Wearside Golf Club - Information and History

The ClubhouseWearside Golf Club was founded in 1892 and is among a small number of golf clubs in Britain that start with a par 3 and finish with a par 5 travelling away from the clubhouse.

Built between the River Wear and Penshaw Monument, you are guaranteed to experience picturesque views, demanding golf and a friendly welcome, giving you a memorable visit to the Golf Club.

Harry Vardon, All-England Champion, played here in an exhibition match in 1899 and subsequently was engaged to design a further nine holes resulting in a reconstructured 18 hole course that was opened in 1901 and an increase of annual fees to £2 to help pay for the alterations.

The course is subject to an ongoing programme of improvement with the addition of more sand traps and establishment of more trees.

Founder members of Wearside included prominent and highly successful businessmen who were also sportsmen and committee members of Sunderland and Cricket and Rugby Football Club (Ashbrooke). The Earl of Durham consented to being President.

There have been many changes in its 118 years, which include club house fires in both 1909 and 1956.  Following the fire of 1956, the old Offerton School building, (then used as kennels), at the bottom of the bank beside the bridge was rented as a temporary clubhouse for the 370 members, whilst a new pavilion was being built.

In World War One, the hallowed turf was used for cattle grazing and again in WW2, Wearside did its bit by allowing most of its fairways to be ploughed up for crop growing. The undulations, as a result of the ploughing, are still apparent today across several of the fairways.

The course and Club have enjoyed many successes during its eventful history and in its time has produced some remarkable achievements, in gaining both national and international honours as well as regional where most notably the Club held four Durham County titles in 1990. Billy Edgar won the County Junior Strokeplay Championship, David Vest won the Junior Matchplay Championship, Howard Walton added the County Matchplay, and Richard Walker took the Strokeplay Championship.

Alan Patterson held the titles of Durham County Amateur Champion & Wearside Golf Club Champion in the early years of the Club when golfing equipment was not of the quality it is now, so it is even more surprising that this ex-Wearside Club Captain achieved so much during his time at the Club. Between 1908 - 1923 he held both the Durham County Amateur Trophy and the Club Championship on four occasions.


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