Baildon Golf Club

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Location of Club House

Preamble

Baildon Golf Club have their own website here

This is a link to Golf Club's 1918 report and financial statement with nominations for the various club positions and calendar details of the AGM. You can read this PDF file here

I have scanned the Baildon Golf Club Official Handbook. I don't know the exact date but the printing pre-dates March 1965 because it has a dated sheet inserted to amend some of the club rules. If nothing else it makes interesting reading because of the adverts for local businesses.


Centenary Booklet

The club has a booklet, written by Malcolm Leyland, to celebrate their first hundred years and the following text and information is largely taken from it.[1] The booklet was written in 1996 and so some of the references to things like the use of buildings are out of date. E.g. Kellet's hardware store and the Trawl Bar. This site originally was 3 houses that then became Kellet's Hardware and fish and chips. This was then sold to Websters and as of 2017 it is Webster's Fish and Chip restaurant and take-away.

Genesis

Bradford towards the end of the nineteenth century, was. like any other northern conurbation, an insalubrious Spot. Clean air legislation was a long way off; domestic and industrial chimneys belched out their sulphurous fumes, giving rise to pea-green fogs. and a whole repertoire of respiratory diseases. Many residents sought health-giving exercise and fresh air on the surrounding hills. Among the health-seekers were members of the St. Andrew's Society, a Bradford-based association, founded by expatriate Scots.

Bradford St. Andrew's Golf Club

This Association sent out scouts to find a suitable site for a golf course. Inevitably the reconnaissance party fetched up on Baildon Common, realised its potential and reported back accordingly. On April 16th 1891, in the Victoria Hotel, the Bradford St. Andrew's Golf Club was born. Land was rented from Colonel Maude, the Lord of the Manor, and a seven hole course was laid down. Two holes were added in 1892 and in the following year Tom Morris supervised the extension of the course to a full eighteen holes. In 1895 the Club changed its name to Bradford Golf Club.

Pennithorne Golf Club

The sight of all that manicured grass proved too much of a temptation for the locals, who in the best Baildon tradition, proceeded to enjoy their golf free of charge, much to the chagrin of the Bradford members, who were paying for it all. So, on the principle if you can't beat 'em, get 'em to join, membership of an Artisan's Section was offered to Baildon residents and on May 26th 1896, Pennithorne Golf Club was inaugurated, with a subscription of 5/6d per annum, 5/- being retained by the parent body and 6d going towards the administrative costs of the subsidiary. Play, which was subject to restrictions, commenced on June lst 1896. The first team match played by the Pennithorne Club took place against Shipley in August 1897.

Baildon Golf Club

The Bradford Pennithorne arrangement was short-lived. Having failed to negotiate a fresh lease with Colonel Maude and with growing congestion on the course, the Bradford club moved to Hawksworth.

Pennithorne Golf Club continued to operate until early 1899, when, at a meeting in Sandals School, chaired by Joe Dyson, Baildon Golf Club came into being. Its first President was Mr. Harry Steel, the first Professional was Willie Robinson, and the annual subscription was fifteen shillings.

In view of the tooth gnashing caused down the years by pirates Operating on the course, it is ironic that the very existence of Baildon Golf Club is due in no small measure to the piratical practices of the good burghers of the township.

If any ill-will existed between the two clubs it must have quickly evaporated. Shortly after its formation, Baildon received from the Bradford club a present of tee-boxes, flags and a lithographic plan of the course as it was in 1896. This plan can be seen in the Clubhouse, along with other Baildon memorabilia.

Home Is Where You Find It

Looking round the present Clubhouse, with its expanse of fitted carpet, inviting chairs, attractive bar, colour television, snooker tables, custom-built locker-rooms and well-stocked shop, it is difficult to imagine the privations endured by the founding fathers and their immediate successors.

The St. Andrews pioneers had to be content with two rented cellar kitchens in Manor Croft - where the Ian Clough Hall now stands. In 1894 they left behind their troglodyte days and moved to slightly more commodious cottage premises in Northgate, near Jenny lane, now the site of Kellet's hardware store and the Trawl Bar restaurant. Still in search of space, they moved up the road to the Shroggs, where they shared accommodation with the Leeds Volunteers, who at that time were using the rifle range on the moor. There again the sojourn was a short one as the premises reverted to private ownership. It was back to Northgate, to a house which has quite recently been extensively refurbished but which still bears the name Lee Nor chiselled into its lintel. That they still suffered from cramped conditions is borne out by a minute from a 1903 meeting which noted the decision to ”instal lockers at the side of the fireplace in the big club room” A request for extensions to Lee Nor was turned down by the landlord. George Robinson offered the club No 48 Northgate (known as the Corn Mill) but the Committee for some reason rejected the offer.

Salvation came out of the blue. Late in 1908, the Leeds Golf Club advertised for sale their Cobble Hall Clubhouse. Baildon obtained the building for £80 The need now was for a site. The Club was offered three options; a site near the Shroggs, a field near Strawberry Gardens, a piece of land near the White House (now a restaurant) on the Hawksworth Road. All had their attractions. But then came the chance to lease part of Ambler's Field (our present site). A deal was clinched and the site prepared for the arrival of the new abode.

The Move

Transportation of the Clubhouse, a sectionalised wooden structure, was organised by Tom Cordingley of Woodbottom. Reassembly was in the hands of Fawcett and Halliday. In June 1910 water and gas had been laid on and we were ready for the big move. Leeds City Police intervened here and said the exceptionally wide loads, by horse and cart, would disrupt traffic too much and we must wait until the last tram was in the depot. The move began at midnight

Opening Day, August 27th 1910 was quite an occasion. Chairs were borrowed from the Conservative Club, new crockery and table linen was purchased, the locker room was converted to a smoke room. The recently appointed steward (12/— a week, find your own accommodation) received his baptism of fire. Tickets were a shilling each and included tea and a concert. There were special competitions for men and ladies, and Mr. Carter donated a commemorative shield to be played for in a foursomes competition with qualifiers and a subsequent knock-out format. The building which housed the celebrations was to house Baildon Golf Club for the nest fifty years.

WAR IN THE AIR

Model Aeroplanes in the 40s and 50s became a real menace. At the time the 14th hole was the piece of ground between the now 14th green and 15th tee. A hole of about 240 yards which you drove from the side of the 6th green to where the car park is. It was a short par four with a natural bunker formed by the burrow.

This flat fairway and green provided a perfect place to fly model planes. Every Sunday golfers had to duck and dive to avoid them and had very great trouble playing golf at all. Not content with taking up this space the flyers used the 5th and 6th greens.

Things became so bad that we decided to move the 14th and give the site to the flyers, not only that the greenkeepers cut them a place up on Dobrudden to launch from. Peace was unfortunately only short-lived.

One Sunday in 1945 Mr. and Mrs. Mason Wilkinson were playing on the 14th, when Mrs. Wilkinson was hit by a plane with a 5ft wingspan. Mr. Wilkinson was so enraged that he jumped on the plane and smashed it.

Little did he know that it belonged to Silvio Lanfranchi, a volatile Swiss baker, living in Bradford. Seeing what happened, Silvio raced up to Mason took his clubs and broke three. Mason was having none of this, so he hit Silvio in the face. There ensued a rather nasty fight, the police were called and both men were summoned to appear in Court. They were told to behave themselves and sent home with a flea in their ear.

This unfortunately happened again 2 years later when Bob Eastwood and his wife were playing one Sunday. Mrs. Eastwood was hit and Bob went to sort out Mr. Lanfranchi. This too ended in fisticuffs and both men ended up in Court.

Presidents and Captains etc. 1896-1996

LIFE MEMBERS
Name Year Name Year
C. W. HOLMES 1904 J. W. WHALLEY 1961
HJ. ROBSON 1899 -1931 S. LUMB 1970
J.SOWDEN 1930 C. P. DAWSON 1970
W. CROWTHER 1930 EJOWSEY 1970
E. HELLIWELL 1931 C. MANN 1971
R. W. PARSONS 1946 A. PELLITT 1973
W. FAWCETT 1949 H. ABBOTT 1973
M.N. BUTLAND 1957 G. W. WOOD 1975
G. W. STOCKS 1960 K. VERITY 1988
HON LIFE MEMBERS
R. FOSTER J. WILKINSON GJ. BRAND
PRESIDENTS
Name Year Name Year Name Year
H. STEEL 1899 H. SMITH 1932 S. NEVINS 1965
G. AMBLER 1900 R. SHAW 1933 P.W. DOWTHWAITE 1966
A.W. HOFFMAN 1901 H.L. HUSTLER 1934 D.S. WILMAN 1967
A.B. PRINCE 1902 W. FAWCETT 1935 D. HELLIWELL 1968
G.E. ROBINSON 1903 G. THOMAS 1936 L. CHEETHAM 1969
G.E. ROBINSON 1904 P.E. HUGHES 1937 .I.I.S. SORGE 1970
E.G. FIRTH 1905 F.E. SHACKLETON 1938 N.B. MYERS 1971
I. WILLIAMS 1906 J.R. FOULDS 1939 D. BATES 1972
E. ELLIS 1907 F .W. RAISTRICK 1940 L. STEVENSON 1973
J.S. WHITAKER 1908 J.W. WHALLEY 1941 P.L. COCKCROFT 1974
E. HELLIWELL 1909 J.W. WHALLEY 1942 K. VERITY 1975
E. HELLIWELL 1910 J.W. WHALLEY 1943 S. TA'IVI‘ERSAL 1976
E.G. FIRTH 1911 C.P. DAWSON 1944 AJ. WILSON 1977
H.A. WRIGHT 1912 J. RENNARD 1945 A.I. HILLARY 1978
J. HARDAKER 1913 JD. WHITAKER 1946 W.E. RILEY 1979
I. CLOUGH 1914 R.G. PHILLIP 1947 D. BREAR 1980
E.A. HAIGH LUMBY 1915 E. BASTOW 1948 G. BUTTERFIELD 1981
E.A. HAIGH LUMBY 1916 CF. CLAYTON 1949 C.P. BREAR 1982
E.A. HAIGH LUMBY 1917 E.S.JOWSEY 1950 C. RUSSELL 1983
A. THACKERY 1918 H. NORTH 1951 H.THOMPSON 1984
A. LANCASTER 1919 F. KERSHAW 1952 P. DELANEY 1985
H.A. THOMPSON 1920 A.S. DYSON 1953 RR. KELLET'T 1986
C. HODGSON 1921 C.H. BAINES 1954 D.B. MANN 1987
G.W. STOCKS 1922 S. HORROCKS 1955 G. HALL 1988
E. MARSDEN 1923 J.M. WRIGHT 1956 R.I.. ALLCOCK 1989
A.J. ROBINSON 1924 SF. LUMB 1957 K. CATLEY 1990
I. SOWDEN 1925 P.R. KAY 1958 BK. WOOD 1991
A. LOUGHTON 1926 A. PELLITT 1959 IRA. LISTER 1992
A. HITCHEN 1927 CF. GASCOIGNE 1960 M. LEYLAND 1993
G. H. PICKFORD 1928 W.H. ELLISON 1961 A.C. BENSON 1994
W. CROWTHER 1929 G. GARGON 1962 B.G. HUDSON 1995
H.E. SUCKSMITH 1930 I3.C.A.FARM 1963 J.A COOLEY 1996
H.E. SUCKSMITH 1931 H. ABBOTT 1964
CAPTAINS
Name Year Name Year Name Year
J.M. FALCONER 1899 J. MOUNTAIN 1936 P.W. DOWTHWAITE 1969
J.M. FALCONER 1900 J. MOUNTAIN 1937 W.E. RILEY 1970
J.M. FALCONER 1901 J.W. WHALLEY 1938 K.T. WALKER 1971
J.M. FALCONER 1902 N. SHAW 1939 R.L. ALLCOCK 1972
J.M. FALCONER 1903 N. SHAW 1940 W. VICKERS 1973
E. HELLIWELL 1904 H. DERMO 1941 J.A. RICHARDSON 1974
E. HELLIWELL 1905 H. DERMO 1942 K.T. BOYLE 1975
E. HELLIWELL 1906 H. DERMO 1943 D.B. MANN 1976
E. HELLIWELL 1907 C. F. CLAYTON 1944 G.B. SHAW 1977
E. HELLIWELL 1908 J. ELLIS 1945 M. PERCIVAL 1978
J. CLOUGH 1909 R. HELLIWELL 1946 R.E. RAMSDEN 1979
C. HODGSON 1910 C. P. DAWSON 1947 D. FARNSWORTH 1980
J. ROBINSON 1911 F. LIGHT 1948 D. NASH 1981
E. MARSDEN 1912 W.H. ELLISON 1949 S. BEEVER 1982
H. MUNRO 1913 A. PELLITT 1950 S.B. WEIR 1983
J. WHITE 1914 J.D. HARGREAVES 1951 D.A. REYNOLDS 1984
W. FAWCETT 1915 E.E. LEE 1952 B. MIDGLEY 1985
w. FAWCETT 1916 A.B. VARLEY 1953 J.A. COOLEY 1986
W. FAWCETT 1917 J.A. ROBERTS 1954 S. BEEVER 1987
W. FAWCETT 1918 W. SPENCER 1955 B. GILES 1988
W. FAWCETT 1919 A. BREAR 1956 G. O'DONNELL 1989
H. STEEL 1920 H. WILKINSON 1957 N.L. MARTIN 1990
J. ELLIS 1921 N. HARDY 1958 N.J.REDMAN 1991
A. PEMBERTON 1922 G. GARGON 1959 T. THORNTON 1992
T. COUPE 1923 H.O. BENTLEY 1960 A.C. DOWLING 1993
A. LOUGHTON 1924 W.P. JOWETT 1961 J.W. METCALFE 1994
W. MOODY 1925 P.H. BEEDHAM 1962 N.P. HARGREAVES 1995
S. WALSH 1926 D. HELLIWELL 1963 J.M. WILSON 1996
E. HELLIWELL 1927 B.K. WOOD 1964
T. BOTTOMLEY 1928 G.W. WOOD 1965
M. BENTLEY 1933 C.F. GASCOIGNE 1966
B. BARKER 1934 N.B. MYERS 1967
P. GRANGE 1935 R.O. SANDERSON 1968
LADY CAPTAINS
Name Year Name Year Name Year
MRS F. TURNER 1914 MRS J.M. KNAPTON 1943 MRS AJ. WILKINSON 1972
MRS W. INGLEBY 1915 MISS W. NICHOLL 1944 MRS W.G. FRANCIS 1973
MISS G. BAIRSTOW 1916 MISS F. DAWSON 1945 MRS M.B. MANN 1974
MRS W. INGLEBY 1919 MRS J.M. WILKINSON 1946 MRS J.E. COE 1975
MRS W. MOODY 1920 MRS J.T. BRAMLEY 1947 MRS J. RICHARDSON 1976
MISS E. A. RICHARDSON 1921 MRS F.C. DAVENPORT 1948 MRS M. RHODES 1977
MISS E. A. RICHARDSON 1922 MRS M. WERNERS 1949 MRS L CHEETHAM 1978
MISS E. A. RICHARDSON 1923 MRS J.W. WHALLEY 1950 MRS D. BREAR 1979
MISS E. A. RICHARDSON 1924 MRS I.N. CROOKS 1951 MRS G. RODGERS 1980
MISS E. A. RICHARDSON 1925 MRS H. MATTINSON 1952 MRS B. WALKER 1981
MRS F. SOPPITT 1926 MRS C.F. GASCOIGNE 1953 MRS J.M. LEYIAND 1982
MRS F. SOPPITT 1927 MRS P.R. KAY 1954 MRS W.B. COCKCROFT 1983
MRS F. SOPPITT 1928 MRS J.A. WILKINSON 1955 MRS M. DYSON 1984
MRS S. KERSHAW 1929 MRS H. HALL 1956 MRS E. ARMITAGE 1985
MISS E.A. RICHARDSON 1930 MRS J.C. TAYLOR 1958 MISS E.E. WILKINSON 1986
MISS T. PAXMAN 1931 MRS J.C. TAYLOR 1959 MRS D. M. BENSON 1987
MRS P. GRANGE 1932 MRS C. MANN 1960 MRS S. ASHTON 1988
MRS I. WATSON 1933 MRS G. WOOD 1961 MRS S. WEIR 1989
MISS H. CLEGG 1934 MRS D. HELLIWELL 1962 MRS B.K WOOD 1990
MRS B. BARKER 1935 MRS J.A. WILKINSON 1963 MRS A. SHAW 1991
MRS F. JACKSON 1936 MRS G. WOOD 1964 MRS J. DELANEY 1992
MRS W. HALL 1937 MRS M. TATTERSALL 1965 MRS J. WEBB 1993
MRS E. GRAY 1938 MRS P. BEEDHAM 1966 MRS MJ. WILSON 1994
MRS E. JOWSEY 1939 MRS A. CHEETHAM 1967 MRS B.M. RUSSELL 1995
MISS G. DRIVER 1940 MRS P. DOWTHWAITE 1968 MRS S. ASHTON 1996
MRS J.T. BRAMLEY 1941 MRS D. PELLITI 1970
MRS F.C. DAVENPORT 1942 MRS D. DAWSON 1971

On the move again

As of 2018 the club house is going to be on the move again. There are plans for the club house to be demolished and several houses built on the site and for the club house to move to the old water authority pump/filter house. The map on the right shows the current location and the proposed location in the lower right of the map. The lower of the two pins shows the current club house location and the pin slightly higher and to the right is the pump/filter house where the club plan on moving to.

References

  1. Baildon Golf Club Centenary 1896-1996 by Malcolm Leyland