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Bantry Golf Club, County Cork. (1890s - WW2)

First appeared in the 1890s the course was on Chapel Island, ten minutes by rowing boat from the pier. The club was mainly for the officers of the Guard Ship HMS Dreadnought.

A later club was founded in 1901 when the secretary was J E Keene, Harbour View House. The course, of nine-holes, was situated at Gurteenroe, there was a membership of 50.

Following is from the Cork Examiner Tuesday 30th March 1909. “The Bantry Club have opened new links a mile from Bantry. They were laid out by J Brown, professional, Cork Golf Club. The view of Bantry Bay as seen from them is superb. An inter-club match was played on St Patrick’s Day against the Skibbereen club, and resulted in a win for Bantry. On Wednesday 24th of March a stroke competition for valuable prizes (for ladies and gentlemen) was kindly provided by the Captain of the Club, Mr E F L Ellis, Mr J E Keane won first prize, Rev R H Hadden second prize; Mrs Nicholls first prize for ladies, and Mrs Nance second prize. A competition for a challenge cup presented to the by Admiral Stokes Rees C.B., R.N., will be played for next month. Visitors if introduced by a member pay 1s a day.” 

At the time of WW1 the course location was stated to be “close to Bantry railway station” 

In 1923 the secretary was E E Leigh White, Bantry House, Bantry.

The secretary from 1924 to the clubs closure was P J Coakley, Newtown, Bantry and the greenkeeper J Driscoll. A 9 hole course with a membership of 50. Visitors’ fees were 2/- a day and Sunday play was allowed. The railway station at Bantry was 1 mile away. Local hotels, Cantys and McCarthys.

Bantry Golf Club had disappeared by 1951.

The Google Map below pinpoints the location of the former railway station which was one mile from the golf course. If anyone can help with the exact location of the course please “Contact Us” via the website homepage.