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Scrabo Golf Course
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 G.I.M.:||£25|
|Green Fees Weekends & B.H. G.I.M.:||£30|
|Green Fees Midweek Non G.I.M.:||£50|
|Green Fees Weekends & B.H. Non G.I.M.:||£70|
|Green Fees with a Member:||£20/25|
|Green Fees for Opens:||£17|
|Buggy Hire: £25||Yes|
|Full Membership Fee:||£635|
|Full Lady Assoc. Membership Fee:||£532|
|Full 5-Day Membership Fee:||£453|
|Full 21 to 29 Membership Fee:||£365|
|Full Junior 19-20 Membership Fee:||£125|
|Full Juvenile 8-18 Membership Fee:||£40|
233 Scrabo Road,
|Website||Scrabo golf club website|
|General Manager:||Jim Cullen
|Lady Captain:||Laura Calvin|
|Presidents':||Graham Montgomery & Lorraine Moore|
|Vice-Captains':||John Brown &
|Hon. Secretary:||William Fulton & Sandra McBride|
|Hon. Treasurer:||Laura Calvin & Anne Jackson|
|Comp. Secretary:||John Hiles & Shirley Devlin|
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 2023 provisional*
|Open & Major Fixtures 2023 (Confirmed)|
|Captain's Prize||Saturday 3 June||Closed||1|
|Lady Captain's Prize||Friday 4 August||Closed||1|
|President's Cup||Saturday 19 August
||Sunday 20 August||Closed||2|
|President's Cup||Sunday 20 August
|Ladies Singles Stableford||Wednesday 19 April
|3-Towers Challenge||Sunday 30 April||Tuesday 2 May||Open||3|
||Monday 1 May||Open||1|
|3-Towers Challenge||Tuesday 2 May||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Sunday 28 May||Open||1|
|L. & G. Seniors Singles Stableford||Wednesday 31 May||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Friday 2 June||Open||1|
|Charity Stableford||Friday 16 June
|L. & G. Seniors Singles Stableford||Wednesday 28 June||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Friday 30 June||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Friday 7 July||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Friday 14 July||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Friday 21 July||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 26 July||Open||1|
|L. & G. Seniors Singles Stableford||Feiday 28 July||Open||1|
|Start of Open Week||Sunday 30 July||Friday 4 August||Open||6|
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 30 July||Open||1|
|L. & G. 4-Person Team Event||Monday 31 July||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Monday 1 August||Open||1|
|Ladies Singles Stableford
||Wednesday 2 August||Open||1|
|L. & G. Fourball Betterball||Thursday 3 August||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Friday 4 August||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Friday 25 August||Open||1|
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|
|Hole Name||Hole No.||White||Green||Par||Index||Red||Par||Index|
|Round the Head||7||320||320||4||9||145||3||17|
Men's Course Record Am: 65 J. Rea, Pro: 67 Norman Drew
Ladies Course Record:
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
|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|
|C. Spence||2005||Ladies Captain|
|Elizabeth Burnison||2005||Ladies President|
|Ivan Martin||2005||Mens Captain|
|Peggy Ludlow||2006||Ladies Captain|
|Elizabeth Burnison||2006||Ladies President|
|Davey Graham||2006||Mens Captain|
|Karen Clarke||2007||Ladies Captain|
|Elizabeth Burnison||2007||Ladies President|
|Stephen Tew||2007||Mens Captain|
|Paula Carson||2008||Ladies Captain|
|Elizabeth Burnison||2008||Ladies President|
|William Fulton||2008||Mens Captain|
|Muriel Magee||2009||Ladies Captain|
|Jeannie Warden||2009||Ladies President|
|Alisdair McLean||2009||Mens Captain|
|Rita Kirkpatrick||2010||Ladies Captain|
|Jeannie Warden||2010||Ladies President|
|John Woods||2010||Mens Captain|
|Shirley Devlin||2011||Ladies Captain|
|Connie McEvoy||2011||Ladies President|
|Alan Reid||2011||Mens Captain|
|Stephanie Curry||2012||Ladies Captain|
|Connie McEvoy||2012||Ladies President|
|David McKane||2012||Mens Captain|
|Heather O'Brien||2013||Ladies Captain|
|Alec Russell||2013||Mens Captain|
|Ellie Gordon||2014||Ladies Captain|
|Sheila Spence||2014||Ladies President|
|Warren Shields||2014||Mens Captain|
|Susan Martin||2015||Ladies Captain|
|Mark Henderson||2015||Mens Captain|
|Stephen Rowley||2016||Mens Captain|
|David Thompson||2017||Mens Captain|
|Anne Jackson||2018||Ladies Captain|
|Jean Hall||2018||Ladies President|
|Aaron Blair||2018||Junior Captain|
|Maureen Entwistle||2019||Ladies Captain|
|Alison Hiles||2019||Ladies President|
|Peter Busby||2019||Mens Captain|
|Joe Irvine||2020||Mens Captain|
|Shirley Devlin||2021||Ladies Captain|
|Alison Hiles||2021||Ladies President|
|Rita Kirkpatrick||2022||Ladies Captain|
|Lorraine Moore||2022||Ladies President|
|Laura Calvin||2023||Ladies Captain|
|Lorraine Moore||2023||Ladies President|
|Peter Murray||2023||Mens Captain|
|Loraine Boal||2023||Lowest Ladie's H'cap|
|Jonny Napier (2.0)
||2023||Lowest Men's H'cap|
|Martin Moreland||2023||Lowest Men's H'cap|
|Ryan Boal||2023||Lowest Men's H'cap|
|Andrew McCormack||2023||Lowest Men's H'cap|
Holes in One at Scrabo
|Member||Date||Hole No.||Club Used||Distance|
|Leslie Busby||21 May 2022