Seaton Carew Golf Club
12 Jun 2023
Durham & Yorkshire Golf Club, Seaton Carew Golf Club
NEHL - Seaton Carew Golf club claims to be the tenth oldest surviving golf club in England, having formed in 1874. When it was first established, it was the only golf club in both Yorkshire and Durham, with the club crest retaining elements of both the Archbishop of Durham and the Archbishop of York.
The club was founded on pasture land known as the Snooks (likely after Snook Well) which was owned by Lord Eldon. It was rented from him by the founding members which included Dr Duncan McCuaig, a Scottish native who moved to Middlesbrough.
After the title was no longer apt with more clubs opening they changed their name to Seaton Carew Golf Club. The links are shown on the 1890s Ordnance Survey map, with a small clubhouse close to the cricket ground at the north end of the site.
The course has since held a number of championships, including the Men's County Championships, the Ladies British Open, the Brabazon Trophy and the Gray Trophy, which was one of the earlier amateur trophies.
Ordnance Survey, 1897
The Seaton Carew Clubhouse circa 1920s or 30s. Source: Hartlepool Museums
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The club and clubhouse in the 1880s, only a few years after formation. Mind, I wouldn't be too sure about playing golf on that ground. Source: Hartlepool Museums
Historic Environment Records
Durham/Northumberland: Keys to the Past
Tyne and Wear: Sitelines
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