Ringdufferin Golf Club, Ringdufferin Road, Toye, Downpatrick.
A sad recent closure.
First appeared in 1993 it opened as a 9 hole parkland course, but thanks to the tireless work of the committee it was not long before Frank Ainsworth redesigned it into the 18-hole Drumlin course. Situated amongst the Drumlin Hills the course was located on the shores of Strangford Lough, there were stunning panoramic views from most of the elevated tees on the course. The undulating fairways and tricky approaches made it a true test of golf. There was an excellent clubhouse and golf shop.
Club Officials in 2008; Secretary/Manager, Mervyn Stewart; Captain, Kevin Sheehy; Vice-Captain, Michael Montgomery; Lady Captain, Dianne Andrews; Vice-Captain, Angela Kenmore; President, Gibson Peak; Hon Secretary, William Swann & Angela Kenmore; Hon Treasurer, Murray Moreland & Phyllis Cranston; Club Professional Murray Moreland.
Club Officials 2010; Secretary/Manager, Mervyn Stewart; Captain, Murray Moreland; President, Gibson Peak; Hon Secretary, William Swann & Francis Moreland; Hon Treasurer, Kevin Sheehy & Phyllis Cranston; Club Professional, Mervyn McMaster.
The course had fallen into disrepair and had closed by 2011, a sad time for all the former members.