Course was designed by the celebrated Scottish golfer and five times winner of the British Open Championship James Braid (1870 – 1950). Braid, born in Earlsferry, Fife, won his first Open title in 1901 and went on to become the first of ‘The Great Triumvirate’ of Braid, Harry Vardon and J H Taylor to win 5 titles (1903, 1905-6, 1908 and 1910).

Horace Hutchinson said that Braid had a ‘drive with divine fury’ and he pioneered the explosion shot from sandy bunkers. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Although Scarborough North Cliff Golf Club dates back to 1909, the present course was designed by James Braid and established in 1928.

A fabulous photo which we’ve been made aware. It is taken at where North Cliff Golf Club was originally located, the site of what was later Mr. Marvels (Zoo & Marineland) and the Open Air Theatre, looking down over Peasholm Park.

Playing the first hole of the North cliff golf club Scarborough 1912 ( photo from John Bullen’s post in Yorksire Historic)

The course starts on the cliff top and then moves inland threading its way between trees and spinneys, with lovely views of the North Yorkshire Moors before returning to the cliff top for the final three holes.  The course is sufficiently undulating to be interesting without being excessively hilly and is a tough but fair test for golfers of all abilities.

With the prevailing wind from the west the first five holes provide a stiff test of golf and par on these holes is a good start. The homeward run has glorious sea views across the North Bay towards the Castle before arriving back at the Clubhouse where a welcome drink awaits

The History of the Club is captured in “Tales from a Seaside Golf Club” by club member Paul Bang

HOLE NUMBER 6 (circa 1928)
HOLE NUMBER 6 (circa 2019)

Hole nunber 6 is superb hole, in an exhibition match in late 60’s that included Ryder Cup stars Neil Coles & Max Faulkner, Faulkner who was the 1951 Open Champion was reported to have stood on this tee & said ” who the %#€%# designed this hole. Well actually 5 time Open Champ James Braid that’s who. Our then Club Sec, local Butcher & scratch golfer Bert Coultas stood in at last minute & shot par on the day.

North Cliff Golf Club First Pro

The tall guy in the centre is North Cliff Golf Club first Pro Bertie Snowball who lost the Irish Pro championship at Royal Portrush in 1907 2&1 against James Edundson.

However he did land an assistants job at Royal Portrush when he was asked to join former Scarborough Town Pro Willie Gaudin as assistant there.

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