002/225 - Leasowe Golf Club

Leasowe Golf Club was formed in 1891, the first Captain being a gentlemen called John Ball Jr. This is not an insignificant fact, as at the time of the club's inauguration, he happened to be defending Champion Golfer of the Year.

John Ball won the 1890 Open Championship at Prestwick, becoming the first Englishman and first Amateur to win the title in the process.

Leasowe Golf Club was formed the following year, and Mr Ball served as Captain for the first four years of the club's life. The original course was closer to Hoylake than the present, until a clubhouse was opened on the present site in 1893. The opening hole, shown here, is a splendid short four. However, it was at one time the fifth hole, with rolling sand dunes beyond.

Sadly, these were lost to coastal erosion and now a fortified sea wall marks the links' present boundary. A mix of links and parkland holes, it plays under the striking shadow of Leasowe Castle.

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