Monday, 12 July 2010
This is the clubhouse of Leeds Golf Club, built in 1909, though presumably enlarged over the years since then.
The men who formed the club were the first to wield a golf club in Leeds, originally playing on Soldiers Field before renting the horse pastures, now the top nine of the present course.
The famous golf architect, Doctor Alistair MacKenzie was a member between 1900 and 1910 and he gave advice on the placing of bunkers and the layout of the course. There's a website devoted to the courses designed by him and even though this course is not mentioned it appears to have been the first he had a hand in.
Another first for the club seems to be that they gave the first professional golf trophy, The Leeds Cup.
The piece was machine embroidered on printed fabric by Barbara Walker (5 hours).