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Mid Cheshire Golf Club, Winnington. (1902 - WW2)

The club was founded in 1902.

Sir John Brunner M.P, the first president and captain, officially opened The Mid Cheshire nine-hole course at Winnington on Saturday 1st November 1902. The course was laid out by Alec (Sandy) Herd, the Open Champion. The club professional was A B Mercer (1902-03).

The professional from 1903 to 1905 was J D Collins.

 

Mid Cheshire Golf Club, Northwich, Cheshire. Letter from the professional J D Collins.AC

 

 

Mid Cheshire Golf Club, Northwich, Cheshire. Letter from the professional J D Collins.AC

Letter from the professional J D Collins in 1904.

 

In 1905 the secretary was Thomas Moore, Fairleigh, Hartford, the captain was Roscoe Brunner. The professional was G Pulford who continued in his position until 1909. Amateur record, A K Thompson 83.  

In 1906 the professional course record was held by George Pulford with a score of 34. Visitors’ fees were 1/6 a day and 6/- a week. Railway stations at this time were at Hartford and Greenbank 1 ½ miles and Northwich 1 ½ miles away. Local hotels were the Greenbank, Hartford and the Cheshire.

There is evidence that a new course was opened in the autumn of 1908 at Winnington. Whether this was a new site or a reconfiguration of the former course is not known.

In 1914 the club had a membership of 134 gent’s and 48 ladies. Entry fees were £1/1/0 and subs £2/2/0. Visitors’ fees were 1/6 a day and 6/- a week. Sunday play was allowed without caddies.  

  Secretary Professional/Greenkeeper
1906 T Moore, Hartford, Northwich. George Pulford (p)
1909-20 Thomas Moore, Barons Quay, Northwich. W S Collins (p)

In 1921 the Mid Cheshire Golf Club was threatened with the closure of their course at Winnington, they were fortunate to find a new home on the Lord Delamere estate. Ted Ray designed this new 18-hole course which opened in 1922. 

In 1922 the Sandiway club the “spiritual successor” of the former Mid Cheshire Golf Club took over and the Mid Cheshire Golf Club disappeared.