, John Baird, captain, in the chair. The following officers were elected; Captain, J H L Blincow; vice-captain, William Brownlie, jun.; secretary, T F Hamilton; treasuer, W Houston. The gentlemen’s annual subscription was incresed to 35 shillings, the ladies to £1, juvenile 12s/6d.

At the annual meeting in February 1925 it was decided to remain “dry.” Office bearers; Captain, W Brownlie, jun.; vice-captain, W J Sloan; secretary, T M Hamilton, treasurer, A B Lawson.

In February 1926 William Frew, who for ten years was employed on Lenzie golf course, was appointed green-keeper at Mount Ellen.    

J D Robertson (13) 71; James Burnie (16) 71; Archibald Marchall (14) 71; George Lamb (16) 71; Third Class – George Moore (20) 63.

Result of the April 1929 monthly medal; First Class – P W Allison, 77-11-66; D B Munro, 77-6-71; A Marshall, 80-8-72; George Baird, 80-7-73; Second Class – William Russell, 79-16-63; George Moore, 83-17-66; R T Jamieson, 85-18-67; J Binnie, 84-16-68; Archibald Marshall, 82-14-68; Third Class – J C Dabbs, 87-20-67; R Shannon, 93-24-69; P J Milne, 93-20-73; J Welsh, 94-22-72.

From the Golfer’s Handbook 1932/3; Membership 400; secretary – M Johnstone, 1789 Cumbernauld Road, Millerston; 18-holes; green-keeper, W Frew; course records; amateur – J Marshall, 65; visitors’ 2s per day, 5s a week, 12s/6d a month. No Sunday play.

At a meeting in February 1935 it was proposed and carried by 45 votes to 41 that Sunday golf should be allowed on the course.

In September 1938 Alex Thomson holed in one at the seventh hole.

There was a good turnout of members in the clubhouse at the annual meeting in January 1941. The statement of accounts and balance sheet revealed that the club was in a sound financial position. The captain for the year was James Birnie, Gartcosh, vice-captain was Robert Kay of Riddrie. It was noted that that 35 members were serving with H.M. forces.

At the annual meeting in the clubhouse in January 1942 the usual reports were sumitted and accepted as satisfactory.  It was announced that under the “Grow More Food” plan a section a section of the course, comprising three holes, first, seventeenth and eighteenth, had been sub-let to a local farmer. Therefore, only 15-holes would be avaiable for play during the season.

Result of the May 1946 monthly medal; First Class – J H Jackson (8) 69; R W Muir, (9) 69; Second Class – W M Kelly (14) 68; D G Shannon (12) 69; Third Class – William Brander (16) 67; H Wright (21) 67.   

Result of the June 1946 medal; First Class – T Moore (9) 68; D C Gorrie (8) 69; Second Class – W Darlington (10) 67; J Steven (10) and J Weir (10) 68; Third Class – R Grant (18) 66; D Forrester (21) 66.

Result of the captain’s prize played in June 1946; D C Gorrie (8) 68; D W Marshall (9) 68; Second Class – A Fyfe (14) 59; A McNeil (10) 61; Third Class – H Wright (19) 62; W Brander (16) 63.

From the Golfer’s Handbook 1947 - 1951; Membership 350; secretary – M Johnstone; 18-holes, par 68, SSS 66; green-keeper, W Frew; visitors’ 2s/6d a day, 5s a week.

Golfer’s Handbook 1956; Membership 400; secretary, M Johnstone; green-keeper, W Frew; 18-holes, SSS 65; amateur course record – W Darlington, 60; visitors’ 3s a day, 7s/6d a week.

 Golfer’s Handbook 1957-1964; Membership 330; secretary – G F Linn, 34 Cardowan Drive, Stepps; green-keepers, T O’Brien (E Ainsworth, 1964.)

Golfer’s Handbook 1966; Membership 350; secretary – W S Breckenridge, 1 Bothin Drive, Stepps; green-keeper, J Young; amateur course record – W Darlington, 60.

Golfer’s Handbook 1972; Membership 495; secretary, J McDonagh; 18-holes, 4,974 yards, SSS 64.

In 1976 the club acquired Johnston House which was extended and used as the clubhouse. At the same time additional land was purchased which resulted in the course being revised.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Johnston House became the clubhouse in 1976.

Johnston House – Clubhouse in 1976.

 

Golfers’ Handbook 1982 - 1988; Membership 590; secretary – W L Harvey; 18-holes, 5,525 yards, SSS 68; course records – amateur; J Brown, 63; professional, J Chillas, 68.

Golfer’s Handbook 1991; Membership 480; secretary, W J Dickson; professional, G Reilly; visitors’ £8.

In 1998 the professional was Iain Bilsborough.

The new clubhouse was opened by Paul Lawrie in July 2008.

Professional at closure was Iain Bilsborough.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Clubhouse plaque.

Clubhouse plaque.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Scorecard and course plan.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Scorecard and course plan..

Scorecard and course plan.

 

Thanks to Dr. Douglas Lockhart for the pictures below. Douglas visited the course on closure day and mentions what a sad occasion it was for members.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Scorecard used by Dr. Douglas Lockhart on the final day.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Scorecard used by Dr. Douglas Lockhart on the final day.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Scorecard used by Dr. Douglas Lockhart on the final day.

Scorecard used by Dr. Douglas Lockhart on the final day.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Clubhouse and coach with a visiting party.

Clubhouse and coach with a visiting party on the final day.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Shuttered and closed clubhouse on the final day.

Shuttered and closed clubhouse at 19.00 hours on the final day.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. First fairway.

First fairway.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Second green with John McColl a past captain.

Second green with John McColl a past captain and a member for 51 years.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Par three eleventh green from the tee.

Par three eleventh green from the tee.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. View down 12th to tee 14th green in distance.

View down 12th to tee; 14th green in distance.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Approach to the fourteenth green.

Approach to the fourteenth green.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. First and seventeenth double green.

First (yellow flag) Seventeenth (red) double green.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Evening shadows 18th green.

Evening shadows across the 18th green.

 

Message from Douglas Lockhart who visited the course to take more pictures on 21 September 2019  – “Took the opportunity to check out Mount Ellen yet again - walked the course and have photographs of almost all the derelict holes taken in good sunny light - golf is virtually impossible now - the fairways are becoming rough and the semi is ball losing territory. The greens have lost all subtle borrows and are quite rough.”

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Third hole from the medal tee in September 2019.

Third hole from the medal tee.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Eleventh hole in September 2019

Eleventh hole.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. fourteenth fairway and green September 2019.

Fourteenth fairway and green.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Approach to the 17th green September 2019.

Approach to the 17th green.

 

Thanks to Dr. Douglas Lockhart for the pictures below taken on a bright, frosty, St. Andrews Day 2019.

“My “favourites” are the first hole from the tee; the approach to the green at the 2nd hole;downhill to the 14th green and the approach to the 17th. The hole that I liked best to play and have gone back several times after closure to play this classic short hole - the 11th is a bit dark - its in a frost hollow beside the burn.”

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Pictures taken on St. Andrews Day 2019.

From the first tee.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Pictures taken on St. Andrews Day 2019.

Approach to the second.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Pictures taken on St. Andrews Day 2019.

Ninth hole; boardwalk across wet ground and burn looking to the tees.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Pictures taken on St. Andrews Day 2019.

The short eleventh.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Pictures taken on St. Andrews Day 2019.

The downhill fourteenth.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Pictures taken on St. Andrews Day 2019.

Approach to the seventeenth.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Pictures taken on St. Andrews Day 2019.

Clubhouse, practice putting green and ornamental pond.

 

Thanks again to Douglas Lockhart for the pictures below. Douglas visited the site on Sunday 19 July 2020, forty eight weeks after last day of play – “I don't think much will change from now on - the course has been stripped of all tee markers/ditch posts and the like - its totally overgrown with growth on the fairways almost up to my knees in some places and all the worthwhile fence timbers around the back of the clubhouse have disappeared”.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Pictures taken on Sunday 19 July 2020.

Putting green and clubhouse - fourth fairway to left.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Pictures taken on Sunday 19 July 2020.

First green from left hand bunker.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Pictures taken on Sunday 19 July 2020.

Third green.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Pictures taken on Sunday 19 July 2020.

Par 3 downhill 10th hole.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Pictures taken on Sunday 19 July 2020.

Par 3 eleventh from tee - Bothlin/Bothlyn burn hole.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Pictures taken on Sunday 19 July 2020.

Looking downhill on 14th towards green.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Pictures taken on Sunday 19 July 2020.

Approach to 17th green - note drainage ditch across fairway virtually obscured.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Pictures taken on Sunday 19 July 2020.

Eighteenth green.

 

Douglas Lockhart visited the site on 15 October 2020 and took the pictures below – “Now a totally overgrown course that has been stripped of anything that can be recycled such as fencing; signs and even a small amount of turf from the 18th green.”

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. First hole from yellow tee in October 2020.

First hole from yellow tee.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Eleventh hole in October 2020.

Eleventh hole from yellow tee.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Eighteenth green looking back down fairway October 2020.

Eighteenth green looking back down fairway.

 

Mount Ellen Golf Club, Muirhead Course, Gartcosh, Glasgow. Practice net; pond and clubhouse in October 2020.

View of the practice net; pond; putting green and clubhouse.

 

Alan McPherson is playing all of Scotland’s golf course to raise funds for Cancer Research. Alan played the Mount Ellen course in April 2013 (link below.) 

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