Fortwilliam Golf Club

Address 8A Downview Avenue
Co. Antrim BT15 4EZ
Telephone: 028-90-370770
Public No: 028-90-776798
Fax: 028-90-781891
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Founded: 1891
Secretary/Manager: Pat Toal
Captain: Michael Graham
Lady Captain: Oonagh McCann
President: Dan McGrady
Vice-Captain: Maurice Mullan & Vera McClenaghan
Hon. Secretary: Pat Toal & Nuala Moore
Club Pro: Peter Hanna 048-90-770980
Hon. Treasurer: Kieran Smyth & Eleanor Boswell
Designed by: Harry Colt
Membership: 915
Green Fees Midweek: £22
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: £29
Green Fees With a Member: £12/£14
Green Fees For Opens: £10/13
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: No
Soft spikes: No
Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Clubhouse opening hours: 11.30am to 11.00pm
Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Dress Code: Neat 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

Course Description
Founded in 1891 and originally designed by Harry Colt, measuring 6,030 yards off the white tees with a Par 70 and a standard scratch of 69. Fortwilliam Golf Club is divided by Gray's Lane and is dominated by Cave Hill, which is in excess of 1,000 ft above sea level. Although relatively hilly the spectacular backdrop of Cave Hill will take your mind of the climes you will encounter on some of the holes.

Its feature hole is "The Burn" at 474 yards will test the best of golfers and a par here seems like a birdie. A warm Ulster hand of welcome awaits the visitor in the clubhouse, where he or she can relax with a drink and full catering facilities are available.

Open & Major Fixtures 2011
See Event Calendar here.

Club History

Instituted 1891 affiliated 1895. According to the club records, the club was "first" founded on the 16th October; 1891, they read "Eleven gentlemen of the Antrim Road area met in No. 1, Custom House Square, on the inaugural date, and the chair was occupied by Mr. J. T. Reade. Initially, nine holes were laid out on land between Fortwilliam Park and Parkmount, but this course was only playable in the winter months."

The club went into decline, and was not revived until 1903. The first meeting took place on 10th January, that year, and in February C. S. Butchart, the professional at Royal Co. Down Golf Club, laid out a nine-hole course. Before 1924, the club had extended to eighteen-holes, and opened a new clubhouse.


Members Achievements

Fortwilliam Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Junior Foursomes in 2006. It was on to Balbriggan Golf Club in North Dublin on 29th August, where they were drawn against Connaught Champions Portumna Golf Club in the Semi-Final.

First on the tee were Conor McLarnon with Mark Fitzgerald, against Tristan O’Rourke with Peter Dillon, they had a comfortable 5-hole win over the Galway pair. They were followed by Chris Crangle with Eoin McComb, who lost out to Paul Carty with Shane Ryan by 3-holes, however their 2-hole win was enough to put them through to the All-Ireland final against Leinster Champions The Island Golf Club in the afternoon.

In a trilling final that went all the way to the 2nd play-off hole, Conor McLarnon with Mark Fitzgerald were pitched against James Monaghan with Darragh Rodgers when they lost by 2-holes. They were followed by Chris Crangle with Eoin McComb against Simon Arthur with David Weldon, they won their match by 2-holes, leading to an exiting play-off, however it was not to be for the Ulster Champions.

Fortwilliam Golf Club won the All-Ireland Final of the Irish Junior Cup, having been crowned Ulster Champions they were drawn against Leinster Champions Castle Golf Club in the National deciders at Rosslare Golf Club on 14th September 2005.

In the Semi-Final Gary Brown was first up against James Hanby when James had a 3 and 2 win. Next up was Conan McLarnon who had a 4 and 3 win over Karl Swaine, he was followed by Paul Maguire who had an off day against Stephen Webster when he lost by 7 and 3. The penultimate match saw Gary O’Hara beat Omer Bhamjee by 1-hole. The bottom match saw Michael Tierney have a convincing 5 and 4 win over Harry Gleeson.

Having reached the All-Ireland Final they met Connacht Champions Galway Golf Club in the decider. Gary Brown lead the way with a win on the 19th over Jonathan Hehir, he was followed by Conan McLarnon who had an off day against Gary Scott when losing by 5 and 4. Next on the tee Paul Maguire who lost by 5 and 3 to Joe Costello. Gary O’Hara had a vital 3 and 2 win over Michael Hennelly. The bottom match saw Michael Tierney beat Eddie Mulholland by the narrowest of margins on the 18th hole, which delivered the green pennant in an exciting final.

The squad was Len McCauley, Mark McKenna, Michael Graham, Michael Tierney, Gareth Tierney, Ryan McLarnon, Paul Maguire, Kris Krangle, Gary Brown, Eoin McComb, Conan McLarnon and Gary O’Hara, they were captained by Tony Campbell.

Simon Doherty was selected to represent Ireland at the Boys Home Internationals played at Woodhall Spa, Lioncolnshire from 2nd to 4th August 2005.

Brenda McLarnon a student at the Ledbetter Golf Academy in Florida was selected on the Ulster Senior team for the Inter Provincials at Mount Wolseley Golf Club on August 7th and 8th 2002. She played for the Ulster Girls' team in the Smurfit Interprovincial Championship at Enniscrone Golf Club from the 18th to the 20th of April 2001. She was on the ILGU Junior squad in November 2000 and was on the Irish Girls' team for the Home Internationals, at Downfield Golf Club, Dundee from the 15th to the 17th, March 2000.

P. Adare participated in the Boys' Home International matches in 1990.

Stephen Hood participated in the Boys' Home Internationals from 1996 to 1998, playing Ulster Boys' in 1994 and 1995, winning the Ulster Boys' in 1994.

Maeve McConnell played for the Irish Girls' against Wales, in 1965, and won the Irish Girls' Close Championship, in 1966, and 1967.

Caitriona Hinds played for the Irish Girls' in 1981.


Card of the Course
Card of the Course (yards)
Name Hole No White Green Par Index Red Par Index
Carmoney 1 421 412 4 7 403 5 11
Soulby's Plateau 2 329 298 4 9 255 4 7
Loughview 3 437 418 4 5 412 4 5
Coffey's Corner 4 330 330 4 17 304 4 15
The Burn 5 474 442 5 1 401 5 1
Cedar Lodge 6 186 153 3 15 137 3 17
The Dam 7 311 292 4 11 282 4 9
The Poplars 8 421 402 4 3 393 4 3
Cambell's Burn 9 272 260 4 13 253 4 13
  Out 3,181 2,983 36   2,840 37  
Buchart's First 10 195 188 3 10 183 3 16
Craig's Drive 11 381 362 4 8 356 4 4
Dunbeg 12 146 120 3 18 130 3 18
Castle Hill 13 377 358 4 2 369 5 6
Downview 14 502 491 5 12 445 5 8
Flax Field 15 321 315 4 14 309 4 2
Ben Madigan   16 345 331 4 4 340 5 12
Brady's Punch 17 150 140 3 16 142 3 14
Shaftsbury 18 432 404 4 6 423 5 10
  In 2,849 2,709 34   2,697 37  
  Total 6,030 5,692 70   5,537 74  
  SSS 69 68     72    

Roll of Honour
C. C. Brady 1990 Ladies Captain
S. W. Lynch 1991 Ladies Captain
P. Callen 1992 Ladies Captain
C. McCrory 1993 Ladies Captain
S. McCann 1994 Ladies Captain
F. McNulty 1995 Ladies Captain
J. M. Campbell 1996 Ladies Captain
E. Thompson 1997 Ladies Captain
Dr. M. Drew 1998 Ladies Captain
M. P. Bleakley 1999 Ladies Captain
Ms. V. Rodgers 2000 Ladies Captain
Mrs. M. Marquess 2001 Ladies Captain
Sandra Whiteside 2002 Ladies Captain
Mrs. S. McPhillips 2003 Ladies Captain
M. McMenamin 2004 Ladies Captain
Patrice Gillespie 2005 Ladies Captain
Patricia Graham 2006 Ladies Captain
Anne McGrath 2007 Ladies Captain
S. J. McMichael 1990 Men's Captain
Gerry Mulvenna 1991 Men's Captain
D. H. Macrae 1992 Men's Captain
Dan McGrady 1993 Men's Captain
Dr. Joe Lewis 1994 Men's Captain
Brendan Henry 1995 Men's Captain
Howard Hillis 1996 Men's Captain
Brendan Lowry 1997 Men's Captain
Wesley Morrow 1998 Men's Captain
John Campbell 1999 Men's Captain
Jack Campbell 2000 Men's Captain
Mr. Harry McCambridge 2001 Men's Captain
Ivan McMichael 2002 Men's Captain
Peter Smith 2003 Men's Captain
John White 2004 Men's Captain
Brian McCann Snr. 2005 Men's Captain
Tony Campbell 2006 Men's Captain
Patsy McKenna 2007 Men's Captain
James Wilson 1990 President
Tom Lowry 1991 President
Tom Lowry 1992 President
Edward Bannon 1993 President
Edward Bannon 1994 President
W. A. Macauley 1995 President
W. A. Macauley 1996 President
Dr. Ian Loughridge 1997 President
Harry D'arcy 1998 President
D. G. Cook 1999 President
Mr. D. G. Cook 2000 President
R. Gillespie 2001 President
R. Gillespie 2002 President
R. Gillespie 2003 President
Charles O'Neill 2004 President
Charles O'Neill 2005 President
Charles O'Neill 2006 President
Charlie O'Neill 2007 President

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