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Horbury & District Golf Club, Middlestown, Wakefield. (1907 - 1950s)

The club was founded in 1907.

Result of the July 1911 monthly medal; C C Bedford, 92-16-76; F Fitton, 87-7-80; H Hey, 102-19-83; A E Mottram, 103-18-85. 

Result of the August 1911 monthly medal; C Batty, 97-18-79; D Bailey, 113-26-85; H Hey, 102-19-83.

In 1914 the joint secretaries were C C Bedford and R Fitton, Red House, Middletown. A 9 hole course with a membership of 130. The entry fee was £1/1/0 and the subs £1/1/0. Visitors’ fees were 1/- a day and 5/- a week. No Sunday play.

In the early to mid 1920s the secretary was P M Brook. Telephone Dewsbury 61. Membership was now 150. Visitors’ fees were 1/6 a day, weekend and Bank Holiday 2/- a day.

Below the club take part in a fundraising event in June 1920.


Horbury & District Golf Club, Wakefield. The club take part in a fund raising event in June 1920.

From the Yorkshire Post & Leeds Intelligencer Tuesday 8th June 1920. Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.


In May 1922 Mrs A Oxley of Dewsbury beat Miss E Clarkson of Batley in the final of the Horsfield Cup.

Below is the result of a match played at Horbury against East Bierley Golf Club in May 1922.

Horbury & District Golf Club   East Bierley Golf Club  
J H Robinson 0 E R Haley 1
P M Brook (half) 0 J Scott (half) 0
H Moss 1 H Horsfall 0
R Garner 1 F Broadley 0
A H Rhodes 0 B Ingham 1
J W Wilby (half) 0 G R Verity (half) 0
W R Lyons (half) 0 J H Margetts (half) 0
G H Townend 1 C D Buckle 0
H Wilkinson 1 H L Brook 0
L Brook 1 R C Gillatt 0
A Longthorne 0 S G Clough 1
A Oxley 1 A Gissing 0
J Smith 1 H Dunn 0
B W Illingworth 0 J Cromwell 1
F Hanson (professional) 0 C Forge (professional) 1
  7   5

In July 1922 two prizes given by Mrs P Wilkinson and Mrs J Sheard were won by Mrs H B Horsfield and Mrs A Longthorne.

In the final of the Harrap Cup in December 1922 J H Robinson (8) beat L O Brook (14) by 4 and 3.

Result of the monthly medal January 1923; First Division - H B Horsfield; Second Division - B W Illingworth. At the annual meeting in January 1923 P M Brook was elected secretary and R Garner captain.

The annual competition for the ladies' gold medal was won by Mrs J W Wilby in April 1923.

In the final of the Lister-Kaye Cup in May 1923 A Longthorne beat J A Greenwood by 2 and 1.  

In 1926 the joint secretaries were P M Brook and E Brook and the professional Charles Williams.

In the monthly bogey competition in June 1927 E Brook won with a score of 2down. In a mixed competition the winners were Mrs A H Rhodes and Mr Rhodes, 109-25-84.

By 1929 the joint secretaries were P M Brook and A C Marsden, telephone Dewsbury 6. C Williams was now the professional and greenkeeper. Visitors’ fees were 1/6 a day and 2/6 a day at weekend.

Result of the October 1930 monthly medal; Division One - E Brook, 82-4-78; P M Brook, 87-8-79; Division Two - C H Thornes, 94-14-80.

Result of the August 1931 bogey competition; A C Marsden, 4up; L O Brook, 3up; E Dyson, G Hill, W Oldroyd, 1down.

In the men’s finals of the West Yorkshire Hospitals Foursome Tournament  played at West Bowlling Golf Club (also now defunct) on Wednesday 30th May 1934 the brilliant score of 134 net for 36 holes was returned by two members of the Horbury Golf Club. The stage was set for low scoring, there was little wind and the greens were in perfect condition. The two Horbury players were G Armitage and G F Hudson a Batley businessman. Playing from a joint handicap of 15½ they returned scores of 64½ and 69½ this was three strokes lower than the best ever retuned in the ten year history of the competition. This was the first success the pair had ever enjoyed. Armitage played off 14 and Hudson 17 but they were powerfully built young men who hit the ball a long way, and everything clicked for them on the day. Armitage was particularly long off the tee, he drove the ball to the edge of the bunkers on the second green, a distance of over 280 yards and almost up to the green on the 315 yard eighteenth. The drives were down wind, but on slightly rising ground. Hudson complemented this with an accurate short game. Another couple from Horbury, L O Brook and C H Thornes, finished fourth in the competition with a score of 141.

Below the annual meeting in August 1934.


Horbury & District Golf Club, Wakefield. Report on the annual meeting in August 1934.

From the Yorkshire Post & Leeds Intelligencer Thursday 2nd August 1934. Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.


At the annual meeting in July 1935 G Hill was elected president; P Ballantyne, captain; H Walker, secretary; C N Robinson, treasurer.

In the first round for the annual medal in May 1937 Harry Dyson established a record for the course of 68 gross. His return included seven threes. Playing from a handicap of 7 he returned a net score of 129 for the thirty six holes.   

In 1940 the secretary was A C Marsden, Briardene, Ossett, telephone 85. The professional and green-keeper was G E Franks. 9-holes with a S.S.S of 68 and membership of 150. Amateur course record held by Harry Dyson 68. Visitors fees unchanged.

1947 and the secretary was now E D Stephenson, “West Winds”, Elmwood Grove, Horbury.

In October 1947 H Senior (19) won the Harrop Cup competition.

In December 1947 Mr L O Brook Horbury and District Golf Club's oldest member celebrated his 70th birthday. He was honoured by a supper and presentation in the clubhouse at Oxley. Mr Brook had been associated with the club for 35 years and had been a committee member for 30 years. 

W Sayer of Osssett, was elected captain for the year in December 1948. 

In August 1950 W H Mickman was re-elected president of the club.

In 1951 the secretary was C Bagley, “Stoneyhurst” Windyridge Street, Horbury, telephone 92. Membership at this time was 160. Visitors fees were now 2/6 a day, weekend and Bank Holiday 3/6.

In October 1951 David Oddy, Dearden Street, was appointed captain, in succession to Frank Copley of Mirfield.

The Harrop Cup was won by G Pollard in September 1953.

In January 1954 J North holed in one at the 124 yard ninth hole on the Coxley course.

From the mid 1950s to the clubs closure in 1965 the secretary was S Bretton, 167 Netheton Lane, Netherton, Wakefield and the green-keeper H Griffiths. The 9-hole course had a SSS and Par of 68 and a membership of 120 throughout this period. The amateur course record was still held by H Dyson 68. Visitors fees were 4/- a day. Horbury (LMS) railway station was ¾ mile away, the course was also served by a bus service with a stop just three minutes from the course.

In the later years the club was probably known as Coxley Golf Club.


Horbury & District Golf Club, Middlestown, Wakefield. Location of the former course.

Location of the Horbury & District course. Grid reference SE26970,16365, co-ordinates 426970,416365.