Arthur was the younger brother of the remarkable William Dell, born in Branstone, Lincolnshire on 7 February 1882 but brought up in Ilkley.
He learned his golf at Ilkley but began his professional career as an assistant at Brough then spent another year on the ground staff at Ilkley. In 1898 he became professional at Beverley where he remained until 1905. The Hull Daily Mail opined ‘his mashie approaches are near perfect’. Exhibition matches were played against his brother from time to time, he regularly represented Yorkshire in inter-county matches and he competed mist years in the Yorkshire Professional Foursomes tournament. He was runner-up in 1909 with George Skevington losing in the final to Ted Ray and Harry Mann.
In April 1910 he left Beverley to become professional at the Varese club in northern Italy and almost immediately reduced the course record from 76 to 71. Later that year he set a further record of 66 for twice round the nine holes and 32 for one round.
He won the Riviera Professional Championship for professionals attached to golf courses on the French Riviera in 1913 from Hyères.
Into the 1920s he was professional in the summer months at the Maloja course near St Moritz in Switzerland and, in the winter, at Hyères in France (according to Golf Illustrated, May 1926). His time at Hyères was from at least 1913 until at least 1925.
He played in Open qualifying for the 1928 championship at Sandwich by which time he was listed as ‘unattached’.
On the 1939 Register he is lodging in Charlton, London and described as a Professional Golfer/Assistant Storekeeper.
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