During the summer of 1999 a group of people namely,
had various discussions as to the viability of forming a Golf Society, the purpose of which was to play a number of outings during the year. It was decided to test the water and a few outings to Par 3 golf courses were held during that summer. The group were overwhelmed by the interest in the society and decided to put it on a proper footing. It was agreed that the Society would be called Ballygarrett Golf Society. A number of people were approached to join the new society and notices were put in the local newspapers seeking members
On 20th October 1999 the First Annual General Meeting of Ballygarrett Golf Society was held in the Schooner and the following is an extract from the local papers as well as the first results of the society first official outing.
A new golf society has been formed in Ballygarrett, the society which is open to both male, females and juveniles held their first outing (turkey competition) at Ballymoney Golf course on Saturday 20/11/99.
There was a great turnout and the following were the winners
The presentation of prizes took place that evening in the Schooner bar were also the first inaugural meeting of the society was held. The following officers were elected.
The real work began after that meeting, a constitution for the society was devised and is still in force to this date.
The next issue to be decided was the all important issue of the Crest for the society, this was the cause of long debates and it was decided to use the Church bells as the crest of the society and it is proudly displayed by our members on their polo shirts and windbreakers.
Membership of the society is open to both male and female who live or have lived in the Ballygarrett area, as Ballygarrett is a tourist hot spot with many people having holiday homes membership is also open to them. When the society started it had approximately 25 members, it now boasts 45 members.
Sponsors were our next problem and our members didn't let us down then, to the following we thank them for their generosity and support in getting the society to were it is today.
The sponsors for 2013 are:
The Schooner, Main Street Ballygarrett, is the "Clubhouse" for the Ballygarrett Golfing Society. This establishment is a firm favourite with the members of the Ballygarrett Golf Society. The proprietor Jim Kehoe generously supports the Society throughout the year.
The Schooner is situated in the village of Ballygarrett. Its local business compliments its surroundings. Tea time drinking is a speciality with locals, many of them society members, dropping in most evenings after work. The Schooner is open 7 days a week. So if you're passing through Ballygarrett Village drop in for a visit, Jim and his staff will be delighted to look after you.