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Holywood Golf Club is the home club of Rory McIlroy Four times Major Champion, to date, first in the US-Open at Congressional in 2011 and followed with the US-PGA in 2012 at the Ocean Club, Kiawah Island with a score of 13-under. Rory captured The Open Championship at Hylake on 20th July 2014, with a wonderful score of 17-under to win by two shots. He won the US-PGA Championship at Valhalla on a rain-soaked Sunday with a 1-shot victory over Phil Mickelson on Sunday 10th August 2014.

Our boy-wonder from Holywood Co. Down is starting to re-write the history of professional golf with his 3rd Major win at Hoylake Royal Liverpool on Sunday 20th July 2014, when he became the 1st European player to have won three of the four Majors and we all know he knows how to make his way around Augusta as proven in 2011 when he took a 4-shot lead into the final round.
He has made an illustrious trio of Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and himself as the only three to have won 3-Majors by the age of 25.
He then followed his win in the Open Championship with the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational by 2-shots over Sergio Garcia and to top it all he lifted the US-PGA Championship at Valhalla on a rain-soaked Sunday with a 1-shot victory over Phil Mickelson.

I for one look forward to following this young mans progress in the future.

On Wednesday 18th June 2014 Rory declared his intention to Represent Ireland when Golf is reintroduced to the Olympic Games in 2016, this has finally but to rest many a heated argument in Ireland.

I first saw this young man win the West of Ireland Open Championship for the first time in 2005 at the tender age of 15 and I had been saying to people since “watch Rory McIlroy, he is our answer to Tiger Woods” I didn’t know then how right I may have been!

Golf Club is situated overlooking Belfast Lough. It combines stunning views with a course, which is always in top condition. It was established in 1904 and has matured and developed into a course which provides a challenge for every standard of golfer.

The short 6th hole of 106 metres is named the Nun’s Walk and is well known and fondly remembered throughout the country by the many who have "holed out in one". In contrast to the 12th hole 389 metres is surely one of the most difficult par 4’s in local golf. The tee shot requires to be placed precisely on the fairway to allow the long approach to a green which is protected, by out of bounds to the right and a perilous drop to the left. A warm welcome awaits the visitor to this fine golf club.

If you enjoy golf in less than 4 hours then Holywood is an ideal course for you. Its length is not challenging and for the average golfer, you will find plenty of opportunity to score well. The front nine holes are ideal for a quick nine holes before or after work, it is a quick and easy walk and allows plenty of room for the golfer to spray it a bit off the tee. There are also three interesting par 3 holes which always help to tighten up your short game in a quick nine holes.

However…..the back nine is laid out on different terrain with elevation changes and will challenge you all the way. It will place emphasis on your adoptability to the terrain and course management decisions to create a good score, but if that fails to materialise you can enjoy the countryside walk and the magnificent views over Belfast Lough.

Holywood has proved over the years that it is an ideal course to improve your short game and shot making skills. It has produced no fewer than five PGA Golf Professionals and one Golfing Superstar in the form of European and world touring professional Rory McIroy. At the time of writing Rory has just droped from No. 1 in the world golf rankings and I for one am sure that it wont be very long until he is back there. Who in their wildest dreams would ever have thought an Irish man would achieve World Ranked No. 1 Golfer, well done Rory.

Rory states that" Holywood was a great course for me to learn the game on, it has all the traits that develop your game from playing it regularly. It helps you to learn to shape your shots, places emphasis on your short game and creates more versatile and adaptable golf game through the variety of different shots encountered. I have no doubt that the course helped me to become the golfer I am today".

Green Fees G.I.M. Monday to Thursday: £35
Green Fees G.I.M. Friday to Saturday: £45
Green Fees with a Member: £20/25
Green Fees for Opens: £15
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: £25
Buggy Hire: £25
Soft Spikes: No
Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee: £1,015
Full Associate Membership Fee: £810
Full Lifestyle Membership Fee: £405
Full Youth 19-25 Membership Fee: £430
Full 25-27 Membership Fee: £575
Full Minor Membership Fee: £180
Social Fee: £156
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 18
Members 668
Designer Nature
Founded 1904

Nuns' Walk,
Demesne Road,
Co. Down
BT18 9LE

Telephone 028-90-423135
Email mail@holywoodgolfclub.co.uk
Website Holywood golf club website
Secretary/Manager: Paul Gray
Captain: Kerry McCoy
Lady Captain: Audrey Gibson
Presidents': George Taylor & Ethna Barbour-McMullen
Vice-Captain's: Harry Hastings
Hon. Secretary: Peter Miller 
Club Pro: Ricky McCormick 028-90-425503
Hon. Treasurer: Ian Pennick & General Manager 
Comp. Secretary: Brian Campbell & Patricia Kelleher
Holywood Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
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General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: 8.00am-11.30pm, Mon-Sat 8.00am-10.00pm
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual, jacket and tie required evenings
Catering: Full catering, facilities Days to Avoid: Thurs, Saturday & Bank Holidays
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance

Holywood Golf Club Fixtures 2023 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 202 (Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Lady Captain's Prize Friday 17 June
  Closed 1
Professional's Prize to the Ladies
Thursday 23 June   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Saturday 25 June
  Closed 1
Professional's Prize Saturday 30 July
  Closed 1
Lady President's Prize Thursday 25 August
  Closed 1
President's Prize Saturday 27 August
  Closed 1
Captains Charity Day Friday 14 May   Open 1
Home of Rory Challenge Tursday 26 May   Open 1
Home of Rory Challenge Thursday 30 June   Open 1
Start of Open Week Saturday 23 July Saturday 30 July Open 7
Singles Strokes Sunday 24 July   Open 1
Mixed Foursomes Stableford Monday 25 July   Open 1
Seniors Stableford
Tuesday 26 July   Open 1
Juniors Stableford
Wednesday 27 July
Open 1
Home of Rory Challenge Thursday 28 July
  Open 1
Ladies 3-Ball Team Event Friday 29 July
  Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Saturday 30 July   Open 1
HGC Classic Monday 8 August   Open 1
Home of Rory Challenge Thursday 25 August   Open 1
Home of Rory Challenge Finals
Thursday 29 September
  Open 1

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Card of the Course

White Par 70 SSS 69 6,009 yd's
Red Par 71 SSS 71 5,212 yd's
Green Par 70 SSS 68 5,766 yd's
Blue Par 70 SSS 69 6,056 yd's


Hole Name Hole No. Blue White Green Par Index Red Par Index
Hazel Wood 1 337 336 326 4 6
4 4
Cherry Tree 2 339 338 331 4 16 326 4 12
Ardtullagh 3 311 315 309 4 12 299
4 2
Redburn 4 191 190 180 3 4
163 3 14
Poplars 5 475 475 446 5
10 410 5 8
Nun's Walk 6 123 113 100 3 18 95
3 18
Old Oak 7 483 482 477 5 8
431 5 10
Road Hole 8 431 428 403 4 2
339 4 6
Plateau 9 134 128 128 3 14 119 3 16
  Out 2,824 2,805 2,700 35   2,501 35  
The Pitch 10 169 167 150 3 15 123 3 12
Abbot's Wood 11 386 380 372 4 3
321 4 8
White House 12 434 433 421 4 1
414 5 2
Valley 13 399
383 369 4 5
327 4 6
Quarry 14 384 383 368 4 7
4 16
Irish Hill 15 356 356 344 4 13 329 4 14
Whins 16 366 365 352 4 11
273 4 10
Holly Bush 17 351 352 344 4 9
348 4 4
Clubhouse 18 387 385 346
4 17
285 4 18
  In 3,232 3,204 3,066
35   2,711 36  
  Total 6,056 6,009 5,766 70
  5,212 71  
  SSS 69 68 67     71    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record: 62 Tony McClements (+1) 25/09/2004

Ladies Course Record:

Members Achievements

Holywood Golf Club qualifies by winning their Ulster Regional Final of the Irish Junior Cup to reach the Quarter Finals at Limerick Golf Club on Saturday 18th September 2021 when they played Rathfarnham Golf Club when they lost out by 3½ -matches to 1½ -matches.
First on the tee was Thompson Gedge who lost his match by 2-holes against Jack Byrne, the next match of Scott Templeton against Ronan Feighery was halved, in the next match of Jamie Nevin against John Staunton went 2 and 1 to the Ulster team, in the penultimate match of Ryan McClelland against David Ennis went 2-up to the South Co. Dublin team so it was all down to the bottom match when Sam Murray lost out by the finest of margins to Alex Buckley.

Rory joined the elite group of golfers who have become multiple Major winners when he added the US-PGA Championship at The Ocean Club, Kiawah Island, with a record winning margin of -13 par 8-shots ahead of his nearest rival David Lynn, on Sunday 12th August 2012.

Having won his first Major at the Congressional Country Club in 2011, in the US Open Championship, with a run-away victory creating a new record when he returned a score of 268 around one of the worlds most challenging golf courses.

Since I first saw this young man win the West of Ireland Open Championship at Rosses Point in 2005 at the tender age of 15-years, I have been saying to anybody who cared to listen “Watch Rory McIlroy, he is Irelands answer to Tiger Woods” I’m delighted to see him prove me right and look forward to seeing him win many more Majors.

The gogolfing Website would like to congratulate Rory McIlroy on being selected for the Ryder Cup Team that won against the USA in September 2010.

The Girls’ of Holywood Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Girls Interclub Championship and made there way to Massereene Golf Club to compete in the National deciders on Tuesday 26th August 2008. They met Leinster Champions Co. Louth Golf Club, the eventual green pennant winners in the All-Ireland Semi-Final and lost out by 2-matches to 1-match.

They were led by Jessica Carty (8) who lost to Sarah Murray (5) by 3 and 1, she was followed by Siobhan Greene (12) who had a comfortable 5 and 4  win over Rebecca O'Reilly (22), in the bottom match Rebecca Tully (17) lost her match against  Emer O'Shea (35) by 2 and 1.

The gogolfing Website would like to congratulate Rory McIlroy on being selected for the Walker Cup Team that lost narlowley to the USA at Royal Co. Down Golf Club on September 8th and 9th 2007 and on being part of the victorious Irish Team that won the European Amateur Championship at Western Gailes on the Ayrshire Cost, on Saturday 7th July 2007, when they overcame a strong French team by 4 ½ matches to 2 ½ matches. Ireland had not won this Championship since 1987, the other members of the team were Jonathan Caldwell (Clandeboye Golf Club), Shane Lowry (Esker Hills Golf Club), Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge Golf Club), Simon Ward (Co. Louth), well done lads and we will continue to follow your progress in the years to come.

Congratulations to Rory McIlroy on adding the West of Ireland in 2006 and the Close Championship at the European to add to the West of Ireland 2005 and the Close Championship at Westport in 2005, a unique achievement and particularly for one so young (17 on the 4 May 2006).

Boy-Wonder Rory McIlroy having won the Irish Youths' Championship and Ulster Boys' Championship was selected to lead the Ulster team for the Boys' Interprovincial Championships at Warrenpoint from 25th to 27th August 2004.

Rory McIlroy started winning at an early age winning the Doral Junior Publix Under Tens Championship held in Florida in 1998 aged just 9! He then won the Moyola Celebrity Classic in the same year, following that he was awarded the Belfast Telegraph's Junior Golfer of the Year. He finished third in the Junior World Championships in 1998 & 1999. He also finished third in the Pepsi Little Peoples Golf Championship in 1999.

In 2002 he won the Ulster Boys Championship (U15), and was awarded the Junior Sports Personality for Irelland in 2004. He continued his success in the Ulster Boys Championship winning in 2003 and 2004, following that with the Irish Youths Championship in the same year.

He also won the Warrenpoint Scratch Cup in 2005 and the Ballyliffin Scratch Cup in 2005.

He holds Course records at Royal Portrush (61) par 72, Castlebar (66) par 72 and Oughterard (66) par 72.

H. Diamond was selected on the Irish Boy's team for the Home Internationals at Blairgoweir, Scotland in early August 2002.

Holywood won the Ulster Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield and reached the National Finals at Newlands Golf Club. They came up against Thurles in the Final on the 22nd of September when they lost by 3 matches to 2 matches. The team was Gordon Shellard with Peter McMiller, Stephen Doherty with John Hume, Stephen Gordon with Simon Biggerstaff, Michael Dickson with Sam Gilpin and Andrew Nugent with Michael Gillen.

Prior to 2001:

Hollywood Golf Club won the All-Ireland Barton Shield in 1923.

 Hollywood won the All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup at Portstewart G. C. in 1995.

They won the All-Ireland Irish Mixed Foursomes at Athlone G. C. in 1983.

Holywood won the Ulster Cup in 1954;

Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;

J. R. Dickson represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1977 to 1980 playing 10-times won 6-matchs and lost 4-matches accumulating 12-points;

Rory McIlroy represented Ireland as a Senior International from 2005 to 2007 playing 21-times won 11-matches halved three and lost 7-matches accumulating 25-points. He represented Ireland at international Youths level from 2005 to 2006 playing 4-matches, won 3-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 6-points. He represented Ireland at Irish Boys level from 2003 to 2004 playing 16-times won 10-matches halved one and lost 5-matches accumulating 21-points. He represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 2005 to 2006 playing 10-times won 5-matches halved three and lost 2-matches accumulating 13-points. He represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 2005 playing 6-times won 2-matches halved two and lost 2-matches accumulating 6-points. He represented Ulster at the Boys Interprovincial Championships from 2003 to 2004 playing 11-times won 6-matches halved two and lost 3-matches accumulating 14-points;

James Clarke represented Ireland at international Youths level in 1999 playing 2-matches, won 1-match and lost 1-match accumulating 2-points. He represented Ireland at Irish Boys level in 1998 playing 3-times won 2-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 4-points. He represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships from 1999 to2001 playing 7-times won 1-match halved one and lost 5-matches accumulating 3-points. He represented Ulster at the Boys Interprovincial Championships from 1995 to 1997 playing 18-times won 8-matches halved three and lost 7-matches accumulating 19-points;

H. Diamond represented Ireland at international Youths level from 2004 to 2005 playing 7-matches, won 5-matches and lost 3-matches accumulating 10-points;

P. Mitchel represented Ireland at international Youths level in 1984 playing 2-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 0-points. He represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships from 1982 to 1985 playing 14-times won 9-matches halved one and lost 4-matches accumulating 19-points;

M. Eaton represented Ireland at Irish Boys level in 1982 playing 5-times won 1-match and lost 4-matches accumulating 2-points;

J. R. Dickson represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1977 to 1983 playing 33-times won 18-matches halved one and lost 14-matches accumulating 37-points;

H. M. Hadden* represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1938;

S. King represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1991 playing 3-times won 2-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 4-points. He represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1981 playing 2-times won 0-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 0-points;

J. Ballagh* represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1962 playing 2-times;

P. Collins represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships from 1994 to1995 playing 10-times won 5-matches halved one and lost 3-matches accumulating 11-points;

H. Diamond represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 2005 playing 6-times won 2-matches halved one and lost 3-matches accumulating 5-points;

S. Thompson represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1978 playing 3-times won 1-match and lost 2-matches accumulating 2-points;

J. Watts* represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships from 1964 to 1965 playing 4-times;

Darren McWilliams represented Ulster at the Boys Interprovincial Championships in 2000 playing 5-times won 2-matches and lost 3-matches accumulating 4-points;

Michael Yarr represented Ulster at the Boys Interprovincial Championships in 1999 playing 3-times won 1-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 2-points;

V. McWilliams was selected on the ILGU Junior squad in November 2000;

History of Holywood

Instituted 1904 affiliated 1904

Holywood was the original site of the Royal Belfast Golf Club in 1881. It had to relocate in 1892 as the primary purpose of the land was as a military rifle range.

Golf was revived at Holywood in 1904, when Mr. J. K. Stephen, the Captain in 1912, with other local gentlemen, leased land from Mr. Henry Harrison. Mr. Harold Reade, three times Irish Close Champion together with C. S. Butchart, the professional at Royal Co. Down, laid out the original nine-hole course. The club had 212 members in 1905 and had a surplus of £12.15 shillings.

The club became a limited company in 1923 and bought extra ground for £6,000 and extended to eighteen-holes. A new clubhouse was built, which was burned down in October 1945, resulting with the loss of the early records. The first Captain was H. L. Garrett.

What the Club tells us:

According to reliable local evidence the first golf played in Ireland was on the shores of Belfast Lough in Holywood. In 1881 The Belfast Club as it was known was formed and was an immediate success. In 1885 this club was granted the favour of H.R.H the prince of Wales to be known as Royal Belfast Golf Club. In 1892 the club moved to newly acquired land near Carnalea and a void was created in the lives of the Holywood golfers.

Therefore Holywood Golf Club was formed and in 1904 they established their first golf course. It was originally a nine hole course and was laid out on ground rented from Henry Harrison on what was and still is known as the Irish Hill. The hill had often been used as a toboggan run and even when the course occupied the upper ground it was still kept open in snowy weather for tobogganing.

Over 100 years later and Holywood Golf Club is moving forward with the sporting world. The club has a relaxed atmosphere and its forward thinking attitude reflects this. The dress code is up to date with modern living and reflects the needs and wants of today’s society therefore smart jeans are acceptable in the clubhouse. There is also a spike bar at the club which you can use in your golf shoes and clothes either half way round or after your game. It shows all the sport on a 42” plasma TV and is a favourite meeting point for golfers.

The club has invested in a 100 yard short game practice area, paths suitable for ride on buggies, drainage projects, restaurant refurbishment & locker room refurbishment in recent times. This investment is set to continue to ensure that Holywood keeps ahead of its market.

Roll of Honour

ember Year Hon. Position
Mrs. D. Orr 1989 Ladies Captain
P. T. Hulligan 1989 Mens Captain
Mrs. J. A. McCartney 1990 Ladies Captain
N. Bennett 1990 Mens Captain
Mrs. H. McKillen 1991 Ladies Captain
R. J. Shaw 1991 Mens Captain
Mrs. M. Smyth 1992 Ladies Captain
S. E. Harper 1992 Mens Captain
Mrs. W. McCartney 1993 Ladies Captain
J. R. Docherty 1993 Mens Captain
Mrs. N. Cave 1994 Ladies Captain
G. Shellard 1994 Mens Captain
Mrs. Y. McNeill 1995 Ladies Captain
W. J. Caldwell 1995 Mens Captain
Mrs. S. Davidson 1996 Ladies Captain
C. J. Monaghan 1996 Mens Captain
Mrs. V. McMaster 1997 Ladies Captain
J. Kidd 1997 Mens Captain
Mrs. N. McManus 1998 Ladies Captain
A. W. G. Campbell 1998 Mens Captain
S. Lamont 1999 Ladies Captain
D. J. Reade 1999 Mens Captain
Mrs. S. Walker 2000 Ladies Captain
J. L. Hewitt 2000 Mens Captain
Mrs. D. Tomlinson 2000 President
Mrs. P. McCoy O.B.E. 2001 Ladies Captain
P. Miller 2001 Mens Captain
W. T. Walker 2001 President
Mrs. Helen Campbell 2002 Ladies Captain
Jim Curtis 2002 Mens Captain
W. T. Walker 2002 President
Mary Nixon 2003 Ladies Captain
John Patterson 2003 Mens Captain
Jim Lamont 2003 President
Barbara Taylor 2004 Ladies Captain
Maurice Bingham 2004 Mens Captain
Jim Lamont 2004 President
Julie Allen 2005 Ladies Captain
Denis Dunlop 2005 Mens Captain
Jim Lamont 2005 President
Barbra Taylor 2006 Ladies Captain
Derek Reade 2006 Mens Captain
Don Allen 2006 President
Brenda Alderdice 2007 Ladies Captain
Rosemary Orr 2007 Ladies President
Brian Campbell 2007 Mens Captain
Don Allen 2007 President
Eileen Paterson 2008 Ladies Captain
Rosemary Orr 2008 Ladies President
Cyril Kelly 2008 Mens Captain
Don Allen 2008 President
Liz Carson 2009 Ladies Captain
Yvonne MacNeill 2009 Ladies President
Brian Hunter 2009 Mens Captain
Barry Dobbin 2009 President
Kay Hunter 2010 Ladies Captain
Pat McCoy 2010 Ladies President
Stephen Elliott 2010 Mens Captain
Barry Dobbin 2010 President
Sheila Lavery 2011 Ladies Captain
Pat McCoy 2011 Ladies President
Dennis Dunlop 2011 Mens Captain
Derek Reade 2011 President
Gwen Caldwell 2012 Ladies Captain
Pat McCoy 2012 Ladies President
Michael Eaton 2012 Mens Captain
Don Collins 2012 President
Eithna Barbour-McMullen 2013 Ladies Captain
Pat McCoy
2013 Ladies President
Stephen Doherty 2013 Mens Captain
Don Collins 2013 President
Frances Gilmore 2014 Ladies Captain
Brenda Alderdice 2014 Ladies President
Terence P. Malone
2014 Mens Captain
Peter C. Millar
2014 President
Anne Megarry 2015 Ladies Captain
Brenda Alderdice
2015 Ladies President
Seamus O'Connor 2015 Mens Captain
Peter C. Millar
2015 President
Anne Harty
2016 Ladies Captain
Eileen Paterson 2016 Ladies President
Martin Gunning
2016 Mens Captain
Brian Murry
2016 President
Patricia Kelleher 2017 Ladies Captain
Eileen Paterson
2017 Ladies President
Jim Gramahan 2017 Mens Captain
Brian Murry
2017 President
  2018 Ladies Captain
  2018 Ladies President
Bfrian Campbell 2018 Mens Captain
  2018 President
  2019 Ladies Captain
  2019 Ladies President
Bob Darlow 2019 Mens Captain
Jim McCormick 2019 President
  2020 Ladies Captain
  2020 Ladies President
  2020 Mens Captain
  2020 President
Audrey Gibson 2021 Ladies Captain
Ethna Barbour-McMullen 2021 Ladies President
Billy Hill 2021 Mens Captain
George Taylor 2021 President
  2022 Ladies Captain
  2022 Ladies President
Kerry McCoy 2022 Mens Captain
George Taylor
2022 President
Jessica Carty 2022 Lowest Ladie's H'cap
Vic McWilliams 2022 Lowest Ladie's H'cap
Rory McIlroy (+6) as AM 2022 Lowest Men's H'cap
Rory McWilliams (-1.9) 2022 Lowest Men's H'cap
Tom McKibbin 2022 Lowest Men's H'cap
Harr Diamond now caddy
2022 Lowest Men's H'cap
T. Dunlop 2022 Lowest Men's H'cap

Holes in One at Holywood

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Jon McClements 6 July 2012



137 yds

Jon McClements 29 July 2012



128 yds

C. MacCarrick   4th   176 yds
J. Reid   6th   113 yds
E. Milford   10th   128 yds