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Fort Anne Links, Douglas, Isle-of-Man. (1908 - 1951)

The Fort Anne Golf Links first appeared in about 1908

The Douglas Golf Club had lost its course at Port-e-Chee in 1911. Many members from the former Douglas course moved to Fort Anne. 

The following report appeared in the Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser on Tuesday 15 August 1913. It indicates that the course was in existence by 1908 - "The course on Douglas Head, over which the Douglas club plays, is owned by the proprietors of the Fort Anne Hotel. Some five years ago it was extended to 18-holes. The course is not very long, but when one remembers the climbing necessary it is long enough. There is very little rough and cosequently lost balls are few".

Below D G Hosie wins the Fort Anne Silver Challenge Cup in July 1914.

 

Fort Anne Golf Links, Douglas, Isle-of-Man. Competition result from July 1914.

From the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer Tuesday 7th July 1914. Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

Prior to WW1 the secretary was Harry Towler, 17 Hilary Park, Douglas, and the professional  J A Orford. It had an 18-hole course with a club membership of 60. There was no entry fee, subs for gents were £2/2/0 and ladies paid £1/1/0; there was a locker rental charge of 6/-. Visitors’ fees were 1/6 a day, 7/6 a week and 15/- a month. Sunday play was allowed for visitors only.  The station at Douglas, Victoria Pier was a ¼ mile away.

 

Fort Anne Golf Links, Douglas, Isle-of-Man. Postcard of the Fort Anne Links dated 1907.

Fort Anne Golf Links postcard stamped 1907. Courtesy Frank Accleton golfonoldpicturepostcards.com

 

In 1922 the secretary was S C Craige, 52 Athol Street, Douglas, telephone 49. (Club telephone 565).

The professional was still Jos Orford. Visitors’ fees were now 2/6 a day, 10/6 a week, 15/- a fortnight and £1/1/0 a month.

In 1927 the course records were; amateur R E Cowell 68 and professional J A Orford 63.

In 1940 and 1947 the professional was W Devereau. The 18-hole course had a SSS of 70.

Fort Anne Links Golf Club. Early view of the course.

Early postcard of the Fort Anne Golf Links.

 

Fort Anne Golf Club. Fort Anne Hotel advert.

Advert from the 1920s. Author's collection.

 

Fort Anne Golf Club. Fort Anne golf course behind the hotel.

Postcard by Ranscombe Photographs Ltd, Douglas, I. O. M showing the impressive Fort Anne Hotel.

 

Fort Anne Golf Club. Location of the golf course.

Course location, Fort Anne had disappeared by 1951.