A WONDERFUL 100 years was celebrated in appropriate fashion when Grange-over-Sands Golf Club marked its centenary with a special invitational competition.

Organised by the club's senior team the Goshawks, the competition attracted teams of 6 from 11 local clubs from across south Cumbria and Lancashire.

The team prize was won by Kirkby Lonsdale with Barrow second and Shaw Hill third with the home team finishing fifth.

The event was a huge success and an appropriate way to mark the centenary of a club formed as 'Grange-over-Sands New Golf Club' when then Cumbria Grand Hotel chief RH Doorbar purchased land at Marsh Farm - now Holme Farm - where fresh produce for the hotel could be grown and which could also be a site for an 18 hole course for hotel visitors.

Designed by renowned course architect Alistair Mackenzie of Leeds, construction cost around £4,000 and the original changing room was an ex-army hut at the junction of the Lindale and Meathop roads.

The present clubhouse was built in 1935 costing £450, since when several extensions have taken place, and the club itself was amicably purchased from the hotel by the members in 1952 for £3,500.

The present course, which has been extended from the original 5,420 yards to the present 6,044 yards par 70 layout, is now rated among the best in the area and was a fitting stage for that centenary competition which ushered in the second 100 years of the club's history.