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Livingston Golf Club, West Lothian. (1912 - WW2) 

The club first appeared in 1912.

 

Livingston Golf Club, West Lothian. Report on the year's work 1913.

From tehe Linlithgowshire Gazette Friday 14th February 1913. Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

The winner of the September 1913 monthly medal was George Ordham. In the final for the Meldrum Trophy John Robson defeated Adam Peden. 

The committee were to meet in March 1914 to arrange a date for the opening ceremony. A few enthusiasts had already played the course and they were all satisfied with its condition.

The next mention was in March 1921 when it was reported that a Whist Drive and Dance had been held in the Institute Hall to raise funds for the golf club. Below is an extract from the report on the Whist Drive. It seems that the club had been active during the war years.

 

Livingston Golf Club, West Lothian. A Whist Drive and Dance in March 1921.

From the Linlithgowshire Gazette Friday 18th March 1921. Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

The opening and a description of the course in April 1921.

 

Livingston Golf Club, West Lothian. The formal opening of the course in April 1921.

From the Linlithgowshire Gazette Friday 29th April 1921. Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

The winner of the May 1921 monthly medal was Joe Wallace; runner-up, Ben Findlay.

Match played at Uphall in June 1921.

Uphall Golf Club   Livingston Golf Club  
A G Gilchrist and W B Brown 1 C Fleming and Charles Wallace 0
J A Brown and R L Stirling 1 William Ritchie and D Jamieson 0
P Anderson and M Rae 0 A Peden and J Valance 1
D H Jackson and R M Thomson 1 G Valance and A Harkins 0
G Paterson and R Mitchell 1 J Crowe and A Murray 0
Not named 1 R Meikle and J Peden 0
W Stirling 0 J Provan 1
  5   2

In 1923 the secretary was James Shaw, 14 South Street, Livingston, Mid-Calder. The greenkeeper was John Calder. A 9 hole course. Visitors’ fees were 2/- a week.

The annual meeting was held in the Institute Hall in March 1927, the following officers were elected; president, Joseph Lang; vice-president, James Shaw; captain, William Brown; treasurer, George Mitchell; secretary, Hugh McCann; council – Mrs Stark, Mrs Watson, Miss Bella Barrie, D Jamieson, T Stark, J Roy, W Bishop, J Galloway, James Crowe.  

At a general meeting in April 1932 it was decided to continue the club, despite the depressing circumstances prevailing in the district. It was felt the game would help pass the time for the many unemployed. The following officers were elected; president, J Stein; vice-president, I Towe; secretary and treasurer, Hugh Galloway; captain, H M Findlay. 

Below is the result of a match played at Livingston against Craigend in June 1936.

Livingston Golf Club   Craigend Golf Club  
Miss M Roberts & J Gowans 1 Mrs Brown & J Inglis 0
Miss J Roberts & A Scott 1 Miss Hunter & J Brown 0
Miss Long & H Galloway 0 Mr Inglis & W Gillespie 1
Miss A Preston & W Roberts 1 Miss Duncan & W S Brown 0
J Calder & W Sneddon (half) 0 J S Inglis & W Sim (half) 0
J Watson & J Kennedy (half) 0 A Bennie & M Hoggan 0
F Findlay & J Stein 1 C Chisholm & R Logan 0
H Towe & J McMillan 1 J Strang & D Gentleman 0
D Alexander & D Calder 1 J M Webster & Mr Brown 0
R Douglas & D Mitchell 1 J Crammond & S Lewis 0
  7   1

 Annual meeting in April 1938.

 

Livingston Golf Club, West Lothian. Annual General Meeting held in October 1938.

Fom the Linlithgowshire Gazette Friday 7th October 1938. Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

The annual meeting was held in October 1939, the following officers were elected; President, John Stein; vice-president, H M Findlay; hon. secretary and treasurer, J M Kennedy; captain, David Mitchell; green-keeper, H S Galloway. The following prizes were presented; Ladies’ Gala Day, Miss Preston; Captain Pringle Trophy, Miss Holt and Mr B Ryce; Gentlemens Gala Day, J Holt; Crichton Cup, J McMillan; A J Walker prize, J Holt and H Galloway; Brown Cup (boys), R Young; A Harkins’ prize (youths), R Hunter; Monthly medal, J Calder; G Padkin’s prize (girls), Miss M Peden.

In 1940 the secretary was J M Kennedy, 34 Glen Road, Livingston, and the green-keeper was J N Greenhorn. The 9-hole course had a Par of 64 and a membership of 76.  Visitors’ fees were 6d a day and 2/- a week. Sunday play was not allowed. Station at Livingston ½ mile away.

It was reported in October 1940 that the club have had to wind up their affairs for the duration of the war due to a drop in membership. The results of recent competitions played as follows; Mr Crichton’s Cup – Mr D Mitchell; Captain Pringle’s prize – Miss J Roberts and Mr J McMillan.

There were a couple of attempts to reform the club following the war, one in 1946 and the other in 1949. They even went as far as renting a field in 1949 but nothing materialised.

 

Livingston Golf Club, West Lothian. Location of the golf course.

Location of the course in 1922.

Grid reference NT02410,67360, co-ordinates 302410,667360.