On 7th May 1947 a meeting was held at Hull Golf Club, attended by two representatives from Driffield, Brough, Beverley, Springhead Park, Sutton, Hornsea, Withernsea and Hessle Golf Clubs together with the Captain. Chairman and members of the Board of Hull Golf Club unanimously decided to form an East Riding Union of Golf Clubs open to all golf clubs in the East Riding. Apologies were received from Scarborough North and South Cliff, Filey, Bridlington and Ganton but full support was promised. Mr. A. R. Alvin, secretary of the Leeds and District Union, also attended and outlined the aims of the Leeds Union. Subsequently the rules of the East Riding Union gave the principle objects of the Union as:
At the meeting it was decided that an Individual Championship of the East Riding be organised, inter-distinct matches arranged and other competitions within the Riding be provided for. The
representatives were asked to contact their respective clubs for confirmation and a yearly subscription of £2, 2s, 0d was tentatively fixed. It was agreed that Beverley was a good centre and it
was hoped that the Beverley Arms Hotel would agree to hold the meetings. Mr. T. R. Leak of Hull Golf Club was appointed President and Mr W. V. Sinclair also of Hull Golf Club was appointed
Honorary Secretary and Treasurer.
At the first AGM it was reported that the activities of the Union had been supported by the member clubs though the first Annual Dinner held in 1948 had shown a deficiency of £8, 8s, 6d.
The Union had continued to function with all its competitions being held in the summer months, April to September, leaving the winter period to the Hull & District Golfing Association, the East Riding Alliance and Scarborough & District Alliance. Nowadays it organises the following individual Championships:
The Union also organises inter district matches with the other seven Unions in Yorkshire, a Scratch League, Junior Inter
district matches, Junior Coaching and Members' Meetings, as well as holding an Annual Dinner in March each year.
The East Riding Union now has 24 affiliated Clubs. The efforts of the Union are at the moment specifically aimed at the male golfers of the area including Juniors. Presently there are in the region of 10,000 such members of the constituent clubs. The Union exists to further the interests of all golfers in the area and as such are sensitive to the ever changing scene and demands of the present day whilst trying to uphold the best traditions of a game we all love and enjoy.
Each club in the Union has at least one representative who has the responsibility of, not only keeping the Executive informed and aware of current issues and feelings within the Clubs, but also responsible for keeping the Members at each Club informed about Union events.
1947 (Founder Members)
Scarborough North Cliff
Scarborough South Cliff
Malton & Norton*
1985 – Re-admitted 2007
Bay Links (Bridlington)
Kilnwick Percy (KP Club)
Burstwick Country Golf
*Clubs now Affiliated to the York Union of Golf Clubs
**Clubs now unaffiliated