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Bessbrook Golf Club, County Armagh.

First appeared in 1915 and continued in the Golfer’s Handbook through to the late 1950s.

The secretary throughout was Jas Darrah, School House, Bessbrook, although A Downey of Woodville Bessbrook is listed as secretary in 1927.  The green-keeper was J Black. A 9-hole course. Visitors’ fees were 1/- a day, Sunday play was not allowed. Local hotel was the Temperance. The station at Bessbrook was one and a half miles from the course.

Following is from the Belfast News-Letter Thursday 7th June 1917 – A competition in connection with Bessbrook Golf Club for prizes presented by Mrs J N Richardson took place at the Derra(y?)more links, and resulted as follows; W J Downey, 68; J A Downey, 70; William McKelvey, 72; T S McKinstry, 74; John Black, 74; J N Richardson, 80; John Lowry, 83.

 

Bessbrook Golf Club, County Armagh. Newspaper report from February 1918.

From the Belfast News-Letter Tuesday 19th February 1918. Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

Bessbrook Golf Club, County Armagh. Newspaper report from April 1940.

From the Belfast News-Letter Monday 8th April 1940. Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

The Google Map below shows the possible location of the golf course.