Ardglass Golf Club

Ardglass, Co. Down

Ardglass Golf Club was formed on the 28th June 1896 by a group of men who met in the stables, which at that time were located at the rear of the present Clubhouse. The beginning was quite humble, seven holes laid out on some 20 acres of ground, consisting largely of the Lower Downs which were rented from Audrey De Vere Beaucleck, the landlord of the Ardglass Estate. Progress was rapid and within two years, the club was renting both the Upper and Lower Downs which led to the completion of nine holes. It was not until 1970 when, with the purchase of more land, it was extended to 18 holes.

Over the years, the Club has produced many distinguished exponents of the game. Hugh Shaw, the Captain of 1897, was a distinguished ambassador of golf, who, in his day, won many prestigious amateur events in Ireland and Scotland. John Hamill, a native of Ardglass, learned his golf here and became one of the earliest golf professionals in Ireland. The pinnacle of achievements from the home-grown players was that of Alfie Lowe (President of Ardglass Golf Club 1967 - 1975), who won the Irish Open in 1922. In more recent times, the club has seen the emergence of several fine amateur players such as Jack McEvoy, Ciaran Fitzsimons, Robert Hutton and Gary Hamill.

With its castles and tower houses, Ardglass retains much of its medieval glory, and indeed one of the castles has been adapted as the clubhouse.

Archaeological evidence suggests that this building was a 14th century, fortified warehouse, where imported goods such as silks, wines and other goods were stored.

Without doubt, the visitor to Ardglass Golf Club will be struck by a unique combination of a challenging course, an area of outstanding beauty and a numinous atmosphere of history and romance.

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At a Glance

  • 5776 yds
  • Spectacular cliff top holes.

Our Take

The course begins with no less than six spectacular holes laid out atop the cliffs, directly over-looking the sea -- raw, rocky and dramatic. On the back nine, some spectacular holes are snuck in with tee boxes cantilevered out over the sea.