Royal Portrush golf club Antrim

Royal Portrush golf course Antrim

Royal Portrush Golf Course

Royal Portrush Club Crest

It’s Official Royal Portrush Golf Club has been approved by the R&A to stage the Open Championship again in 2019, having been last played here in 1951, when it was won by Max Faulkner on a score of 3-under par and he received the only other time the Open has ever been played outside of England or Scotland in it’s long illustrious history. The likelihood is that it will be staged here in 2019 depending on compliance with planning requirements.

Founded in 1888 as the County Club, within four years royal patronage was bestowed on it by the Prince of Wales, later to become King Edward VII, the club changed its name to Royal Portrush Golf Club in 1895.

The magic of Royal Portrush has been savoured by most of the world’s great players. The legendry Tommy Armour played in the Irish Open Championship here in 1919 when he was runner-up to C. Bretherton of Handsworth Golf Club.

Royal Portrush has two courses the Championship Dunluce Course over which the North of Ireland Open Championship is played. Measuring 6,719 yd's is a Par 73 and a standard scratch of 73 off the back tees. The Valley Course at 6,273 yd's Par 70 with a standard scratch of 71 off the white tees. Both courses were, designed by the eminent architect Harry Colt, in 1932. Colt indicated that the project would cast £7,000 but he would prefer a budget of £10,000 as things worked out the redesign was carried out for as little as £3,200 and opened for play at Easter 1933.

Royal Portrush has the distinction of being the only course outside England and Scotland to host The Open in 1951 when Max Faulkner captured the Championship.

Christy O’Connor "Himself" described it as Ireland’s best second-shot course, yet Royal Portrush possess, one of the toughest one-shot holes to be found anywhere. The 14th named "Calamity" is 213 yd's off the back tee has tested the nerves of the world’s best golfers.

Royal Portrush has become the venue of the British Senior Open over the past few years and it was here that Christy O’Connor Junior became the first Irish winner of the Championship in 1999.

As expected, Royal Portrush has a magnificent Clubhouse where a warm welcome is extended to visitors from home and oversees every day.
Royal Portrush was voted the No. 2-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2017 (Up-1);

Royal Portrush was voted the No. 3-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2016 (Same);

Royal Portrush was voted the No. 3-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2015 (Same);

Royal Portrush was voted the No. 3-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2014 (Same);

Royal Portrush was voted the No. 3-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2013 (ame;

Royal Portrush was voted the No. 3-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2012;

Royal Portrush was voted the No. 1-Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2012, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;

Royal Portrush was voted the No. 3-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2010;

Royal Portrush was voted the No. 3 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2010, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;

Royal Portrush was voted the No. 4-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2009;

Royal Portrush was voted the  No. 3-Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2009, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;

Royal Portrush was voted the No. 9-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2008;

Royal Portrush was voted the No. 3-Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2008, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;

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;

Royal Portrush (Valley Course) was voted the No. 44-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2010;

Green Fees November to March: £60
Green Fees Midweek April to October: £100
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: £190
Green Fees with a Member: £20
Green Fees for Opens: £18/22
Practice Area:  Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: £60 need medical card
Yes
Soft Spikes: No
Course Type Links
No Holes 36
Designer Harry S. Colt
Founded 1881
Address

Dunluce Road,
Portrush,
Co. Antrim
BT56 8JQ

Telephone 028-70-822311
Email info@royalportrushgolfclub.com
Website Royal Portrush golf club website
Secretary/Manager: Wilma Erskine
Captain:
Lady Captain:  
Presidents':  Hugh Clarke & Maura McElderry
Vice-Captains': None
Hon. Secretary: Philip Tweedie & Elizabeth McCartney
Club Pro: Gary McNeill 028-70-822311
Hon. Treasurer: John Bamber & Helen Jones
Comp. Secretary: Philip Tweedie & Gillian Bamber
Royal Portrush Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
Lat:55.203465
Long:-6.622524
*Please check information before travelling

General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: 10.00am to 10.00pm
Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering, facilities Days to Avoid: Wednesdays, Fridays pm & Saturdays
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other Days Pre-booking for open Tournaments: 21 Days in advance
 
Royal Portrush is part of the Cawsway Coast & Glen Golf Pass together with Galgorm Castle, Ballycastle, Gracehills & Roe Park, play any 4-courses for £199

Royal Portrush Golf Club Fixtures 2017 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2017 (Confirmed)        
Event. Start Finish Type Duration
Captain's Prize Saturday 24 June   Closed 1
President's Prize Saturday 2 September   Closed 1
Ladies 36-Hole Scratch Cup Sunday 4 June   ILGU 1
Tullamore Dew Golf Tournament Tuesday 6 June Friday 9 June
Open 4
Tullamore Dew Golf Tournament Wednesday 7 June   Open 1
Tullamore Dew Golf Tournament Thursday 8 June   Open 1
Tullamore Dew Golf Tournament Friday 9 June   Open 1
Fourball Betterball Sunday 10 June   Open 1
North of Ireland Open Championship Monday 10 July Friday 14 July GUI 5
North of Ireland Open Championship Tuesday 11 July   GUI 1
North of Ireland Open Championship Wednesday 12 July   GUI 1
North of Ireland Open Championship Thursday 13 July   GUI 1
North of Ireland Open Championship Friday 14 July   GUI 1
Ladies Charity Singles Stableford Wednesday 26 July   Open 1
Ladies Singles Strokes Saturday 29 July   Open 1
Ladies Singles Strokes/Stableford
Thursday 24 August   Open 1
Mixed Foursomes Saturday 19 August   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Saturday 23 September   Open 1
Mixed Foursomes (Valley) Saturday 9 September   Open 1
The Great North Links Challenge Wednesday 4 October Friday 6 October Open 3
The Great North Links Challenge Thursday 5 October   Open 1
The Great North Links Challenge Friday 6 October   Open 1
Mixed Team Event Monday 2 October Wednesday 4 October  Open 3
Mixed Team Event Tuesday 3 October   Open 1
Mixed Team Event Wednesday 4 October   Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

KeyData
White Par 72 SSS 73 6,705 yd's
Red Par 75 SSS 75 5,123 yd's
Green Par 73 SSS 72 6,476 yd's
Blue Par 72 SSS 75 7,317 yd's

Card

Hole Name Hole No. Blue White Green Par Index Red Par Index
Hughie's 1 416
382 371 4 11
329 4 5
Giant's Grave 2 572 538
520
5 5
472 5 11
Islay 3 174 145 140 3 17 130 3 17
Fred Daly's 4 479 455 442 4 1
415 5 3
White Rocks 5 382
379 369 4 15
335 4 7
Harry Colt's 6 189 185 177 3 7
157 3 15
Curran Point
7 580
552
538
5
3
409 5 1
Dunluce
8 430
410
378 4 13 328 4 13
Tavern 9 431 418 415 54 9
428 5 9
  Out 3,663
3,462 3,348 36   3,000 38  
Himalayas 10 458 363
358
4
12 451 5 10
P G Stevenson's 11 475
472
456
5
8
137 3 18
Dhu Varren 12 530
499
475
5
4
366 4 2
Feather Bed 13 191
165
160
3
18
362 4 6
Causeway 14 470
386
367
4
2
167 3 14
Skerries 15 418
370
358 4 14 353 4 16
Calamity Corner
16 236
202
195
3
6
377 4 8
Purgatory 17 405
360
355
4
16 482 5 4
Babingron's
18 473
426 404 4 10
428 5 12
  In 3,654 3,243 3,128 36   3,123 37  
  Total 7,317 6,705 6,476 72   6,123 75  
  SSS 75 73 72     75    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record 61 Rory McIlroy

Ladies Course Record

Members Achievements

Royal Portrush Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Irish Senior Cup in 2017 when they beat Galgorm Castle Golf Club in the Ulster Final by 3-matches to 2-matces and Warrenpoint Golf Club by a similar margin in the Ulster Semi-Final.
They made their way to Carton House Golf Club in Co. Kildare to participate in the All-Ireland Deciders. They were drawn against Connaught Champions Galway Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Friday 22nd September and recorded a 3½ matches to 1½ matches in favor of the Galway team.
First on the tee was Mark McMurray who lost out to Luke O’Neill by 3 and 2, they were followed by Andrew Morris who beat Ronan Mullarney by 1-hole, next on the tee was Matthew McAlpin who lost out to Joe Lyons by 1-hole, in the penultimate match Garthm McGimpsey  lost out to Liam Nolan by 3 and 2, the bottom match of Jamie Knipe  against Liam Power was recorded as a half when called-in.

The Ladies of Royal Portrush Golf Club won the All-Ireland Final of the Senior Foursomes at Dundalk Golf Club on Friday 23rd September 2016, when they beat East Cork by 2-matches to 1-match.

First on the tee was Helen Jones with Heidi Simpson who lost their match against Grace McGrath with Sarah O'Brien by 1-up, they were followed by Naoimh Quigg with Carol Corrigan who went up the 19th before securing the point against Lillian Harrington with Deirdre Ryan, in the bottom match Vivienne Houston with Shauna Park also went up the 19th before recording yet another green pennant against Deirdre O'Mahony with Mairead Ní Mhurchu, how close can it get.
They played Mid-Leinster Champions Kilkenny Golf Club  in the All-Ireland Semi-Final and recorded a 2-matches to 1-match to book their place in the Final. They were lead out by Helen Jones with Heidi Simpson who had a 2 and 1 win over Ann Smee with Dervilla O'Byrne, they were followed by Moyra McElderry with Nicky Smyth who went down 6 and 4 against Sarah Molloy with Jan Browne, in the bottom match Vivienne Houston with Shauna Park had a 1-hole win over Mary Leahy with Phyl Doyle.    

The Ladies of Royal Portrush Golf Club continue their remarkable run in the Irish Senior Cup when they won the Ulster Final at Balmoral Golf Club on 12th May 2014.
They had convincing 4½-matches to ½-match against Dunmurry Golf Club in the First Round and 4-matches to 1-match win over Bangor Golf Club in the Quarter Final. They met Shandon Park Golf Club in the Semi-Final and had another resounding win of 4-matches to 1-match, it was not until the Final that they encountered a real challenge to their Ulster and All-Ireland dominance.
They met the Ladies of Royal Co. Down Golf Club and were lead by Lucy Simpson who lost her match against Olivia Mehaffey by 3 and 1, she was followed by Victoria Bradshaw who also lost he match against Kate Evans by a single hole, next up was Gemma McClenaghan who went all the way to the 20-hole before putting the first point on the board, in the penultimate match Naoimh Quigg had a 3 and 1 win over Clare Calvert and in the bottom match Helen Jones had a convincing 6 and 5 win over Laura McCaw and with it a place in the All-Ireland Decider at Mount Wolseley Golf Club on 15-16 August where they will be seeking their 27th All-Ireland pennant.

They maid the long journey to Mount Wolseley as defending Champions and firm favourites, to retain the All-Ireland green pennant. They met East-Leinster runners-up Elm Park Golf Club in the All-Ireland Quarter-Finals on the Friday Morning and were lead out by Lucy Simpson who lost her match against Ariana Coyle Diez by 7 and 5, she was followed by Gemma McClenaghan who beat Louise Mernagh by 4 and 3, next on the tee was Helen Jones who lost out to Rachel McDonnell by 1-hole, in the penultimate match Hannah Henderson beat Nano Brennan by 2 and 1, so it was down to the bottom match of Naoimh Quigg and Madeleine Canty to decide who would qualify for the afternoon Semi-Finals, the Stillorgan Ladies booked their place with a 3 and 2 win and so it was not to be the 3-in-a-row.

The Ladies of Royal Portrush Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Irish Senior Cup in 2013 and made the long journey to Portumna Golf Club to compete in the National Deciders on Friday 16th August 2013, where they were drawn against Co. Louth in the All-Ireland Quarter Finals. First on tee was Lucy Simpson who beat Deirdre Smith by 2 and 1, she was followed by Victoria Bradshaw beat Carla Reynolds at 19th next up was Helen Jones beat Jennifer Gannon on the 18th the penultimate match of Naoimh Quigg finished with a 5 and 4 win over Oonagh Purfield in the bottom match of Hannah Henderson was halved with Roisin Brady when called in, giving 4 ½ matches to ½ match to the defending Champions.
They met the Ladies from Castletroy in the All-Ireland Semi-Finals, they were lead again by Lucy Simpson who lost her match against Chloe Ryan by 5 and 4 she was followed by Victoria Bradshaw beat Patrice Delaney by 3 and 1, next up was Helen Jones who had a 3 and 2 win over Lisa O'Shea in the penultimate match Naoimh Quigg had a comfortable 5 and 4 win over Shirley Real, the bottom match of Hannah Henderson was halved against Fiona Corbett when called in.
They met the Ladies of Kilkenny Golf Club and were in search of their 26th Irish Senior Cup title in the decider. First on the tee was Lucy Simpson beat Mary Dowling on the 18th, she was followed by Victoria Bradshaw who had a 3 and 1 win over Eileen Rose Power, next up was Helen Jones lost out to Orla Dunphy on the 18th the penultimate match of Naoimh Quigg halved against Mary Leahy Browne when called in, in the bottom match Hannah Henderson beat Ann Smee by 3 and 1.
Royal Portrush recorded a remarkable 26th victory in the Irish Ladies Senior Cup.

The Ladies of Royal Portrush Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Senior Cup Championship when they beat Malone Golf Club by 3½-matches to 1½-matches at Shandon Park Golf Club on 15th May 2012.

They beat Belvoir Park Golf Club in the Ulster Semi-Finals that morning by 3-matches to 2-matches. They were lead by Charlene Reid who lost her match by 6 and 4 to Jessica Carty, she was followed by Lucy Simpson who had a 3 and 2 win over Violet McBride, next up was Maura Diamond who beat Jennifer Russell on the 19th, the

penultimate match saw Helen Jones narrowly beaten by Jenny Gibson, in the bottom match Niamh Quigg clinched the vital point with a 5 and 3 win over Pauline Bailie

In the afternoon Royal Portrush retained the same formation, with Charlene Reid loosing out to Louise Coffey by 1-hole, next up saw Lucy Simpson have a very comfortable 5 and 3 win over Paula Delaney, she was followed by Maura Diamond who beat Jane Gardner by 1-hole, Helen Jones halved her match with Oonagh McClure, in the bottom match Niamh Quigg had a comfortable 6 and 4 win over Rachel Scott. 

It was on the Grange Golf Club to participate in the National Finals on Saturday 18th August, where they met Munster Champions Muskerry Golf Club in the Quarter-Finals.

First on the tee was Charlene Read who had a 4 and 3 win over Jean O’Driscoll, she was followed by Lucy Simpson who beat Laura McCarthy by 4 and 2, Victoria Bradshaw halved her match against Eadaoin Cronin when called-in. In the penultimate match Helen Jones had a very convincing win over Siobhan O’Herlihy by 5 and 4, the bottom match of Maura Diamond was halved with Aoife Barry when called-in.

They met Mid-Leinster Champions Enniscorthy Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Finals and recorded another 4-matches to 1-match win over the Wexford ladies. Charlene Reid lead them out against Aisling O’Leary and recorded a 4 and 3 win for the first points on the board, she was followed by Lucy Simpson who had a comfortable 7 and 6 win over Sorcha Howell, Victoria Bradshaw halved her match against Ciara Sharkey when called-in again. Helen Jones had another comfortable 5 and 4 win over Nicola King, the bottom match of Naoimh Quigg was halved against Jennifer King when called-in.

With their 25th All-Ireland Senior Cup Championship in sight they faced Kilkenny Golf Club in the All-Ireland decider. They were lead again by Charlene Reid who lost

her match against Mary Dowling by 3 and 2, she was followed by Lucy Simpson who beat Mary Rose Power by 1-up, next up was Victoria Bradshaw who lost out to Mary Leahy-Browne by 3 and 2. In the penultimate match Helen Jones showed why she is the Irish Close Champion when she had a 3 and 2 win over Orla Dunphy, in the bottom match Naoimh Quigg clinched the National pennant with a 2-hole victory over Ann Smee.     

Royal Portrush’s teenager Stephanie Meadow won the British Amateur Championship at Carnoustie on Saturday 30th June 2012 when she beat Rocio Sanchez Lobato of Spain by 4 and 3 in a one-sided final. This caped off a wonderful month for the young golfer, having sank the putt to win the Curtis Cup for GB&I, she helped Alabama to win the NCAA Women’s Championships and was runner-up to Leona Maguire in the Irish Women’s Close Championship at Co. Louth Golf Club on Tuesday 19th June. Our congratulations to Stephanie who made it a remarkable week for golf in this neck of Northern Ireland, with Allan Dumbar winning The British Amateur Championship and her home club hosting the Irish Open Championship creating records attendance every-day that was won by Jamie Donaldson with a score of 18-under par.

Helen Jones added the 2012 Irish Close Championship to her victory in the Irish Seniors Open Championship she won in 2010. She had a 4 and 2 win over Violet McBride of Belvoir Park at Bunclody Golf & Fishing Club on Thursday 5th July.

The Ladies of Royal Portrush Golf Club set out to win their 25th Senior Cup in 2011 and started well when they won the Ulster Final when beating Malone Golf Club by 3½-matches to 1½-matches on Tuesday 10th May.

They met East Leinster runners-up the Island Golf Club on Friday 12th August in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final. First on the tee was Charlene Reid who lost her match against Rachel Cassidy by 1-hole, she was followed by Gemma McClenaghan who had a comfortable 6 and 5 win over Suzy Sheehan, next up was Naoimh Quigg who beat Anna Courtney by 5 and 4, in the penultimate match Helen Jones lost out to Gertie McMullen by 2 and 1, the bottom match of Lucy Simpson against Angie Dwyer went 3 and 2 to Simpson and with it a place in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.

They met Connacht Champions Claremorris Golf Club the following morning and were lead again by Charlene Reid who lost her match to Sarah Helly by 6 and 5, she was followed by Naoimh Quigg who also lost to Kung Fanning by 2 and 1, next up was Helen Jones who halved her match with Kate Gallagher when called in, the penultimate match of Maura Diamond was also halved with Sarah Gallagher when called in, in the bottom match Sonja Verschuur lost her match to Emily McHugh by 6 and 5. Claremorris went on to lose the All-Ireland Final to Douglas Golf Club in the afternoon by 3½-matches to 1½-matches.

The Ladies of Royal Portrush Golf Club won their 24th Suzuki Irish Senior Cup at Cork Golf Club when they recorded a 4 1/2-matches to 1/2 match victory over Douglas Golf Club in 2010. 

First on the tee was former International Gemma McClenaghan against Karen O'Neill who recorded a 4 and 2 win over the Cork No. 1. She was followed by Charlene Reid who had a narrow win over Eavan Higgins when she birdied the 18th to record a 1-hole victory. Next up was Maura Diamond against Kate MacCann this match was called in on the 17th and recorded as a ½. The penultimate match of Lucy Simpson against Aoife Lane was a very convincing 8 and 6 victory for the Ulster club. The bottom match of Helen Jones against Ailish Thompson also went to Royal Portrush by 4 and 3.

In the morning Semi-Finals they met Lahinch Golf Club, Clair Robinson put Gemma McClenaghan out first against Sinead Sexton, this match was eventually called in as a result of what was happening behind them recorded as ½. The second match of Charlene Reid against Linda Toomey was also halved. The third match of Niamh Quigg against Olivia Hayes was a 2 and 1 win for the North Antrim club. The penultimate Lucy Simpson against the veteran Valerie Hassett saw Valerie lose out by 3 and 2. The bottom match of Helen Jones against Valerie Shannon was a resounding 7 and 6 win for the pre-tournament favourites.     

Maura Diamond won the Mabel Harrison Scratch Cup held at Royal Portrush, Saturday 29th May 2010, with rounds of 73 an 73, to beat Paula Grant of Lisburn Golf Club, Louise Mernagh Woodenbridge Golf Club and Charlene Reid of the home club by 1-stroke.

The Ladies of Royal Portrush Golf Club won their 23rd Suzuki Irish Senior Cup at Galway Golf Club on 30th August 2008 when they recorded a 4½ matches to a ½ match victory over The Island Golf Club.

First on the tee was Gemma Hegarty against Rachel Cassidy finished on the 18th when Gemma recorded a par to close out the match. Next up was Lucy Simpson against Suzy Sheehan this match finished on the 14th. She was followed by Naoimh Quigg who closed out her match against Sarah Carty on the 13th. The penultimate match of Helen Jones against Angie Dwyer was called in after Maura Diamond closed out her match on the 15th against Gertie McMullen in the bottom match.

They played Kilkenny Golf Club in the morning Semi-Final and had a comfortable 4 matches to 1 match victory over the club from the Marble City. They met Woodbrook Golf Club in the Quarter-Final and progressed with ease with a 3½ matches to 1½ over the Ladies from Bray.

The Ladies of Royal Portrush Golf Club were runners-up in the Suzuki Senior Cup Final at Milltown Golf Club on Saturday 1st September 2007 they met Kilkenny Golf Club in the Quarter-Final on the Friday.

First on the tee was Gemma Hegarty who beat Eileen Rose-Power by 2 and 1, she was followed by Lisa McMeekin who lost out to Mary Dowling by 4 and 3. Next up was Helen Jones who went all the way to the 19th before dismissing Mary Leahy-Browne. The penultimate match of Lucy Simpson against Sinead Slater saw Lucy deliver the vital match and a place in the Semi-Final. The bottom match of Rona English against Evelyn Crotty put the icing-on-the-cake with a 2-hole win and 4 matches to 1 match result. They met Laytown & Bettystown Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on the Saturday morning.

Gemma Hegarty was again first on the tee against Alyson Taylor and the Co. Meath lady put the first points on the board with a 2-up win, she was followed by Helen Jones who beat Tracy Eakin by 4 and 2, next up Lucy Simpson who had to go to the 19th before seeing off Carol Wickham. The penultimate match saw Lisa McMeekin halve with Phil O'Gorman, the bottom match of Sonya Verschuur against Noeline Quirke saw Sonya deliver a crushing 6 and 5 win and a place in the All-Ireland decider in the afternoon against Ennis Golf Club.

Gemma Hegarty once again lead the Royal Portrush team with more than 20-All-Ireland "Red Riband" of Irish Ladies Golf against the Co. Clare team who had never won the coveted prize.

Gemma lost her match Tricia McDonnell by 3 and 2, she was followed by Helen Jones who had a 4 and 3 win over Pamela Murphy. Next on the tee was Lisa McMeekin who lost her match by 2 and 1 to Sarah Cunning ham, Lucy Simpson halved her match with Valerie Hassett, the bottom match of Sonya Verschuur against young Ciara Pender went 4 and 3 to Ennis and with it the green pennant, giving the ladies and members of Ennis Golf Club an added celebration in their Centenary Year.

Girl-wonder Stephanie Meadow became the youngest ever winner of the Connacht Senior Championship in 2006, she is only 14 years old! Her reward has been selection by the ILGU for the European Young Masters squad.

Royal Portrush Ladies recorded their 21st victory in the Suzuki All-Ireland Senior Cup at Athlone Golf Club when on the 3rd September 2004 they had a convincing win over Western Champions Roscommon by 3 ½ matches to 1 ½ matches in the preliminary round. They went on to meet Co. Louth in the All-Ireland Semi-Final whom they beat by a similar margin. They then faced Kilkenny Golf Club in the All-Ireland Final where they had a magnificent 4 matches to 1 match victory. Recording three wins and two halves they retained the blue riband of Ladies Golf. The team was Helen Jones, Gemma Hegarty, Naoimh Quigg, Maura Diamond, Caroline Smyth, Roma English and Carol Corrigan captained them. Helen Jones won her match against Eileen Rose Power by 2 & 1, Gemma Hegarty halved with Mary Dowling, Naoimh Quigg beat Ruth Lennon by 2 & 1, Maura Diamond beat Ann Smee by 4 & 3 and Caroline Smyth halved with Evelyn Crotty.

Maura Diamond was selected on the Ulster ILGU Team for the Interprovincial's. Played at Ballybunion Golf Club from 18th to 20th August 2004.

Royal Portrush Ladies won the Suzuki All-Ireland Senior Cup at Blainroe Golf Club in 2003.when they beat Co. Louth in the All-Ireland Final. The team was Helen Jones, Gemma Hegarty, Naoimh Quigg, Maura Diamond, Caroline Smyth, Roma English and Carol Corrigan captained them. Helen Jones.

Christopher Hughes was selected on the Irish Boys' Team that played Canada in a Junior Challenge match at Hamilton Golf and Country Club from 7th to 9th September 2004.

Congratulations to Wilma Erskine who was presented with the "Secretary-Manager of the Year" by the Irish Golf Tours Operators Association.

John Moss was selected non-playing Captain of the Ulster Senior Interprovincial team for 2002.

Jane Allen was selected on the Irish Senior Ladies team that played in the European Senior Ladies' Team Championship at the Schonenberg Golf Club, in Switzerland on the 3rd to the 7th of September. She was also on the team that played England at Woodbrook Golf Club on 21st and 22nd October 2001.

S. Robinson Captained the Ulster Ladies team in the AIB Interprovincial’s at the Island Golf Club from the 8th to the 10th August 2001.

Prior to 2001:

Royal Portrush Golf Club won the All-Ireland Irish Senior Cup in 1979, when the team was, J. C. Moss, J. Dickson, I. A. Elliott, G. McAleese and D. J. F. Young.

They won the All-Ireland Irish Senior Cup in 1923, when the team was A. C. Allinson, C. O. Heziett, F. P. McConnell, R. McConnell, G. N. C. Martin, J. C. Martin and H. Swallow.

 They won the All-Ireland Irish Senior Cup in 1903, when the team was, C. S. Moore, J. S. Moore, F. B. Newett, H. E. Reade, O. B. Webb and H. W. Webb.

They won the All-Ireland Irish Senior Cup in 1902, when the team was, D. J. Cameron, F. B. Newett, H. R. Reade, J. S. Reade, O. B. Webb and W. H. Webb.

They first won the All-Ireland Irish Senior Cup in 1901, when the team was, D. J. Cameron, H. E. Reade, J. S. Reade, J. H. Richardson, O. B. Webb and W. H. Webb.

 Royal Portrush Golf Club won the All-Ireland Irish Barton Shield at Hermitage G. C. in 1977, when the team was, B. J. S. Kissock, M. Patterson, J. C. Moss and D. J. F. Young.

They won the All-Ireland Barton Shield at home in 1948, when the team was, T. B. Agnew, T. E. Dijon, J. Neill and J. Taggart.

They won the All-Ireland Barton Shield at home in 1922, when the team was, Capt. E. F. Carter, Major C. O. Hazlet, Dr. J. C. Mant-Martin and Col. W. K. Tillie.

They won the Ulster Final of the Barton Shield in 1999, when the team was, G. McGimpsey, C. Brown, E. Hughes, A. Francis and C. Devlin, they were captained by A. J. Kinley.

They won the Ulster Final of the Irish Senior Cup in 1997, when the team was, C. McElderry, E. Hughes, P. O'Donnell, C. Brown, A. Francis and R. Elliott, they were captained by W. R. A. Tennant.

They won the Ulster Final of the Barton Shield in 1990, when the team was, G. Clarke, P. Leckey, G. McAleese, M. Winderbank, D. Cameron, S. J. Henry and P. O'Donnell, they were captained by D. J. F. Young.

They won the Ulster Final of the Irish Senior Cup in 1989, when the team was, G. Clarke, P. Leckey, G. McGimpsey, G. Moore, M. Winderbank, G. McAleese, P. O'Donnell, D. J. F. Young, E. Hughes and D. Cameron, they were captained by D. J. Crawford.

They won the Ulster Final of the Barton Shield in 1986, when the team was, G. Clarke, M. Winderbank, D. Cameron, G. McAleese, P. Leckey and S. Monteith, they were captained by J. L. Shanks.

They won the Ulster Final of the Irish Junior Cup in 1981, when the team was, J. Brankin, A. Mitchell, S. Monteith, G. B. Stewart and E. P. Wright.

Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;

A, C. Allison represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1928 to 1929;

J. L. Bamford represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1954 to 1956 playing 10-times won 3-matches and lost 7-matches accumulating 6-points. He represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 19571to 1972 playing 34-times won 18-matches halved one and lost 15-matches accumulating 37-points;

C. H. Beamish represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1950 to 1956 playing 22-times won 8-matches halved three and lost 1-match accumulating 19-points;

F. E. Cuming represented Ireland as a Senior International in1906;

I. A. Elliott represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1975 to 1978 playing 30-times won 11-matches halved two and lost 16-matches accumulating 25-points;

J. Faith represented Ireland as a Senior International in 1966 playing 6-times, won 2-matchs halved 1 and lost 3-matches accumulating 5-points;

J. Fitzsimons represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1938 to 1948 playing 16-times won 6-matches halved three and lost 7-matches accumulating 15-points;

R. K. Hezlet represented Ireland as a Senior International in1906;

C. O. Hezlett played Walker Cup at Garden City, NY in 1924, at St Andrews in 1926. He represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1923 to 1931;

T. B. Hoey represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1970 to 1984 playing 42-times won 20-matches halved two and lost 17-matches accumulating 45-points;

A. G. Hogg represented Ireland as a Senior International in1902;

G. B. Long represented Ireland as a Senior International in1906;

G. N. Martin played Walker Cup at Chicago in 1928. He represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1923 to 1930;

F. P. McConnell represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1929 to 1931;

R. M. McConnell represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1924 to 1931;

J. S. Moore represented Ireland as a Senior International in1903;

H. K. Sparrow represented Ireland as a Senior International in1925;

C. E. Stuart represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1902 to 1905;

F. A. K. Stuart represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1902 to 1906;

G. Waddell represented Ireland as a Senior International in1925;

W. H. Webb represented Ireland as a Senior International in1902;

Rickey Elliott represented Ireland at international Youths level in 1998 playing 7-matches, won 1-match and lost 7-matches accumulating 2-points. He represented Ireland at Irish Boys level in 1995 playing 7-times won 2-matches halved one and lost 4-matches accumulating 5-points. He represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1997 to 1998 playing 10-times won 3-matches halved two and lost 5-matches accumulating 8-points. He represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1996 playing 5-times won 4-matches halved one and lost 0-matches accumulating 9-points. He represented Ulster at the Boys Interprovincial Championships in 1994 playing 6-times won 1-match and lost 5-matches accumulating 2-points;

 

C. McElderry represented Ireland at international Youths level in 1992 playing 2-matches, won 1-match and lost 1-match accumulating 2-points. He represented Ireland at Irish Boys level in 1991 playing  4-times won 0-matches and lost 4-matches accumulating 0-points. He represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1995 to 1997 playing 17-times won 12-matches halved two and lost 3-matches accumulating 26-points. He represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships from 1991 to 1992 playing 9-times won 5-matches halved one and lost 3-matches accumulating 11-points;

 

C. Hughes represented Ireland at Irish Boys level in 2004 playing 6-times won 6-matches and lost 0-matches accumulating 12-points;

 

G. Moore represented Ireland at Irish Boys level from 1985 to 1986 playing 16-times won 8-matches halved two and lost 12-matches accumulating 18-points;

 

James Patterson represented Ireland at Irish Boys level in 2006 playing 6-times won 3-matches halved one and lost 2-matches accumulating 7-points. He represented Ulster at the Boys Interprovincial Championships from 2005 to 2007 playing 13-times won 5-matches halved four and lost 4-matches accumulating 14-points;

 

J. M. Bamford represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 19571to 1972 playing 34-times won 18-matches halved one and lost 15-matches accumulating 37-points;

D. J. Cameron represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1899 to 1903 playing 4-times won 2-matches halved one and lost 1-match accumulating 2½ -points;

G. Clarke represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1988 to 1990 playing 12-times won 7-matches and lost 5-matches accumulating 14-points. He represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1987 playing 6-times won 5-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 10-points;

E. S. Dashwood represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1906 playing 1-time won 0-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 0-points;

M. Edwards represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1956 to 1963 playing 40-times won 21-matches halved seven and lost 12-matches accumulating 49-points;

J. Faith represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1965 to 1970 playing 24-times won 10-matches halved two and lost 12-matches accumulating 22-points;

R. R. Gilroy represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1896 playing 2-times won 1-match halved one and lost 0-matches accumulating 1½ -points;

M. Green represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1906 playing 1-time won 0-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 0-points;

A. G. Hogg represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1899 playing 1-time won 0-matches halved one and lost 0-matches accumulating ½ -point;

R. Hunter represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s 1899 playing 1-time won 1-match and lost 0-matches accumulating 1-point;

B. Jones represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1904 playing 1-time won 0-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 0-points;

C. Knox represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1957 playing 4-times won 3-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 6-points;

A. D. LaTouche represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1906 playing 1-time won 1-match and lost 0-matches accumulating 1-point;

R. L. Lowry* represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1939;

G. McAleese represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1981 to 1995 playing 15-times won 8-matches halved two and lost 5-matches accumulating 18-points. He represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1978 playing 3-times won 2-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 4-points;

I. A. Menealy represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1971 playing 6-times won 2-matches halved one and lost 3-matches accumulating 5-points;

G. Moore represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1985 playing 3-times won 1-match and lost 2-matches accumulating 2-points. He represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships from 1985 to 1988 playing 16-times won 12-matches and lost 4-matches accumulating 24-points;

J. Moore represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1903 playing 1-time won 0-matches halved one and lost 0-matches accumulating ½ -points;

H. Morrison represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1900 playing 1-time won 1-match and lost 0-matches accumulating 1-point;

J. C. Moss represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1970 to 1976 playing 16-times won 4-matches and lost 12-matches accumulating 8-points;

A. C. Newett represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1902 to 1906 playing 3-times won 2-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 2-points;

M. Patterson represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1977 to 1978 playing 5-times won 2-matches halved one and lost 2-matches accumulating 5-points. He represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1973;

J. H. Richardson represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1896 to 1901 playing 6-times won 3-matches halved one and lost 2-matches accumulating 3½ -points; 

J. Taggart represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1962 to 1963 playing 12-times won 6-matches halved four and lost 2-matches accumulating 16-points;

A. Traill represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1896 to 1900 playing 4-times won 1-match and lost 3-matches accumulating 1-point;

M. Windebank represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1893 playing 1-time won 0-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 0-points. He represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1981 playing 3-times won 1-match and lost 2-matches accumulating 2-points;

R. Woodside represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1896 playing 2-times won 0-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 0-points;

H. A. Boyd represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1976 playing 3-times won 2-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 4-points;

P. Leckey represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships from 1979 to 1980 playing 6-times won 3-matches and lost 3-matches accumulating 6-points;

M. McAlpin represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 2008 playing 6-times won 4-matches halved one and lost 1-match accumulating 9-points;

D. H. Taggart* represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships from 1967 to 1968 playing 4-times;

J. Taggart* represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1983;

R. Taggart represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1970 playing 2-times won 2-matches and lost 0-matches accumulating 4-points; 

D. J. Young* represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships from 1967 to 1969 playing 6-times;

Mrs. Jane Allen won the Stroke Play Foursomes together with Miss Laura Bolton of Cairndhu in 1986.

Patricia MacKenzie won the Irish Girls' Close Championship in 1965 and played for the Irish Girls in 1965 against Wales.

History of Royal Portrush

Instituted 1888 affiliated 1891

Col. J. M. McCalmont M. P. and Mr. J. S. Alexandar are credited with the foundation of golf at Royal Portrush. "The Field," on the 19th of May, 1888, carries the following report "A club under the name "The County Club" has been very successfully started in County Antrim, Ireland. A ground has been laid out close to the railway station at Portrush, well known by tourists visiting the Giants Causeway. The course is a remarkably good one of nine-holes"

Old Tom Morris visited the club in July 1889. "The Field" on the 20th of July that year reported "Portrush had the benefit of Tom’s presence on Thursday and Friday. The green there could hardly be surpassed for its size. Every hole has its accompanying hazard. The greens there were considered by Morris as already being well-laid-out and the alterations he suggested referred principally to the changing of the teeing ground so as to elongate several of the holes"

The course at that time was closer to the town and soon after Tom Morris’s visit, had extended to eighteen-holes, measuring four miles and had 200 members, with a comfortable clubhouse.

Royal Portrush always had a global vision, as to its place in the world of golf, which can be seen by Mr. J. S. Alexander, D. L., presenting a magnificent challenge cup in 1889 open to all Irish Clubs. Mr. W. H. Mann was in the chair when the GUI was founded on 13th November 1891, in Belfast.

In 1892, the club received the Royal title and changed its name to Royal Portrush in 1895. By this time, there was a very b Ladies Club at Royal Portrush and by 1894 they had their own course and clubhouse and as early as 1895 the Ladies British Championship was held here. Two of the Lady members, Miss Mary Hazlet (1899, 1902 and 1907), won the Ladies British Amateur Open Championship, and Miss Rhona Adair in 1900 and 1903.

Between 1929 and 1932, the club moved further to the east where there were large sand hills and higher ground. H. S. Colt redesigned the Dunluce Course and the status of the course was confirmed when Royal Portrush was awarded the 1951 British Open Championship, the only time it was held outside Great Britain. It has been the venue of the North of Ireland Amateur Open Championship since 1947.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
Miss K. F. Stewart-Moore 1990 Ladies Captain
S. M. Bolton 1990 Ladies President
Basil McCrea 1990 Men's Captain
Robert Lowry 1990 President
Mrs. J. A. Robinson 1991 Ladies Captain
S. M. Bolton 1991 Ladies President
John G. McLean 1991 Men's Captain
Robert Lowry 1991 President
Mrs. D. J. Hassan 1992 Ladies Captain
S. M. Bolton 1992 Ladies President
Hugh H. Clarke 1992 Men's Captain
Robert Lowry 1992 President
Mrs. R. G. Brown 1993 Ladies Captain
S. M. Bolton 1993 Ladies President
William C. Logan 1993 Men's Captain
Robert Lowry 1993 President
Miss Jean Brown 1994 Ladies Captain
S. M. Bolton 1994 Ladies President
David J. F. Young 1994 Men's Captain
Robert Lowry 1994 President
Mrs. F. T. B. Fulton 1995 Ladies Captain
Mrs. I. J. Higgins 1995 Ladies President
Frank T. Trufelli 1995 Men's Captain
Robert Lowry 1995 President
Mrs. H. D. B. Canavan 1996 Ladies Captain
Mrs. I. J. Higgins 1996 Ladies President
John J. L. McNally 1996 Men's Captain
Robert Lowry 1996 President
Mrs. D. A. Stevenson 1997 Ladies Captain
Mrs. I. J. Higgins 1997 Ladies President
J. G. Kinley 1997 Men's Captain
Mr. R. Gordon Clark 1997 President
Mrs. A. Wallace 1998 Ladies Captain
W. J. Caithness 1998 Ladies President
Dr. T. B. Turner 1998 Men's Captain
Mr. R. Gordon Clark 1998 President
Mrs. J. J. S. Grey 1999 Ladies Captain
W. J. Caithness 1999 Ladies President
James T. Huston 1999 Men's Captain
Mrs. C. P. Corrigan 2000 Ladies Captain
W. J. Caithness 2000 Ladies President
Ian R. Patterson 2000 Men's Captain
Mr. R. Gordon Clark 2000 President
Mrs. T. I. Simpson 2001 Ladies Captain
W. J. Caithness 2001  Ladies President
F. T. B. Fulton 2001 Men's Captain
Mr. R. Gordon Clark 2001 President
Mrs. Patricia McNally 2002 Ladies Captain
W. J. Caithness 2002 Ladies President
J. L. (Ian)  Bamford 2002 Men's Captain
Mr. R. Gordon Clark 2002 President
Mrs. D. J. F. Young 2003 Ladies Captain
Miss. K. Beamish 2003 Ladies President
Sam Moore 2003 Men's Captain
Mr. R. Gordon Clark 2003 President
Mary Mitchell 2004 Ladies Captain
Miss. K. Beamish 2004 Ladies President 
Roy Dunbar 2004 Men's Captain
Mr. H. S. E. Catherwood 2004 President
Mrs. J. H. Ludlow 2005 Ladies Captain
Mrs. R. W. Temple 2005 Ladies President 
Desmond J. Hassan 2005 Men's Captain
H. S. E. Catherwood 2005 President
J. R. de Zeeuw 2006 Ladies Captain
  2006 Ladies President 
Ian C. Henderson 2006 Men's Captain
H. S. E. Catherwood 2006 President
T. B. Turner 2007 Ladies Captain
  2007 Ladies President 
Dr. M. Patterson 2007 Men's Captain
H. S. E. Catherwood 2007 President
F. J. Trufelli 2008 Ladies Captain
  2008 Ladies President 
A. Wallace McMaster 2008 Men's Captain
H. S. E. Catherwood 2008 President
Melanie Mitchell 2009 Ladies Captain
  2009 Ladies President 
Dr. W. Ritchie 2009 Men's Captain
J. McElderry 2009 President
Norma Caskey 2010 Ladies Captain
Margaret Temple 2010 Ladies President 
W. A. H. Ritchie 2010 Men's Captain
J. McElderry 2010 President
Elva Mercer 2011 Ladies Captain
Jane Allen 2011 Ladies President
J. Bamber 2011 Men's Captain
J. McElderry 2011 President
Elva Mercer 2012 Ladies Captain
Jane Allen 2012 Ladies President
P. Tweedie 2012 Men's Captain
J. McElderry 2012 President
Helen Jones
2013 Ladies Captain
Jane Allen
2013 Ladies President
J. C. Moss 2013 Men's Captain
J. McElderry 2013 President
Maud Wilson 2014 Ladies Captain
Jane Allen 2014 Ladies President
R. I. Clark 2014 Men's Captain
Hugh Clarke 2014 President
 Angela Baird 2015 Ladies Captain
Jane Allen 2015 Ladies President
  2015 Men's Captain
Hugh Clarke
2015 President
Alice Kinkead
2016 Ladies Captain
Maura McElderry
2016 Ladies President
Michael Taylor
2016 Men's Captain
Hugh Clarke
2016 President
Alice Kinkead 2017 Ladies Captain
  2017 Ladies President
Michael Taylor 2017 Men's Captain
  2017 President
Lucy Simpson (0)
2017 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Victoria Bradshaw (1)
2017 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Gemma McClenaghan (1) 2017 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Stephanie Meadow 2017 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Charlene Reid (1) 2017 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Maura Diamond (3) 2017 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Christopher Hughes 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
Patrick McCrudden 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
John Robinson 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
J. Stevenson 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
Matthew McAlpin 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
John Turner (0) 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap

Holes in One at Royal Portrush

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Jane Allen
25 April 2006
4th Helen's Bay
120 yd's