Barrow Golf Club, known as the ‘jewel’ of Furness, celebrates its 100th anniversary

A HISTORIC golf club known as the ‘jewel’ of Furness which boasts hundreds of members is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

Barrow Golf Club is celebrating a milestone in a series of events this summer that will bring together past and present members for a weekend full of golf celebrations.

The club’s oldest member, who is also due to celebrate his 100th birthday this year, is expected to take part in the commemorations.

To mark the club’s centenary year at Rakesmoor Lane, The Mail looks back at the founding of the golf club over 100 years ago.

CENTENARY: Barrow Golf Club pictured on its opening date June 17, 1922

By September 1921, concrete steps were being taken for the proposed new golf club.

A Promotions Committee was formed, with Mr. J.W. Bray acting as Honorary Secretary, which looked more closely at the question of a new club.

After proposing a plan to see the amount of aid to come, the report received exceeded expectations.

The course was “undoubtedly the finest in the district for this purpose, the terrain being everything a golfer could wish for in both quality and space”.

Great interest was shown in the proposal, with the intention of starting the course in early October, so that the course would be ready for play in March 1922.

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On Friday 7th October 1921 a general meeting of the Barrow Golf Club was held at the Victoria Park Hotel where a large number of men and women were present to receive the report of the promotions committee.

On the recommendation made to the meeting, it was unanimously decided to proceed with the necessary arrangements for the proper formation of the club and the preparation of the course.

It was agreed that the club adopt the name ‘Barrow Golf Club’.

The president said the proposal was “very well received” in terms of immediate acceptance for membership and further pledges of support.

By early March 1922, despite bad weather for exterior work, excellent progress seemed to have been made on the new golf club.

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Nine temporary holes had been roughed out and were available for play by members who wished to enjoy them until the official opening of the full course, which was scheduled for early April.

On Saturday June 10, 1922, the new course was officially opened by Mayor Alderman Fairbaim who opened the course with a bang. The ball was picked up and would be taken up and kept as a souvenir by the club.

Almost 100 years later, the club remains a popular place to play, known for its variety of holes and charming views.

Steve Trainer, Honorary Secretary and 100-year-old captain, said: “Barrow Golf Club currently has around 600 members, ranging from a very dynamic junior section to seniors and super seniors.

“Our oldest member turns 100 this year and we hope she will join in our centenary celebrations.

“Barrow Golf Club has been instrumental in the adoption of the Girls Golf Rocks initiative, which has led to an increase in membership in our junior girls section.

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“Barrow Golf Club is best described as a gem on the edge of the Lake District. An extremely welcoming and very friendly golf club which enjoys the most spectacular views of any club in the UK.

“Our centenary celebrations will last throughout the season with fellow centenarian Dean Wood GC playing home and away games against us as well as an end of season tournament with our friends at Furness Golf Club.

“We have a full weekend of golf celebrations throughout the weekend of June 10, 11 and 12, when members past and present take to the course and then enjoy a clubhouse reunion. ”

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