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County Armagh Golf Course
Co. Armagh is one of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland, founded in 1883. It was a 9-hole course until 1975 when it extended to 18-holes retaining only six of the original holes. In 1976 Christy O’Connor "Himself" played an exhibition match against the recently appointed professional Billy Todd who shot a 68 to beat the great man.
Co. Armagh was the victim of a terrorist firebomb attack on March 25th 1980, which destroyed the old clubhouse. The members showed great resilience and came up with some novel ideas to raise the necessary funds to build a new clubhouse. The most noteworthy, being an invitation to Victor Korchnoi a Russian chess grandmaster to take on three members in the wonderful game of chess. They were so successful that the new clubhouse was completed by Christmas 1981 and formally opened by the then President of the GUI, Fred Perry in May 1982.
The course is dominated by, the Obelisk, situated between the 10th and 13th greens. Built in 1782 by the protestant Archbishop of Armagh, to commemorate his friendship with his patron, the Duke of Northumberland, standing 114 feet and built with the same stone as used for the Episcopal Palace in 1770.
Co. Armagh Golf Club is a short but tough test of golf, measuring 6,212 yards Par 70 with a standard scratch of 69 off the white tees. The most difficult holes are the 403 yards 5th requiring accuracy off the tee and a steady nerve down an alley of mature trees. The 446 yard 16th is a tough hole with the green guarded by two lakes.
The visitors are extended a warm welcome and a memorable game of golf at this club with a wonderful tradition.
|Green Fees Midweek:||£20|
|Green Fees Weekends & B.H.:||£25|
|Green Fees with a Member:||£15/20|
|Green Fees for Opens:||£10|
|Full Membership Available:||Yes|
|Full Membership Fee:||£395.00
|Full Ladies Membership Fee:||£295.00|
|Full Senior Membership 65+ Fee:||£375.50|
|Full Senior Ladies Membership Fee:||£259.00|
|Website||County Armagh golf club website|
|Lady Captain:||Gail Steed|
|Vice-Captains':||Colm Shannon & Elizabeth Mawhinney|
|Hon. Secretary:||Patrick Burns & Cathleen Mone
|Club Pro:||Alan Rankin 028-37-525864|
|Hon. Treasurer:||Pat McAleavey & Jacqueline Kelly
|Comp. Secretary:||John Lowe & Ellen Brady|
General Facts & Information
|Course opening hours: Daylight hours||Clubhouse opening hours: 9.30am to 11.30pm|
|Mobile phones: Not on course
||Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim|
|Catering: Full catering, facilities||Days to Avoid: Tuesday pm & Thursdays|
|Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other Days||Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance|
County Armagh Golf Club Fixtures 2017 provisional*
|Open & Major Fixtures 2017 (Confirmed)|
|Captains' Drive-In||Sunday 1 January||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize||Saturday 24 June||Closed||1|
|Lady Captain's Prize||Saturday 29 July||Closed||1|
|President's Prize||Saturday 5 August||Closed||1|
|Professional's Prize||Saturday 16 September
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Friday 17 March||Open||1|
|Seniors Singles Stableford (50+)||Wednesday 3 May||Open||1|
|Jimmy Bruen Shield (Q)||Sunday 7 May||GUI||1|
|Ladies Charity Singles Stableford||Monday 8 May||Open||1|
|Seniors Singles Stableford (50+)||Wednesday 10 May||Open||1|
|Seniors Singles Stableford (50+)||Wednesday 17 May||Open||1|
|Club Fundraiser Classic||Friday 19 May||Open||1|
|Seniors Singles Stableford (50+)||Wednesday 24 May||Open||1|
|Lonsdale Cup Singles Strokes||Saturday 27 May||Open||1|
|Seniors Singles Stableford (50+)||Wednesday 31 May
|Seniors Singles Stableford (50+)||Wednesday 7 June||Open||1|
|Singles Strokes||Saturday 10 June||Open||1|
|Seniors Singles Stableford (50+)||Wednesday 14 June||Open||1|
|Seniors Singles Stableford (50+)||Wednesday 21 June||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Saturday 24 June||Open||1|
|Seniors Singles Stableford (50+)||Wednesday 28 June||Open||1|
|Singles Strokes||Saturday 1 July||Open||1|
|Seniors Singles Stableford (50+)||Wednesday 5 July||Open||1|
|Fourball Team Classic||Saturday 8 July||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 12 July||Open||1|
|Seniors Singles Stableford (50+)||Wednesday 19 July||Open||1|
|Senior Scratch Cup (0 to 5)||Sunday 23 July||Open||1|
|Junior Scratch Cup (6 to 9)||Sunday 23 July||Open||1|
|Seniors Singles Stableford (50+)||Wednesday 26 July||Open||1|
|Junior Foursomes Finals||Monday 31 July||Open||1|
|Seniors Singles Stableford (50+)||Wednesday 2 August||Open||1|
|Seniors Singles Stableford (50+)||Wednesday 9 August||Open||1|
|Start of Open Week||Saturday 12 August
||Sunday 6 August||Open||8|
|Singles Strokes||Saturday 12 August
||Sunday 13 August
|Ladies 3-Ball Team Event||Monday 14 August
|Singles Strokes||Tuesday 15 August
|Seniors Singles Stableford (50+)||Wednesday 16 August||Open||1|
|Ladies Singles Stableford||Thursday 17 August||Open||1|
|Fourball Betterball||Friday 18 August||Open||1|
|Boys & Girls 11.30am to 1.00pm||Friday 18 August||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Saturday 19 August||Open||1|
||Sunday 20 August||Open||1|
|Seniors Singles Stableford (50+)||Wednesday 23 August||Open||1|
|Scratch Cups||Saturday 26 August||Open||1|
|Seniors Singles Stableford (50+)||Wednesday 30 August
|Seniors Singles Stableford (50+)||Wednesday 6 September||Open||1|
|Ladies Armaghdale Cup Singles Strokes||Saturday 9 September||Open||1|
|Seniors Singles Stableford (50+)||Wednesday 13 September||Open||1|
|Seniors Singles Stableford (50+)||Wednesday 20 September||Open||1|
|Seniors Singles Stableford (50+)||Wednesday 27 September||Open||1|
Card of the Course
|White||Par 70 SSS 69 6,212 yd's|
|Red||Par 71 SSS 70 5,303 yd's|
|Green||Par 70 SSS 68 6,018 yd's|
|St. Brigid's Well||1||402||390||4||3||289||4||14|
|Lady Anne's Walk||2||360||350||4||10||324||4||6|
|The Old Third||4||387||361||4||5||334||4||4|
|Old Coach Road||8||531||528||5||8||457||5||2|
Men's Course Record: 63 Jonathan McMillen (2) 10/08/2005
Ladies Course Record: 70 Emma Oliver( 6) 29/07/2004
The Ladies of Co. Armagh Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Ladies Challenge Cup when they beat Donnaghadee Golf Club by 3-matches to 2-matches in the Ulster Final at Dungannon Golf Club on Sunday 28th August 2016.
They were lead out by Anne O'Reilly who beat June Simpson by 5 and 3, she was followed by Jacqueline Kelly who lost her match by 6 and 4 against Brooke Stranaghan, she was followed by Eilish Grimes who beat Janet Adams by 3 and 1, the penultimate match of Sheila Stinson went 2-up to Angeline Gordon in the bottom match Sylvia Ashe had a 3 and 1 win over Fiona Hicks and with it a place in the All-Ireland deciders at Dundalk Golf Club.
They made their way to Dundalk Golf Club and drew Munster Champions Ballybunion Golf Club on Friday 23rd September in the All-Ireland Semi-Final. They were lead out again by Anne O'Reilly who beat Mary Hickey Keane by 6 and 4 she was followed by Jacqueline Kelly who lost her match against Margaret McAuliffe by 3 and 2, next on the tee was Eilish Grimes who halved her match with Elva Clancy when called in, in the penultimate match Sheila Stinson lost out to Dori Cotter by 3 and 2, in the bottom match Sylvia Ashe lost her match against Tess Noonan by 3 and 2.
Ballybunion Golf Club went down to Headfort Golf Club by 4½-matches to ½-match in the All-Ireland Final the following day.
Co. Armagh beat Ennis in the final of the 2006 Cidona Inter-Club Championships at Balbriggan, Tuesday 29th August.
Earlier in the day, Co. Armagh saw off Co. Sligo in the second semi-final while Ennis beat the defending Champions Kilkenny in the first semi-final.
The Girls’ from Co. Armagh Golf Club won the All-Ireland Inter-Club Championship at Balbriggan Golf Club on Tuesday 29th August 2006. They beat Co. Sligo in the All-Ireland Semi-Final by 2 and halve matches to a halve match in the morning. They met Ennis in the afternoon when they won by 2 matches by 1 match.
Co. Armagh Golf Club were County Champions in the J. B. Carr Diamond Trophy in 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2004.
Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;
P. Russell represented Ireland at international Youths level in 1989 playing 1-match, won 1-match accumulating 2-points. He represented Ireland at Irish Boys level from 1986 to 1988 playing 14-times won 6-matches and lost 8-matches accumulating 12-points. He represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1989 playing 6-times won 4-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 8-points;
C. W. Wilson represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1905 playing 1-time won 0-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 0-points;
L. Hamphries was selected on the ILGU Junior squad in November 2000;
History of County Armagh
Instituted 1893 affiliated 1893
Mr. Charles Burke introduced golf to Co. Armagh. He had his own private golf course at Ballinahon House, where he used to invite his friends to play. They decided to form a club, and asked Mr. George De La Poer Beresford for the use of his land, which included the Primate’s Palace. The club was founded on 15th September 1893.
The opening, ceremony was performed by Mr. Maynard Sinton, the High Sheriff of the county. It was a nine-hole course, playable only in the winter from 12th November to 12th May.
What the Club tells us:
In the last decade of the nineteenth century Mr. Charles Burke of the Folly House, returned from holiday as a most enthusiastic convert to the game of golf.
He proceeded to have a nine-hole course laid out his grounds. To ensure having play every day Mr. Burke made out a list in which he set out in rotaintion the names of those who were to come each day. On one fateful day an officer from the military depot did not appear nor did he send an apology for his non-appearance. Mr. Burke's indignation had its sequel in a notice, which appeared on the entrance gate to his home:
"TRESSPASSERS PROSECUTED - OFFICERS AND DOGS SHOT ON SIGHT"
Mr. Burke's enthusiasm encouraged others who formed the opinion that Armagh should have a proper course. Mr. J. C. Murphy of the Belfast Bank and Mr. C. W. Bower of the Northern Bank took it on themselves to inspect every possible site. They agreed that the most suitable location was the Demesne. Mr. George de la Prev. Beresford gave the use of the land from November to May, rent free, if a club was formed. The members of the Armagh Archery and Lawn Tennis Club called a meeting in the Courthouse, September, 1893, and it was decided to form a club.
Logan, the Belfast professional, came to lay out the course, and Mr. N. L. Townshend, R.M., collected money and built the first clubhouse. Co. Armagh's oldest trophy, the Lonsdale Cup, was presented in that year by Mr. Dunbar Barton, M.D., and Mr. J. B. Lonsdale, afterwards Lord Armaghdale.
From such beginnings emerged Co. Armagh Golf Club, which by 1931 had 103 gentlemen members and 91 ladies. Early Councils had the task of caring for demesne land in an appropriate fashion so Council reports of the period are pitted with notices such as (April '28) "that the cost of grazing for all cattle except milch cows for the coming season shall be as follows: Yearling to 2 yr. olds 35/- 2 yr. olds plus, two pounds fifteen shillings and sheep 2/- per month." The audited accounts for May, 1931, list as assets 48 sheep, 2 rams, 60 lambs and 1 horse. A dynamic tenure of captaincy (1931-32) by Capt. Noel Smith served to rescue the club from a shaky financial position and placed it in credit for years to come. A remarkable ballot for an Austin 7 H.P. Saloon realised the princely sum of five hundred and fifty pounds plus and erased all debts.
Such was the Captain's popularity that personal subscriptions from members bought the Smith Cup as a perpetual reminder of his success. This period also saw the association of many familiar names with Co. Armagh golf, names such as Hirsch, Cowdy, Woods, Emerson and Forbes.
Co. Armagh continued to gather enthusiasts and the work of S. G. McVitty, N. R. Anderson, T. McKenna, W. McCartney, D. S. Hyndman and others ensured by the late 1950's, that Co. Armagh was established with leased land, open twelve months of the year, and possessing a creditable nine-hole course.
In February, 1971, a special meeting of the Club agreed to the most imaginative development programme undertaken since the Club was formed. Prime movers at the debate were two men, P. G. Toner and F. McAvinchey, who linked the club of the 70's with three decades of club history. A development committee of P. D. Corrigan, J. F. Maxwell (Hon. Sec.), J. H. O'Rorke and later Ian Donaldson carried the plan to a successful conclusion. A twenty six thousand pound "temporary" clubhouse providing all modern amenities, not least of which was a dining room capable of seating 200, was erected. An 18-hole golf course, some 6,043 yds., par 70,s.s. 69,with watered grounds, strategic bunkers and situated in one of the most pleasant scenic areas of Mid-Ulster, was opened on 3rd May, 1975.
Tragedy struck Co. Armagh Golf Club when, on the night of March 25th 1980 the clubhouse was reduced to ashes by a series of bombs - another statistic in the troubled period of Northern Ireland's history.
A new development Committee under the chairmanship of Mr. J Maxwell set about planning a replacement building and in 1982 the re-designed Clubhouse was officially opened. Since then the building has been further enhanced with better facilities added and refurbished to a very high standard.
The Club, amongst the oldest in Ireland, celebrated its Centenary in 1993. A detailed, illustrated book on the history of the Club, tracing its development alongside that of the City of Armagh itself over the past century has been produced and a few copies are still available from the Secretary's office , priced £10 plus postage.
Roll of Honour
|Mrs. M. McIlrath||1989||Ladies Captain|
|J. McC. Moore||1989||Men's Captain|
|W. H. Kenny||1989||President|
|Mrs. M. F. Gordan||1990||Ladies Captain|
|J. Kirk||1990||Men's Captain|
|J. J. Murray||1990||President|
|Mrs. N. Corrigan||1991||Ladies Captain|
|H. D. Somerville||1991||Men's Captain|
|J. J. Murray||1991||President|
|Mrs. C. Toner||1992||Ladies Captain|
|Dr. C. V. O'Reilly||1992||Men's Captain|
|Mrs. E. M. Steenson||1993||Ladies Captain|
|I. D. Dawson||1993||Men's Captain|
|Mrs. B. Johnston||1994||Ladies Captain|
|P. J. Collins||1994||Men's Captain|
|M. F. Joyce||1994||President|
|Mrs. G. Joyce||1995||Ladies Captain|
|J. W. White||1995||Men's Captain|
|M. F. Joyce||1995||President|
|Mrs. M. Smith||1996||Ladies Captain|
|P. P. Loughran||1996||Men's Captain|
|Mrs. D. Brown||1997||Ladies Captain|
|W. I. Marshall||1997||Men's Captain|
|Mrs. E. Attwell||1998||Ladies Captain|
|D. McAneney||1998||Men's Captain|
|J. L. O'Hare||1998||President|
|Mrs. B. Loughran||1999||Ladies Captain|
|W. A. Neville||1999||Men's Captain|
|J. L. O'Hare||1999||President|
|Mrs. C. M. Woods||2000||Ladies Captain|
|S. R. Coyle||2000||Men's Captain|
|W. G. Compston||2000||President|
|Mrs. B. Hamilton||2001||Ladies Captain|
|F. W. Edgar||2001||Men's Captain|
|Mr. G. Compston||2001||President|
|Miss. N. Leathem||2002||Ladies Captain|
|D. Murphy||2002||Men's Captain|
|R. McSorley||2003||Ladies Captain|
|S. Swift||2003||Men's Captain|
|E. Fitzsimons||2004||Ladies Captain|
|Pat McNaney||2004||Men's Captain|
|Audrey Kellett||2005||Ladies Captain|
|David Baird||2005||Men's Captain|
|Ruth Beckett||2006||Ladies Captain|
|Paddy Burns||2006||Men's Captain|
|Catherine McAnerney||2007||Ladies Captain|
|Jack McGowan||2007||Men's Captain|
|Veronica Toal||2008||Ladies Captain|
|Charles Vernon||2008||Men's Captain|
|Flo McCall||2009||Ladies Captain|
|E. Hamilton||2009||Men's Captain|
|June Humpries||2010||Ladies Captain|
|Michael Grant||2010||Men's Captain|
|P. J. Collins||2010||President|
|Barbara Gartland||2011||Ladies Captain|
|Tom Calvert||2011||Men's Captain|
|P. J. Collins||2011||President|
|Paula McCrory||2012||Ladies Captain|
|Brendan Smyth||2012||Men's Captain|
|Hilary Johnston||2013||Ladies Captain|
|John Flack||2013||Men's Captain|
|Irene Lutton||2014||Ladies Captain|
|Pat McAleavey||2014||Men's Captain|
|Margaret Marjoram||2015||Ladies Captain|
|Richard Black||2015||Men's Captain|
|Una Cullinane||2016||Ladies Captain|
|Martin Oliver||2016||Men's Captain|
|Gail Steed||2017||Ladies Captain|
|Richard Stewart||2017||Men's Captain|
|(7)||2017||Lowest Ladies Handicap|
|(2)||2017||Lowest Men's Handicap|
Holes in One at County Armagh
|Member||Date||Hole No.||Club Used||Distance|
|Tom Mason||3 September 1997||11th||170 yd's|
|June Humphries||6 September 2003||13th||5-Wood||168 yd's|