Rathmore golf club Antrim
Rathmore Golf Course
Rathmore Golf Club is the home club of Graeme McDowell who won his first Major in the US Open Championship at Pebble Beach in 2010 with a score of 284, here is what I wrote about this young man after his first win on the European Tour.
"It is the home club of Walker Cup player Graeme McDowell who won his first of what I would predict many wins on The European Tour on only his 4th attempt. I'm not sure if this is a Tour record if it's not will somebody please let me know who holds this record. He did it with one of the most magnificent long bunker shots I have ever seen. This young golfer has what it takes."
Rathmore Golf Club is a very friendly golf club, which plays their golf on the Valley Course on one of the worlds top Links courses. Its, has a long tradition of producing some of the countries best golfers.
Royal Portrush (Valley Course) was voted the No. 50-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2017 (Same);
Royal Portrush (Valley Course) was voted the No. 50-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2016 (Down-2);
Royal Portrush (Valley Course) was voted the No. 48-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2015 (Same);
Royal Portrush (Valley Course) was voted the No. 48-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2014 (Up-7);
Royal Portrush (Valley Course) was voted the No. 55-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2013 (Up-3);
Royal Portrush (Valley Course) was voted the No. 58-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2012;
The Valley Course was voted the No. 44-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2010;
It should be noted:All bookings except Open Week are made via Royal Portrush Golf Club 02870 822311 office 02870825716 starter hut ( good for direct check of Valley Course timesheet)
|Green Fees Midweek: All Green Fees to be Booked at RPGC
|Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: All Green Fees to be Booked at RPGC||£50|
|Green Fees with a Member: All Green Fees to be Booked at RPGC||£15|
|Green Fees for Opens: All Green Fees to be Booked at RPGC||£20|
|Designer||Harry S. Colt|
5A Bushmills Road,
|Website||Rathmore golf club website|
|Hon. Secretary:||Stan Short|
|Hon. Treasurer:||Robbie Doherty|
|Comp. Secretary:||David Cameron|
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|
Rathmore Golf Club Fixtures 2017 provisional*
|Open & Major Fixtures 2017 (to be Confirmed)|
|Lady Captain's Prize||Saturday 3 June||Closed||1|
|Juvenile Captain's Prize||Friday 21 July||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize||Saturday 22 July||Closed||1|
|G-Mac Trophy Valley||Sunday 6 August||Closed||1|
|President's Prize||Sunday 13 August
|Singles Stableford||Monday 1 May||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 11 June
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 15 June
|Singles Strokes||Friday 16 June
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 18 June
|Ladies King Fergus Cup||Sunday 6 August||Open||1|
Card of the Course
|White||Par 68 SSS 69 6,107 yd's|
|Red||Par 70 SSS 71 5,648 yd's|
|Blue||Par 70 SSS 71 6,346 yd's|
|Hole Name||Hole No.||Blue||White||Par||Index||Red||Par||Index|
Our congratulations to Alan Dumbar who clinched the British Amateur Championship with a two foot tap-in at Royal Troon on Saturday 23rd June 2012.
He beat Austrian Matthias Schweb in a nip and tuck final played in windy conditions on the old links, there was never more than two-holes between them over the 36-holes, indeed it was all square standing on the 35th tee. This magnificent victory gave Alan an exemption for the Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes and the 2013 Masters should he not get an accept his European Tour Card.
Alan Dunbar won the Irish Amateur Open Championship in 2010 at The Royal Dublin Golf Club when he beat Kris Nicoll from Scotland.
He also won AIB Irish golf Writers Award was leading Irish amateur in the Order of Merit and was the winner of Willie Gill Perpetual Award.
Graeme McDowell was selected to play in the Ryder Cup 2010 , congratulations to Graham from gogolfing.ie
Graeme McDowell won the US-Open at Pebble Beach in 2010 with a level-Par score of 284, to become one of five Irishman to win a Major in the long history of the game, the first being Fred Daly who won the Open Championship at Hoylake in 1947, followed by Padraig Harrington who won the Open Championship in 2007 and 2008, followed by the US-PGA in 2008. He was then followed by Rory McIlroy who won the US-Open at Congressional Country Club in 2011 and then Darren Clarke who won the Open Championship at Royal St. Georges in 2011.
Graeme McDowell is one of the four Irish players, selected on the Walker Cup panel for 2003. However Graeme decided to join the professional ranks and achieved his first European Tour win in only his 4th appearance as a professional, is this a record? Graeme won the 25th annual Sun Trust Gator Invitational by four strokes at the University of Florida course at Gainsville, on the 10th of February 2002. He was selected on the Irish squad in the Eisenhower Trophy in Kuala Lumpur from the 24th to the 27th October 2002.
Graeme McDowell played a pivotal role in the Walker Cup team that beat the USA at Sea Island in 2001. Graeme was selected on the six-man Irish team for the European Team Championship at Ljunghusens G. C., Sweden on the 3rd to the 7th July. Graeme had a wonderful win in Japan with a 10-under par for the 54-hole Tournament. He shot rounds of 69,70 and 67 to win the Topy Cup Tournament at Tanagura Country Club to win by one shot. Graeme was selected to represent Ireland in the Simon Boliver Cup in Caracas, Venezuela on November 7th to 10th 2001. Graeme and Gavin McNeill finished in 2nd place against the rest of the World.
Alan Dunbar was selected to represent Ireland in the European Amateur Team Championship at Osterakers Golf Club in Stockholm, Sweden on Tuesday 6th to Saturday 10th July 2010. The others on the team were Cian Curley Newlands G. C., Paul Cutler Portstewart G. C., Paul Dunne Greystones G. C., Dara Lernihan Castle G. C. and Pat Murray Limerick G. C., they were captained by Kevin Flanagan.
Alan Dunbar won the North of Ireland Amateur Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club, when he beat Dermot McElroy from Ballymena Golf Club by 3 and 1 on the 16th July 2010.
Prior to 2001:
Rathmore Golf Club has an old and proud record in the National Championships having won the All-Ireland Barton Shield at Portmarnock G. C. in 1964 when the team was J. Donnelly, A. Taggart, C. Knox Jnr., M. C. Dijon, T. E. Dijon, J. Faith, they were captained by D. Magee, (Spike) and at Portstewart G. C. in 1960, when the team was C. Knox Jnr, J. Faith, M. C. Dijon, T. E. Dijon, they were captained J. McClintock. They first won it in 1958 at Ballybunion G.C. when the team was T. E. Dijon, J. Faith, M. C. Dijon, I. Meneely, C. Knox. Jnr., they were captained by Sir. A. Babington.
Rathmore Golf Club won All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup at Royal Portrush G. C. in 1948. When the team was E. McMullan, A. Taggart, A. Magee, N. Morrow, and J. Magee and in 1949 at Galway G.C. when the team was N. Morrow, A. Taggart, A. Magee, E. McMullan and J. Magee.
Graeme McDowell had a wonderful year in the Millennium he made his first appearance for the Irish Senior Team at the Home Championships in Scotland, in September, 2000. He was on the Irish Youths International team that hammered Wales at Malone on June 28th he won the Golfsure Irish Amateur Close Championship at Royal Portrush G.C. on 21st June, beating Andrew McCormick (Scrabo G. C.) 7 and 6 in the final. He won the South of Ireland Championship at Lahinch, on 2nd August 2000. He retained the Canon Irish Youths' Amateur Open Championship at Malone G. C. on 30th June, (with rounds of 69, 69, 71 and 67 to win by five shots) which he won at Cork G.C. on the 25th June 1999, with rounds of 72, 68, 70 and 74. He won the World Student Individual Championship and team event and was joint second in the European Amateur Championships in Austria. He won the Leinster Youths at Laytown & Bettystown, on 13th June 2000. He has been selected on the Walker Cup panel for the next encounter in 2001. He played on the Irish Youths' team against Scotland at Cork G. C., in June 1999, and participated in the Boys' Home International matches in 1997.
Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;
M. G. Dijon represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1958 to 1960 playing 16-times won 4-matches halved three and lost 9-matches accumulating 11-points;
Alan Dunbar represented Ireland as a Senior International from 2008 to 2010 playing 24-times won 8-matches halved two and lost 14-matches accumulating 18-points. He represented Ireland at Irish Boys level from 2007 to 2008 playing 16-times won 9-matches halved two and lost 5-matches accumulating 20-points. He represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 2009 to 2010 playing 12-times won 9-matches halved two and lost 1-match accumulating 20-points. He represented Ulster at the Boys Interprovincial Championships from 2007 to 2008 playing 10-times won 7-matches and lost 3-matches accumulating 14-points;
Graham McDowell represented Ireland as a Senior International from 2000 to 2001 playing 12-times won 9-matchs halved one and lost 2-matches accumulating 19-points. He represented Ireland at international Youths level from 1999 to2000 playing 11-matches, won 5-matches and lost 6-matches accumulating 10-points. He represented Ireland at Irish Boys level in 1997 playing 11-times won 6-matches halved two and lost 3-matches accumulating 14-points. He represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1999 playing 6-times won 5-matches halved one and lost 0-matches accumulating 11-points. He represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships from 1997 to 1999 playing 17-times won 12-matches halved one and lost 4-matches accumulating 25-points. He represented Ulster at the Boys Interprovincial Championships in 1996 playing 6-times won 3-matches halved one and lost 2-matches accumulating 7-points;
M. C. Dijon represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1958 to 1960 playing 15-times won 9-matches halved two and lost 4-matches accumulating 20-points;
G. A. Herron represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1955 to 1959 playing 11-times won 3-matches halved two and lost 6-matches accumulating 8-points;
W. J. McWilliams* represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1939;
W. Telford represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 2009 playing 5-times won 4-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 8-points;
S. Dijon represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1972 playing 2-times won 1-match halved one and lost 2-matches accumulating 3-points;
I. A. Elliott* represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships from 1966 to1971 playing 10-times;
Bradlie Hunter represented Ulster at the Boys Interprovincial Championships in 1998 playing 2-times won 0-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 0-points;
Gavin McDowell represented Ulster at the Boys Interprovincial Championships in 1998 playing 6-times won 2-matches and lost 4-matches accumulating 4-points;
History of Rathmore
Founded in 1947. Rathmore is a Golf Club that play their Golf out of the Valley Links at Royal Portrush.
Roll of Honour
|R. Hamilton||1989||Men's Captain|
|P. Curran||1990||Men's Captain|
|N. C. Irwin||1991||Men's Captain|
|M. McLaughlin||1992||Men's Captain|
|R. Magee||1993||Men's Captain|
|R. Peacock||1994||Men's Captain|
|L. McDonald||1995||Men's Captain|
|S. D. Irwin||1996||Men's Captain|
|S. D. Irwin||1997||Men's Captain|
|R. Turkington||1998||Men's Captain|
|Jack Fall||1999||Men's Captain|
|W. McCartney||2000||Men's Captain|
|Frank McIntyre||2001||Men's Captain|
|Robert Doherty||2002||Men's Captain|
|J. A. Taggart||2003||Men's Captain|
|Jackson A. Taggart||2004||Men's Captain|
|G. B. Clarke||2005||Men's Captain|
|K. W. Elliott||2006||Men's Captain|
|Paul Roddy||2007||Men's Captain|
|Liam Mullan||2008||Men's Captain|
|Robert Doherty||2009||Men's Captain|
|Michael Gaston||2010||Men's Captain|
|Ray Gault||2011||Men's Captain|
|Eamon Donnelly||2012||Men's Captain|
|Rodney Montgomery||2013||Men's Captain|
|Paul Roddy||2014||Men's Captain|
|Victor Bow||2015||Men's Captain|
|Neil Donaldson||2016||Men's Captain|
|Stephen Dunlop||2017||Men's Captain|
|Ben Best (+1.0)
||2017||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Alan Dunbar||2017||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Leon Stevenson||2017||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Chris Dunbar||2017||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Wayne Telford (1)||2017||Lowest Men's Handicap|
Holes in One at Rathmore
|Member||Date||Hole No.||Club Used||Distance|
|P. Freeburn||15 February 1998||6th||221 yd's|
|I Kettle||15 February 1998||11th||130 yd's|
|G. Block||15 February 1998||11th||130 yd's|
|H. Finlay||11 November 1998||3rd||135 yd's|
|R. Taggart||9 April 2000||6th||237 yd's|
|Gary McDowell||23 April 2000||15th||165 yd's|
|D. Mair||16 July 2000||11th||130 yd's|
|B. Hunter||23 July 2000||11th||130 yd's|
|A. Halliday||3 August 2000||15th||165 yd's|
|G. McAleese||29 October 2000||3rd||135 yd's|
|R. Donerty||28 March 2001||6th||221 yd's|
|Chris Langton||1 April 2001||15th||165 yd's|
|P. McIntyre||29 July 2001||15th||165 yd's|
|R. Miller||7 October 2001||3rd||135 yd's|