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Knock Golf Course

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The Knock Golf Club moved to it’s present location in 1920 and retained the services of world renowned course architects Harry Colt and Dr. Alistair McKenzie to layout what is one of the best Par 70 courses in the country. Measuring 6,428 yards with a standard scratch of 71 off the white tees it is a true test of golf. Christy O’Connor "Himself" won his first important Tournament here when he captured the Ulster Professional title in 1953. As testament to the quality of The Knock Ernie Jones captured the Irish Professional Championship with a score of one under and four years later Christy Green won the same title with a score of two over.

The course has a wonderful variety of large and small trees, with many deep bunkers and a river coming into play in front of the 8th and 18th greens. The 453, yard Par-4 sixth is considered to be one of the best holes on the course. The hole features what is reputed to be the oldest araucaria "Monkey-Puzzle" in the British Isles, said to be over 100 years old it stands at over 70 feet tall and is still thriving. This hole is particularly attractive in the spring when the Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom.

The Knock Golf Club has produced many fine golfers but none more famous than Clare Robinson (nee Nesibtt) who dominated Ladies golf in the 70’s and played on the Curtis Cup at Chepstow in 1976.

The Knock Golf Club has a very fine clubhouse that caters for the golfers every need. The visitor is extended a warm welcome here and a memorable game of golf.

Green Fees Midweek: £30
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: £45
Green Fees with a Member: £18/20
Green Fees for Opens:  £18/20
Practice Area:  Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: £16 Yes
Soft Spikes: Yes
Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee: £981
Full Ladies Membership Fee: £790
Full Young Adult U-27 Membership Fee: £881
Full Young Adult U-23 Membership Fee: £493
Full Young Lady Adult U-27 Membership Fee: £691
Full Young Lady Adult U-23 Membership Fee: £385
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 18
Members 675
Designer Harry Colt Mckenzie & Alison
Founded 1895
Address

Summerfield,
Dundonald,
Belfast, BT16 2QX

Telephone 028-90-483251
Email knockgolfclub@btconnect.com
Website Knock golf club website
Secretary/Manager: Anne Armstrong
Captain: Frank McGrath
Lady Captain: Alison Sinnamon
Presidents':  Kenneth Graham & Rosemary Hamilton
Vice-Captains': Gary Patterson & Helen Anderson
Hon. Secretary: Robin Pooke & Rosemary Greene
Club Pro: Richard Whitford 048-90-483825
Hon. Treasurer: Terry Casement & Lynne Anderson
Comp. Secretary: Mervyn Perry & Irene Reid
Knock Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
Lat:54.595291
Long:-5.819235
*Please check information before travelling

General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: 9.00am to 11.00pm
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual
Catering: Full catering, facilities Days to Avoid: Tuesdays & Saturdays
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance

Knock Golf Club Fixtures 2017 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2017 (Confirmed)        
Event. Start Finish Type Duration
Professional's Prize Saturday 6 June   Closed 1
President's Prize     Closed 1
Lady President's Prize Saturday 3 August   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize     Closed 1
Captain's Prize     Closed  1
Seniors Stableford Thursday 23 March   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Monday 17 April
  Open 1
Seniors Stableford Thursday 27 April   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Monday 1 May   Open 1
Seniors Stableford Thursday 18 May   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Monday 29 May   Open 1
Start of Open Week Monday 19 June Sunday 25 June Open 7
Singles Stableford Monday 19 June   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Tuesday 20 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 21 June   Open 1
Seniors Stableford 50+ Thursday 22 June   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Friday 23 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 24 June   Open 1
Mixed Greensomes Sunday 25 June   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 6 July   Open 1
Seniors Stableford 50+ Thursday 20 July   Open 1
Ladies 3-Person Team Event Tuesday 25 July   Open 1
Belfast Junior Open Monday 7 August   Open 1
Seniors Stableford 50+ Thursday 17 August   Open 1
Ladies 3-Person Team Event Thursday 24 August   Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

KeyData
White Par 70 SSS 71 6,428 yd's
Yellow Par 70 SSS 70 6,264 yd's
Red Par 74 SSS 73 5,808 yd's

Card

Hole No. White Yellow Par Index Red Par Index
1 328 319 4 9 321 4 5
2 379 370 4 14 354 4 15
3 457 452 4 2 388 4 1
4 136 122 3 17 129 3 13
5 374 364 4 10 330 4 3
6 453 447 4 3 429 5 17
7 394 384 4 5 299 4 11
8 409 400 4 6 300 4 7
9 363 353 4 15 345 4 9
Out 3,293 3,211 35   2,895 37  
10 493 483 5 13 450 5 2
11 417 413 4 8 409 4 12
12 147 130 3 16 116 3 16
13 377 367 4 11 334 4 8
14 447 440 4 1 440 5 4
15 403 393 4 4 325 4 6
16 185 178 3 12 179 3 10
17 270 260 4 18 268 4 18
18 396 389 4 7 392 4 14
In 3,135 3,053 35   2,913 37  
Total 6,428 6,264 70   5,808 74  
SSS 72 71     73    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record: Am: 63  Nick Grant 23/06/2008

Ladies Course Record: 70 Claire Nesbitt July 1978

Members Achievements

Knock Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Irish Senior Cup at Portstewart Golf Club in 2015, when they beat Castlerock Golf Club by 3½-matches to 1½-matches in the Semi-Final and accounted for Lurgan Golf Club by 4-matches to 1-match in the Ulster decider.

They made their way to Carton House to compete in the All-Ireland deciders, where they were drawn against Munster Champions Limerick Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.

First on the tee was Michael Sinclair lost his match against Pat Murray by 1-hole, he was followed by Colin Fairweather who had a 1-hole win over Sean Poucher 1 hole, next up was James Patterson who recorded a 3 and 2 win over Michael O'Kelly, in the penultimate match Mark McMurray beat Darragh Fitzgerald by 2 and 1, the bottom match was recorded as a halve of Simon Miskelly against Justin Kehoe.

They met Leinster Champions Maynooth University in the All-Ireland Final on the Saturday morning in what was a very close match only lost by the minimum margin of 1-hole in the 4th match. First on the tee again was Michael Sinclair who lost his match against Ronan Mullarney by 3 and 2, he was followed by Colin Fairweather who had a very comfortable 5 and 4 win over Kyle McCarron, in the middle match James Patterson had a 1-hole win over Stephen Kinch, in the penultimate match Mark McMurray went down to Jake Whelan on the 18th, in the bottom match Simon Miskelly lost by 4 and 3 against Jack Walsh.

Knock Golf Club won the Ulster Championship of the Irish Senior Cup in 2006, when they beat Castlerock Golf Club on their home course by 3 and half matches to 1 and half matches on Sunday the 20th August .

Knock Golf Club won the Belfast & District Cup in 2006, when they beat Banbridge by 7 and a halve matches to 6 and a halve matches.

Michael Sinclair was selected on the Ulster team for the Interprovincial Matches played at Portmarnock Golf Club from 11th to 13th August 2004. Michael, was then selected to play in the Home Internationals at Prestwick Golf Club from 8th to 10th September 2004.

Joanne Black was selected on the Ulster ILGU Team for the Interprovincial's. Played at Ballybunion Golf Club from 18th to 20th August 2004.

Joanne Black was selected on the Ulster Ladies team for the AIB Interprovincial’s at the Island Golf Club on the 8th to 10th August 2001.

Prior to 2001:

Knock won the All-Ireland Final Irish Junior Cup at The Royal Dublin G. C. in 1968.

Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;

N. G. Kelly represented Ireland as a Senior International in 1966 playing 3-times won 2-matches and lost 1-matches accumulating 4-points;

C. J. McMullan represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1933 to1935 playing 19-times won 10-matches halved three and lost 6-matches accumulating 23-points;.

Michael Sinclair represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1999 to 2004 playing 17-times won 7-matches halved two and lost 8-matches accumulating 16-points. He represented Ireland at Irish Boys level in 1989 playing 4-times won 0-matches halved two and lost 2-matches accumulating 2-points. He represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1995 to 2010 playing 60-times won 31-matches halved ten and lost 19-matches accumulating 72-points;

J. N. White represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1902 to 1906;

C. Fairweather represented Ireland at Irish Boys level from 2006 to 2009 playing 17-times won 7-matches halved two and lost 8-matches accumulating 16-points;

J. Patterson represented Ireland at Irish Boys level in 2007 playing 3-times won 2-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 4-points;

W. R. Forde represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1900 to 1906 playing 3-times won 2-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 2-points;

J. Glover represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1956 to 1971 playing 22-times won 11-matches halved three and lost 8-matches accumulating 25-points;

Nicky Grant represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 2005 to 2009 playing 19-times won 7-matches halved two and lost 10-matches accumulating 16-points. He represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships from 2005 to2007 playing 10-times won 4-matches halved two and lost 4-matches accumulating 10-points;

N. S. Kelly represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1965 to 1966 playing 12-times won 7-matches halved three and lost 2-matches accumulating 17-points;

W. S. McMullen* represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1939;

J. R. Whyte represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1902 to 1903 playing 2-times won 1-match and lost 1-match accumulating 1-point;

P. Harris represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1977 playing 4-times won 4-matches and lost 0-matches accumulating 8-points;

J. C. Moss represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1970 playing 3-times won 2-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 4-points;

Justin Parsons represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1995 playing 6-times won 1-match halved two and lost 3-matches accumulating 4-points. He represented Ulster at the Boys Interprovincial Championships in 1993 playing 6-times won 5-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 10-points;

James Patterson represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships from 2008 to 2009 playing 8-times won 5-matches and lost 3-matches accumulating 10-points. He represented Ulster at the Boys Interprovincial Championships from 2005 to 2007 playing 13-times won 5-matches halved four and lost 4-matches accumulating 14-points;

Colin Fairweather represented Ulster at the Boys Interprovincial Championships from 2006 to 2007 playing 15-times won 8-matches halved two and lost 5-matches accumulating 18-points;

Miss Claire Nesbitt played for the Irish Girls' in 1970 and 1971 she won the Scratch Match Play Foursomes together with Miss Lillian Malone of Cairndhu in 1976;

Sonya Verschuur played for the Irish Girls' in 1984 and 1985;

Joanne Black played for Ireland in the Girls' Home Internationals at Formby Ladies Golf Club in 1996 and at Forfar Golf Club in 1997;

History of Knock

Instituted 1895 affiliated 1896

At a meeting held in the lecture hall adjoining Dundelea Presbyterian Church, in December 1894, the Knock golf club was formed. Dr. King-Kerr was in the chair and the meeting was told that the ground could be leased for £77 per annum. The course could be laid out at a cost of £26, according to G. L. Bailey, a founder member of the Royal Belfast Golf Club.

Mr. Peddie proposed and was seconded by Mr. Buchanan, that the club should be formed. The first committee was Dr. King Kerr, Messrs. Todd, Peddie, Malcolm and Buchanan, who were charged with negotiating the rent of the land and drafting the rules. The first Captain was Mr. R. Webb, and Hon. Secretary was Dr. King-Kerr. The "Irish Golfer" on the 14th February, 1990, documents " The opening ceremony of the club was a memorable one as it was the largest gathering of golfers ever held at a function of this kind in Ireland. The club’s enjoyment of this pretty course was not of long duration, for in less than three years the committee was compelled to prospect for pastures new, owing to the ground being taken for building purposes. The new course was leased in Shandon Park, beneath a hill called Knock. This was a wooded area for nine-holes, but soon became too small. So in 1920 the club moved to its present site at Dondonald. This was a family estate called "Summerfield" and world famous architects, Colt, Allison, and McKenzie were employed to turn it into a golf course.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
Mrs. D. Goldbrough 1990 Ladies Captain
Mrs. J. Nesbitt 1990 Ladies President
Mr. B. McMonagle 1990 Men's Captain
Mr. G. I. McCormick 1990 President
Mrs. R. J. Johnson 1991 Ladies Captain
Mrs. J. Nesbitt 1991 Ladies President
Mr. D. A. B. Knight 1991 Men's Captain
Mr. G. I. McCormick 1991 President
Mrs. D. R. Molyneaux 1992 Ladies Captain
Mrs. J. Nesbitt 1992 Ladies President
Mr. C. H. Whittaker 1992 Men's Captain
Mr. J. L. O'Gorman 1992 President
Mrs. B. Hanlon 1993 Ladies Captain
Mrs. J. Nesbitt 1993 Ladies President
Mr. W. E. Smyth 1993 Men's Captain
Mr. J. L. O'Gorman 1993 President
Mrs. A. Boucher 1994 Ladies Captain
Mrs. R. M. Williamson 1994 Ladies President
Mr. W. R. Hamilton 1994 Men's Captain
Mr. G. D. A. Hanlon 1994 President
Mrs. L. Davidson 1995 Ladies Captain
Mrs. R. M. Williamson 1995 Ladies President
Mr. S. W. Buller 1995 Men's Captain
Mr. G. D. A. Hanlon 1995 President
Mrs. D. B. Smith 1996 Ladies Captain
Mrs. R. M. Willamson 1996 Ladies President
Mr. T. V. M. McKirgan 1996 Men's Captain
Mr. G. Caskey 1996 President
Mrs. V. L. Hamilton 1997 Ladies Captain
Mrs. H. Barr 1997 Ladies President
Mr. R. O. Reid 1997 Men's Captain
Mr. G. Caskey 1997 President
Dr. R. Hamilton 1998 Ladies Captain
Mrs. H. Barr 1998 Ladies President
Mr. R. E. Pooke 1998 Men's Captain
Mr. K. Wallace 1998 President
Mrs. M. McCormick 1999 Ladies Captain
Mrs. H. Barr 1999 Ladies President
Mr. D. W. Alderdice 1999 Men's Captain
Mr. K. Wallace 1999 President
Mrs. P. Jordan 2000 Ladies Captain
Mrs. P. Affolter 2000 Ladies President
Mr. A. R. Blackbourne 2000 Men's Captain
Mr. B. Drain 2000 President
Mrs. J. Reid 2001 Ladies Captain
Mrs. P. Rollins 2001 Ladies President
E. D. Brown 2001 Men's Captain
Mr. B. Drain 2001 President
Mrs. Doreen McVitty 2002 Ladies Captain
  2002 Ladies President
Derek Grant 2002 Men's Captain
  2002 President
  2003 Ladies Captain
  2003 Ladies President
Harry Flanigan 2003 Men's Captain
  2003 President
J. S. Crozier 2004 Ladies Captain
  2004 Ladies President
Brian Crothers 2004 Men's Captain
B. H. Slieth 2004 President
Joan Law 2005 Ladies Captain
Daphne Molyneaux 2005 Ladies President
D. J. Stanley Smyth 2005 Men's Captain
Norman Douglas 2005 President
Sheila Boucher 2006 Ladies Captain
Margaret Johnston 2006 Ladies President
Gerry McWhinney 2006 Men's Captain
Norman Douglas 2006 President
J. Gibson 2007 Ladies Captain
Margaret Johnston 2007 Ladies President
P. J. McClelland 2007 Men's Captain
Peter Sinclair 2007 President
Vivien Allen 2008 Ladies Captain
Margaret Johnston 2008 Ladies President
David Rush 2008 Men's Captain
Peter Sinclair 2008 President
J. Bell 2009 Ladies Captain
Margaret Johnston 2009 Ladies President
Garth Russell 2009 Men's Captain
Berkeley McMonagle 2009 President
Valerie Junkin 2010 Ladies Captain
Patricia Jordon 2010 Ladies President
Tom Reid 2010 Men's Captain
Berkeley McMonagle 2010 President
Pauleen Cook 2011 Ladies Captain
Patricia Jordon 2011 Ladies President
Brian Ross 2011 Men's Captain
Alan Knight 2011 President
Maureen Wilson 2012 Ladies Captain
Jannette Davinson 2012 Ladies President
Gary Ewing 2012 Men's Captain
W. E. Smyth 2012 President
Irene Reid 2013 Ladies Captain
Jannette Davinson
2013 Ladies President
Ray Browne 2013 Men's Captain
Alasdair Gibson
2013 President
Rosemary Nixon 2014 Ladies Captain
Helen Knight 2014 Ladies President
Brian Sinnamon 2014 Men's Captain
Alasdair Gibson 2014 President
Clare Robinson 2015 Ladies Captain
Helen Knight 2015 Ladies President
Terry Casement 2015 Men's Captain
Kenneth Graham
2015 President
Sinead Murray 2016 Ladies Captain
Rosemary Hamilton
2016 Ladies President
Michael Browne 2016 Men's Captain
Kenneth Graham 2016 President
Alison Sinnamon 2017 Ladies Captain
Rosemary Hamilton
2017 Ladies President
Frank McGrath 2017 Men's Captain
Kenneth Graham
2017 President
Miss S. Verschour (4) 2017 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Colin Fairweather (+1)
2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
Jonathan Breen (1.0)
2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
D. Alderdice 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
Michael Sinclair 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
James Paterson 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
Nicky Grant 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
Eddie McAnoy 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
Matthew Walsh 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap

Holes in One at Knock

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Patricia Jordan 31 July 2005  12th   116 yd’s
Linda Martha McWhinney 5 August 2005 4th   129 yd’s
Victor Skillen 31 December 2005 16th   178 yd’s
Judith Reid
7 June 2006 11th
Bushfoot
123 yd's
Patricia Jordan 10 April 2007 16th Driver 179 yd's
Susan Craig 17 April 2007 12th 8-iron
116 yd’s
Wilbert J. Kerr 7 July 2007 4th   136 yd’s
Stanley Stewart 25 August 2007 12th   147 yd’s