On 29th June 1966, Billingham Urban District Council formally agreed to purchase the land, develop the golf course, including the Clubhouse and grant a lease thus enabling Billingham Golf Club to be formed. Mr F Dawson-Town Clerk stated that a town is as strong as it’s organisation and a golf club would be an asset.
On 6th May 1967, 625 citizens gathered at Bede Hall School and a Committee was elected with Councillor Mr Bill Allen elected as Chairman. Despite many setbacks, members impatiently watched the progress and development of the course under the supervision of Mr Frank Pennick-Architect, which resulted in the opening of the Clubhouse on Thursday 27th February 1969 by Mr Doug Turnbull the last Chairman of the BUDC.
On a bright and sunny Easter Sunday, 5th April 1969, Mr John V Todd, the President of the English Golf Union, skied his tee shot to officially open the new Sandy Lane Course. He was partnered by Mr Bill Crichton, President of DCGU in a 9 hole match, playing against Mr Bill Allen and Mr Eric Shergold of Billingham Golf Club.
From the earliest meeting in March 1966 to April 1969 a minor miracle had taken effect, in transforming a part arable farm, part pig farm, part council tip, into the first municipally funded Golf Club in post war Britain!
Many changes have taken place since the Founding Fathers first gathered to dream of castles in the air, including a membership funded purchase of the course in 1994 from the local council.
Success in Competition Golf, the lifeblood of any Club, has been achieved during the first 50 years and it is doubtful that any Club has claimed as many honours during its formative years including County Titles, Team Championships, Lytham Trophy, to name just a few.