Golf: Golf 'S Hidden Past Finally Unearthed; Hundreds of `Lost' Clubs Are Revealed by Historian

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Golf: Golf 'S Hidden Past Finally Unearthed; Hundreds of `Lost' Clubs Are Revealed by Historian


Byline: Harold Brough

THE `lost' golf courses of Britain are now buried under housing estates, roads and other expanse of concrete.

The green acres have been victims of redevelopment schemes and economic changes. West Cheshire, Wirral, was among them.

The club opened in the early years of the last century and closed in 1950.

Now it lies between part of the M53 and a refuse tip, which has been reclaimed, made an attractive place again, landscaped - in short, a recreational area.

The old golf course is, of course, long forgotten. But it has been the subject of recent research by Alan Jackson, a member of the British Golfers Collectors' Society and editor of its journal `Through the Green', who is researching clubs that no longer exist.

West Cheshire is one of very many. His list for this part of the country includes `lost' clubs in Liverpool and Southport, Bebington and Birkenhead, Chester and Ellesmere Port and elsewhere.

Indeed, Jackson's count suggests that since the 1880s about 1,390 golf clubs in England, Wales and Scotland have ceased to exist.

The reasons also include World War I when so many men went to fight, leaving the clubs with far fewer members and income. And, of course, so very many never came home again.

Others became military installations. The `lost' clubs of Southport, for example include the Liverpool and Banking Insurance, which in 1929 became the Freshfield Golf Club until before World War II, when the land became RAF Woodvale.

But Jackson was puzzled when he reached the name of Bidston. It is listed as a `lost' club - yet Bidston Golf Club remains, in Bidston Link Road, Wallasey. Indeed Bidston has attracted more than100 new members in the last six months.

He wrote to Bidston and senior past captain Bill Leigh has now solved the riddle. Leigh is in his 80th year, Bidston club historian, a gentleman who knows the area very well.

While he was never a member at West Cheshire, when he was a boy and a choirboy he sometimes kicked a ball around the golf course and he has walked the path around the edge, which remained after the club had gone. As he recalls, during World War II, fires were lit on the old golf course area to entice German bombers away from Liverpool.

He says: ``Since 1913 there has always been, within the boundaries of Wallasey, no less than five golf courses and this over-provision, which led to a shortage of members, together with the disastrous fire which destroyed the clubhouse, persuaded the West Cheshire Club to wind itself up in 1951. …

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