Whitehead golf club Antrim

Whitehead golf course Antrim

Whitehead Golf Course

Whitehead Club Crest

Whitehead Golf Club celebrated its centenary year in 2004 along with Roscommon Golf Club and Fintona Golf Club designed by A. B. Armb it is an 18-hole Parkland today. Originally an 9-hole course the club moved to its present location in 1973 and opened its 18-holes two years after the move.

Measuring 5,846 yards off the blue stakes with a Par of 69 and a standard scratch of 68 Whitehead is by no means a easy course. The ladies course is somewhat shorter at 5,113 yards with a Par 69 and a SSS of 68. Its signature hole is "The Lighthouse" at 395 yd's Index 1 which will test the very best of golfers where if you achieve a Par it will feel like a birdie.

The course offers some stunning views of the surrounding countryside and a warm Ulster hand of welcome is extended to one and all in this club that has reached its 100-year in existence.

Green Fees Midweek: £30
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: £34
Green Fees with a Member: £17
Green Fees for Opens: £15/25
Practice Area:  Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire:
Soft Spikes: No
Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee: £499
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 18
Members 775
Designer A. B. Armb
Founded 1904

McCrea's Brae,
Co Antrim
BT38 9NZ

Telephone 028-93-370820
Email info@whiteheadgolfclub.com
Website Whitehead golf club website
Secretary/Manager: Robin Patrick
Captain: Frazer McKendrick
Lady Captain: Heather Gilmour
Presidents':  M. Boyde & Elsie French
Vice-Captains':  & 
Hon. Secretary: Jim McAllister & 
Club Pro: Colin Farr 028-93-370821
Hon. Treasurer: Patrick O’Donnell & Janice Dennson
Comp. Secretary: Terry McIlroy
Whitehead Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
*Please check information before travelling

General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: 12.00am to 11.30pm
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim.
Catering: Full catering, facilities Days to Avoid: Saturdays
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other Days Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance

Whitehead Golf Club Fixtures 2023 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2023 (to be Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Captain's Prize to the Ladies
Thursday 1 June   Closed
Captain's Prize Saturday 17 June   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Saturday 29 July
  Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize to the Men
Saturday 5 August   Closed 1
President's Prize to the Ladies
Thursday 10 Augusr
  Closed 1
President's Prize Saturday 12 August
  Closed 1
Lady President's Prize Monday 28 August   Closed 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 19 April   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 26 April
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 3 May   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Sunday 7 May   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 10 May   Open 1
Ladies Team Waltz Friday 12 May   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 17 May   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 31 May
  Open 1
Ladies Team Event Friday 2 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 7 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 14 June   Open 1
Start of Open Week Saturday 17 June Saturday 24 June Open 7
Singles Stableford Saturday 17 June   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford
Sunday 18 June   Open 1
Seniors Stableford 50+ Monday 19 June   Open 1
Ladies Team Event Tuesday 20 June
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 21 June   Open 1
Fourball Thursday 22 June   Open 1
Fourball Betterball
Friday 23 June
  Open 1
Singles Strokes Saturday 24 June Sunday 25 June
Open 2
Singles Strokes Sunday 25 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 28 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 5 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 12 July   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Saturday 15 July Sunday 16 July
Open 2
L. & G. Singles Stableford Sunday 16 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 19 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 26 July
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 2 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 9 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 16 August   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Thursday 17 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 23 August
  Open 1
East Antrim Seniors Friday 1 September
  Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

White Par 70 SSS 69 6,064 m
Red Par 71 SSS 73 5,574 m
Green Par 70 SSS 68 5,840 m


Hole Name Hole No. White Green Par Index Red Par Index
Muldersleigh 1 340 330 4 4 340 4 3
Rath Cimbaeith 2 160 152 3 16 118 3 17
Gobbins 3 523 513 5 6 406 5 7
Windy Gap 4 318 308 4 14 308 4 11
The Steeple 5 189 181 3 12 180 3 9
Galloway 6 507 487 5 8 461 5 5
Forthill 7 398 383 4 2 365 4 1
Auld's View 8 363 355 4 10 330 4 13
Bla Hole 9 164 152 3 18 142 3 15
  Out 2,962 2,861 35   2,650 35  
The Loanin 10 511
5 9
447 5 10
Port Davey 11 147 136 3 17 125 3 18
Lighthouse 12 387 376 4 5
365 4 2
The Beeches 13 421 411 4 3 415 5 14
Clonmore 14 321 311 4 11
305 4 4
Days Dog Leg
15 406
389 4 1 379 5 6
The Hollow   16 345 337 4 15 343 4 8
McCrae's 17 352 342 4 7
261 4 16
Loughview 18 188 174 3 13 184 3 12
  In 3,078 2,979 35   2,924 36  
  Total 6,040 5,840 70   5,574 72  
  SSS 69 68     73

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record: 68 A. Hope

Ladies Course Record:

Members Achievements

Whitehead Golf Club were County Champions in the J. B. Carr Diamond Trophy in 2002.

Ian Cochrane and Craig Addley won the Belfast Telegraph Foursomes in 1997.

Whitehead Golf Club were Ulster Finalists in the Belfast and District Cup in 1981, when the team was, B. Armstrong, K. Wilson, R. Young, H. Henry, J. Taylor, M. Boyd, P. Finney, A. Hope, J. Jones and P. O'Donnell.

G. Parkhill and P. O'Donnell won the Christie Flag in 1982.

P. O'Donnell with C. Niblock won the British Isles Daily Mail Foursomes in 1994.

Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;

J. Jones represented Ireland at international Youths' level in 1981 playing 6-matches, won 3-match halved one and lost 2-matches accumulating 7-points. He represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1981 playing 4-times won 2-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 4-points;

R. Hunter represented Ireland at Irish Boys' level in 1997 playing 3-times won 0-matches and lost 3-matches accumulating 0-points;

S. K. Neill* represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1938;

Matthew Kane represented Ulster at the inaugural Boys Under-15 Interprovincial Championships in 2010 playing 3-times won 3-matches and lost 0-matches accumulating 6-points;

Lesley Callen played for the Irish Girls' in 1985;

Kim Hunter played for the Irish Girls' in 1986;

History of Whitehead

Instituted 1904 affiliated 1905

Whitehead is one of the few older clubs to possess its original minutes. On Friday, the 27th July, 1904, a letter was circulated to the residents of Whitehead, notifying them of a meeting on 29th July, with the purpose of setting up a golf club. The first President was Col. James McCalmont M. P., and the Captain was James Waterson.

The" Irish Golfer" in 1905, gives us the following report "The links are situated at no great distance from Blackhead, the lighthouse on the promontory stands out conspicuously, considering the limited time during which Messrs. Morrow and Son have been engaged in bringing the ground to order, very good progress has been made. The nine-hole course is partly uphill for the first three or four holes and there are sufficient difficulties in the form of hedges and ravines. Mr. R. B. Urquhart, Belfast, erected the handsome pavilion which adorns the grounds and which provides ample accommodation for both ladies and gentlemen."

There is ample evidence that ladies were involved from the start of the club. The first Lady President was the Marchioness of Donegall, and the Lady Captain was Mrs. Smiley, of Belair. The annual subscription was a guinea for men and ten shillings and six pence for ladies.

In 1909, the club moved to the Marquis of Donegall’s Estate and this became its home until it moved to a new home at Bentra, where James Braid laid out a nine-hole course.

In 1973, the club moved to its present location at Muldersleigh and developed the eighteen-hole course that opened officially in 1975.

What the Club tells us:

In 1904 a number of prominent gentlemen in Whitehead mooted the idea that a golf course would be of great benefit to residents and visitors located at Blackhead. A meeting was held in the Victoria Café and a plan was hatched. The original course was marked off on an ordnance map. The rules and bye laws were adopted from Malone, Royal Belfast and Larne Golf Clubs. The cost to build the course was £114 and was constructed by George Morrow from Belfast. In 1908 the 2nd course was constructed in the Donegall area and then in 1935, moved to a 3rd location with a new clubhouse, this being the current Bentra course. In 1970 a decision was taken to relocate to a new location on Muldersleigh Hill which, after many changes to the course is the current home of WGC.

Ancient man once inhabited Muldersleigh Hill on which the present course is laid out. There are 8 historical sites on or around The Hill, 4 of which are on the lands occupied by the course. The 2nd green is on an ancient site called Rath-Cimbaeith, ahillfort built in the earlier part of the 1st Millennium. On the 3rd fairway is the former site of an ancient church and burial place. To the left of the 10th fairway was an old graveyard. Finally during construction of the original 4th green, 2 stone axe heads were uncovered and now form part of the Rath-Cimbaeith Trophy played for each year. A marker stone was carved out of a slab of stone from Cork (Rath-Cimbaeith royal site of King Nemed who died in Cork) and is still sited to the left of the 2nd green to this day.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
Mrs. P. Archer 1989 Ladies Captain
M. Sandford 1989 Ladies President
R. H. Ruddock 1989 Men's Captain
J. Adrain 1989 President
Mrs. G. Kay 1990 Ladies Captain
G. Logan 1990 Ladies President
George McKinney 1990 Men's Captain
J. Adrain 1990 President
Mrs. R. M. Maxwell 1991 Ladies Captain
G. Logan 1991 Ladies President
W. J. Kelso 1991 Men's Captain
A. G. Smyth 1991 President
Mrs. A. M. Baxter 1992 Ladies Captain
R. Chambers 1992 Ladies President
J. Kerr 1992 Men's Captain
A. B. Armstrong 1992 President
Mrs. L. N. Sheriff 1993 Ladies Captain
R. Chambers 1993 Ladies President
R. J. Sheriff 1993 Men's Captain
E. H. T. Chambers 1993 President
Mrs. V. E. Hill 1994 Ladies Captain
A. Hockings 1994 Ladies President
P. W. J. Finney 1994 Men's Captain
T. F. Stainer 1994 President
Mrs. D. E. Taylor 1995 Ladies Captain
J. H. Jones 1995 Ladies President
J. D. Holmes 1995 Men's Captain
G. McKinney 1995 President
Mrs. J. McDowell 1996 Ladies Captain
I. Stewart 1996 Ladies President
James J. Murray 1996 Men's Captain
H. A. Burns 1996 President
Mrs. H. McLean 1997 Ladies Captain
I. Stewart 1997 Ladies President
Paul D. Archer 1997 Men's Captain
D. A. MacNiven 1997 President
Mrs. J. McDowell 1998 Ladies Captain
K. Fulton 1998 Ladies President
Jim M. Sedgwick 1998 Men's Captain
J. C. Reid 1998 President
Mrs. F. Boyd 1999 Ladies Captain
K. Fulton 1999 Ladies President
Marshall Boyd 1999 Men's Captain
B. Q. Baxter 1999 President
Mrs. J. Hall 2000 Ladies Captain
Mrs. A. Baxter 2000 Ladies President
Allen Hall 2000 Men's Captain
B. Q. Baxter 2000 President
E. Fitzsimmons 2001 Ladies Captain
Mrs. A. Baxter 2001 Ladies President
Maurice Watson 2001 Men's Captain
B. Q. Baxter 2001 President
H. McKernon 2002 Ladies Captain
Dorothy Cavan 2002 Ladies President
Trevor Greenwood 2002 Men's Captain
David Maxwell 2002 President
Eilish Donnelly 2003 Ladies Captain
Dorothy Cavan 2003 Ladies President
J. McKernon 2003 Men's Captain
David Maxwell 2003 President
Irene Patrick 2004 Ladies Captain
Dorothy Cavan 2004 Ladies President
Nick McCrory 2004 Men's Captain
David Maxwell 2004 President
Mary Walker 2005 Ladies Captain
Dr. Annette Gordon 2005 Ladies President
Jim Hamilton 2005 Men's Captain
Jim Kelso 2005 President
Julia Gardner 2006 Ladies Captain
Dr. Annette Gordon 2006 Ladies President
Bert French 2006 Men's Captain
Jim Kelso 2006 President
Margaret Fullerton 2007 Ladies Captain
Dr. Annetta Gordon 2007 Ladies President
John Elliott 2007 Men's Captain
Jim Kelso 2007 President
Heather Smith 2008 Ladies Captain
Joan Burns 2008 Ladies President
Robin McDonald 2008 Men's Captain
Patrick Finney 2008 President
Isobel Day 2009 Ladies Captain
Liz Reid 2009 Ladies President
John Thompson 2009 Men's Captain
Patrick Finney 2009 President
Mary Overton 2010 Ladies Captain
Julia Gardner 2010 Ladies President
Eamon McAllister 2010 Men's Captain
Patrick Finney 2010 President
Linda Hamilton 2011 Ladies Captain
Frances Boyd 2011 Ladies President
David J. Moore 2011 Men's Captain
James J. Macaulay 2011 President
Lorraine Arbuckle 2012 Ladies Captain
Frances Boyd 2012 Ladies President
Richard Lamb 2012 Men's Captain
James J. Macaulay 2012 President
Patricia Swann 2013 Ladies Captain
Irene Patrick
2013 Ladies President
Tim Patton 2013 Men's Captain
James J. MaCaulay
2013 President
Elsie French 2014 Ladies Captain
Irene Patrick 2014 Ladies President
James E. McAllister 2014 Men's Captain
James J. MaCaulay 2014 President
Alice Hartford 2015 Ladies Captain
Roy Armstrong 2015 Men's Captain
P. Archer
2015 President
Sarah Stewart
2016 Ladies Captain
Elaine Fitzsimmons 2016 Ladies President
Jeremy Jones
2016 Men's Captain
Maurice Watson 2016 President
Elizabeth Simpson 2017 Ladies Captain
  2017 Ladies President
Alfie Patton 2017 Men's Captain
  2017 President
Elaine Arthurs  2018 Ladies Captain
Isobel Day 2018 Ladies President
Trevor Wright 2018 Men's Captain
Trevor Greenwood 2018 President
Claire Lynn 2019 Ladies Captain
Isobel Day 2019 Ladies President
Dave Smyth 2019 Men's Captain
Marshall Boyd 2019 President
Carol Peat 2020 Ladies Captain
Hilary McDowell 2020 Ladies President
Graham Baird 2020 Men's Captain
M. Boyde  2020 President
Carol Peat 2021 Ladies Captain
Hilary McDowell 2021 Ladies President
Graham Baird 2021 Men's Captain
M. Boyde 2021 President
Janice Dennison 2022 Ladies Captain
Elish Donnelly 2022 Ladies President
Frazer McKendrick 2022 Men's Captain
Rhys Millar 2022 Junior Captain
  2022 President
 Heather Gilmour 2023 Ladies Captain
Elsie French 2023 Ladies President
  2023 Men's Captain
  2023 President
  2023 Junior Captain
 Amy O'Donnell 2023 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Alice Hartford 2023 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Matthew Kane 2023 Lowest Men's Handicap
P. Sheldon 2023 Lowest Men's Handicap
D. Beattie 2023 Lowest Men's Handicap

Holes in One at Whitehead

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Roy Armstrong April 2023
18th  8-iron 221 yd's