Lobden Golf Club
Lobden Moor
Whitworth
OL12 8XJ
Tel: 01706 343228
Lobden Golf Club

 

  Founded 17th May 1888

Lobden Golf Club - Our History

The Early Years - 1950's

1951

Captain Mr J Sprowell

Hon. Treasurer Mr A Hargreaves

Hon. Secretary Mr A Mills

Lady Captain Mrs E Wheatley

 


The Ladies had an interesting prize known as the 'Travelling Prize'. This was a brooch presented at the AGM to the person who returned the best scratch score in any competition over the season. This brooch was held for twelve months.

The Ladies played home and away fixtures against Tunshill Golf Club during the season.

The club dairy list the names and addresses of 69 Lady Subscribers.



A charge for both men and ladies of 6d was made for each Competition Card taken out.

Subscription were as follows:

Gents £3.15s 0d

Non-competitive member £2.15.0d

Ladies £2.10s.0d

Non-competitive member £1.15.0d

Lockers 5s.0d

Entrance Fee £3.3s.0d.

1953

Malcolm Hill - aged 16, became the youngest ever winner of the President's Cup - the clubs Scratch Prize. He later became the professional at Hazel Grove Golf Club in Stockport.


lobden handbook 1954
1954

Captain Mr R Harris

Lady Captain Miss A R Wilson

Home & away fixtures were played against Tunshill Golf Club.


1955

Captain Mr Clifford Ellison.

Lady Captain Mrs J Hawkard

Home & away fixtures were played against Tunshill Golf Club.



1956

Subscription were as follows:

Gents £4.10s 0d

Non-competitive member £2.15.0d

Ladies £2.10s.0d

Non-competitive member £1.15.0d

Junior Member £2.5s.0d

Lockers 5s.0d

Entrance Fee - Nil

The opening Saturday of the season was a fourball qualifier for the Evening Chronicle followed a week later with the Opening Day fixture Captain's v Ex-Captain' Team.

1956 lobden handbook



A special thanks goes to Bert Rushton for the loan of the above handbooks.



'ZP' Penwortham- Monk Fryston 275kV Line

A letter was received from the Central Electricity Authority regarding their proposal to construct an overhead transmission line over Blackstone Edge to Tottington. It read: 'The proposed route crosses your Golf Course immediately above the south-west corner post of the fencing around the sixth green and the lowest conductor on the line will be approximately 32'-0" above the ground.



No tower will be erected on the Golf Course...... For your information the owners of the land, the Trustees of George Ferrand Dearden, deceased, (Rochdale Manor Estate), per Hartley, Thomas and Wright, Solicitors, Rochdale, have given their consent to our proposals.



The proposals of course went ahead after discussions and meetings on the course.



In response to a letter in 1959 the Central Electricity Generating Board wrote saying: 'You may rest assured that your members are not suffering hallucinations when they say that at times they are getting slight shocks when playing in the vicinity of No.6 Green and No.7 Fairway. I would say immediately, however, that they are not shocks of the type normally meant when people speak of electric shocks, but are harmless and quite common, particularly in climatic conditions where there are circumstances which create what is known as a charge of 'static' electricity. This happens when the charge of static electricity is insulated from the ground, usually be some form of rubber. I myself have often received sensations of this kind when getting on or off a bus and you may have noticed that most Transport Companies cover the metal boarding rail with a plastic material........ It seems, therefore, that some of your players are probably wearing rubber shoes and becoming charged with static electricity, so that if for any reason they touch the steel shaft of the club when it comes in contact with the green or a damp ball, they get the sensation referred to......... I have confirmed that we have done everything possible in arranging the various cables on the towers over your Golf Course to see that the static effect is at its absolute minimum.



Also in 1956 Mr Vinnie Crabtree took over from Mr F Silcock as the 'Groundsman/Steward' of the club.



1957

Captain Mr R. Mills

Hon. Treasurer Mr A Chadwick

Hon. Secretary Mr A Mills

Lady Captain Mrs G Halligan


The handbook from 1957 shows that primarily the most popular type of competition was still the fourball, of which there were 14 competitions during the course of the season. Six of these took place on Sunday's.


It is interesting to note that the Alfred Hargreaves Trophy, Alan Stevens Shield and six other 18 hole medal rounds were played on Wednesday's before the introduction of the Wed 9 hole competitions.


Two Mixed Foursome competition also took place on Saturday's, one of which was on Closing Day, partners by ballot.




At this time the only 'board prizes' were the Frank Taylor Cup (April), Jubilee Trophy (May), Alfred Hargreaves (June), Alan Stevens Trophy (July), Victory Cup (July), Captain's Final with the Presidents Cup the Scratch Prize going to the player having the best 18 holes over the season. By contrast there are now ** board prizes to play for during the season. The Ladies had just four board prizes, the Lady Captain's Prize, Alfred Hargreaves Trophy, Edith E Bussy Rose Bowl and the Jubilee Trophy. Twelve competitors qualified for the Lady Captains Prize from three qualifying rounds, the other three trophies were played for over three rounds. The best aggregate over 36 holes the winner.


Home and away fixtures were played against Whittaker Golf Club, the Annual trip was to Wakefield with a weekend trip to Prestatyn.


Subscription were as follows:

Gents £4.10s 0d

Non-competitive member £2.15.0d

Ladies £2.10s.0d

Non-competitive member £1.15.0d

Junior members £2.5s.0d

Country members £1.5s.0d

Lockers 5s.0d

There was no entrance fee at this time.



The Groundsman and Steward was Mr V Crabtree.



The course measured (2500) 5000 yds, the bogey was 70 and the SSS 66 and for the Ladies (2188) 4376 yds.



1958

Mr H H Ormerod became a Life Member joining Mr H Hawkard.

Fourball's were held on the 1st Sunday of every month from April to October.

Wednesday fixtures included the Allan Stevens Shield, Frank Taylor Cup, Fourball and Medal rounds.



1959

By 1959 the subscriptions were as follows:

Subscription were as follows:

Gents £5.5s 0d

Non-competitive member £2.15.0d

Ladies £3.0s.0d

Non-competitive member £1.15.0d

Junior members £2.5s.0d

Country members £1.5s.0d

Lockers 5s.0d

There was not entrance fee at this time.

Home and away fixtures were played against Bacup Golf Club and Failsworth Golf Club.

The course had been lengthened for the men to (2602) 5204 yds, the bogey was 68 and the SSS 66 and remained the same for the Ladies at (2188) 4376 yds.