Marking a milestone

Green Drive Golf Club in Lytham is celebrating its centenary this week.'Pro Simon Williamson and Lady Captain Ros Smitham watch Captain Graham Ashton tee off in Edwardian golfing gear.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'30-4-2013
Green Drive Golf Club in Lytham is celebrating its centenary this week.'Pro Simon Williamson and Lady Captain Ros Smitham watch Captain Graham Ashton tee off in Edwardian golfing gear. PIC BY ROB LOCK'30-4-2013
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A Fylde golf club will mark a historic birthday with a series of special events.

The mention of 100 near any course would normally spell a disastrous round for a golfer, but tomorrow, members of Lytham Green Drive Golf Club will celebrate the three digits when a century of the club’s existence is recognised.

Club secretary Ian Stewart said: “Marking the centenary will be a fantastic way to honour the history of the club.

“We will have our current professional Simon Williamson play Andrew Lancaster, the professional at Fairhaven Golf Club in a short match, with both in period attire.

“Then we will unveil a plaque to mark the 100 years, followed by an evening of entertainment.”

Established in 1913, Green Drive was formed after the expansion of St Annes.

A group of men, led by James Wallace, decided that a new course was needed and formed a company known as Lytham Golf Club Ltd.

The first nine holes were constructed in a few weeks and a year later, a full 18 hole course was ready, designed by Dr Alister MacKenzie, the man who famously helped establish the Augusta National, the home of The Masters in The United States of America.

The course continued to grow, with tennis courts built on what is now the site of the car park before the club was extensively redeveloped in the 1940’s by then professional James Steer.

In recent years the second and third holes have been extended while a drainage programme has improved playing conditions.

Centenary chairman Steve Wilson added: “We wanted to share our celebration with the local community and our near golfing neighbours by putting on a variety ofevents on or around the time of the actual centenary date.

“There is an anticipated excitement among our members about what can only be described as a momentous celebration of our centenary year.”

A centenary celebration week will also be held in June at the club, with events including a sportman’s dinner with former Liverpool player Jan Molby, a Fawlty Towers tribute act and a night of magic and entertainment, before finishing with a centenary ball on Saturday, June 15.