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Inverbervie Golf Club, Aberdeenshire. (1932 - WW2)

It was reported in April 1932 that there was a desire to form a club at Inverbervie. Mrs Buchanan Gibb and Councillor Dorothy Gibb offered land at moderate rent at Hallgreen Castle for the laying out of a course.

The question of a golf club was discussed at a well attended meeting held in the Town Hall, Inverbervie in April 1932, Mr A G Forbes, in the chair. It was suggested that a nine-hole course could be laid out on two fields in the park at Hallgreen Castle. It was agreed to appoint a committee and to approach a profeesional for advice on the laying out of a course. The committee consisted of; Provost Coupar, Dr Milligan, D L Burness, A G Forbes and W Peter.

 It wasn’t until November 1933 that the mention of a six-hole course was made. It would be ready for play in the winter in readiness for next season.

 It was announced that Viscount Arbuthnottwas to open the six-hole course at Inverbervie on the afternnon of Wednesday 25th May 1935. The course was laid out in the “Old Wood” and work had been in progress on the course for two years. A further three holes were being constructed and a club had been formed. Dr Mulligan was president of the committee; Mr A G Forbes, bank agent, treasurer; Mrs Clegg, secretary. Mr Peter Manson of Montrose had been supervising the work on the course. The subs were fixed at 10/- for adults and 5/- and 2/6 for juniors.


Inverbervie Golf Club, Aberdeenshire. The opening of the golf course in May 1935.

From the Dundee Courier Thursday May 16th 1935. Image © Illustrated London News Group. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.


Lord Arbuthnott, accompanied by Lady Arbuthnott, officiated at the formal opening of the course in a rainstorm. In his speech, in front of a good crowd, Lord Arbuthnott said that it was an excellent move for Inverbervie that they now had a golf course. He wished the club every success and hoped that membership would grow. Although he didn’t play a lot of golf he hit the opening shot with a “mid-iron” and made an excellent shot. He was then presented with a putter by Mr Forbes in commemoration of the opening.


Inverbervie Golf Club, Aberdeenshire. Hallgreen Castle.

The above image is of Hallgreen Castle, proposed site of the golf course, appeared in the Dundee Courier on the 27th April 1932.


A whist drive was played in the Masonic Hall in January 1939 in aid of club funds. It can only be assumed that the following people who attended that evening were probably members, or associated with the golf club; Mr W N Peter, Mr A McAllan, Mr Chris Milne, Mr Shepherd, Miss Hynd, Mrs Ryan, Mrs Delgarno, Mrs Fotheringham and Mrs Wheatley.    

Dr C Donald was the Inverbervie Golf Club Champion in 1947.


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