History

Exerts from "The First Hundred Years of Bishop Auckland Golf Club 1894 - 1994" researched and written by JR Longstaff.

Bishop Auckland Golf Club is situated on the High Plains, an area of parkland surrounding what was the Bishop of Durham's Palace.  The Palace dates back to Norman times and the medieval Prince Bishops were rich and powerful.  They ruled over the Palatinate of Durham, commanding their own armies and defending against the marauding Scots.  In 1347 the park itself was used as a mustering point for King Edward III's armies prior to the battle of Neville's Cross.  The Palace was the principal country residence of the Bishops of Durham.

Around 1890 golf was played in the outer park at Bishop Auckland by theological students training at the Castle.  No doubt they lacked the expertise to improve the ground and simply played over it in its natural state, but they are the first evidence that golf fever had reached Bishop Auckland and they paved the way for the development of a proper course.

Bishop Auckland Golf Club was formed in July / August 1894 when a tennis pavilion - to be used as a clubhouse - a lawn mower and a roller were purchased from the cricket club.

In August 1894 Janes Kay of Seaton Carew was employed as professional / groundsman to the then 9 hole course.  In 1913 James Kay was asked to extend the course to 18 holes.

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