In 1936 Thirsk represented England in the Prize of the Nations (held prior to the opening of the 1936 Olympic Games) in Baden Baden, Germany. At the start of the final round Germany were ahead, Adolf Hitler, believing Germany were about to be declared winners, set off to present the prizes, however, a second successive 65 by Thirsk ensured an England victory. The news was passed to The Fuhrer who did not continue his journey. The Second World War once again meant the course was used for food production and animal feed but returned to being a golf course after the war.
In 1977, the club applied to the local authority to take over a lease on the course, which would allow it to be managed by the club. This was refused, but they were allowed 3 representatives on a liaison committee which discussed management of the facility. The club officially gained total control of the course in 1986, signing a 28-year lease. During the following 20 years, thousands of trees were planted on the course, new water features created, bunkers dug, and fairways altered as the club flourished under its own management.
The Golf Club celebrated it’s Centenary in 2005 and with it a new 99 year lease was signed with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council. This maintained the high standards of golf in Bridlington with the club being a flagship for the town.
In 2014, the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the then owners of the land on which the course stands, in recognition of the huge income that golf generates by way of visitors to Bridlington, offered for sale, the Freehold of the course back to the club. So began 5 years of negotiation, which culminated in contracts, for the sale of the land and the building of the new Belvedere Hotel, being exchanged in December 2018.
Building works on the hotel and associated golf facilities commenced in December 2018 and were completed in the Autumn of 2019. The negotiations to purchase the Golf Course from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, were finally concluded in November 2019, which coincided with the Belvedere Hotel and Golf facility opening it’s doors to customers. 2019 was a landmark year and signaled the start of a new chapter in the history of Bridlington Golf Club.