Fortwilliam golf club Antrim

Fortwilliam golf course Antrim

Fortwilliam Golf Course

Fortwilliam Club Crest

Founded in 1891 and originally designed by Harry Colt, measuring 6,030 yards off the white tees with a Par 70 and a standard scratch of 69. Fortwilliam Golf Club is divided by Gray's Lane and is dominated by Cave Hill, which is in excess of 1,000 ft above sea level.

Although relatively hilly the spectacular backdrop of Cave Hill will take your mind of the climes you will encounter on some of the holes. Its feature hole is "The Burn" at 474 yards will test the best of golfers and a par here seems like a birdie.

A warm Ulster hand of welcome awaits the visitor in the clubhouse, where he or she can relax with a drink and full catering facilities are available.

Green Fees Midweek: £22
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: £29
Green Fees with a Member: £13/14
Green Fees for Opens:  £15
Practice Area:  Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: £22 Yes
Soft Spikes: No
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 18
Members 915
Designer Harry Colt
Founded 1891
Address

8A Downview Avenue,
Belfast,
Co. Antrim
BT15 4EZ

Telephone 028-90-370770
Email administrator@fortwilliamgc.co.uk
Website Fortwilliam golf club website
Secretary/Manager: Malachy Toner
Captain: Eamonn Lundy
Lady Captain: Anne Marrion-McCambridge
President:  Tony Campbell
Junior Captain: Owen Donnelly
Vice-Captains': Paul Gillen & Patricia McBride
Hon. Secretary: Michael Graham  & Alacoque Logan
Club Pro: Ricky Duckett 028-90-770980
Hon. Treasurer: Malachy Toner & Brigid Delaney
Comp. Secretary: Bill McLernon
Fortwilliam Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
Lat:54.644638
Long:-5.931330
*Please check information before travelling

General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: 11.30am to 11.00pm
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering facilities Days to Avoid: Sundays & Bank Holidays
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other Days Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance

Fortwilliam Golf Club Fixtures 2017 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2017 (Confirmed)        
Event* Start Finish Type Duration
Captain's Prize to the Ladies Friday 5 May   Closed 1
Professional's Prize Saturday 10 June
  Closed 1
Captain's Prize Saturday 24 June   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Friday 30 June   Closed 1
President's Prize Saturday 12 August   Closed 1
Ladies Open Friday 17 March   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 29 March   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 5 April
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 12 April   Open 1
Easter Mixed Scramble Monday 17 April   Open 1
Seniors Singles Stableford 50+ Tuesday 25 April   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 26 April   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 3 May
  Open 1
Jimmy Bruen Shield (Q) Sunday 7 May   GUI 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 17 May   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 24 May   Open 1
Senior Scratch Cup (Q) Saturday 27 May   Open 1
Junior Scratch Cup (Q) Saturday 27 May   Open 1
Inter. Scratch Cup (Q) Saturday 27 May   Open 1
Seniors Singles Stableford 50+ Tuesday 30 May   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 31 May   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 7 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 21 June   Open 1
Seniors Singles Stableford 50+ Tuesday 27 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 28 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 5 July
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 19 July   Open 1
Seniors Singles Stableford 50+ Tuesday 25 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 26 July   Open 1
Start of Open Week Saturday 29 July Saturday 5 August Open 7
Singles Stableford Saturday 29 July   Open 1
Mixed Scramble Sunday 30 July   Open 1
Open Week Monday 31 July   Open 1
Open Week Tuesdat 1 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 2 August
  Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford
Friday 4 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 5 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 16 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 23 August   Open 1
Seniors Singles Stableford 50+ Tuesday 29 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 30 August
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 6 September   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 13 September   Open 1
Seniors Singles Stableford 50+ Tuesday 26 September   Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

KeyData
White Par 70 SSS 69 6,030 yd's
Red Par 74 SSS 72 5,537 yd's
Green Par 70 SSS 68 5,692 yd's

Card

Hole Name Hole No. White Green Par Index Red Par Index
Carmoney 1 421 412 4 2
403 5 11
Soulby's Plateau 2 329 298 4 6
255 4 9
Loughview 3 437 418 4 8
412 4 5
Coffey's Corner 4 330 306 4 16 304 4 15
The Burn 5 474 442 5 4
401 5 1
Cedar Lodge 6 186 153 3 14 137 3 17
The Dam 7 311 292 4 12 282 4 7
The Poplars 8 421 402 4 10
393 4 3
Cambell's Burn 9 272 260 4 18 253 4 13
  Out 3,181 2,938 36   2,840 37  
Buchart's First 10 195 188 3 7
183 3 16
Craig's Drive 11 381 362 4 9
356 4 4
Dunbeg 12 146 120 3 17 130 3 18
Castle Hill 13 377 358 4 1
369 5 2
Downview 14 502 491 5 15 445 5 8
Flax Field 15 321 315 4 13 309 4 6
Ben Madigan   16 345 331 4 5
340 5 12
Brady's Punch 17 150 140 3 11 142 3 14
Shaftsbury 18 432 404 4 3
423 5 10
  In 2,849 2,709 34   2,697 37  
  Total 6,030 5,692 70   5,537 74  
  SSS 69 68     72    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record: 65 Joe Crangle

Ladies Course Record:

Members Achievements

Fortwilliam won the Ulster Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield when the beat Faughan Valley by 4-matches to 1-match in  the Semi-Final and accounting for Enniskillen by 3-matches to 2-matches in the decider.  

They made their way to Carton House Golf Club to compete in the All-Ireland Finals when they drew Connaught Champions Athenry Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.

They were lead out by Aiden Hawkins with Patrick McGurnaghan who had a 3 and 1 win over Ethan Regan with Oisin O’Connell, they were followed by Donald Skeats with Martin Kelly who lost out to David Flaherty with David Mooney by 4 and 2, next up were Andrew Lane & Vincent McKinley who had one of those days when going down to Sean O’Connell & Paul Molloy by 7 and 6, in the penultimate match Paul Gillen with Conal Duffy had a 2-holes win over James O’Connor with Mark Moran, with a place in the All-Ireland Final at stake John M. McAuley with Alan Hawthorne took their match up the 20th before conceding the point to Ciaran Coughlan & Seamus Burke.

Athenry Golf Club lost the decider to Leinster Champions Cill Dara by 3-matches to 2-matches in the All-Ireland Final, this was Cill Dara’s first Green Pennant in their long history having being founded in 1920.

Fortwilliam Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield when they beat Mahee Island by 3½-matches to 1½-matches in the Quarter-Final; St. Patrick’s Golf Club by 4-matches to 1-match in the Semi-Final and accounted for Warrenpoint Golf Club by 3½-matches to 1½-matches in the decider in 2015.

They made their way to Carton House to compete in the All-Ireland Finals on 18th September, where they were drawn against Munster Champions Ballybunion Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.

They were lead out by John Michael McAuley with Alan Hawthorne who lost their match on the 18th against Des O'Donnell with Iarla O'Mahony, they were followed by Declan Hughes with Martin McKeown who lost their match against Ronan Cross with Finbarr Carrig by 3 and 2, next up were Eamonn O'Kane with William Rooney who halved their match against Mark Dilger with Kevin Frost, in the penultimate match Patrick McDiarmuid with Marshall Sharpe went down by 7 and 6 against Brian Slattery with Adrian Walsh, in the bottom match Aidan Hawkins with Patrick McGurnaghan halved their match against Dale O'Sullivan with Brendan Daly.

Fortwilliam Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Junior Foursomes in 2006. It was on to Balbriggan Golf Club in North Dublin on 29th August, where they were drawn against Connaught Champions Portumna Golf Club in the Semi-Final.

First on the tee were Conor McLarnon with Mark Fitzgerald, against Tristan O’Rourke with Peter Dillon, they had a comfortable 5-hole win over the Galway pair. They were followed by Chris Crangle with Eoin McComb, who lost out to Paul Carty with Shane Ryan by 3-holes, however their 2-hole win was enough to put them through to the All-Ireland final against Leinster Champions The Island Golf Club in the afternoon.

In a trilling final that went all the way to the 2nd play-off hole, Conor McLarnon with Mark Fitzgerald were pitched against James Monaghan with Darragh Rodgers when they lost by 2-holes. They were followed by Chris Crangle with Eoin McComb against Simon Arthur with David Weldon, they won their match by 2-holes, leading to an exiting play-off, however it was not to be for the Ulster Champions.

Fortwilliam Golf Club won the All-Ireland Final of the Irish Junior Cup, having been crowned Ulster Champions they were drawn against Leinster Champions Castle Golf Club in the National deciders at Rosslare Golf Club on 14th September 2005.

In the Semi-Final Gary Brown was first up against James Hanby when James had a 3 and 2 win. Next up was Conan McLarnon who had a 4 and 3 win over Karl Swaine, he was followed by Paul Maguire who had an off day against Stephen Webster when he lost by 7 and 3. The penultimate match saw Gary O’Hara beat Omer Bhamjee by 1-hole. The bottom match saw Michael Tierney have a convincing 5 and 4 win over Harry Gleeson.

Having reached the All-Ireland Final they met Connacht Champions Galway Golf Club in the decider. Gary Brown lead the way with a win on the 19th over Jonathan Hehir, he was followed by Conan McLarnon who had an off day against Gary Scott when losing by 5 and 4. Next on the tee Paul Maguire who lost by 5 and 3 to Joe Costello. Gary O’Hara had a vital 3 and 2 win over Michael Hennelly. The bottom match saw Michael Tierney beat Eddie Mulholland by the narrowest of margins on the 18th hole, which delivered the green pennant in an exciting final.

The squad was Len McCauley, Mark McKenna, Michael Graham, Michael Tierney, Gareth Tierney, Ryan McLarnon, Paul Maguire, Kris Krangle, Gary Brown, Eoin McComb, Conan McLarnon and Gary O’Hara, they were captained by Tony Campbell.

Simon Doherty was selected to represent Ireland at the Boys Home Internationals played at Woodhall Spa, Lioncolnshire from 2nd to 4th August 2005.

Brenda McLarnon a student at the Ledbetter Golf Academy in Florida was selected on the Ulster Senior team for the Inter Provincials at Mount Wolseley Golf Club on August 7th and 8th 2002. She played for the Ulster Girls' team in the Smurfit Interprovincial Championship at Enniscrone Golf Club from the 18th to the 20th of April 2001. She was on the ILGU Junior squad in November 2000 and was on the Irish Girls' team for the Home Internationals, at Downfield Golf Club, Dundee from the 15th to the 17th, March 2000.

Prior to 2001:

Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;

A. Adare represented Ireland at international Boys' level in 1990 playing 4-matches, won 1-match and lost 3-matches accumulating 2-points;

S. Doherty represented Ireland at Irish Boys' level in 2005 playing 6-times won 1-match halved one and lost 4-matches accumulating 3-points;

Steven Hood represented Ireland at Irish Boys' level from 1994 to 1996 playing 16-times won 5-matches halved one and lost 10-matches accumulating 11-points. He represented Ulster at the Boys Interprovincial Championships from 1994 to 1995 playing 12-times won 4-matches halved four and lost 4-matches accumulating 12-points;

D. E. Soulby* represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1929 to 1930;

A. Black* represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1965 playing 2-times; 

J. R. McGinty* represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships from 1972 to 1973 playing 2-times;

P. J. O’Hara represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1978 playing 3-times won 1-match and lost 2-matches accumulating 2-points;

Simon Doherty represented Ulster at the Boys' Interprovincial Championships in 2005 playing 6-times won 3-matches halved two and lost 1-match accumulating 8-points;

Maeve McConnell played for the Irish Girls' against Wales, in 1965, and won the Irish Girls' Close Championship, in 1966, and 1967;

Caitriona Hinds played for the Irish Girls' in 1981;

History of Fortwilliam

Instituted 1891 affiliated 1895

According to the club records, the club was "first" founded on the 16th October 1891, they read "Eleven gentlemen of the Antrim Road area met in No. 1, Custom House Square, on the inaugural date, and the chair was occupied by Mr. J. T. Reade. Initially, nine holes were laid out on land between Fortwilliam Park and Parkmount, but this course was only playable in the winter months."

The club went into decline, and was not revived until 1903. The first meeting took place on 10th January, that year, and in February C. S. Butchart, the professional at Royal Co. Down Golf Club, laid out a nine-hole course. Before 1924, the club had extended to eighteen-holes, and opened a new clubhouse.

What the club tells us:

On Friday, 16th October, 1891 a meeting of eleven gentlemen from the Antrim Road area
met in No. 1 Custom House Square and formed the Fortwilliam Golf Club.
The golf course was sited on land between Fortwilliam Park and Parkmount.
Play was only allowed between November and March because the owner required
the ground for grazing and/or hay during the spring and summer.
A Ladies branch was established right from the start although ladies were not permitted
to play on Saturdays after 1pm.

1903 - The move to our present site

As Belfast expanded the land used by the club was being more and more used for building and in 1897 the Club Committee started to look for a new site.

It wasn't until 1903 that the club
secured our own well-loved site and on the 10th January 1903 the first General Meeting of the
club took place.

The residents of the Antrim Road area had been circulated and a large attendance
ensured a broadly based membership structure. The following month Mr Butchart,
the professional at Royal County Down was asked to construct the course
which he accomplished in one day!
The ground used for the nine holes was the 58 acres to the south side of Gray's Lane.

In March of that yearthe building of the first clubhouse was started, the cost being £378.
The following May Mr Butchart was called into redesign the course.
This was because an area of ground (roughly our present 9th and 10th holes) had been
used by a Miss MacDermott for grazing cattle and only after much trouble did the club
obtain the use of that area. The field below Miss MacDermott's ground was used for
practising and professional coaching.

1923 - Expansion to 18 holes

In 1923 agreement was reached with Sir Harold Gray to secure the land to the north side
of Gray's Lane and the first eighteen hole course was established with nine holes on each
side of Gray's Lane. However the nine holes on the north side of the Lane were found to be
too cramped and CW (Charlie Pope), the Club's Pro from 1904 redesigned the course with
eleven holes on the south side and seven on the north side and this is essentially the course
we play today.

Sunday golf was not permitted until 1926 and the clubhouse was extended and enhanced
over the next three decades, the first Liquor license being applied for and obtained in 1936.

1972 - The new clubhouse

The new building was opened in August 1972 by Mr Tom Montgomery,
President of the GUI, Judge Fox, President of Fortwilliam, Club Captain Mr JD Burne
and Lady Captain Mrs T Lowry.
The cost was approx. £80,000. The old clubhouse was still standing.

1982 - Extension and Demolition

In 1982 the old clubhouse was demolished and an extension to the 1972 building
was opened by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Tom Patton at a cost of £230,000.

1990 - New Pros Shop

The pros shop which had originally been sited adjacent to the old clubhouse in an area
where cars are now parked at the rear of the 14th tee was moved to a location which is the
small annex at the north side of the men's locker rooms. This was far too small and in 1990
the existing pro shop was constructed.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
C. C. Brady 1990 Ladies Captain
S. J. McMichael 1990 Men's Captain
James Wilson 1990 President
S. W. Lynch 1991 Ladies Captain
Gerry Mulvenna 1991 Men's Captain
Tom Lowry 1991 President
P. Callen 1992 Ladies Captain
D. H. Macrae 1992 Men's Captain
Tom Lowry 1992 President
C. McCrory 1993 Ladies Captain
Dan McGrady 1993 Men's Captain
Edward Bannon 1993 President
S. McCann 1994 Ladies Captain
Dr. Joe Lewis 1994 Men's Captain
Edward Bannon 1994 President
F. McNulty 1995 Ladies Captain
Brendan Henry 1995 Men's Captain
W. A. Macauley 1995 President
J. M. Campbell 1996 Ladies Captain
Howard Hillis 1996 Men's Captain
W. A. Macauley 1996 President
E. Thompson 1997 Ladies Captain
Brendan Lowry 1997 Men's Captain
Dr. Ian Loughridge 1997 President
Dr. M. Drew 1998 Ladies Captain
Wesley Morrow 1998 Men's Captain
Harry D'arcy 1998 President
M. P. Bleakley 1999 Ladies Captain
John Campbell 1999 Men's Captain
D. G. Cook 1999 President
Ms. V. Rodgers 2000 Ladies Captain
Jack Campbell 2000 Men's Captain
Mr. D. G. Cook 2000 President
Mrs. M. Marquess 2001 Ladies Captain
Mr. Harry McCambridge 2001 Men's Captain
R. Gillespie 2001 President
Sandra Whiteside 2002 Ladies Captain
Ivan McMichael 2002 Men's Captain
R. Gillespie 2002 President
Mrs. S. McPhillips 2003 Ladies Captain
Peter Smith 2003 Men's Captain
R. Gillespie 2003 President
M. McMenamin 2004 Ladies Captain
John White 2004 Men's Captain
Charles O'Neill 2004 President
Patrice Gillespie 2005 Ladies Captain
Brian McCann Snr. 2005 Men's Captain
Charles O'Neill 2005 President
Patricia Graham 2006 Ladies Captain
Tony Campbell 2006 Men's Captain
Charles O'Neill 2006 President
Anne McGrath 2007 Ladies Captain
Patsy McKenna 2007 Men's Captain
Charlie O'Neill 2007 President
Oonagh McCann 2008 Ladies Captain
Michael Graham 2008 Men's Captain
Dan McGrady 2008 President
Vera McClenaghan 2009 Ladies Captain
Maurice Mullan 2009 Men's Captain
Dan McGrady 2009 President
Flo McGivern 2010 Ladies Captain
John Rainey 2010 Men's Captain
Stanley McMichael 2010 President
Nora McNamee 2011 Ladies Captain
Stephen Boswell 2011 Men's Captain
Stanley McMichael 2011 President
Pat McFerran 2012 Ladies Captain
Kieran Loy 2012 Men's Captain
Stanley McMichael 2012 President
Nora McNamee 2013 Ladies Captain
Pat Toal 2013 Men's Captain
Stanley McMichael
2013 President
Alice Kelly 2014 Ladies Captain
James McGinn 2014 Men's Captain
Howard Hillis 2014 President
Jeanne Corr 2015 Ladies Captain
James McDonnell 2015 Men's Captain
Howard Hillis 2015 President
Maeve McCann 2016 Ladies Captain
Seamus Shields 2016 Men's Captain
Tony Campbell 2016 President
Anne Marrion-McCambridge 2017 Ladies Captain
Eamonn Lundy 2017 Men's Captain
Tony Campbell
2017 President
  2017 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Gavin McKenna 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap

Holes in One at Fortwilliam

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance


6th   221 yd's

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