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Designed in 1905 by 5 time Open Champion and former Ryder Cup Captain J. H .Taylor to improve golf in Bridlington, the original course was formerly part of the Hilderthorpe Hall Estate.  The land was obtained on a lease from local land owner J. W. Pitt.  The first recorded membership fee was in 1907 when £21.2s ensured full year’s enrolment, a visitor paid 2s. 6d. a day.

1907 saw the first club Annual Dinner, when members and guests were treated to a 7-course meal.  The local paper reported not only the names of guests, but also their attire on the day.  Ladies were active members from the outset with the club recording competitive matches against Ladies teams from Hull as early as 1910.

1916 saw considerable change as the course was altered to just 9 holes, the remainder being used for food production, with the playing 9 holes doubling up as sheep grazing land.  In 1920 the land was returned to 18 holes.  The loss of income during the First World War meant visitor fees were raised to 4s per day (20p).  In recognition of the income generated for the town of Bridlington by visitors to the Golf Club, the land which was previously held on lease by the club, was purchased by The Bridlington Corporation in 1926, securing the future of golf in Bridlington for generations to come.

Between the 2 World Wars, Bridlington Golf Club and golf in Bridlington generally, flourished, and was honoured to have 2 members whose skill at the game was internationally recognised.  Bill Stout, a local dentist, and Tom Thirsk, director of a local flour mill, won plaudits wherever they played.  Stout won the English Amateur Championship at Royal Lytham in 1928, and in 1930 represented Great Britain in the Walker Cup.

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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.




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We have just finished a golf trip at Belvedere Bridlington . And can’t fault the package . The hotel is lovely and staff were excellent especially the restaurant staff who couldn’t do enough for you .. so accommodating and friendly . Lovely place . Highly recommend a visit

Joe Keyes (June 2021)

Excellent in every respect! We played here as visitors recently, and couldn’t have been more impressed. The guy in the pro shop was extremely helpful and friendly, as were all the staff in the bar and catering area. We had a light lunch and were so impressed that we came back the next evening for a meal which was equally good.

Great Visit (June 2021), Your Content Goes Here
This hotel is a real find.

Initially I was hesitant about booking The Belvedere as we are not golfers but we were made extremely welcome by the staff at the hotel. Our room was a superior one, and had a lovely view of the golf course and beyond. The room was spotless and the WiFi worked well.It was very peaceful .

The meals are served in the club house which is very pleasant. A special mention to Vicky who made special provision for my autistic son so he could enjoy his breakfast in a quiet space. I had mentioned my sons needs prior to arrival and Vicky was on the ball, providing really top class service. I must add all the staff we encountered were lovely.

The food is tasty and reasonably priced, hearty portions too. Chose to have lunch at the hotel one day and is was the right decision!

A lovely relaxing break, we look forward to returning, we might even have some golf tuition next time!

First time visit! (May 2021), Your Content Goes Here

“Lovely course, some tricky holes. Overall I would recommend this golf course to every golfer”

A Grierson

To all the staff at Belvedere Hotel and Golf Club, may I on behalf of all our golf group who stayed at the hotel last 8/9 Sept 2021 thank you and all the staff for making our stay a most enjoyable one. In particular we were warmly welcomed and cared for during our stay in the Hotel.  The catering was a delight and far beyond the norm of the average Golf Club, equally the bar staff were most convivial. Your course at Belvedere was extremely well presented and manicured, credit must go to your hard working green staff. Indeed we were delighted to have played all three courses, incl, South Cliff and Driffield which were also well presented. In summary we had a delightful golf trip and we hope to return again in the not too distant future,


John Armitage

Tour Organiser

John Armitage
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