Larne golf club Antrim
Larne Golf Course
This fine 9-hole course is best described as part parkland part links measuring 6,288 yards with a par of 70 and a standard scratch to match. To give an idea of the quality of the course the Ulster Professional Championship was played here in 1989 when David Feherty recorded rounds of 65, 64, 68 and 65 to win the Championship by a huge 18-shots and recorded a new course record, which stands to this day.
The golf course is located on a headland reaching out into the Irish Sea on the southern end of Islandmagee peninsula and is bounded on either side by the sandy beaches of Ferris Bay and Brownsbay. It has panoramic views of the famous Antrim Coast and, on a clear day the golfer can see across to the west coast of Scotland. The course overlooks the mouth of Larne Lough and the port.
The course can lull the golfer into misjudging the challenge of the course, with the opening five holes being not too demanding but the closing holes are especially difficult particularly when the prevailing westerly wind is blowing. The feature holes are the short Par-3 7th "The Bell" only 100 yards is played from an elevated tee over water to a green bordered by the sea on two sides. This is followed by the 417 yards Par-4, which Fred Daly rated as one of the best holes in Ireland. Called the "Whines" it has the ocean all the way down the right and gorse down the right.
The visitor is always extended a warm Ulster welcome at Larne golf club and will leave with the memory of playing one of the finest 9-hole courses to be found anywhere.
|Green Fees Midweek:||£20
|Green Fees Weekends & B.H.:||£30|
|Green Fees with a Member:||£10/20|
|Green Fees for Opens:||£10|
|Full Membership Available:||Yes
|Full Year-1 Membership Fee:||£402|
|Full Seniors year-1 Membership Fee:||£302|
|Full Seniors Year-2 Membership Fee:||£383|
|Full Ladies Year-2 Membership Fee:||£383|
|Full 5-Dey Membership Fee:||£289|
|Full Youths 19-28 Membership Fee:||£210|
54 Ferris Bay Road,
|Website||Larne golf club website|
|Lady Captain:||Carol Richmond|
|Hon. Secretary:||Tim Weir & Catherine Anderson|
|Club Pro:||Victoria Bradshaw|
|Hon. Treasurer:||Ken McDowell & Sharon Heggen|
|Comp. Secretary:||Steven Hunter & Roma English|
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: Fridays & Saturdays|
|Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other Days||Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance|
Larne Golf Club Fixtures 2023 provisional*
|Open & Major Fixtures 2023 (to be Confirmed)|
|Lady Captain's Prize||Friday 16 June
|Lady President's Prize||Friday 11 August||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize||Saturday 24 June||Closed||1|
|President's Prize||Saturday 12 August||Closed||1|
|Junior Scratch Cup||Saturday 27 May||Open||1|
|Inter. Scratch Cup||Saturday 27 May||Open||1|
|Minor Scratch Cup||Saturday 27 May||Open||1|
|Ladies Singles Stableford||Friday 18 August||Open||1|
|Ladies 3-Person Team Event||Friday 15 September||Open||1|
Card of the Course
|White||Par 70 SSS 70 6,150 yd's|
|Red||Par 74 SSS 74 5,854 yd's|
|Hole Name||Hole No.||White||Par||Index||Red||Par||Index|
Men's Course Record: 64 Colin McGarry 02/09/2000
Ladies Course Record: 76 Roma English (7) 20/08/1964
The Ladies of Larne Golf Club qualified for the All-Ireland deciders of the Junior Cup at Limerick Golf Club on Friday 17th September 2021 by winning their Ulster Regional Finals and were drawn against Ardee Golf Club in the All-Ireland Quarter Finals, they Lost their match by 4-matche to 1-match.
First on the tee Gail McNabb who lost her match against Karen Forrester by 4 and 3, she was followed by Audrey Faulkner who lost her match by a similar margin against Liz Halpenny, in the next two matches of Sheelagh Brown against Aoife Caffrey and Barbara-Ann Hay against Sharon McQuaid were both registered as halves when called-in and the bottom match of Margaret Gray went 4 and 3 to Sara Byrne.
The Ladies of Larne Golf Club won the All-Ireland Seniors Foursomes at Athlone Golf Club on 30th September2007 when they beat Donabate Golf Club by 2 matches to 1 match. They beat Galway Golf Club by a similar margin in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.
First on the tee in the All-Ireland Semi-Final was Roma English (7) with Carole McMaw (11) who won their match by 1-hole against Sheelagh Kearney (10) with Jo Price (12), they were followed by Gail McNabb (11) with Barbara O'Neill (14) who had a 4 and 2 win over Geraldine Neville (9) with Mary Tierney (14), the bottom match of Sarah O'Neill (12) & Judith Brunt (15) was lost by a similar margin to Bryde Glynn (10) & Anna O'Donnellan (13).
They met East-Leinster Champions Donabate Golf Club in the decider the following day and were again led by Roma English (7) with Sarah O'Neill (12) who beat Pat Doran (5) with Aileen Hanratty (11) by 2 and 1, they were followed by Joyce Robinson (10) with Carole McMaw (11) who lost to Mary McKenna (4) with Fionnuala Forde (12) by 7 and 6, the bottom match of Gail McNabb (11) with Barbara O'Neill (14) against Deirdre Bradshaw (8) with Patricia Morris (12) went all the way to the 20th before the destination of the green pennant would go.
Prior to 2001:
he Ladies' of Larne Golf Club won the E. A. L. in 1998 and 2000.
The Ladies' of Larne Golf Club won the Philpott Trophy in 1976, when the team was, Morag Craig, Hilda Gray, Irene Nevin, Maureen Robinson, Ann Hedley, Ann Laing, Gail Robinson and Rea Pink.
Carol Holden and Dianne McNeilly won the Provincial Pairs in the Huzzar Ladies Foursomes in 1987.
Roma English was selected on the Irish Senior Ladies team for the first time Ireland played in the European Senior Ladies' Team Championship at the Schonenberg Golf Club in Switzerland from the 3rd to the 7th of September 2001. She was also on the team that played England at Woodbrook Golf Club on 21st and 22nd October 2001.
Lesley Callen was on the Irish Ladies International Team in 1990.
Gail Robinson played for the Irish Girls in 1977.
History of Larne
Instituted 1894 affiliated 1895
Before 1894, a few golfers enjoyed the privilege of playing their golf at a private links at Kilwaughter Castle Park owned by J. Galt-Smith. When land became available nearer home, a meeting was called in October-November, 1894, and a committee was elected. They were Mr. William Rankin, Captain, Mr. Alfred Fisher, Vice-Captain, Mr. John F. Cousins, Hon. Secretary and Mr. W. N. Brown, Treasurer. They secured land from Mr. N. Holmes at Islandmagee and got sponsorship from the Belfast & Northern Railway of £20 for five years.
Mr. G. L. Baillie, a founder-member of the Royal Belfast, laid out the nine-hole course, the design of the clubhouse was donated by Mr. J. F. Peddie, of Knock Golf Club, and the first ball was driven by Col. James McCalmont, M. P. on 1st June, 1895. It had a membership of 210 and the annual subscription was one guinea.
It would appear that the club went into decline for a period, as The Golfers " Blue Book", 1939, gives a founding date of 1929.
What the Club tells us:
Larne Golf Club was founded in 1894 and is the 9th oldest in Ireland and the 5th oldest in Ulster. In 2019 we celebrate our 125th anniversary.
The original course, designed by G L Bailie, was played in the opposite direction around the boundaries of the present course as far as the 5th green and back to the 9th green as the fields now occupied by the present 2nd, 3rd and 4th holes were not then leased by the Club.
In 1925 a redesigned course (drawn up by A B Badlington, K C and Gordon Ross) was opened resulting in the course being reversed and lengthened. In 1927additional land was leased and the present 1st , 2nd and 3rd fairways came into use completing the course layout as we know it now. In the early 2000's new tee boxes were added allowing the current playing setup of 9holes/18tees.
The original clubhouse was situated behind and to the seaward side of the 9th green and is now demolished. Following the second world war a lounge was built from ex-army nissen huts and a liquor licence obtained. The lounge is now used as a machinery shed.
In 1963 the course was purchased outright and in 1967 a new clubhouse was opened behind the 1st tee where it remains today. The course has evolved to the present day with the addition of many new hazards, bunkers, trees and shrubs, and the fairways and greens are beautifully presented. The one thing which hasn't changed with time are the stunning views all around the course, a testament to the vision of the founders back in 1894.
Roll of Honour
|H. Robinson||1989||Ladies Captain|
|J. A. Leitch||1989||Men's Captain|
|C. Kerr||1990||Ladies Captain|
|W. Gilchrist||1990||Men's Captain|
|J. Kerr||1991||Ladies Captain|
|B. D. Stewart||1991||Men's Captain|
|J. Robinson||1992||Ladies Captain|
|K. J. Hedley||1992||Men's Captain|
|M. Craig||1993||Ladies Captain|
|J. C. Mearns||1993||Men's Captain|
|M. Craig||1994||Ladies Captain|
|G. S. Hobson||1994||Men's Captain|
|L. English||1995||Ladies Captain|
|J. Hill||1995||Men's Captain|
|S. Hill||1996||Ladies Captain|
|Alan E. Phair||1996||Men's Captain|
|C. Holden||1997||Ladies Captain|
|J. R. Tate||1997||Men's Captain|
|C. McMaw||1998||Ladies Captain|
|W. J. Patterson||1998||Men's Captain|
|M. Montgomery||1999||Ladies Captain|
|J. Stewart||1999||Men's Captain|
|H. G. Stockham||1999||President|
|Miss R. English||2000||Ladies Captain|
|Charles Hanna||2000||Men's Captain|
|G. S. Hobson||2000||President|
|Mrs. V. Carmichael||2001||Ladies Captain|
|Philip O'Neill||2001||Men's Captain|
|G. S. Hobson||2001||President|
|Mrs. B. Wilson||2002||Ladies Captain|
|Dave Farley||2002||Men's Captain|
|G. S. Hobson||2002||President|
|Mrs. M. Gray||2003||Ladies Captain|
|Mr. G. McClean||2003||Men's Captain|
|Ken C. Barr||2003||President|
|Mrs. J. Mearns||2004||Ladies Captain|
|J. G. Hatrick||2004||Men's Captain|
|Ken C. Barr||2004||President|
|Barbara O'Neill||2005||Ladies Captain|
|Eric Dalzell||2005||Men's Captain|
|Ken C. Barr||2005||President|
|Irene Howie||2006||Ladies Captain|
|D. W. Craig||2006||Men's Captain|
|Margaret Patterson||2007||Ladies Captain|
|R. I. Johnston||2007||Men's Captain|
|Maureen Davison||2008||Ladies Captain|
|Kenny McDowell||2008||Men's Captain|
|Libby Craig||2009||Ladies Captain|
|K. Thomas||2009||Men's Captain|
|Maureen Hatrick||2010||Ladies Captain|
|Michael Robinson||2010||Men's Captain|
|Heather Baird||2011||Ladies Captain|
|D. Ree||2011||Men's Captain|
|Janice Boal||2012||Ladies Captain|
|J. Kirker||2012||Men's Captain|
|Lynne Armstrong||2013||Ladies Captain|
|S. Lyness||2013||Men's Captain|
|Lisa Fairly||2014||Ladies Captain|
|S. Hunter||2014||Men's Captain|
|Sharon Heggen||2015||Ladies Captain|
|R. Niblock||2015||Men's Captain|
|Catherine Anderson||2016||Ladies Captain|
|T. Quinn||2016||Men's Captain|
|G. McNab||2018||Ladies Captain|
|T. Weir||2018||Men's Captain|
|Yvonne Farley||2019||Ladies Captain|
|Michael Steele||2019||Men's Captain|
|Sheelagh Brown||2020||Ladies Captain|
|Gary Hodge||2020||Men's Captain|
|Louanne Russell||2022||Ladies Captain|
|Alan Ramsey||2022||Men's Captain|
|Carol Richmond||2023||Ladies Captain|
|Terry Wilson||2023||Men's Captain|
|Roma English||2023||Lowest Ladies Handicap|
|Colin McGarry (2.8)||2023||Lowest Men's Handicap|
Holes in One at Larne
|Member||Date||Hole No.||Club Used||Distance|
|Sheila Hill||29 September 1996||18th||154 yd’s|
|9 April 2004||18th||5-Wood||166 yd's|