On Tuesday November 23 1920 the Manchester Guardian reported that “the scheme to form a Union of Cheshire Golf Clubs was successfully carried through yesterday at a meeting held in Manchester.”
In the city’s Midland Hotel it had been announced that “36 clubs had given notice of willingness to join such a union, and as these include the Royal Liverpool, Wallasey, Leasowe and Bromborough, of the Wirral organisations, and most of those at the eastern end of the county, the new combination starts with an advantage over the Lancashire Union, from which some of the clubs on the coast have so far held aloof.”
The meeting was said to have got off to “an excellent start” with the election of “Mr Harold Janion, Secretary of Royal Liverpool, as the Union’s first President, with Mr D. T. Mylrea (Sale) as honorary secretary, and Mr G. Tweedale (Wilmslow) as honorary treasurer.”
In Golf Illustrated, Mr R. E. Howard opined: “Five clubs will live in history as trustees of the game’s administration in its period of evolution - the Royal & Ancient, Honourable Company, Prestwick, Royal Liverpool and Royal St. George’s - and although some of their power may fade in an age that tends more and more to democratic control, the support of their institutions and traditions will always be essential to the prosperity of new schemes. A Cheshire Union would have carried little weight if Royal Liverpool had held aloof.”
2020's President of the Union, David Durling, says: "For the past 100 years, the Union has supported and promoted county golf and today we represent over 90 Clubs, arrange over 50 tournaments and championships each year, organise competitive matches against other counties at six different age levels, and run eight Life Members’ meetings for those Club members who love the game but maybe would not aspire to play for the County teams.
"In addition, through our relationship with England Golf’s Club Support Officer, we aim to help Clubs recruit more members, including Ladies and Juniors, and through educational seminars to learn, amongst other things, about governance, retention of members and how to market their Clubs in their local communities. We must accept that we are in a competitive market for people’s time and recreational activity, and the County has had to adapt to assist our Clubs in meeting that challenge.
"Of course this year has been very different. The Covid-19 pandemic is not over, and will have a long-lasting impact on many aspects of our lives, including sports we love. For several reasons, some Clubs will come under financial pressure, but the Cheshire Union will do everything in its power to protect the game and its future."
Cheshire President, David Durling