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Ruthwell Golf Club, Dumfries & Galloway. (1893 - 1920s)

The club was founded in 1893.

Originally a nine-hole course

It was reported in April 1893 that at a meeting of golfers in Dumfries it was resolved to form a club at Ruthwell where a splendid course is available on the foreshore. Later in the month it was stated that the new golf course at Ruthwell is being patronised by a good few players, but decent scores are rare. The lowest so far is 53 by Mr W M Blake; Rev. R Donaldson, 55; R Wright, 57. 

Result of the July 1894 medal.

 

Ruthwell Golf Club, Dumfries and Galloway. Result of the July 1894 monthly medal.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard Wednesday 18 July 1894. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

In October 1894 Mr H M Govan, secretary of the Queen of the South Club, played over the Ruthwell course and created a new course record, beating the record set by W M Blake of 79. His score for the two rounds as follows; 5,3,3,3,4,6,4,5,5 = 38; 6,3,3,3,4,4,5,4,6 = 38.

Result of a match against Queen of the South Golf Club played in August 1894.

 

Ruthwell Golf Club, Dumfries and Galloway. Result of a match against Queen of the South in August 1894.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard Wednesday 29 August 1894. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

In October 1896 the members competed for Sir Robert Reid's half yearly medal, leading scores; Dr Scott, Clarencefield, 114-15-99; W M Blake, 98+2-100; J M Gray, 104-2-102; W J Scott, 113-10-103.

The article below courtesy of  The Evening Times 29 April 1897.

 

Ruthwell Golf Club, Dumfries and Galloway. Layout of the course from the Evening Times in 1897.

 

Ruthwell Golf Club, Dumfries and Galloway. Description of the course from the Evening Times in 1897.

 

In 1902 the secretary was G Smith, Hope Cottage, Ruthwell. An 18-hole course. Visitors’ fees were 2/6d a week, 10/- a month. The railway station at Ruthwell was 1 ½ miles away.

From the 1905 Nisbet's Golf Yearbook; Instituted 1893; Membership of 60; Hon. secretary, J S Kerrs; Entrance fee nil;Subs £1/1s a year, 10s a month, 2s/6d a week; Professional, W Shaw; Amateur record, 68;. The course is one of 18-holes and lies on the shore of the Solway. The turf is particularly good.

 

Ruthwell Golf Club, Dumfries & Galloway. Location of the former golf course.

Ruthwell Golf Club disappeared in the 1920s.

Grid reference NY09510,66270, co-ordinates 309510,566270.