Golfing Union of Ireland celebrates 125th anniversary

​12 October, 2016 marks the 125th anniversary for the Golfing Union of Ireland.

  • 12 October 2016
Caption: A display of the GUI's Past Presidents from the GUI Museum

On the day that it was founded, the Golfing Union of Ireland celebrates its 125th anniversary.

Founded in 1891, the birth of the GUI brought about the world’s first golfing union. Nine clubs came together on that seminal October day to lay the foundations for future generations.

All but one of those nine remain to this day. Royal Belfast, Dungannon, Royal County Down, Ballycastle, Portsalon, Buncrana, Royal Portrush, Killymoon and Aughnacloy came together to form the GUI on 12 October, 1891.

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At the time of the GUI’s foundation, there were 28 greens (as clubs were known at the time) dotted around the island. Currently, there are 414 member-clubs of the GUI and Ireland boasts many of the world’s greatest courses not to mention so many great players.

Most recently, the Ireland senior men’s team took home a medal from the World Amateur Team Championships (Eisenhower Trophy) for the first time. Winning bronze in Mexico marked another milestone for golf in Ireland just as the GUI celebrates a major anniversary.