Warrenpoint Golf Club

Course Facts:
Address Lr. Dromore Road Secretary/Manager:  
Warrenpoint Captain: Michael Gilsenan
Co. Down BT34 3LN Lady Captain: Sheila Casey
Telephone: 028-417-53695 President: Gwen O'Neill & Leslie Dalzell
Public No: 028-417-52219    
Fax: 028-417-52918    
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: Nigel Shaw
Website: www.warrenpointgolf.com    
Founded: 1893 Designed by: Pat Ruddy & Tom Craddock
Open for membership. Societies are welcome and group rates are available.
Membership: 1046 Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Green Fees Midweek: £20 Clubhouse opening hours: 8.30am to 11.30pm
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: £24 Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Green Fees With a Member: £14/17 Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Green Fees For Opens: £7 Catering: Full catering facilities
Practice Area: Yes Days to Avoid: Tuesday, Wednesday & Weekends
Club Hire: Yes Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days
Buggy Hire: Yes Pre-booking for open tournaments: 14 Days in advance
Soft spikes: No    


Course Description
Course Description:

Founded in 1893 was originally a 9-hole course and extended to 18-holes in 1920, the latest redesign was undertaken by Pat Ruddy & Tom Craddock resulting in the splendid 18-hole Parkland course that is here today.The course measures 6,173 yards with a Par 71 and standard scratch 70 off the men's tees, remarkably the course record is 61 but when one considers it was set by Paddy Gribben in 1998 when playing off +3 it is understandable. Warrenpoint has produced some of the countries most famous golfers, with Ronan Rafferty and Paddy Gribben both playing Walker Cup before joining the professional ranks. Alison Coffey has represented Europe and Ireland several times. Warrenpoint has also achieved one of the most remarkable records in Irish Golf in 1987 they captured 4 of the 5 All-Ireland Bulmers Cups & Shield Finals at Clandeboye. They captured the Bulmers Senior Cup, the Bulmers Barton Shield, the Jimmy Bruen Shield and the Pierce Purcell Shield only missing out on the Bulmers Junior Cup that was collected by Downpatrick, making it an all Ulster affair that year.

Warrenpoint has stunning views of the Lough and the Mountains of Mourne, its signature hole is the 17th played up hill with tight tree lined fairway when the second shot is played to an plateau green, this hole will test the most confident of golfers and has often destroyed many a good card.

Warrenpoint has a fine clubhouse where the golfers every need is catered for and the visitor is assured of a warm welcome. Nigel Shaw has a well-stocked Pro. Shop that is well worth a visit.

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Club History
Club History

Instituted 1893, affiliated 1894. The "Golfing Annual" 1894-95 lists Warrenpoint for the first time. It records a foundation date as 1893, with Major Hall as President and Colonel Cattell as Captain, with seventy-five members. It reports "The course of nine-holes is one minute's walk from Warrenpoint Railway Station. There are plenty of hazards in the shape of roads, ditches and hedges. There is a good clubhouse." It would appear the club suffered a setback around 1897 to 1905 as the Golfing Annual 1904-5 reports "The course is being laid out on land belonging to Captain Hall D. L., J. P."The "Irish Golfers Guide" 1910 records that the nine-hole course was five minutes' walk from the station, which would indicate that from its inception in 1893, the course was located very close to its original site. The Hall family were also very closely associated with the institution and revival of the club. In 1925, the course was extended to an eighteen-hole under the direction of Captain Lionel Hewson."

Members Achievements

Warrenpoint Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield in 2007, and they were drawn against Munster Champions Woodstock Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final at Shandon Park Golf Club on Thursday 13th September.First on the tee were Seamus Sands and Damian Flanagan against Steve Spencer and Mike Kelly who had a convincing 6 and 4 win over the Clare pair. They were followed by Seamus Colgan and Paul Devlin who halved their match against James Kelly and Jason Dormer. Next up was Noel Devine and Anthony Campbell who beat Noel Dinan and Liam O'Connor by 2-holes. The penultimate match of Kieran Caldwell and Andrew Ferguson was halved with Martin Nolan and Mike O'Brien. The anchor match of Michael Redmond and Michael McGivern against Tony Lawlor and James McMahon gave Warrenpoint a 3 and 1 win and a place in the All-Ireland Final the following day.

On the Friday they came up against Leinster Champions Donabate Golf Club who had accounted for Connacht Champions Barna Golf Club in their All-Ireland Semi-Final by 4 matches to 1 match.

First up on the tee were Seamus Sands and Damian Flanagan against Michael Fearon and Ciaran Kirwan and they provided another resounding 4 and 3 win over the north Dublin pair. They were followed by Seamus Colgan and Paul Devlin who won their match against Douglas Roberts and Austin Kealy by 1-hole. Next up was Noel Devine and Anthony Campbell who lost out to Ken Bradshaw and Brendan Bowe by 5 and 4. Andrew Ferguson and Kieran Caldwell played the penultimate match against Dermot Cullen and Pat McCrudden clinched Warrenpoint’s 3rd Pierce Purcell Shield. The bottom match of Michael Redmond and Michael McGivern against Colm Browne and Joe Dowling ended in a 3 and 2 win for Donabate, to give the Co. Down team a 3 matches to 2 matches win and yet another All-Ireland green pennant.  

An amazing year for Jim Carvill winning both the South of Ireland and the East of Ireland. Darren Clarke was the the last man to win both (the East in 1989, the South in 1990) and look where he ended up! The last man to win both in the same year was Adrian Morrow from Portmarnock G. C. in 1983.

Warrenpoint Golf Club have a proud history in the Barton Shield having previously won it in 1983, 1988 and 1998 so it was to Rosslare Golf Club on Wednesday 14th September 2005 when they set out to capture their 4th green pennant in this the foursomes competition which in my opinion is the “real” Blue Riband in Irish Golf.

They met the holders and Leinster Champions Sutton Golf Club on the Wednesday Morning, managed by Paddy O’Hanlon he put Paul Reavey & Barrie Trainor out against Mark Collins & Seamus McMonagle, who won by 3-holes they were followed by Jim Carvill & Colm Campbell who lost by 1-hole to Alan Darbey & Sean Doherty, to give Warrenpoint a 2-hole victory.

They met Connacht Champions Galway in the All-Ireland Final in a trilling encounter that went to the 20th hole.

Barrie Trainor & Paul Reavey were out first against Eddie McCormack & John Neary when they recorded a 1-hole victory against the Galway duo. They were followed by Colm Campbell & Jim Carvill who lost by one hole to Joe Lyons & Mark O’Sullivan, the same pairings went down to the sudden death holes and the Warrenpoint pairing won it on the Par-3 second.

The squad was Garry McStay, Paul Reavey, Barrie Campbell, Barry Trainor, Jim Carvill.

Warrenpoint Golf Club won the Ulster Championship of the Irish Club Youths' Championship in 2005. The All-Ireland deciders were played at Kilkeel Golf Club, in this three man team event where they compete off scratch with the best two cards to count.

They were 3rd in the National decider with a score of 313. David Barron returned rounds of N/R and 80, Colm Campbell shot rounds of 75 and 79 and Paul Reavey had rounds of 83 and 76.

Angela Kilmartin was selected on the Ulster ILGU Team for the Interprovincial's. Played at Ballybunion Golf Club from 18th to 20th August 2004.

Warrenpoint Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield in 2002, and where drawn against Leinster Champions The Island in the All-Ireland Semi-Finals at Galway Golf Club on September 6th. They went down to The Island in a very close match being decided on the 19th. The squad was Gerry Durkin, Colm Campbell Jnr., Kieran Gallagher, Kieran Murphy, David McGreevey, Gary Moan, Brian Magee, Leo McCabe and Peter Kenny, they were, captained by Pat Lynchehaun. The team on the day was G. Durkin with C. Campbell, K. Gallagher and K. Murphy, B. Powell with F. Quinn, T. Keenan with J. Murray and D. Greevey with G. Moan.

Alison Coffey won the Irish Close Championship and was selected on the Irish team for the European Team Championship played at Campo de Meis, Spain from the 10th to the 14th of July 2001. She was also on the Ulster Ladies team for the AIB Interprovincial’s at the Island Golf Club from the 8th to the 10th August 2001.

Warrenpoint beat Banbridge in the Ulster Final of the Irish Junior Cup and went on to meet Monkstown in the All-Ireland semi-finals at Lahinch on 21st September 2000. The squad was Brendan O'Loughlin, Brian Powell, Paddy McGee, Brian McKee, Barry Treanor, Paul McCartan, Charlie Burns and Sam Grattan. They went down to Monkstown by one match in the Semi-Final. The team was Brian McKee, Paul McCartan, Paddy McGee, Brian Powell and Barry Treanor.

They won the All-Ireland Irish Mixed Foursomes at Limerick G. C. in 1991, when the squad was Ken Stevenson, Michael Carr, Colm Campbell, Rory McCormack, Teresa Murphy, P. Loughran, Ita Parr, Graine Fearon, Rosemary Thornton, Helen Lennon and they were captained by Pat Trainor.

Warrenpoint won the All-Ireland Irish Senior Cup at Westport G. C. in 1990, when the squad was, Ramie Burns, Paddy Gribben, Danny Parr, Kenny Stevenson, Gavin McNeill, Pat Trainor and they were captained by Rory McShane.  

Warrenpoint Golf Club won the All-Ireland Irish Youths' Team Championship at Mullingar in 1989, when the squad was, Gavin McNeill, Ramie Burns, Paddy Gribben, Eddie Barr, Rory Buchanam and they were captained by Niel McCullough.

They won the All-Ireland Barton Shield at Athlone G. C. in 1998, when the squad was, Hillary Armstrong, Daren Rafferty, Paddy McGee, Paddy Gribben, Colm Campbell, Bobby Orr and they were captained by Paddy O'Hanlon.

Warrenpoint won the Barton Shield at Cork G. C. in 1988, when the squad was, Jim Carvill, Paddy Gribben, Danny Parr, Gary McNeill, Ken Stevenson and Ian Wright. They were Captained by Ray McShane.

They won the All-Ireland Pierce Purcell Shield at Royal Co. Down in 1983, when the squad was, David McGreevey, Kevin Morgan, Frank Fullen, Reggeie Eyres, Ray Morgan, Cyril Blakley, Larry Powell, John McMahon, Hugh Byrne, Seamus Ryan, Hugh Wray, Terry Carr, A. B. McLaughlin, Gervase McCartan and they were captained by Terry Carr.

They first won the All-Ireland Pierce Purcell Shield at Grange G. C. in 1981, when the squad was, Hugh Byrne, Brian Coffey, Ivor Kearney, Pat Lynchehaun, Ray Morgan, Dessie McCabe, Dominic McCartan, Brian McKeown, Pat McGuigan, Dominic McGivern, Pat Ryan, Robin Prescott, John Whitten, Hugh Carr, and they were captained by Tommy Keenan.

They won the All-Ireland Irish Senior Cup at Clandeboye in 1987, when the team was Jim Carvill, Paddy Gribben, Danny Parr, Gary McNeill, Ken Stevenson and Ian Wright. They were Captained by Ray McShane.

They won the All-Ireland Barton Shield at Clandeboye in 1987, when the team was Jim Carvill, Paddy Gribben, Danny Parr, Gary McNeill, Ken Stevenson and Ian Wright. They were Captained by Ray McShane.

They won the All-Ireland Jimmy Bruen Shield at Clandeboye G. C. in 1987, when the team was Cyril Blakley, Gregory Campbell, Aidan Durkin, Gerry Durkin, Pat McAteer, Kevin McCann, John McMahon, Robin Prescott, Seamus Ryan, Eamon Small, Ian Wright and Jim McDonnell. They were Captained by Pat Lynchehaun.

They won the All-Ireland Pierce Purcell Shield at Clandeboye G. C. in 1987, when the team was Tony McLoughlin, Danny Robertson, Seamus Ryan, Joe Stewart, Peadar Markey, Gerry Sands, Pat Lynchehaun, Brian Magee, Brian Murphy, Dominic McCartan, Paul McCartan and Jim McDonnell.

Warrenpoint Golf Club won the All-Ireland Irish Club Junior Foursomes in 1987 on their home course, when the squad was Eddie Barr, Raymond Burns, Paul McCartan, Niall McDonnell, Gary McNeill, Brian Powell and they were captained by Neil McCullough.Warren point were the, Irish Aer-Lingus Club Youths' Team Championship 1982; Stephen Rafferty, Greg Campbell, Jim Carvill, Ray Morgan and they were captained by Pat Trainor.

Paddy Gribben was the only Irish representative on the Walker Cup team that beat the USA at Nairn G. C. on Sunday, 12th September, 1999 when winning a historic fifth victory in its 77-year history by a 15-9 margin. Having returned to the Amateur ranks, Paddy became the first Irishman to win the European Amateur Golf Championship at Le Golf Du Medoc in Bordeaux with a score of 274, being 10 under, playing off +3, he went on to win the North of Ireland Amateur Open Championship at Royal Portrush on 16th July, 1999, and was on the Home International team at Royal Co. Down on the 22nd-26th September 1999 He represented Ulster in 1995 and 1996, and played Ulster Youths' the same years.

Alison Coffey played in the European Ladies' Team Championship at Nordcentre Golf and Country Club in 1997, and was selected to play in the Home Internationals at Royal Dornoch in August 1999, having played at Burnham and Berrow in 1998, at Lahinch in 1997, at Longriddry in 1996 and Wrexham in 1995. She played in the European Ladies Junior Championship at the Colony Golf Club, Vienna in 1994, and at Saint Nom La Breteche, Franch in 1992, having played in the Girls Home Internationals at Whitechurch Golf Club in 1991.

Warrenpoint won the Ulster Section of the BMW Irish Mixed Foursomes and went on to represent Ulster at Strandhill G.C., on September 2nd-3rd, 1999. The team was Timmy Cunningham (5) & Teresa Reynolds (20), Colm Campbell (3) & Grainne Fearon (16), Bobby Orr (3) & Hazel Sherry (28), Rory Buchanan (5) & Cathy Cunningham (18) and Fergie McConaghy (7) & Peggy Gallagher (12)

Ronan Rafferty played the Walker Cup in Cypress Point in 1981 and participated in the Home International matches from 1979 to 1981, winning 12 of his 16 matches. He represented Ulster in 1980, winning 4 of his 5 matches and played Ulster Youths' from1979 to 1980, playing 8 matches.

H. Armb participated in the Boys' Home International matches in 1993 and won the Tom Montgomery Perpetual Award in 1993, with 130 points. He represented the Ulster Youths' from 1993 to 1996 and played 16 matches. 

Gavin McNeill played Ulster Youths in 1986 and 1987, he represented Ulster from 1989 to 1993, playing 22 matches and played Ulster Youths' from 1987 to 1991, playing 30 matches.

Jim Carville represented Ulster from 1989 to 1990 and played Ulster Youths' from 1983 to 1987, playing 15 matches.

Paddy Gribben represented Ulster from 1987 to 1998, having played 23 matches on the 23rd August, 1998

Dorothy Hulme played for the Irish Girls' in 1966 and 1967 against Wales. Alison Coffey played for the Irish Girls in 1991. Sandra Cassidy was a reserve for The Irish Girls International Team in 1997.

Person Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Michael Small 01 January 2000 2nd 5 Iron 181 yd's
Peter Boyle 18 February 2000 14th 6 Iron 163 yd's
John Sloan 5 July 2000 16th 4 Iron 173 yd's
Michael Small 18 December 2000 16th 5 Iron 173 yd's

Card of the Course
Card of the Course (yards)
Name Hole No. Black White Green Par Index Red Par Index
Whins 1 517 517 502 5 7 486 5 7
Road Hole 2 181 171 153 3 13 130 3 11
Hayes 3 530 509 502 5 3 453 5 13
Narrow Water 4 526 513 494 5 17 443 5 17
Fairway 5 316 316 315 4 9 307 4 5
Sams Brawest 6 153 144 132 3 15 125 3 15
Slieve Foy 7 412 412 412 4 1 347 4 1
Cloughmore 8 348 333 311 4 5 279 4 9
Green Island 9 315 305 294 4 11 291 4 3
  Out 3,298 3,220 3,115 37   2,861 37  
Fiddlers Green 10 190 190 170 3 14 162 3 10
Woodland 11 282 268 259 4 18 255 4 16
The Mount 12 345 335 311 4 6 318 4 8
Valley 13 364 354 348 4 2 262 4 4
Patience 14 163 151 138 3 16 128 3 12
Tower 15 500 489 475 5 10 437 5 14
The Pens 16 185 170 170 3 12 158 3 6
Crossways 17 426 421 407 4 4 399 5 18
The Leg 18 420 403 385 4 8 397 4 2
  In 2,875 2,781 2,663 34   2,516 35  
  Total 6,173 6,001 5,778 71   5,377 72  
  SSS 70 70 68     71    

Roll of Honour
Mrs. C. Jones 1989 Ladies Captain
Mrs. L. Powell 1990 Ladies Captain
Mrs. R. Kelly 1991 Ladies Captain
Dr M. McLaughlin 1992 Ladies Captain
Mrs. R. Blake 1993 Ladies Captain
Mrs. C. Staunton 1994 Ladies Captain
Miss J. Hutchinson 1995 Ladies Captain
Mrs. K. O'Hagan 1996 Ladies Captain
Mrs. B. Turkington 1997 Ladies Captain
Mrs. C. O'Neill 1998 Ladies Captain
Mrs. M. Erskine 1999 Ladies Captain
Mr. V. Price 2000 Ladies Captain
Mrs. Gwen O'Neill 2001 Ladies Captain
D. Moore 2002 Ladies Captain
Mrs. Teresa Reynolds 2003 Ladies Captain
Mrs. E. McAteer 2004 Ladies Captain
Mrs. Margaret O'Hare 2005 Ladies Captain
Ita Parr 2006 Ladies Captain
E. McKee 2007 Ladies Captain
Dr. Grace McClafferty 1992 Ladies President
Dr. Grace McClafferty 1993 Ladies President
Dr. Grace McClafferty 1994 Ladies President
Mrs. P. Grilis 1995 Ladies President
Mrs. P. Grills 1996 Ladies President
Mrs. .P. Grills 1997 Ladies President
Mrs. G. W. Donaldson 1998 Ladies President
Mrs. G. W. Donaldson 1999 Ladies President
Mrs. J. W. Donaldson 2000 Ladies President
Mrs. D. McCartan 2001 Ladies President
Mrs. D. McCartan 2002 Ladies President
Mrs. D. McCartan 2003 Ladies President
Miss Cathy Drooks 2004 Ladies President
Kathy Brooks 2005 Ladies President
Kathy Brooks 2006 Ladies President
C. Staunton 2007 Ladies President
S. N. McCullough 1989 Men's Captain
D. McCartan 1990 Men's Captain
C. Best 1991 Men's Captain
J. Parr 1992 Men's Captain
K. Stevenson 1993 Men's Captain
F. P. Treanor 1994 Men's Captain
R. K. Hingorani 1995 Men's Captain
J. Owens 1996 Men's Captain
R. McWilliams 1997 Men's Captain
B. F. O'Loughlin 1998 Men's Captain
Mr. R. Kelly 1999 Men's Captain
William McGivern 2000 Men's Captain
Sam Grattan 2001 Men's Captain
Paddy O'Hanlon 2002 Men's Captain
Brian G. McKee 2003 Men's Captain
Gabriel Byrne 2004 Men's Captain
Paul McCartan 2005 Men's Captain
Eugene Byrne 2006 Men's Captain
E. McKee 2007 Men's Captain
T. McAteer 1989 President
T. McAteer 1991 President
H. Parker 1992 President
H. Parker 1994 President
J. B. McNeill 1995 President
J. B. McNeill 1997 President
A. P. Campbell 1998 President
Mr. A. P. Campbell 1999 President
A. P. Campbell 2000 President
J. L. Bamford 2001 President
J. L. Bamford 2002 President
J. L. Bamford 2003 President
F. P. O'Hara 2004 President
F. P. O'Hara 2005 President
Robin Prescott 2006 President
Robin Prescott 2007 President
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