Ballyliffin Golf Club
Golden Jubilee Commerative Booklet 1947 - 1997
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I hit my first golf ball on Ballyliffin Links on 24th September, 1954. The late Niall P. O'Doherty, my boss, gave me a 7 iron and a half dozen golf balls and told me to keep hitting them untill got the hang of it .
I decided golf wasn't for me, I had other fish to fry. It was 1957 before I became a member. As members' we brought our own lawn mowers each Saturday to cut greens and tees; the fairways didn't need cutting because of the grazing. The Strand Hotel was our Clubhouse where we met for competitions, meetings and social occasions.
I had the honour of being Captain in 1971/1972 which coincided with the playing of the second 9-holes of the 'New Course' for the first time. Rev. Thornton, Buncrana won my Captains Prize from an entry of 88 competitors. A number of years later I assumed the role of Honorary Secretary.
Nowadays my golf is a daily, leisurely stroll when my mind is filled with memories of matches, won, halved and lost, of wonderful people and immeasurable happiness from this fantastic club.
"From little acorns do giant oaks blossom". The great oak that is Ballyliffin Golf Club is now the mightiest in the forest! What an honour it is to be one of the foresters.
Mr Tom Cannon