Eighteen holes were first built at Clandeboye Golf Club in 1933, designed by local linen merchant William Renwick Robinson. Later on, this layout was split in two, with the second nine original holes to the south of the clubhouse retained and nine new holes added to form the Ava. The Dufferin was fashioned by carrying out a similar operation with the original first nine.
In the book Hooked, author Kevin Markham has this to say about the Ava: “the course is seriously tight in places, it is wickedly short and greens are small, The landscape also moves more [than the Dufferin]. You will find plenty of blind shots.and some decent carries are required over gorse. Several holes are ‘hit and hope’ but that makes them no less exhilarating.
It really is the kind of golf that demands common sense because you see so little of the holes. They can bend around corners, banks and trees, over gorse or uphill – or all three. You have the violent fairways that can flick your ball away without you seeing it, so a flashing drive can wreak havoc... It’s the quirkiness that makes this a fun course to play.”