Moyola Park golf club Derry

Moyola Park golf course Derry

Moyola Park Golf Course

Moyola Park Club Crest

Rumour has it golf has been played at Moyola Park since the early 1900's but it was not until 1976 when Lord Moyola retained Don Patterson to design this magnificent 18-hole Parkland course. Don was Ronan Rafferty's mentor at the time, for those of you who are too young to remember Ronan and can only identify him on TV doing commentary for American channels Ronan was one of the great Irish amateur and professional golfers. He is the only Irish player to top the European Order of Merit. Sure Daren and Padraig are knocking on the door but they have yet to do it.

Moyola Park is a spectacular Championship Parkland Course measuring 6,519 yards with a Par 71 and a standard scratch to match off the blue stakes, the ladies is somewhat shorter at 5,638 yards Par 72 and standard scratch to match. The course record is 67 shot by Randal Evans. The signature hole at Moyola Park is the 8th at 421 yards "The River Hole" is a 90-degree dogleg requiring careful club selection off the tee and having achieved that you are confronted with an even more daunting shot over the River Moyola to a well-protected green set just back from the river. The finishing hole is a Par 5 at 562 yards will test both the skill and nerve of the best of golfers, with a narrow tree-lined fairway, it requires accuracy with every shot.

The clubhouse is steeped in history as it was once the retirement home of Admiral Lord Graves, he who fought in the Napoleonic Wars. However for today's it provides every facility he or she can require.

Moyola Park was voted the No. 97-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2016;

Green Fees Monday to Thursday: £25
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: £30
Green Fees with a Member: £15/20
Green Fees for Opens: £17/20
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: £20 Yes
Soft Spikes: Yes
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 18
Members 681
Designer Don Patterson
Founded 1976
Address

15 Curran Road,
Castledawson,
Magherafelt,
Co. Londonderry

Telephone 028-79-468468
Email moyolapark@btconnect.com
Website Moyola Park golf club website
Secretary/Manager: Michael Gribbin
Captain: John McGoldrick
Lady Captain: Clare McKenna
President: Seamus Kyne
Vice-Captains':  & Teresa O'Hagan 
Hon. Secretary: Hugh McGoldrick & Angie Moore
Club Pro: Tony Mulholland 028-79-468830
Hon. Treasurer: Niall Evans & Grainne McClean
Comp. Secretary: Seamus Graffin & Eileen McKeague
Moyola Park Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
Lat:54.786880
Long:-6.559954
*Please check information before travelling

General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: 11.00am to 11.00pm
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering, facilities Days to Avoid: Sundays & Wednesdays am
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance

Moyola Park Golf Club Fixtures 2017 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2017 (Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Captains' Drive-In Saturday 8 April   Closed 1
Captain's Prize (Q)
Saturday 29 July   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Saturday 5 August   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Saturday 19 August   Closed 1
President's Prize to the Ladies Wednesday 23 August   Closed 1
President's Prize Saturday 2 September
  Closed 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 2 January   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 9 January   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 16 January   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 23 January   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 30 January
  Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 6 February   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 13 February   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 20 February   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 27 February
  Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 6 March   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 13 March   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 20 March   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 27 March
  Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 3 April   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 10 April   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 17 April   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 24 April   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 1 May   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 4 May   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 8 May   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Wednesday 10 May   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 15 May   Open 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 21 May   Open 1
ILGU Competition Sunday 28 May   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 29 May
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 1 July   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 5 June   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 12 June   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 19 June   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Wednesday 21 June   Open 1
Singlesd Stableford Sunday 25 June   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 26 June   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 3 July   Open 1
Start of Open Week Saturday 8 July Sunday 16 July Open 8
Singles Stableford Saturday 8 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 9 July   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors Singles Stableford 50+
Monday 10 July   Open 1
Singles Strokes Tuesday 11 July   Open 1
Ladies 3-Person Team Event
Wednesday 12 July   Open 1
Fourball Betterball Thursday 13 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Friday 14 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 15 July   Open 1
2-Person Team Event
Sunday 16 July   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 17 July   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 24 July   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 31 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 6 August   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 7 August   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Wednesday 9 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 10 August   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 14 August   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 21 August   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 28 August   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 4 September   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 7 September   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 11 September   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 18 September   Open 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 24 September   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 25 September   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 2 October
  Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 9 October   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 16 October   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 23 October   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 30 October   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 6 November
  Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 13 November   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 20 November   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 27 November   Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 4 December
  Open 1
L. & G. Seniors 50+ Monday 4 December   Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

KeyData
White Par 71 SSS 70 6,296 yd's
Red Par 72 SSS 72 5,653 yd's
Green Par 71 SSS 69 6,094 yd's
Blue Par 71 SSS 71 6,519 yd's

Card

Name Hole No. Blue White Green Par Index Red Par Index
The Pump 1 438 406 390 4 7
370 4 5
The Pony's Grazing 2 418 409 403 4 5 392 5 15
Ballynocker 3 346 303 292 4 13 286 4 17
Captain's Pride 4 152 140 127 3 15 122 3 13
The Avenue 5 521 515 510 5 17 453 5 9
Slieve Gallion 6 430 423 412 4 5
332 4 11
Curran Road 7 391 387 384 4 11 375 4 3
The River 8 421 410 360 4 1 315 4 7
Whinney Hill 9 379 360 349 4 9 346 4 1
  Out 3,496 3,353 3,227 36   2,991 37  
Shellgrove 10 348 341 335 4 12 324 4 10
Sergeant's Mess 11 377 370 363 4 4 346 4 4
Fox's Den 12 200 191 184 3 10 163 3 16
Yankie's Garden 13 494 476 461 5 18 455 5 6
Big Beech 14 417 404 392 4 2 351 4 2
Purgatory 15 320 312 305 4 14 293 4 12
The Castle 16 177 167 152 3 6 145 3 14
The Island 17 128 128 128 3 16 105 3 18
Shanemullagh 18 562 554 547 5 8 480 5 8
  In 3,023 2,946 2,867 35   2,662 35  
  Total 6,519 6,296 6,094 71   5,653 72  
  SSS 71 70 69     72    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record: 67 Randal Evans

Ladies Course Record:

Members Achievements

Moyola Park Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield in 2017 when they beat Blackwood Golf Club by 3-matches to 2-matches in the decider and Cloverhill Golf Club by a similar margin in the Semi-Final.
They made their way to Carton House Golf Club in Co. Kildare when they were drawn against Munster Champions Thurles Golf Club the eventual winners of the Green Pennant in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.
They were lead out by Seamus Graffin with Timothy Steele against Michael Cleary with Brendan Mullins, they were followed by Malachy McKee with Stephen Heaney who were matched against Eddie Trant with Jimmy Murphy, next on the tee was Bernard O’Kane with Gerald Loughlin against Anthony Ryan with Thomas Powell, in the penultimate match Conor McKenna with Tony Johnston took on Martin Whitty with Bill Geraghty and the bottom match was between Desmond Cleary with Martin McNabb and Brenny Murphy with Paul Dempsey.       

Moyola Park Golf Club was runners-up in All-Ireland Junior Foursomes at Galway Golf Club on Monday 22nd August 2011. They won the Ulster Final at Cairndhu on Sunday 14th August when they beat Royal Portrush Golf Club by 1-hole.

They made their way to Galway Golf Club to compete in the All-Ireland Deciders where they were drawn against Leinster Champions Greystones Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final whom they beat by 1-hole. They were lead by Adam Moore with Dean Crawford who lost their match against David Byrne with Chris Boylan by 3-holes. They were followed by Paddy McGuigan with John Quigg who won their match against Niall Byrne with Richard McNulty by 4-holes.

They met Connacht Champions Co. Sligo Park Golf Club in the All-Ireland Final who had beaten Munster Champions Cobh Golf Club by 4-holes in their Semi-Final that morning. They were lead again by Adam Moore with Dean Crawford who lost their match against Alan Gaynor with Thomas Finnegan by 3-holes; they were followed by Paddy McGuigan (6) & John Quigg who lost out to Declan Reidy with Sean Flanagan by 2-holes.

Moyola Park Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield in 2002 and where drawn against Leinster Champions Castlewarden in the All-Ireland Semi-Finals at Galway Golf Club on September 5th. They beat Castlewarden and met Munster Champions Woodstock Golf Club in the All-Ireland Final on the Friday. They collected the Silver Medals, the squad was Aidan Corr, Fenton Archer, Keith Beatty, Geoff Caskey, Lloyd Peoples, Aidan Kearney, Roddy O'Kane, Michael Gormley, John McCloskey, they where captained by Sean McKenna. The team on the day was Aidan Corr with Fenton Archer, Keith Beatty with Geoff Caskey, David Caskey with Lloyd Peoples, Aidan Keamey with Roddy Kane and Michael Gormley with John McCloskey.

Chris Selfridge was selected to represent Ireland in the European Boys’ Amateur Team Championship to be held at Klassis Golf & Country Club, Turkey on Tuesday 6th to Saturday 10th July 2010. The others on the team were Liam Harnett Milltown G. C., Stephen Barry Laytown & Bettystown G. C., Kieran Lynch Skibbereen G. C. Jeff Hopkins Skerries G.C. and Dermot McElroy Ballymena G. C., they were captained by Liam Martin.

Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;

Luke Lennox represented Ireland as a Senior International in 2010 playing 6-times won 2-matches and lost 4-matches accumulating 4-points. He represented Ireland at international Youths level in 2009 playing 2-matches, won 2-matches accumulating 4-points. He represented Ireland at Irish Boys level from 2006 to 2008 playing 25-times won 13-matches halved four and lost 8-matches accumulating 30-points. He represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 2009 to 2010 playing 7-times won 5-matche and lost 2-matches accumulating 14-points. He represented Ulster at the Boys Interprovincial Championships from 2007 to 2008 playing 12-times won 8-matches halved two and lost 2-matches accumulating 18-points;

Paul O'Kane represented Ireland as a Senior International in 2009 playing 4-times won 0-times halved twp and lost 2-matches accumulating 2-points. He represented Ireland at international Youths level in 2007 playing 2-matches, won 2-matches accumulating 4-points. He represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 2008 to 2009 playing 11-times won 8-matches halved one and lost 2-matches accumulating 17-points. He represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships from 2007 to 2009 playing 18-times won 10-matches halved one and lost 7-matches accumulating 21-points. He represented Ulster at the Boys Interprovincial Championships from 2005 to 2006 playing 12-times won 8-matches halved one and lost 3-matches accumulating 17-points;

Chris Selfridge represented Ireland at Irish Boys level from 2008 to 2010 playing 26-times won 11-matches halved four and lost 11-matches accumulating 26-points. He represented Ulster at the Boys Interprovincial Championships from 2009 to 2010 playing 7-times won 3-matches halved one and lost 3-matches accumulating 7-points;

History of Moyola Park

The first golf ball to be struck in Moyola Park was hit by Lord Spencer Chichester in the early 1900's. He returned from Scotland and decided to make a number of golf holes on his estate. Tom Glass came up with the idea that a golf club would be a great asset to his home town of Maghera. Tom formed a committee to pursue the idea but they were unable to find suitable grounds for a course. The idea re-emerged in 1975 and it was not unusual then, that Lord Spencer Chichester's great grandson, Lord Moyola, should decide to build an eighteen hole course on the same estate.  Lord Moyola approached Tom Glass to gauge local interest and on 27 November 1975 he called a meeting in Walsh's Hotel to inform those present of Lord Moyola's desire to construct a course at Shanemullagh. Those present were very enthusiastic and a committee was formed consisting of Tom Glass Chairman, Campbell McCrone Vice-Chairman, Tony McCormick Secretary, Tom McIlwaine Ass. Secretary, Brian Gilbert Treasurer, Colm Mulholland, Drew Davison and Tom McIlwaine Committee
Moyola Park Golf Club was formed and held its first meeting in the Clubhouse on 17 January 1977. Eleven ladies were present at the meeting and the first ladies committee consisted of Anne Speedie Captain, Anne Glass Secretary, Margaret Evans Treasurer, Nora Love, Sadie Quigley, Betty Davison and Alma McCrone Committee.

Don Patterson was engaged as course architect assisted by Sam Allen with Colm Mulholland as the contractor. The first nine holes were completed in the spring of 1977 with the first competition played on 7 June 1977.
On 9th September 1977, Moyola Park Golf Club was officially opened by Mr. Don Moncrieff and the opening was followed by an exhibition match featuring Christy O'Connor Sen., Paul Leonard, Barry Brennan and Norman Drew. At this time the club had 266 members and the full 18 holes were open to play.
On 9th August Moyola Park held its first Pro-Am, and although 54 of Ireland's leading players took part, no-one came in under par for the course. The winner was Phil Posnett with a level par 72.
The next milestone in the club's history occurred on 7 November 1979 when members were informed that Lord Moyola would consider selling  the clubhouse and giving the club a 90 year lease of the course. The offer was accepted and the golf club took control on 3 March 1980.
Monday 11 August was a historic day for Moyola Park when one of the world's outstanding golfing talents, Seve Ballesteros arrived to play an exhibition match and hold a golfing clinic. The day attracted a huge crowd from all over Ireland to watch him play with Royal Portrush's David Young, Des Smith and Peter McEvoy.
Since then the club has progressed to become of the premier parkland courses in the country.
The Clubhouse itself has an interesting history. It was previously known as 'Gravesend' and was the retirement home of Admiral Lord Graves, who fought in the Napoleonic Wars and took part in the Battle of the Glorious First of June against the French in 1794. The house then passed into the hands of the Clarkes and was purchased by Lord Moyola in 1956.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
C. McAuley
1990 Ladies Captain
  1990 Ladies President
  1990 Men's Captain
  1990 President
J. Halferty
1991 Ladies Captain
  1991 Ladies President
  1991 Men's Captain
  1991 President
D. Phellas
1992 Ladies Captain
  1992 Ladies President
  1992 Men's Captain
  1992 President
V. Beattie
1993 Ladies Captain
  1993 Ladies President
  1993 Men's Captain
  1993 President
K. Craig
1994 Ladies Captain
  1994 Ladies President
  1994 Men's Captain
  1994 President
A. Regan
1995 Ladies Captain
  1995 Ladies President
  1995 Men's Captain
  1995 President
K. McGoldrick
1996 Ladies Captain
  1996 Ladies President
  1996 Men's Captain
  1996 President
M. McGoldrick
1997 Ladies Captain
  1997 Ladies President
  1997 Men's Captain
  1997 President
B. Bradley
1998 Ladies Captain
  1998 Ladies President
  1998 Men's Captain
  1998 President
Margaret Graham 1999 Ladies Captain
  1999 Ladies President
Colm Mulholland 1999 Men's Captain
  1999 President
Brenda Craig 2000 Ladies Captain
  2000 Ladies President
Seamus McCoy 2000 Men's Captain
  2000 President
M. Diamond
2001 Ladies Captain
  2001 Ladies President
John Moore 2001 Men's Captain
  2001 President
Margaret Murphy 2002 Ladies Captain
  2002 Ladies President
Brian Murphy 2002 Men's Captain
  2002 President
C. Gribben
2003 Ladies Captain
  2003 Ladies President
  2003 Men's Captain
  2003 President
T. Diamond 2004 Ladies Captain
  2004 Ladies President
Hugh McGoldrick 2004 Men's Captain
Joe Craig 2004 President
Millie Ferguson 2005 Ladies Captain
Seila McPherson 2005 Ladies President
Derick Munro 2005 Men's Captain
Joe Craig 2005 President
Briege McGuire 2006 Ladies Captain
Sheila McPherson 2006 Ladies President
Seamus Kyne 2006 Men's Captain
Joe Craig 2006 President
Geraldine Kelly 2007 Ladies Captain
Sheila McPherson 2007 Ladies President
Jackie Averell 2007 Men's Captain
Joe Craig 2007 President
Ita McHugh 2008 Ladies Captain
Sheila McPherson 2008 Ladies President
Jackie Averell 2008 Men's Captain
Tony White 2008 President
Margaret Gates 2009 Ladies Captain
Gerard Slowey 2009 Men's Captain
Charlie Murphy 2009 President
Pat Johnston 2010 Ladies Captain
Mickey Kelly 2010 Men's Captain
Charlie Murphy 2010 President
Marion Dempsey 2011 Ladies Captain
Eamon McHugh 2011 Men's Captain
Derick Munro 2011 President
Kitty McKenna 2012 Ladies Captain
Noel McMullan 2012 Men's Captain
Derick Munro 2012 President
Bernie O'Neill 2013 Ladies Captain
Tony McGuire 2013 Men's Captain
Derick Munro
2013 President
Marie Wilson 2014 Ladies Captain
John Bosco O'Hagan 2014 Men's Captain
Pat Joyce 2014 President
Sinead McMeel
2015 Ladies Captain
Laurence McQuillan 2015 Men's Captain
Seamus Kyne
2015 President
Mary O'Kane
2016 Ladies Captain
Trevor Beattie
2016 Men's Captain
Seamus Kyne
2016 President
Clare McKenna 2017 Ladies Captain
John McGoldrick 2017 Men's Captain
  2017 President
  2017 Lowest Ladies H'cap
Luke Lennox 2017 Lowest Men's H'cap
Randal Evans 2017 Lowest Men's H'cap
Damien McCusker 2017 Lowest Men's H'cap
Mark Hammond 2017 Lowest Men's H'cap
Chris Selfridge 2017 Lowest Men's H'cap

Holes in One at Moyola Park

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Tom Maddill 28 August 2000  4th   140 yd’s
William Russell 14 July 2006 17th   120 yd’s
Gerard Slowey 25 January 2010 12th   184 yd's
Bernadette Slowey 12 July 2010 16th 7-iron
145 yd's
Ann Regan 24 August 2011 4th 5-iron 129 yd's
Mairead Diamond 14 April 2012 17th 8-iron 94 yd's
Sinead McMeel 26 June 2013 17th 8-iron 94 yd's