Compiled and edited by Hugh Jones
A good course in the midst of a healthy and beautiful district.” (Ashton under Lyne Reporter 15 June 1907)
This history of New Mills Golf Club is written to mark the centenary of the club in 2007. It is based largely on three sources. Firstly a short history of the first 50 years printed in the programme and menu of the 50 year Jubilee Dinner held on 8 June 1957. It is initialled “H.H”, most probably Harold Hibbert, the then President. Secondly, a set of handwritten notes made by Sidney J. Warburton covering 1907 to 1979. Thirdly, minute books of the club from 1907-1986 and later. The earliest surviving accounts book starts December 1948. The following visitors books survive: 1927-61, 1961-72, 1972-81, 1981-89 and 1993-4. Events since 1979 have largely been recalled from memory of several people, though recent detailed accounts and minutes are exact.
Acknowledgements: Many people have contributed information, photographs or other help. I would like to thank them all, particularly the following and apologise if anyone feels left out – it is not deliberate. Nora Nelstrop, Millie Wilson, Ken Medlock, Harold Froggatt, Frank Bullough, Reg Dorsett, Bernard Gee, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. Eddie Kelsey has kindly part sponsored the publication.
Hugh Jones, December 2006
Original copies available through the clubhouse, downloadable copy available by clicking on this New Mills Golf Club – A History 1907-2007 link. Many thanks to Yvonne Cawley for retyping this.