Pre COVID and prior to hosting the NI Open , Cairndhu played host to a 2 day Pro Am in August each year. The Pro Am was an established PGA ranking competition and was one of few 2 day events on the circuit, attracting the top Irish PGA Professionals.
Teams of 3 amateurs are paired up with a PGA Professional, with the best 2 stableford points scores counting at each hole. The event was often held on a Friday and Saturday, and there was often evening entertainment on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights as well as a prizegiving. The skills clinic taken by a PGA Professional on the Thursday night was always well attended.
The last PGA Pro-Am's results hosted in 2019 can be found in the link here https://pgaireland.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/pgaireland19/event/pgaireland1940/contest/4/leaderboard.htm
1976 saw the club’s first tentative steps into the world of the Pro Am. This first Pro Am, however, was to be the catalyst for the biggest event in the club’s history in 1981. The three-day Pro Am in 1981 drew a field from all over the world including Major champions Nick Price and Ian Woosnam, and European Tour winners Roger Davis, Mark McNulty, Simon Owen, John O’Leary, Des Smyth and Christy O’Connor (Jnr). In recent years European Tour winner Damien McGrane and 1995 Ryder Cup hero Phillip Walton have made appearances.
2023 will see the return of a Pro-Am, as Cairndhu will host the NI Open Pro-Am on 18th June, as part of the NI Swing Event hosted by Modest Golf, that will include the NI Masters at Clandeboye, on 14th - 16th June and the NI Open at Galgorm Castle. The total swing purse for over the 3 venues will be £165,000 and be ranked as an Official DP World & LPGA Tour Qualifier.