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Athlone Golf Club, Westmeath.

Early history accredited to Athlone Garrison Golf Club. (See Athlone Garrison entry).

From the 1905 Nisbet’s Golf Yearbook; Athlone Golf Club; Instituted 1892; Membership of 80; Hon. secretary – Dr C E Fair; Captain – Chas J McCormack; Professional – Sam Smith; Green-keeper - T Boyle; Entrance fee – Family and Gents £2/2s; Ladies £1/1s; Subs £2/2s, Family £4/4s, Ladies £1/1s, Country Members 10s/6d. The old military moat, fortifications and redoubts with adjoining land have been turned into an excellent and sporting nine-hole course, rendering straight and accurate play absolutely necessary. The links are situated immediately out of the town and command views of the surrounding country, Lough Ree and the River Shannon.

In 1906 secretary was Chas E Fair of Strand House, Athlone and the professional Sam Smith, who remained at the club until 1913. The amateur course record was held by P V C Murtagh with a score of 83 and the professional record by George Fernie 73. Visitors’ fees on introduction, were 1/- a day, 5/- a week and 10/- a month. The Station at Athlone was ¼ mile away. The advertised hotel was Ramsay’s Victoria.

Due to urban development the club moved location from the Batteries to Garnafailagh in 1920.

Golf was played on the Garnafailagh site until the late 1930s, it then moved to its current location at Hodson Bay.