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Knowenoble Golf Club, Cleland, North Lanarkshire. (1912 - 1940)

From the Wishaw Express Friday 26 March 1909; "Cleland - Proposed Golf Course - A meeting will be held in the Public School on Tuesday 30 March 1909 at 8 p.m. in connection with the above. All interested are invited."

Report on the new club and course in March 1912.


Knowenoble Golf Club, Cleland. Report on the new club and course in March 1912.

Wishaw Press Friday 1 March 1912. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


Report from the Scotsman Monday 13 May 1912. "OPENING OF A NEW COURSE AT CLELAND - The Knowenoble Golf Club, Cleland, had their new nine-hole course formally opened in fine weather and in presence of a large attendance of visitors. The Rev. Duncan Cameron, parish minister, president of the club, presented Colonel Stewart of Murdostoun, Convenor  of the County of Lanark, with a club, and called upon him to drive the first ball and declare the course open. Colonel Stewart said the new course would supply a healthy and profitable means of recreation for the residents in the district, and expressed the hope that the club would have a successful career. He then drove a good length ball, and declared the course open. An exhibition four-ball match was afterwards played between the well known West of Scotland amateurs, McGlashan and Waddell, Glasgow, and Dr. Scroggie and P E Souttar, Hamilton."

The annual meeting in October 1915.


Knowenoble Golf Club, Lanarkshire. Report on the annual meeting in October 1915.

From the Bellshill Speaker Friday 5 November 1915. Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.


Exhibition match in April 1922 featuring Rowan and Rattray (Drumpellier) and Barbour (Hamilton) and Caven (Glasgow District Champion.)


Knowenoble Golf Club, Lanarkshire. Exhibition match played in April 1922.

From the Motherwell Times Friday 7 April 1922. Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.


Below is the result of a match played against Shotts Golf Club on Saturday 29 April 1922.

Knowenoble Golf Club   Shotts Golf Club  
W Loudon 1 J Kirkwood  0
R Scott 0 A Brownlie 1
T Gibb (Bellvue) 1 R P Muir 0
J Davidson 1 J Chalmers 0
R F Baxter 0 W Chalmers 1
J Thomson 0 J Hutchieson 1
A M Hutton 1 J P Muir 0
A Mason 1 A Chappel 0
J C R Paterson (halved) 0 A Forrest (halved) 0
W R Gibb 1 R Tinto 0
A Craig 1 D Easton 0
J Easton 1 R McGowan 0
W Allan 0 R D Bradley 1
  8   4

In 1923 the secretary was G Allen, 76 Church Street, Newarthill. A 9-hole course. Visitors’ fees were 2/- a day and 5/- a week. The station was ½ mile away.

Result of a match played at Bellshill on Wednesday 4 June 1924.

Bellshill Golf Club   Knowenoble Golf Club  
H Moffatt 0 R S Rodger 1
D Tait 0 W R Gibb 1
H Logan 0 W Loudon 1
J Martin 1 W McIlwraith 0
C Fordyce 1 J Easton 0
T Muir 0 D Stevenson 0
J Paterson 0 J Sommerville 1
J R Cunningham 1 A Mason 0
A Bell 1 W Angus 0
T Grant 1 P Brown 0
D Brown 0 J Henderson 1
A Broom 1 R F Baxter 0
A Cunningham 1 A M Hutton 0
W Wilson 1 W A Allan 0
  8   5

In 1924/5 the secretary was Jas Young, Violet Bank, Cleland.

The AGM in November 1924 was held at the Welfare Institute, Newharthill. Mr John S Adams retiring president was MC, the elected officers for the ensuing year were as follows, President - Mr Alex M Hutton; vice president Mr William A Allen; secretary Tom Gibb; treasurer Mr William Borland; captain Mr Baston?; vice captain Mr Jas Young; ladies captain Miss Agnes Stevenson.

The competition prize winners for the year were; Colville Shield, Mr R S Rodger; Paterson Trophy, Mr J Somerville; Murdostoun Trophy, Mr W Loudon; Smith Bowl, Mr Jas Anderson; Dr Logan’s Prize, Mr James Sprot; Captain’s Prize, Mr C Gibb; Mixxed Foursome, Miss Ford and Mr J Mcilroy.

Ladies section; Stroke Competition, Miss J Halliday; Mr Hoxton’s Prize, Miss Agnes Stevenson; Mrs Scobbie’s Prize, Miss A McDonald.

The entertainment continued and it was reported that “the company partook of a refreshing cup of tea and dainties, served by the ladies. The floor having been cleared, the members and a large number of friends tripped the light fantastic to the strains of Mr H Sturdy’s band.”

Result of a match played at Wishaw in May 1925.

Wishaw Golf Club   Knowenoble Golf Club  
Charles Ramage 0 R S Rodger 1
William Wilson 1 W R Gibb 0
B Bell 1 William Loudon 0
R F Ramage 1 J Sommerville 0
Hugh McQueen 0 John Easton 1
D Black 0 D Stevenson 1
J H Fleming 1 W McIlraith 0
Matt Harvey 1 R Gibb 0
John Davidson 1 A M Hutton 0
R S Anderson 1 R F Baxter 0
A McDiarmid 0 W Angus, jun. 1
J Nelson 1 R Condie 0
George Hamilton 0 J Young 1
W McKay (halved) 0 W Adams (halved) 0
  8   5

A 36-hole competition for the Capt. Colville Shield was played on Saturday 13 June 1925, result; John Easton, 165-20-145; W R Gibb, 162-16-146; John McIlroy182-36-146. 

In 1926 the secretary was Thomas Gibb, Bellevue, Cleland.

Result of the April 1935 monthly medal; James Cairns (19,) 63; James Watson (22,) 65; G Bruce (24,) 65; R Newall (18,) 68; R Baillie (16,) 71; T Caldwell (19,) 71. Mid-week section; James Tait (20,) 66; James Watson (22,) 71; J Angus (5,) 75. 

Result of the May 1935 monthly medal; P Howieson (16,) 66; W Loudon (4,) 71; A E Lambert (19,) 72; J Ewing (12,) 83.

Result of the President's Prize played in June 1935; T H Baillie (20) 66; William Watson (9) 70; A Craig (8) 71; A Lambert (19) 71; James Young (16) 72; P J Brown (10) 75.

Result of the monthly medal played in July 1937; J Tait (3), 72; A N Gibb (2), 73; G Davidson (5), R Proudfoot (6) and W Tait (18), all 75.

The R.S.R semi-final played in August 1938; A W Gibb beat James Tait by 5&4.

In the club’s last year in 1940, the secretary was T H Baillie, 23 Whittagreen Avenue, Newarthill, Motherwell and the green-keeper F McGeachy. Club membership was 120. Visitors’ fees had been reduced to 1/- a day and 2/6d a week.


Knowenoble Golf Club, Cleland, North Lanarkshire. Location of the golf course.

Location of the Knowenoble course.

Grid reference NS79590,59505, co-ordinates 279590,659505.