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Scrabo Golf Course

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Founded in 1907 Scrabo Golf Club is a 6,227 yards Par-71 with a standard scratch of 71 off the white tees. The course winds its way around Scrabo Hill and the famous Scrabo Tower, which is visible from the first fairway. The course and clubhouse offer spectacular views of the Mourne Mountains and Strangford Lough, indeed the 2nd hole is named Mourne View. The course with a great variety of holes is caricaturised by narrow fairways bordered by heather and gorse demand accurate driving and well thought out approach shots.

The 7th and 10th holes are doglegs right and left respectively and the long 512 metre 5th will test the best of golfers to get home in two.

The fine clubhouse caters for the golfers every need and other facilities include, practice area, practice nets and putting green. The visitor is assured of a warm welcome at Scrabo Golf Club together with enjoyable days golf.

Green Fees Midweek: £20
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: £30
Green Fees with a Member: £15/20
Green Fees for Opens: £15
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: No
Buggy Hire: £24 Yes
Soft Spikes: No
Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee: £625
Full Lady Assoc. Membership Fee: £522
Full 5-Day Membership Fee: £453
Full 21 to 29 Membership Fee: £365
Enterance Fee: None
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 18
Members 736
Designer Nature
Founded 1907

233 Scrabo Road,
Co. Down
BT23 4SL

Telephone 028-91-812355
Website Scrabo golf club website
Secretary/Manager: Jim Rooney
Captain: Joe Irvine 
Lady Captain:
Presidents': Sammy Morrow & Jean Hall
Junior Captain:
Hon. Secretary: William Fulton & Alison Hiles
Club Pro: None
Hon. Treasurer: Joe Irvine & Heather O'Brien
Comp. Secretary: John Hiles & Shirley Devlin
Scrabo Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
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General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: 11.00am to 12.00pm
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering, facilities Days to Avoid: Wednesdays, Weekends & Bank Holidays
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days  Pre-booking for open Tournaments: 14 Days in advance

Scrabo Golf Club Fixtures 2021 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2020 (to be Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Captain's Prize Saturday 6 June   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Friday 7 August   Closed 1
President's Cup Saturday 22 August
Sunday 23 August Closed 2
President's Cup Sunday 23 August
  Closed 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Wednesday 22 April
  Open 1
Mixed Stableford Monday 4 May   Open 1
Charity Stableford Friday 26 June
  Open 1
Start of Open Week Wednesday 1 July Sunday 5 July Open 5
Ladies 3-Ball Team Event Wednesday 1 July   Open 1
Team Event Stableford Thursday 2 July   Open 1
Fourball Betterball Friday 3 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 4 July   Open 1
L. & G. 2-Ball Scramble Sunday 5 July   Open 1
Ladies 3-Ball Team Event Wednesday 5 August   Open 1
Captain's Charity Day Sunday 23 August   Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

White Par 71 SSS 71 6,270 yd's
Red Par 72SSS 72 5,216 yd's
Green Par 71 SSS 69 5,978 yd's


Name Hole No. White Green Par Index Red Par Index
Giant's Chair 1 459 404 4 1 401 5 9
Mourne View 2 163 127 3 11 134 3 15
The Valley 3 415 409 4 3 381 4 3
Tower Pitch 4 141 122 3 17 113 3 13
The Quarry 5 555 501 5 7 436 5 7
Broom Hill 6 313 305 4 13 286 4 5
Round the Head 7 320 320 4 9 145 3 17
Molly's Garden 8 331 315 4 15 252 4 11
The Marsh 9 582 561 5 5 519 5 1
  Out 3,279 3,064 36   2,667 36  
Ash Trees 10 322 319 4 16 278 4 16
The Saddle 11 474 464 5 14 393 5 8
Fairy Thorn 12 443 441 4 2 404 5 4
The Graveyard 13 204 182 3 6 193 3 10
Panorama 14 384 375 4 10 298 4 12
The Mound 15 378 374 4 8 273 4 14
Killynether 16 345 342 4 4 311 4 2
Strangford Pitch 17 145 121 3 18 106 3 18
Rocky Gap 18 296 296 4 12 293 4 6
  In 2,991 2,914 35   2,549 36  
  Total 6,270 5,978 71   5,216 72  
  SSS 71 69     72    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record Am: 65 J. Rea, Pro: 67 Norman Drew

Ladies Course Record:

Members Achievements

Scrabo Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield in 2007, and were drawn against Connacht Champions Tuam Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final at Shandon Park Golf Club on Friday 14thSeptember.

First on the tee was Tim Ballie with Bill Fulton against Tom McHugh with Darren O'Connor, when they put the first points on the board with a 4 and 3 win. They were followed by David Graham with Richard Corry who had a 3 and 2 win over Jarlath Crisham with Odran Monaghan. Next up was Nigel Carson with Ross Henderson against Sean Acton with Padraic Forde this match finished with a 1-hole win for the Scrabo pair and effectively put then through to the All-Ireland decider. The penultimate match of David Thompson with Mark Johnston ended in a halve against Tom Farrell with Brian Flesk and the bottom match of Tom Mageean with Glen Thompson against Padraic King with Tom Gohery was also halved, giving Scrabo Golf Club a 4 matches to 1 match win and a place in the All-Ireland Final.

In the afternoon they met Munster Champions Muskerry Golf Club in the decider. Tim Ballie with Bill Fulton led against Paul Herlihy with Denis Lynch and put the first points on the board with a 3 and 2 win for Scrabo. They were followed by David Thompson with Mark Johnston who lost by 2 and 1 against Daniel Hallissey with Eoin O'Callaghan. Next up was David Graham with Richard Corry who had a bad day against David Lane with Jerry O'Callaghan when they lost their match by 7 and 5. The penultimate match of Nigel Carson with Ross Henderson against Neil O'Brien with Jimmy Hornibrook went all the way to extra holes with the Cork men clinching the match on the 20th-hole and their first All-Ireland win in the Jimmy Bruen Shield. The anchor match of Glen Thompson with Tom Mageean against Jackie Solan with Gordian Barry went with the Scrabo pair when they recorded a 1-hole win. The final score of 3 matches to 2 matches say the Jimmy Bruen Shield heading south to Muskerry in their Centenary Year.

Scrabo Golf Club won the Ulster Cup in 2006 when they beat Edenmore in the Semi-Final by 8 matches to 6 matches, they then went on to beat Tandragee by 9 and halve matches to 4 and halve matches in the Final.

Scrabo Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Irish Mixed Foursomes when they beat Ballyclare Golf Club by 3 matches to 2 matches in the Ulster Final in 2006.

The All-Ireland Finals were played at Clandeboye Golf Club on 28th September where they were drawn against Leinster Champions Enniscrone Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.

First on the tee were Ryan Boal with Michele Mills against William Rackard with Stella Sinnott, the Wexford pair won by 2 and1. They were followed by Martin Moreland with Sandra McMillan against Cormac Martin with Jennifer King, they lost by 5 matches to 3 matches. Next up were Noel Wishart with Alison Hiles who had a very convincing 6 and 4 win over Martin Sludds with Julie McCarthy. The penultimate match of Chris Trelfa with Hazel Barry was halved against Paul Gorby with Lori Whitney. The anchor match between Tim Bailie with Karen Clarke against Michael Healy with Pauline Byrne saw a very decisive 7 and 5 win for the Leinster Champions who went on to take the green pennant in the afternoon against Munster Champions Nenagh Golf Club by 3 and halve matched to 1 and halve matches.

Scrabo Golf Club won the Ulster Cup in 2005, when the team was, Warren Rainey, Stephen Tew, David Graham, Colin Morrison, Joe Clegg, John Ritchie, Derek Weir, Jonathon Patterson, Nigel Carson, Henry Carson and Richard Corry, they were captained by William Fulton.

The Boys' of Scrabo Golf Club won the Norman Drew Trophy in 2005, when the team was, Simon Hamill, Ross Henderson, Andrew Murdock, Martin Orme and Scott Crawford, they were managed by Leslie Busby.

Scrabo Golf Club won the Ulster Championship of the BMW Irish Mixed Foursomes and were All-Ireland Champions in 2003, when the team was, A. Hiles, J. Hiles, K. Clarke, L. Boal, C. Spence, H. Spence, M. Moreland, J. Clarke, B. Busby, S. McCormick, R. Boal, D. Cowan and S. L. Busby, they were captained by N. Wishart.

Andrew McCormick was selected on the Irish Team for the Home Internationals at Royal St. David's Golf Club in Harlech, Wales, from September 11 th -13 th 2002. Andrew was selected on the Irish Team to play in the Eisenhower Trophy in Kuala Lumpur from the 24 th to the 27 th October 2002.

Scrabo Golf Club won the Ulster Cup in 2001, when the team was, S. Tew, A. Rea, D. Thompson, H. Spence, A. McLean, W. Fulton, A. Plackitt, G. McCallum and D. Halliday, they were captained by D. Graham.

Prior to 2001

Scrabo Golf Club won the Ulster Fourball Trophy in 2000, when the team was, J. Jordan, T. Carson, S. McCune, V. McAuley, A. Donaldson, J. Hearth, R. McCrory, J. Coulter, S. Stewart, J. Muir, T. McGreevy, E. McCrory and S. Woodrow, they were captained by B. Orr.

Scrabo Golf Club won the Ulster Cup in 1999, when the team was, D. Weir, H. Spence, J. Hiles, H. Patterson, D. Halliday, R. McCoosh, S. Tew, A. Rea and T. Mageean, they were captained by D. Graham.

Scrabo Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Irish Senior Cup  in 1996, when the team was, A. Meharg, S. McCormick, R. Milligan, J. Rea, R. Boal, Andy McCormick and B. Mills, they were captained by T. Dodds assisted by D. Heaney.

Scrabo Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield in 1997, when the team was, T. Mageen, G. Roberts, M. Thompson, D. Graham, I. McKendrick, D. Weir, S. Beck, N. Wishart, A. Walsh, C. Stewart, R. P. Smyth, D. Patterson, C. Adair, W. Dunlop, D. Glover, J. Clegg, B. Shields and H. Trueman. 

Scrabo Golf Club won the Belfast and District Cup  in 1997, when the team was, D. Baker, R. Boal, S. McCormick, A. McCormick, M. Thompson, M. Moreland, R. Milligan, they were captained by T. Dodds.

Scrabo Golf Club won the Ulster Cup in 1981.

Scrabo Golf Club won the Ulster Cup in 1973.

Scrabo Golf Club won the Ulster Cup in 1969.

Scrabo Golf Club won the Ulster Cup in 1951, when the team was, J. Kerr, H. Stewart, E. Quiery, K. Boyd, H. Millar, G. Nicholl, W. Smyth, C. Marshall and T. Davis, they were captained by T. Jamison. 

 The Boys' of Scrabo Golf Club won the Coca Cola Cup in 1996, when the team was, L. Boal, A. Montgomery, A. Meharg, R. Boal, A. McCormick and I. Cook, they were captained by J. Hiles.

Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;

Andrew McCormick represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1997 to 2002 playing 34-times won 16-matches Halved seven and lost 11-matches accumulating 39-points. He represented Ireland at international Youths level from1994 to 1996 playing 18-matches, won 9-matches and lost 9-match accumulating 18-points. He represented Ireland at Irish Boys level from 1992 to 1993 playing  14-times won 7-matches halved one and lost 6-matches accumulating 15-points. He represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1994 to 2008 playing 74-times won 40-matches halved twelve and lost 22-matches accumulating 92-points. He represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships from 1992 to 1996 playing 30-times won 20-matches halved one and lost 9-matches accumulating 41-points;

D. Jackson represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1969 playing 5-times won 2-matches and lost 3-matches accumulating 4-points;

A. Meharg represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1997 playing 3-times won 1-match halved one and lost 1-match accumulating 3-points;

R. Boal represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1998 playing 1-time won 0-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 0-points;

History of Scrabo

Instituted 1907 affiliated 1908

About three hundred years before golf was first played at Newtownards the local school was gifted land by Hugh Montgomery "For recreation at golf, football and archery." This is the first recorded mention of golf anywhere in Ireland.

This is one of the few older clubs whose records are complete and they record that the first meeting to found a local club was held in the Town Hall, Newtownards, on 13th December 1907. William Sibbald Johnston, J. P., was in the chair and it was agreed to form The Scrabo Golf Club, the local Scrabo Hill was selected as the location of the course. The first President was Lord Londonderry K. G. and the first Captain was William Sibbald Johnston.

C. L. Baillie from the Royal Belfast was paid two guineas to layout the nine-hole course, which was opened by Lady Londonderry on 11th June, 1908. The course extended to eighteen holes in 1971.

What the Club tells us:

How Scrabo Golf Club was formed

A common drawback to all the suitable sites was that they all belonged to somebody and would have to be purchased, money in those days was not an easily acquired commodity. The utterly mad idea that it might possible to make a Golf Course on top of Scrabo was floated up out of the blue. Scrabo at that time was a wilderness of rock and whins. No sane person could ever have imagined that one day it might be a Golf Course. The main attraction was that it could be acquired cheaply.

A meeting was called in 1907 and a Golf Club was formed at Scrabo. On Thursday 11th May 1908 the course was opened. An energetic Council had enlisted seventy five members at an annual subscription of £1. Scrabo flourished over the next few years and the first Clubhouse was completed in August 1910 at a cost of £161.17.5.

The first few years

Scrabo started as a nine hole course and remained so until the 1960’s when 30 acres of ground was purchased for £6,000 to make the current 5th, 6th, 10th and 11th fairways.

During the change over period various combinations of holes were played depending on how quickly they became playable. In 1971 the new eighteen hole course was completed and play commenced on it on 20th March.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
F. Coulter 1990 Ladies Captain
G. Montgomery 1990 Mens Captain
Mr. R. P. Smyth 1990 President
S. M. Spence 1991 Ladies Captain
D. N. Heaney 1991 Mens Captain
Mr. R. P. Smyth 1991 President
M. Stewart 1992 Ladies Captain
M. Campbell 1992 Mens Captain
Mr. R. P. Smyth 1992 President
P. McKenna 1993 Ladies Captain
C. Scot 1993 Mens Captain
Mr. R. P. Smyth 1993 President
M. Spence 1994 Ladies Captain
E. M. Hughes 1994 Mens Captain
Mr. R. P. Smyth 1994 President
J. Simpson 1995 Ladies Captain
D. B. Wallace 1995 Mens Captain
Mr. R. P. Smyth 1995 President
J. M. Hall 1996 Ladies Captain
E. Taylor 1996 Mens Captain
Mr. R. P. Smyth 1996 President
E. Wishart 1997 Ladies Captain
D. N. Patterson 1997 Mens Captain
Mr. R. P. Smyth 1997 President
J. Armstrong 1998 Ladies Captain
D. C. Stewart 1998 Mens Captain
Mr. R. P. Smyth 1998 President
M. Mawhinney 1999 Ladies Captain
William J. Brown 1999 Mens Captain
Mr. R. P. Smyth 1999 President
Janice Glass 2000 Ladies Captain
S. G. Beck 2000 Mens Captain
Mr. R. P. Smyth 2000 President
A. J. Hiles 2001 Ladies Captain
Mr. R. P. Smyth 2001 Ladies President
N. Wishart 2001 Mens Captain
Mr. R. P. Smyth 2001 President
Irene Boyd 2002 Ladies Captain
Elizabeth Burnison 2002 Ladies President
John Hiles 2002 Mens Captain
Mrs. Hazel Busby M.B.E. 2003 Ladies Captain
Elizabeth Burnison 2003 Ladies President
Stephen Barry 2003 Mens Captain
Mr. R. P. Smyth 2003 President
L. V. Moore 2004 Ladies Captain
Elizabeth Burnison 2004 Ladies President
L. Busby 2004 Mens Captain
Leslie Busby 2004 President
C. Spence 2005 Ladies Captain
Elizabeth Burnison 2005 Ladies President
Ivan Martin 2005 Mens Captain
Ralph Smyth 2005 President
Peggy Ludlow 2006 Ladies Captain
Elizabeth Burnison 2006 Ladies President
Davey Graham 2006 Mens Captain
Ralph Smyth 2006 President
Karen Clarke 2007 Ladies Captain
Elizabeth Burnison 2007 Ladies President
Stephen Tew 2007 Mens Captain
Ralph Smyth 2007 President
Paula Carson 2008 Ladies Captain
Elizabeth Burnison 2008 Ladies President
William Fulton 2008 Mens Captain
Ralph Smyth 2008 President
Muriel Magee 2009 Ladies Captain
Jeannie Warden 2009 Ladies President
Alisdair McLean 2009 Mens Captain
Will Dunlop 2009 President
Rita Kirkpatrick 2010 Ladies Captain
Jeannie Warden 2010 Ladies President
John Woods 2010 Mens Captain
Alan Walsh 2010 President
Shirley Devlin 2011 Ladies Captain
Connie McEvoy 2011 Ladies President
Alan Reid 2011 Mens Captain
Alan Walsh 2011 President
Stephanie Curry 2012 Ladies Captain
Connie McEvoy 2012 Ladies President
David McKane 2012 Mens Captain
David Kay 2012 President
Heather O'Brien 2013 Ladies Captain
Sheila Spence
2013 Ladies President
Alec Russell 2013 Mens Captain
David Kay
2013 President
Ellie Gordon 2014 Ladies Captain
Sheila Spence 2014 Ladies President
Warren Shields 2014 Mens Captain
Leslie Busby 2014 President
Susan Martin 2015 Ladies Captain
  2015 Ladies President
Mark Henderson 2015 Mens Captain
Leslie Busby 2015 President
Michelie Mills
2016 Ladies Captain
Elaine Wishart
2016 Ladies President
Stephen Rowley 2016 Mens Captain
Alan Reid
2016 President
Anne Jackson
2017 Ladies Captain
Jean Hall
2017 Ladies President
David Thompson 2017 Mens Captain
Alan Reid 2017 President
Anne Jackson 2018 Ladies Captain
Jean Hall 2018 Ladies President
Ciarnan James
2018 Mens Captain
Samuel Johnston 2018 President
Aaron Blair 2018 Junior Captain
Maureen Entwistle 2019 Ladies Captain
Alison Hiles 2019 Ladies President
Peter Busby 2019 Mens Captain
Samuel Johnston 2019 President
  2019 Junior Captain
  2020 Ladies Captain
  2020 Ladies President
Joe Irvine 2020 Mens Captain
Sammy Morrow 2020 President
  2020 Junior Captain
Loraine Boal 2020 Lowest Ladie's H'cap
Jonny Napier (2.0)
2020 Lowest Men's H'cap
Martin Moreland 2020 Lowest Men's H'cap
Ryan Boal 2020 Lowest Men's H'cap
Andrew McCormack 2020 Lowest Men's H'cap

Holes in One at Scrabo

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance

6th   221 yd's

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