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Bury Golf Club and Bury Golf Course
Bury Golf Club and Bury Golf Course
Welcome To Bury Golf Club
Details Correct As Of 07/04/2015

Address    Unsworth Road
   Blackford Bridge
Town    Bury
Postcode    BL9 9TJ
Secretary / Manager    David Parkinson
First Name / Manager   No Information Given
Telephone    0161 766 4897
Fax   No Information Given
Club Website Address   www.burygolfclub.com
Email Address   secretary@burygolfclub.com
Course Information Line Telephone   No Information Given
Greenkeeper   No Information Given
Club Professional   No Information Given
Telephone   No Information Given
Fax   No Information Given
Pro's Website Address   No Information Given
Pro's Email Address   No Information Given
Club Steward / Manager   No Information Given
Telephone   No Information Given
Fax   No Information Given
Number Of Holes    18 Hole
Course Yardage    6000
Par    70
Yardage Markers On Course   no
Changing Room Facilities   no
Handicap Certificates Required   yes
Driving Range   no
Soft Spikes Required   no
Society Day(s)     Mon , Wed , Thur , Fri
Type Of Club    Members
Course Type    Parkland
Green Fees Weekdays    18
Green Fees Weekends   No Information Given
Green Fees Twilight   No Information Given
Green Fees Junior   No Information Given
Green Fees Society   No Information Given
Green Fees Other   No Information Given
Joining Fee   No Information Given
7 Day Membership Fee   No Information Given
5 Day Membership Fee   No Information Given
Ladies Membership Fee   No Information Given
Junior Membership Fee   No Information Given
Country Membership Fee   No Information Given
Other Membership Fees   No Information Given
Membership Fee Information   No Information Given
Proshop Available   yes
Club Hire Available   no
Club Repairs Available   no
Custom Club Fitting Service   yes
Trolley Hire Available   yes
Electric Trolley Repair   no
Buggy Hire Available   no
Lessons Available   yes
Course Planner Available   no
Bar Available   yes
Breakfast Available   no
Lunch Available   no
Afternoon Tea Available   no
Dinner Available   no
Accommodation Available   no

The nine hole course became eighteen in 1907 but did not survive the years after the First World War, when the land was needed for housing and a new road to Radcliffe. The club was described in ‘Golfing Annual’ of 1891-2 as being – one mile from Bury, nine holes over grass land. Hazards:- hedges, roads, and boggy land. At first a ‘winter course’ now open in summer also. Harry had come to England from Jersey in the late 1880’s, following his brother Tom who was already having some success in competitions. His first job in England was at Studley Royal Golf Club, Ripon as greenkeeper. He played golf with the members and visitors but time hung heavily on his hands and in fact he played more cricket than golf. The members at Bury gave him a clock in recognition of this feat and received from him a graceful letter of thanks. The club still has this letter. The clock itself eventually went to America.

Through the years many other professionals have served the club, R Wilkinson (1908), Arthur Joseph (1913), T E Cooke for some 9 years (father of Bernard Cooke at one time a well known teaching Pro). Another pro who gave many years of loyal service was Tom Jarman, one of a number of golfing brothers. The present professional is Gary Coope, who joined the club from Flixton in 2004. To continue this brief history of the club – In 1920 it became necessary to find a new home, but, cometh the hour, cometh the man, or in the case of Bury Golf Club, two men, who were determined that the club should not die. They were Norman Duxbury, a paper maker of the firm Yates Duxbury of Heap Bridge, and Sam Roberts, a coal merchant of Spring Bank, Walmersley Rd, Bury. As soon as the decision to buy the land had been made and the finances of the project had been sorted out, Norman Duxbury contacted the well known firm of Colt, MacKenzie and Alison, and on 3rd February Dr Mackenzie replied by telegram to announce that he would visit the site. His initial report was favourable and he was confident that a really good course could be made.

The final acreage of land for the course turned out to be about 98 acres and work began. Nine holes were ready in 1921, and a further nine opened in 1922, the actual work being done by the firm of Mr Claud Harris, Messrs Franks and Harris Bros Ltd. Between 1920 and 1939 the club progressed quietly but not without difficulty. Money was always a problem. The members, understandably, were reluctant to see subscriptions rise too much and new members were not always forthcoming. After the war, of course, we saw a great surge of interest in golf, mainly through the growth of television and the opportunities for people to see the great players of the time and the lovely places in which golf is played. There were obviously other reasons as well which brought the club, thriving and confident, to its centenary in 1990. By this time the Rt Hon Earl of Derby M.C. had become the club’s patron. The club had hosted his Assistant’s Tournament in 1985 and he generously supported the club’s centenary by providing us with a handsome new trophy. The present Lord Derby has continued the contact we have with his family. Since 1990 there has been a steady improvement in the quality of the course.

The greens staff, assisted by a bounteous nature, have created a charming urban/moorland course far removed from its former rather bleak aspect. The greens have always been renowned locally, especially in the latter months of the season, and are still much admired by visitors and members. New bunkers have been made and old ones re-fashioned; some fairways have been nicely realigned; old trees taken out and many new ones planted, and now as they come into their full growth many attractive vistas have appeared, some of which are hardly bettered anywhere in the country. Other than the provision of new changing rooms few changes have been made to the clubhouse. It remains a pleasant and friendly place in which to unwind after a day’s golf. Discussion rumbles on as to whether or not we should be thinking in terms of building a new clubhouse. Various plans have been sought from time to time but at the time of writing no firm decision has been reached. Bury Golf Club, in common with many other clubs, has found it necessary to update its security systems and now, modern systems, overt and covert, in all the buildings on the site give the whole area a greater degree of protection. There are two lounges adjacent to the bar area. One, containing the snooker table, used to be known as the Men’s Room. There is nothing now to prevent, ladies from using this room although by and large they seem to prefer the lounge at the front of the clubhouse or their own room upstairs. The two lounges can be made into one by means of a moveable and curtained screen. There is a separate Dining Room, known as the Vardon Room.


09/08/2008 - Sent by C P TURNER
  Not an easy course for the beginner or high handicappper. The course is hilly and many holes require the player to hit over valleys or areas of rough and streams. The course is usually in good condition however and the greens can be considered havens from the more demanding elements of the course, as many are flattish and well kept, giving the player an even chance of a good score. The club house and shop are open most of the time and the club house serves good basic food. The player needs to be aware that there are several public footpaths across the course and be further warned that locals do not always follow the line of these footpaths when crossing the course.

Bury Golf Club was founded in 1890. We are a friendly club, welcoming both new members or guests who just want to play the course. The Club has a rich history and strong links with the famous Harry Vardon, who won the Open championship on six occasions. Harry was once the Professional at Bury having arrived in the North West of England from Jersey.

Another famous link is with Dr Alastair McKenzie whose legendary 2 tier greens may be found on the course. For a more detailed history of the club please follow the link to the History section of the website.

We are committed to ensuring our guests have a great day when they visit us so you can be sure we provide all the facilities you would expect from a Club with our history and reputation.

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