North West golf club Donegal

North West golf course Donegal

North West Golf Course

North West Club Crest

The North West Golf Club is a fine links course located between the coastline of Lough Swilly and the picturesque Mouldy Mountains. Designed by Thompson at 6,314 metres with a par-70 and a standard scratch to match. The holes are varied, with many sandy knolls and undulating lies, but a generally flat.

The club boasts a modern, newly refurbished clubhouse, with bar and excellent catering with wonderful views of the "Lake of Shadows" to the devil's backbone of the Killalla Hills. It has a proud history in Irish golf as being one of the founder members of the GUI and producing winners of the Irish Open Champions and International Captain of the Irish Amateur Team.

The visitor is assured of a friendly welcome at North West and a golf experience you will never forget.

Rosapenna's Old Tom Morris was voted the No. 99-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2016 (New);

Green Fees Midweek: €25
Green Fees Weekends & B.H. €30
Green Fees with a Member Midweek: €20
Green Fees with a Member Weekends & B. H.: €25
Green Fees for Opens: €18/21
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: €15
Yes
Buggy Hire: €25
Yes
Soft Spikes: No
Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee: €550
Full Junior Membership Fee: €80
Full Beginners Membership Fee: €237
Full Ladies Beginners Membership Fee: €248
Course Type Links
No Holes 18
Members 478
Designer Thompson
Founded 1891
Address

Lisfannon,
Buncranna,
Co. Donegal

Telephone 074-9361027
Email secretary@northwestgolfclub.com
Website North West golf club website
Secretary/Manager Joe McGinley
Captain: John Craig
Lady Captain: Eileen Quigley
Presidents': Frank McHale & Eileen Moyne 
Vice-Captains': Sean McLaughlin & Anne McCloskey 
Hon. Secretary: Joe McGinley & Margaret O'Hea
Club Pro: Shop 074-9361715
Hon. Treasurer: Chris Neff & Roisin Williamson
Comp. Secretary: Stewart McGinley & Maureen Cassidy 
North West Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
Lat:55.093033
Long:-7.488361
*Please check information before travelling

General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: 1.30pm to 12.00pm
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering, facilities Days to Avoid: Weekends
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Midweek Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance

North West Golf Club Fixtures 2017 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2017 (Confirmed)        
Event* Start Finish Type Duration
Captains' Drive-In Sunday 19 March   Closed 1
Captain's Prize to the Ladies
Wednesday 5 July   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Saturday 8 July   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Saturday 15 July   Closed 1
Lady President's Prize Wednesday 26 July
  Closed 1
President's Prize Saturday 19 August   Closed 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Friday 12 January   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Friday 16 February   Open 1
Singles Stableford Friday 17 March   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 18 March
  Open 1
Fourball Stableford Tuesday 21 March   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 28 March   Open 1
Swilly Open Cup Sunday 2 April   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 4 April   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 11 April   Open 1
Easter Singles Stableord Sunday 16 April
Monday 18 April
Open 2
Easter Singles Stableord Monday 17 April
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 18 April   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 19 April   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 25 April   Open 1
Singles Stableford Monday 1 May   Open 1
Lady Captain's Charity Wednesday 3 May   Open 1
Jimmy Bruen Shield (Q) Sunday 7 May   GUI 1
Singles Stableford Saturdday 13 May   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 27 May   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 1 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 4 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 6 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 10 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 15 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 17 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 22 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 29 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 1 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 6 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 13 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 20 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 27 July   Open 1
Fourball Betterball
Saturday 29 July
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 3 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Monday 7 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 10 August   Open 1
Senior Scratch Cup Saturday 12 August   Open 1
Junior Scratch Cup Saturday 12 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 13 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 17 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 24 August
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 31 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 3 September   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 7 September   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 9 September   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 14 September   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 21 September   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 28 September
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 28 October Sunday 29 October
Open 2
Singles Stableford Sunday 29 October
  Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

KeyData
White Par 70 SSS 70 6,340 yd's
Yellow Par 70 SSS 70 6,182 yd's
Red Par 72 SSS 73 5,598 yd's
Green Par 70 SSS 70 6,049 yd's

Card

Name Hole No. White Yellow Green Par Index Red Par Index
The Long Green 1 434 427 411 4 3 410 5 17
Carrycullion 2 360 346 339 4 15 331 4 3
The Ex's 3 162 152 152 3 13 125 3 15
Kinnegar 4 343 334 330 4 11
326 4 7
Sally's 5 417 407
394 4 5 350 4 5
Windmill 6 409 404 390 4 7 362 4 13
The Witches 7 424 419 405 4 1 387 4 1
Piffler 8 139 133 133 3 9
129 3 9
The Long Hole 9 524 514 506 5 17 462 5 11
  Out 3,212 3,136 3,060 35   2,882 36  
Trews 10 396 386 376 4 4 363 4 6
Doctor's Folly 11 373 358 349 4 10 345 4 2
Gollan 12 434 425 421 4 2 415 5 10
The Valley 13 177 168 168 3 16 131 3 16
Jack's Worry 14 365 355 345 4 14 338 4 4
Inch 15 370 362 350 4 6 307 4 12
Fairy 16 93 90 90 3 18 82 3 18
Corner of Dyke 17 407 397 397 4 8 320 4 8
Meentiaghs 18 513 505 493 5 12 415 5 14
  In 3,128 3,046 2,989
35   2,716 36  
  Total 6,340 6,182 6,049 70   5,598 72  
  SSS 70 70 70     73    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record: Jimmy Kinsella

Ladies Course Record:

Members Achievements

North West Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Barton Shield in 2015 when they beat Rosapenna Golf Club in a play-off in the Quarter Final, followed by Dunmurry Golf Club by 5-holes in the Semi-Final and accounted for Warrenpoint Golf Club in the decider by 4-holes to book their place in the All-Ireland Finals at Carton House O’Meara Course on Wednesday 16th September.

They were drawn against Connaught Champions Galway Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final. They were lead out by Kealan Quigg with Ryan Gribben who lost their match against Joe Lyons with Stephen Brady in the second match Garrett Mallon with Kyle McCarron had a 1-hole win over Ronan Mullarney with Colm Hughes, so it was not to be for the men from Donegal.   

North West Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Barton Shield in 2006 when they beat Cairndhu Golf Club by 2-holes at Kirkstown Castle Golf Club on 13th August.

It was on to Enniscrone Golf Club for the National Finals, where they where drawn against Connaught Champions Co. Sligo Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Wednesday 13th September.

First on the tee were Garrett Mallon with David McGeough against David Dunne with Serryth Heavey, the mach was halved. Next up were Pauric Og O’Flaherty with Cathal McElhinney against the strong pairing of Ken Kearney with Keith O‘Neill, they lost out to the Co. Sligo pair. Sligo went on to win the All-Ireland against Limerick by 7-holes.

North West Golf Club won a historic first All-Ireland Irish Senior Cup at Rosslare Golf Club on Saturday 17th September 2005, when they beat Leinster Champions Hermitage Golf Club in a thrilling final under team captains Vincent Grant and Frank Friel.

On the Friday morning they were up against Connacht Champions Galway Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final when Padraig MacLochlainn was drawn against John Neary in the top match he lost out to the Galway man by 2 and 1. Brian McElhinney was drawn against Eddie McCormack in the 2nd match and had a convincing win by 3 and 1. Michael McGeady was drawn against fellow International Mark O'Sullivan and delivered North West's second point with a 3 and 2 victory. Pauric OgO'Flaherty was drawn against Joe Lyons and lost by 3 and 2. Garrett Mallon delivered the 3rd point with a 2-hole win over Tom Nolan.

On the Saturday morning there was one change to the team when Paul Van Dessell was sent out in the top match against Hermitage's Brian O'Connor but lost out by 2 and 1. He was followed by Walker Cup player Brian McElhinney against Greg Bowden who delivered the first point with a 3 and 2 victory. Michel McGeady had a convincing 5 and 4 win over Greg Massey. Pauric OgO'Flaherty met an in form Alan Dowling who won his match 3 and 1. It was all down to he hero of the day with Garrett Mallon against Sean O'Flaherty in the bottom match. Garrett played a fantastic chip off the 17th green to bring to all-square and then sank a 10 foot pressure putt on the 18th to deliver the required 3rd point.

According to our research this is the 3rd All-Ireland pennant ever won in the whole of Donegal and the first Blue Riband of Irish Golf but with a star studded team including Brian McElhinney the reigning British Amateur Champion, Ireland's only selection on the 2005 Walker Cup, the Irish Close Champion and past winner of he European Individual winner. Whit Michael McGeady a fellow Irish International I must admit that they were always my fancy to take the Bulmers Senior Cup. A fantastic achievement by this club, one of the nine founding members of the GUI with a relative small membership, Well done North West Golf Club.

Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;

A. B. Babington* represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1903 to 1913. He represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1903 to 1906 playing 3-times won 0-matches halved one and lost 2-matches accumulating ½ -point;

F. G. Dickson* represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1903 to 1906. He represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1902 to 1905 playing 4-times won 2-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 4-points;

Brian McElhinney represented Ireland as a Senior International from 2003 to 2005 playing 26-times won 14-matches halved six and lost 6-matches accumulating 34-points. He represented Ireland at international Youths level from 2002 to 2003 playing 9-matches, won 5-matches halved one and lost 3-matches accumulating 11-points. He represented Ireland at Irish Boys level in 2000 playing  4-times won 0-matches and lost 4-matches accumulating 0-points. He represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 2003 to 2004 playing 6-times won 4-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 8-points. He represented Ulster at the Boys Interprovincial Championships in 1999 playing 5-times won 0-matches halved two and lost 3-matches accumulating 2-points.  He was selected for the World Junior Championship at Hyogo, Japan from June 15th to the 18th 2001. He was selected on the Boys' Home International team at Portmarnock G. C. on 9th to 11th September 2000. Brian McElhinney won the Willie Gill Order of Merit Award in 2004 having finished with 115 points tied with Mark Campbell of Stackstown but won the coveted award by virtue of winning the Irish Close at Donegal Golf Club in June. There was a little bit of poetic justice with Brian receiving the award as he finished tied with Noel Fox of Portmarnock in 2003 with the same points but Noel was award it by virtue of winning the Irish Amateur Open Championship at The Royal Dublin. Brian is a member of the Walker Cup squad and won the European Individual Championship in 2003.

E. M. Munn* represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1913 to 1924;

L. O. Munn* represented Ireland as a Senior International in1913. He represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1906 playing 1-time won 0-matches halved one and lost 0-matches accumulating ½ -points;

E. F. Spiller* represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1924 to 1929;

Michael McGeady represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 200 0to 2005 playing 36-times won 22-matches halved three and lost 11-matches accumulating 47-points;

J. McKenna* represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1938 to 1939;

H. Williams represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1899 playing 1-time won 0-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 0-points;

C. Mallon represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1997 playing 4-times won 2-matches halved one and lost 1-match accumulating 5-points;

G. Mallon represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 2000 playing 5-times won 3-matches halved one and lost 1-match accumulating 7-points;

B. McCarroll represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1970 playing 3-times won 2-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 4-points;

Dwayne Mallon represented Ulster at the Boys Interprovincial Championships in 2009 playing 5-times won 1-match halved one and lost 3-matches accumulating 3-points;

Julie Bradley played for the Girls' Home International Team at Gog Magog in 1994, and at Northop Golf Club in 1995;

F. E. McCarroll represented Ireland from 1968 to 1969 and was runner-up in the Irish Amateur Close Championship in 1968;

History of North West

Instituted 1891 affiliated 1891

This famous club has the distinction and honour of being one of the group of nine clubs of the GUI, in November, 1891. The preliminary meeting was held in the Guildhall Derry "For the purpose of starting a golf club in the neighbourhood of Derry". The meeting was informed of inquiries made by the Lough Swilly Hotel Company about use of land but the tenants had refused to sign agreements and "asked for an increase in rent" The meeting was adjourned for a fortnight.
The Derry Journal on the 3rd July reports "The course at Buncrana, having being carefully surveyed and laid out by Thompson, the professional at the County Club, Portrush, is now open for play." Ladies were connected with the club from its inauguration, and has their own nine-hole course immediately adjacent to the railway station. North West has the distinction of being one of the first clubs to have a separate course for the ladies. The fame of the course spread, and in 1936, the course, as we know it today, was laid out.
The first Captain was Mr. Thomas Hayes, Chief Inspector R. I. C, the Vice-President was G. H. Mitchell, J. P., and there were joint-Hon. Secretaries, G. V. Craig, and R. L. Hogg.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
U. Van Dessel 1989 Ladies Captain
J. O'Brien 1989 Men's Captain
C. Harvey 1989 President
R. Williamson 1990 Ladies Captain
Dermot Coyle 1990 Men's Captain
C. Harvey 1990 President
N. McCormack 1991 Ladies Captain
C. Harvey 1991 Men's Captain
D. Irwin 1991 President
I. Grant 1992 Ladies Captain
C. Harvey 1992 Men's Captain
D. Irwin 1992 President
K. Love 1993 Ladies Captain
Dudley Coyle 1993 Men's Captain
Frank Friel 1993 President
R. Harney 1994 Ladies Captain
T. Crossen 1994 Men's Captain
B. Burke 1994 President
U. Grant 1995 Ladies Captain
P. O'Carolan 1995 Men's Captain
A. Neff 1996 Ladies Captain
J. Ryan 1996 Men's Captain
B. Burke 1996 President
B. Potts 1997 Ladies Captain
S. Cassidy 1997 Men's Captain
J. O'Brien 1997 President
K. Sharkey 1998 Ladies Captain
T. Caldwell 1998 Men's Captain
J. O'Brien 1998 President
Mr. Shaun Murphy 1999 Men's Captain
Mr. Junior Crossan 1999 President
M. McGee 2000 Ladies Captain
John Deeney 2000 Men's Captain
Mr. Michael Van Dessel 2000 President
Ann Hume 2001 Ladies Captain
Jim McCann 2001 Men's Captain
Mr. Michael Van Dessel 2001 President
Aileen McGlynn 2002 Ladies Captain
Charlie Nicell 2002 Men's Captain
Mr. Michael Van Dessel 2002 President
Mrs. M. A. Scheel 2003 Ladies Captain
Mrs. Marie Nangle 2003 Ladies President
Seamus Gleeson 2003 Men's Captain
Mr. Michael Van Dessel 2003 President
Anne Coyle 2004 Ladies Captain
  2004 Ladies President
Junior Crossan 2004 Men's Captain
Dermot Coyle 2004 President
Margaret O'Hea 2005 Ladies Captain
  2005 Ladies President
Frank McHale 2005 Men's Captain
Dermot Coyle 2005 President
Bernie Coyle 2006 Ladies Captain
  2006 Ladies President
Hugh McDaid 2006 Men's Captain
Dermot Coyle 2006 President
Margaret McLaren 2007 Ladies Captain
  2007 Ladies President
Jimmy McFadden 2007 Men's Captain
Dudley Coyle 2007 President
Nuala Mallon 2008 Ladies Captain
Roisin Timoney 2008 Ladies President
Liam Galbraith 2008 Men's Captain
Dudley Coyle 2008 President
Maureen Cassidy 2009 Ladies Captain
Una Van Dessel 2009 Ladies President
Eddie Curran 2009 Men's Captain
Dudley Coyle 2009 President
Anne O'Neill 2010 Ladies Captain
Una Van Dessel 2010 Ladies President
Chris Neff  2010 Men's Captain
Tom Crossan 2010 President
Mary McGeough 2011 Ladies Captain
Roisin Williamson 2011 Ladies President
Eugene O'Connell 2011 Men's Captain
Tom Crossan 2011 President
Claire Cully 2012 Ladies Captain
Roisin Williamson 2012 Ladies President
Pat Mackey 2012 Men's Captain
Tom Crossan 2012 President
Helen Quigley 2013 Ladies Captain
Una Grant
2013 Ladies President
John McGinley 2013 Men's Captain
Eamon McManus
2013 President
Muireanna Friel 2014 Ladies Captain
Rita Harvey 2014 Ladies President
Bosco Reid 2014 Men's Captain
Eamon McManus 2014 President
Margaret Fisher 2015 Ladies Captain
Augusta Neff 2015 Ladies President
Sean Carroll 2015 Men's Captain
Eamon MacManus
2015 President
Deirdre Britton 2016 Ladies Captain
Gerard Callaghan 2016 Ladies President
  2016 Men's Captain
Eamon MacManus 2016 President
Eileen Quigley 2017 Ladies Captain
Eileen Moyne 2017 Ladies President
John Craig 2017 Men's Captain
Frank McHale 2017 President
J. Brady 2017 Lowest Ladies H'cap
Brian McElhinney 2017 Lowest Men's H'cap

Holes in One at North West

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Golf Course Distance
Rose Campbell 18 September 2001 16th   City of Derry 68m
Margaret O'Hea 25 May 2006 13th     120m
Margaret O'Hea 14 May 2008 16th     68m
Rita Nicell 8 September 2008 16th     68m
Margaret McLaren 12 September 2008 16th     68m
Hugh McDaid 15 March 2009 13th     162m
Kyle McCarron 21 June 2014
11th Albatross
  360 yd's