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Appley Bridge Golf Club, Wigan, Lancashire. (1907 - 1951)

The club was founded in 1907.

A 9-hole course laid out on land belonging to the then Smith family, owners of Parbold Hall. The rent at the time was £45 a year.

 

Appley Golf Club, Wigan, Lancs. Opening of the golf course in 1907.

The opening of the course in 1907.

 

Locally there is a competition called the Victory Trophy, played for once a year by local clubs, Appley Bridge Golf club appear on the original plaque as winners.

The station at Appley Bridge was 1 mile away.

Location of the Appley Bridge Golf Club course.

Location of the Appley Bridge golf course.

Grid reference SD51190,10230, co-ordinates 351190,410230.

 

 

  Secretary Professional/Greenkeeper
1914 C Spary, Lyndale, Appley Bridge.  
1923/24 J H Shuttleworth, Grove House, Appley Bridge.  
1925 W O Fillingham, Ashfield, Appley Bridge. H James (g)
1926/30s J H Liptrot, "Glenside" Appley Bridge.  
1926/31   T Bamber (g)
1932/40   G Clements (g)
1930s (mid) J Stopforth, Greg-Na-Baa, Parbold, Wigan.  
1940 J F Barnes, Lyndale, Appley Lane, Appley Bridge.  
1947/49 J Guest, 16 Ashfield Terrace, Appley Bridge.  
1947   N Kenny (p&g)
1949   A Simpson (p&g)

Below is a full report on the annual meeting held in April 1913.

 

Appley Bridge Golf Club, Wigan. Full report on the annual meeting held in April 1913.

 

Appley Bridge Golf Club, Wigan. Full report on the annual meeting held in April 1913.

 

Appley Bridge Golf Club, Wigan. Full report on the annual meeting held in April 1913.

From the Wigan Observer & District Advertiser Saturday 5th April 1913. Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

In 1914 the entry fee for gents was £1/1/0 and ladies10/6. Subs for gents were £1/11/6 and ladies15/-. Visitors’ fees were 1/- a day, 3/6 a week and 10/- a month. Sunday play was not allowed.

Early pictures are difficult to come by for many defunct clubs. Although the one below is not very clear it’s worth including for its rarity. The text reads – “The photograph of members was taken on Saturday afternoon after the final of the Gerard Cup which was won by Mr A M Shaw. The cup was presented by the Hon Mrs Gerard-Dicconson as shown on the inset.”

 

Appley Bridge Golf Club, Wigan. Presentation of the Gerard Cup to A M Shaw in July 1914.

From the Wigan Observer & District Advertiser Saturday 25th July 1914. Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

In 1923/4 there was a  membership of 150. Visitors’ fees were 2/- a day.

From 1926 and in to the 1930s membership peaked at 165.

In the Chorley Golf Club Hospital Trophy competition played in May 1931 W E Ashton of Appley Bridge Golf Club tied with two other golfers for the trophy, he returned a score of 90-14-76. He finished second in the play-off. J Stockforth, Appley Bridge, also played in the competition.

On Sunday 17th December 1939 George Duncan, former Open Champion, played a match that also included the then Open Champion, Dick Burton, on the Appley Bridge course. In the afternoon Duncan had a round of 67, a course record and five strokes better than the scratch score. Duncan was partnered by James Adams (Royal Liverpool) they beat Burton and H E Walker, a former Cheshire amateur champion, in a match played over 36 holes. The match was in aid of the Mayor of Wigan’s war comforts fund, and a large crowd followed the play. Afterwards the balls used by the players were auctioned for £14/5shillings. 

In 1940 the  SSS was 70. Visitors’ fees were 2/- a day, weekends and Bank Holiday 2/6 a day.

In April 1940  James Stopforth, playing with a club member, holed in one at the 175 yard fifth hole.

Membership in 1949 was 160. Professional record of 67 held by G Duncan. Visitors’ fees were 2/6 a day, Saturday  3/- a day. On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday after 2pm 2/-.

Folklore has it that one of the reasons for the closure (could have been the main reason) was loud and uncouth behaviour and drunkenness! Who knows?

The real reason for closure explained in a report in the Liverpool Echo Friday 10th November 1950. "Appley Bridge Golf Club is to be wound up at the end of the year. The landowner has told the club that he cannot renew the lease as he needs the land, his other farm having been acquired compulsorily for housing. Membership of the club is about 140."

Appley Bridge Golf Club had disappeared by 1951.