Cairndhu golf club Antrim

Cairndhu golf course Antrim

Cairndhu Golf Course

Cairndhu Club Crest

Cairndhu Golf Club was founded in 1928, is located on over 200 acres of mature parklands and rolling hills. Undoubtedly one of the most scenic courses in Ireland, with spectacular views of, the Sallagh Braes, the Scottish islands and coastline and the Glens of Antrim.

Designed by J. F. Morrison part of the Colt, Allison and Morrison firm of course architects, Cairndhu measures 5,611 metres with a Par-70 and a standard scratch of 69 off the white tees. It has many feature holes not least the 146 metres 2nd index 13 with the tee over 300 feet above sea level, depending on wind conditions it can play anything from a 9 iron to a 3-wood. This is followed by a formidable Par-4 at 383 metres with an index 3. The tee shot requires a carry of 160 metres to a narrow fairway, followed by a shot to the green below with bunkers to the left and a chasm to the right.

The back nine is 385 metres longer and the feature hole is the 375 metres 10th index 4 regarded by many professions as one of the best driving holes in Ireland. The 12th is another long Par-4 at 409 metres index 2 is a tight driving hole with a long second to a well-protected green. 

Cairndhu is renowned for the genuinely friendly welcome extended to visitors and you are assured of memorable days golf.

Societies are welcome and group rates are available.

  • Golf Deals » Cairndhu

  • Stay & Play @ Corr's Corner Hotel €115.00

    Offer valid from 01 Sep 2017 to 19 Dec 2017 Detail:

    Our Stay and Play Package includes one night's stay with full breakfast, four course evening meal and a round of golf at Cairndhu Golf Club. A challenging parkland course set in the beautiful picturesque Glens of Antrim.
    Also included is complimentary wifi and free car parking. Please indicate preferred tee time in special requirements when booking. We will try our best to accommodate your preferred time, however it is subject to availability. We will contact you should your time not be available.
    From: £89 pps.

Green Fees Midweek: £20
Green Fees Midweek GUI Members: £15
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: £32
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.GUI Members: £25
Green Fees with a Member: £15
Green Fees for Opens:  £15
Practice Area:  Yes
Club Hire: £20
Yes
Buggy Hire: £25 Yes
Soft Spikes: No
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 18
Members 731
Designer Harry Colt, Allison & J. S. F. Morrison
Founded 1928
Address

192 Coast Road,
Ballygally,
Larne,
Co. Antrim
BT40 2QG

Telephone 028-28-583324
Email cairndhugc@btconnect.com
Website Cairndhu golf club website
Secretary/Manager: Richard Todd
Captain: Tony Watts
Lady Captain: Christeen Thompson
President:  Brian Todd
Vice-Captains': N. McFerran & Christine Gore
Hon. Secretary: P. Stinson & Chris Lester
Club Pro: Barrie Trainor 028-28-583954
Hon. Treasurer: Jim Campbell & Angela McConkey
Comp. Secretary: Nigel Black
Cairndhu Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
Lat:54.896355
Long:-5.859931
*Please check information before travelling

General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours:8.00am to 11.00pm
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering, facilities Days to Avoid: Saturdays
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other Days Pre-booking for open Tournaments: 14 Days in advance

Cairndhu Golf Club Fixtures 2017 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2017 (to be Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Captain's Drive-In Saturday 4 March   Closed 1
Professional's Prize to the Men Saturday 8 April   Closed 1
Professional's Prize to the Ladies Thursday 18 May   Closed 1
Captain's Prize to the Ladies Thursday 8 June   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Saturday 17 June   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Friday 21 July   Closed 1
President's Prize to the Ladies Thursday 10 August   Closed 1
President's Prize Saturday 12 August    Closed 1
Singles Stableford & Seniors Tuesday 4 April
  Open 1
Singles Stableford & Seniors Tuesday 11 April   Open 1
Singles Stableford & Seniors Tuesday 18 April   Open 1
Singles Stableford & Seniors Tuesday 25 April   Open 1
Singles Stableford & Seniors Tuesday 2 May
  Open 1
Singles Stableford & Seniors Tuesday 9 May   Open 1
Singles Stableford & Seniors Tuesday 16 May   Open 1
Singles Stableford & Seniors Tuesday 23 May   Open 1
Ladies Stableford Waltz
Thursday 25 May   Open 1
Singles Stableford & Seniors Tuesday 30 May
  Open 1
Singles Stableford & Seniors Tuesday 6 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford & Seniors Tuesday 13 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford & Seniors Tuesday 20 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford & Seniors Tuesday 27 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford & Seniors Tuesday 4 July
  Open 1
Singles Stableford & Seniors Tuesday 11 July   Open 1
Start of Open Week Tuesday 18 July Sunday 22 July Open 7
Singles Stableford Tuesday 18 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 18 July   Open 1
Singles V-Par Wednesday 19 July   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Thursday 19 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford
Friday 20 July   Open 1
Singles Strokes Saturday 21 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 22 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford & Seniors Tuesday 25 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford & Seniors Tuesday 1 August
  Open 1
Singles Stableford & Seniors Tuesday 8 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford & Seniors Tuesday 15 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford & Seniors Tuesday 22 August   Open 1
Cairndhu Pro-Am Friday 1 September Saturday 2 September IPGA 2
Cairndhu Pro-Am Saturday 2 September   IPGA 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

KeyData
White Par 70 SSS 69 5,612 m
Red Par 73 SSS 71 4,861 m
Green Par 70 SSS 69 5,436 m

Card

Hole Name Hole No. White Green Par Index Red Par Index
Ballygally 1 345 330 4 5 258 4 5
The Head 2 146 134 3 11 124 3 14
High Corner 3 383 378 4 3 299 4 16
Maidens 4 280 270 4 15 235 4 11
Moyle 5 394 388 4 9 343 4 9
Twin Copse 6 158 148 3 13 140 3 15
Cherrywood 7 298 290 4 7 282 4 1
Heather Garden 8 348 346 4 1 343 5 3
Bob's Garden 9 260 256 4 17 254 4 7
  Out 2,614 2,540 34   2,278 35  
Knockdhu 10 375 369 4 4 372 5 12
Ballycoos 11 197 185 3 8 180 3 6
Sallagh 12 409 399 4 2 368 5 13
Whins 13 142 127 3 14 109 3 17
Chaines Wood 14 454 435 5 16 381 5 2
Tobergell 15 385 381 4 6 294 4 8
Droagh 16 275 267 4 18 208 4 18
Carnfunnock 17 493 476 5 10 419 5 4
Ailsa 18 269 257 4 12 252 4 10
  In 2,998 2,896 36   2,583 38  
  Total 5,612 5,436 70   4,861 73  
  SSS 69 68     71    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record: 64 B. McMillan

Ladies Course Record:

Members Achievements

Cairndhu Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Irish Junior Foursomes in 2007, and made the long journey to Westport Golf Club, to participate in the All-Ireland Finals on Thursday 28th August. They were drawn against an experienced Munster Champions West Waterford Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final in the morning matches. West Waterford had two of their 2005 winning team still eligible, in Spratt and Walsh.

First on the tee was Gareth Owen (4) with Ryan McKinstry (7) against Philip Walsh (6) with Jamie Glavin (10) they lost their match by 2-holes. They were followed by Matthew Hislop (6) with Nicholas McClay (5) who halved their match against Phillip Spratt (5) with Gary Hurley (10).  However it was not enough and the boys from Dungarvan went through to the All-Ireland decider against Leinster Champions South County, whom they beat by 3-holes in the decider.

Roma Conveney was selected for the Ulster Girls' team in the Smurfit Interprovincial Championship at Enniscrone Golf Club from the 18th to the 20th April 2001.

Prior to 2001:

Cairndhu Golf Club won the Ulster Championship of the Irish Club Youths in 1996, when the team was, S. Lyttle, G. Mann, S. Humphreys, D. McMullan, they were captained by J. McNeill.

They won the Ulster Championship of the Barton Shield in 1994, when the team was, D. McMullan, P. Stinson, J. McKinstry, and R. Mann, they were captained by I. Hill.

They were Ulster Champions of the Irish Junior Cup in 1990, when the team was, D. McGrillis, I. Hill, P. Martin, G. Dobbin, R. Mann and B. Galway, hey were captained by P. Stinson.

They were Coca-Cola Open Youths' Champions in 1989, when the team was, J. Clarke, R. Mann, B. Galway, D. Duncan, K. Lough and J. Hopkins, they were managed by D. Galway.

They won the Holt Shield in 1989, when the team was, W. Wilson, K. Lough, R. Mann, S. Watts and D. McGrillis, they were captained by R. Barton.

They won the Ulster Championship of the Fred Daly Trophy in 1988, when the team was, John Clark, Michael Boyd, Ricky Mann, Ian Hopkins, Kenneth Lough, Darren Taylor, Brian Galway and Declan Duncan, they were managed by Denis Galway.

They won the Aer Lingus Ulster Youths' in 1886, when the team was, G. Dobbin, J. McKinstry, M. Hopkins and they were managed by Dr. B. Glover.

They were Coca-Cola Open Youths' Champions in 1985, when the team was, R. Glover, G. Dobbin, D. McKinstry and M. Hopkins, they were captained by J. McKinstry.

They were Ulster Champions in the Fred Daly Trophy in 1984, when the team was, M. Glover, J. Magee, G. McKinstry, M. Bannon, R. Glover, M. Hopkins, C. Hopkins and D. McKinstry, they were captained by P. Stinson.

They won the Carlsberg Inter-Club Tournament in 1978, when the team was, D. McKinstry, W. Gillespie, S. McIlroy, P. Taylor, T. Bell and B. Montgomery.

Cairndhu Golf Club won its first pennant in 1974, when they won the Ulster Cup and the team was, R. Barton, W. McClean, W. Cunningham, W. Hill, N. Thompson, S. Loughlin, C. W. Kirkpatrick, and A. Cormack they were captained by D. McNeill. 

Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;

John W. Clark represented Ireland at Irish Boys level from 1989 to 1990 playing 5-times won 1-match halved two and lost 2-matches accumulating 4-points;

Brian Galway represented Ireland at Irish Boys level in 1988 playing 2-times halved one and lost 1-match accumulating 1-point;

David McMullan represented Ireland at Irish Boys level in 1994 playing 2-times won 0-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 0-points. He represented Ulster at the Boys Interprovincial Championships from in 1994 playing 5-times won 0-matches halved two and lost 3-matches accumulating 2-points;

R. Houston represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1976 playing 3-times won 1-match and lost 2-matches accumulating 2-points;

John McKinstry represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1987 playing 2-times won 0-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 0-points;

Ryan McKinstry represented Ulster at the Boys Interprovincial Championships in 2010 playing 5-times won 1-match halved one and lost 3-matches accumulating 3-points;

Neil McKinstry represented Ulster at the inaugural Boys Under-15 Interprovincial Championships in 2010 playing 3-times won 1-match halved one and lost 1-match accumulating 3-points;

Stephen Watts represented Ulster at the inaugural Boys Under-15 Interprovincial Championships in 2010 playing 3-times won 2-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 4-points;

Roma Convery was selected on the ILGU Junior squad in November 2000;

Laura Webb was selected to represent Ireland in the European Ladies Team Championship at Golf Club Milano, Monza in 1995 and played in the Ladies Home Internationals at Wrexham the same year. Laura won the Irish Ladies' Close Championship and Ulster Ladies' Scratch Cup in 1994;

Laura Bolton was selected to play for Ireland in the European Ladies Team Championship at Pals, Spain in 1989, having played for the Ireland in the Girls Home Internationals, in 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1980. She was Irish Girls' Champion in 1979, Ulster Girls' Champion in 1978, 1979 and 1980. Irish Ladies' Close Champion in 1988 and 1994, she won the North West Scratch Cup in 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1984, she won the Ulster Scratch Cup in 1989, 1991 and 1994. She won the Stroke Play Foursomes together with Jane Allen, of Royal Portrush, in 1986; 

Paula McKinstry played for the Irish Girls' Home Internationals in 1986 and 1987;

Ms Lilian Malone won the Scratch Match Play Foursomes together with Miss Claire Nesbitt, of Knock, in 1976. She played in the European Team Cup in 1977 and was on the Irish Team for the Home Internationals in 1975 and 1976 and again in 1981. Lilian played for Ulster in the Interprovincial's from 1973 to 1981. She won the Ulster Scratch Cup in 1975 and 1981, the North West Scratch Cup in 1973 and 1975 together with the Midlands Scratch Cup in 1975;

History of Cairndhu

Founded

Larne Town Golf Club was founded in May 1928 by local business men. They purchased fifty acres of land at the top of The Roddens in Larne and here a nine hole course was designed and constructed by golf course architect Major CA MacKenzie. Amazingly the course was open for play the same year and competition began for two splendid trophies presented by Sir William Brown and Mr David Baine, trophies that are still played for today.

The Golf Club grew quickly in stature and membership and in 1930 a clubhouse was built and opened. This growth continued for several years necessitating the appointment of various employees, most notably in 1947 the appointment of a Club Professional, one Bob Walker from Donaghadee. One of the social high points of the age came in 1950 when the then Governor of Northern Ireland, the Earl of Granville and Lady Granville (sister of the late Queen Mother) visited the club.

However, changes were afoot and in 1954, due to the industrial development of Larne, the Golf Club was forced to relocate to a more suitable site. The East Antrim Hospital Authority agreed to lease the club the land next to Cairndhu Hospital. This land was duly surveyed, the report was found to be favourable and a 99 year lease was signed with the existing course being sold to the Borough Council for£19,500. The new land was originally owned by Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon who took a great interest in botany this would explain the great variety of trees and shrubs throughout the course.

Mr John SF Morrison was commissioned to design the new course and work commenced in 1956. The exact date of the move from the Roddens is not recorded but the old clubhouse closed on 12th October 1957. The new course was declared a great success and was opened in May 1958.

The sport of golf was growing quickly and soon it was decided that nine holes were not enough. A further 49 acres to the west of the clubhouse were leased for a period of twenty five years and Mr John SF Morrison was re-employed to construct another nine holes. Work again went well and the second nine holes were ready in 1961 and opened in 1963.

Throughout the transition from Larne Town Golf Club to Cairndhu Golf Club many members gave freely of their time and services, none more so than Mr WK Harbinson who provided men, machinery and materials for the benefit of the club. The Golfing Union of Ireland surveyed the course in 1964 and assessed it to be 6,071 yards long, par 70, Standard Scratch Score 69.

As the course matured the membership grew. It is recorded that in 1968 a record number of members played in Captains Day – 121. Other projects also took place such as the extension of the clubhouse with the addition of the function room in 1971.

Cairndhu was now fielding teams in most GUI competitions and in 1974 won its first major trophy, the prestigious Ulster Cup, sparking some serious celebrations that went on for days. In the same year the club hosted its first GUI qualifying event in the Pierce Purcell Foursomes.

1976 saw the club’s first tentative steps into the world of the Pro Am, an event we now host every year. This first Pro Am, however, was to be the catalyst for the biggest event in the club’s history. The three-day Pro Am in 1981 drew a field from all over the world including Nick Price and Ian Woosnam, Major champions, and European Tour winners Roger Davis, Mark McNulty, Simon Owen, John O’Leary, Des Smyth and Christy O’Connor (Jnr).

Additions and improvement continued to the course with the installation of a watering system in 1986. Improvements were also carried out to the clubhouse with panoramic windows put in the bar area to maximise our stunning views.

Cairndhu established itself as a Championship venue in 1990 when it hosted the Ulster Boys, a very successful event won by Gerry Sproul from Rosses Point.

Over the years much has changed, we now own the entire course having bought the front nine from the Health Authorities and the rest from the Borough Council. Many alterations have been made to the course, clubhouse and storage facilities over the years Most recently the restructuring and refurbishment of the Professional Shop, the office and the whole bar and television room area.

There are however some things that have not changed and never will - the warm welcome afforded to visitors, the stunning views and a first class golf course.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
Mrs. M. O'Neill 1989 Ladies Captain
J. McConnell 1989 Men's Captain
E. McMurtry 1989 President
Mrs. J. Orr 1990 Ladies Captain
R. Barton 1990 Men's Captain
E. McMurtry 1990 President
Mrs. L. Starrett 1991 Ladies Captain
B. T. Connell 1991 Men's Captain
E. McMurtry 1991 President
Mrs. J. A. McMahon 1992 Ladies Captain
B. E. Malcomson 1992 Men's Captain
E. McMurtry 1992 President
Mrs. H. Watts 1993 Ladies Captain
P. R. V. Stinson 1993 Men's Captain
E. McMurtry 1993 President
Mrs. M. McAllister 1994 Ladies Captain
T. H. Henry 1994 Men's Captain
E. McMurtry 1994 President
Mrs. M. E. Hopkins 1995 Ladies Captain
R. T. Mann 1995 Men's Captain
E. McMurtry 1995 President
Mrs. V. Duncan 1996 Ladies Captain
J. Craig 1996 Men's Captain
E. McMurtry 1996 President
Mrs. C. A. McIlroy 1997 Ladies Captain
S. C. McIlwrath 1997 Men's Captain
E. McMurtry 1997 President
Mrs. A. Clements 1998 Ladies Captain
J. Burke 1998 Men's Captain
E. McMurtry 1998 President
Mrs. A. Ferguson 1999 Ladies Captain
W. Boyd 1999 Men's Captain
C. W. Kirkpatrick 1999 President
D. Wright 2000 Ladies Captain
Frank Beattie 2000 Men's Captain
C. W. Kirkpatrick 2000 President
M. Kyle 2001 Ladies Captain
H. McKay 2001 Men's Captain
M. Graham 2002 Ladies Captain
M. Keown 2002 Men's Captain
D. McNeill 2002 President
Miss L. Gail McCluggage 2003 Ladies Captain
H. Logue 2003 Men's Captain
D. McNeill 2003 President
Sylvia Rennie 2004 Ladies Captain
Brian Houston 2004 Men's Captain
Dr. C. Hopkins 2004 President
L. Glover 2005 Ladies Captain
William Orr 2005 Men's Captain
Dr. C. Hopkins 2005 President
Kathy Keown 2006 Ladies Captain
Brian Todd 2006 Men's Captain
William Boyd 2006 President
Beverly Moore 2007 Ladies Captain
Dennis Doran 2007 Men's Captain
William Boyd 2007 President
Paula McKinstry 2008 Ladies Captain
Dennis Doran 2008 Men's Captain
Nat Moore 2008 President
Lynn Doran 2009 Ladies Captain
Michael Abram 2009 Men's Captain
Nat Moore 2009 President
Maria Raven 2010 Ladies Captain
Brian Haveron 2010 Men's Captain
Dale Lough 2010 President
Shirley O'Hara 2011 Ladies Captain
Nigel Black 2011 Men's Captain
Dale Lough 2011 President
Eleanor McNeill 2012 Ladies Captain
Moorland Holmes 2012 Men's Captain
Dale Lough 2012 President
Laura Maguire 2013 Ladies Captain
Alex Maguire 2013 Men's Captain
Hugh Lough
2013 President
Lyn Morrow 2014 Ladies Captain
Derek Taylor 2014 Men's Captain
Hugh Lough 2014 President
Kate Mellor 2015 Ladies Captain
Daniel McMullan 2015 Men's Captain
Hugh Lough 2015 President
Margaret Crory 2016 Ladies Captain
Mark Gilbert 2016 Men's Captain
Brian Todd
2016 President
Christeen Thompson 2017 Ladies Captain
Tony Watts 2017 Men's Captain
  2017 President
Christeen Lester
2017 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Ryan McKinstry 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
Marc McKinstry 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
Neil McKinstry 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
Aaron Wilson 2016 Lowest Men's Handicap

Holes in One at Cairndhu

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance


6th   221 yd's

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