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Shanes Park Golf Club, Randalstown, County Antrim. (1890 - WW2)

Founded in 1890.

A 9-hole course situated in Shanes Castle demesne. The turf was mossy and dry and kept short by grazing. Hazards were trees, roads, railings, drains, ditches and a burn utilised three times. The greens were slow but good. The station at Randalstown was ½ mile away, 1 mile in later years. Local hotel was McCauleys.

In May 1897 the annual open competition for the Captain’s Prize was held at the Shanes Park Golf Club. In the final were H Armytage-Moore and J Cowan (Antrim,) the former winning by 2&1. Mr Armytage-Moore was a prominent member of Antrim and Saintfield Golf Club (now defunct.)

In 1902 the Secretary was H Webb, Ranaldstown and the professional J Rea. Amateur record holder was H Webb with a score of 70.

Below is the result of a match played at Toome Golf Club (now defunct) in May 1910.

Toome Golf Club   Randalstown Golf Club   
Rev. R C Elliott (4&2) 1 F Webb 0
Rev. G J Clemens 0 Dr. Nesbitt (4&3) 1
J Black (2&1) 1 Dr. McKee 0
J Marshall 0  G Moore 0
C Adamson (2&1) 1 Rev. T J Forsyth   0
W J Kernohan 0 H Houston (3&2)
R Corry 0 W Murphy (2&1)
W Ellis 0 G Sloan (5&4) 
J Grant 0 W Speedie (4&3)  1
  3   5

In 1914 the secretary was C V H Nesbitt M.D the professional was still J Rea. There was a membership of 31. There was no entry fee. Subs for gents were 10/- and ladies 5/-. Visitors’ fees on introduction were 1/- a day, 2/6 a week and 5/- a month. There was no Sunday play. The station was ½ mile away.

Shanes Park Golf Club was revived in 1923 when the secretary was W Murphy and the greenkeeper D McNally. Visitors’ fees were now 1/- a day, 5/- a week and 10/- a month.

From 1926 and in to the 1930s the secretary was F W Roberts, Northern Bank, Randalstown, telephone 10.

The professional was W Lavenden and the greenkeeper T McCormick. Membership during this period was about 100 and the S.S.S was 64. The station at Randalstown was now listed as being  1 mile away.

In 1940 and 1947 the secretary was W Bryant, Northern Bank, Randalstown and the greenkeeper H Adaiar. 9 holes with a S.S.S of 66 and a membership of 65.  Visitors’ fees were unchanged, Sunday play was not allowed.

Shanes Park Golf Club had disappeared by 1951.