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West Calder & Addiewell Golf Club, West Lothian. (1895 - 1929) 

The story of golf in the West Calder District began in 1885 when a group of local merchants began playing on ground at Burngrange Farm.

The West Calder & Addiewell Club was subsequently founded in 1895/6.  

The following is a report from the Glasgow Herald Saturday April 11th 1896. “Yesterday afternoon Mr John Fyfe, managing director of Young’s Oil Company, opened the new course of the West Calder & Addiewell Golf Club. After the opening ceremony Mr Rae presented Mr Fyfe with a handsome silver timepiece with golf ornaments. Mr Fyfe then said he intended to present the club with a gold badge to be played for by members” 

At the annual meeting in May 1897 Akers Douglas M.P., was appointed hon. president; W McCutchen, works manager, president; J G Fairley, vice-president; Dr. Ogilvy, captain; Dr. Thornton, vice-captain; J Brown, secretary and treasurer. The annual subscription was fixed at 10s/6d for gentlemen and 5s for ladies.

Match played in May 1899.


West Calder & Addiewell Golf Club, West Lothian. Match to open the season in May 1899.

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser Saturday 6th May 1899. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


The following is from the 1905 Nisbet's Golf Yearbook; secretary, J D Brown, Meadow Bank, West Calder; captain, John Welch; membership, 35; entrance fee, nil, and subs 7s/6d; nine-holes; amateur record, 38; visitors' fees, 6d a day. An inland, sporting course of nine-holes. The hazards are a stream, hedges, etc.

Result of a match played at Pumpherston in June 1910.


West Calder and Addiewell Golf Club, Burngrange Course. Result of a match played at Pumpherston in June 1910.

Linlithgowshire Gazette Friday 24 June 1910. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


The annual meeting was held in March 1914, Mr Brown Hamilton, captain, was in the chair. The total income, including a balance of £9/6s/1d, brought forward, amounted to £67/8s/3d, and expenditure, £49/1s/2d, leaving a credit of £18/7s/1d. The statement was considred satisfactory. It was agreed to play matches with, Tarbrax, Fauldhouse, Broxburn, Uphall and Carnwath clubs. The question of enlarging the clubhouse was also considered.

In 1913/4 the secretary was P Gibb, Main St, West Calder. The 9-hole course on Burngranage Farm had hazards of a stream, hedges etc, and a membership of 150. There was no entry fee. Subs were 7/6d. Visitors’ fees were 6d a day. Sunday play was not allowed. The station was a ¼ mile from the course.

The winner of the May 1914 medal was John Wardrop, 49-7-42.

Mr D Watson won the June 1914 monthly medal with a score of 92-18-74. The ladies' medal was won by Miss Drummond.

A mixed foursome was played in June 1914, prizes given by Mr & Mrs Gilliland. Winners were Mr Bilsland and Miss K Grant; runners-up, A J Gray and Miss J Rae.

In July 1920 the members competed for the Club Medal on the Burngrange course, it was won by James T Mungle with a score of 86-4-82, the runner-up was J Wardrop. Also in July 1920 the Competition Cup was completed, result as follows; semi-final, Mr Sutherland beat Mr Wilkie, Mr Wilton beat Mr Prentice; in the final Mr Sutherland beat Mr Wilton at the twentieth hole.    

Proposed new course in September 1921.


West Calder and Addiewell Golf Club, Burngrange Course. Proposed new golf course in September 1921.

Midlothian Advertiser Friday 2 September 1921. Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.


In 1923 the secretary was Armour Gillan, Harrietville, West Calder and the greenkeeper John Stevenson.

Membership was now 120. Amateur record holder was James T Mungle, 72.

From 1924 to the club’s last year in 1929, the secretary was J H Bell, Meadowbank, West Calder and the

greenkeeper R Blackwood. Membership had dropped to 100. Amateur record holder was G McInally, 37.

Visitors’ fees were 1/- a day, 2/6d a week and 5/- a month.


West Calder & Addiewell Golf Club.  Course location.

Site of West Calder course at Burngrange in 1922.

Grid reference NT01160,62730, co-ordinates 301160,662730.