Spennymoor Golf Club, Kirk Merrington, Ferryhill, Durham. (1918 - 1950s)

First appeared following WW1.

A 9-hole course with a par of 72 situated on Binchester Moor, Merrington. Club membership of between 120 and 150. The railway station at Spennymoor was 1 mile away. Visitors fees were 1/6 a day, 7/- a week and £1 a month. Sunday play was allowed. Local hotel was the Wheatsheaf.

In August 1918 the members made  a presentation of a silver bowl to the secretary Mr A W Mowitt, who was leaving the district. Mr Mowitt said he would like to return the gift and add it to the clubs challenge trophies. 

  Secretary Professional/Greenkeeper
1920s C T Wanless, "Leaholme", Spennymoor. S Hyde (g)
1935 George Tuck, Bungalow, Binchester Moor. S Hyde (p&g)
1940/50s N M Hepworth, "Reethville" West Terrace, Senior . J Hope (p&g)

The club was re-established in 1927.

From the 1933 Golfer's Handbook; Membership 160; Hon. secretary - R Walker, 6 Osborne Road, Spennymoor; professional and green-keeper, S Hyde.

The President of the club in 1934 was T C Sutton, Eversleigh Green Lane, Spennymoor.

Presentation at the annual meeting in April 1939.


Spennymoor Golf Club, County Durham. Presentation to the treasurer in April 1939.

Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough Wednesday 26th April 1939. Image © Trinity Mirror. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.


Result of a match played at Crook Golf Club in June 1939.

Crook Golf Club   Spennymoor Golf Club  
M Ellison 1 S Howard 0
J E Gibb 1 G Tuck 0
J Balmer 1 F Simpson 0
J Rosethorne 1 E Oliver 0
N Pearson 0 A O Simpson 1
E C Wood 1 R Craig 0
W Shevels 1 H Forrest 0
W Moses 1 G Jameson  0
G Law 1 T Raine 0
J G T Shaw 1 R Whillance 0
E W Venn (halved) 0 E Oliver, jun. (halved) 0
J Wilson (halved) 0 Mr Noble (halved) 0
E Ellis (proffesional) 1 J Hope (professional) 0
  10   1

In 1940 the amateur course record holder was G A C Hall 73. 

The death was announced in September 1945 of Mr Thomas Crofton Sutton who was president of the now defunct Spennymoor Golf Club.

The parcel below addressed to Spennymoor Golf Club, Kirk Merrington, is from British Steel Golf Shafts with a postmark of 1950 or possibly 1959. It is marked "Not Known".


Spennymoor Golf Club, County Durham. Undelivered package to the golf club in the 1950s.


Although the club continued to be listed in the Golfer's Handbook into the 1950s it was a repetitive entry and the club actually disappeared at the time of WW2 or just after.


Spennymoor Golf Club, County Durham. Location of the golf course.

Course location, Spennymoor Golf Club had disappeared by 1960.

Grid reference NZ25840,32425, co-ordinates 425840,532425.