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Lesmahagow Golf Club, South Lanarkshire. (1896 - 1970)

The club was Instituted in 1896; course opened April 1897.  

The following is taken from the 1905 Nisbet's Golf Yearbook; Instituted 1896-7; Number of members, 30 - Ladies, 30; Hon. Secretary, J W Tait; Captain, J J Greenshields; Entrance fee, 2s/6d - Subs 10s, Ladies 5s. The course is situated at the foot of Muirsland Hill; it is not very long, but has plenty of hazards, which consist of dykes, a burn, heather, ditches, etc. A new station will open soon about a mile from the course. 

In 1906 the secretary was John W Tait, Sighthill Cottage, Lesmahagow. A 9-hole course. The amateur record holder was John W Tait with a score of 35 for nine-holes, 72 for eighteen. Visitors’ fees on introduction were 6d a day, 2/6d a week, and 5/- for the season to people outside 20 miles radius. Stations at Blackwood and Lesmahagow were both 1 ½ miles away. Local hotels were the Commercial, Royal and Abbey Green. 

Result of a mixed foursome match played at Carluke on the former Langshaw course in August 1907.

Carluke Golf Club   Lesmahagow Golf Club  
J W Martin and Miss Martin 1 Mr Morrison and Miss Fairservice 0
A Cadow and Miss Forrest 0 John W Tait and Miss Isa Clarkson 1
John Martin and Mrs McMaster 1 Mr Rule and Miss Helen Clarkson 0
Mr Jack and Miss Gorrie 1 Mr Geoghegan and Miss Pate 0
Jim Martin and Miss A McMillan 1 John Geoghegan and Miss Madge Pate 0
Mr McMaster and Miss McMillan 1 Mr Halley and Miss Robertson 0
J P Marshall and Miss Jenny Martin 1 Mr Meyer and Miss Stoddart 0
W McMillan and Miss Walker 1 Mr Crawford and Miss Geoghegan 0
  7   1

Match against Carluke in August 1908.


Lesmagagow Golf Club, Lanarkshire. Mixed match against Carluke in August 1908

From the Carluke and Lanark Gazette Saturday 29th August 1908. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


In 1914 the Secretary was Walter Burnett. Membership was 40 gents and 30 ladies. Entrance fees for gents were 2/6d, no charge for ladies. Subs for gents were 10/- and ladies 5/-.

Course yardages; Hole One; 280 yards - Bogey 4; Two - 265 yards - Bogey 3; Three - 130 yards - Bogey 3; Four - 310 yards - Bogey 4; Five - 325 yards - Bogey 6; Six - 220 yards - Bogey 5; Seven - 280 yards - Bogey 4; Eight - 260 yards - Bogey 3; Nine - 190 yards - Bogey 5. Teiglum Burn formed part of the hazards. Thanks to Alfie Ward.

In 1923 the secretary was Miss M Fairservice, Wellwood, Lesmahagow, telephone number 14. Amateur course record holder was John W Tait with a score of 33.

From 1940 to the mid 1950s the secretary was J Gilmore, Friars Park, Lesmahagow, telephone 62. The greenkeeper was W Cowan. The 9-hole course had a SSS of 68 and a membership of 100. Visitors’ fees were 1/- a day and 3/6d a week, Sunday play was not allowed.

By 1960 and up to its disappearance in the 1970s, there was a change of name and the club was now appearing as Muirsland. During the 1960s the secretary was H R Brown, 6 Staneacre Park, Hamilton and the greenkeeper A Lafferty. The amateur course record was held by W T K Pate (68). The 9 hole course had a SSS of 68 and length of 2,480yds. Visitors’ fees were 2/- a day, 10/- a week. The fees were increased to 3/- a day, 12/6d a week and £1 a month by the late 1960s. Sunday play was now allowed after 2.30 pm.

Towards the end of its existence in 1970, the secretary was A M Lang and the SSS had been revised to 66. Visitors’ fees were 20p a day and 62 ½ p a week.

Lesmahagow Golf Club, South Lanarkshire. Location of the former golf course.

Location of the Lesmahagow course in the 1920s.

Grid reference NS79480,40740, co-ordinates 279480,640740.