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Mourne Golf Course

Mourne Club Crest

Mourne Golf Club is a club within Royal County Down Golf Club, playing on the Annesley Links Course, the ladies of Mourne can play the Championship Course at Royal County Down.

Green Fees Midweek: £22.00
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: £28.50
Green Fees with a Member: £16.50
Green Fees for Opens: £48
Practice Area: No
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: No
Soft Spikes: No
Course Type Links
No Holes 18
Members 393
Designer Old Tom Morris
Founded 1946
Address

36 Golf Links Road,
Newcastle,
Co. Down
BT33 0AN

Telephone 028-437-23889
Email honsec@mournegolfclub.co.uk
Website Mourne golf club website
Secretary/Manager: Patrick Keown
Captain:
Lady Captain: None
President: Joe Kane
Vice-Captain:  
Hon. Secretary: Patrick Keown
Club Pro: Kevin Whitson (22419)
Hon. Treasurer: Ian McEvoy
Comp. Secretary: Ian McEvoy
Mourne Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
Lat:54.230476
Long:-5.914375
*Please check information before travelling

General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: 8.00am to 11.00pm
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual, Jacket and Tie required evenings
Catering: Seasonal Days to Avoid: Tues, Wed. & Sat.
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance

Mourne Golf Club Fixtures 2017 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2017 (to be Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Captain's Prize Friday 9 June    Closed 1
President's Prize Sunday 6 August   Closed 1
Start of Open Week Monday 3 July Saturday 7 July Open 5
Singles Stableford (Championship) Monday 3 July   Open 1
Fourball Stableford (Championship) Tuesday 4 July   Open 1
Mixed Foursomes (Annesley) Wednesday 5 July   Open 1
Singles Strokes (Championship) Thursday 6 July   Open 1
Fourball V-Par (Championship) Friday 7 July   Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

KeyData
White Par 66 SSS 63 4,548 yd's
Yellow Par 66 SSS 61 4,284 yd's
Red Par 67 SSS 65 4,304 yd's

Card

Hole No. White Yellow Par Index Red Par Index
1 282 269 4 11 257 4 13
2 311 311 4 13 294 4 11
3 319 319 4 1 414 5 7
4 400 337 4 5 365 4 3
5 129 105 3 17 105 3 17
6 267 256 4 9 256 4 5
7 272 264 4 7 256 4 9
8 338 315 4 3 304 4 1
9 124 117 3 15 113 3 15
Out 2,442 2,293 34   2,364 35  
10 264 253 4 10 242 4 4
11 304 304 4 4 282 4 6
12 138 124 3 8 124 3 14
13 140 126 3 14 110 3 16
14 277 255 4 12 257 4 8
15 349 338 4 2 338 4 2
16 160 150 3 16 152 3 18
17 160 138 3 6 138 3 12
18 314 303 4 18 297 4 10
In 2,106 1,991 32   1,940 32  
Total 4,548 4,284 66   4,304 67  
SSS 63 61     65    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record: 66 J. Bruen/J. M. Jamison/H. B. Smith

Ladies Course Record:

Members Achievements

Mourne Golf Club won the Ronan Rafferty Juvenile Trophy in 2002 and were runners-up in the Fred Daly Plate and the Ronan Rafferty Trophy in 2000.

Prior to 2001.

Mourne Golf Club won the Ronan Rafferty Juvenile Trophy in 2002 and were runners-up in the Fred Daly Plate and the Ronan Rafferty Trophy in 2000.

Mourne won the All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup at Portmarnock G. C. in 1959, when the team was J. Boden, M. Murphy, P. McAteer, W. S. McCammon, G. McCormack, J, O'Rourke

They won the Ulster Senior Cup in 1947, with A. Corry, J. Toner, J. J. Toner, B. C. McManus and J. E. Marshall.

They won the Ulster Barton Shield in 1950 with J. Toner, D. Rafferty, J. J. Toner and J. Doran.

They won the Ulster Junior Foursomes in 1993, when the team was T, Boyd, C. McLoughlin and P. McPhillips.

They won the Ulster cup in 1984, 1985 and 1949.

They won the Junior Cowdy Cup in 2002 and 1997.

Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;

Reeve Whitson represented Ireland at Irish Boys' level from 2008 to 2009 playing 18-times won 8-matches halved two and lost 8-matches accumulating 18-points. He represented Ulster at the Boys Interprovincial Championships from 2008 to 2009 playing 12-times won 5-matches halved two and lost 5-matches accumulating 12-points;

H. Smyth represented Ireland at Senior (55+) from 2005 to 2009 playing 37-times won 23-matches halved five and lost 9-matches accumulating 51-points;

C. McFerran* represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships from 1969 to 1970;

Brien Smyth represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships from 1993 to 1996 playing 3-times won 2-matches halved one and lost 0-matches accumulating 5-points;

History of Mourne

Mourne Golf Club was founded in 1946 by P. J. McEvoy and the land was donated by Lord C. Annesley to provide golf for the townspeople of Newcastle, with access to the Royal County Down Course.

What the Club tells us:

Mourne Golf Club was founded in 1946 by P. J. McEvoy and the land was donated by Lord C. Annesley to provide golf for the townspeople of Newcastle, with access to the Royal County Down Course.

The arrival of Mourne Golf Club on the Irish Golfing scene is recorded in the Golfing Union of Ireland centenary book with half a line - "1946 Mourne, A 1946.". Expanded into a sentence, this reads "Mourne Golf Club was founded in 1946 and affiliated to Golfing Union of Ireland in 1946.".

The centenary book of Royal County Down Golf Club is a bit more generous and gives the event the following two paragraphs:
"There was, however, one very significant move which took place in the closing years of the war. Gerald Annesley, grandson of the first president and now landlord, took a positive step forward on behalf of the townspeople of Newcastle. He wrote to the Council of Royal County Down reminding them that the town had become a substantial seaside resort and was no longer the fishing village of 1889. He proposed the establishment of a club for the residents of the Newcastle area, under the auspices of Royal County Down, and with separate premises. Council's characteristic reaction was to appoint a sub-committee. This did not betoken reluctance but they wished to be sure of the implications for all parties. For example, on handicapping and other issues, the Golfing Union of Ireland had to be consulted.
Two years later details were finalised, but in the meantime Mourne Golf Club, as it had been named was seeking accommodation and the huts which had been used by the Civil Defence Authorities between the Clubhouse and Slieve Donard Hotel were found suitable. A lease was arranged as soon as the government sold them. Hours were set during which the members should play and financial relations, membership control and overview of their rules were agreed. Mourne would fix it's own subscriptions and handicaps and be afflicted to the Golfing Union of Ireland. Thus was established what quickly became a thriving club and a major contributor to the golfing scene in Ulster."

Mourne made a generous and complementary gesture to Royal County Down by electing Gerald Annesley and Wilson Smyth honorary life members.

Hidden behind both entries however, is the story of the founding of Mourne Golf Club - a story which Mourne members at least should know.

The beginning of the parent club, Royal County Down, the design of the course by old Tom Morris and the evolution of golf in Newcastle are well documented and well known by golfing historians throughout Ireland since the publication of Royal County Down's centenary book in 1989.

Perusal of that well-produced volume will show even the most casual reader that the new County Down club (it didn't get the royal patronage until 1908) was almost exclusively associated with Belfast. The local interest was mainly supplied by the landlord, Lord Annesley. The Annesley name became associated with both clubs, and is still held in high regard in Mourne. As time progressed more locals became involved in the game of golf - some as caddies, some as employees of the Belfast and Co.Down Railway (a special relationship existed between the railway including the railway hotel and the golf club to their mutual benefit). Some of these young locals exhibited such a prowess for the game that they became assistants to the local professionals and later became professionals themselves, spreading the gospel of golf throughout many parts of Ireland.

James Cromwell (Knock), Irish Professional champion 1921.
Joe Edgar (Portadown, Kilkeel, Helen's Bay, Clandeboye).
Danny Murray (Lurgan, Castletroy, Ballybunion).
William McCavera (Lahinch).
John McCourt (Warrenpoint, Limerick, Enniskillen, Rosses Point).
Tommy McGrath (Greenisland, Limerick, Enniskillen, Birr, Adare).
Pat Sawey (Royal Belfast).
Hugh Sawey (The Curragh).
Louis Skillen (Donaghadee).
The Golfing Wallaces:
Leo (Ormeau, Bundoran) Irish Professional Champion 1928.
Willie (Carnalea).
Bobby (Galway).
Paddy (Adare, Dungannon).
Jack Williams (Downpatrick, Portadown, Ballymena).

Other locals apart from caddies and BCDR employees, began to take an interest in the game and the category Town Member was created by the Council of Royal County Down. The name Town Members persisted until the 1980's when it was replaced by the term Town Associates. Town Members were drawn from an area within five miles of Newcastle. They paid a reduced fee for restricted playing rights but had no clubhouse facilities or official handicaps. They left their clubs in the local professional's shop and the then professional, one Jack McLachlan, a canny Scot with an eye for business, organised a weekly sweep for these Town Members. His unofficial handicapping system bore a distinct resemblance to the Turkey handicaps which obtain in many clubs in the 'close' season. The price of entry to the sweep was one shilling. The famous 'Shilling Sweep' was born and survived into the early years of Mourne Golf Club.

The numbers competing in the Shilling Sweep increased. Town membership was easily obtained. Bill Cleland, for example, applied verbally for membership through the caddie master on a Friday afternoon and on the following Wednesday was informed that his application had been successful.

In tandem with an increase in membership of the Shilling Sweep came an increase in golfing skill. Many of the golfers under Jack McLachlan's handicapping system became 'plus men', notably the Toner brothers, Jimmy and John Joe, Alfie Corry and Brian McManus. The last name in particular was a major factor in the train of events which led to the formation of Mourne Golf Club. Brian was the son of Jack McManus, owner of Ye Olde Bar. Following his education in St Malachy's, Belfast, Brian had the time and the inclination to enter many open competitions which he did with distinction collecting en route the scalps of such notable golfers as Joe Carr and John Burke.

He had however one major problem - he did not belong to a duly afflicted club. Newspaper cuttings from the time show that Brian entered these competitions under the auspices of Warrenpoint GC and Downpatrick GC.

In the opinion of many it was this fact that prompted Gerald Annesley, grandson of the first President of Royal County Down, to write to the Council of Royal County Down during the closing stages of World War II, proposing the formation of a local club for the residents if the Newcastle area.

The proposal was accepted and a meeting of local golfers was held in the lifeboat house, later the Women's Institute and now the Elim Pentecostal Church on the Downs Road. The name Mourne was proposed by Mr Gerald O'Donoghue and accepted as the name of the new club.

The first captain was Mr P.J.McEvoy, a local bookmaker, who, although Irish by parentage, was raised in Glasgow and had a distinct Glaswegian accent. He was a keen sportsman with a great interest in soccer and was for a while on the books of Glasgow Celtic.

Luckily for Mourne he had two other qualifications which led him to captaincy. He had a great interest in golf and had sufficient money to grubstake the infant club in it's shaky initial stages.

First and foremost, the club needed premises. Wartime huts situated between Royal County Down and the Slieve Donard Hotel were deemed suitable. Unfortunately on demolition they were purchased by Mr Ivor Taggart, a local builder who was then developing the Tullybrannigan area. It was at this time that P.J.McEvoys third great attribute came into play -he was an able negotiator. A meeting was arranged with Ivor Taggert in a licensed premises(it is presumed) and the combination of good Scotch whiskey and Scotch blarney won the day - the huts were acquired from Ivor Taggart for the price he paid for them - £100, which just happened to be the amount P.J.McEvoy had in his pocket.

Pat McEvoy's efforts on behalf of Mourne were rewarded by making him Captain for the first four years of the existence of Mourne. When he indicated he wished the captaincy of Mourne to go to someone else a grateful AGM created for him the office of President, a post he held until his death in 1965.

An original painting of P.J.McEvoy was commissioned from Bond Walker and hangs in a place of honour in the Clubhouse.

Lest it be thought that the founding of Mourne Golf Club was a one-man show let it be known that he was aided, abetted and constantly encouraged by many others but chiefly by Peter McGrath, manager of Quinn's of the Milestone, and by Fred Wadsworth Sr, a local draper, both of whom were very friendly, in a conventional sort of way with Gerald Annesley, hence the latter's letter to the Council of R.C.D. It was a tribute to the above named triumvirate that they were appointed first trustees of the new club.

A b supporter of the Annesley proposal within Royal County Down was D Wilson Smyth. He was a powerful ally to have. He was Captain in 1921, 1922 and 1931. He was Honorary Secretary from 1936 to 1953 and, above all else, he was an excellent golfer. In the year of his first captaincy, 1921, he won the Irish Close Championship over the local course. His family inherited his golfing talent especially his daughter Moira. One day while she was practising on the Number 2 course she met P.J.McEvoy who was so impressed with her play that he invited her to join the Shilling Sweep where she would meet golfers worthy of her talent. She was delighted but, more importantly, so was her father and it is no coincidence that the two premiere cup competitions in Mourne Golf Club are the Wilson Smyth Scratch Cup and the Annesley Cup. In return both G.F.Annesley and D Wilson Smyth were elected Honorary Life Members of Mourne.

So began Mourne Golf Club, and it was not without an amount of nostalgia that the remaining few Shilling Sweepers saw their home fall to progress leaving them with nothing but their memories.

Having acquired the premises, work began immediately to transform them into a clubhouse. Unwanted buildings had to be demolished and disposed of. As in the Bible, hills were laid low and valleys filled up. The hills, in this instance, were the numerous unwanted brick buildings - stores, cook houses etc. - most of which were knocked down and deposited into a deep valley abutting the present laneway from the Royal County Down car park to the back gate of the Slieve Donard Hotel. This area was later converted into a putting green. All the work involved in demolition, conversion and construction was carried out on a voluntary basis. The original Shilling Sweepers' were joined by some newly elected members. Materials required were bought and paid for by means of an interest free loan from the members - a tactic which stood Mourne in good stead not only in the beginning but at every development over the years.

It is usually invidious to mention names when so many people were involved in the work. However few should feel aggrieved if the names of Jimmy McCormick, Sean Dornan, Paddy McCrickard and Paddy Boden were recorded.

Jimmy was a local building contractor and a member of the 'Shilling Sweep'. He automatically became architect and clerk of works of the reconstruction. He later became a member of council and was elected Captain in 1955. In 1963 he single-handedly adapted the old lockers to fit the new locker room. The McCormick putter, player for at every Annual-At-Home is a tribute to his memory and an appreciation of his work for Mourne.

Sean Dornan, Paddy McCrickard and Paddy Boden were not members of Mourne Golf Club when they pressed ganged into offering their expertise in the conversion of the civil defence huts into a Clubhouse. Paddy Boden did the internal plastering and Paddy McCrickard built the red brick fireplace which became the focal point of the new lounge and which is still remembered with nostalgia by the older members. Sean Dornan, also a building contractor, later joined the club and was elected Captain in 1959 - the only year in which Mourne won an All Ireland Trophy - The Junior Cup - under the captaincy of Hugh King.

The floor of the present main lounge made of Japanese Oak, acquired, somehow, in the post war period when hardwood timber was well nigh available, is the only part of the original clubhouse still remaining. It is a tribute to the skill of the volunteer workers and is a treasured link with the past.

The name of Gerald F Annesley only once again crops up in the story of Mourne Golf Club - this time as a benefactor. He presented the Club with its billiard table, its coal-fired heating system, various articles of furniture and several trophies of shooting expeditions in Africa. Finally, in Peter McGraths Captaincy he presented the turf's for the putting green which he officially opened in the following year in the Captaincy of Jack Hodgkins.

And so, Mourne had a Clubhouse, noted throughout the land for its hospitable ambience. With the additions and renovations mentioned in the next chapter, it served us faithfully and well for almost half a century and many mourned its demise.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
G. Boden 1990 Mens Captain
W. S. McCammon 1990 President
S. Keenan 1991 Mens Captain
W. S. McCammon 1991 President
P. McCready 1992 Mens Captain
W. S. McCammon 1992 President
J. Dornan 1993 Mens Captain
S. Keenan 1993 President
T. Gallagher 1994 Mens Captain
S. Keenan 1994 President
S. J. Harrison 1995 Mens Captain
S. Keenan 1995 President
T. Flannagan 1996 Mens Captain
J. Erwin 1996 President
R. Robinson 1997 Mens Captain
J. Erwin 1997 President
E. J. Kane 1998 Mens Captain
J. Erwin 1998 President
D. J. Hillen 1999 Mens Captain
J. Rooney 1999 President
Raymond Small 2000 Mens Captain
J. Rooney 2000 President
Ian McEvoy 2001 Mens Captain
J. Rooney 2001 President
T. E. Fitzpatrick 2002 Mens Captain
John G. Murphy 2002 President
M. J. McGrady 2003 Mens Captain
John Murphy 2003 President
John G. Murphy 2004 Mens Captain
Keith Toner 2004 President
Martin Greene 2005 Mens Captain
Brian O'Boyle 2005 President
Hugo King 2006 Mens Captain
Brian O'Boyle 2006 President
Des Quinn 2007 Mens Captain
Brian O'Boyle 2007 President
Des Quinn 2008 Mens Captain
Danny Cromie 2008 President
Shaun Killough 2009 Mens Captain
Danny Cromie 2009 President
Hugh Hodges 2010 Mens Captain
Danny Cromie 2010 President
Adrian O'Hare 2011 Mens Captain
Sam Harrison 2011 President
David Graham 2012 Mens Captain
Sam Harrison 2012 President
Sean Boden 2013 Mens Captain
Sam Harrison
2013 President
Sean Keenan 2014 Mens Captain
Joe Kane 2014 President
Michael Keane 2015 Mens Captain
Joe Kane 2015 President
  2016 Mens Captain
Joe Kane 2016 President
  2017 Mens Captain
  2017 President
David Barry 2017 Lowest Men's H'cap
J. Murray 2017 Lowest Men's H'cap
Reeve Whitson (+4)
2017 Lowest Men's H'cap
Noel Crawford (+1) 2017 Lowest Men's H'cap

Holes in One at Mourne

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance


6th   221 yd's

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