Kirkhill Golf Club was founded in 1910 from some former members of Cambuslang Colf Club. The Club house was built as a dwelling house, just in case the new venture did not work out. The founders certainly had some vision, energy and only four years after the founding of the club they arranged an exhibition golf match which was held in June 1914. The legendary golfer Harry Vardon, 6 times Open champion played with George Duncan who also won the Open in 1920.
At the time of the match, June 1914, Harry Vardon had already won the British Open five times. He went on to win his 6th Open at Prestwick in July of that year. Vardon won the British Open a record six times (1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911, 1914), and was runner-up four times.He also won the U.S. Open in 1900. Harry Vardon quote: "Don't play too much golf. Two rounds a day is plenty."
Kirkhill Golf Club have produced many fine golfers over the years winning at all levels of the great game.
The first significant "player" to grace the course was William Campbell, known as "Willie", born in 1900, joined the club during the first world war, going onto win the club Championship in 1920, 21 & 24, and recorded victories in both the Glasgow Cup - 1932 and the Glasgow Armature Golf Championship in 1928 & 32.
Willie went on to represent Scotland from 1927 till 1936, but his greatest team achievement surely was being selected to represent Great Britain & Ireland in the 1930 Walker Cup, played at Royal St. Georges Golf Club. Although his team were soundly beaten by the Americans, Willie narrowly lost his doubles match against Jimmy Johnston / Francis Ouimet 2&1, the latter player having been the US Open Champion in 1913 and the first non- Britain to be elected the captain of the R&A.
Marking his standing in the game of golf, in the early 1930's Willie was "honoured" by Imperial Tobacco with the publication of a cigarette card bearing his caricature, listing him as a "Prominent Golfer" alongside such greats as James Taylor, Harry Vardon and our very own course designer, James Braid, Later day golfing royalty right enough!