Malone Golf Club, Belfast.
Following are extracts of a report from the Belfast News-Letter of the 29th April 1895 describing the formation of the Malone Golf Club. The Royal Game, as it is usually termed, has lost none of its well-merited popularity in our northern province, and, especially, in the city and suburbs of Belfast as yet another golf club has just been organised in the beautiful suburban district of Malone, within easy distance from the city either by train or tramcar. With the energy of its promoters the new club looks well set to be one of the most successful ventures of the kind which has, so far, been undertaken in the province of Ulster. On Friday last the 26th a meeting of the promoters was held in the National Schoolroom, Malone Road. The Rev R W Seaver BD, rector of St John’s Church, was in the chair. The chairman having announced the object of the meeting, the question of organising a golf club at Malone was discussed, it was unanimously resolved that a “Malone Golf Club” should be established, membership of which should be open to ladies and gentlemen, subject to ballot. A committee was appointed to make the necessary arrangements and to find the most suitable location for the links. The following office-bearers and committee members were elected; captain, Ernest Young; treasurer, W A Chapman; secretary, Joseph Pyke; plus a committee of 16 gentlemen.
Result of the first of the monthly competitions for the Captain’s Prize, presented by Ernest Young, took place on the new links at Newforge on 12th October 1895. Watson, the greenkeeper, had the links in first class condition. Following are the results under 100; Rev R W Seaver, 97-24-73; S D Neill, 112-27-85; Geo H Wheeler, 117-27-90; D F Spiller, 110-14-96; R G Moffett, 126-30-96; R Hewitt, 110-14-96.
Result of a ladies singles competition played on the New Forge links on Wednesday 23rd October 1895; in the semi finals Miss M Purdon beat Mrs McMullan and Miss E Carr bet Miss F Carr. In the final Miss E Carr beat Miss M Purdon.
Result of the monthly competition for November 1895; George Wheeler, 109-27-82; R G Moffett, 116-30-86; Sharman D Neill, 123-26-97. There was also a mixed foursome played in November, in the final Mr & Mrs E Young beat W A Chapman and Miss A Taylor.
The sixth quarterly competition for the McMullan prize was played on 4th January 1900, result as follows; Second round – Miss L McKeown (2) beat Miss C Taylor (10), 3&2; Miss A Haslett (10) beat Miss A McMullan (8), 3&2; Miss S Robson (11) beat Mrs Walkington (11), 2&1; Miss Clarke (11) beat Mrs Higgin (9), 2&1. In the final Miss McKeown beat Miss Clarke, 5&3.
In 1919 the club moved to Haberton and in the early 1960s to Ballydrain.