Junior Section Information

Helen’s Bay is the ideal start to golf and perfect course to get those scoring shots perfected. 

The club runs regular junior events for children aged between 7 and 18. Children with no golf experience are very welcome to start their golfing careers at probably the best 9 hole course in Ireland (official top 5 at last count!).

We encourage all our Junior members to get involved in a safe,  secure and  social environment. The biggest goal is making sure the children ENJOY THE GAME  and have fun with the rest of our Junior section and wider club membership.

Beginners will be guided to get 'course ready' by our resident professional Gareth Graham. Once ready they progress to a 'Short Course' 4 hole competition. The 4 hole competitors always have dedicate parental supervision while on the course. We enjoy watching the children progress from the beginner stage into Short 9, Long 9 and 18 hole competitions.

The Junior Committee will be entering teams into GUI and other locally organised competitions in 2020 and  arrange regular club and inter-club matches.

If you would like to get involved or find out more information please call the office, or drop in Friday morning, Saturday or Sunday afternoons over the summer months.

Juniors - Summer Playing Schedule

Friday and Sunday Competition Schedule

18 hole & Long 9 competitions Fridays @ 9am - played as GUI qualifiers using club computers - another introduction to senior golf.

Short 9 & Short 4 competitions Sundays @ 2pm

Starting from Friday 5th July junior competitions will run until the end of August.

Our beginners and improves play on Sundays and once they have a playing handicap can progress to play in the main Friday events.

Summer Junior Coaching Programme

With PGA Professional Gareth Graham

We are delighted to start a weekly junior coaching program with our club professional Gareth Graham. We hope to see many of our beginners develop their skills and take this into the weekly competitions.

Gareth also runs a driving range in Groomsport with first class coaching facilities. Please visit his website for more information: http://www.groomsportgolfcentre.co.uk

Prize Winners Section

We capture many photos over the season with delighted juniors receiving prizes. Please keep an eye out for updates over eh summer months...


September Sunday 15th 1 pm

October Sunday 20th 1 pm - Olive Shields Halloween Trophy

November Sunday 17th 1 pm

December Sunday 29th 1 pm - Olive Shields Christmas Competition

Olive Shields Adult/Junior Foursomes

Sunday August 19th 2018

n perfect conditions a packed field of golfers of all ages comprising 64 Juniors, Parents, Grandparents, Uncles, Aunts, Friends and members of the Junior Committee took to the course to play for the ever popular Olive Shields Adult/Junior Foursomes Trophy on August 19th 2018, a new record for the Junior Section.

When introducing Olive to the huge family gathering following High Tea – eight-five plus ate together that evening – Junior Manager Mervyn Davison, told all that Olive started the Competition in 1988 in her year as Lady Captain of Helen’s Bay GC and there were some names on the winners list who are now golf professionals – quite a record. 

  • 1st Niamh Branigan & her uncle, Chris Branigan 25 pts 
  • 2nd Ben McCord and his Dad, Alan 22 pts
  • 3rd Matthew Magee and his Dad, Gareth 21 pts  

Sincere thanks to Olive for her generosity to the Junior Section over some 20 years now from all Juniors & the Junior Committee

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