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Mellor gear up to celebrate 125 years

MELLOR and Townscliffe Golf Club is aiming to celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2019 in style.

Mellor Golf Club was founded in 1894 on land originally owned by famous industrialist and entrepreneur Samuel Oldknow, which became part of the Arkwright estate (the family were descendants of Richard Arkwright who invented the water frame to produce cotton yarn suitable for warp in the 18th century).

Townscliffe Golf Club, on land adjacent to Mellor church, was founded in 1908 and dissolved in 1920. Many members joined Mellor Golf Club to form Mellor and Townscliffe Golf Club and the course, which was originally nine holes was extended to 18 in 1925.

This year the club will host several special events including a corporate competition, the Manchester Business Cup on June 26.

Members and visitors will be testing their skills in endeavouring to tame ‘The Mellor’ hole – a par six measuring more than 700 yards in various competitions.

The forward-thinking club is also freezing its annual £850 membership for the next four years.

There is no better way to sum up what the club means to so many people than to quote The Guardian’s golf correspondent Pat Ward-Thomas, who said: “As one turns from the main road to the clubhouse, awareness and freshness and escape is born. “It is good for the soul of man to rise occasionally above his normal surroundings and look down on the world around him- few courses in England give this impression of detachment as effectively as does Mellor.”