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Bangor Golf Club will always be associated with Norman Drew the first Irish golfer to have represented GB & I at both Walker Cup and Ryder Cup level. In more recent years Garth McGimpsey has brought fame and distinction to this illustrious club. Garth won the British Amateur Open Championship in 1985 and played Walker Cup in 1985 and 1987, he has won numberless Irish titles and has represented Ireland with distinction throughout his long and illustrious carrier.
Garth McGimpsey finest hour came at Ganton on 7th September 2003 when he Captained the British & Irish team to a historical 3rd successive win over the USA and has been appointed Captain for the return match in Chicago in 2005.

Bangor Golf Club moved to its present location in 1932 and extended to 18-holes. It is considered, a true test of golf by everybody who plays it with, three Par-5 confronting the golfer over the first five holes. A good start over the long holes can set you up for a good round. Bangor is somewhat unusual as the front 9-holes is a Par-37 with the back 9-holes at Par-34 all adding up to memorable and enjoyable days golf. It has a fine clubhouse where the visitor can enjoy the fine food and a drink after his or her round where a warm Ulster hand of welcome is extended to one and all.

Green Fees Midweek: £30
Green Fees Weekends & B. H.: £40
Green Fees with a Member: £17/22
Green Fees for Opens: £20
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: £20/25 Yes
Soft Spikes: No
Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee: £1,044
Full 6-Day Membership Fee: £930
Full 5-Days Membership Fee: £805
Full Country Membership Fee: £345
Full Youth 18-20 Membership Fee: £266
Full Junior 14-17 Membership Fee: £167
Entrance Fee: Yes
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 18
Members 781
Designer James Braid
Founded 1903

County Down
BT20 4RH

Telephone 028-91-270922
Email office@bangorgolfclubni.co.uk
Website Bangor golf club website
General Manager: Michael Campbell
Captain: John Lowdon
Lady Captain: Joy Hamilton
President: None
Boys' Junior Captain:  James Smith
Girls' Junior Captain: Ellie Savage
Vice-Captains': David Drury & Ann Reynolds
Hon. Secretary: Ann Williams
Club Pro: Gareth Graham 028-91-462164
Hon. Treasurer: Seamus Bowler
Comp. Secretary:  Paul Wimpress & Ruth Graham
Bangor Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
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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: Full catering, facilities Days to Avoid: Sundays & Bank Holidays
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance

Bangor Golf Club Fixtures 2024 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2023 (Confirmed)        
Event* Start   Finish Type Duration
Lady President's Prize Tuesday 13 July   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Thursday 1 June   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Saturday 3 June   Closed 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Friday 17 March   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford
Monday 8 May   Open
Ladies Singles Stableford Tuesday 9 May   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Monday 22 May   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Monday 29 May
  Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Tuesday 13 June   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Wednesday 12 July   Open 1
Start of Bangor Golf Challenge Sunday 6 August Thursday 10 August Open 5
L. & G. Senior Singles Stableford Sunday 6 August   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Monday 7 August   Open 1
L. & G. Texas Scramble Tuesday 8 August   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Strokes Wednesday 9 August   Open 1
Mixed Greensomes Strokes Thursday 10 August   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Sunday 28 August
  Open 1
N. I. Hospice Charity Sunday 3 September   Open 1
Ladies Greensomes Stablefore
Tuesday 5 September   Open 1
Irish 2023/24 U-16 Boys' & Girls' Junior Schools Championship Ulster Qualifying Thursday 7 September   G.I. 1

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Card of the Course

White Par 71 SSS 71 6,423 yd's
Yellow Par 70 SSS 69 6,052 yd's
Red Par 72 SSS 73 5,632 yd's


Hole Name Hole No. White Yellow Par Index Red Par Index
Broadway 1 351 341 4 9 319 4 13
Fair Way 2 493 343 4 5 328
Long Carry 3 357 337 4 18 295 4 17
Bangor Bell 4 471 460 5 6
Gryphon's Tail 5 474 467 4 1
444 5 7
Braid's Original 6 352 343 4 15 338 4 15
Shamrock 7 192 182 3 10
161 3 11
Ailsa Craig 8 409 392 4 8
382 4 5
Wee Crater 9 391 384 4 4
379 4 1
  Out 3,490 3,249 37   3,056 37  
Fairythorn 10 437 416 4 2
389 5 12
Beverley Hills 11 317 307 4 14 301
4 8
Near and Far 12 191 175 3 17 155 3 14
Hidden Hollow 13 382 373 4 7
339 4 2
Road Hole 14 174 162 3 13 131 3 18
Down the Dell 15 420 412
4 3
368 4 4
Loughview 16 512 485 5 11
454 5 10
Mair na Flick 17 160 150 3 16 121 3 16
Spires 18 340 323 4 12 318 4 6
  In 2,933 2,803 34   2,576 35  
  Total 6,423 6,052 71   5,632 72  
  SSS 71 69     73    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record Am: 64 Garth McGimspey, Pro: 62 Christy O'Connor Snr.

Ladies Course Record:

Members Achievements

Bangor Golf Club were Runners-Up in the Final of the South Ulster Irish Senior Cup at Portstewart Golf Club on Sunday 9th July 2023 when they lost out to Bangor Golf Club by 3½-matches to 1½-matches.
They were led out by Shea Dorman who lost his match by 6 and 5 against Scott Montgomery, he was followed by Lewis Gowdy who lost his match against Rory McWilliams by 4 and 2, next on the tee was Thomas Beaumont who halved his match against James McMasters, in the penultimate match Jude Devlin had a very comfortable 6 and 5 win against David McGeagh and in the bottom match Ben Beaumont lost out by 3 and 2 against Alan Watt.

Lewis Gowdy was selected on the Ulster Interprovincial Championship team at Moyvalley Golf Club from Tuesday 29th August to Thursday 31st August 2023.
Other members of the team were Fionn Dobbin (Malone Golf Club), Cian Harkin (Letterkenny Golf Club), James Hewitt (Tandragee Golf Club), Darcy Hogg (Belvoir Park Golf Club), Jordan Hood (Galgorm Castle Golf Club), Shane McDermott (Slieve Russell Golf Club) and Rory Williamson (Holywood Golf Club).
They were Captained by Rory Leonard (Banbridge Golf Club) and Managed by Peter Waddell (Knock Golf Club).

Bangor Golf Club won the Fred Daly Plate in 2006 when they beat Dunfanaghy by 5 matches to 2 matches, having beaten Malone by 6 and halve matches to a halve in the Semi-Final.

The Girl;s of Bangor Golf Club won the Ulster Final of Smurfit Girl's Inter Club Championship and made their way to Lucan Golf Club to compete in the National deciders on Monday 18th August in 2003. They met Leinster Champions and eventual green pennant winners Castle Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final and lost out by 2-matches to 1-match. They were led by Victoria Bradshaw who lost her match against Sally Anne Lenehan by 4 and 3, she was followed by Katie Coll who lost her match by 2-holes to Aisling O'Shea, in the bottom match Sara Owens had a 1-hole victory over Jennifer White.

Prior to 2001:

Bangor Golf Club won the All-Ireland Irish Senior Cup at Tramore in 1984, when the team was, B. J. S. Kissock, J. A. McDade, G. McGimpsey, B. Wilson, N. D. Woods, D. B. Blaikie,P. Barry and they were captained by Jack Kissock.

Bangor Golf Club won the All-Ireland Irish Senior Cup at Grange in 1981, when the team was, B. J. S. Kissock, J. A. McDade, G. McGimpse, B. Wilson,N. D. Woods,D. B. Blaikie, E. Sterrett, B. Kearney and they were captained by Des Hillen.

They won the All-Ireland Barton Shield at Cork G. C. in 1951, when the team was, R .Young (team captain), E. C. Mc.Dade, W. K. Brown and Norman V. Drew.

They won the All-Ireland Jimmy Bruen Shield at Woodbrook G. C. in 1989, when the team was, Maurice Boyd, D. Cooke, D. Cull, P. Davidson, P. Feherty, N. Lavelle, N. Porter, K. Duncan, B. Skelton, J. Whittle, G. Yarr, H. Armstrong, T.C. Fergie, W.A. Thompson, J. Paisley and they were captained by R. Mullan.

Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;

Norman Drew played Walker Cup at Kittansett, in 1953. He represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1952 to 1953 playing 12-times won 8-matches halved two and lost 2-matches accumulating 18-points;

B. J. S. Kissock represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1961 to 1978 playing 28-times won 12-matches halved three and lost 13-matches accumulating 27-points;

Gareth McGimpsey played Walker Cup at Pine Valley, N. J., in 1985, at Sunningdale in 1987, at Peachtree Atlanta in 1989, and again at Portmarnock in 1991. He finished joint 3rd in the Willie Gill Perpetual Award in 1999.  He represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1978 to 1999 playing 202-times won 116-matches halved twenty and lost 66-matches accumulating 252-points. He represented Ireland at Senior (55+) in 2010 playing 9-times won 8-matches and halved 1-match accumulating 17-points. He represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1979 0to 1999 playing 116-times won 73-matches halved three and lost 40-matches accumulating 149-points. He represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships from 1975 to 1976 playing 7-times won 3-matches and lost 4-matches accumulating 6-points;

R. Dorman 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;

B. J. Kissock represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1961 to 1987 playing 60-times won34-matches halved seven and lost 19-matches accumulating 75-points;

J. McAuley *represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1939;

A. J. McDade represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1964 to 1980 playing 15-times won 6-matches halved two and lost 7-matches accumulating 14-points. He represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1962 playing 2-times;

W. G. Tinsley represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1963 playing 4-times won 1-match halved one and lost 2-matches accumulating 3-points;

G. McAllister represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships from 1989 to 1990 playing 7-times won 3-matches and lost 4-matches accumulating 6-points;

B. Wilson* represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships from 1962 to 1963 playing 4-times;

History of Bangor

Founded 1903 affiliated 1903

Instituted 1903 affiliated 1903 Mr F. C. Doran was the main mover behind the foundation of Bangor Golf Club. After a discussion with some friends, he took it upon himself to call the inaugural meeting. He was elected the first Hon. Secretary, as such he got through an astonishing amount of work.
300 members were recorded, a huge membership for a new Club. The first Captain was Mr. T. C. Connel and a Ladies Club was founded in its first year and Miss H. E. McGuire was elected Captain.
A new clubhouse was opened in 1904 when Mr. F. C. Doran was Captain. As early as 1905, nine new holes were opened. The present Course was designed in 1933, by James Braid after the club had purchased 66 acres adjoining the old Course and having sold 22 acres, including the old clubhouse.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
Mr. J. C. Kissock 1989 Men's Captain
Mrs. K. M. Kelly 1989 Ladies Captain
Mr. M. Ledlie 1990 Men's Captain
Mrs. B. McCrystal 1990 Ladies Captain
Mr. W. A. Thompson 1991 Men's Captain
Mrs. M. M. Malcolm 1991 Ladies Captain
Mr. B. J. Kissock 1992 Men's Captain
Mrs. P. Campbell 1992 Ladies Captain
Mr. R. E. Kane 1993 Men's Captain
Miss J. Stinson 1993 Ladies Captain
Mr. T. B. McKillen 1994 Men's Captain
Mrs. C. P. Drury 1994 Ladies Captain
Mr. C. I. Burrows 1995 Men's Captain
Mrs. S. Kissock 1995 Ladies Captain
Mr. D. B. Blaikie 1996 Men's Captain
Anne O'Hara 1996 Ladies Captain
Mr. T. W. Alexander 1997 Men's Captain
Mrs. H. Birch 1997 Ladies Captain
Mr. J. D. Marshall 1998 Men's Captain
Mrs. J. McKeown 1998 Ladies Captain
K. Duncan 1999 Men's Captain
Mrs Maura Fox 1999 Ladies Captain
Mr. L. Morgan 2000 Men's Captain
Mrs J. McKillen 2000 Ladies Captain
Peter Davidson 2001 Men's Captain
Joyce Dodds 2001 Ladies Captain
Gerry Fox 2002 Men's Captain
Beth Gillan 2002 Ladies Captain
Mona Fox  2002 President
J. M. Whittle 2003 Men's Captain
Beth Gillan 2003 Ladies Captain
Mona Fox  2003 President
W. I. D. Sanderson 2004 Men's Captain
Carol Eadie 2004 Ladies Captain
Mona Fox 2004 President
F. Magee 2005 Men's Captain
Rosemary Graham 2005 Ladies Captain
Margaret Blaikie  2005 President
Beth Gillan 2006 Ladies Captain
Jack McCloskey 2006 Men's Captain
Margaret Blaikie  2006 President
Mandy McEvoy 2007 Ladies Captain
Paul Watson 2007 Men's Captain
Margaret Blaikie 2007 President
Linda Bradshaw 2008 Ladies Captain
John Gavin 2008 Men's Captain
Margaret Blaikie 2008 President
Pauline Coll 2009 Ladies Captain
Brian McClements 2009 Men's Captain
Marion Doran 2009 President
Valerie Montgomery 2010 Ladies Captain
Harry McLeese 2010 Men's Captain
Marion Doran 2010 President
Valerie McNulty 2011 Ladies Captain
John Birch 2011 Men's Captain
Sheila Kissock 2011 President
Marie Fleming 2012 Ladies Captain
Fergus McCleave 2012 Men's Captain
Sheila Kissock 2012 President
Sheila McCourt 2013 Ladies Captain
Matt Gillan 2013 Men's Captain
Sheila Kissock
2013 President
Barbara Fox 2014 Ladies Captain
Peter Hamilton 2014 Men's Captain
Jean McKillen 2014 President
June Burns 2015 Ladies Captain
Robert Gray 2015 Men's Captain
Jean McKillen 2015 President
Grace Cuming 2016 Ladies Captain
Seamus Bowler 2016 Men's Captain
Joan Jamison 2017 Ladies Captain
Graham Yarr 2017 Men's Captain
Ida Brown 2018 Ladies Captain
Paul Cuming 2018 Men's Captain
Helen Thompson 2019 Ladies Captain
Jim Ferris 2019 Men's Captain
Karen Cooley 2020 Ladies Captain
David McMeechan 2020 Men's Captain
Karen Cooley  2021 Ladies Captain
David McMeechan 2021 Men's Captain
Shea Dorman 2021 Junior Captain
Jacque Hamilton 2022 Ladies Captain
David Sloan 2022 Men's Captain
Alex Boyd
2022 Boys' Junior Captain
Lucie McNaught 2022

Girls'Junior Captain

 Joy Hamilton 2023 Ladies Captain
John Lowdon 2023 Men's Captain
 James Smith 2023 Boys' Junior Captain
Ellie Savage 2023 Girls' Junior Captain
Mandy McEvoy (3.2) 2023 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Rachael Graham (5.9) 2023 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Lewis Gowdy (+3.7)
2023 Lowest Men´s Handicap
Thomas Beaumont (+1.6)
2023 Lowest Men´s Handicap
Shea Dorman (+1.5) 2023 Lowest Men´s Handicap

Holes in One at Bangor

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Kay Greer 16 July 1996  14th   131 yd's
Helen Thompson 17 June 2003 17th   119 yd's
Carole Drury 26 August 2003 12th   158 yd's
Marion Cunningham 12 April 2004 17th   119 yd's
Gareth Don Walker 29 June 2006 7th   182 yd's
Marie Fleming 5 September 2006 12th   158 yd's
Kate O Brien 4 June 2007 14th   131 yd's
Andrea Millar 9 July 2007 17th   119 yd's
Valerie Millar 8 June 2008 12th   158 yd's
Andy Moore 25 February 2023 12th   157 yd's