The Scarborough News
Taking a swing at history of seaside golf club
‘This book tries to reflect the socially changing times over the past century’
The history of Scarborough’s North Cliff Golf Club has been brought to life in a new book.
Paul Bang has put pen to paper to chronicle the club’s beginnings and how it developed into the organisation it is today.
The book, titled “North Cliff Golf Club Scarborough - Tales from a seaside golf club”, looks in detail at the club during wartime, the golfing boom that followed, the club during social revolution and austerity and the modern era.
It features player profiles, a chapter about the club’s centenary year which was in 2009, and information about past presidents and secretaries.
When North Cliff Golf Club originated in 1909 it was originally only a six-hole layout that meandered through its first location of where the Open Air Theatre is today, including the site of the old Zoo and Marine Land and the present indoor pool.
The history of the move to the present site in 1928 just a few hundred yards up Burniston Road occurred when the council’s entertainment manager – whilst playing on the old course – became aware of the excellent acoustics within its location and the possibility of turning the site into an outdoor theatre was born.
The club survived tough times financially in its early days plus two World Wars. Membership boomed during the post-war period, with an eight year waiting list at its height.
North Cliff produced its own international players who played the various professional and Amateur tours and became Ryder Cup and/ or Walker Cup stars such as Clive Clark, Mike Kelley, Iain Pyman, England international Jonathan Plaxton and the continuing Senior Tour feats of Gordon Manson, not forgetting the achievements of Joy Huggan.
A highlight for the club was in 1991 when it held Qualifying for the British Amateur Championship, again held at Ganton that year. The field of players included some then to be big names in the game such as Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood, David Duval and Bob May, plus many others who also went on to be winners all over the globe.
Paul said: “The book tries to reflect the socially changing times over the past century whilst re-living the times and the major players and characters that have energised North Cliff Golf Club’s development through the high points, desperate times and successes.
“It’s true stars, however, are the ordinary members, who for 105 years have enjoyed all this wonderful game and club have to offer.
“The book has also had the look-over from former Ryder Cup Star and top commentator Peter Alliss, who appears in the book and has enjoyed being reminded of personal happy memories.”
Paul thanked the club for its help and involvement in the project, York Publishing, Dave Beckham for proofreading and former captains Patrick Germaine and Richard Henshaw who spent many hours researching the very early days of the club.
Copies of the book can be purchased at North Cliff Golf Club or by emailing Paul on email@example.com