Bellingham Golf Club
Bellingham Golf Club was founded in 1893 and was extended to 18 holes in 1996. The new 9 holes were designed by Ian Wilson, the Secretary at the time. Ian also captained the club during its Centenary year of 1993 and was Club Champion at Bellingham 13 times, as well as former Champion at Backworth and Hexham.
The Ladies captain for the Centenary year was Miss A.K Dunlop, with Mrs G Macdonald holding the captaincy in 1996 for the opening of the new 18 holes.
The new 18 hole course was officially opened by the President of the Northumberland Golf Union, Barry Rodger, alongside course designer & secretary Ian Wilson, Club Captain Lenny Batey and project manager Bill Curry. The entire project was made possible by grants received from The National Lottery Sports Fund, European Regional Development Fund, Tynedale Council, The R & A and the tireless work of everyone involved at the time.
Bellingham has played host to many great golfers over the years with Ian Wilson, David Curry (British Amateur Champion 1986) and George Cowan (Northumberland County Champion 2006). George also won the Club Championship six times.
Will Robson, also a multiple Club Champion, broke new ground for Bellingham by taking a scholarship to America, where he was ranked as No1 in the University of Kansas-Missouri team, helping them win their first ever conference – The Summit League in 2011.
George Cowan and Will Robson became the first PGA professionals from Bellingham and we are honoured that they both continue to play regularly at their home course.
Youth came to the fore again with Jonny Herdman and Jack Johnstone both winning Club Championships before their twenty first birthdays. In recent years the Club Championship has been closely contested by father and son duo, Michael and Ben King.
The current course record was set by Ryan Hyland, 16 years old at the time, with a fantastic 63 scored in the 2006 Ford Trophy.
Bellingham hosted the Northumberland Union of Golf Clubs 72 hole Championship in 2012, won by James Curry of Prudhoe, and has become popular with the North East North West Region PGA as a regular Pro-Am venue since 2014.
Bellingham Ladies compete in the Northumberland ladies and gained promotion in 2017,2018 and 2019. Captain Rachel Batchelor and her team are looking forward to testing their mettle in Division 4 in 2021. Good luck!