Holywood Golf Club

Course Facts:
Address Nuns' Walk Secretary/Manager: Paul Gray 
Demesne Road, Holywood Captain: Stephen Doherty
Co. Down BT18 9LE Lady Captain: Ethna Barbour McMullen
Telephone: 028-90-422135 President: Pat McCoy & Don Collins
Public No: 028-90-222138    
Fax: 028-90-425040    
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Club Pro: Stephen Crooks
Website: www.holywoodgolfclub.co.uk    
Founded: 1904 Designed by:  
Open for membership. Societies are welcome and group rates are available.
Membership: 668 Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Green Fees Midweek: £25 Clubhouse opening hours: 8.00am-11.30pm, Mon-Sat 8.00am-10.00pm
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: £29 Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Green Fees With a Member: £12/£18 Dress Code: Neat and casual, jacket and tie required evenings
Green Fees For Opens: £13 Catering: Full catering facilities
Practice Area: Yes Days to Avoid: Thurs, Saturday & Bank Holidays
Club Hire: Yes Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days
Buggy Hire: No Pre-booking for open tournaments: 14 Days in advance
Soft spikes: No    


Course Description
Course Description:

Holywood Golf Club is situated overlooking Belfast Lough. It combines stunning views with a course, which is always in top condition. It was established in 1904 and has matured and developed into a course which provides a challenge for every standard of golfer. The short 6th hole of 106 metres is named the Nun’s Walk and is well known and fondly remembered throughout the country by the many who have "holed out in one". In contrast to the 12th hole 389 metres is surely one of the most difficult par 4’s in local golf. The tee shot requires to be placed precisely on the fairway to allow the long approach to a green which is protected, by out of bounds to the right and a perilous drop to the left. A warm welcome awaits the visitor to this fine golf club.

Open & Major Fixtures 2011
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Club History
Club History

Instituted 1904, affiliated 1904. Holywood was the original site of the Royal Belfast Golf Club in 1881. It had to relocate in 1892 as the primary purpose of the land was as a military rifle range. Golf was revived at Holywood in 1904, when Mr. J. K. Stephen, the Captain in 1912, with other local gentlemen, leased land from Mr. Henry Harrison. Mr. Harold Reade, three times Irish Close Champion together with C. S. Butchart, the professional at Royal Co. Down, laid out the original nine-hole course. The club had 212 members in 1905 and had a surplus of £12.15 shillings. The club became a limited company in 1923 and bought extra ground for £6,000 and extended to eighteen-holes. A new clubhouse was built, which was burned down in October 1945, resulting with the loss of the early records. The first Captain was H. L. Garrett.

Members Achievements

Congratulations to Rory McIlroy on being selected for the Walker Cup Team that lost narlowley to the USA at Royal Co. Down Golf Club on September 8th and 9th 2007 and on being part of the victorious Irish Team that won the European Amateur Championship at Western Gailes on the Ayrshire Cost, on Saturday 7th July 2007, when they overcame a strong French team by 4 ½ matches to 2 ½ matches. Ireland had not won this Championship since 1987, the other members of the team were Jonathan Caldwell (Clandeboye Golf Club), Shane Lowry (Esker Hills Golf Club), Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge Golf Club), Simon Ward (Co. Louth), well done lads and we will continue to follow your progress in the years to come.Congratulations to Rory McIlroy on adding the West of Ireland in 2006 and the Close Championship at the European to add to the West of Ireland 2005 and the Close Championship at Westport in 2005, a unique achievement and particularly for one so young (17 on the 4 May 2006).

Boy-Wonder Rory McIlroy having won the Irish Youths' Championship and Ulster Boys' Championship was selected to lead the Ulster team for the Boys' Interprovincial Championships at Warrenpoint from 25th to 27th August 2004.

Rory McIlroy started winning at an early age winning the Doral Junior Publix Under Tens Championship held in Florida in 1998 aged just 9! He then won the Moyola Celebrity Classic in the same year, following that he was awarded the Belfast Telegraph's Junior Golfer of the Year. He finished third in the Junior World Championships in 1998 & 1999. He also finished third in the Pepsi Little Peoples Golf Championship in 1999.

In 2002 he won the Ulster Boys Championship (U15), and was awarded the Junior Sports Personality for Irelland in 2004. He continued his success in the Ulster Boys Championship winning in 2003 and 2004, following that with the Irish Youths Championship in the same year.

He also won the Warrenpoint Scratch Cup in 2005 and the Ballyliffin Scratch Cup in 2005.

He holds Course records at Royal Portrush (61) par 72, Castlebar (66) par 72 and Oughterard (66) par 72.

H. Diamond was selected on the Irish Boy's team for the Home Internationals at Blairgoweir, Scotland in early August 2002.

Holywood won the Ulster Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield and reached the National Finals at Newlands Golf Club. They came up against Thurles in the Final on the 22nd of September when they lost by 3 matches to 2 matches. The team was Gordon Shellard with Peter McMiller, Stephen Doherty with John Hume, Stephen Gordon with Simon Biggerstaff, Michael Dickson with Sam Gilpin and Andrew Nugent with Michael Gillen.

Hollywood Golf Club won the All-Ireland Barton Shield in 1923.

 Hollywood won the All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup at Portstewart G. C. in 1995.

They won the All-Ireland Irish Mixed Foursomes at Athlone G. C. in 1983.

V. McWilliams was selected on the ILGU Junior squad in November 2000.

J. Dickson participated in the Home International matches in 1980 and represented Ulster from 1977 to 1983, playing 33 matches.

James Clark participated in the Boys' Home International matches in 1998 and played Ulster Boys' from 1995 to 1997, playing 18 matches.

S. King represented Ulster in 1991 and played Ulster Youths' in 1981.

P. Collins played Ulster Youths' from 1994 to 1995, playing 10 matches.

P. Mitchell played Ulster Youths' from 1982 to 1985, playing 14 matches.

Holywood won the Ulster Cup in 1954.

Person Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
C. MacCarrick   4th   176 m
J. Reid   6th   113 m
E. Milford   10th   117 m

Card of the Course
Card of the Course (yards)
Name Hole No Blue White Green Par Index Red Par Index
Hazel Wood 1 345 345 334 4 7 326 4 3
Cherry Tree 2 346 346 334 4 13 327 4 11
Ardtullagh 3 319 319 312 4 11 311 4 5
Redburn 4 193 193 181 3 5 164 3 15
Poplars 5 457 457 443 4 1 401 5 9
Nun's Walk 6 124 124 116 3 17 116 3 17
Old Oak 7 496 496 490 5 9 493 5 1
Road Hole 8 456 423 408 4 3 335 4 7
Plateau 9 137 137 128 3 15 128 3 13
  Out 2,873 2,840 2,746 34   2,547 35  
The Pitch 10 128 128 120 3 18 104 3 14
Abbot's Wood 11 367 367 331 4 6 325 4 8
White House 12 438 438 427 4 2 418 5 2
Valley 13 405 390 377 4 4 332 4 6
Quarry 14 388 388 336 4 10 325 4 10
Irish Hill 15 360 360 348 4 16 322 4 12
Whins 16 369 369 353 4 12 272 4 18
Holly Bush 17 356 356 347 4 14 349 4 4
Clubhouse 18 394 383 295 4 8 295 4 16
  In 3,205 3,107 2,934 35   2,742 36  
  Total 6,078 6,019 5,680 69   5,289 71  
  SSS 68 68 67     71    

Roll of Honour
Mrs. D. Orr 1989 Ladies Captain
Mrs. J. A. McCartney 1990 Ladies Captain
Mrs. H. McKillen 1991 Ladies Captain
Mrs. M. Smyth 1992 Ladies Captain
Mrs. W. McCartney 1993 Ladies Captain
Mrs. N. Cave 1994 Ladies Captain
Mrs. Y. McNeill 1995 Ladies Captain
Mrs. S. Davidson 1996 Ladies Captain
Mrs. V. McMaster 1997 Ladies Captain
Mrs. N. McManus 1998 Ladies Captain
S. Lamont 1999 Ladies Captain
Mrs. S. Walker 2000 Ladies Captain
Mrs. P. McCoy O.B.E. 2001 Ladies Captain
Mrs. Helen Campbell 2002 Ladies Captain
Mary Nixon 2003 Ladies Captain
Barbara Taylor 2004 Ladies Captain
Julie Allen 2005 Ladies Captain
Barbra Taylor 2006 Ladies Captain
Brenda Alderdice 2007 Ladies Captain
Rosemary Orr 2007 Ladies President
P. T. Hulligan 1989 Men's Captain
N. Bennett 1990 Men's Captain
R. J. Shaw 1991 Men's Captain
S. E. Harper 1992 Men's Captain
J. R. Docherty 1993 Men's Captain
G. Shellard 1994 Men's Captain
W. J. Caldwell 1995 Men's Captain
C. J. Monaghan 1996 Men's Captain
J. Kidd 1997 Men's Captain
A. W. G. Campbell 1998 Men's Captain
D. J. Reade 1999 Men's Captain
J. L. Hewitt 2000 Men's Captain
P. Miller 2001 Men's Captain
Jim Curtis 2002 Men's Captain
John Patterson 2003 Men's Captain
Maurice Bingham 2004 Men's Captain
Denis Dunlop 2005 Men's Captain
Derek Reade 2006 Men's Captain
Brian Campbell 2007 Men's Captain
Mrs. D. Tomlinson 2000 President
W. T. Walker 2001 President
W. T. Walker 2002 President
Jim Lamont 2003 President
Jim Lamont 2004 President
Jim Lamont 2005 President
Don Allen 2006 President
Don Allen 2007 President
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