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Great Orme Golf Club, Llandudno, Conwy. (1902 - WW2)

The club was formed in 1902 by Mr Harry Parker who was honorary secretary until 1918.

The course was originally laid out by John Morris of Hoylake. It was intended that the club should be just a small venture, but within a few weeks there were 40 members, and over 100 in the first year. Lord Mostyn was elected as President, with Mr Jas Haworth as Chairman, Mr W Wood, Treasurer, and Mr H Parker, Hon Sec. The old Telegraph Station on the Orme was used as the clubhouse but this proved to be inadequate. A new hotel was built and the clubhouse formed part of this building from 1908, at which time Sunday play was permitted, and many improvements to the course were carried out under the supervision of the club Professional, Tom Shannon. The course closed for the duration of WW1 reopening in 1919 with Lord Mostyn re-elected as President. Great Orme Golf Club proved popular for the next twenty years. A proud boast in 1923 stated that “The Great Orme Hotel adjoins Great Orme golf links which is undoubtedly the finest holiday course in Wales. Hotel entrance is 15 yards from the first tee” With the onset  of WW2 the hotel was requisitioned by the RAF and used as a radar station.

Below is the result of a match played at Great Orme against Gwydyr Castle Golf Club (also now defunct) in May 1906.

Great Orme Golf Club   Gwydyr Castle Golf Club  
A Dunphy 0 R B Moulsdale 1
H Parker 1 H E Blackwall 0
C Dunphy 1 H H Smith 0
S Crockett 0 A E Parry 1
H Holt 1 C Cooper-Morris 0
H Crockett 1 E Bickers 0
  4   2

 

 

Secretary

Professional/greenkeeper

1906

H Parker, Mostyn Estate Office, Llandudno.

A Joseph (p)

1914

H Parker, Great Orme Golf House, Llandudno.

Tom Jones (p)

1923 to 1940

H Sutcliffe.

A Shields (g)

1923

 

H A Berry (p)

1927

 

W H Sutton (p)

1928/1940

 Harry Sutcliffe.

W R Stockton (p)

 

Course Records

1906 A Joseph (p) 72.

1923 J Horne (p) score not recorded.

1925 H A Berry (p) 68. E R Cooper and L E Richards (a) 74.

1926 I Smith-Owen (a) 72.

1927 W H Sutton (p) 68. R Morris (a) 69.

 

In 1914 there was a membership of 150. The entry fee was £2/2/0 and the subs £2/2/0. Visitors’ fees were 2/- a day, 10/- a week and £1/10/0 a month. Sunday play was allowed without caddies.

 

Great Orme Golf Club, Llandudno. Ladies club button.

Great Orme Golf Club (Ladies) button. Hall marked Birmingham 1913 by Vaughtons. Image courtesy Dixon Pickup.

 

 

Great Orme Golf Club, Llandudno, Conwy. Pre-WW1 course layout with yardages.

Pre-WW1 course layout with yardages.

 

 

Great Orme Golf Club, Llandudno, Conwy. Later course layout with yardages.

Later course layout with yardages.

 

Great Orme Golf Club, Llandudno, Conwy. Great Orme Golf Links aerial view.

Aerial view of the Great Orme course.

 

In 1923 the club had a membership of 220. Visitors’ fees were 3/6 a day and 15/- a week.

Below is a description of the course written by Eleanor E Helme.

 

Great Orme Golf Club, Llandudno, Conwy. From Illustrated Sporting Dramatic News August 1930.

From The Illustrated Sporting & Dramatic News August 16th 1930. Image © Illustrated London News Group. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

Great Orme Golf Club, Llandudno, Conwy. Article from The Bystander in September 1937.

 

Great Orme Golf Club, Llandudno, Conwy. Article from The Bystander in September 1937.

 

Great Orme Golf Club, Llandudno, Conwy. Article from The Bystander in September 1937.

Above articles are from The Bystander September 29th 1937. Image © Illustrated London News Group. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

Personalities photographed above from top left to right - Bertram H Morgan (ex-captain), R Walker (ex-captain), Harry Sutcliffe (secretary). Middle row - H Dunn, J G Willey, G W Thorndill (committee), W H Lester (captain); Bottom row – T McDonald (proprietor), T N Jackson, W R Stockton (professional), A E Evans, H Meredith, E C Agg (longest membership.)

In 1940 the 18-hole course had a SSS of 72 and a membership of 200. Visitors’ fees were, 3/6d a day, 2/6d per afternoon, 1/6d evening, 12/6d a week, 21/- a fortnight and 30/- a month.

 

Great Orme Golf Club, Llandudno, Conwy. Driving off the first tee.

Driving off the first tee.

 

Great Orme Golf Club, Llandudno. On the first tee.

Early view of players on the first tee at Great Orme, the clubhouse is in the background.

 

Great Orme Golf Club, Llandudno. The Great Orme Hotel.

Great Orme Hotel with golfers putting on the green.

 

The club did not appear following WW2.

Memories of Great Orme from Frank Bailey. “My mother who was born and bred on the Orme used to watch the well to do men drive up to the summit hotel to play golf. Tom Jones who was the professional at Maesdu for more than 50 years was the assistant professional at Great Orme before WW1. After army service in the Great War he came to Maesdu. I remember him telling me how nice the natural turf on the Orme was to play on. I believe the War Department took over the hotel during WW2 and all public access was denied. The course never re-opened. Many times in the 1950s and 60s I have stood on the summit and looked out over the old course. It was still possible then to pick out the odd tee or green”