A brief history of our club

Nelson Golf Club was founded in 1902 at Kibble Bank ( 9 holes). The Club then moved to Marsden Heights in 1917, with the official opening of the clubhouse early in 1921. The club is situated on a plateau overlooking Nelson and Burnley and visitors are able to reward themselves with the finest series of panoramic views of landscape it is possible to imagine. The late Dr. MacKenzie who laid out the course managed a design which has been skilfully planned to avoid any wearisome climbing. The course is laid out in two loops of nine and the 1st and 10th holes are very conveniently situated by the clubhouse. A large practice ground is available. On a visit to Nelson Golf Club, you will be assured of a warm Lancastrian welcome and be able to enjoy a challenging round of golf and then relax in the clubhouse and savour excellent catering.Nelson Golf Club is situated on a plateau over 800 feet above sea level overlooking the towns of Burnley, Nelson and Colne.In spite of being on top of the hill it is not a tiring course to play. The late Dr. Alister Mackenzie of Leeds, who laid out the course, managed a design which does not include any wearisome climbing.

The course is laid out in the traditional style with two loops of nine holes, having the tenth tee available as an alternative starting point.The first nine holes follow the outer perimeter of the course and run clockwise, whilst the second nine holes return on the inner, in an anti-clockwise direction.

The secret of a low score lies in the five par 3's. None of these is particularly long, except the 16th, which is slightly uphill and tends to play longer than its measured 184 yards. The wind can however cause problems with club selection, and all these greens are well protected. Any player who can make level par on these holes can lay the foundations of a good score

A little about the history of our junior section

Nelson Juniors

History

The earliest record of junior membership at Nelson Golf Club is in 1913 when one boy and four girls joined. By 1924 the junior ranks had risen to 25 including 11 girls.
Junior golf first really became recognised in the 1950s. It was the appearance of Jim Hosie that put the name of Nelson Golf club on the map. Jim was E.L.G.A. Boys Champion, Northern Boys Champion and an England Boy International. Jim also represented Lancashire.
Junior membership increased from the 1950s onwards and eventually it was agreed that juniors over the age of 15 and with a single figure handicap could play in club competitions. Junior Matches were played against other clubs in E.L.G.A. which led to other Nelson juniors being selected to play for E.L.G.A. in matches against other associations. Coaching plays an important part in junior golf and as early as the 1960s group coaching of juniors was organised under the watchful eye of the club professional Ron Geddes.

The 1970s really saw Nelson Golf Club juniors hitting the head lines. Hogan Stott whilst still a junior played for Lancashire, England Boys, England Youth and at full International level. Hogan was County Champion in 1978
Other former Nelson juniors went on to county honours Nick Uttley represented Lancashire on 52 occasions. Nick was Lancashire Open Amateur Champion in 1991. Nick has become the most prolific winner of amateur competitions in the clubs history. Other Nelson juniors who have gone on to represent Lancashire are Craig Fort and John Cockroft.

The golfing ability of the girls was being recognised during the 1970s. Suzanne Illston(Halstead) reached the semi final of the British Girls Amateur Championship and won a number of prestigious events countrywide.
Kirsty O’Connor is our first girl to win International honours. Kirsty represented Wales in the European Championships in 2008, was the Welsh Closed Champion and has represented Lancashire. Kirsty is currently attending university in the U.S.A. on a golf scholarship

Development

In 1982 Tony Drake took over the organisation of Junior Golf at Nelson. From that time junior golf began to develop on a much wider front. Eleven Junior Competitions were organised during the year with 20 juniors competing.

In 1983 the office of Junior Captain was introduced. The office of Junior Captain is carried with distinction by the holder and is respected by other junior members. The office carries with it the responsibility of welcoming other junior teams to the golf club and proposing a vote of thanks at the inter club matches. The office of Junior Captain is fully recognised by the golf club. The Junior Captain now “drives into office” alongside The Captain and Lady Captain.



Development over the last 30 years have seen Nelson Golf Club spearhead the Pendle Junior Summer League with the Nelson Leader and Colne Times presenting a shield to be played for annually by the member clubs Marsden Park, Colne, Ghyll and Nelson. Ghyll were the First Winners in 1988. Nelson has won the shield on numerous occasions since then. When the Nelson junior team play at other golf clubs a mini-bus is provided and the juniors are supervised at all times.

The Junior Competition list has continued to grow. At present there is a junior Competition every Friday at 4pm during the season, 18 holes for more accomplished players and 9 holes for developing players. All competitions are run and supervised by the dedicated junior committee. A Nelson junior open competition is being trailed and if successful will become a regular fixture.

Coaching.

Nelson Club have always taken junior coaching very seriously. Junior coaching has always been under the wing of our PGA professional staff. Currently group coaching sessions are organised on Saturday mornings by our assistant professional. During the summer school holidays “fun days” are organised with group coaching in the morning, lunch and a competition in the afternoon.

A Growing Junior Section.

As the section continues to grow a wider administrative approach has had to be developed. No longer can the section be run by one person. A junior committee has been formed. All junior committee members are CRB checked. A junior AGM has been put in place, which is well attended by juniors and parents.
A new role of non playing team captain has been introduced. The person taking on this role is a former junior captain. This new role is seen as a further aid to developing the quality of junior golf at Nelson. English Golf union Golf Mark accreditation has recently been achieved.
Nelson Golf Club has reviewed the playing rights of junior members and an accreditation system of Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum standards is now in place. These standards are linked to age and ability and allow juniors different levels of access and supervision on the course. A booking system for access to the course for juniors is strictly adhered to.
Nelson Golf Club offers a fantastic opportunity for juniors to learn the game of golf and continually improve their skills within a friendly and safe environment.

A new category of intermediate membership has been introduced to allow the smooth transition from junior to full membership.

The Future.

“Juniors today club champions tomorrow”. As you look around the clubhouse you see the names of many former juniors on the competition boards. Nelson Golf Club boasts a playing strength which is envied throughout the county. The junior section has underpinned that playing strength and hopefully will do so for many years to come.

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