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Lisburn Golf Club, Co Antrim. 

The Irish Times in September 1934 stated that the club played “On a portion of land used by the club today, formerly part of the Manor House Park, a small band of enthusiasts started to play golf in 1890.  The prime mover was a Scotsman Mr Hugh Shaw” This club continued until 1896.

The club was revived in 1905 with a 20 year lease for 40 acres of land at the original location at Longstone Street. President of the club was Harold A M Barbour M.A and the captain George H Clarke.

 

Lisburn Golf Club, County Antrim. Competition played on the Lisburn course May 1932.

From The Belfast News-Letter Tuesday May 17th 1932. Image © Illustrated London News Group. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

Only three presidents served the club from 1905 to the 1960s; Harold Barbour (from 1905 to his death in 1938) donated two trophies to the club the Barbour Cup and the Hilden Cup; Rt. Hon. Sir Milne Barbour (succeeded him until his death in 1951); Dr Richard McCandless J.P to 1962.   

In the early years the holes were named as follows; Hole one – Alpha; two – Shelter; three – Punch Bowl; four – Cottage; five – Sheep Pen; six – Spion Kop; seven – Catch-my-Pal; eight – Crescent; nine – Omega.

 

Lisburn Golf Club, County Antrim. The clubhouse and golf course.

The earlier Lisburn clubhouse and golf course.

 

Following WW2 the secretary was W H Greenfield, 12 Locksley Park, Finaghy. The professional was W J Clarke. The nine-hole course had a SSS and Par of 71. Membership was listed at 300. Visitors’ fees were 3/- a day, Saturdays 5/-. Sunday play was not allowed. The station was quarter of a mile away.

In the mid 1950s the secretary and professional were as before. There was now a greenkeeper name W Johnston. Course records were; amateur, E N Williams 68; professional, F Daly 66. The total course measured 5,946 yards. Visitors’ fees had risen to 5/- a day, Sunday play still not allowed.

In the early 1960s the secretary was J H F McCarrison. The professional and greenkeeper was W J Clarke. Sunday play (with members) 4/-.

By the mid 1960s there was no professional listed, the greenkeeper was D Kidd. Visitors’ fees were, 7/6 a day, weekends and holidays 10/-.

 

1960/70s course layout.

 

Above is the layout of the course in the 1960/70s with Longstone Street to the south; the clubhouse is at the entrance with the first tee to the left and the ninth green to the right.

Card of the course as follows; Hole one – 406 yards, bogey 4; two – 293 yards, 4; three – 334 yards, 4; four – 221 yards, 3; five – 135 yards, 3; six – 450 yards, 5; seven – 476 yards, 5; eight – 306 yards, 4; nine – 368 yards, 4. Total yards (9 holes) 2,989 yards. 

In 1972 the secretary was still J McCarrison. The course now measured 5,978 yards with a SSS of 68. There was a membership of over 550. Course records; amateur, K Burns 67; professional F Daly 66. Visitors’ fees were 85p during the week. 

The club moved to its present location at Blairs Lodge in June 1973.