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Captain's Blog 25th April 2018

Wednesday 25th April 2018

I know this is short notice but please remember that it is presentation night on Friday the 27th at 7.30pm. Could all winners 2nd and 3rd place winners please try to be present.
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Captain's Blog 14 April 2018

Saturday 14th April 2018

On the topic of this weekend’s competitions, it would be remiss of me not to mention the appearance of our course. I’m sure we all remember the torrential rain that fell last Monday resulting in the course being closed for 4 days. I was so impressed with the way that a) our course had held up to the dreadful conditions through the week and b) the beautiful way in which our course was presented. The tee-boxes, greens and bunkers were pleasing on-the-eye from every angle and it made me proud in my stomach of the club that I represent. Huge thanks go to Nigel and his team and the Green Team for their hard work under difficult circumstances. I eagerly anticipate to see what they can produce given some favourable weather conditions *fingers crossed*
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Captain’s Blog 31st March 2018

Saturday 31st March 2018

Staggeringly, it’s already been a few weeks since my investiture as Captain. Past captains have all declared how quickly my year in office will pass and they’re not wrong. It must be an indication of how much I’m enjoying my new role.
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Early Course Development

The old course would have looked strange to modern eyes with The Course in 1894 and 1908 post and wire fencing protecting the greens as cattle and sheep freely grazing over the course kept the grass short. Individual trees were dotted haphazardly about the course often preventing a straight shot, and access to some holes required one to climb over stiles. The first cut from tee to green throughout the course took place in May 1895, even then the 'fairways' were laboriously created, being just 24 feet wide created entirely by horse power using a 3 gauge mower, It wasn't until 1925 when the club purchased its first mechanised tractor, that the whole course could be mown in just 4 days!.

In 1903 Harry Vardon the six times open champion played a 36 hole exhibition match against the then professional Alex Brown.

Vardon recorded a score of 71 to beat the existing course record, and afterwards commented that 'on no other inland course could one find a better test of golf', his one reservation after driving into the brook on the 14th was the position of the tee which was subsequently repositioned so as to extend the length of the 14th.

The next major alteration to the course was not until 1907/08 when the course was lengthened from 5122 yards to 5800 yards.

Harry Vardon driving from the 1st tee in 1903; and His scorecard

1920 saw the introduction of Sunday Golf, despite objects from the local clergy, and the start of a long battle for the Club Council to gain secure tenure of the course as ownership passed from the Earl of Ellesmere, to Bridgewater Estates, and finally Eccles and Swinton & Pendlebury Councils.

The threat from the developers had become acute during the 20's as a spectacular rise in housing developments resulted in Worsley Golf Course becoming landlocked.


However, in 1937 the future of Worsley Golf Club was secured as the Club Council managed to negotiate a 60 year lease with the two Local Councils. The option to purchase the course at a cost of £20,000 was rejected by the members. A further 60 year lease was successfully negotiated with Salford City Council in 1980.




“Challenging Golf in a Beautiful
Parkland Setting”

Tom Jones, London





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