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Blackpill Golf Club, Swansea. (1905 - WW2)

Founded in 1905, the course was located at Blackpill Burrows, between the coast and the Swansea and Mumbles Railway line.

The secretary and professional was listed as W H Booth he also held the course record of 31. Blackpill was a 9-hole course with a membership of 100. Sunday play was not allowed. The railway station at Mumbles Road (L&NWR) was 3 minutes away.

William Henry Booth the professional at Blackpill was born at Twyning in 1868. He served with the 2nd Battalion the Worcestershire Regiment. He was also patentee of the “Whippo Shafts”


Blackpill Golf Club, The Burrows, Swansea. W H Booth professional and secretary.

Cambria Daily Leader Tuesday 21 May 1907. Image © Reach plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.


Below is the result of a match played on the Aberavon links against Blackpill in September 1910.

Aberavon & Port Talbot Golf Club   Blackpill Golf Club  
J H Cound 1 H B Thomas 0
R P Bevan 0 C Johnson 1
M Gwyn Jenkins 1 T D Thomas 0
E M Jenkins 1 S Osborn 0
J E Jenkins 1 R A Jones 0
E T Tennant 1 S Jones 0
W R John 1 J Williams 0
Percy Jacob 1 T Cobb 0
W F Gibb 0 T Sims 1
S G O'Sullivan 1 B Jones 0
  8   2

In 1914 there was no entry fee and subs were 10/-. Visitors’ fees, on introduction by a member, were 1/- a day, 3/- a week, 5/- a month.

Ordnance Survey Map showing the golf course at the time of WW1.


Blackpill Golf Club, The Burrows, Swansea. O.S. Map showing the golf course at the time of WW1.

O.S. Map Revised 1913 to 1914; © Crown Copyright {year of publication 1921}.


In 1922 there was a slight increase in visitors’ fees to 1/- a day, 5/- a week, 10/-  a month.

From 1926 to the club’s last year in 1948 visitors’ fees were 2/- a day, 5/- a week, 10/- a month.

It was reported in April 1927 that there was a threat of closure due to the course not being sufficiently patronised.

It appears this threat was not carried through.

At the annual meeting of the ladies' section in June 1929 Mrs Luce was elected captain and Miss Louise Davies vice-captain.


Blackpill Golf Club, The Burrows, Swansea. Match played at Manselton in July 1935.

South Wales Evening Post Wednesday 3 July 1935.


A footgolf course now occupies the site of the original course.