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Bangor Golf Club, County Down.

The club was founded in 1903 with a membership of over 300; the original 9 hole course opened on 13 June 1903 it was extended to 18 holes in 1904 when a new clubhouse was opened. Mr F C Doran was one of the founder members of the club and he was also the first secretary. The first captain was Mr T C Connel. A ladies’ club was also formed in 1903, Miss H E McGuire was the inaugural captain.  

From the Nisbet’s Golf Yearbook 1905; Membership of 278; Hon. Secretary – F C Doran, “Glenfarne,” Bangor; Captain – F C Doran; Entrance fee £2/2s and subs £1/11s/6d; 18-holes; Professional – F Smyth; Station – five minute walk; Terms for visitors – 1s a day, 5s a week, 15s a month; A good course playing over 78 acres with some very tricky holes, and a magnificent view.

Also listed was the Bangor Ladies’ Golf Club; Membership of 140; Hon. Secretary – Miss L K Campbell, Princeton, Bangor; Captain – Miss G A Walters; 18-holes; Entrance fee £1/1s and subs 10s/6d; Professional – F Smyth; Visitors – 6d a day, 2s/6d a week, 7s/6d a month, not allowed to play Saturdays or General Holidays. 

Below is a gathering for the Lady Captain’s Prize Day in 1931.


Bangor Golf Club, County Down. Lady Captain's Prize Day June 1931.

From the Belfast News-Letter Wednesday June 17th 1931. Image © Illustrated London News Group. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.


In 1933 the club moved across the lane (Broadway) to its present location, the new course having been laid out by James Braid.


Bangor Golf Club, County Down. The clubhouse and course in 1905.

Bangor Golf Club, clubhouse and course, with horse drawn mower to the left centre. (posted 1905) Authors Collection.


Bangor Golf Club, County Down - The clubhouse.

The clubhouse and eighth green in the early 1900s.