2006 was West End Golf Club's Centenary year. Over the last 101 years it has seen many changes and has arguably evolved into one of the best clubs in the district.
Sport has been enjoyed on the turf since the 1870s when the present site was used for horse racing, and in 1884 the Beacon handicap was run for the last time. To this day members and visitors looking over the wall at the fifth tee can still see the remains of the old stables and of course as a further reminder of our racing past, the club house resides on Paddock Lane.
Following the demise of horse racing the open ground was often used to play the old game of Knur and Spell, locally known as the poor man's golf and possibly the inspiration for a golf course. In 1906 Hugh Campbell placed an advert in the local press for gentlemen interested in forming a golf club to attend a meeting at the White Swan Hotel in Halifax . The meeting was extremely well attended and on the 12th October 1906 West End Golf Club was formed. Hugh Campbell was elected President and Charles E Fox elected Captain.
West End, with the foresight of its members, has contributed to the inception of and supported a number of other organisations within our local district, Yorkshire and England.
The West Yorkshire Golfing Alliance was founded on the 5th January 1923 from within the club house. To commemorate 50 years of golf and good fellowship, the golden Jubilee competition was played at West End on the 6th February 1973.
The Halifax, Huddersfield and District Union of Golf Clubs was inaugurated at a meeting at the club. To this day West End has the honour of being the custodians of the Union's major honours board and also the early minute books.
In 1947, a West End member - Fred Stocks - was elected the first President of the Halifax, Huddersfield and District Union of Golf Clubs - a post he held for two years. His children are still active members and are also two of the longest continual serving members of the club.
Since then four other members have also held this prestigious office
W Stocks 1962
J W Peet 1973
A M A Bagott 1993
B R Thomas 2002
Sam Smith (Captain 1927/28) became President of the Yorkshire Union 1949 and went on to be President of the English Golf Union in 1956.
George H. Butler and John W. Peet also held the office of Yorkshire president in 1957 and 1983 respectively.
It is not only the men who have excelled, the ladies have also achieved outstanding success. They achieved the unprecedented feat of winning the Yorkshire Ladies Handicap Team Championship in three successive years 1956/7/8.
Sue Dennis, Lady Captain in 1982, winner of the Halifax, Huddersfield and District Ladies Championship in the 60s became the secretary of the English Ladies Golf Union 2001 to 2003.
Brenda Gledhill (Daughter of Fred Stocks) was President of the Yorkshire Ladies Veterans for two years 2003-2005.
In 2006 West End was very proud to celebrate 100 years of golf with a packed diary of golfing and social events and is now moving forward into its second century of success.
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