Buncrana golf club Donegal

Buncrana golf course Donegal

Buncrana Golf Course

Buncrana Club Crest

The Course is situated overlooking the beautiful "White Strand" on the shores of Lough Swilly, this 9-hole course offers enjoyment to the highest handicaps yet presents a challenge to the most advance Golfers.

With the clubhouse development now complete the club is now in a position to cater for golf outings and offer basic catering facilities at reasonable rates. Anyone interested in playing in open competitions, booking an outing or becoming a member should contact the club at 074-9362279.

Green Fees Midweek: €15 (Ladies €10)
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €15
Green Fees with a Member: €15
Green Fees for Opens: €10
Practice Area: No
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: No
Soft Spikes: Yes
Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee: €333
Full Ladies Membership Fee: €232
Full Distance Membership Fee: €250
Course Type Links
No Holes 9
Members 266
Designer Nature
Founded 1951

Co. Donegal

Telephone 074-9362279
Email info@buncranagolfclub.com
Website Buncrana golf club website
Secretary/Manager: Francis McGrory
Captain: John Doherty
Lady Captain: Carol McDaid
President: Pius McFadden
Vice-Captain: Liam O'Donnell
Hon. Secretary: Francis McGrory
Club Pro: None
Hon. Treasurer: Gary Mc Laughlin
Comp. Secretary: Francis McGrory
Buncrana Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
*Please check information before travelling

General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: 8.30am to 9.00pm
Mobile phones: Not on course Dress Code: Neat and casual
Catering: No catering, facilities Days to Avoid: None
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Midweek & Weekends Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance

Buncrana Golf Club Fixtures 2018 provisional*

Open  & Major Fixtures 2017 (Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Captain's Drive-In Saturday 4 March   Closed 1
Captain's Prize to the Ladies
Friday 26 May   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Saturday 3 June
Sunday 4 June Closed 1
Captain's Prize Sunday 4 June
  Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize to the Men Monday 26 June Tuesday 27 June Closed 2
Lady Captain's Prize to the Men Tuesday 27 June   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize to the Juveniles
Wednesday 28 June   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Friday 30 June   Closed 1
President's Prize to the Ladies
Friday 7 July   Closed 1
President's Prize Saturday 15 July
Sunday 16 July Closed 2
President's Prize Sunday 16 July
  Closed 1
Vice-President's Prize Saturday 9 September Sunday 10 September Closed 2
Vice-President's Prize Sunday 10 September   Closed 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 11 March Sunday 12 March Open 2
Singles Stableford Sunday 12 March   Open 1
Singles Strokes Friday 17 March Sunday 19 March Open 3
Singles Strokes Saturday 18 March
Open 1
Singles Strokes Sunday 19 March   Open 1
4-Person Scramble Saturday 25 March   Open 2
4-Person Scramble Sunday 26 March   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 1 April Monday 3 April Open 2
Singles Stableford Sunday 2 April   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 8 April Sunday 9 April Open 2
Singles Stableford Sunday 9 April   Open 1
4-Person Rumble
Saturday 15 April
Monday 17 April Open 3
4-Person Rumble Sunday 16 April
  Open 1
4-Person Rumble Monday 17 April
  Open 1
Singles Strokes
Saturday 22 April Sunday 23 April Open 2
Singles Strokes Sunday 23 April   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 29 April
Monday 1 May Open 3
Singles Stableford Sunday 30 April
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Monday 1 May   Open 1
Declan Coughlan Memorial Strokes Saturday 6 May Sunday 7 May Open 2
Declan Coughlan Memorial Strokes Sunday 7 May   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 13 May Sunday 14 May Open 2
Singles Stableford Sunday 14 May   Open 1
Youth Development Singles Stableford
Saturday 20 May Sunday 21 May Open 2
Youth Development Singles Stableford Sunday 21 May   Open 1
Frank Callaghan Memorial Stableford Saturday 27 May Sunday 28 May Open 2
Frank Callaghan Memorial Stableford Sunday 28 May   Open 1
4-Person Team Scramble Saturday 10 June Sunday 11 June Open 2
4-Person Team Scramble Sunday 11 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 17 June Sunday 18 June Open 2
Singles Stableford Sunday 18 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 24 June Sunday 25 June Open 2
Singles Stableford Sunday 25 June   Open 1
Singles Strokes Saturday 1 July Sunday 2 July Open 2
Singles Strokes Sunday 2 July   Open 1
Start of Open Week Saturday 8 July Wednesday 12 July Open 6
4-Person Rumble Stableford Saturday 8 July Sunday 9 July Open


4-Person Rumble Stableford Sunday 9 July   Open 1
4-Person Team Scramble Monday 10 July Wednesday 12 July Open 3
4-Person Team Scramble Tuesday 11 July   Open 1
4-Person Team Scramble Wednesday 12 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 22 July Sunday 23 July Open 2
Singles Stableford Sunday 23 July   Open 1
Michael Fitzpatrick Memorial Strokes Saturday 29 July
Sunday 30 July Open 2
Michael Fitzpatrick Memorial Strokes Sunday 30 July
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 5 August Sunday 6 August Open 2
Singles Stableford Sunday 6 August   Open 1
3-Person Rumble Stableford Monday 7 August Wednesday 9 August Open 3
3-Person Rumble Stableford Tuesday 8 August   Open 1
3-Person Rumble Stableford Wednesday 9 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 12 August Sunday 13 August
Open 2
Singles Stableford Sunday 13 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 19 August Sunday 20 August Open 2
Singles Stableford Sunday 20 August   Open 1
4-Person Rumble Stableford Saturday 26 August Sunday 27 August Open 2
4-Person Rumble Stableford Sunday 27 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 2 September Sunday 3 September Open 2
Singles Stableford Sunday 3 September   Open 1
4-Person Scramble Saturday 28 October Monday 30 October Open 3
4-Person Scramble Sunday 29 October   Open 1
4-Person Scramble Monday 30 October   Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

White Par 66 SSS 65 4,865 yd's
Red Par 70 SSS 69 4,650 yd's


Name Hole No. White Par Index Red Par Index
The Gate 1 280 4 11 280 4 11
Strangor 2 159 3 13 159 3 13
The Valley 3 240 3 7 240 4 7
Black Rock 4 285 4 8 285 4 8
Milburn 5 487 5 4 434 5 4
The Pier 6 128 3 15 128 3 15
Centre 7 335 4 5 335 4 5
Calamity 8 357 4 1 357 5 1
The Colonel's 9 107 3 17 107 3 17
  Out 2,378 33   2,325 35  
The Gate 10 280 4 12 280 4 12
Stranagor 11 159 3 14 159 3 14
The Valley 12 240 3 8 240 4 8
Black Rock 13 285 4 10 285 4 10
Milburn 14 596 5 3 434 5 3
The Pier 15 128 3 16 128 3 16
Centre 16 335 4 6 335 4 6
Calamity 17 357 4 2 357 5 2
The Colonel's 18 107 3 18 107 3 18
  In 2,487 33   2,325 35  
  Total 4,865 66   4,650 70  
  SSS 65     69    

Members Achievements

Buncrana Golf Club Boy’s Under 16 team won the Donegal Youth Match Play Championship in 2015, when the team was Shane Dillon, Barry Doherty, Eanna Mc Laughlin, David Mc Ginley, Ciaran Bradley, Jack Duffy & Matthew Mc Dermott, they were Captained by Caolan McHugh, managed by Francis McGrory and the Juvenile Conveners were Kevin Mc Dermott, Oliver Doherty and Michelle Duffy.

Buncrana Golf Club Boy’s Under 16 team won the Donegal Youth Match Play Championship in 2013, when the team was, Caolan Mc Hugh, Shane Dillon, Shane Mc Clean, Craig Doherty, Matthew Stainsby, Jack Duffy and Ciaran Bradley, they were Captained by Tom Clare, managed by Francis McGrory and the Juvenile Conveners were Cormac Doherty, Michelle Duffy, Oliver Doherty and Mickey McCann.

Young Jack Duffy won the US Kids All-Ireland U-12 title in 2013 and their U-16 Juveniles won the Donegal Inter-Club Matchplay Championship in 2013.
The Team was Tom Clare, Craig Doherty, Jack Duffy, Shane Dillon, Matthew Stainsby, Ciaran Bradley & Caolan Mc Hugh. they were Manager by Francis Mc Grory and assisted by Oliver Doherty.

Oliver Doherty won a Special Olympic Gold Medal at Portmarnock Links Hotel and Golf Course in 2004.

Margaret McColgan and Pat Ferry qualified for the National Finals of Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ladies Golf Challenge at Druid Glen on 21st August 2001.

History of Buncrana

The Buncrana Golf Club has been in existence since 1890 and was formerly known as Buncrana Municipal Golf Club. In 1944 after the Buncrana Urban District Council purchased the property from the then English Landowner, the property was put in the trust of the Buncrana Municipal Golf Committee for the purpose of making Golf facilities available to the local community.

The Buncrana Municipal Golf Club was affiliated to the Golfing Union of Ireland in 1951 and in 1995 the name of the club was changed to the Buncrana Golf Club. The committee are in the process of researching the history of the golf course and history would show that golf was first played in the early 1800's, which would make the club the oldest 9-hole golf club in Ireland.

In the early 70's the members of the club at the time took it upon themselves to construct a clubhouse, as the premises they had at the time were very outdated. The premises at the time were constructed out of tin frame with a wooden finish internally and on stormy days the sand from the shore would blow through the premises.

Members in the early 70's constructed the then new clubhouse on a voluntary basis in their spare time, members like M. Fitzpatrick, J. Doherty (W), J. Longwill (B), D. Hegarty, J. McGrory, (L) N. Doherty (S), J. McGrory and H. Doherty. This is only a few of the names involved at the time but it was the dedication and resolve of these members that ensured the existence and continuance of the clubhouse and golf course in general.

Over the years the club was very fortunate to enlist the services of some very hard working committee members who maintained the clubhouse and course to a high standard. One of these members, who went on to become the clubhouse caretaker in latter years was Neil Doherty (Sonny) who done a tremendous amount of work for the club and its members. Unfortunately Neil had to retire in 2001, but the club was extremely lucky to secure the services of Jim Doherty (W) as caretaker. Jim has managed to maintain the friendly welcome, which is always on offer to members and visitors to the Buncrana Golf Club.

In the late 90's like their predecessors in the past, the committee and the members of the Buncrana Golf Club decided that the clubhouse was now too small and the time was now right to bring the clubhouse into the 21st century. Although the clubhouse was "state of the art" back in the 70's as time would have it the facilities were now outdated and in need of upgrading. The new development would consist of new locker rooms, shower rooms, reception, function room and kitchen.

After various applications for grant aid and the continued rejection by the Departments and Ministers involved, the committee and members set about raising their own funds. The club ran two very successful prize draws which were very well supported by the local community and surrounding area. These draws raised enough revenue for the club to contemplate the clubhouse extension/refurbishment and in September 2000 the development started.

It may have taken slightly longer than anticipated to complete this development but it is a tremendous achievement to the committee, members and local community. Throughout this development the club has managed to maintain operations and even extend its member base and cater for the visiting golfers to the area, which in itself is no mean feat.

The Buncrana Golf Club is community based golfing facility and is somewhat unique and different to other golf clubs as it offers a golfing facility to all at inexpensive rates. As a 9-hole course it caters for all types of golfers from the beginner to the most advanced and even boasts a Special Olympic Gold Medal Winner, in Mr. Oliver Doherty.

The Buncrana Golf Club has produced some very fine golfers, as a lot of juveniles are attracted by our juvenile policy. A lot of these juveniles remain with the club into later years and indeed help the club to various successes in inter-club competition.

The senior members of the club participate at inter-county and inter-club level and on their day they are formidable opposition for any club. Indeed the club has various successes at inter-club level by winning the Donegal senior-league and Donegal minor-league on various occasions.

There is some confusion about the origin of Buncrana golf club. The present clubs was formed in 1951. The Derry Journal, on 3rd July, 1891, states "The Ladies have not been forgotten in the arrangements, as immediately adjacent to the Railway Station, at Buncrana, an exceedingly good nine-hole course has been laid out." The Sportsman's Holiday Guide, 1897, reports "Northwest Ladies Golf Club". The links of this club are at Buncrana. The course is a nine-hole one, and a distance around, is about a mile and is of a very sporting nature. It is a natural one and the turf somewhat similar to the "Lisfannon Green".

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
Michael McLaughlin 1990 Men's Captain
Eddie Fitzpatrick 1990 President
Jean Fitzpatrick 1991 Ladies Captain
Alan Harkens 1991 Men's Captain
Eddie Fitzpatrick 1991 President
Bridie O'Donnell 1992 Ladies Captain
Sean Long 1992 Men's Captain
Eddie Fitzpatrick 1992 President
Margaret McNutt 1993 Ladies Captain
Martin McLaughlin 1993 Men's Captain
John McCracken 1993 President
Margaret McColgan 1994 Ladies Captain
Brian Grant 1994 Men's Captain
John McCracken 1994 President
Anna Irwin 1995 Ladies Captain
Eddie Fitzpatrick 1995 Men's Captain
John McCracken 1995 President
Pat Ferry 1996 Ladies Captain
James I. Doherty 1996 Men's Captain
Sean Long 1996 President
Evelyn Nelson 1997 Ladies Captain
John McCracken 1997 Men's Captain
Sean Long 1997 President
Mary Campbell 1998 Ladies Captain
James S. Doherty 1998 Men's Captain
Tony Gill 1998 President
Mary Flanagan 1998 Ladies Captain
Des McBride 1998 Men's Captain
Tony Gill 1998 President
Nuala Mallon 2000 Ladies Captain
Cormac Doherty 2000 Men's Captain
James S. Doherty 2000 President
Caroline Lavelle 2001 Ladies Captain
P. J. Hallinan 2001 Men's Captain
James S. Doherty 2001 President
Mrs. Eileen Moyne 2002 Ladies Captain
Liam McColgan 2002 Men's Captain
James Doherty 2002 President
Evlyn Nelson 2003 Ladies Captain
Denis Doherty 2003 Men's Captain
James Doherty 2003 President
Anne Deeney 2004 Ladies Captain
Frankie Fletcher 2004 Men's Captain
James Doherty 2004 President
Helen White 2005 Ladies Captain
Paul Eccles 2005 Men's Captain
P. J. Hallinan 2005 President
Jonnae Harkin 2006 Ladies Captain
Gerry McLaughlin 2006 Men's Captain
P. J. Hallinan 2006 President
Sheila Reid 2007 Ladies Captain
Jim Fletcher 2007 Men's Captain
Liam McColgan 2007 President
Pascal Gallanagh 2008 Ladies Captain
Oliver Doherty 2008 Men's Captain
Brian Grant 2008 President
Threasa McCrudden 2009 Ladies Captain
Brian Griffin 2009 Men's Captain
Brian Grant 2009 President
Helen Gallanagh 2010 Ladies Captain
Shaun Devlin 2010 Men's Captain
Brian Grant 2010 President
Moya Doherty 2011 Ladies Captain
Liam Lynch 2011 Men's Captain
Paul Eccles 2011 President
Marian Simpson 2012 Ladies Captain
Daniel Lynch 2012 Men's Captain
Paul Eccles 2012 President
Evelyn Smith
2013 Ladies Captain
Kevin Mc Dermott 2013 Men's Captain
Paul Eccles 2013 President
Deborah McElhinney 2014 Ladies Captain
Ciaran McLaughlin 2014 Men's Captain
Jim Fletcher 2014 President
Margaret McAteer 2015 Ladies Captain
Robert Callaghan 2015 Men's Captain
Jim Fletcher 2015 President
Michelle Duffy
2016 Ladies Captain
Hugh Doherty 2016 Men's Captain
Jim Fletcher 2016 President
Carol McDaid
2017 Ladies Captain
John Doherty 2017 Men's Captain
Pius McFadden 2017 President
 Margaret McColgan 2017 Lowest Ladies H'cap
Pauric O'Flaherty (2.7)
2017 Lowest Men's H'cap

Holes in One at Buncrana

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Cormac Doherty 5 May 1997 2nd   145 m
P. J. Hallinan 5 April 1998 6th   128 m
Owen Doherty 12 December 1998 2nd   145 m
Daniel Kearney 17 March 1999 3rd Albatross 240 m
Kevin McCrudden 8 August 1999 9th   95 m
Anthony McFadden 9 April 2000 2nd   145 m
James Longwill 9 April 2000 15th   128 m
James Bradley 30 August 2000 9th   87 m
Derek Smith 31 August 2000 9th   95 m
Harry Coyle 24 September 2000 15th   128 m
Kevin Cooley 30 September 2000 9th   95 m
Paul Brown 1 October 2000 2nd   159 m
Philip Gallivan 7 October 2000 2nd   159 m
Mark Fletcher 20 November 2000 2nd   159 m
Liam Burns 14 January 2001 6th   128 m
Gary McLaughlin 2 February 2001 11th   159 m
Michael Fitzpatrick 19 March 2001 11th   159 m
Jude Campbell 22 April 2001 11th   159 m
Brian Grant 22 April 2001 2nd   159 m
Damien Doherty 2 June 2001 9th   95 m
Daniel McDaid 16 June 2001 11th   159 m
Mark McLaughlin 24 June 2001 15th   128 m
Jim Fletcher 22 September 2001 6th   128 m
Pauric Og O'Flaherty 3 November 2001 2nd   159 m
David McLaughlin 23 October 2005 6th   128 m
Daniel P. O'Brien 12 February 2006 11th   95 m
Jason Lynch 24 June 2006 9th   95 m
Anthony McFadden 4 November 2006 6th   128 m