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Bangor Golf Course

Bangor Club Crest

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: £15/20
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: £20/25 Yes
Soft Spikes: No
Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee: £988
Full 6-Day Membership Fee: £883
Full 5-Days Membership Fee: £750
Full Country Membership Fee: £343
Full Youth 18-20 Membership Fee: £272
Full Junior 14-17 Membership Fee: £165
Entrance Fee: Yes
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 18
Members 781
Designer James Braid
Founded 1903

County Down
BT20 4RH

Telephone 028-91-270922
Website Bangor golf club website
General Manager: Michael Campbell
Captain: David Sloan
Lady Captain: Jacque Hamilton
President: None
Boys Junior Captain: Alex Boyd
Girls Junior Captain: Lucie McNaught
Vice-Captains': John Lowdon & Joy Hamilton
Hon. Secretary: David Drury & Ann Williams
Club Pro: Gareth Graham 028-91-462164
Hon. Treasurer: John Lowdon & Finola Duncan
Comp. Secretary: Paul Cuming & Karen Cooley
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 2023 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2022 (to be Confirmed)        
Event Start   Finish Type Duration
Lady President's Prize Tuesday 14 July   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Thursday 2 June   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Saturday 4 June   Closed 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 17 March   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford
Monday 9 May   Open
Ladies Singles Stableford Tuesday 10 May   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Monday 23 May   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Tuesday 31 May
  Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 2 June   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Tuesday 14 June   Open 1
Ladies 3-Ball Team Event
Friday 5 July   Open 1
Ulster U-16 Boys Open Championship Thursday 14 July Friday 15 July G. I. 2
Ulster U-16 Boys Open Championship Friday 15 July   G. I. 1
Start of Bangor Golf Challenge Sunday 7 August Thursday 11 August Open 5
L. & G. Senior Singles Stableford Sunday 7 August   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Monday 8 August   Open 1
L. & G. Texas Scramble Tuesday 9 August   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Strokes Wednesday 10 August   Open 1
Mixed Greensomes Strokes Thursday 11 August   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Sunday 29 August
  Open 1
Ladies 3-Person Team Event
Monday 30 August
  Open 1
N. I. Hospice Charity Sunday 4 September   Open 1
Ladies 4-Person Team Event Tuesday 6 September   Open 1

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Card of the Course

White Par 71 SSS 71 6,407 yd's
Yellow Par 70 SSS 69 6,025 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 2 493 338 4 5 328
Long Carry 3 359 339 4 15 295 4 17
Bangor Bell 4 471 461 5 13 410
Gryphon's Tail 5 463 455 4 1 444 5 7
Braid's Original 6 354 344 4 17 338 4 15
Shamrock 7 192 182 3 3 161 3 11
Ailsa Craig 8 409 391 4 7 382 4 5
Wee Crater 9 392 384 4 11 379 4 1
  Out 3,484 3,237 37   3,056 37  
Fairythorn 10 438 417 4 6 389 5 12
Beverley Hills 11 319 309 4 18 301
4 8
Near and Far 12 191 175 3 10 155 3 14
Hidden Hollow 13 384 374 4 4 339 4 2
Road Hole 14 175 163 3 14 131 3 18
Down the Dell 15 408 398 4 2 368 4 4
Loughview 16 510 482 5 8 454 5 10
Mair na Flick 17 159 149 3 16 121 3 16
Spires 18 339 323 4 12 318 4 6
  In 2,923 2,790 34   2,576 35  
  Total 6,407 6,025 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 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 Girls of Bangor Golf Club won the Ulster Final of Smurfit Girls 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
Mandy McEvoy (4) 2022 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Rachael Graham (6) 2022 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Thomas Beaumont (1.0)
2022 Lowest Men´s Handicap
Ben Beaumont (3.5)
2022 Lowest Men´s Handicap
P. Small 2022 Lowest Men´s Handicap
J. Owens 2022 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