Clogher Golf Club, County Tyrone. (1897 - WW2)

It was sometimes called Corick Golf Club.

From the Irish Times May 1897 - Aughnacloy v Clogher - The return match between these clubs was played over the Aughnacloy links on Thursday 6th and resulted in a draw. Owing to the extremely wet weather of the past few days several of the holes were nearly unplayable and heavy showers of hail during the play rendered the greens very slow.

The club appears in the Golfing Annual 1898/99 but no foundation date was given.

Below, result of a competition played in May 1905.

 

Clogher Golf Club, County Tyrone. Result of a competition played in May 1905.

Tyrone Constitution Friday 12th May 1905. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

The Golfing Annual 1906/07 lists the club at Corick giving a foundation date of  August 1905. The hon. secretary was Rev. W H Bailey; the club had a membership of 40. 

Reports on the golf club prior to WW1 are sparse. There is reference to the club in April 1912 when a competition was cancelled due to members attending a funeral.  

From the Irish Golfing Guide 1916 - Nine-hole course beautifully situated in Corick Demesne, convenient to Clogher station; Hon. secretary, C F Moutray.

The annual general meeting was held on Thursday 13th October 1921, Thomas Porter, J.P., in the chair. The following officers were elected; President, Thomas Porter; vice-presidents - Rev. W H Bailey and James Stockdale, J.P; secretary, A G Sproule; treasurer, A Bradbury; captain, Dr. Buchanan. The balance sheet showed a substantial sum in hand, and after making arrangements to have the links improved the meeting was adjourned for a week.

In 1922 the club had a membership of 40. The nine-hole amateur course record was 38.

The annual meeting was held on Wednesday 12th October 1922, James Stockdale in the chair. The committee reported that as the grounds in Clogher Park had never been suitable they had, subject to the approval of the members, made arrangements to secure links at Corick from Dr. Story. The recommendation of the committee was adopted. The following officers were elected; President, James Stockdale; captain, Dr. Buchanan; secretary, A E Sproule; treasurer, A Bradbury, Ulster Bank, Clogher; committee - Rev.W H Bailey, Major Stewart, Mrs Buchanan, Miss Stockdale, Dr. Buchanan; A H Coote and Messrs. Sproule and Bradbury.   

Visitors’ fees on introduction were 6d a day. The station at Clogher was ¼ mile away.

In April 1924 competitions were played for prizes given by James Stockdale. First prize in the men's competition went to Mr Jackson Stewart of Lielane. In second place was Rev. W H Bailey. The ladies competition was won by Mrs W Stewart of Daisy Hill. Mrs Buchanan of Clogher, took second prize.  

By 1925 Visitors’ fees on introduction were 1/- a day. Sunday play was not allowed.

The annual meeting was held in February 1928, Colonel Gledstanes (President) in the chair. The treasurer's report showed a small credit. Votes of thanks were passed to Miss Bailey and to Mr and Mrs Bradbury for services rendered during the season. The following officers were elected; Patron, Mrs Storey; president, Col. Gledstanes; captain, R Stephens; secretary, A P Stockdale; treasurer, Miss J Stockdale; ladies' captain, Mrs Buchanan.  

In 1929 the secretary was A H Coote, Clogher, Co Tyrone. Club membership at this time was 30.

From the Golfer's Handbook 1933; Clogher - Corick Golf Club; Membership 40; hon. secretary - William A Dawson, Clogher; professional, A Hobson; green-keeper, J Morrow; course records - amateur; R Stephens, 32; professional; A Hobson, 30; station, Clogher quarter of a mile; visitors' fees, 1s/6d on introduction; no Sunday play. 

Joseph McCabe, outgoing captain, presided at the annual meeting in March 1935. The following appointments were made; President, Colonel A L Gledstanes; secretary, George Young; assistant secretary, R M Foster; treasurer, E O Byrne; captain, J L Hackett; ladies' captain, Miss L Barnett; committee - Miss Batley, Rev. J Knox, J Johnston, Basil Robinson, J Gallagher.

 

Clogher Golf Club, County Tyrone. Competition in aid of Boy Scout funds July 1935.

Belfast Telegraph Saturday 6th July 1935. Image © Independent News and Media PLC. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

The Earl of Belmore was amongst the 150 guests at the Clogher Golf Club dance in the Courthouse, Clogher, in January 1936. Miss Lily Barnett, ladies' captain, and Miss Vera Stewart were the organisers, and Major Stewart was the M.C.

Report on the annual meeting held in February 1936. 

 

Clogher Golf Club, County Tyrone. Report on the annual meeting in February 1936.

Belfast Telegraph Wednesday 12th February 1936. Image © Independent News and Media PLC. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

Over 200 people attended the annual dance held in the Courthouse, Clogher, in March 1937. Alan Johnston assisted by T J McKee, secretary, were the masters of ceremony. 

Report from the Belfast News-Letter Saturday 18th June 1938 - "CLOGHER CLUB TO BE REVIVED - The old Clogher Golf Club is to be revived. Colonel Gledstanes, D.L., has offered the links on Fardross demesne and a committee has been appointed to put the course in order." 

In July 1938 Colonel Gledstanes drove the first ball at the opening of the golf course for the season. A mixed foursome was played, 40 players participating, for prizes presented by J E Hackett, a former captain of the club. The winners were Mr and Mrs George Young; runners-up, Mr and Mrs W J Martin.

At the annual meeting in May 1939 Colonel Gledstanes presided and was re-elected President. Other appointments; vice-president, Major W Stewart; captain, Rev. B Toal; ladies' captain, Mrs Stewart; hon. treasurer, E O Byrne; hon. secretary, T J McKee; committee - Mrs McDowell, Mrs Stewart, Miss Walsh, Miss M Stockdale, Rev. B Toal, Col. Gledstanes, Major Stewart, E O Byrne, J E Hackett, J Gallagher, T J McKee, W Clinging, J Johnston and R Logan.

Group picture in May 1939.

 

Clogher Golf Club, County Tyrone. Competitions on the Fardross course in May 1939.

Belfast Telegraph Wednesday 12th February 1936. Image © Independent News and Media PLC. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

Clogher Golf Club, County Tyrone. Result of  match played in June 1939.

From the Northern Whig Thursday 29th June 1939.

 

From 1940 to the clubs final appearance following WW2 the secretary was William A Dawson, Clogher, telephone 26. The professional was A Hobson and the green-keeper J Morrow. 9-holes, the club had a membership of 40. Course records, amateur R Stephens 32 and professional A Hobson 30. Visitors’ fees on introduction by member were 1/ 6 per day. No Sunday play. Local hotel was the Commercial. Station at Clogher quarter of a mile from the course.

The Google Map below shows the area around Fardross location of the later golf course.