A CENTENARY dinner dance in the Victorian ballroom at Grange-over-Sands Golf Club proved a fitting climax to celebrations marking the club's 100 years of existence.

A total of 128 members were welcomed by chairman Mark Gillette who thanked the committee for their work before the guests settled down to enjoy a four course meal followed by speeches, dancing and a prize draw.

Club captains David Bushell and Pauline Smith enjoyed excellent golfing conditions for most of the season, and dressed in golfer’s fashion of bygone days for their traditional drive in.

All competitions have been well supported with members and visitors enjoying rolling fairways, true greens and great weather. The Captain announced that his charity weekend events raised £5,900 for the Prostrate Cancer research programme.

The Cumbria Grand Hotel, which overlooks the course, was formerly known as the Golf Hotel and then managing director RH Doorbar was a driving force behind the construction of the 18 hole course under the guidance of Dr Alistair Mackenzie, one of the country’s leading exponents of golf course architecture.

The original course length was 5,420 yds, par 63, but course extensions in 1993 and 2005 alongside some remodelling of the layout mean the current length is 6,044 yds, par 70.