Carrickfergus golf club Antrim
Carrickfergus Golf Course
Carrickfergus Golf Club has recently undergone an magnificent extension to its clubhouse, when the members decided to invest in excess of £1,000,000 on improving the facilities for visitors and members alike. This is in keeping with the trend that was very apparent while transecting the country research this publication, it would appear that almost every club in Ireland, no matter how humble are spending considerable sums of Pounds or Euros, upgrading their course and improving the facilities.
The first at Carrickfergus is a formidable opening hole, measuring 418 yards with an Index 8 to match is played over the infamous day, where ber words than Dam are often used with that tentative first drive of the day. The most daunting hole is undoubtedly the 426 yards 6th played as a dogleg left with the second shot to a hidden green protected by that dam again, "more b language".
As with the vast majority of golf clubs in Ireland the visitor is extended a very warm welcome and why not relax and enjoy a drink and savour the catering while playing the 19th in this famous golf club that has been in existence since 1926.
|Green Fees Midweek:||£25|
|Green Fees Weekends & B.H.:||£30|
|Green Fees with a Member:||€15/18|
|Green Fees for Opens:||£10|
|Full Membership Fee:||£712|
|Full Senior 70+ Membership Fee:||£412|
|Full Intermediate 26-29 Membership Fee:||£542|
|Full Junior 18-20 Membership Fee:||£270|
|Full 5-Day Membership Fee:||£406|
|Full Juvenile Membership Fee:||£115|
35 North Road,
|Website||Carrickfergus golf club website|
|Lady Captain:||Marie Watt|
|Junior Captain:||James Arthur
|Vice-Captains':||M. Walker & J. Adair|
|Hon. Secretary:||H. Wade & Helen Vizard|
|Club Pro:||James Orchin 93-351803|
|Hon. Treasurer:||M. Finlay & L Gibson|
|Comp. Secretary:||Leslie Lyle & Joan Rea|
General Facts & Information
|Course opening hours: Daylight hours||Clubhouse opening hours:10.30am to 11.00pm|
|Mobile phones: Not on course
||Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim|
|Catering: Full catering, facilities||Days to Avoid: Tuesdays & Weekends|
|Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other Days||Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance|
Carrickfergus Golf Club Fixtures 2023 provisional*
|Open & Major Fixtures 2023 (Confirmed)|
|Captain's Prize||Saturday 17 June||Closed
|Lady Captain's Prize||Saturday 24 June
|President's Prize||Saturday 19 August||Closed||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 24 May||Open||1|
|Gordon Bennett Trophy||Saturday 3 June||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Wednesday 7 June||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Wednesday 5 July||Open||1|
|Start of Open Week||Saturday 22 July||Saturday 29 July||Open||7
|Singles Stableford||Saturday 22 July||Open||1|
|Mixed Greensomes||Sunday 23 July||Open||1|
|Seniors Fourball||Monday 24 July||Open||1|
|Ulster Women's 50+ Veterans Cup||Tuesday 25 July||G.I.
|Ladies Singles Stableford||Tuesday 25 July||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Wednesday 26 July||Open||1|
|Ladies 2-Ball Scramble||Thursday 27 July
||Friday 28 July
|Singles Strokes||Saturday 29 July||Open||1|
|L. & G. Senior Singles Stableford||Wednesday 9 August||Open||1|
|Senior Scratch Cup||Saturday 12 August||Open||1|
|Junior Scratch Cup||Saturday 12 August||Open||1|
|Inter. Scratch Cup||Saturday 12 August||Open||1|
|L. & G. Senior Singles Stableford||Wednesday 16 August||Open||1|
|Ulster U-18 Girls' Foursomes||Monday 21 August||G.I.||1|
|Singles Stableford||Wednesday 7 September||Open||1|
Card of the Course
|White||Par 68 SSS 68 5,657 yd's|
|Yellow||Par 68 SSS 67 5,535 yd's|
|Red||Par 70 SSS 71 5,214 yd's|
|Green||Par68 SSS 66 5,214 yd's|
|Hole Name||Hole No.||White||Yellow||Green||Par||Index||Red||Par||Index|
|Prince William Way||3||381||379||346||4||4||346||4||4|
Men's Course Record: 64 Ross Oliver (2) 05/05/2007
Ladies Course Record:
The Boys of Carrickfergus Golf Club qualified for the All-Ireland deciders of the Boys Foursomes at Ballina Golf Club on 23rd August 2022.
They met Tipperary Golf Club in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final and won their matches by 2-matches to nil.
They were led out by James Walsh with Trevor Morrison who had a comfortable 4 and 3 win over Niall O’Shea with Ronan O’Connor, next on the tee was Josh Millar with Oliver McNamara who won their match against Donnacha Cleary with Paddy Kennedy Jnr. Bu 1-hole.
They met Castlebar Golf Club the following day in the All-Ireland Semi-Final and lost out by 2-holes
They were led out again by James Walsh with Trevor Morrison who had a 1-hole win against Owen Kelly with Tommy M. Heneghan, the bottom match of Josh Millar with Oliver McNamara lost out by 3-holes to Aaron Quigley with Ben Doherty.
Carrickfergus Golf Club qualified for the All-Ireland Quarter-Finals of the Irish Junior Cup at Knightsbrook Golf Club on Saturday 17th September 2022 when they were drawn against Cork Golf Club but lost their match by 3½-matches to 1½-matches.
Josh Miller led them out and won his match against Leon Foley by 2 and 1, he was followed by Adam McAteer who lost his match by the minimum against Frankie Walsh, next on the tee was Hugh McClinton who lost his match by 2 and 1 against Jack O’Flynn, the penultimate match of Stephen Rea was halved against David Hickey and in the bottom match Bill McAtaminey lost his match by 6 and 5 against Thomas Healy.
After 39 years Carrickfergus Golf Club won the Holt Shield in 2013.
The team was L. Lyle, D. Macleod, K. Willis, M. Addley, C. Macrea, R. Barbour and D. Meek, they were captained by Des Nelson.
The Ladies won the EAL won after 32 years, when the team Captain was Mrs. L. Robinson and Lady Captain Mrs. A. Baker.
The Ladies of Carrickfergus Golf Club were Ulster Champions in the Ulster Bank Ladies Fourball in 2003, when the team was, Julia Wright, Liz Finley, Linda Armstrong, Carol McQuillan, Adrienne Williams, Rosie Lamont, Ruth Mawhinney and Ursula Lindsay, they were captained by Bernie Tolan.
Prior to 2001
Carrickfergus Golf Club won the All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup at Woodbrook in 1989, when the team was, Frank Hamill, Tom Mulholland, Stephen McLaughlin, Denis Stronge and Bill McAtamney Jnr., they were captained by Brian McGahan.
Carrickfergus Golf Club won the All-Ireland, Irish Mixed Foursomes at Royal Tara in 1980, when the team was, K. Hamilton, D. Stronge, W. J. Wallace, J. McIlwaine, S. A. McNally, S. R. Wallace, E. Hunter, M. M. Boyle, S. E. Cobby, D. A. Ervine and S. Lynn, they were captained by B. McGahan.
Carrickfergus Golf Club won the East Antrim Team Scratch Championship in 1992 and 1993, when the team was, Stephen McLaughlin, Campbell Foster, Stephen Rea, Jeff Law and Michael Keys, they were captained by Brian McGahan.
Carrickfergus Golf Club won the the Ulster Final of the Irish Junior Cup in 1993, when the team was, Geoff Law, Campbell Foster, Gavin Baker, Brian Forsyth and David Winning, they were captained by Frank Hamill.
Carrickfergus Golf Club won the Belfast and District Cup in 1984, when the team was, Denis Stronge, Sam Woodside, Kenny Hamilton, David Armstrong, Owen O'Toole, Paul Vizard, Brian McGahan, Stephen McNally, Mark Montgomery, Jim McIlwaine and Des Ballentine.
Carrickfergus Golf Club won the Christie Flag in 1978, with Ray Stevenson, Brian McGahan and Ronnie Kelly.
Carrickfergus Golf Club won the County Final of the J. B. Carr Diamond Trophy in 2000.
The Boys' of Carrickfergus Golf Club won the Holt Shield in 1974, when the team was, G. Bennett, Joe McNally, Drew Ewing, George Hamill and they were captained by Stan Hutchinson.
Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;
Des Ballentine represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1985 to 1988 playing 34-times won 18-matches halved one and lost 15-matches accumulating 37-points he played Ulster Youths' in 1981;
Denise Browne played for the Irish Girls' in 1969;
Deane Musgrave played for the Irish Girls' in 1979 and 1980;
Elizabeth Lynn played for the Irish Girls' in 1980 and 1981;
Sandra Lynn played for the Irish Girls' in 1982 and 1983;
History of Carrickfergus
It would appear golf has been played at as early as 1892. The Belfast Newsletter on 5th January 1892, reports on train fares for golfers. The writer states "now that links have been opened at Carrickfergus" The present club was founded in 1926.
What the Club tells us:
club history, formed 1926
On the instigation of the Town Clerk, Mr D Law and Mr James McCartney, a local businessman, a special meeting was held in the Town Hall on the 22nd of October 1925 to discuss the possibility of the formation of a Golf Club. Mr Charles Legg J.P. who was also Chairman of the Carrickfergus Urban District Council, in proposing that further enquiries be made into the formation of a Golf Club, received unanimous approval and this resulted in a further meeting being held on 12th February 1926, when it was unanimously agreed that a Golf Club be formed to be known as “The Carrickfergus Golf Club”, with Mr Charles Legg J.P. as President and Mr D Law (Town Clerk) as Hon. Secretary.
By this time, 74 gentlemen, 74 ladies and 10 associates had taken membership and the Annual Subscription was fixed at 2 guineas for men, one guinea for ladies and a half guinea for junior associates. A feature of this meeting was reported in the local newspaper as follows:- “Mr Francis Atkinson, renowned for his giant drives, swore fervently and emphatically to support the new club physically, financially and mentally – he would take a bill hook or spade and work for the club if it came to the bit and he would back it for all he was worth even if he should die in the Workhouse.” (Loud Applause).
The first council worked diligently and successfully negotiated a five year lease at £150 per annum with James Taylor & Sons of Barn Mills, for four fields of 35 acres for the course and ½ an acre of what was known as the Quarry Field for the clubhouse. Mr G H Clarkson was engaged as Professional/Greenkeeper at a wage of 45/-d per week plus 5/-d travelling expenses and he was also allowed to charge tuition fees of 1/-d per half hour. An interesting minute reveals that a certain gentleman, who carried clubs for hire or reward, applied for membership but was considered ineligible on a ruling given by the Golf Union of Ireland. Caddy fees at that time were 5d for 9 holes or 9d for 18 holes. Work on the course progressed satisfactorily and at the first Annual General Meeting held on the 14th May 1926 the membership was stated as being 125 gentlemen, 140 ladies and 50 associates and juveniles. Mr A Miscampbell, a local prominent businessman, was elected the first Captain and Mr C Binnie, Headmaster of the Carrickfergus Technical College, the Hon. Treasurer. Naturally, the main focus was on the financing and building of a clubhouse and in this connection it was agreed to offer the membership Debenture Stock at £5 each, redeemable at £5.10.0 as and when club finances permitted – within a year £980 had been subscribed.
The ladies branch was also active and held their first General Meeting on the 22nd of June 1926, when Mrs E M Gransden was elected Lady Captain and Miss M Carrey Hon. Secretary.
The building of a combined clubhouse and Greenkeeper residence was completed by March 1927 at a net cost of £1050 - £105 having been recovered as a subsidy from the government. The contractor was John Laverty of Whitehead who presented the club with its first trophy – The Laverty Cup. During the course of the year, the club became affiliated to the G.U.I.
By May 1927 the course was completed and comprised 2 par 3 holes and 7 par 4 holes, totalling 2,420 yards and the G.U.I. allocated a standard scratch of 67. The official opening was held on Saturday 28th May 1927 when, in glorious sunshine and before a large gathering – which included Mr Hugh Kelly, President of the G.U.I., who in his speech made reference to the very difficult quarry hole. Mr C Legg, using a new driver presented to him by the Lady Captain, Mrs Gransden, executed a very fine drive amidst the applause of the spectators. The young boy, Bobby McCullough, who retrieved the ball was given a half guinea by Mr Legg.
This was followed by an exhibition 4-ball match between Major Thompson (Larne), Messrs. Graham and Madden (Knock) and W B Jamison (Portadown). Later, a mixed foursomes competition was held for members, after which the Captain and his wife entertained the members to tea. To mark the occasion Mrs Gransden presented the ladies section with the Gransden Cup.
Roll of Honour
|Mrs. E. K. Campbell||1989||Ladies Captain|
|E. K. Campbell||1989||Men's Captain|
|S. T. McCollum||1989||President|
|Myrtle Kelly||1990||Ladies Captain|
|L. G. Glasgow||1990||Men's Captain|
|I. G. Vaughan||1990||President|
|Evelyn Dale||1991||Ladies Captain|
|John McQuillan||1991||Men's Captain|
|I. G. Vaughan||1991||President|
|T. W. Anderson||1992||Ladies Captain|
|Wallace Drummond||1992||Men's Captain|
|I. G. Vaughan||1992||President|
|Cecilia Cash||1993||Ladies Captain|
|Brian McGahan||1993||Men's Captain|
|W. H. Thompson||1993||President|
|Florence Newburn||1994||Ladies Captain|
|J. Purdy||1994||Men's Captain|
|W. H. Thompson||1994||President|
|J. N. Lindsay||1995||Ladies Captain|
|George Evens||1995||Men's Captain|
|W .H. Thompson||1995||President|
|B. Currie||1996||Ladies Captain|
|D. J. Livingston||1996||Men's Captain|
|R. A. E. Sinclair||1997||Ladies Captain|
|W. H. Hunter||1997||Men's Captain|
|Ruth Mawhinney||1998||Ladies Captain|
|G. Duff||1998||Men's Captain|
|G. T. Ryan||1998||President|
|Bernie Tolan||1999||Ladies Captain|
|R. Rodgers||1999||Men's Captain|
|Mrs. L. Loughridge||2000||Ladies Captain|
|Mr. W. S. Robinson||2000||Men's Captain|
|D. Wilkinson||2001||Ladies Captain|
|Tom Woods||2001||Men's Captain|
|Rhoda Evens||2002||Ladies Captain|
|David Watt||2002||Men's Captain|
|C. R. McMurray||2003||Ladies Captain|
|Stephen Ashe||2003||Men's Captain|
|E. K. Campbell||2003||President|
|Helen Vizard||2004||Ladies Captain|
|Robert Wilkinson||2004||Men's Captain|
|W. J. C. Wallace||2004||President|
|Ann Forsythe||2005||Ladies Captain|
|Kenneth Hamilton||2005||Men's Captain|
|W. J. C. Wallace||2005||President|
|Deane Musgrave||2006||Ladies Captain|
|Rob Moore||2006||Men's Captain|
|Judith DeFleury||2007||Ladies Captain|
|Dessie Graham||2007||Men's Captain|
|Martha Cromie||2008||Ladies Captain|
|Dessie Graham||2008||Men's Captain|
|Elizabeth Hunter||2009||Ladies Captain|
|Bryan Martin||2009||Men's Captain|
|Lorraine Gibson||2010||Ladies Captain|
|Leslie Lyle||2010||Men's Captain|
|Rosemary Lamont||2011||Ladies Captain|
|Roy Jamison||2011||Men's Captain|
|Helen Pedlow||2012||Ladies Captain|
|Ken Knocker||2012||Men's Captain|
|A. Baker||2013||Ladies Captain|
|Alan Chestnutt||2013||Men's Captain|
|Elizabeth Robinson||2014||Ladies Captain|
|Duncan MacLeod||2014||Men's Captain|
|D. Jamison||2015||Ladies Captain|
|Des Nelson||2015||Men's Captain|
|D. Skilling||2016||Ladies Captain|
|S. Wady||2016||Men's Captain|
|A. Russell||2017||Ladies Captain|
|H. Wade||2017||Men's Captain|
|A. McWilliams||2018||Ladies Captain|
|W. Gibson||2018||Men's Captain|
|J. Davoll||2019||Ladies Captain|
|G. Addley||2019||Men's Captain|
|M. Hunter||2019||Junior Captain|
|A. McWilliams||2020||Ladies Captain|
|Geoff Wallace||2020||Men's Captain|
|Ryan McNally||2020||Junior Captain|
|A Williams||2021||Ladies Captain|
|J Beck||2021||Men's Captain|
|D Graham BEM||2021||President|
|Ryan McNally||2021||Junior Captain|
|Pat Gault||2022||Ladies Captain|
|Michael McGivern||2022||Men's Captain|
|Taylor Morrison||2022||Junior Captain|
|Marie Watt||2023||Ladies Captain|
|David Haggan||2023||Men's Captain|
|James Arthur||2023||Junior Captain|
||2023||Lowest Ladies Handicap|
|Andrew Dillon (0.8)
||2023||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Graeme Arthur (0.8)
||2023||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Darren Lowens (3)||2023||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Adam McAteer (3.9)
||2023||Lowest Men's Handicap|
Holes in One at Carrickfergus
|Member||Date||Hole No.||Club Used||Distance|
|Joan Rea||16 August 2011
|Angeline McWilliams||1 March 2022|