Rathmore golf club Antrim

Rathmore golf course Antrim

Rathmore Golf Course

Rathmore Club Crest

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
£45
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
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: No
Buggy Hire: No
Soft Spikes: No
Course Type Links
No Holes 18
Members 330
Designer Harry S. Colt
Founded 1947
Address

5A Bushmills Road,
Portrush,
Co. Antrim
BT56 8JG

Telephone 028 70822311
Email rathmoregolfclubvalley@msn.com
Website Rathmore golf club website
Administrator: Stan Short
Captain: Stephen Dunlop
Lady Captain: None
President: Rodney Magee 
Vice-Captain: Johnny Dunbar
Hon. Secretary: Stan Short
Club Pro: None
Hon. Treasurer: Robbie Doherty
Comp. Secretary: David Cameron
Rathmore Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
Lat:55.202141
Long:-6.642179
*Please check information before travelling

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)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
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
  Closed 1
Singles Stableford Monday 1 May   Open 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 11 June
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 15 June
  Open 1
Singles Strokes Friday 16 June
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 18 June
  Open 1
Ladies King Fergus Cup Sunday 6 August   Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

KeyData
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

Card

Hole Name Hole No. Blue White Par Index Red Par Index
Zara Bolton's 1 349 339 4 9
332 4 7
Green Lane 2 385 374 4 3
292 4 13
Fairy Ring 3 141 135 3 15 132 3 17
War Hollow 4 534 520 5 13
510 5 3
Desert 5 443
419
4 1
281 4 13
Curran Point 6 409
399
4
7
154 3 15
Prospect 7 320
311
4 17 449 4 5
Patrick's 8 496 489
5
5
359 4 1
Cradle 9 150
140
3
11 310 4 9
  Out 3,227 3,126 36   2,819 35  
Switch Back 10 465 452 4 10
413 5 12
Mann's 11 486
478
5
14 126 3 18
Middle Green 12 421 412 4 4 457 4 6
Right About 13 165
155
3
18
466 5 2
St. Andrews 14 391
349
4 2
339 4 10
Recess 15 171 165 3 16 144 3 16
Bunkers 16 493
469
5
8
340 4 4
Valley 17 194
178
3
6
306 4 8
Stevie's 18 333
323
4
12 138 3 14
  In 3,119 2,981 35   2,729 35  
  Total 6,346 6,107 71
  5,648 70  
  SSS 71 69
    71    

Members Achievements

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

Member Year Hon. Position
R. Hamilton 1989 Men's Captain
J. McFaul 1989 President
P. Curran 1990 Men's Captain
J. McFaul 1990 President
N. C. Irwin 1991 Men's Captain
J. McFaul 1991 President
M. McLaughlin 1992 Men's Captain
J. McFaul 1992 President
R. Magee 1993 Men's Captain
J. McFaul 1993 President
R. Peacock 1994 Men's Captain
J. McFaul 1994 President
L. McDonald 1995 Men's Captain
G. Wedlock 1995 President
S. D. Irwin 1996 Men's Captain
G. Wedlock 1996 President
S. D. Irwin 1997 Men's Captain
G. Wedlock 1997 President
R. Turkington 1998 Men's Captain
G. Wedlock 1998 President
Jack Fall 1999 Men's Captain
G. Wedlock 1999 President
W. McCartney 2000 Men's Captain
Johnny McMullan 2000 President
Frank McIntyre 2001 Men's Captain
Johnny McMullan 2001 President
Robert Doherty 2002 Men's Captain
Johnny McMullan 2002 President
J. A. Taggart 2003 Men's Captain
Johnny McMullan 2003 President
Jackson A. Taggart 2004 Men's Captain
Johnny McMullan 2004 President
G. B. Clarke 2005 Men's Captain
Rory Hamilton 2005 President
K. W. Elliott 2006 Men's Captain
Rory Hamilton 2006 President
Paul Roddy 2007 Men's Captain
Rory Hamilton 2007 President
Liam Mullan 2008 Men's Captain
Jackson Taggart 2008 President
Robert Doherty 2009 Men's Captain
Jackson Taggart 2009 President
Michael Gaston 2010 Men's Captain
Eddie Mason 2010 President
Ray Gault 2011 Men's Captain
Eddie Mason 2011 President
Eamon Donnelly 2012 Men's Captain
Eddie Mason 2012 President
Rodney Montgomery 2013 Men's Captain
Eddie Mason
2013 President
Paul Roddy 2014 Men's Captain
Kenny McDowell 2014 President
Victor Bow 2015 Men's Captain
Kenny McDowell 2015 President
Neil Donaldson 2016 Men's Captain
Kenny McDowell
2016 President
Stephen Dunlop 2017 Men's Captain
Rodney Magee 2017 President
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