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A journey through place

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The picture of gentlemen golfers putting out is from the course at Broadwood Hall, probably taken not long after the club was formed at the turn of the last century.  The farm buildings in the background, which still exist today, are at 955 feet, a slightly lower altitude than the current clubhouse.  Thornley Gate was just down the road from Broadwood Hall and even Portgate Links near the town centre was well above 800 feet.  Golf at these altitudes is always testing.  Consequently, Allendale golfers have always been obliged to play the elements as well as the course and it is evident as soon as you arrive at High Studdon that the present day course is no exception.