Baildon Golf Club
Baildon Golf Club have their own website 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.
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. The booklet was written in 1996 and so some of the references to things like the use of buildings are out of date.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.
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.
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
|C. W. HOLMES||1904||J. W. WHALLEY||1961|
|HJ. ROBSON||1899 -1931||S. LUMB||1970|
|J.SOWDEN||1930||C. P. DAWSON||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|
|R. FOSTER||J. WILKINSON||GJ. BRAND|
|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|
|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|
|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.
- Baildon Golf Club Centenary 1896-1996 by Malcolm Leyland