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Yetholm.

Yetholm Golf Club.  Instituted 1899.  A 9 hole course laid out over Hayhope Farm

    “At a public meeting this week – presided over by Mr Walter Rutherford, Crailing Tofts – it was resolved to form a golf club for Yetholm, and to proceed with the laying out of a nine hole course over part of the farm of Hayhope. The course will be an admirable one, and in a very bracing part. Dr Rodger has been appointed secretary.”

 (S1.1.1899)

   "In recent years the village of Yetholm, lying at the base of the cheviots, has become very popular as a health resort, and for some time it has been felt that something more than the natural beauties of the place was needed to attract visitors. After numerous unsuccessful attempts a suitable golf course has at last been obtained, and the opening ceremony took place on Thursday afternoon in splendid weather."   (GH 26.8.1899)

Berwickshire News August 29th 1899

 

The village of Yetholm, which is rapidly coming into prominence as a health resort, has just had a golf course added to its attractions. The opening ceremony was performed on Thursday in fine weather, and afterwards a handicap was played. Best Scores :- D. Hume, Eyemouth, 93 less 3 – 90 : E. Newman, Jedburgh, 106 less 12 – 94 : Dr Mackay, Berwick, 103 less 8 – 95.

 

The Yetholm Course Today

Berwickshire News August 29th 1899

 

The village of Yetholm, which is rapidly coming into prominence as a health resort, has just had a golf course added to its attractions. The opening ceremony was performed on Thursday in fine weather, and afterwards a handicap was played. Best Scores :- D. Hume, Eyemouth, 93 less 3 – 90 : E. Newman, Jedburgh, 106 less 12 – 94 : Dr Mackay, Berwick, 103 less 8 – 95.

      “For some years past efforts have been made by prominent residenters in this Roxburghshire village and neighbourhood, now becoming well known as a summer health resort, to procure a suitable golfing course, but only this season has an excellent site been secured on the farm of Hayhope. The course, nine holes, is a very sporting one, withplenty of Whin, Dyke, and Hill. The greens as yet are somewhat rough. An open handicap was played on Thursday, the first ball being driven by Mr Walter Rutherford. He was partnered by Mr D. Hume, Eyemouth, 93 less 3 – 90 ; E. Newman, Jedburgh, 106 less 12 – 94 ; Dr Mackay, Berwick, 107 less 8 – 95 ; T.B. Bywater, St Andrews, 107 less 12 – 95 ; R.R. Riddell, Berwick, 106 less 8 – 98 ; Adam Darling, Berwick, 113 less 15 – 98 ; W. Rutherford, Jedburgh, 99 plus 2 – 101 ;H.G. McCreath, Berwick, 110 less 9 – 101 ; Alex Darling, Berwick, 109 less 6 – 103 ; A. Veitch, Jedburgh, 117 less 13 – 104.”

(SR 31.8.1899)

 

   “One subject fills every mind at the present time, and Scottish golfers have a special reason for being anxious, when their premiere amateur Lieutenant F.G. Tait is among the wounded, and as yet they do not know the nature of the wound. On every hand the hope has been expressed that he may have a speedy and complete recovery after his baptism of fire, and be spared to his country and friends. As the Black Watch, which suffered so severely, had a golf club of its own from which the ex-champion usually entered, doubtless many of its members have suffered. General Wauchope, whose loss is so deeply deplored, was not a player, but took an interest in the game, and one of the many favours he conferred on Yetholm was a nice little nine-hole course laid out for the inhabitants on his estate. His nephew, who was wounded, is a son of an old member of the Royal and Ancient club, and the Honourable Company, and himself a golfer. Several of the fallen and injured were frequent visitors at Muirfield, where they enjoyed the usual privileges accorded by most clubs to officers of the army located in neighbouring garrisons.”   (S 19.12.1899)

Another view of the old course
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