The Knock Golf Club


Address Summerfield
Belfast, BT16 2QX
Telephone: 028-90-483251
Public No: 028-90-482249
Fax: 028-90-487277
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Founded: 1895
Membership: 675
Green Fees Midweek: £26 
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: £35
Green Fees With a Member: £13/16
Green Fees For Opens: £13
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: Yes
Soft spikes: Yes
Secretary/Manager: Mrs. Anne Armstrong
Captain: David Rush
Lady Captain: Vivien Allen
President: Peter Sinclair & Margaret Johnston
Vice-Captain: Garth Russell & J. Bell
Hon. Secretary: Robin E. Pooke & J. Sinclair
Club Pro: Richard Whitford 048-90-483825
Hon. Treasurer: Terry Casement & M. Wilson
Designed by: Harry Colt, McKenzie & Alison
Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Clubhouse opening hours: 9.00am to 11.00pm
Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Dress Code: Neat casual
Catering: Full catering facilities
Days to Avoid: Tuesdays & Saturdays
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days
Pre-booking for open tournaments: 14 Days in advance

Course Description
The Knock Golf Club moved to it’s present location in 1920 and retained the services of world renowned course architects Harry Colt and Dr. Alistair McKenzie to layout what is one of the best Par 70 courses in the country. Measuring 6,437 yards with a standard scratch of 71 off the white tees it is a true test of golf. Christy O’Connor "Himself" won his first important tournament here when he captured the Ulster Professional title in 1953.

As testament to the quality of The Knock Ernie Jones captured the Irish Professional Championship with a score of one under and four years later Christy Green won the same title with a score of two over.The course has a wonderful variety of large and small trees, with many deep bunkers and a river coming into play in front of the 8th and 18th greens. The 453, yard Par-4 sixth is considered to be one of the best holes on the course. The hole features what is reputed to be the oldest araucaria "Monkey-Puzzle" in the British Isles, said to be over 100 years old it stands at over 70 feet tall and is still thriving.

This hole is particularly attractive in the spring when the Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom.The Knock Golf Club has produced many fine golfers but none more famous than Clare Robinson (nee Nesibtt) who dominated Ladies golf in the 70’s and played on the Curtis Cup at Chepstow in 1976.The Knock Golf Club has a very fine clubhouse that caters for the golfers every need. The visitor is extended a warm welcome here and a memorable game of golf.

Open & Major Fixtures 2011
See Event Calendar here.

Club History

Instituted 1895 affiliated 1896. At a meeting held in the lecture hall adjoining Dundelea Presbyterian Church, in December 1894, the Knock golf club was formed. Dr. King-Kerr was in the chair and the meeting was told that the ground could be leased for £77 per annum. The course could be laid out at a cost of £26, according to G. L. Bailey, a founder member of the Royal Belfast Golf Club. Mr. Peddie proposed and was seconded by Mr. Buchanan, that the club should be formed. The first committee was Dr. King Kerr, Messrs. Todd, Peddie, Malcolm and Buchanan, who were charged with negotiating the rent of the land and drafting the rules. The first Captain was Mr. R. Webb, and Hon. Secretary was Dr. King-Kerr.

The "Irish Golfer" on the 14th February, 1990, documents " The opening ceremony of the club was a memorable one as it was the largest gathering of golfers ever held at a function of this kind in Ireland. The club’s enjoyment of this pretty course was not of long duration, for in less than three years the committee was compelled to prospect for pastures new, owing to the ground being taken for building purposes. The new course was leased in Shandon Park, beneath a hill called Knock. This was a wooded area for nine-holes, but soon became too small. So in 1920 the club moved to its present site at Dondonald. This was a family estate called "Summerfield" and world famous architects, Colt, Allison, and McKenzie were employed to turn it into a golf course.


Members Achievements

The Knock Golf Club won the Ulster Championship of the Irish Senior Cup in 2006, when they beat Castlerock Golf Club on their home course by 3 and half matches to 1 and half matches on Sunday the 20th August .

The Knock Golf Club won the Belfast & District Cup in 2006, when they beat Banbridge by 7 and a halve matches to 6 and a halve matches.

Michael Sinclair was selected on the Ulster team for the Interprovincial Matches played at Portmarnock Golf Club from 11th to 13th August 2004. Michael, was then selected to play in the Home Internationals at Prestwick Golf Club from 8th to 10th September 2004.

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

Joanne Black was selected on the Ulster Ladies team for the AIB Interprovincial’s at the Island Golf Club on the 8th to 10th August 2001.

The Knock won the All-Ireland Final Irish Junior Cup at The Royal Dublin G. C. in 1968.

Michael Sinclair was selected to represent the Irish Men's team in the Home Internationals at Royal Co. Down on 22nd-24th September, 1999, and was 2nd in the Willie Gill Perpetual Award in 1999 He won the North of Ireland Amateur Open Championship at Royal Portrush G. C., in 1997, and participated in the Boys' Home International matches in 1989 and represented Ulster from 1995 to 1998.

Justin Parsons played Ulster Youths' in 1995, having played Ulster Boys' from 1996 to 1998, playing 18 matches.

Miss Claire Nesbitt played for the Irish Girls' in 1970 and 1971 she won the Scratch Match Play Foursomes together with Miss Lillian Malone of Cairndhu in 1976.

Sonya Verschuur played for the Irish Girls' in 1984 and 1985.

Joanne Black played for Ireland in the Girls' Home Internationals at Formby Ladies Golf Club in 1996 and at Forfar Golf Club in 1997.


Card of the Course
Hole No White Green Par Index Red Par Index
1 328 312 4 11 321 4 5
2 379 370 4 16 354 4 15
3 457 452 4 2 388 4 1
4 136 115 3 17 129 3 17
5 377 367 4 9 330 4 3
6 453 447 4 3 429 5 13
7 402 374 4 7 299 4 11
8 410 397 4 6 300 4 7
9 359 349 4 13 345 4 9
Out 3,301 3,183 35   2,895 36  
10 493 483 5 12 439 5 4
11 417 410 4 5 409 5 2
12 147 135 3 15 116 3 16
13 377 367 4 10 334 4 10
14 447 442 4 1 440 5 6
15 400 390 4 4 325 4 8
16 185 178 3 14 179 3 12
17 270 260 4 18 268 4 18
18 398 389 4 8 392 4 14
In 3,134 3,054 35   2,902 37  
Total 6,435 6,237 70   5,797 73  
SSS 72 71     73    

Roll of Honour
Mrs. D. Goldbrough 1990 Ladies Captain
Mrs. R. J. Johnson 1991 Ladies Captain
Mrs. D. R. Molyneaux 1992 Ladies Captain
Mrs. B. Hanlon 1993 Ladies Captain
Mrs. A. Boucher 1994 Ladies Captain
Mrs. L. Davidson 1995 Ladies Captain
Mrs. D. B. Smith 1996 Ladies Captain
Mrs. V. L. Hamilton 1997 Ladies Captain
Dr. R. Hamilton 1998 Ladies Captain
Mrs. M. McCormick 1999 Ladies Captain
Mrs. P. Jordan 2000 Ladies Captain
Mrs. J. Reid 2001 Ladies Captain
Mrs. Doreen McVitty 2002 Ladies Captain
J. S. Crozier 2004 Ladies Captain
Joan Law 2005 Ladies Captain
Sheila Boucher 2006 Ladies Captain
J. Gibson 2007 Ladies Captain
Mrs. J. Nesbitt 1990 Ladies President
Mrs. J. Nesbitt 1991 Ladies President
Mrs. J. Nesbitt 1992 Ladies President
Mrs. J. Nesbitt 1993 Ladies President
Mrs. R. M. Williamson 1994 Ladies President
Mrs. R. M. Williamson 1995 Ladies President
Mrs. R. M. Willamson 1996 Ladies President
Mrs. H. Barr 1997 Ladies President
Mrs. H. Barr 1998 Ladies President
Mrs. H. Barr 1999 Ladies President
Mrs. P. Affolter 2000 Ladies President
Mrs. P. Rollins 2001 Ladies President
Daphne Molyneaux 2005 Ladies President
Margaret Johnston 2006 Ladies President
Margaret Johnston 2007 Ladies President
Mr. B. McMonagle 1990 Men's Captain
Mr. D. A. B. Knight 1991 Men's Captain
Mr. C. H. Whittaker 1992 Men's Captain
Mr. W. E. Smyth 1993 Men's Captain
Mr. W. R. Hamilton 1994 Men's Captain
Mr. S. W. Buller 1995 Men's Captain
Mr. T. V. M. McKirgan 1996 Men's Captain
Mr. R. O. Reid 1997 Men's Captain
Mr. R. E. Pooke 1998 Men's Captain
Mr. D. W. Alderdice 1999 Men's Captain
Mr. A. R. Blackbourne 2000 Men's Captain
E. D. Brown 2001 Men's Captain
Derek Grant 2002 Men's Captain
Harry Flanigan 2003 Men's Captain
Brian Crothers 2004 Men's Captain
D. J. Stanley Smyth 2005 Men's Captain
Gerry McWhinney 2006 Men's Captain
P. J. McClelland 2007 Men's Captain
Mr. G. I. McCormick 1990 President
Mr. G. I. McCormick 1991 President
Mr. J. L. Gorman 1992 President
Mr. J. L. Gorman 1993 President
Mr. G. D. A. Hanlon 1994 President
Mr. G. D. A. Hanlon 1995 President
Mr. G. Caskey O.B.E. 1996 President
Mr. G. Caskey O.B.E. 1997 President
Mr. K. Wallace 1998 President
Mr. K. Wallace 1999 President
Mr. B. Drain 2000 President
Mr. B. Drain 2001 President
B. H. Slieth 2004 President
Norman Douglas 2005 President
Norman Douglas 2006 President
Peter Sinclair 2007 President


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