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Belvoir Park Golf Course
The immediate impact on visiting Belvoir Park Golf Club is one of peace and tranquillity. Set in rolling parkland, the course has some of the finest specimens of mature trees some are said be over 150 years a growing. With the Black Mountains, Cavehill and the scenic village of Newtownbreda all, visible from the course set on 170 acres of the Deramore Estate.
Belvoir was the scene of the emotional victory of Harry Bradshaw over Bobby Lock in the 1949 Irish Open Championship. "The Brad" had finished runner-up to Lock in The Open at Royal St. Georges earlier in the month after the infamous "broken beer bottle" incident. Harry said after his victory that "Belvoir Park is the finest inland course I’ve ever played on". It hosted the Irish Open Championship again in 1953 when the Scot Eric Brown lifted the trophy, he was aided some exceptional playing of the 16th a 204 yard Par-3. He had a hole-in-one and two birdies on his way to victory at this hole.
The feature hole is the 439 yard index 4 17th a real two-shot challenge. It is what is known as a delayed dogleg, with the forest along the left-hand side and the second is then a full carry over water to a raised green. Getting your par here is a bonus and lengthy periods have elapsed without this hole yielding a birdie.
Designed by the legendary Harry Colt Belvoir is a Par-70 measuring 6,597 yards and has a standard scratch of 71 off the white tees.
Belvoir Park has a magnificent clubhouse and the visitor is assured of a warm welcome after a memorable game of golf.
Belvoir Park was voted the No. 48-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2017 (Same);
Belvoir Park was voted the No. 48-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2016 (Up-2);
Belvoir Park was voted the No. 50-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2015 (Same);
Belvoir Park was voted the No. 50-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2014 (Up-1);
Belvoir Park was voted the No. 51-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2013 (Same);
Belvoir Park was voted the No. 51-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2012;
Belvoir Park was voted the No. 22-ranked parkland golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2012;
Belvoir Park was voted the No. 19-Parkland/Inland Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2012, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;
Belvoir Park was voted the No. 43-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2010;
Belvoir Park was voted the No. 21-Parkland/Inland Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2010, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;
Belvoir Park was voted the No. 35-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2009;
Belvoir Park was voted the No. 21-Parkland/Inland Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2009, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;
Belvoir Park was voted the No. 36-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2008;
Belvoir Park was voted the No. 18-Parkland/Inland Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2008, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;
|Green Fees Midweek April to Nov.:||£75|
|Green Fees Weekends & B.H. April to Nov:||£85|
|Green Fees Midweek Nov. to April:
|Green Fees Weekends & B.H. Nov. to April:
|Green Fees with a Member:||£20/25|
|Green Fees for Opens:||£15/20|
|Buggy Hire: £20||Yes|
73 Church Road,
|Website||Belvoir Park golf club website|
|Hon. Secretary:||Pauline Bailie|
|Club Pro:||Michael McGivern 646714/649924|
|Hon. Treasurer:||Paddy Farry|
|Comp. Secretary:||Terry Sonner & Betty Cowan|
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|
Belvoir Park Golf Club Fixtures 2018 provisional*
|Open & Major Fixtures 2018 (to be Confirmed)|
|Professional's Prize to the Ladies||Friday 25 May
|Professional's Cup||Saturday 26 May
||Sunday 27 May||Closed||2|
|Professional's Cup||Sunday 27 May
|Captain's Prize||Saturday 16 June||Closed||1|
|Lady Captain's Prize||Friday 22 June||Closed||1|
|President's Prize||Saturday 4 August||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize to the Ladies||Friday 17 August||Closed||1|
|Lady President's Prize||Friday 7 September||Closed||1|
|Singles Stableford||Wednesday 23 May||Open||1|
|L. & G. 4-Person Team Event||Monday 28 May||Open||1|
|Belvoir Park Pro-Am||Tuesday 5 June||IPGA||1|
|Ladies Singles Stableford||Friday 8 June||Open||1|
|Start of Open Week||Monday 16 July||Sunday 22 July||Open||7|
||Monday 16 July||Open||1
|Ladies 3-Ball Team Event
||Tuesday 17 July||Open||1|
|Singles Strokes||Wednesday 18 July||Open||1|
|Seniors Singles Stableford 55+||Thursday 19 July||Open||1|
|Ladies Singles Stableford||Friday 20 July||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Saturday 21 July||Open||1|
|Mixed Greensomes Stableford||Sunday 22 July||Open||1|
|Juniors Stableford||Sunday 22 July||Open||1|
|Ladies 3-Ball Team Event||Friday 24 August||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Wednesday 5 September
|Ladies Singles Stableford||Friday 5 October
Card of the Course
|White||Par 70 SSS 70 6,474 yd's|
|Yellow||Par 70 SSS 70 6,189 yd's|
|Red||Par 73 SSS 72 5,628 yd's|
|Blue||Par 70 SSS 71 6,685 yd's|
Men's Course Record Am: 66 T. S. Anderson, J. N. Browne
Ladies Course Record:
The Ladies of Belvoir Park Golf Club won the Ulster Final of Junior Foursomes and proceeded to Dundalk Golf Club to compete in the All-Ireland deciders and were drawn against the eventual winners Tramore Golf Club in the All-Ireland Quarter Finals on Thursday 22nd September 2016.
They were lead out by Judy Simpson with Marie Canavan who went down by 1-hole to Mia Maughan with Colette Palmer they were followed by Sue Cashman with Johanna Shields had a impressive 8 and 6 lose against Lucia Ahearn O'Flaherty with Sarah Howard in the bottom match Ann Boden with Donna Finlay went down by 3 and 1 to Mary Cantwell with Rachel Mulcahy, Tramore went on to beat Connacht Champions Castlebar Golf Club by 2½-matches to ½-match in the All-Ireland Final.
Belvoir Park won the Fred Daly Trophy at Claremorris Golf Club on the 27th August 2013 when they beat Galway Golf Club by 4 ½ matches to 2 ½ matches in the All-Ireland Semi-Final. They were lead by Gareth Lappin by who beat Ronan Mullarney by 1-hole next up was Scott Johnson who had a 3 and 2 win over Peter Fleming he was followed by Patrick Brennan clinched his match on the 18th against Colm Hughes next up was Dominic Pollock who lost his match against Cathal Nolan by 6 and 4 Ross Nelson beat Michael O'Farrell by 2-holes in the penultimate match Dominic Lavery halved his match against Mark McDermott the bottom match of Ryan Lavery against Mikey Burke went 5 and 4 to the Galway Club.
They met Leinster Champions Greystones in the All-Ireland decider they were lead again by Gareth Lappin beat David Byrne by 4 and 3 he was followed by Scott Johnston who halved his match against Conor Keown next up was Patrick Brennan who clinched his match against Marcus Looby on the 18th he was followed by Dominic Pollock who beat Sam Lewis by 5 and 4 Ross Nelson lost his match against Sean McParland by 3 and 2 in the penultimate match Dominic Lavery beat Chris Boylan by 3 and 2 the bottom match of Ryan Goldsmith against Daniel O'Byrne was halved.
The Ladies of Belvoir Park Golf Club won the All-Final of the Senior Foursomes in the ILGU Interclub Championships on Sunday 26th September 2010 at Donabate Golf Club when they beat Killarney Golf Club by 2½ matches to ½ match.
The Ladies of Belvoir Park won the Ulster Final of the Senior Foursomes in the ILGU Inter-club Championships on Wednesday 25th August 2010, when they beat Shandon Park Golf Club by 2 matches to 1 match. First on the tee was Jennifer Russell with Jenny Gibson who beat Jennifer Young with Karen Simpson by 3and 1, they were followed by Gail Linter with Violet McBride who lost their match against Jessica Ross with Diane Nickels by 2 and 1, the bottom match of Julie Morrison with Joan McVeigh clinched the match with a 2 and 1 win over Debbie Sweeney with Jacqui Young, they were captained by Violet McBride.
They made the long journey to Donabate Golf Club where they met The Heath Golf Club in the All-Ireland quarter-final on Friday 24th September, first up was Gail Linter with Violet McBride who won their match against Catherine Reilly with Mary Doyle by 1-hole, they were followed by Jenny Russell with Jenny Gibson who lost their match against Chloe Fitzpatrick with Marie Conlon by 2 and 1, the bottom match saw Julie Morrison with Pauline Bailie against Nuala Arrigan with Shannen Brown, saw the Ulster Champions book their place in the All-Ireland Semi-Final with a 2 and 1 victory. They met Co. Sligo the following morning they were led again by Violet McBride (3) with Gail Linter (8) who won their match on the 20th-hole against Holly Robinson (5) with Marie Rooney (13), they were followed by Jenny Russell (5) with Jenny Gibson (7) who had a 1-hole victory against Shona Brady (10) with Helen Clarke (13), the bottom match of Julie Morrison (6) with Pauline Bailie (9) was also a 1-holy win against Amy Gaynor (10) with Mary Conefrey (15). They met Munster Champions Killarney Golf Club in the All-Ireland Final the following day, they were led again by Violet McBride (3) with Gail Linter (8) who won their match by 2 and 1 against Margaret Hayes (7) & Ailish Mulcahy (7), they were followed by Jenny Russell (5) with Jenny Gibson (7) who halved their match against Mary Sheehy (4) with Amy Arthur (12), the bottom match of Julie Morrison (6) with Pauline Bailie (9) against Anne Moynihan (8) with Margaret Campion (12) was decided on the 18th-green with a 1-hole victory for Julie and Pauline and with it the green pennant.
The Ladies of Belvoir Park won the Ulster Final of the Junior Foursomes in the ILGU Inter-club Championships on Wednesday 25th August 2010
They made the long journey to Donabate Golf Club where they met East-Leinster Champions Dublin City Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Saturday 25thSeptember, first up was Roseanna Burns (17) with Rachel Melville (18) who lost their match by 4 and 2 against Grace O'Neill (15) with Leonie Colgan (17), they were followed by Abigail Beckett (18) with Johanna Bell (21) who lost their match by 2 and 1 against Joan Shields (16) with Ger Lynch (18), the bottom match of Denise Killough (16) with Norma Chisholm (28) against Sheila Stone (15) & Elaine Hartigan (21) was halved.
Belvoir Park Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Barton Shield in 2008. It was on to Monkstown Golf Club outside of Cork City where the met Leinster Champions Portmarnock Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Wednesday 17th September 2008. First on the tee was Jonny McWilliams with Barry Cashman against James Fox with Aengus McAllister, they lost out by 2-holes. They were followed by Andrew Morris with Harry Diamond against Michael Brett with Niall Goulding, they to went down by 2-holes, so it was not to be for the Belfast club, they did have the consolation of been beaten by the eventual All-Ireland Champions.
The Ladies of Belvoir Park Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the AA Insurance Challenge Cup and made their way to Royal Tara Golf Club to participate in the National deciders in 2009, when they lost out Munster Champions Castletroy Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final, Castletroy went on to win the green pennant against Mullingar the following day. First on the tee was Nicola Bready (30) who halved her match with Colette Kenny (28), she was followed by Teresa White (31) who lost her match against Aisling Murphy (29) by 4 and 3, next up was Lindsey Smith (31) who had a 7 and 5 defeat to Grace Leonard (29), in the penultimate match Helen Wall (33) halved her match with Deirdre Kiernan (31), the bottom match of Sian Henry (36) against Lauretta Hanrahan (36) went 6 and 5 to the Limerick player.
Belvoir Park Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Barton Shield in 2007, and were drawn against a surprise Munster Champions Doneraile Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final, just up the road at Shandon Park on Wednesday 12th September.
First on the tee in the first match saw Mark Hammond with Damien McCusker against Damien Carey with Hugh Nolan, when the Moyola pair recorded a 1-hole win over the East Cork team. It was all eyes on the bottom match of Randal Evans with Luke Lennox against Adam Carey with Dave Finn, this match saw the Cork pair being 2 up on the 18th tee and it was looking like a historic win for this Munster team, coming from a 9-hole course with about 400 members and had never been in this class of competition before, however Moyola Park’s Luke Lennox dropped a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th to force extra holes.
Randal Evans and Luke Lennox went up the 19th against Adam Carey with David Finn, the first play-off hole was halved, but they clinched the match on the next a tough Index 3, 381 yard par 4, to clinch their place in the All-Ireland Final against Connacht Champions Galway Golf Club the following day.
On the Thursday Mark Hammond with Damien McCusker were paired against Eddie McCormack (runner-up to Rory McIlroy in the Irish Amateur Close Championship at Westport Golf Club in 2005) with Damien Glynn, when the Galway pair had a convincing 5-hole win over the Belvoir Park pairing.
The second match saw Randal Evans with Luke Lennox drawn against Joe Lyons with Tom Nolan, who halved their match against this experienced pairing. Joe Lyons, had just been called up for the Home Internationals, had won the West of Ireland and was runner-up in the South of Ireland in 2007, whereas Tom Nolan although a very fine golfer would be better known around Galway for being on the Galway hurling team that lifted the Liam McCarthy cup in 1988. So Galway Golf Club won their 4th Barton Shield having narrowly lost out to Warrenpoint Golf Club at Rosslare in 2005.
Belvoir Park Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Irish Junior Cup in 2007 and travelled the short distance up the road to Shandon Park on Wednesday 12th September to play Connacht Champions Castlebar Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Finals.
First on the tee was Ian Browne who lost his match to Eoin Lisibach by 1-hole, he was followed by Martin Kelly who beat Stephen Munnelly by 2 and1. Next on the tee was Declan O'Hara who recorded a 3 and 2 win over David Haugh, the penultimate match saw Alan McMillen beat Brendan Frost by 3 and 2 to clinch their place in the All-Ireland Final. In the anchor match Mick Malone put the icing-on-the-cake with a 6 and 4 win over Padraic Hurst.
The following morning they were pitched against Munster Champions Muskerry Golf Club who had beaten Leinster Champions Balbriggan Golf Club by 3 matches to 2 matches.
First up was Ian Browne who lost to Eoin O'Callaghan by 5 and 3, he was followed by Martin Kelly who lost to Daniel Hallissey by 3 and 2. The 3rd match say Declan O'Hara beat Dave Lane by 3 and 2. The penultimate match was Alan McMillen against Gordian Barry, which effectively clinched the green pennant for the Cork team with Barry winning by 3 and 2. The anchor match saw Mick Malone beat Ger O'Shea by 6 and 5, giving a final result of 3 matches to 2 matches.
The Ladies of Belvoir Park Golf Club won the All-Ireland Junior Cup at Athlone Golf Club on 30th September2007 when they beat Corrstown Golf Club by 4 matches to 1 match. They beat Munster Champions Templemore Golf Club by 4 matches to 1 match in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.
In the All-Ireland Semi-Final they were led by Gail Linter (9) who won her match by 1-hole against Josie Bourke (11), she was followed by Pauline Bailie (9) who had a 4 and 2 win over Kathleen Maher (12), next up was Jenny Gibson (10) who beat Olivia Collins (13) by 4 and 3, the bottom two matches of Elsie Campbell (11) against Mary Fitzpatrick (15) and Judy Simpson (12) against Mary Lou Carroll (15) were both halved.
In the All-Ireland Final the following day they met East-Leinster Champions Corrstown Golf Club. First on the tee was Gail Linter who beat Kim Barlow by 3 and 2. She was followed by Pauline Bailie who beat Aine Wolfe by 4 and 2. Next up was Jenny Gibson who beat Jacinta Lynch by 3 and 2. The penultimate match saw Sue Cashman halve with Maura Sutton, Judy Simpson halved the bottom match against Jackie Cahill to record a 4 match to 1 match victory and clinch the All-Ireland green pennant.
The Boys' of The Belvoir Park Golf Club were Ulster Champions in the Fred Daly Trophy in 2003, when the team was, Grant Lewis, Thomas McMahon, David Hayes, Yussef Hassay, Scott Baxter, Stephen Wiles, Christopher Carvill, David Carvill and Patrick McMahon.
The Belvoir Park Golf Club were All-Ireland and County Champions in the J. B. Carr Diamond Trophy in 2002, when the team was, J. Silcock, S. Johnston, D. Noble, F. Blaney, D. Hutton, S. Rolston, I. Jamison, T. Maginess and K. Morrow, they were captained by R. Murray.
The Belvoir Park Golf Club won the Belfast & District Cup in 2002
The Boys' of The Belvoir Park Golf Club won the North Down Juvenile Shield in 2002, when the team was, David Elliott, Grant Lewis, Patrick McMahon, Michael O'Hara and Peter Wright.
The Boys' of The Belvoir Park Golf Club won the Rockmount Challenge Cup in 2001, when the team was, Scott Baxter, Stephen Wiles, Yussef Hassay and David Bell.
B. Lunney was selected on the Ulster Ladies team for the AIB Interprovincial's at the Island Golf Club from the 8th to the 10th August 2001.
Jenna Kinnear was selected on the Ulster Girls' team in the Smurfit Interprovincial Championship at Enniscrone Golf Club from the 18th to the 20th of April 2001.
Prior to 2001:
The Belvoir Park Golf Club won the Holt Shield in 2000, when the team was, Ian Browne, Brian Malone, Ian Young, Ian D. V. Kerr, Michael Malone Jnr., Gavin Morris, Seamus O'Hara and Martin Kelly, they were captained by Owen McCartney.
The Belvoir Park Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Irish Junior Cup in 1996, when the team was, G. McKinney, J. R. O'Hara, P. O'Hara, P. Frew and D. Conroy, they were captained by L. Andrews.
The Youths' of The Belvoir Park Golf Club won the All-Ireland Junior Foursomes in 1992, when the team was, Jim Morrow, Peter Morrison, Brian Malone, Ian Robb, David Bennnington and Gavin Morris.
The Belvoir Park Golf Club won the All-Ireland Barton Shield at Grange G. C. in 1981, when the team was, S. S. Moore, J. N. Browne, P. B. Malone and M. J. Malone, they were captained by R. McAnoy.
The Belvoir Park Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield in 1974, when the team was, Eddie Moore, Maurice Laughlin, Erick Lowry, Albert Jones, Rodney Anderson, Romney Simpson, Jack Boulter, Tommy Knipe, Ray Kerr, Jimmy Press and Erick Dowds, they were captained by Sean McCollum.
The Belvoir Park Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Irish Junior Cup in 1972, when the team was, Denis Kerr, Tim Browne, Michael Kerr, Larry Andrews and Connor Browne.
The Belvoir Park Golf Club won the All-Ireland Irish Senior Cup at Galway Golf Club in 1957, when the team was, N. T. C. Browne, Dr. P. Froggatt, J. McVeigh, D. R. Young, T. B. Agnew, A. R. Megaw and J. Cherry.
The Belvoir Park Golf Club won the All-Ireland Irish Senior Cup at The Royal Belfast G. C. in 1952
The Belvoir Park Golf Club won the All-Ireland Irish Senior Cup at Castlerock G. C. in 1936, when the team was, H. D. Connolly, T. B. Agnew, R. J. Frazzell, J. Forde Graham and J. McCaherry Jnr.
The Belvoir Park Golf Club won the Ulster Cup in 1930.
The Belvoir Park Golf Club won the Belfast & District Cup in 1936
The Belvoir Park Golf Club won the Belfast & District Cup in 1937
The Belvoir Park Golf Club won the Belfast & District Cup in 1938
The Belvoir Park Golf Club won the Belfast & District Cup in 1946
The Belvoir Park Golf Club won the Belfast & District Cup in 1947
The Belvoir Park Golf Club won the Belfast & District Cup in 1948
The Belvoir Park Golf Club won the Belfast & District Cup in 1955
The Belvoir Park Golf Club won the Belfast & District Cup in 1971
The Ladies of The Belvoir Park Golf Club won the "Mail on Sunday" Golf Classic at Champ de Bataille, France in 1997, when the team was, B. McCann, G. Linter, E. Johnston, J. Morrison and D. Allen.
The Ladies of The Belvoir Park Golf Club won the B Division of the ILGU Shield in 1980, when the team was, Jean Megaw, Betty McHugh, Pat Cleland, Jane Anderson and Sue Cashman they were captained by Betty Sherlock.
Jenna Kinnear was selected on the ILGU Junior squad in November 2000.
Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;
P. Froggatt represented Ireland as a Senior International in 1957 playing 6-times won 1-match halved 2 and lost 3-matches accumulating 4-points;
C. J. Bell represented Ireland at international Boys level in 1989 playing 3-matches, won 1-match and lost 2-matches accumulating 2-points;
P. O’Kane He represented Ireland at Irish Boys level from 2005 to 2006 playing 18-times won 7-matches halved three and lost 5-matches accumulating 17-points;
M. Malone represented Ireland at Senior (55+) from 2003 to 2005 playing 16-times won 9-matches halved two and lost 5-matches accumulating 20-points. He represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1981 to 1982 playing 6-times won 3-matches and lost 3-matches accumulating 6-points. He represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1971 playing 4-times won 1-match and lost 3-matches accumulating 2-points;
T. B. Agnew represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1956 playing 4-times won 2-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 4-points;
G. A. Brady* represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1939;
H. D. Connolly* represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1939;
I. A. Elliott represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1969 to 1986 playing 83-times won 40-matches halved five and lost 38-matches accumulating 85-points;
P. Froggatt represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1956 to 1958 playing 16-times won 10-matches halved two and lost 4-matches accumulating 22-points;
A. Morris represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 2001 to 2008 playing 12-times won 7-matches and lost 5-matches accumulating 14-points;
T. Anderson* represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1964 playing 2-times;
P. B. Malone represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1971 playing 4-times won 2-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 4-points;
Patrick MacMahon represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 2006 playing 3-times won 1-match halved one and lost 1-match accumulating 3-points. He represented Ulster at the Boys Interprovincial Championships in 2005 playing 4-times won 2-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 4-points;
S. S. Moore represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1975 playing 3-times won 2-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 4-points;
Miss Dympna Keenan, won the Stroke Play Foursomes together with Miss Anne Ferguson, from Spa, in 1989.
Jack McVeigh and Sammy Moore won the Christy Flag at the Knock Golf Club on 25th August 1948.
History of Belvoir Park
We should all be thankful for the vision and determination of that group of gentlemen, who in 1926, in a period of depression, worked together to form Belvoir Park Golf Club. In December 1926 at a meeting in St John's Hall, Newtownbreda a motion was passed approving the formation of the Club. A committee was appointed and the Lord Mayor of Belfast , Sir William Turner was chosen as chairman. Sir William Turner was to become the first captain of the Club and was captain in 1927, 1928 and 1929. The first President of the Club was the Lord Deramore whose family had for generations owned the land that was to become the golf course. The Club purchased 163 acres of the Deramore estate on a 10,000 year lease. By permission of Lord Deramore, the Club was permitted to use his family coat-of-arms. The course was opened by Lord Deramore in June 1929 with Sir William Turner hitting the first shot.
A persuasive figure in the formation of the Club in the earliest days was the Attorney General, Mr A B Babington (later to become Sir Anthony Babington whose family have long been associated with Royal Portrush Golf Club). He was a first-class golfer and a member of several clubs throughout the British Isles and it was on his advice that Mr H S Colt was employed as course architect. Mr Colt reported, “I consider that it will be possible to make a course affording an excellent test and, at the same time, one that will give maximum of pleasure to players”.
Those of us who have played a lifetime's golf at Belvoir Park believe that he was right. His skill as a golf course architect continues to be seen in a golf course which has remained largely unaltered since its design. A photograph in the Clubhouse, that was taken in the 1950's, shows clearly that the changes over the past 40 years have not been to the layout of the holes, or to the magnificent mature oak, beach, fir or other trees, some of which have stood for at least 200 years, but have been brought about by the planting of thousands of young trees. The holes on the course have been shaped and separated by thoughtful planting of many new varieties of species of trees.
In large part this was due to Dr J A Smiley, Captain of the Club in 1958, who was involved in the planting of 40,000 new trees, such as Scots pine, Douglas firs, Larch, Cypress and many other varieties. The forest between the 15 th and 7 th fairways was largely planted by Dr Smiley personally, and has been affectionately known as Smiley's wood.
Many famous golfers such as Peter Allis, Fred Daly, Rory McIlroy and the world renowned golf writer Peter Dobereiner, have rated Belvoir Park as one of the best inland courses in Ireland, if not the British Isles.
Roll of Honour
|Naomi Kerr||1990||Ladies Captain|
|A. E. Kelly||1990||Ladies President|
|Joseph Kearney||1990||Men's Captain|
|Dr. C. M. B. Field||1990||President|
|J. K. McCormick||1991||Ladies Captain|
|A. E. Kelly||1991||Ladies President|
|Dr. J. N. Browne||1991||Men's Captain|
|Dr. C. M. B. Field||1991||President|
|R. Marshall||1992||Ladies Captain|
|P. McKenzie||1992||Ladies President|
|R. Gordon Bell||1992||Men's Captain|
|Dr. C. M. B. Field||1992||President|
|T. Ruddy||1993||Ladies Captain|
|P. McKenzie||1993||Ladies President|
|Prof. B. G. McClure||1993||Men's Captain|
|D. Walker||1994||Ladies Captain|
|O. M. Thompson||1994||Ladies President|
|W. E. Lowry||1994||Men's Captain|
|M. McCormack||1995||Ladies Captain|
|O. M. Thompson||1995||Ladies President|
|Alex Somerville||1995||Men's Captain|
|F. Berry||1996||Ladies Captain|
|W. Wilson||1996||Ladies President|
|John McQuoid||1996||Men's Captain|
|I. A. Jamison||1996||President|
|May Clarke||1997||Ladies Captain|
|W. Wilson||1997||Ladies President|
|Ronnie Simpson||1997||Men's Captain|
|I. A. Jamison||1997||President|
|M. Patterson||1998||Ladies Captain|
|M. Watson||1998||Ladies President|
|Gerry Smith||1998||Men's Captain|
|I. A. Jamison||1998||President|
|E. W. Johnson||1999||Ladies Captain|
|M. Watson||1999||Ladies President|
|Oliver Lennon||1999||Men's Captain|
|Janice Brown||2000||Ladies Captain|
|Eleanor Gildea||2000||Ladies President|
|Tim Browne||2000||Men's Captain|
|Sarah Brennan||2001||Ladies Captain|
|Eleanor Gildea||2001||Ladies President|
|James Morrow||2001||Men's Captain|
|Liz McCrea||2002||Ladies Captain|
|Lilian Patterson||2002||Ladies President|
|Victor McQuoid||2002||Men's Captain|
|Geraldine Wall||2003||Ladies Captain|
|Lilian Patterson||2003||Ladies President|
|Larry Andrews||2003||Men's Captain|
|Anne Stewart||2004||Ladies Captain|
|Molly Clarke||2004||Ladies President|
|Tony Maginess||2004||Men's Captain|
|Kay McGalie||2005||Ladies Captain|
|Molly Clarke||2005||Ladies President|
|Colin Brown||2005||Men's Captain|
|Teresa White||2006||Ladies Captain|
|Molly Clarke||2006||Ladies President|
|Roy McMonagle||2006||Men's Captain|
|R. Lynch||2007||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs B. McDonough||2007||Ladies President|
|Gordon Bell||2007||Men's Captain|
|Margaret Allen||2008||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs B. McDonough||2008||Ladies President|
|R. G. Bell||2008||Men's Captain|
|Irene Maguire||2009||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs B. McDonough||2009||Ladies President|
|J. K. Harper||2009||Men's Captain|
|Mary Rose Corry||2010||Ladies Captain|
|Betty Sherlock||2010||Ladies President|
|John Elder||2010||Men's Captain|
|Pauline Bailie||2011||Ladies Captain|
|Betty Sherlock||2011||Ladies President|
|John McBride||2011||Men's Captain|
|Sally McAleer||2012||Ladies Captain|
|Naomi Kerr||2012||Ladies President|
|Derek Logan||2012||Men's Captain|
|Una Bready||2013||Ladies Captain|
|James Sloan||2013||Men's Captain|
|Moira Cashell||2014||Ladies Captain|
|Mairead McCormack||2014||Ladies President|
|Patsy Lavery||2014||Men's Captain|
|Maureen Donaldson||2015||Ladies Captain|
|Mairead McCormack||2015||Ladies President|
|Gary Jones||2015||Men's Captain|
|Violet McBride||2016||Ladies Captain|
|Stephanie Ferguson||2017||Ladies Captain|
|Peter Donaldson||2017||Men's Captain|
|Voilet McBride (4)||2018||Lowest Ladies Handicap|
|Harry Diamond||2018||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Gareth Lappin||2018||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|C. Carvill||2018||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Andrew Morris||2018||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Barry Cashman||2018||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Ross McConnell||2018||Lowest Men's Handicap|
Holes in One at Belvoir Park
|Member||Date||Hole No.||Club Used||Distance|
|John Bunting||1 June 1998||14th||4-iron||166 yd's|
|Pauline Bailie||16 April 2010||11th||7-Wood||159 yd's|