Kilrea golf club Derry

Kilrea golf course Derry

Kilrea Golf Course

Kilrea Club Crest

Kilrea Golf Club is an 9-hole parkland founded in 1919 and measuring only 5,672 yards with a Par of 68 and a standard scratch of 67 off the men's tees. The ladies, is a Par 70 but with an easier standard scratch of 71.

The course is built on gravel hills and surrounded by bog-land, making Kilrea playable all year round, although one of the shortest courses you will play today where every golf course is striving to add additional yardage to counteract the advantages of modern equipment, here is a idea for all of you + and scratch golfers, why not visit Kilrea and have a go at setting a new course record which presently stands at 61. Given the right conditions for you guys it should be possible to shoot the sub 60!

Green Fees Midweek: £20
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: £25
Green Fees with a Member: £15/25
Green Fees for Opens: £10
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: No
Buggy Hire: No
Soft Spikes: No
Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee: £440
Full Young Adult Membership Fee: £235
Full Youth Membership Fee: £130
Full Junior Membership Fee: £95
Entrance Fee: None
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 9
Members 241
Designer Nature
Founded 1919

Drumagarner Road,
Co. Londonderry

Telephone 028-295-40044
Email kilreagc@hotmail.co.uk
Website Kilrea golf club website
Secretary/Manager: Seamus Fyfe
Captain: R. A. Quinn
Lady Captain: Roisin O'Hara
President: John Moody
Vice-Captains': R. Milliken & E. McAleese
Hon. Secretary: P. Darragh & Moira McQuillan
Club Pro: Tony Mulholland
Hon. Treasurer: K. Mulligan & Veronica Kelly
Comp. Secretary: C. Rees & Marie-Therese Bradley
Kilrea Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
*Please check information before travelling

General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: am to pm
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim
Catering: None Days to Avoid: Tues., Wed. after 5.00pm, & Saturdays
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other Days Pre-booking for open Tournaments: 14-Days in advance

Kilrea Golf Club Fixtures 2024 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2024 (Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Lady Captain's Drive-In Tuesday 19 March
  Closed 1
Captain's Prize to the Ladies
Friday 5 July   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Saturday 6 July
  Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Saturday 3 August   Closed 1
President's Prize to the Ladies
Friday 9 August   Closed 1
President's Prize Saturday 10 August
  Closed 1
Play in Pink Singles Stableford Saturday 24 August
  Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

White Par 68 SSS 67 5,768 yd's
Yellow Par 68 SSS 66 5,407 yd's
Red Par 70 SSS 71 5,210 yd's


Hole Name Hole No. White Yellow Par Index Red Par Index
Crab Lough 1 344 334 4 7
329 4 7
The Heathers 2 155 130 3 17 124 3 15
Carnview 3 483 465 4 1 446 5 5
The Sperrins 4 323 310 4 15 277 4 11
The Whins 5 201 190 3 9
194 3 9
The Hawthorns 6 291 283 4 13 276 4 13
Wishing Well 7 187 150 3 11
145 3 17
Dingle Dell 8 402 380 4 3 373 4 1
The Spires 9 510
460 5 5
441 5 3
  Out 2,896 2,702 34   2,605 35  
Crab Lough 10 347 337 4 8 329 4 8
The Heathers 11 155 130 3 18 124 3 16
Carnview 12 483 465 4 2
446 5 6
The Sperrins 13 323 310 4 16 277 4 12
The Whins 14 201 190 3 10
194 3 10
The Hawthorns 15 283 283 4 14 276 4 14
Wishing Well 16 160 150 3 12 145 3 18
Dingle Dell 17 402 380 4 4 373 4 2
The Spires 18 510
460 5 6
441 5 4
  In 2,872 2,705 34   2,605 35  
  Total 5,768 5,407 68   5,210 70  
  SSS 67 66     71    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record Am: 61 R. Rees (1982), T. Moore (1989)

Ladies Course Record:

Members Achievements

The Ladies of Kilkea Golf Club were Runners-Up in the Ulster North Final of the Women’s Challenge Cup at Ballymena Golf Club on Sunday 13th August 2023 when they went down to Ballycastle Golf Club by 4-matches to 1-match.
First on the tee was Sinead Wilson who lost her match by 4 and 2 against Libby Munnis, she was followed by Marie McFarland who lost her match against Linda Allen by 3 and 2, next up was Elvira McAleese against Terry Hendrie who halved her match as was the penultimate match of Moira McQuillan against Ursula Mc Mullan and in the bottom match Nuala Burns went down by 7 and 5 against Denise McIlroy.    

The Ladies of Kilrea Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Challenge Cup of the ILGU Inter-club Championship when they beat Kilkeel Golf Club by 4 matches to 1 match on Friday 28th May 2010. First on the tee was Cathleen Henry who beat Jane Coffey by 7 and 6, she was followed by Kathleen Doherty who won her match by 3 and 2 against Pauline Cole, next up was Marie Teresa Bradley who had a convincing 6 and 5 win over Breia Walsh, the bottom two matches of Teresa Henry against Margaret McAlinden and Rosemary McCamphill against Doreen Walsh were called in, they were captained by Bridie McCloskey.

They made the long journey to Donabate Golf Club to compete in the National deciders where they met Munster Champions Bandon Golf Club in the All-Ireland quarter-final on Friday 24th September. First on the tee was Cathleen Henry (31) against Georgina Appelbe (30), she was followed by Marie Teresa Bradley (33) against Eveline Fogarty (30), next up was Kathleen Doherty (34) against Aileen Burke (30), the penultimate match of Rosemary McCamphill (36) against Michelle Anders (35), the bottom match of Teresa Henry (36) against Vera Slattery (36).

History of Kilrea

Instituted 1919 affiliated 1920

A nine-hole course about half a mile from the station is recorded in the "Golfer's Handbook " 1923. It would appear the club ceased to be soon after that. The GUI records lists an application for re-affiliation from the club on 28th February, 1953.

Kilrea Golf Club was officially opened for play in November 1919. The honour of striking the first ball fell to Mr James Patterson, a native of the town who had recently returned from Australia. Described in the local press as "an influential gentleman of means", Mr Patterson was deemed to have the necessary credentials to become the club's first President.

The task of laying out the initial nine holes was undertaken by H McNeill, the professional at Royal Portrush, and he was subsequently re-engaged to make improvements to the course. The start-up costs for the new club were expected to be £250 , a considerable sum in 1919, and initial membership subscriptions were fixed at one guinea and added to the one guinea entrance fee. Much of the funding, however, came from the issue of "Founders Shares" which were fixed at £5 and it was from this group of "Founder Members" that the first ten man Council was drawn. Much of the interest, and indeed the money, came from the local dignitaries, with the Clarks of Upperlands very prominent. In these formative years the Council was very successful in persuading a number of these individuals to donate very fine silver cups, many of which are still played for today.

One of the early driving forces was W W Woods and, following a meeting in the Town Hall on 15th September 1919 when the decision was taken to form a club, he was elected as the first Captain of Kilrea Golf Club. Mr Woods had undertaken much of the spade work in securing suitable land at The Rough Hills which many observers (past and present) have considered ideal golfing terrain. Indeed, at the clubs official opening Rev. Father P McGeown, another driving force and one of the "Founder Members", had made a reference to both "the beauty of the surroundings" and "the dry nature of the soil" which rendered it very suitable for golf. In his address Father McGeown also expressed his belief that Kilrea Golf Club would become a place where " all classes and all shades of opinion" could meet and " get to know each other better... for on the golf links the only expression of anger or opinion would be addressed to the clubs or the ball. "

The new Golf Club quickly became a focal point for the local elite and the Golf Dance, held annually in the Town Hall, was one of the highlights in the social calendar. Although the Club thrived in the mid 1920's, when it sought to attract 100 members (male and female combined), serious problems lay ahead. Initially, the club rented adjoining land from two landlords, but differences culminating in disagreements over rent values forced the club to consider the viability of continuing at The Rough Hills. Accordingly in October 1930, the Council took the decision to re-locate, and a new nine hole layout was developed on the edge of the town in what is now known as Woodland Park. The new venture, however, did not prove a success. The Woodland Park layout was much less attractive, and golfers shared the course with the land owner's sheep - a less than ideal situation for both the sheep and the golfers. Membership was in decline and the advent of the Great Depression only added to the club's financial difficulties. The new course was in poor condition and often unplayable in wet conditions. Funds were not available to spend on the new course and, in spite of herculean efforts by one or two Council members, a decision was reluctantly taken in October 1934 to close the club and sell off its assets by public auction. This was a period when golf clubs often faced the threat of closure - Randalstown, Garvagh and Cullybackey all lost their clubs - but there was enough drive and interest in Kilrea to rekindle enthusiasm, and delicate negotiations with one of the original land owners led to the club moving back to The Rough Hills in 1937.

With a new configuration and a return to more suitable terrain the membership gradually increased. By 1949 the club's Treasurer could report a balance in excess of £100 and the Greens Convenor was able to purchase the latest Ransomes gang-mower which further improved the quality of the fairways. In this period much of the club's success was down to the enthusiasm and the astute management of key individuals - particularly J McIlroy, K Woods, Dr T Boyd and the Craig family. Careful stewardship saw the club continue to prosper in the 1950's. The condition of the course, usually the responsibility of W Craig, also improved significantly, leaving the old "chestnuts" - the condition of the lane and the possibility of Sunday golf - as the recurring themes at Annual General Meetings. Green Fees were collected by Mrs Thompson who lived in the cottage behind the "old" 9th green. By this stage the club had approximately 100 full members. However, golf clubs (like the economy) tend to run in cycles and by the end of the 1950's Kilrea Golf Club was in debt. The Council's response was to raise the price of a Green Fee to 5 shillings and raise the annual subscription to 5 guineas. By 1962 the club's finances had been restored, but this was a temporary respite and the annual subscription was increased to 7 guineas in 1965 in a fresh attempt to put the club in the black.

During the 1960's further tinkering with the layout in an effort to lengthen the course brought minor changes, but a decision taken by the GUI in 1968 to recognise for handicapping purposes only those courses which measured in excess of 4,001 yards made it imperative to 'find' extra yardage. This was the background to the Council's moves to lengthen the 'old' 2nd by some 70 yards, stretching it to 265 yards. Another problem to confront the Council was the imposition of rates for the club in 1969. Despite an appeal, these were fixed at 117 guineas.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
  1990 Ladies Captain
  1990 Ladies President
  1990 Men's Captain
  1990 President
  1991 Ladies Captain
  1991 Ladies President
  1991 Men's Captain
  1991 President
  1992 Ladies Captain
  1992 Ladies President
  1992 Men's Captain
  1992 President
  1993 Ladies Captain
  1993 Ladies President
  1993 Men's Captain
  1993 President
  1994 Ladies Captain
  1994 Ladies President
  1994 Men's Captain
  1994 President
  1995 Ladies Captain
  1995 Ladies President
  1995 Men's Captain
  1995 President
  1996 Ladies Captain
  1996 Ladies President
  1996 Men's Captain
  1996 President
  1997 Ladies Captain
  1997 Ladies President
  1997 Men's Captain
  1997 President
  1998 Ladies Captain
  1998 Ladies President
  1998 Men's Captain
  1998 President
  1999 Ladies Captain
  1999 Ladies President
  1999 Men's Captain
  1999 President
Mrs. Nuala Quinn 2000 Ladies Captain
  2000 Ladies President
Trevor Moore 2000 Men's Captain
  2000 President
  2001 Ladies Captain
  2001 Ladies President
Patrick McGahon 2001 Men's Captain
  2001 President
  2002 Ladies Captain
Brian Lyle 2002 Men's Captain
  2002 President
  2003 Ladies Captain
Seamus Quinn 2003 Men's Captain
  2003 President
Agnes Patterson 2004 Ladies Captain
Ian Frizzell 2004 Men's Captain
A. McDonnell 2004 President
Mrs. A. Patterson 2005 Ladies Captain
Kevin McWilliams 2005 Men's Captain
A. McDonnell 2005 President
  2006 Ladies Captain
Sammy Smyth 2006 Men's Captain
A. McDonnell 2006 President
Moira McQuillan  2007 Ladies Captain
W. P. Quigg 2007 Men's Captain
N. McMullan 2007 President
Maureen Bradley-Travis 2008 Ladies Captain
Dr. R. Rees 2008 Men's Captain
T. McFetridge 2008 President
Lorna Torrens 2009 Ladies Captain
Eugene Loughlin 2009 Men's Captain
T. McFetridge 2010 President
Teresa Henry 2010 Ladies Captain
David Bamford 2010 Men's Captain
T. McFetridge 2010 President
Nuala Friel 2011 Ladies Captain
Gabriel Bradley 2011 Men's Captain
Tommy McAteer 2011 President
Rosemary Moore 2012 Ladies Captain
John Moody 2012 Men's Captain
William Millar 2012 President
Hazel McAteer 2013 Ladies Captain
Francis Loughlin 2013 Men's Captain
William Millar
2013 President
Catherine O'Donnell 2014 Ladies Captain
Tom Girvan 2014 Men's Captain
Trevor Moore 2014 President
Helen Calderwood 2015 Ladies Captain
Joe McCloskey 2015 Men's Captain
Trevor Moore 2015 President
  2016 Ladies Captain
  2016 Men's Captain
  2016 President
  2017 Men's Captain
  2017 President
Maria-Theresa Bradily
2018 Ladies Captain
Harry Boreland 2018 Men's Captain
  2018 President
Norma Clyde 2019 Ladies Captain
Seamus Gillan 2019 Men's Captain
Dr R. Rees 2019 President
Rose Shaw 2020 Ladies Captain
Harry Johnston 2020 Men's Captain
  2020 President
Rose Shaw 2021 Ladies Captain
Harry Johnston 2021 Men's Captain
  2021 President
Veronica Kelly 2022 Ladies Captain
Gerard Donaghy 2022 Men's Captain
  2022 President
Roisin O'Hara 2023 Ladies Captain
Sam Montgomery 2023 Men's Captain
John Moody 2023 President
N. Graham 2024 Ladies Captain
R. A. Quinn 2024 Men's Captain
John Moody 2024 President
  2024 Lowest Ladies Handicap


Lowest Men's Handicap

Holes in One at Kilrea

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Kieran Mulligan 27 March 11th   130 yd's
Trevor Colvin 27 April 2022
  130 yd's
Steven Moon 13 September 2022 2th   130 yd's
Jason Johnston        
Jason Johnston 22 October 2022      
Sean McGarry 15 February 2023 2th   130 yd's