b'The Club HistoryBedale Golf Club has been the Gol ng Gateway to the Dales for over a century, its natural deer park setting offering some of the most pleasurable gol ng terrain in the North of England.The Club was formed following a meeting held on the 20th November 1894 with nine gentlemen present on land owned by Sir Henry Beresford Pierse. This nine hole course was over the area at present occupied by therst six holes plus some land to the right of the second fairway. To mark the opening an exhibition match was played on the 6th December between the professionals from Studley Royal and Richmond Golf Clubs. The details of this match are held in club records.The course remained on this site until 1921, when land was rented over an area approximately covered by the present 11th to 15th holes and although this was only six holes, it remained here until 1932 when the course moved to a new site off theconcerned have enabled the course to be lengthened to Firby Road.a demanding 6,580 yards. The overwhelming feature of the Course is the abundance of mature trees, which play The layout and development of the course was under thean important role in giving de nition to the lush inviting direction of the Professional/Green Keeper John Raper and itfairways.remained on this site until 1967. The high point of the time at Firby Road was an exhibition match played in 1947 to raiseTo single out any hole from the more mature money for the Soldiers, Sailors and Air Force Associationsegment of the course is as taxing as the layout itself. and included Norman Von Nida, the Australian Golfer, DaiParticular favourites are the 2nd, a tough parve, and Rees, the Ryder Cup player together with Syd Scott and Bill Shankland. the 3rd, a demanding two shotter. The former demands a precise drive from the tee to hold the fairway, the hole When the club moved back in 1967 the 18-hole coursesweeps subtly to the right with out of bounds lurking was relatively short, and it was decided in 1987 to at itsank, bunkers also play their part in trapping the purchase 30 acres of land and appoint Hawtrees the Golfunwary although it is the babbling brook which protects Architects to incorporate the new land into the existingthe front of the green which catches the lions share of course, which is the course, you play today. The 30 acresthe casualties.'