Golf is the secret to 100-year-old Harry Moorhouse’s long life

Harry Moorhouse still playing golf at Eaton Golf Club after celebrating his 100th birthday. Picture:

Harry Moorhouse still playing golf at Eaton Golf Club after celebrating his 100th birthday. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

When he takes to the golf course at his favourite club, Harry Moorhouse is above par in more ways than one.

Harry Moorhouse still playing golf at Eaton Golf Club after celebrating his 100th birthday. Picture:

Harry Moorhouse still playing golf at Eaton Golf Club after celebrating his 100th birthday. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

And that is because playing a twice-a-week game at Eaton Golf Club has been the secret to the former textile representative's long life – as he celebrates his 100th birthday.

The Norwich resident has been a member of the club for nearly 50 years, joining in November 1971 after previously playing at Bungay.

And to celebrate, the club has awarded him a lifetime membership.

To mark the occasion on July 7, Mr Moorhouse filled the clubhouse with family and friends at a party – but only after he had completed his nine holes.

Harry Moorhouse still playing golf at Eaton Golf Club after celebrating his 100th birthday. Picture:

Harry Moorhouse still playing golf at Eaton Golf Club after celebrating his 100th birthday. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017


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Mr Moorhouse said: 'We had a great celebration at the golf club, it was really good. We had a beautiful cake and plenty of drink. I got a life membership it was great.'

Mr Moorhouse' love of golf started when he was invited by one of his friends to try out the sport when he was 50 years old.

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'I went and I got to love the green and I've loved it ever since,' he said.

'I've played twice a week ever since I've been here. It's a great club to play and come socialise and I love it.

Harry Moorhouse still playing golf at Eaton Golf Club after celebrating his 100th birthday. Picture:

Harry Moorhouse still playing golf at Eaton Golf Club after celebrating his 100th birthday. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

'I just do it for the exercise and I play around for fun. I'm not too good but quite a while ago I got down to eight handicap.'

In 1977, Mr Moorhouse won one of the most highly-regarded trophies at the club – the Liberator Salver, which every member can play for each year.

As is tradition in the UK, he also received a photo and commendation from the queen on his birthday.

Although he has been playing for more than half a century, Mr Moorhouse said he does not have a secret to the perfect golf swing - but his tips for living longer are to stay active and drink lots of water.

'Light exercise, as soon as I get up in the morning for quarter of an hour and two glasses of water,' he said.

'Think young, keep young and act young and do plenty of golf and walking. That is the big secret – keep walking.

'I recommend everyone to come here and play golf, it's very friendly and I think it's great and I love it.'

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