On Tuesday 12 November Kilrea Golf Club celebrated its centenary with the launch of a new book charting the history of the club since its opening on 13 November 1919. Written by the historian and longstanding club member, Russell Rees, the book analyses Kilrea Golf Club’s growth during the 1920s before describing its struggle for survival during the Great Depression of the early 1930s. A brief relocation to a new venue was not a success, and the club returned to the original layout on the Rough Hills in 1937. The author explained to a large audience of members, past members and interested locals that the club’s early success was built on the resourcefulness and determination of the Founders allied to the extraordinarily dry nature of the soil on the Rough Hills.
The book is dedicated to the memory of two former club stalwarts, Miss Marion Lennox and Mr William Craig. At the launch Pearl Hutchinson spoke movingly about Marion, while Gordon Craig recalled his father William’s great interest in Kilrea Golf Club.
The book is available for purchase at the clubhouse. Price £14.99.