Bushfoot golf club Antrim

Bushfoot golf course Antrim

Bushfoot Golf Course

Bushfoot Club Crest

This 9-hole links/parkland situated in the far North of Co. Antrim only about a mile from the world famous Giants Causeway, is a must to visit when in this area. The course has been in existence since 1890 at least. It is a traditional Links/parkland where the golfer can savour the magnificent views of Causeway Coast and on a clear day the West Coast of Scotland is in view.

The course is built on the banks of the River Bush giving rise to something that is seldom found on Links courses with water coming into play on four of the 9 holes, on the 1st 3rd 4th and 5th. Although only a 9-hole Links/parkland Bushfoot has 15 different tee boxes making the back nine a totally different challenge of golf. The 10th at 458 yards is as good a par 4 you will find anywhere.

Visitors to Bushfoot Golf Club are always extended the warmest of Ulster welcomes, the clubhouse is warm and the catering is excellent.

Green Fees Midweek 9-hole: £12
Green Fees Midweek 18-hole: £20
Green Fees Weekends & B.H. 9-hole: £20
Green Fees Weekends & B.H. 18-hole: £25
Green Fees with a Member: £15/20
Green Fees for Opens:  £15/25
Practice Area:  Yes
Club Hire: No
Buggy Hire: No
Soft Spikes: No
Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fees: £550
Full Student 19-22 Membership Fees: £255
Full Junior 15-18 Membership Fees: £125
Full Overseas Membership Fees: £315
Full House Membership Fees: £115
Course Type Links
No Holes 9
Members 553
Designer David Jones
Founded 1890

50 Bushfoot Road,
Co. Antrim
BT57 8RR X

Telephone 028-207-31317
Email bushfootgolfclub@btconnect.com
Website Bushfoot golf club website
Director of Golf: Ian Blair
Captain: Robert Corbett
Lady Captain: Ruth Moore
Kenny McKillop & Alma Morrison
Vice-Captains': Trevor McKendry
Hon. Secretary: Ronnie Laverty & Lorna Bell
Club Pro: Ian Blair
Hon. Treasurer: Roger Hamilton & Mary Platt
Comp. Secretary: Robert McLaughlin & Ruth Moore
Bushfoot 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: Tuesdays
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other Days Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance

Bushfoot Golf Club Fixtures 2024 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2023 (to be Confirmed)        
Events Start Finish Type Duration
Lady Presidents Prize Friday 23 June   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Saturday 1 July   Closed 1
Presidents Prize Saturday 29 July   Closed 1
Lady Captain´s Prize Saturday 12 August   Closed 1
Singles Stableford Friday 17 March   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Monday 5 June Wednesday 8 June
Open 3
Ladies Singles Stableford Tuesday 6 June   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Wednesday 7 June   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Tuesday 4 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 16 July   Open
L. & G. National Trust Thursday 17 August   Open 1
Mixed Foursomes
Sunday 10 September   Open 1
Ladies 3-Person Team Event
Tuesday 12 September   Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

White Par 70 SSS 68 6,075 yd's
Yellow Par 70 SSS 67 5,870 yd's
Red Par 70 SSS 69 5,373 yd's


Hole No. White Yellow Par Index Red Par Index
1 418 408 4 3 326 4 8
2 169 157 3 12 137 3 17
3 313 299 4 15 290 4 16
4 355 346 4 2 317 4 2
5 399 391 4 6 337 4 14
6 494 483 5 10 478 5 5
7 174 163 3 8 154 3 10
8 335 327 4 17 325 4 12
9 340 327 4 13 320 4 6
Out 2,997 2,901 35   2,684 35  
10 452 431 4 1 346 4 4
11 139 128 3 18 123 3 18
12 348 338 4 9 326 4 3
13 355 346 4 4 317 4 1
14 399 391 4 5 337 4 15
15 508 499 5 11 432 5 13
16 190 182 3 7 154 3 11
17 347 327 4 16 334 4 9
18 340 327 4 14 320 4 7
In 3,078 2,969 35   2,689 35  
Total 6,075 5,870 70   5,373 70  
SSS 68 67     69    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record: 65 Steven Morrison

Ladies Course Record:

Members Achievements

Bushfoot Golf Club won the North Antrim Shield in 1994, when the team was, Brian Sweeney, Trevor Thompson, Ian Hemphill, Trevor Steele, Ian Thompson, Paddy Quigg, Ian Thompson, Roy Carmac, Greg Taylor, Clifford Bailey and John Torrens, they were captained by Richard Conkey.

Members who played representative golf for their Province;

J. Fitzsimmons* represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1938;

History of Bushfoot

Instituted 1893 affiliated 1906

There is some confusion as to when golf was first played at Bushfoot. It is first listed in The Golfing Annual, 1894-95. The Golfing Union of Ireland gives mention of it in the minutes, 26th July 1895. The Hon. Secretary was H. Steen, Bushmills. The Golfing Annual, 1898-99, gives its foundation date as 1893 and states, "The course of nine-holes is about a mile from The Giants Causeway".

The confusion arises when The Irish Golfers Guide, 1910, gives 1890 as the year of institution. It goes on to say "in summer, the electric tram stops and lifts passengers every hour at the clubhouse"

What the Club tells us:

Bushfoot Golf Club came into existence in 1890, making it one of the oldest golf clubs in Ulster, although it is probable that people played on the links prior to that date. Since then the Club has grown in area, its membership has increased and its general development and ethos have mirrored the times in which it has existed. The original course occupied the area bounded by the River Bush, the Causeway Tramline and the right of way lane running from behind the ladies 10th tee to the back of the 7th green. The course area was subsequently increased by the acquisition of Curries field (the pitch and putt course approximately) and later by the ground to the east of the tramline. The Club has progressed from tenancy to ownership of the land. Clubhouses have changed from a removable wooden shelter (key 1/- to members) located to the side of the 7th green through a series of buildings to our present structure with its multiple functions (key £15.00 to members).

The membership of the Club has grown; it had 14 members in 1890 compared to the present membership of around 500. The cost of membership has also changed from 10/- in 1890 to over £500 in 2020. The amenities available at the two years just stated do not stand up to comparison. The first paid staff in the Club was a greenkeeper — just that and he was paid by the day to cut greens only. Sheep were responsible for clipping the fairways. Today we depend on numerous employees with modern technology to maintain the course and the functions of a modern golf club.

While the Club has had captains since 1890 the emergence of other premier office bearers has reflected the increasing strength of the Club over the years. The first president was appointed in 1934. The Ladies branch elected its first captain in the same year. The post of lady president was created in 1990. Bushfoot has provided golf for over 100 years in surroundings which are as pleasant as any in the country. It has provided challenges as well as enjoyment to a wide spectrum of people over the years. The hope is that it continues to give pleasure to all its members and visitors in the future.

1890 – The Club was formed with 14 members.

1986 – The first clubhouse (wooden) was erected to the left of the present 7th green. This facilitated golfers travelling by tram. During its formative years open competitions for ladies and gentlemen and Mixed Foursomes attracted competitors from Portrush, Portstewart and Ballycastle. The clubhouse was too small to accommodate the AGM’s which were held in the Montgomery Memorial School, Bushmills.

1899 – The Clubs second captain was a lady. Miss M. Creighton. This is a unique distinction for the Club; maybe a first in Ireland.

1905/06 – The Club suffered from a shortage of members.

1908 – A permanent clubhouse l2ft x l2ft with a board floor was erected at a cost of £15.

1909 – The fairways were rented out for cattle as well as sheep grazing.

1910 – The Macnaghten Challenge Cup, the first cup for competition within the club was presented.

1914-18 – World War One. In 1917 the Department of Agriculture directed that part of the course be cropped. In the same year competition for the McNaughton and Kerr-Smiley cups was abandoned. During 1918 the Council decided to let the club lapse.

1919 – The Club was re-activated on 1st December.

1922 – A new course layout was used; a greenkeeper was employed on an annual basis. The Club was up and running again and vibrant.

1929 – Sir Anthony Macnaghten purchased the links from Dr. Matson. The right to graze cattle on the course was waived.

1934 – A new clubhouse was erected on the site of the current clubhouse. The Ladies’ Branch was affiliated to the ILGU. Dr. Huey was elected first president of the Club

1936 – Increased membership meant that the course area had to be increased. Curries field was duly rented.

1937 – A tractor was purchased to assist with course improvements.

1938 – A new course layout encompassing Curries field was officially opened.

1939-45 – World War Two. Shortages in cash flow led to a reduction in greenkeepers time. A chronic shortage of golf balls during this period led the Council to decree that the rough be kept as low as possible. The military had the use of Curries field as a camp during the summer months.

1956 – Electric light was installed in the clubhouse.

1947 – The clubhouse was connected to the telephone.

1963 – The Club became a limited company.

1964 – The land on the east of the tram track was leased from the Macnaghten Estate.

1966 – A new course including the recently acquired land was opened. The opening ceremony was followed by the inaugural Ladies v Gents match for the Bushfoot Challenge Cup.

1972 – Major extensions took place to the clubhouse.

1976 – The Club obtained a licence for its premises.

1980 – The Club bought the land that was previously leased from the Macnaghten Estate; the first Secretary Manager was appointed to the Club.

1989 – A completely new clubhouse was built in this year. For the first time Bushfoot had the facilities of a kitchen and dining room to provide multiple meals.

1990 – Centenary year. Numerous functions marked this milestone in the Club’s history. The five day Open Week was probably a highlight for most playing members. Mrs. Eileen Hanna was elected the first president of the Ladies Branch.

1992 – Additional extensions were built on to the bar and dining room to cater for increasing demands.

1999 – Alterations planned for the course were beginning to take place. New bunkers on 4th. 6th and 8th holes and a new 16th tee were constructed

2001 – This year saw the completion of the magnificent new changing/locker rooms as well as a further extension to the kitchen and the revamping of offices and starters room.

2002 – In April history repeated itself – almost Bushfoot once more had a railway adjacent to It. albeit steam not electric. Whistles reminiscent of the Canadian Pacific echo all over the course greeting a good & drive or maybe a missed putt.

2003 – Opening of re-aligned 3rd/l2th fairway. The mounds on each side of fairway should encourage you to keep it straight. Once again a clear view of the footpath from the tee box.

2005 – Major works were carried out on the. 9th & 18th tees which are now the best elevated tees of the Course

2006 – A year of consolidation. The course received many accolades including a Silver Award in the HSBC Top Courses of Ireland.

2007 – David Jones, Golf Architect, engaged to produce long term plan for the course and new garages for all machinery.

2008 – The new machinery shed was built and a new state-of- the-art washing bay for the machinery was installed. A complete refurbishment of the restaurant, bar and lounge was carried out. Blazers were introduced for the first time for The Lady Captain and The Lady President.

2009 – Long term plan for the course being implemented with the addition of and refurbishing of 12 bunkers and the construction of the new 5th tee.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
C. Gilbert 1989 Ladies Captain
W. McIlroy 1989 Men's Captain
R. Boyce 1989 President
A. McKelvey 1990 Ladies Captain
Mrs. E. Hanna 1990 Ladies President
J. C. Torrens 1990 Men's Captain
W. McIlroy 1990 President
N. Hedley 1991 Ladies Captain
Mrs. E. Hanna 1991 Ladies President
B. Hedley 1991 Men's Captain
W. McIlroy 1991 President
T. Maulsaid 1992 Ladies Captain
Mrs. E. Hanna 1992 Ladies President
R. Conkey 1992 Men's Captain
W. McIlroy 1992 President
A. Bryan 1993 Ladies Captain
Mrs. E. Hanna 1993 Ladies President
T. Boyce 1993 Men's Captain
W. McIlroy 1993 President
N. Conkey 1994 Ladies Captain
Mrs. E. Hanna 1994 Ladies President
R. Morrow 1994 Men's Captain
W. McIlroy 1994 President
A. Cullen 1995 Ladies Captain
Mrs. E. Hanna 1995 Ladies President
G. Taylor 1995 Men's Captain
W. McIlroy 1995 President
J. McIlroy 1996 Ladies Captain
Mrs. E. Hanna 1996 Ladies President
S. Morrison 1996 Men's Captain
Dr. P. Ritchie 1996 President
M. Kwon 1997 Ladies Captain
Mrs. E. Hanna 1997 Ladies President
D. Kirkwood 1997 Men's Captain
Dr. P. Ritchie 1997 President
A. Reid 1998 Ladies Captain
Mrs. E. Hanna 1998 Ladies President
S. Carey 1998 Men's Captain
Dr. P. Ritchie 1998 President
B. Hawkins 1999 Ladies Captain
Mrs. E. Hanna 1999 Ladies President
E. McGuinness 1999 Men's Captain
Dr. P. Ritchie 1999 President
Mrs. Leslie Wishart 2000 Ladies Captain
Mrs. E. Hanna 2000 Ladies President
Harry Cullen 2000 Men's Captain
Dr. P. Ritchie 2000 President
Mrs. A. Wilson 2001 Ladies Captain
Mrs. Daphine Bustard 2001 Ladies President
John Batten 2001 Men's Captain
J. H. McConnell 2001 President
Adrienne Wilson 2002 Ladies Captain
Mrs. Daphine Bustard 2002 Ladies President
John Batten 2002 Men's Captain
James McConnell 2002 President
Elaine Adjey 2003 Ladies Captain
W. D. Bustard 2003 Ladies President
Victor Freeman 2003 Men's Captain
James McConnell 2003 President
Alma Morrison 2004 Ladies Captain
Margo Knox 2004 Ladies President
Bertie Rodgers 2004 Men's Captain
James McConnell 2004 President
Ruby Boyce 2005 Ladies Captain
Margo Knox 2005 Ladies President
David Kirkwood 2005 Men's Captain
John Torrens 2005 President
Margaret Holterman 2006 Ladies Captain
Margo Knox 2006 Ladies President
Robert Peacock 2006 Men's Captain
John Torrens 2006 President
Ruby Boyce 2007 Ladies Captain
Rosemary Elliott 2007 Ladies President
Neil Simpson 2007 Men's Captain
Victor Freeman 2007 President
Maureen Pentland 2008 Ladies Captain
Rosemary Elliott 2008 Ladies President
Niel Simpson 2008 Men's Captain
Victor Freeman 2008 President
Sharon Carson 2009 Ladies Captain
Rosemary Elliott 2009 Ladies President
Terence McFaull 2009 Men's Captain
Victor Freeman 2009 President
Helen Creighton 2010 Ladies Captain
Rosemary Elliott 2010 Ladies President
Ronnie Laverty 2010 Men's Captain
David Kirkwood 2010 President
Sheila Orr 2011 Ladies Captain
Alice Trufelli 2011 Ladies President
Kenneth McKillop 2011 Men's Captain
David Kirkwood 2011 President
Joan McKillop 2012 Ladies Captain
Alice Trufelli 2012 Ladies President
Paul Pentland 2012 Men's Captain
David Kirkwood 2012 President
Alana Wallace 2013 Ladies Captain
Alice Trufelli
2013 Ladies President
Kenneth Gault 2013 Men's Captain
Robert Hedley
2013 President
Jenny Wilson 2014 Ladies Captain
Lesley Wishart 2014 Ladies President
Derick Murphy 2014 Men's Captain
Matt Colgan 2014 President
Liz McNeilly 2015 Ladies Captain
Lesley Wishart 2015 Ladies President
Martyn Freeman 2015 Men's Captain
Matt Colgan 2015 President
Alice Trufelli 2016 Ladies Captain
Lesley Wishart 2016 Ladies President
Roger Hamilton 2016 Men's Captain
Matt Colgan 2016 President
Marie Hamilton 2017 Ladies Captain
Marbeth Hedley
2017 Ladies President
Ronnie Macauley 2017 Men's Captain
Lenny McIlroy
2017 President
Gail Morrow 2018 Ladies Captain
Marbeth Hedley 2018 Ladies President
Richard Elliott 2018 Men's Captain
Lenny McIlroy 2018 President
Sharon Scott 2019 Ladies Captain
Marbeth Hedley 2019 Ladies President
Ronnie Macauley 2019 Men's Captain
Lenny McIlroy 2019 President
Caroline McKendry 2020 Ladies Captain
Jean Baker 2020 Ladies President
Harry Love 2020 Men's Captain
Lenny McIlroy 2020 President
Caroline McKendry
2021 Ladies Captain
Jean Baker
2021 Ladies President
Ian Montgomery 2021 Men's Captain
Nathaniel Simpson 2021 President
Mary Platt 2022 Ladies Captain
Jean Baker 2022 Ladies President
Roger Hamilton 2022 Men's Captain
Kenny McKillop 2022 President
Ruth Moore 2023 Ladies Captain
Alma Morrison 2023 Ladies President
Robert Corbett 2023 Men's Captain
Kenny McKillop 2023 President
(9) 2023 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Owen Cooks (-0.3) 2023 Lowest Men's Handicap

Holes in One at Bushfoot

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Martyn Freeman 21 May 2022

 Andrew Cross 3 March 2023 11th   128 yd's