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Balmoral Golf Course

Balmoral Club Crest

Balmoral Golf Club will always be associated with the late Fred Daly, the first Irish man to win a Major, when he returned a score of 293 at Hoylake in1947 to lift the most cherished prize in golf "The Claret Jug".

At the time of writing Fred was the only Irish man to win a Major but I'm predicting that either Padraig Harrington or Darren Clarke will follow in his footsteps in the near future. (got that one right, and then we had Greame and Rory for good measure winning the US-Open)

Balmoral is a mature Parkland course, which befits a course that has been inexistence since 1914, with undulating and tree lined fairways, heavily bunkeredand a meandering stream coming into play on holes 10 through 15.

The course is superbly maintained and is a must for golfers visitingBelfast, the course is located only a medium iron from the historic Kings Hall.The visitor is assured of a warm welcome but it is imperative to phone inadvance to ensure a tee time and please remember if you wish to dine in the evening a jacket and tie is required.

Green Fees Midweek: £30
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: £50
Green Fees with a Member: £18/23
Green Fees for Opens: £10/35
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: £25
Soft Spikes: Preferred
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 18
Members 705
Designer David Jones
Founded 1914

518 Lisburn Road,
Co. Down

Telephone 028-90-381514
Website Balmoral golf club website
Secretary/Manager: Paul Scullion
Lady Captain: Norah
President: Leontia Sheppard
Vice-Captains':  &
Hon. Secretary: Michael A. Agnew & Valerie Beers
Club Pro: Lee McKenna 028-90-667747
Hon. Treasurer: Michael Matthews & Claire Donnelly
Comp. Secretary: Brian Burns & Michele Wilson
Balmoral 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: am to pm
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

Balmoral Golf Club Fixtures 2023 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2023 (to be Confirmed)        


Start Finish Type Duration
Captains' Drive-In Sunday
  Closed 1
Captain's Prize to the Juveniles Sunday 25 June   Closed 1
Captain's Prize to the Ladies Tuesday 27 June   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Saturday 1 July   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize to the Juveniles Sunday 9 July   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize to the Men Wednesday 12 July   Closed 1
President's Prize to the Ladies Friday 12 August   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Friday 19 August
  Closed 1
President's Prize Saturday 2 September   Closed 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 27 April
  Open 1
Naomh Eoin Fundraiser
Friday 6 May   Open 1
Seniors Singles Stableford Thursday 11 May   Open 1
Seniors Singles Stableford Thursday 25 May
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 8 June    Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 15 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 22 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 29 June   Open 1
Seniors Singles Stableford Thursday 13 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 27 July
  Open 1
Fred Daly Memorial Pro-Am Tuesday 1 August   IPGA 1
Seniors Singles Stableford Thursday 10 August
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 24 August
  Open 1
Start of Open Week Monday 4 September Saturday 9 September Open 6
Singles Stableford Monday 4 September   Open 1
Ladies 3-Person Team Event
Tuesday 5 September   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 6 September   Open 1
Ladies 3-Person Scramble
Thursday 7 September   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Friday 8 September   Open 1
Singles Strokes Saturday 9 September   Open 1
Balmoral Charity Day Thursday 14 September   Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

White Par 69 SSS 70 6,227 yd's
Red Par 72 SSS 73 5,650 yd's
Green Par 69 SSS 69 5,997 yd's


Hole No White Green Par Index Red Par Index
1 448 430 4 3 409 5 13
2 399 386 4 11 377 4 9
3 410 398 4 1 368 4 5
4 194 169 3 13 154 3 17
5 395 387 4 9 364 4 3
6 393 388 4 5 381 4 1
7 491 478 5 15 465 5 11
8 159 143 3 17 128 3 15
9 386 374 4 7 348 4 7
Out 3,275 3,153 35   2,994 36  
10 362 349 4 12 343 4 4
11 157 144 3 16 128 3 14
12 419 407 4 2 396 5 8
13 192 174 3 8 166 3 16
14 170 160 3 14 139 3 18
15 338 329 4 6 284 4 2
16 528 517 5 10 457 5 6
17 344 335 4 18 324 4 12
18 442 429 4 4 419 5 10
In 2,952 2,844 34   2,656 36  
Total 6,227 5,997 69   5,650 72  
SSS 70 69     73    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record Am: 63  Dan Carlin 3/08/2019

Ladies Course Record

Members Achievements

Eva Branks who won the Ulster under-16 boys and girls open on 15th July 2022 at Bangor Golf Club.

Balmoral Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Fred Daly Trophy when they beat Cairndhu Golf Club by 4-matches to 3-matches on Sunday 7th August 2011.

They met Leinster Champions Carton House Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Tuesday 16th August at Ardee Golf Club. They were led by Matthew McLean who beat Conor Glynn by 1-hole, he was followed by Stuart Bleakley who lost to Keith Egan by 5 and 4, next up was Daniel Carlin who had a narrow 1-hole defeat to Harry Coyne, Aidan Cochrane lost his match by 5 and 4 to Sean O'Connor, Patrick Brennan also had a bad day when losing by 6 and 4 against Marc Boucher, the bottom two matches of Ryan Straney against Sean Walsh and Ted Harmon against Adam Talbot were both halved.

Carton House Golf Club went on to clinch the green pennant in the afternoon when they beat Connacht Champions Co. Sligo Golf Club by 5½-matches to 1½-matches to collect their first All-Ireland Championship in their short history and went on to win the European ChampionshipBalmoral's Professional Geoff Bleakley was elected Captain of the PGAIreland in 2002.

Balmoral won the Ulster Championship of the Irish Junior Cup in 2020.

Balmoral won the All-Ireland Final of the Irish Junior Cup in 1922.

They won the Ulster Championship of the Irish Junior Cup in 1970.

They won the Ulster Championship of the Jimmy Bruen Shield in 1979.  

They won the Ulster Cup in 1980, 1968, 1934 and 1920.

They won the Belfast and District Cup in 1931 and 1930.

Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;

Peter Martin was selected to represent Ireland at the Maidstone Club in NewYork, on 13-14 October, 1999, and  participated in the Boys HomeInternational matches in 1995, having played Ulster Boys in 1993 and 1994,playing 10 matches, and won the Joe Carr Perpetual Award in 1996 with 110points.  He represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 2000 to 2001 playing 9-times won 7-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 14-points. He represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships from 1995 to 1998 playing 17-times won 10-matches halved one and lost 6-matches accumulating 21-points. He represented Ulster at the Boys Interprovincial Championships from 1993 to 1994 playing 10-times won 4-matches halved one and lost 5-matches accumulating 9-points;

Lisa Lynch played for the Irish Girls in 1983;

Paula Gorman played for the Irish Girls in 1988;

History of Balmoral

Instituted 1914affiliated 1915

As with many other Irish Golf Clubs, the early records of Balmoral aresparse. The GUI records show that it affiliated on 17th November, 1915.

The Lands were first rented at £297.16.0. A special AGM was held on 8thSeptember, 1918, at which it was agreed to purchase the course for £8,000 andform a Ltd. Co. The Captain was Mr. A. C. Young.
It would be impossible to reflect on the history of Balmoral without referring to the name of the late and great Fred Daly. Fred was attached to Balmoral for the last 45 or so years of his life and must go down as being a star if not a superstar of British and Irish golf in his day. Fred was known and loved the world over for his ready wit and charm and for holding the distinction of being the first Irishman to win the Open in 1947 at the age of 36. Fred achieved much in his career despite the fact that the bulk of his prime coincided with the Second World War. His Open win aside, many would be proud to have his record over the next four years; second as the defending champion to Henry Cotton in 1948, tied for second in 1950, fourth in 1951 and third in 1952.

As three times British Matchplay Champion and only the second man this century to do the double of the Open and the Matchplay, Fred’s record speaks for itself. One particular day is worth recounting in the 1953 British Matchplay Championship. Fred was drawn in the second round against Alan ‘Tiger’ Poulton. After 18 holes they were still locked together and they set out to play sudden death tie holes. Finally, after a gruelling five hours and ten minutes, Fred won the 12th tie hole. Not content with setting one record that day for the longest match, Fred then played a young up and coming professional called Peter Alliss in the third round after only a ten minute break. Fred proceeded to produce scintillating golf resulting in one of the more forgettable matches in Alliss’s career. Touring the front nine in 31 shots, Fred despatched Alliss by the crushing margin of 6 & 5 in one hour and fifty minutes.

‘In the annals of golfing the name of Fred Daly is among the greatest. This ex-shilling-a-round caddie from Portrush, who never had a golf lesson in his life, won the Open Championship at Hoylake, against the best in the world. Until 2007, when Padraig Harrington won The Open, followed in 2011 by Darren Clarke, he was the only Irishman with his name engraved on the famous claret jug beside those players such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player.’ – Eoin McQuillan

‘One of the finest long iron players in the game, he could knock your hat off with a one iron at 220 yards.’ – Sam Snead

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
M. McFetridge 1990 Ladies Captain
F. Arnott 1990 Men's Captain
B. Trainor 1990 President
H. McKee 1991 Ladies Captain
E. J. Callaghan 1991 Men's Captain
B. Trainor 1991 President
S. McQuillan 1992 Ladies Captain
C. Crundie 1992 Men's Captain
J. Rice 1992 President
N. Havlin 1993 Ladies Captain
Patrick G. Stewart 1993 Men's Captain
T. J. O'Doherty 1993 President
B. O'Neill 1994 Ladies Captain
Liam Norrby 1994 Men's Captain
Prof. J. Fulton 1994 President
P. Mulholland 1995 Ladies Captain
Albert Connor 1995 Men's Captain
T. J. McConkey 1995 President
S. Brennan 1996 Ladies Captain
J. F. McErlean 1996 Men's Captain
M. J. Brennan 1996 President
Y. Mullaney 1997 Ladies Captain
F. R. McTier 1997 Men's Captain
M. J. Lynch 1997 President
Kathleen Looney 1998 Ladies Captain
P. J. Agnew 1998 Men's Captain
F. B. Arnott 1998 President
E. Crozier 1999 Ladies Captain
J. A. Kearns 1999 Men's Captain
F. B. Arnott 1999 President
Mrs Isabel Gallagher 2000 Ladies Captain
Mr A. O'Hanlon 2000 Men's Captain
Mr J. O'Neill 2000 President
Mrs Betty Fulton 2001 Ladies Captain
Mr Jim Curran 2001 Men's Captain
E. J. Callaghan 2001 President
Mrs. Josie Love 2002 Ladies Captain
Brendan McLaverty 2002 Men's Captain
C. Crundie 2002 President
M. A. Austin 2003 Ladies Captain
P. J. Mullaney 2003 Men's Captain
P. G. Stewart 2003 President
Pauline Gorman 2004 Ladies Captain
Roy McKinney 2004 Men's Captain
Liam Norrby 2004 President
Annette McCreesh 2005 Ladies Captain
Pat Eastwood 2005 Men's Captain
Albert Connor 2005 President
Valerie Beers 2006 Ladies Captain
Vincent Heatherington 2006 Men's Captain
Albert Connor 2006 President
Claire Donnelly 2007 Ladies Captain
Harry Glover 2007 Men's Captain
Derek McTier 2007 President
Phillis Norrby 2008 Ladies Captain
Harry Glover 2008 Men's Captain
Derek McTier 2008 President
Claire Donnelly 2009 Ladies Captain
Denis Nichol 2009 Men's Captain
Derek McTier 2009 President
Anne Boyle 2010 Ladies Captain
Gerry McCreesh 2010 Men's Captain
Paddy Agnew 2010 President
Pamela O'Loan 2011 Ladies Captain
Terence Gilmore 2011 Men's Captain
James Curran 2011 President
Maura McClure 2012 Ladies Captain
Paul Arnott 2012 Men's Captain
Brendan McLaverty 2012 President
Joan Morris 2013 Ladies Captain
Tony Sheppard 2013 Men's Captain
Pat Mullaney
2013 President
Marie McBride 2014 Ladies Captain
Leo Murphy 2014 Men's Captain
Pat Mullaney 2014 President
Geraldine Bradley 2015 Ladies Captain
Gerry Davey
2015 Men's Captain
Vincent Heatherington
2015 President
Liz Cunningham
2016 Ladies Captain
Denis Power 
2016 Men's Captain
Denis Nichol
2016 President
Eithne Agnew 2017 Ladies Captain
Michael Fitzmaurice 2017 Men's Captain
Harry Glover
2017 President
Leontia Sheppard
2018 Ladies Captain
Eamon Mullaney 2018 Men's Captain
  2018 President
Eleanor O'Neill 2019 Ladies Captain
  2019 Men's Captain
  2019 President
  2020 Ladies Captain
  2020 Men's Captain
  2020 President
  2021 Ladies Captain
  2021 Men's Captain
  2021 President
Norah 2022 Ladies Captain
  2022 Men's Captain
Leontia Sheppard 2022 President
  2023 Ladies Captain
  2023 Men's Captain
  2023 President
Jane Adams
2023 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Conor Clarke 2023 Lowest Men's Handicap
Ted Harmon (1.1) 2023 Lowest Men's Handicap
Dan Carlin
2023 Lowest Men's Handicap

Holes in One at Balmoral

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Mary Smith 26 August 2004 11th   128 yd's
Kathleen Bleakley
27 June 2006
  139 yd's
Kathleen Brennan 4 July 2006 11th   128 yd's
Brian Kearns 9 July 2006 13th   174 yd's
Loretto Coyle 7 November 2006 4th   154 yd's
Marie McBride 28 August 2007 11th   128 yd's
Elizabeth Cooley 24 June 2008 14th   139 yd's