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Denholm Golf Club, Scottish Borders. (1907 - WW1)

A public meeting was held in the schoolroom on Friday 21st June 1907 to discuss the possibility of a golf club for Denholm, Dr Brown chaired the meeting. The Rev John Smith, interim secretary, said that the ladies had canvassed people in the area to get their opinion. The figures were encouraging with 113 people promising to become members and to make a donation to the club. The membership fees were to be 5/- for gent’s and 2/6 for ladies and artisans. This would result in an income for the first year of about £17. Mr Harvey and Mr J Sanderson moved that the club be formed. Mr Smith stated that a field had been acquired at Mr Gray’s farm known as Whinny Knowe, the rent would be £10 a year, £5 being paid the first year. Hawick Golf Club kindly loaned the equipment to allow the club to carry out the work on the nine-hole course. The following committee was appointed; Dr Brown, John P Scott, G Watson, J Sanderson, N Furness, A BeattieG Taylor; Ladies – Misses Scott, Harvey, L Scott, A Miller, Gillies. The Reverend John Smith and A M Eckford  were appointed joint secretaries and treasurers.

The formal opening of the course took place in August 1907. Following is a report from the Scotsman dated August 5th 1907 titled; Opening Of A New Border Course. “The new nine-hole course which has been laid out at Denholm, near Hawick, in connection with the recently formed Denholm Club, was formally opened in presence of a large gathering of ladies and gentlemen. The course, which is on part of the farm of Denholm Hall, presents several natural hazards and peculiarities and has been admirably laid out by Mr A N Eckford and Mr G P Ross, Hawick, the proprietor, Captain Palmer Douglas of Cavers, and the tenant, Mr Gray, having willingly given consent, and the club already have a membership of over 130. At the opening ceremony, Dr Brown, captain, presided, and Captain Palmer Douglas, president, who drove the first ball, was presented with a silver cleek by Miss Scott, Craigview, captain of the ladies’ club. Captain Palmer Douglas said the game of golf was played all over the world. When he was at Khartoum he found it was played there. Mrs G P Ross, Miss M Reid and Miss Tait, Hawick, thereafter played a three-ball match Mrs Ross’s score being 39, and Miss Reid’s 41. This was followed by a four ball foursome, in which Captain Fyfe Jamieson and Mr H M Duncan, the Border champion, were opposed to Mr G P Ross and Mr James Houston, an interesting game ending all square. Duncan’s score for the nine holes was 35.” 

The Watson Challenge Cup was played for on Friday 22nd May 1909, result as follows; R Crawford, 87-5-82; A Harvey, 96-13-83; J P Scott, 90-4-86. Ladies’ competition; Miss May Robson, 101-16-85; Miss Lizzie Scott, 117-5-112. 

The Watson Challenge Medal was played on Wednesday 16th June 1909, result; A Harvey, 77-13-64; E Scott, 78scratch; G Watson, 106-27-79; J Sanderson, 96-10-86; W Scott, 82-1-81; R Crawford, 86-4-82; C Harvey, 112-27-85; J P Scott, 91-4-87. 

In August 1909 the ladies’ monthly medal was won by Miss J Park with a score of 86-2-84.

The annual meeting was held in the West Gate Hall on Tuesday 18th March 1913 when the captain, Douglas Oliver, presided. The following officials were appointed; Hon. president - Capt. Palmer Douglas; hon. vice-presidents – A P Douglas, Midgard; Capt. Fyfe Jamieson, Cavers; Sir Robert Usher, Bart., Wells; Henry Watson, Anstruther.

The club did not survive WW1.


Denholm Golf Club, Scottish Borders. The opening of the course.

Opening of the Denholm golf course .

The Google Map below pinpoints the location of the former course.

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