Inter - Club Results and Fixtures

The Barton Shield team won last Friday against Dunmurry. The home pair had a 4 up lead with 2 holes to play and in the away leg the match was all square, meaning Cairndhu could not be beaten. It was also great to welcome Michael Abram back to the club who was representing Dunmurry after recently moving to Belfast. Team: Marc McKinstry, Ryan Long, Brian Galway, Nicholas McClay.

The Holt Shield team took 5 points from the first fixture against Rockmount. There was 1 win and 2 half matches gained at home, and 1 half match away. Team: Matt Hyslop, Gordon Best, Andy Beatty, Andy King, Simon King, Connor Weir.

The Jimmy Bruen team and Fred Perry team are playing this Sunday with the matches split between Greenisland and Faughan Valley respectively. All support is appreciated as always!

The 'Club Team Captains' section of our website will be kept up to date with fixture dates as they are announced

Brian Galway Lands Top 6 Finish in Munster Seniors Championship

Well done to member Brian Galway who had a superb top 6 finish in the Munster Seniors Championship at Tipperary Golf Club.

Brian shot rounds of 73 and 74 for an aggregate total of 147 (+3).

This also meant that Brian finished 2nd in the age 50 - 54 category.

Scoreboard is in the link here

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Northern Ireland Open - Round 2 Summary

The final round of the NI Open took place on Tuesday 15th June. Again conditions were dry with sunny spells, with a testing breeze for most of the days play. The wind had switched from day 1, with the opening tee shot off our 10th now being played into the stiff breeze and off the left. Again this meant the opening 3 holes (10th, 11th 12th) played tough. However birdies were possible on holes now playing somewhat downwind, such as the 16th, 17th, 18th, 4th, 7th and 9th. Our 9th being played as the final hole provided great drama.

The ladies section was a thrilling tight affair all day with the lead changing hands multiple times. The overnight leader Sarah Gee got off to a tough start and as they got into the back 9 Heather MacRae led by 1 from Thalia Martin. Both players navigated the breezy final 9 holes (our front 9) tidily, and as Thalia got to the final tee she was tied for the lead with Heather, both players on +12. A superb long drive by Thalia into the greenside bunker left the opportunity to get up and down for a winning birdie. Despite a tricky stance, Thalia played a superb shot which glanced the hole on the way past, leaving a 3 footer down the hill for the win, which she duly holed. Thalia now takes the place in the LPGA/LET sanctioned ISPS Handa World Invitational at Galgorm on the 29th of July

The mens section produced some thrilling golf. Morgan Jackson and Bailey Gill both shot great final rounds of 71 to finish in a tie for 6th with Richard Kilpatrick on 144 (+4). Robert Prior, who shot a fine even par 70, and Adam Winter, who completed two solid rounds, rounded out the top 10 on 145 (+5). Overnight leaders Conor O'Rourke and John Murphy got off to steady starts on the tricky opening holes. John then produced a truly stunning run of golf which perhaps was the key to the tournament. He went birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie from the tough 15th onwards, which gave him a 5 shot lead going into the final 9 holes. Dermot McElroy birdied the last hole, in a clutch final 9 holes of 2 under, to set the clubhouse target at 139 (-1). Liam Grehan also birdied the last to join Dermot on 139 (-1). Out on the course, with John birdieing the 4th to maintain his lead, JR Galbraith and Conor O'Rourke were battling for the second spot at the World invitational. An inspirational chip in by JR on the 5th for birdie, coupled with a double bogey by Conor on the 6th after going long and left with his tee shot, gave JR a 2 shot cushion over Conor. However a cruel lip out on the 7th for JR, and pars for both men on the 8th, meant that both JR and Conor had to birdie the last to join the playoff for second spot. JR unfortunately lost his drive out of bounds left and Conor's putt just slid by the hole, meaning that they finished just outside the playoff. John Murphy meanwhile curled in a superb putt on the last for another birdie and a 4 shot win on 135 (-5), the only player to post both rounds under par. With 11 birdies and an eagle, it was a great start to his professional career for the Kinsale man. The last act to be decided was the second male spot in the ISPS Handa World Invitational, in a sudden death playoff between Dermot and Liam. Both parred the 9th first time around, so it was back to the tee. Second time around, Dermot produced a great curling clutch putt from 15 feet for birdie, to win the playoff.

The final leaderboard can be seen here

Good luck to Thalia, John and Dermot in the ISPS Handa World Invitational which takes place on the 29th of July

Thanks go to all members for giving up their course for 2 days, the volunteers who marshalled, spotted balls, caddied, drove buggies, manned the driving range, the greens team for having the course in superb condition, the bar staff, Pro Shop and catering for working long days, the Clutch Tour for bringing the event to our great course, and the players for travelling to play. With only 4 players at par or better after the two days, it was great to see Cairndhu provide a stern but fair test for the competitors.

As always, our members were a credit to our club. From welcoming the players, volunteering, greeting the tour officials, watching the golf on the course, and supporting the bar, there were so many positive comments about the great welcome that the players and tour received. Thanks again for supporting the event and making it a success. Lets hope we can make it happen again next year and even bigger and better.

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Northern Ireland Open - Round 1 Summary

Round 1 of the 2021 Northern Ireland Open took place in dry but breezy conditions. With the players starting on the 10th the opening holes, known as Cairndhu's 'Amen Corner', proved a tough start with the 10th and 12th playing into the wind off the right. Once through the 12th, scoring opportunities became more plentiful and the day saw a number of eagles and birdies as well as bogeys and worse.

James Mack made the early running turning in 35 (-1) before eventually signing for a 73 (+3). 7 players shot 72 (+2) and will be hoping for a big move on Tuesday. With the breezy conditions perhaps suiting the Irish players, the leaderboard at the end of the day was dominated by local players. Brendan McCarroll and Liam Grehan shot 70 (E) to lie withing striking distance of the lead going into day 2, alongside Scotsman Chris Doak (E). Banbridge's Richard Kilkpatrick, a regular player in our annual PGA Pro Am, returned an excellent round of 69 (-1), which included eagles at the par 5 14th and par 4 4th. Ballymena's Dermot McElroy fired 3 birdies in his round of 69 (-1). JR Galbraith from Whitehead made an explosive start, birdieing all 3 of the fearsome Amen Corner 10th, 11th and 12th, a feat that surely has rarely been done before, and played the back 9 in 31 (-5). JR eventually signed for an excellent round of 68 (-2). The leaders at the end of the day were recent Walker Cup team member John Murphy, and Conor Rourke. Both players shot superb 67's (-3), with John firing 6 birdies and Conor firing 5 birdies. This is Murphy's first event since turning professional. The Kinsale man recently impressed in the Walker Cup played in Seminole, USA, and has the benefit of some local knowledge as a team mate of our own Marc McKinstry in the 2016 Irish Boys team. O'Rourke is coming off some impressive recent performances on the Challenge Tour and has previously performed excellently on the Alps Tour.

In the ladies scoring section, Sarah Gee made a birdie 2 on the tricky 13th and leads by 1 shot from Thalia Martin, with Jess Adams and Heather MacCrae a further 1 shot behind. It will be a thrilling conclusion to the ladies event, with only 4 shots seperating the top 6 players vying for the all important 1 spot in the ISPS Handa event.

The forecast for the final round is similar to day one, with a fresh breeze, however it looks like the breeze may switch direction, which should pose an interesting challenge to the players. It was good to see Cairndhu hold up as a stern challenge on day 1, with the course receiving plenty of positive comments from the competitors. Lets hope for a thrilling conclusion to the mens and ladies events and plenty of birdies!

The ladies leaders tee off at 10.50.
The male leaders tee off at 12.55.

Live scoring can be followed here

NI Open Tee Times

Tee times for the NI Open are now out and can be seen in this link

You will also be able to follow live scoring on this link

Feature on Mid and East Antrim Borough Poster

Please see the link below for a good feature on the club in one of the latest Mid and East Antrim Borough releases.

Visit for more information like this.

Divot Filling Team Volunteering on Friday 11th June

There will be a divot filling party carrying out divot repairs on the fairways this Friday morning, from 8.30 am.

If anyone can volunteer to assist Vinnie and team, please come along on Friday morning. No experience required!

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Upcoming Events and Christmas Party Nights

Details of our upcoming party nights have been added to the Entertainment section of the website here

Saturday 29th August: Antrim Coast Half Marathon After Party featuring Fishermans Friends
Saturday 16th October: Pink tribute featuring Alicia Karr
Saturday 4th December: Christmas Tapas Party, with live entertainment
Saturday 11th December: Gareth Brooks tribute with 3 course meal
Saturday 18th December: Tina Turner tribute with 3 course meal

Please contact 02828583324, or contact the Cairndhu social media pages to book your tickets. Please see the posters for details of the bonuses for booking before the end of August!

Euro Football at Cairndhu

We will be showing the European Championship football in the Bar this summer, starting on Friday 11th June.

Pints will be £3 during selected games, other drinks offers will be available. Please ask the Bar Steward for further information of what is on offer.

Please come along and enjoy the atmosphere in the Clubhouse!

Locker Rooms and New Trolley Store are now open

As per the latest Golf Ireland guidelines the locker rooms and trolley store are now open again.

If you have booked a space in the new trolley store then please consult the notice board in the Pro Shop to see the space that you have been allocated. Entry is via the new ramp at the back of the building.

Thank you for your patience as we work with the guidelines outlined by Golf Ireland.

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Northern Ireland Open Update - 7th June

We are only a week away from the Northern Ireland Open and ISPS Handa Qualifier at Cairndhu on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th June. Please come along, enjoy the two days golf and enhance the experience and profile of Cairndhu.

The Clutch Tour have created this stunning video of the club, please take a look and like and share

The event will be over 36 holes, with a two tee start. Tee times will be confirmed shortly.

To allow for course preparation and practice, the course will be closed to non-competitors on the following times:
-Saturday 12th June 16.30 onwards
-Sunday 13th June 11.00 onwards
-Monday 14th June - all day
-Tuesday 15th June - all day

Spectators are limited to members, and members guests. Each member can bring an unlimited number of guests. The main bar and conservatory bar will be open, as well as an outdoor refreshment tent.

NI OPEN logo Cairndhu jumpers and t shirts will be available to purchase in the Pro Shop.

Please follow ClutchProTour, Modest!Golf, and ISPSHandWorldInvitational on all social media platforms to get all the updates and footage from the event.

The lane and clubhouse carparks are closed for competitors, staff and officials only. The Bob Walker Room is a players lounge for competitors only.

Members will be issued with a car parking pass on BRS email, which will allow them to park at the upper car park in Carnfunnock.

There will be a practice area in the main field at Carnfunnock, as well as the usual 3rd valley and 8th.

Please adhere to any advice given by the volunteers and volunteer marshalls present during the event.

Inter - Club Results and Fixtures

The Junior Cup team lost last Sunday to Ballyclare. 1 home match resulted in a narrow loss, with 2 away losses. The other matches were called in on the 17th and 21st holes. Good luck to Ballyclare in the next round. Team: Matt Hyslop, Niall McGoldrick, Andrew Little, Connor Weir, Andrew Beattie.

The Fred Daly team lost to a strong Lisburn side on Sunday. All matches were won by the Lisburn player. Despite the loss this was excellent matchplay experience gained for our developing young side. Good luck to Lisburn in the next round. Team: Sean Murphy, Ryan Marcus, Lewis Harrison, Jonathon Russell, Oliver Clarke.

The Barton Shield team and the Holt Shield team are both playing this Friday evening (11th June). Matches are split between Dunmurry and Rockmount respectively. All support is appreciated as always!

The 'Club Team Captains' section of our website will be kept up to date with fixture dates as they are announced

Club Teams in Action This Weekend #UpTheDhu

The Junior Cup team plays Ballyclare this Sunday the 30th of May. Team Captain is Gareth Owen. The team got to the Ulster Final last year to finish as Ulster runners up, so will be hopeful to go one better this year.

Home tee off is at 14.50

Ballyclare tee off is at 14.20

All support welcome as always!

A reminder of the Golf Ireland Spectator Guidelines is below:
*Golf Ireland welcomes spectators to all of its Competitions. To ensure that all players feel
comfortable on the course and enjoy their game these guidelines should be observed:
i) Walk in rough & maintain a distance of at least 25 yards from players
ii) Acknowledge good shots by all players equally
iii) Do not give advice or interact with players
iv) Do not give Rulings or call Penalties on players
v) Do not disturb the play of others by moving or making noise
vi) Be aware of the players in the groups behind
vii) Do not move a player’s bag as this may be construed as caddying. Breaches of these
guidelines may be reported to the Tournament Office.
viii) Always be alert to incoming ball flights, irrespective of positioning relative to the
line of play. In this regard it is essential to be aware of play and activity in front of and
Spectators attending Golf Ireland competitions assume full responsibility for all belongings
carried onto the competition site, and for their personal safety with particular regard to 4
viii) above.

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Northern Ireland Open Update - 27th May

The team have mowed the large field at Carnfunnock, which will be used as a practice area for the upcoming Northern Ireland Open tournament.

Following discussions with the Clutch Tour, it has become apparent that there will indeed be opportunities for club members to work as caddies. Potential caddies will be required to be on site on Sunday for the practice round, as well as the Monday and Tuesday of the tournament. If you wish to caddie please contact Paul Stinson on

Some extra golf buggies will be required for the duration of the event, for tournament officials and rules officials to use, and also to provide a transport service from the club to the practice range. If you would be willing to let your buggy be used during this time, please let the buggy convenor Tony Watts know.

Restaurant and Catering Now Open

We are delighted to announce that our restaurant and catering services are now back open.

Please take a look at our menus by clicking on the links below.

Members can avail of discount on food and drinks purchased using your social card.

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Clubhouse and Bar Open Monday 24th May

The Clubhouse and indoor Bar are open from Monday May 24th.

The Restaurant and catering facilities are open from Tuesday 25th.

Lets hope that this is the last 're-opening'.

We can't wait to have you back. Please follow all guidelines and keep an eye on emails for re-opening protocols.

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Hole in One!

Congratulations to Jeffrey Withers who had a Hole in One on the 6th in the Baine Trophy.

Well done from all at Cairndhu.

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Course Update 20th May

Last week the team addressed the lower limbs of trees on the 15th and other holes. This will allow more airflow through the area, lead to less time looking for balls, and allow for more creative recovery shots, while still punishing wayward tee shots. The ivy in the undergrowth was also cut away.

The tops of some whin bushes were cut to regenerate new growth.

Fertiliser was applied to the greens in anticipation of some rain in the latter part of this week. Several of the greens will be overseeded on Tuesday next week with a specialist piece of machinery and operator.

With a couple of very wet mornings, some indoor work was completed, such as a fresh coat of paint on the flagpole!

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NI Open Clothing Orders Required by 31st May

Cairndhu NI Open logo Oscar Jacobson jumpers and t shirts are available to order in the Pro Shop

Please place your order by May 31st to allow these to be ordered and delivered promptly.

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Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Clutch Tour Visit

We recently met with Clutch Pro Tour, organisers of the NI Open and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, in preparation for the tournament next month. We look forward to hosting the event which will provide international exposure for Northern Ireland as a premium golf destination.

#NIMadeForGolf #EmbraceAGiantSpirit

Weekly Schedule

The Saturday competitions catch up as a result of Covid has now been completed, so we are into our 'normal' sort of weekly schedule for the next while.

Junior competitions will start once the school holidays begin, these are usually on a Monday and Friday.

Note that certain tee times on certain days are for competition competitors only, please follow guidance issued by Match and Handicap and book all tee times through BRS.

We would like to thank members for their continuing strong support for our club competitions.

A normal week at the minute generally looks like this:

- Gents and Seniors OPEN stableford competition - open to visitors - green tees
- 9 hole Hat competition - can play any time during day - open to all members - green / red tees
- Ladies competition day
- Gents competition day - white tees
- Stableford competition - open to all members - green / red tees
- Inter - Club matches generally played on a Sunday afternoon if possible

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Distance markers re-painted and back on the course

The distance markers in the fairway, and at each tee, have been re-painted and are now back on the course. Strokesavers / yardage books and range finders are available in the Pro Shop

We are also thankful to member Matt Hyslop and the team at Allister Moore Welding Supplies for the design and manufacture of the excellent covid safe flagstick accessories. Matt has made over 20 of these for the club in the last year.

Check out Allister Moore Welding Supplies here:

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Northern Ireland Open Cairndhu T Shirts and Jumpers are now available to order in the Pro Shop

Please place your order through the Pro Shop.

There will be a deadline for placing orders to ensure that the items arrive in time for the tournament, so please order as soon as possible.

Club Matchplay Results Process

The Club V1 Members App is now available to update the Club Matchplay Events.

See the link below to download a simple guide to help guide you through the process of reporting results.

The ClubV1 guide is also in the link below, and further down this Club News section of the website.

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Course Update 10th May

Pencil tining is being carried out on several of the greens today.

We plan to overseed the greens this week, but we need soil temperatures to rise a degree or two.
If soil temperature drops below 9 degrees, it can get too cold for regular grass seed to grow. The ideal soil temperature for grass seed germination is 9-12 degrees and just like any seed, grass seed needs the right conditions, with warmth and moisture the key to germination.

As shown, we are currently reading an average soil temperature of 9.9c but getting colder at night, so not ideal.

It's not all grass cutting, it takes a lot of maintenance and expertise to keep the machinery running
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New Club Crested Items Available in the Pro Shop

New club crested items in the Pro Shop include belts, hats, head covers, suit covers, jumpers, t shirts and much more.

You can also purchase framed prints of some of the scenic views from the course, please ask the Club Pro for details.

Holt Shield 2021 Information

Some information on the Holt Shield has now been released. Please see below and the link here

Eligibility: Handicap Index of 4.5 or higher at 1st January 2021.
A player whose Handicap Index is reduced to 4.0, even before he has played a match, is still eligible to compete. A player is no longer eligible to compete in 2021 if his Handicap Index is reduced at any time below 4.0.
Order: Ties in the Group Stage should be played in the order shown under Draw & Sections/Fixtures & Results on the website.
3+3 : In the Group Stage, Last 16, Quarter Finals & Semi Finals three matches will be played at one club and three matches at the other club, on the same day, ideally at the same time.
In the event of a tie in the Last 16, Quarter Finals or Semi Finals, then sudden-death tie holes should be played by the last-named players on the team sheet at the “away” venue. The first-named team on the draw on the website are considered to be the “home” team, the second-named team are considered to be the “away” team.
It is hoped that subject to restrictions prevailing at the time, the Final can be played on the usual 5-man/2 leg home & away basis.

Club Matchplay Draws Are Now Available on HowDidIDo

Please view the matchplay draws on HowDidIDo and the ClubV1 Members Hub / the website Members Area

You will also have received an email with details of the draw, and also the contact details of your opponent where available.

Good luck to all!

Reminder to enter the Club Matchplays by Sunday 2nd May

Club Matchplay
Entry to the 2021 club matchplay events are now available in the Pro Shop. Closing date 2nd May

- Gents Singles individual - Sir William Browne Trophy - Entry is £4. Holder: Steven McCourt
- Gents Fourball betterball - Emil Thompson Trophy - £6 per pair. Holders: Niall McGoldrick & Neil Gorman
- Gents Foursomes - Kirkpatrick Cup - £6 per pair. Holders: Marc McKinstry & Andrew Little
- Mixed Foursomes - John Craig Salvers - £6 per pair. Holders: Kate Mellor & Oliver Mulvenna

These are played off the white tees (mixed is off red tees on even holes), with handicap allowances. Draw will be made after closing date. Once the draw is made you are free to schedule your match for any time. There will be deadlines for when each round needs to be played in order for the competitions to finish before the end of the season.

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Course Update 29th April

Verti-Cutting has commenced on all greens.

This removes lateral growth and any top layer of thatch build up in the soil profile.

It also invigorates the growth.

Non-Members Can Play Golf from 30th April

Members' Guests and Visitors can now play from Friday 30th April.

Tee times can be booked through the Pro Shop on 02828583324 or on the website through the Visitor Booking link at the top of the page.

Green fees are shown on the Visitors section of this website. As shown there are significant green fee savings for playing with a member and for GUI/Golf Ireland card holders.

Outdoor Bar Open from Friday 30th April

Outdoor bar service starts on Friday 30th April

Opening Times:
Monday - Friday 1pm to 7pm
Saturday / Sunday 11am to 7pm

Looking forward to seeing you there for a drink or a coffee!

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Course Update April 21st

The steps leading up to the 5th tee have now been repaired and updated with a great new look. Thanks to Jonny, and our recently appointed apprentice Rhys, for working on this project.

The greens were fertilised last Saturday evening ahead of the projected overnight rain which duly arrived.

During the rest of this week, the course will be sprayed with chemicals for daisies.

A light top dressing of fine sand is also going to be applied to the greens.

On Tuesday 27th the green staff will be carrying out verticutting of the greens.There will be some disruption to people playing that day. Please give greenstaff right of way as this is essential part of routine work needed to be carried out.

2021 Inter Club Draws Are Now Available

Please see the draws in the link here

The Club Team Captains page on our website will be kept up to date with the dates for matches progress of each team

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Free Pitch Mark Repairers Are Available in the Pro Shop

Our Course Convenor has kindly donated a large number of pitch mark repairers for our members. These are available in the Pro Shop.

If you haven't got one, or didn't get one already at the weekend, please ask our Club Professional for one free of charge.

Quality club crest branded pitch mark repairers and ball marker sets are also available to purchase, a great long lasting tool to have or to give as a gift.

Please endeavor to fix your own pitch mark, and any other pitch marks you see on the greens. This will help the Green Staff and give us better putting surfaces for all.

A couple of guides to fixing pitch marks on greens are shown below:

Club Matchplay Competitions and the Wednesday 9 Hole Hat

Club Matchplay
Entry to the 2021 club matchplay events are now available in the Pro Shop. Closing date 2nd May

- Gents Singles individual - Sir William Browne Trophy - Entry is £4. Holder: Steven McCourt
- Gents Fourball betterball - Emil Thompson Trophy - £6 per pair. Holders: Niall McGoldrick & Neil Gorman
- Gents Foursomes - Kirkpatrick Cup - £6 per pair. Holders: Marc McKinstry & Andrew Little
- Mixed Foursomes - John Craig Salvers - £6 per pair. Holders: Kate Mellor & Oliver Mulvenna

These are played off the white tees (mixed is off red tees on even holes), with handicap allowances. Draw will be made after closing date. Once the draw is made you are free to schedule your match for any time. There will be deadlines for when each round needs to be played in order for the competitions to finish before the end of the season.

The Wednesday 9 Hole Hat Competition

The hat starts Wednesday 21st April. This is a 9 hole relaxed social competition for all members. Play with different members and get to know new people!

-Every Wednesday
-Front 9, stableford scoring
-Green/red tees
-Can play at any time of the day
-Prizes for 1,2,3, 1st over 60s, 1st ladies, 1st juvenile
-'Top dog' prize for best 10 scores over the year
- Play in 5 hats throughout the year to qualify for the Hat Finals Day, where there will be great prizes up for grabs
- For the hat, if you win, you are cut 2 shots for the next week, and 1 shot if you are 2nd. This handicap adjustment is only for the hat
- Scoring administered through HowDidIDo

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World Handicap System Boards Now on 1st Tees

The World Handicap System information boards are now up at the 1st tees. The information for white and green tees is on the fence behind the 1st tee, and the information for the red tees is on the back of the 1st tee sign for the red tees.

Thanks to Match and Handicap for the work in getting these made and put up.

These will be used for competitions and for matchplay where there is an allowance for handicaps.

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Bar Open Outside from Friday 30th April

After today's (15th April) Executive announcement, we will be able to have an outdoor bar from Friday 30th April.

The bar indoors will be permitted from Monday 24th May.

Keep an eye out for more information on the finer details as and when we get further information.

Can't wait to have you back!

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Course Update - April

Our thanks go to the Course Manager and Greenstaff team for the condition of the course for our return to golf.

The plans for April and into the start of May are as follows:
- Top-dressing of all the tees with sand.
- Apply a pesticide on all greens, surrounds and certain outfield areas to combat Leatherjacket invasion.
- Apply a selective herbicide to eradicate weeds (mainly daisies) on the fairways and tees.
- Pencil tine the greens near the end of the month and apply a light coating of smooth finishing sand as a top-dressing.
- Apply a liquid fertiliser on all the greens. Overnight rain was forecast on the 17th, so fertiliser was applied to the greens on the evening of Saturday 17th in advance of the rain.
- Erect the new practice net as soon as it arrives.
- Create a chipping area near the practice net.
- The mowing regime will as always take priority and obviously weather conditions will determine when some of the above tasks can be addressed.

The ground on the right of the 15th fairway and within a landing area from the tee is very wet and numerous balls are being plugged and lost. We investigated the area and subsequently realised that drainage was the only option. We had the digger on loan for other tasks and it was decided to address the problems on the 15th too. Main drains with offshoots have been excavated, piped and are being stoned to alleviate the problems. Through time we can add further offshoots if necessary.

In addition we would like to welcome Mr Alan Knox as acting Course Convenor until the AGM can take place.

Can all members please endeavor to fix their own pitchmark and any other pitchmarks visible on the greens.

Playing Conditions and Competition Information

From Monday 12th April 4balls are now allowed again. Thank you for your patience with the 2balls only.

Upcoming competitions have been added to the fixture lists on BRS and HowDidIDo.

Guidance on competition rules for our initial return to competitive golf, and how to record competition scores, has been emailed to all members on 7th April. This document is also available on the 2021 Competition Info documents section within the Members Area / ClubV1 Member Hub.

Going forward BRS will be released at 7pm each Friday as usual.

Cup Winners 2020

As we didn't get to have our annual prizegiving night, below is a list of the cups and trophy winners in 2020

Mens Winner Ladies Winer
Boys Cup Houston Saunderson CarNet Cup Debbie Grimes
John McGavock Anthony Rolston McClay Cup Anne Lennon
CarNet Stableford Michael Robinson Helen Bonugli Cup Angela McConkey
Bob Walker Memorial Matthew Hyslop Dr Wilson Cup Laura Maguire
McMurtry Salvers Marc McKinstry Professionals Cup Laura Maguire
Coronation Cup Paul Johnston McMurtry Salver Ruth Maguire
HMS Antrim Nicholas McClay O2 Cup Ruth Maguire
Larne Harbour Trophy Euan Thomson Veterans & Townsend Thorenson Cup Beverley Moore
Fred Daly Memorial Jonathan McKnight Veterans & Townsend Thorenson Cup Laura Maguire
Baine Trophy Brian Galway Veterans Cup Debbie Grimes
Syd McIlroy Seniors Cup Alan Knox Turkey Competition Lilian Starrett
McEwan Cup Alex Kincaid    
PGA Tankard Bryan Wilson    
Johnston Cup Matthew Hyslop    
Alex Donaldson Memorial Brendan Rolston    
Esler Trophy Marc McKinstry    
Foster Trophy Connor Weir    
Moore Trophy Wilson Lilley    
Barton Cup Philip McCrae    
Paul Hunter Memorial Charlie Robinson    
Moore Stephens Trophy Michael Beggs    
Emil Thompson Fourball Neil Gorman & Niall McGoldrick    
Coronation Cup n/a    

Members Area New Documents

A guide for members with information on the NI Open has been uploaded onto the Members' Area.

The Golf Ireland 2021 Inter Club handicap information document can also be found in the Members' Area.

Council meeting minutes are now uploaded up to and including November 2020. Convenor reports are uploaded up to December 2020.

A new members' information pack and a membership application form to download are also on there.

These can all be found under Club -> Documents.

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Return to Golf Update - 3 Days To Go

We return to golf on Thursday 1st April! Please take the time to read the Golf Ireland protocol here

A reminder that if you book on BRS as a 3ball, from 3 different households, 1 player will be required to play the opposite 9 holes. You could also join up with a 3ball / 1 ball on BRS before arriving at the course. There will be Rangers on course to assist the Pro Shop and to help members to adhere to the protocol. Please make this easier for the volunteer Rangers by not playing in groups which are not permitted by the protocol. This is only for a short period, it is expected (but not confirmed) that we will be allowed 4balls from the 12th of April. Thank you for your patience.

BRS is open for tee times for the period from 1st to 11th April. Can all members please check your emails from Wednesday 24th March as information on the BRS tee time booking process has be sent to all members. There are 2 emails to read. The focus has been getting as many members as possible playing during this initial period.

The Office is open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am to 3pm. This will allow those members who have yet to make arrangements to pay their fees to do so. Payment options are available.

Phone: 02828 583324


Can all members please try and register for the website Members Area. This can be done using the Members Area link at the top right of the website, or through the standalone ClubV1 Members Hub smartphone app. There is a ClubV1 and HowDidIDo set up and log in guide further down the page on this Club News section of the website. There will be useful information uploaded to the Members Area that is not available elsewhere.

Return to Golf Update

BRS will open at 7 PM on Thursday 25th March. This is for tee times for the period from 1st to 11th April.

Can all members please check your emails from Wednesday 24th March as information on the BRS tee time booking process has be sent to all members. There are 2 emails to read. The focus has been getting as many members as possible playing during this initial period.

The Office is open on Thursday and Friday from 9am to 3pm. This will allow those members who have yet to make arrangements to pay their fees to do so. Payment options are available.

Phone: 02828 583324


Please take the time to read the Golf Ireland protocol here

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Guinea Fowl released into the wild

The Guinea Fowl that were raised in the biodiversity area on the right hand side of the 16th have now been released into the wild. The insect and seed eating, ground-nesting birds resemble partridges, but with featherless heads. There have also been regular sightings of Red Squirells in the trees near the 16th. If you see the Guinea Fowl, Red Squirells or any other interesting wildlife, please feel free to take a photo and tag our social media pages.

Northern Ireland Sports Sustainability Fund Update

Full information is in the link here;Golf%20Ireland%20HQ;Club%20Support

Sport Northern Ireland has announced the allocation of £4.2m in funding for golf clubs as part of the Northern Ireland Sports Sustainability Fund.

The fund’s purpose is to help address the economic consequences of the COVID-19 health pandemic effecting the sports sector. It aims to provide the financial interventions needed to stabilise and withstand the worst impacts of COVID-19.

Eligible sports clubs were invited to apply for funding, via the National Governing Bodies, at the end of 2020 and to be considered for funding, applicants must have met the criteria and conditions set out by Sport NI. Applications closed in January 2021 and Sport NI then began the process of verifying the applications received.

Club Office Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday this week

The Club Office is open on Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23rd, Thursday 24th and Friday 25th this week

Hours are 9am - 3pm

Phone: 02828 583324


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Course Update During Lockdown

Course maintenance is continuing at pace driven by our Course Manager Vinny Magill and team of Trevor Tweed and Jonny Corken. Huge thanks to the staff for their efforts and skill under challenging conditions. We are also looking into the possibility of taking on board an apprentice to join the team as part of their Greenmount college education. This will also tie in with and benefit from the recently announced Government support available for the hiring of apprentices.

The greens required more aeration so a pencil tine has been applied. They will then be top dressed with fine sand with the sand luted in by hand. An application of insecticide to combat leatherjackets will be applied and also an application of low nitrogen fertiliser.

The bunkers have been rotovated to a fine tilth. A light top dressing of rough sand will be applied to the tees. The mowing schedule will continue and spraying of fairways for weed control etc will be addressed at an appropriate time.

Other tasks such as the steps on the 13th tee and the fence behind the 1st tee will be completed amongst others.

The latest winter was the wettest on record since we started measuring for the Met Office in 1996, leaving the soil profile cold and somewhat waterlogged.

The gardening team are working every Monday morning on areas such as planting, wood clearing and tidying. Anyone wishing to help volunteer please do not hesitate to join them at around 9am on a Monday morning!

As mentioned in previous correspondance, any members who wish to express ideas on areas of course and buildings development and improvement, please do not hesitate to contact Vincent Lennon or the Course Convenor.

The Golf Course will Re-Open on Thursday 1 April

After todays NI Executive announcement (on the 16th March) the course will re open on Thursday 1 April.

Further details will be announced by Golf Ireland and communicated to members once we know them. We have been advised that the Golf Ireland protocol document will be received on Friday 19th.

Once this protocol has been reviewed, information on tee time booking arrangements will be communicated to all members. No tee times booked in the mean time will be valid until we know the playing protocols laid out by Golf Ireland.

It is anticipated that phase 1 of the return to golf will be members only. Those who have paid or have made arrangements to pay membership fees will have access to BRS.

The Club Office is open on Mondays and Fridays to facilitate payment of membership fees or make arrangements to pay membership fees e.g. by setting up a monthly standing order. It is also planned that the Office will be open on Tuesday 23rd and Thursday 25th of March.

If any member is in need of information relating to existing payment methods please contact the Club Office or a member of council who will be able to assist.

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Cairndhu confirmed as 2021 NI Open Venue in addition to the 2021 ISPS HANDA World Invitational Qualifier

As part of the 2021 ISPS HANDA World Invitational presented by Modest! Golf, this year’s Northern Ireland Open will take place at one of Antrim’s most scenic venues at Cairndhu Golf Club and is part of the UK and Ireland’s Clutch Pro Tour.

Qualifying status for ISPS HANDA World Invitational brings further player and economic benefits. See link here

For over a decade the NI Open has been played at Galgorm where this year’s ISPS HANDA World Invitational will take place from July 28 – August 1, 2021. This year the NI Open moves to Cairndhu where men and women professionals will have the chance to win a place at the ISPS HANDA World Invitational through this dedicated qualifying event.

The 36-hole strokeplay event will take place on June 14-15 where men and women professionals compete for a £10,000 prize fund as a Clutch Tour event and also have the chance to compete alongside European Tour, LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour (LET) players. For full details on how to enter please visit

“I am so delighted that we are able to offer a qualifying event for the ISPS HANDA World Invitational in partnership with the Clutch Pro Tour,” explained Niall Horan, owner Modest! Golf, who also support the Clutch Pro Tour.

“Modest! Golf continually provide opportunities for the next generation of golfer and we hope this year’s NI Open provides golfers with a route to compete and qualify for one of the most exciting and unique events on the LPGA, LET and European Tour schedule.”

As part of the wider reach of the internationally acclaimed ISPS HANDA World Invitational, the NI Open brings further economic benefits to the local area and also showcases another great golfing location within the borough.

“I am delighted that the excellent facilities at Cairndhu will play host to some of the game’s leading professionals for the NI Open on June 14-15, which will further showcase Mid and East Antrim, and all that our borough has to offer,” said Councillor Peter Johnston, Mayor Mid & East Antrim Borough Council.

“The last 12 months have been challenging for us all so it is very positive news that we can look forward to brighter days ahead, with the return of such a significant sporting event and the ISPS HANDA World Invitational at Galgorm from July 29 to August 1.

“It is a very welcome development to see the NI Open expand across the borough so that we can increase the reach, benefits and exposure that the event affords us in terms of supporting our local tourism industry and wider economy, while also supporting the local sporting fraternity.

“Council is delighted to work closely with the event organisers, and we remain very hopeful that the restrictions will be sufficiently relaxed to allow spectators and visitors to enjoy the tournaments when the time comes.”

The NI Open will follow government guidelines and further details on spectators will be announced in due course.

The NI Open is another great opportunity for men and women professionals across the island of Ireland and the UK to not only compete in an established event, but also progress to a global event like the ISPS HANDA World Invitational that will be broadcast around the world.

“I am thrilled that that the NI Open as a professional qualifying event for the ISPS HANDA World Invitational is coming to Cairndhu Golf Club,” said Sandra Conlan, Cairndhu Lady Captain.

“I look forward to welcoming all the competitors that will compete in the Clutch Tour event – especially the lady professionals – to experience our hidden gem of a course on the beautiful East Antrim Coast where they will enjoy two great days of golf.”

David Johnston, Cairndhu Club Captain, added: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome the NI Open as this year’s qualifying event for the ISPS HANDA World Invitational to Cairndhu Golf Club, and to play a part in driving the game forward with an event that provides equality and inclusivity.”

“I hope in hosting the NI Open, we will have the opportunity to showcase our course, the stunning scenery and our world-famous hospitality.”

Keep an eye on he tournament build up using the link here

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Congratulations to Laura Maguire and our Ladies Section

Congratulations to Laura Maguire for being named 2nd in Ulster and our Ladies Section for being named 4th in the latest My Golf Ranking update!

Golf Ireland 2021 Inter Club Fixtures Update

Golf Ireland have released some further details of the schedule in 2021 in the link here

Some notable takeaways:
- The draws for inter-club competitions will be conducted by Golf Ireland’s four Regions over the next fortnight, and published later this month, with the intention of commencing no earlier than the middle of May, subject to public health restrictions.
- This season’s inter-club competitions will see a return of the foursomes format to events that have traditionally been played in such a way, with special safety measures to be communicated to competitors in advance of the start of the competitions.

Course Update During 2021 Lockdown - 9th March

As the staff are on the flexible furlough scheme we have been able to take advantage of the breaks in the wet weather and cut the course at short notice.

All 18 greens were fertilised this week. This will allow a light top dressing. The greens will subsequently show a vast improvement 2 weeks from now.

In anticipation of being allowed to re-open, all Greenstaff will be working from Monday 15th and all areas of the course will be attended to. This will be the first time in 12 months that we have had the full team together.

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Gardening Team Update

With the arrival of March the Gardening Team were able to get back to work. Some of the work planned and being carried out is detailed below:

- Entrance Feature/area adjacent to 17th green: Remove hydrangea. Transplant to area beside 17th green & adjacent to steps to 18th tee. Purchase of azalea plants.
- 8th Tee Box: Weed/tidy 8th flowerbed. Add bark. Possible laying of octagonal mesh.
- Area beside bell at 13th tee: Remove stumps, stones etc. Dig. Add soil. Plant with ground cover and colourful plants. Eg. Begonia.
- 11th tee: Cut debris. Continued enhancement. G/S to hire chipper to clear debris. Vinnie to plant wildflowers. Continued maintenance.
- Beech trees at front of clubhouse: Trees cut down and chipped to provide bark for beds etc. Future decision on replacement arrangement.
- Junior Locker Room: Create flowerbed around flagpole. Lay slabs along wall.
- Maintaining beds at 1st, 4th, 6th, conservatory, carpark: Group to work together in weeding named beds. Removing plants/bulbs for over-wintering etc.
- Area beside 6th tee and driveway: Clear area behind old winter tee at 6th & remove ivy from trees. Project by G/S to carry out extensive clearance. Possible wildflower planting.
- Strimming at back of 12th green, 1st tee etc: Bed edging. Purchase battery powered strimmer to be stored with gardeners’ equipment.
- 5th tee box: Stain surrounding area with creosote. Whins cut back by G/S. Rocky area beside buggy path planted.
- Tree branches adjacent to 7th tee: Remove lower branches from smaller trees adjacent to 7th tee to give better line of sight from road.
- Kiln area behind 9th green: Develop this area by adding more soil, planting more plants.

This information is also available in further detail in the ClubV1 members area under member documents

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Cairndhu Development Committee Update

Last year the Council created a sub-committee to look at ways of improving the club's facilities and by doing so try to increase income in the future. This committee was called the Development Committee. Under the Chairmanship of Vice Captain, Vince Lennon, committee members Paul Beattie, Gary Brennan, Jim Campbell, Cyndy Hay, Bobby Lyttle, Paul Stinson and Roy Webb have looked at many aspects of the club and divided the target areas into the Clubhouse and surrounding area, and the Course. Work identified to date is as follows:

-Drainage on 8th Fairway
-Drainage across the 5th and 7th Fairways
-Drainage across 17th 14th 13th Fairways
-Drainage down the 6th hole
-New Tee boxes or Tee box extensions on 1st 4th 14th and 16th
-Water Feature on 9th short left of the green

*Full maps of the proposed drainage for holes 5 to 8 are in the ClubV1 members area*

Clubhouse and Surrounding Area
-Carry out essential Maintenance/repairs to Ballroom Fire Escape
-Creation of access ramp to new Trolley Store at the back of the Juvenile Locker Room
-Partial or complete demolition of existing trolley room which is no longer fit for purpose
-Repair of pot-holes on the Entrance Lane and Car Parks
-Conversion of the Television Room to a Members Bar
-Turning the existing Bar and Function Room into one area with a movable partition further down the Function Room

These are the initial areas proposed to be addressed in a what will be a five year plan - it is anticipated that other areas will be added as we progress.

The first areas to be addressed in relation to Clubhouse and surrounding area will be the fire escape and the access ramp to the new trolley room. The fire escape is a requirement that will have to be addressed before we are allowed to open the clubhouse again. Similarly the moving of the trolley store is essential to ensure the health and safety of the membership as the old facility is no longer fit for purpose.

Moving onto the course. Given the increasing amount of rain that has fallen in recent winters and the fact that there are parts of the course that are sodden which have never been wet before, drainage has become imperative. The initial areas to be drained this year, as soon as we can get the necessary equipment onto the course, will be across the 8th across the 5th and 7th and down the 6th. More accurate detail is shown in the attached maps and diagrams.

These cross ditches have been sited, in consultation with our head green keeper Vinny Magill, to ensure maximum catchment within the wettest areas. They will remain as open drains. The reasons for this are twofold: (i) covered drains have a defined life span after which they collapse, open drains, if properly maintained, will exist and function far longer; (ii) the open drains can be defined as water hazards which will impact on the playability of the hole as well as adding character to the relevant holes.

The irony with putting these open drains in is that we are completely at the mercy of the weather. We need a significant dry spell to enable us to get the necessary equipment onto the course to create the drains and this is totally impossible at present.

Another time issue with these drains is the ISPS Handa World Invitational qualifying event at Cairndhu in June. There will have to be a “cut-off” date after which the work cannot be done as the course would not recover in time. If the work is not done by this date it will be carried out at the end of the season.

With the above in mind, it has now been decided to carry out the major drainage work at the end of the 2021 golfing season, in order for the course to be in the best condition for our members during this season. Other course improvements which require less heavy machinery and will not impact the condition of the playing areas of the course will now be brought forward if possible.

As mentioned, this is a five year plan and the list of work identified above is not exhaustive. To try and give members a form of ownership in this the Committee is open to, and welcomes, suggestions from members as to future activities.

So please consider this content and the accompanying maps etc. and put your minds to other projects for the future.

Cairndhu Development Committee Update - PDF Map

Please use the link below to download the map of the planned work on holes 5 to 8

Cairndhu Development Committee Update - Images
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Smartphone Apps to Download

Smart phone apps to download:
📆 BRS - book tee times
🏆 HowDidIDo - competition results and statistics
📰 ClubV1 - members documents and social card balance (same log in as HDID)
⛳ Rules of Golf

Inter - Club Competitions 2021

Cairndhu has entered the following inter - club competitions in 2021. Any changes to team captains for 2021 will be updated on this website as soon as they are known. Lets hope the pandemic situation allows these to go ahead as planned.

Men's Senior Cup
Men's Junior Cup
Men's Barton Shield
Men's Jimmy Bruen Shield
Men's Pierce Purcell Shield
Men's All-Ireland Four - Ball
Men's Belfast and District Cup
Men's Ulster Cup
Fred Perry Trophy - Senior Men
Max Hadden Trophy - Club Captains
Mixed Foursomes
Boys Inter-Club
Fred Daly Trophy
Boys Foursomes

Details of the new handicap criteria for each team can be found on the link here . The document has also been uploaded to our Club V1 Members Area for members to view and download

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Two Hole in Ones recorded in a week

Amazingly, after re-opening from lockdown, two hole in ones were recorded in the space of a week.

Anne Lennon (2nd hole) and Alexander Reid (11th) both scored an ace to kick off the 2020 summer season.

Luckily for both, with the Bar closed, this was probably the cheapest hole in one you can ever get. Well done to both players

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Junior Locker Room refurbishment complete

In 2020 the Junior Locker Room refurbishment project was completed. Thanks to all who either helped raise funds or took part in the project. This is a great upgrade to this facility and one which will used by hopefully an increased number of Junior boy and girl members in the future.

Membership Fees 5% reduction - Club Office open normal hours on Friday 29 January to facilitate payment

The Club Office will be open normal hours on Friday 29th January to facilitate members who wish to pay their fees via telephone or bank transfer for 2020/21. Fees paid before the end of January will receive the 5% reduction and be entered into the draw for free membership in 2022.

Inter - Club Competitions 2021 Update

Golf Ireland have released details on how the new World Handicap System impacts Inter - Club competitions. There have been some changes to the handicap criteria for certain competitions. Details of the new handicap criteria for each team can be found on the link here

The document has also been uploaded to our Club V1 Members Area for members to view and download

COVID 19 Update

The golf course, Bar and Restaurant closed for 6 weeks on Friday 25th December 2020

This has now been extended until 5th March 2021

Fingers crossed for a positive outcome of any reviews and that we can get back playing golf earlier than currently anticipated

Please keep an eye on your emails for BRS email information regarding the measures and guidelines in place

Many thanks for all your help and cooperation at this unprecedented time and please stay safe

Membership Fees - 5% Reduction on Subscriptions paid before 31st January

Due to the forthcoming Covid restrictions, the club will be closing from close of business on Christmas Eve; the office being closed from close of business Wednesday 23rd December.

In view of these restrictions, the Council has decided to extend the 5% reduction (including entry into the draw for free membership) until the 31st January 2021 for this year.

This is not only in recognition of the Covid restrictions, but also the ongoing support from the membership.

It is anticipated, but yet to be confirmed, that the office will open for a limited period every Friday during January to accept payment of fees. Alternatively members can pay their fees directly to the club's bank account

The Pro Shop Christmas Prize Draw Results

Powakaddy winner - Roy Webb

Fourball at Headfort winner - Paul Beatty

Cairndhu top winner - Martin Lewis

Golf balls winner - Stephen Montgomery

Thank you to everyone who supported the draw and the Pro Shop throughout 2020

Members Area Access on New Website

To access the members area on the new website all members will need to set up access to ClubV1

Please use the guide below

In the members area you can view Club Council Meeting Minutes, you can check your Social Card balance and transactions and much more

Please note ClubV1 can be accessed through a web browser so a smart phone is not a requirement to use ClubV1 members area

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World Handicap System Course Rating

The course rating for Cairndhu is now available using the link here

Information sheets have also been placed in the locker room area

Please refer to email communication by Match and Handicap on how to use this going forward

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Nick Dougherty Visits Cairndhu

We recently had the pleasure of hosting European Tour winner and Sky Sports Golf presenter Nick Dougherty as part of a partnership with Discover Northern Ireland. Nick filmed several Tee Time Tip videos on the course, which he published on his social media channels. A lovely visit from a great bloke.

Follow Nick on Instagram on his Instagram page here

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Cairndhu Members Marshall at The Open at Royal Portrush

Thanks to all the members who volunteered to marshall at The Open at Royal Portrush.

It was one of the best weeks ever seen in Northern Ireland and it was fantastic to play a part in it.

The team steadfastly marshalled the 8th hole all week and a small group also got to marshall the 18th hole on Championship Sunday.

Pictured are some of the team on the 18th hole just after Shane Lowry has holed the winning putt, and with 2020 US Open Champion Bryson DeChambeau.

ClubV1 and HowDidIDo set up and log in

ClubV1 and HowDidIDo set up and log in

All members will need to register on the system. This is in order to run competitions following our move to ClubSystems. You will also notice a range of useful extra features that the system provides, such as hole by hole statistics.

To get set up please follow the steps below:
1. Navigate to or download the smartphone app (the app has an orange and white logo)
2. Register using an email address that you have access to and create a password
3. Look for the activation email in your inbox and then follow the steps. Note that if you encounter issues entering post code then post code can be ignored
4. Select Cairndhu Golf Club from the list of clubs and search for your name to link the account
——if you cannot see your name, try putting the year you joined after your surname and a space, e.g ‘Stenson 2016’ or ‘Rahm 2014’ (Try a few years if unsure)
——if you still cannot see your name and you are a new member your handicap may not have been finalised yet. Please ensure that the relevant scorecards have been returned
5. In the top right corner of the app there is a menu to click on which will allow you to see results, your handicap etc.
6. In addition members can also download the ClubV1 Members Hub app (app has an orange, white and grey logo). Use the email address and password you have created for HowDidiDo to log into this app.