A History of Heworth Golf Club - The 60's


1960 Changes were made inside the clubhouse. New furniture replaced the old bentwood chairs, carpets were laid in the main room and the bar and kitchen were vastly improved. All of this involved much time and labour and many members freely gave of their time to make the club more comfortable. The people involved in these changes are too many to enumerate, but we should thank them all for their valuable contribution.

At last the loan by Mr. Moses was repaid, 12 years after receiving it free of interest.

The clubhouse operated on Calor Gas, but now application was made to the N.E.E.B. for the installation of electricity.

Wildlife was a familiar sight on the course. As well as birds, frogs inhabited the ditches and were particularly noisy at night. Hares and rabbits frequently crossed the firing line as you drove off. One day newspaper reporters came to photograph the left hand side bunker in front of the 18th green. Nesting in it was a family of leverets. To safeguard the creatures, members were urged to play right. A ball landing in the bunker had to be picked and dropped without penalty.

1961 At last the Calor Gas was replaced by electricity. Another innovation was the one-armed bandit which took sixpences and paid out sixpences. The only machine operating before this paid out golf balls. Again in the news as the paper said "Law men hit the range for a big round-up. Police were called in when the grasslands of Heworth Golf Club caught the interest of 50 cattle which had strayed from a field near Follonsby Lane". They walked round the perimeter of the course keeping close to the hedge. Only 2 strayed from the herd, 2 young calves that took a fancy to the bunkers in front of the 1st green and pondered to play there.

1962 The 50th Anniversary was celebrated with a special dinner dance and a Jubilee Golf Day. Jubilee Cups were purchased for the men and ladies. This competition was flag competition. A new flag in the club colours of maroon and gold flew proudly over the course.

The first part of the fencing was completed. So popular had the club become, the waiting list especially for men was big.

1963 It is useful to refer occasionally to club finances to show the changes as years go by, so I make no apologies for giving some facts here. Wages £954 0s. 5d. Subscriptions £1008 5s. 0d. Visitors fees £227 13s. 0d. Bar sales £1,678 10s. 9d.

We had 150 men, 30 ladies, 9 country members, 6 seniors, 10 juniors and 10 social members.

A new tractor shed was built and more fencing completed. The bar was rebuilt by 2 members (B. Boyes and A. Cuthbertson) and with help from member volunteers costs were kept to a minimum.

1964 Hot water systems were installed in the bar, kitchen and locker rooms.
The ladies had annually donated money to the club from their social events. Now their help was enlisted to raise money to start a new "Building Fund".

There was still talk of the new road to be constructed in connection with the Tyne Tunnel, eventually to run through the course, taking from us land near the 4th tee (now 17th) and the 3rd green. This was a worrying time for the committee.

Regular Saturday and Sunday teas were available from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. and were in great demand. High Tea was 3/-, Plain Tea 2/-, Coffee 6d. per cup, Tea 1/- per pot.

A new Caddy shed was erected behind the 18th green. Newcastle Breweries gave a loan of £3,000 to be repaid at £10 per month.

1965 This year saw the beginning of W. Armstrong's eight years as secretary. For many years in the late fifties and early sixties, because of his contacts with local, county councils, he was able to help the committee dealings with these authorities and other governing bodies. As secretary from 1965 - 1973 he continued to give this valuable service at a time when the club was thinking of buying the existing land and developing an 18 hole course. We are most grateful to Bill for his contribution.

More new furniture and furnishings were purchased and a strong room was constructed by 2 members.

Membership was still growing, 168 men, 36 ladies (the maximum "allowed”), 13 country member seniors, 12 juniors and 15 social members.

J.P. Burns, secretary from pre-war until 1960 sadly died. Members subscribed to buy 2 memorial trophies for the men and ladies.

The club produced their first club tie, maroon with letters H.G.C. embroidered in gold.

Now came talk of 18 holes.

1966 The present badge was designed and accepted be used on all literature and in later years on sweat shirts and blouses. The design was inspired by the “Old Castle" and the Gingling Gate.

1967 Improvements were made to the veranda which was enclosed by glass and sliding doors. The ceiling of the General room was lowered and the walls re-enforced.

1968 - 1969 Little information available. It is known that in 1969 a levy of 1 guinea was put on all playing members except juniors.