Larne golf club Antrim

Larne golf course Antrim

Larne Golf Course

Larne Club Crest

This fine 9-hole course is best described as part parkland part links measuring 6,288 yards with a par of 70 and a standard scratch to match. To give an idea of the quality of the course the Ulster Professional Championship was played here in 1989 when David Feherty recorded rounds of 65, 64, 68 and 65 to win the Championship by a huge 18-shots and recorded a new course record, which stands to this day.

The golf course is located on a headland reaching out into the Irish Sea on the southern end of Islandmagee peninsula and is bounded on either side by the sandy beaches of Ferris Bay and Brownsbay. It has panoramic views of the famous Antrim Coast and, on a clear day the golfer can see across to the west coast of Scotland. The course overlooks the mouth of Larne Lough and the port.

The course can lull the golfer into misjudging the challenge of the course, with the opening five holes being not too demanding but the closing holes are especially difficult particularly when the prevailing westerly wind is blowing. The feature holes are the short Par-3 7th "The Bell" only 100 yards is played from an elevated tee over water to a green bordered by the sea on two sides. This is followed by the 417 yards Par-4, which Fred Daly rated as one of the best holes in Ireland. Called the "Whines" it has the ocean all the way down the right and gorse down the right.

The visitor is always extended a warm Ulster welcome at Larne golf club and will leave with the memory of playing one of the finest 9-hole courses to be found anywhere.

Green Fees Midweek: £20
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: £30
Green Fees with a Member: £10/20
Green Fees for Opens:  £10
Practice Area:  Yes
Club Hire: No
Buggy Hire: Trolley
Soft Spikes: No
Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Year-1 Membership Fee: £402
Full Seniors year-1 Membership Fee: £302
Full Seniors Year-2 Membership Fee: £383
Full Ladies Year-2 Membership Fee: £383
Full 5-Dey Membership Fee: £289
Full Youths 19-28 Membership Fee: £210
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 9
Members 249
Designer George Baillie
Founded 1895

54 Ferris Bay Road,
Larne, Co. Antrim
BT40 3RJ

Telephone 028-93-382228
Website Larne golf club website
Secretary/Manager: Lisa Oldfield
Captain: Terry Wilson
Lady Captain: Carol Richmond
President:  Charlie Hanna
Vice-Captains':  & 
Hon. Secretary: Tim Weir & Catherine Anderson
Club Pro: Victoria Bradshaw
Hon. Treasurer: Ken McDowell & Sharon Heggen 
Comp. Secretary: Steven Hunter & Roma English
Larne Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
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General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours:12.00am to 11.30pm
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering, facilities Days to Avoid: Fridays & Saturdays
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other Days Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance

Larne Golf Club Fixtures 2023 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2023 (to be Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Lady Captain's Prize Friday 16 June
  Closed 1
Lady President's Prize Friday 11 August   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Saturday 24 June   Closed 1
President's Prize Saturday 12 August   Closed 1
Junior Scratch Cup Saturday 27 May   Open 1
Inter. Scratch Cup Saturday 27 May   Open 1
Minor Scratch Cup Saturday 27 May   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Friday 18 August   Open 1
Ladies 3-Person Team Event Friday 15 September   Open 1

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Card of the Course

White Par 70 SSS 70 6,150 yd's
Red Par 74 SSS 74 5,854 yd's


Hole Name Hole No. White Par Index Red Par Index
Maidens 1 513 5 14 493
5 7
Purdon's Gap 2 285 4 16 270 4 15
Road Hole 3 370 4 6 367
5 13
The Paps 4 370 4 10
363 4 5
The Bay 5 371 4 8 363 4 1
Chasm 6 436 4 2
433 5 9
The Bell 7 98
3 18 85
3 17
Whins 8 392 4 4 378 4 3
Ferris Bay 9 161 3 12 154 3 11
  Out 2,996
35   2,978 37  
Maidens 10 448 5 1 448 5 6
Purdon's Gap 11 290 4 17 286 4 16
Road Hole 12 437 4 5 314 4 8
The Paps 13 355 4 13 349 4 4
The Bay 14 390 4 7 382 4 2
Chasm 15 515 5 11 422 5 12
The Bell 16 108 3 15 108 3 18
Whins 17 417 4 3 408 5 14
Ferris Bay 18 186 3 9 159 3 10
  In 3,154 35   2,876 37  
  Total 6,150 70   5,854 74  
  SSS 70     74    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record: 64 Colin McGarry 02/09/2000

Ladies Course Record: 76 Roma English (7) 20/08/1964

Members Achievements

The Ladies of Larne Golf Club qualified for the All-Ireland deciders of the Junior Cup at Limerick Golf Club on Friday 17th September 2021 by winning their Ulster Regional Finals and were drawn against Ardee Golf Club in the All-Ireland Quarter Finals, they Lost their match by 4-matche to 1-match.
First on the tee Gail McNabb who lost her match against Karen Forrester by 4 and 3, she was followed by Audrey Faulkner who lost her match by a similar margin against Liz Halpenny, in the next two matches of Sheelagh Brown against Aoife Caffrey and Barbara-Ann Hay against Sharon McQuaid were both registered as halves when called-in and the bottom match of Margaret Gray went 4 and 3 to Sara Byrne.

The Ladies of Larne Golf Club won the All-Ireland Seniors Foursomes at Athlone Golf Club on 30th September2007 when they beat Donabate Golf Club by 2 matches to 1 match. They beat Galway Golf Club by a similar margin in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.

First on the tee in the All-Ireland Semi-Final was Roma English (7) with Carole McMaw (11) who won their match by 1-hole against Sheelagh Kearney (10) with Jo Price (12), they were followed by Gail McNabb (11) with Barbara O'Neill (14) who had a 4 and 2 win over Geraldine Neville (9) with Mary Tierney (14), the bottom match of Sarah O'Neill (12) & Judith Brunt (15) was lost by a similar margin to Bryde Glynn (10) & Anna O'Donnellan (13).

They met East-Leinster Champions Donabate Golf Club in the decider the following day and were again led by Roma English (7) with Sarah O'Neill (12) who beat Pat Doran (5) with Aileen Hanratty (11) by 2 and 1, they were followed by Joyce Robinson (10) with Carole McMaw (11) who lost to Mary McKenna (4) with Fionnuala Forde (12) by 7 and 6, the bottom match of Gail McNabb (11) with Barbara O'Neill (14) against Deirdre Bradshaw (8) with Patricia Morris (12) went all the way to the 20th before the destination of the green pennant would go. 

Prior to 2001:

he Ladies' of Larne Golf Club won the E. A. L. in 1998 and 2000.

The Ladies' of Larne Golf Club won the Philpott Trophy in 1976, when the team was, Morag Craig, Hilda Gray, Irene Nevin, Maureen Robinson, Ann Hedley, Ann Laing, Gail Robinson and Rea Pink.

Carol Holden and Dianne McNeilly won the Provincial Pairs in the Huzzar Ladies Foursomes in 1987.

Roma English was selected on the Irish Senior Ladies team for the first time Ireland played in the European Senior Ladies' Team Championship at the Schonenberg Golf Club in Switzerland from the 3rd to the 7th of September 2001. She was also on the team that played England at Woodbrook Golf Club on 21st and 22nd October 2001.

Lesley Callen was on the Irish Ladies International Team in 1990.

Gail Robinson played for the Irish Girls in 1977.

History of Larne

Instituted 1894 affiliated 1895

Before 1894, a few golfers enjoyed the privilege of playing their golf at a private links at Kilwaughter Castle Park owned by J. Galt-Smith. When land became available nearer home, a meeting was called in October-November, 1894, and a committee was elected. They were Mr. William Rankin, Captain, Mr. Alfred Fisher, Vice-Captain, Mr. John F. Cousins, Hon. Secretary and Mr. W. N. Brown, Treasurer. They secured land from Mr. N. Holmes at Islandmagee and got sponsorship from the Belfast & Northern Railway of £20 for five years.

Mr. G. L. Baillie, a founder-member of the Royal Belfast, laid out the nine-hole course, the design of the clubhouse was donated by Mr. J. F. Peddie, of Knock Golf Club, and the first ball was driven by Col. James McCalmont, M. P. on 1st June, 1895. It had a membership of 210 and the annual subscription was one guinea.

It would appear that the club went into decline for a period, as The Golfers " Blue Book", 1939, gives a founding date of 1929.

What the Club tells us:

Larne Golf Club was founded in 1894 and is the 9th oldest in Ireland and the 5th oldest in Ulster. In 2019 we celebrate our 125th anniversary.

The original course, designed by G L Bailie, was played in the opposite direction around the boundaries of the present course as far as the 5th green and back to the 9th green as the fields now occupied by the present 2nd, 3rd and 4th holes were not then leased by the Club.

In 1925 a redesigned course (drawn up by A B Badlington, K C and Gordon Ross) was opened resulting in the course being reversed and lengthened. In 1927additional land was leased and the  present 1st , 2nd and 3rd fairways came into use completing the course layout as we know it now. In the early 2000's new tee boxes were added allowing the current playing setup of 9holes/18tees.

The original clubhouse was situated behind and to the seaward side of the 9th green and is now demolished. Following the second world war a lounge was built from ex-army nissen huts and a liquor licence obtained. The lounge is now used as a machinery shed.

In 1963 the course was purchased outright and in 1967 a new clubhouse was opened behind the 1st tee where it remains today. The course has evolved to the present day with the addition of many new hazards, bunkers, trees and shrubs, and the fairways and greens are beautifully presented. The one thing which hasn't changed with time are the stunning views all around the course, a testament to the vision of the founders back in 1894.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
H. Robinson 1989 Ladies Captain
J. A. Leitch 1989 Men's Captain
C. Kerr 1990 Ladies Captain
W. Gilchrist 1990 Men's Captain
J. Brown 1990 President
J. Kerr 1991 Ladies Captain
B. D. Stewart 1991 Men's Captain
J. Brown 1991 President
J. Robinson 1992 Ladies Captain
K. J. Hedley 1992 Men's Captain
N. McAuley 1992 President
M. Craig 1993 Ladies Captain
J. C. Mearns 1993 Men's Captain
N. McAuley 1993 President
M. Craig 1994 Ladies Captain
G. S. Hobson 1994 Men's Captain
I. Brown 1994 President
L. English 1995 Ladies Captain
J. Hill 1995 Men's Captain
I. Brown 1995 President
S. Hill 1996 Ladies Captain
Alan E. Phair 1996 Men's Captain
J. Stewart 1996 President
C. Holden 1997 Ladies Captain
J. R. Tate 1997 Men's Captain
J. Stewart 1997 President
C. McMaw 1998 Ladies Captain
W. J. Patterson 1998 Men's Captain
J. Stewart 1998 President
M. Montgomery 1999 Ladies Captain
J. Stewart 1999 Men's Captain
H. G. Stockham 1999 President
Miss R. English 2000 Ladies Captain
Charles Hanna 2000 Men's Captain
G. S. Hobson 2000 President
Mrs. V. Carmichael 2001 Ladies Captain
Philip O'Neill 2001 Men's Captain
G. S. Hobson 2001 President
Mrs. B. Wilson 2002 Ladies Captain
Dave Farley 2002 Men's Captain
G. S. Hobson 2002 President
Mrs. M. Gray 2003 Ladies Captain
Mr. G. McClean 2003 Men's Captain
Ken C. Barr 2003 President
Mrs. J. Mearns 2004 Ladies Captain
J. G. Hatrick 2004 Men's Captain
Ken C. Barr 2004 President
Barbara O'Neill 2005 Ladies Captain
Eric Dalzell 2005 Men's Captain
Ken C. Barr 2005 President
Irene Howie 2006 Ladies Captain
D. W. Craig 2006 Men's Captain
Freddie Johnston 2006 President
Margaret Patterson 2007 Ladies Captain
R. I. Johnston 2007 Men's Captain
Freddie Johnston 2007 President
Maureen Davison 2008 Ladies Captain
Kenny McDowell 2008 Men's Captain
Raymond Craig 2008 President
Libby Craig 2009 Ladies Captain
K. Thomas 2009 Men's Captain
J. Cousins 2009 President
Maureen Hatrick 2010 Ladies Captain
Michael Robinson 2010 Men's Captain
J. Cousins 2010 President
Heather Baird 2011 Ladies Captain
D. Ree 2011 Men's Captain
J. Cousins 2011 President
Janice Boal 2012 Ladies Captain
J. Kirker 2012 Men's Captain
K. Hedley 2012 President
Lynne Armstrong 2013 Ladies Captain
S. Lyness 2013 Men's Captain
A. English
2013 President
Lisa Fairly 2014 Ladies Captain
S. Hunter 2014 Men's Captain
A. English 2014 President
Sharon Heggen 2015 Ladies Captain
R. Niblock 2015 Men's Captain
B. Patterson
2015 President
Catherine Anderson 2016 Ladies Captain
T. Quinn 2016 Men's Captain
B. Patterson 2016 President
B. Hay
2017 Ladies Captain
T. Service
2017 Men's Captain
A. Phair
2017 President
G. McNab 2018 Ladies Captain
T. Weir 2018 Men's Captain
A. Phair
2018 President
Yvonne Farley 2019 Ladies Captain
Michael Steele 2019 Men's Captain
Joe Stewart 2019 President
Sheelagh Brown 2020 Ladies Captain
Gary Hodge 2020 Men's Captain
Joe Stewart 2020 President
Sheelagh Brown
2021 Ladies Captain
Gary Hodge
2021 Men's Captain
Joe Stewart
2021 President
Louanne Russell 2022 Ladies Captain
Alan Ramsey 2022 Men's Captain
Charlie Hanna 2022 President
Carol Richmond 2023 Ladies Captain
Terry Wilson 2023 Men's Captain
Charlie Hanna 2023 President
Roma English 2023 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Colin McGarry (2.8) 2023 Lowest Men's Handicap

Holes in One at Larne

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Sheila Hill 29 September 1996 18th   154 yd’s
Anne Hedley
9 April 2004 18th 5-Wood 166 yd's