Donabate golf club Dublin
Donabate Golf Course
Donabate Golf Club was founded in 1925 and moved to its present location four years later. Today Donabate has 27-holes and is a mature Parkland course with tree lined fairways and heavily bunkered, creating many interesting and challenging golf holes.
Donabate is the home club of Irelands most renowned and respected lady golfers. Mary McKenna is indeed a legend in her own time. Mary has achieved just about everything there is in amateur golf, she captained the victorious Irish Ladies to an, speculate win in the Home Internationals in 2003. Before that in her own playing carrier Mary played on nine Curtis Cup Teams and won 8 Irish Ladies titles to cut a long story short. It would not be inappropriate to compare Mary's contribution to Ladies Golf as J. B. Carr's contribution to the Men's game.
Donabate has recently completed its state-of-the-art, clubhouse which provides the golfer with all the, creature comforts he or she could require. The clubhouse is an magnificent design and would appear to be functional as well a factor that is often omitted in some new clubhouses. The members here have always been renowned for their friendliness to the visitors who have had the pleasure of playing their course.
|Green Fees Midweek:||€20/25|
|Green Fees Weekends & B.H.:||€30|
|Green Fees with a Member:||€15/20|
|Green Fees for Opens:||€10/18|
|Full Membership Available:||Yes|
|Full Membership Fee:||€1,450|
|Full 5-Days Membership Fee:||€1,050|
|Introductory Membership Fee:||€750|
|Website||Donabate golf club website|
|Lady Captain:||Grainne Synnott|
|Vice-Captains':||Brian Mullen & Mary Tobin|
|Hon. Secretary:||Frank Barry, Brian May & Mary Tobin|
|Club Pro:||Danny Sheehan Ex 1
|Hon. Treasurer:||John Hannon, Derek Kane & Eileen Gillespie|
|Comp. Secretary:||Joe Rice & Modwena McDonald|
General Facts & Information
|Course opening hours: Daylight hours||Clubhouse opening hours: 8.00am to 11.30pm|
|Mobile phones: Not on course
||Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim|
|Catering:Full catering, facilities||Days to Avoid: Weekends & Wednesdays|
|Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days||Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance|
Donabate Golf Club Fixtures 2019 provisional*
|Open & Major Fixtures 2019 (to be Confirmed)|
|Captains' Drive-In||Saturday 16 February
|Captain's Prize to the Ladies||Saturday 25 May||Closed||1|
|Lady Vice-Captain's Prize||Saturday 20 July
|Vice-Captain's Prize to the Ladies||Sunday 12 May
|Vice-Captain's Prize||Saturday 1 June||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize (Q)||Saturday 29 June||Sunday 30 June||Closed||2|
|Captain's Prize (Q)||Sunday 30 June||Closed||1|
||Saturday 6 July||Closed||1|
|Lady Captain's Prize||Saturday 13 July||Closed||1|
|Lady Captain's Prize to the Men||Saturday 13 July||Closed||1|
|Lady Vice-Captain's Prize to the Juniors
||Saturday 20 July||Closed||1|
|President's Prize to the Ladies||Saturday 7 September
|President's Prize||Saturday 7 September
|Singles Stableford||Monday 7 January||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 14 January||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 21 January||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 28 January
|Singles Stableford||Monday 4 February||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 11 February||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 18 February||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 25 February
|Singles Stableford||Monday 4 March||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 11 March||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 17 March||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 18 March||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 25 March
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 31 March||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 1 April||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 8 April||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 15 April||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Friday 19 April||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 21 April||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 22 April||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 29 April
|Cancer Charity Day||Wednesday 1 May||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 6 May||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 13 May||Open||1|
||Monday 20 May||Open||1|
||Monday 27 May
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 2 June||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 3 June||Open||1|
|The Cotter Cup Matchplay (Q)||Saturday 8 June||Open||1|
|The Cotter Cup Round 1
||Monday 10 June||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 10 June||Open||1|
|The Cotter Cup Round 2
||Thursday 13 June||Open||1|
|The Cotter Cup Finals
||Friday 14 June||Sunday 16 June||Open||3|
|The Cotter Cup Finals||Saturday 15 June||Open||1|
|The Cotter Cup Finals||Sunday 16 June||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 17 June||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 24 June||Open||1|
|Ladies 3-Person Team Event
||Tuesday 25 June||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 1 July||Open||1|
|All-Ireland Mother & Daughter Foursomes||Friday 5 July||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 8 July||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 15 July||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 23 July||Open||1|
|Mary McKenna Fourball||Tuesday 23 July||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 29 July||Open||1|
||Monday 5 August||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 12 August||Open||1|
|Pink Day Fourball
||Sunday 18 August||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 19 August||Open||1|
|Irish U-16 Boys Amateur Open Championship||Wednesday 21 August||Friday 23 August||GUI||3|
|Irish U-16 Boys Amateur Open Championship||Thursday 22 August||GUI||1|
|Irish U-16 Boys Amateur Open Championship||Friday 23 August||GUI||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 26 August||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 2 September||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 9 September||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 16 September||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 23 September||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 30 September
|Singles Stableford||Monday 7 October||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 14 October||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 21 October||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 28 October
|Singles Stableford||Monday 4 November||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 11 November||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 18 November||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 25 November
|Singles Stableford||Monday 2 December||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 9 December||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 16 December||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 23 December||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 30 December||Open||1|
Card of the Course
|White||Par 72 SSS 73 5,940 m|
|Red||Par 73 SSS 72 5,184 m|
|Green||Par 72 SSS 71 5,674 m|
Card of the Red & Yellow Course in metres
Men's Course Record Am: 67 A. J. D. Hanratty, Pro: 65 M. Murphy
Ladies Course Record: 72 Pat Doran (5)
Donabate Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield in 2007, when they beat Tullamore Golf Club by 4 matches to 1 match on Saturday 7th July at Rush Golf Club.
They were drawn against Connacht Champions Barna Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final at Shandon Park Golf Club on Thursday 13th September.
First on the tee were Michael Fearon and Ciaran Kirwan who halved their match against Tim Tarpey and John Darby. They were followed by Douglas Roberson and Austin Kealy who had a resounding 7 and 6 win over John Murphy and Michael Murray. Next up was Ken Bradshaw and Brendan Bowe who had a convincing 6 and 5 win against Liam McGee and Eamon Kearney. The penultimate match had Dermot Cullen and Pat McCrudden against Brendan McLoughlin and Pat Walzer, they won their match by 4 and 3 and booked their place in the All-Ireland Final the following day. In the bottom match of Colm Browne and Joe Dowling was halved against Pat Ward and Shane O'Neill.
They met Ulster Champions Warrenpoint in the All-Ireland Final on Friday 14th who had beaten Munster Champions Woodstock Golf Club by 4 matches to 1 match in their Semi-Final.
First on the tee were Michael Fearon and Ciaran Kirwan who lost their match by 4 and 3 against Seamus Sands and Damian Flanagan. They were followed by Douglas Robertson and Austin Kealy who lost by a single hole. Next up were Ken Bradshaw and Brendan Bowe who had a convincing 5 and 3 win over Noel Devine and Anthony Campbell. The penultimate match of Dermot Cullen and Pat McCrudden against Kieran Caldwell and Andrew Ferguson went Warrenpoint’s way with a 2 and 1 win to clinch the green pennant for the Co. Down Club. The anchor match of Colm Browne and Joe Dowling beat Michael Redmond and Michael McGivern by 3 and 2. The Pierce Purcell Shield went to Warrenpoint Golf Club for the 3rd time on a score of 3 matches to 2 matches.
The Ladies of Donabate Golf Club beat Wicklow Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final of the Seniors Foursomes at Athlone Golf Club in 2007.
They met Larne Golf Club in the decider, when Pat Doran with Aileen Hanratty lost their match by 2 and 1 against Roma English with Sarah O'Neill in the first match. They were followed by the legendary Mary McKenna with Fionnuala Forde who had an easy 7 and 6 win over Joyce Robinson with Carole McMaw. So it was all down to the bottom match of Deirdre Bradshaw and Patricia Morris against Gail McNabb with Barbara O'Neill which went all the way to the 20th before the decision went to the ladies of Larne on a 2 matches to 1 result.
Congratulations to Mary McKenna who has been chosen to Captain the Curtis Cup Team a great achievement.
Mary McKenna was leading Irish Lady at the 22nd European Team Championship in Helsinki, where they finished fourth behind France, Italy and Switzerland in July 2002. Mary had rounds of 74 and 75. Mary McKenna won the Irish Senior Ladies' Open Amateur Championship at Co. Louth golf club on the 18th of September 2001 and we say Mary back on International duty when she was selected to play on the Irish Senior Ladies Team for the European Team Championship at Schonenberg Golf Club, Switzerland from the 3rd to the 7th of September. Mary was also on the, Senior team that played England at Woodbrook Golf Club on 21st and 22nd October 2001.
2004 Lady Captain Evelyn de Lacy (31) and her Captain's Prize Winner Pat Doran (4) were leading qualifiers in the Volkswagen-Irish Independent Lady Captain's Classic at Headfort Golf Club in August 2004 they qualified for the National Finals at Hermitage on 4th October.
Congratulations to Pat Doran who won the Druid's Glen-Irish Independent "Golfer of the Month" award for July in 2004. Pat playing of a handicap of (4) had a remarkable month. On the 4th and 6th she won the best Gross followed by a win in Class 1 on 13th with 36-points. She followed this with winning the Lady Captain's Prize with rounds of 39-points and 36-points and just to prove how good her game she returned 40-points on 27th followed by a Hole-in-One on the 2nd on the last day of the month. Pat received a limited edition of Robert Ballagh-Joseph Kelly together with a Fourball on both the courses at Druid's Glen.
Prior to 2001:
Donabate Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Barton Shield in 1965, when the team was, Tommy Bracken, Andy Doherty, Jimmy O'Neill, Jimmy Mooney and they were captained by Freddie McDonnell.
They won the Leinster Final of the Barton Shield again in 1969, when the team was, Jimmy Mooney with Jimmy O'Neill and Tommy Bracken with Andy Doherty, they were captained by Freddie McDonnell.
Donabate Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Irish Senior Cup in 1968, when the team was, Andy Doherty, Tommy Bracken, Greg Singleton, Jimmy Mooney, Jimmy O'Neill, they were captained by Freddie McDonnell and Trevor Singleton was club captain that year.
Donabate Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield and were All-Ireland runners-up at Royal Co. Down in 1983, when the team was, Mick Fearon, Declan Kenny, Maurice Mohan, Fergie Timmons, Lar Hanway, Brendan Murphy, John McGroddy, Paddy McKenna, Brendan O'Flaherty, Ted Kelly, John French, Eamonn Purcell, they were managed by Joe Keely.
Donabate Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield in 1986, when the team was, Andrew O'Keeffe, Mick Fearon, Liam Murphy, Maurice Mahon, Paddy McKenna, Lar Hanway, Eamonn Hannon, Tom Conway, Niall Kenny, John McGroddy, Fergus Murphy, Ronnie Caraher, Con O'Donovan, Stephen Daly, Pat Igoe, they were managed by Brian May and Jimmy Rock.
Donabate won the Leinster Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield in 1996, when the team was, Jim Coogan, Damien Hanratty, Fergus Murphy, Mick Ryder, Barry Morris, Adrian Mahony, Paul Bradshaw, Joe Blake, Louis Fagan, Robert Neville, Jim Carroll, David May, Noel O'Connell, Brian Daly, David Garry, Joe Keely, Paddy McKenna, Andy Doherty, they were managed by John McGroddy and selected by Brian May and Mick Fitzgerald.
Donabate won the Metropolitan Cup in 1979, when the team was, Joe Kelly, Hillard Neville, Lar Hanway, Joe Blake, Mick Fearon, Brendan O'Flaherty, David Singleton, Frank Fitzgerald, Eamon Purcell, Jim Caraher, Ted Kelly, they were managed by Paddy Barry and Liam Lennon.
They won the Best Cup the same year when the team was, P. McGrath, M. O'Neill, K. Fogarty, W. Caffrey, T. Doyle, E. O'Connor, M. O'Toole, W. Byrne, F. McAuliffe, D. McCann, D. O'Shaughnessy, P. English, B. Egan, P. Farrelly, B. Daly, they were selected by D. Garvey.
They won the Best Cup again in 1990 when the team was, F. Clancy, B. Noonan, J. Kelly, D. O'Shaughnessy, R. Wilson, W. Dalton, J. Duffy, D. Doyle, F. Devlin, F. McAuliffe, J. Walsh, T. Culleton, B. Egan, R. Daly, F. Rogers, L. Brooks, E. Spain, they were managed by P. Parsons and C. Devine.
Donabate Golf Club won the Uden Cup (named after a past distinguished member) in 1996 when the team was, P. Daly, A. Hickey, J. O'Toole, M. Fearon, D. Moran, J. Galvin, B. Smyth, K. Bradshaw, M. Traynor, D. Bridgette, M. Galvin, A. Moore, P. McDonagh, D. May, G. O'Connor, T. Crowe, S. Mulligan, S. Cagney, G. Hannon, they were managed by C. O'Neill and selected by J. Lahiffe and A. Doherty.
Donabate Golf Club won the O'Grady Cup in 1997 when the team was, John Galvin, Pat McCrudden, Des Bridgette, Austin Kealy, Ken Bradshaw, Irene Culleton, Marilyn Culleton, Collette Fitzgerald, Maeve Cairns, Olive Jordan, Nuala Galvin, Mick Traynor, Gus Hannon, Margaret O'Neill, Anne Nolan, Pat Traynor and Gaye Keane, they were selected by Vinnie Osborne and Peggy McCullough, managed and selected by Andy Doherty.
The Boys' of Donabate Golf Club were runners-up in the Smurfit in 1976 when the team was, Declan Sweeney, Terry O'Neill, Maurice O'Grady, David Singleton, Henry Hopkins and Wesley Singleton.
The Ladies of Donabate Golf Club won the Townsend Foursomes in 1983 when the team was, S. O'Connor, J. Johnston, Mary McKenna, M. Moran, T. O'Shaughnessy, C. Farrell, A. O'Reilly, P. Garvey and they were captained by A. Menton.
They won the Townsend Trophy in 1994 when the team was, Peggy McCullough, Deirdre Bradshaw, Sadie O'Connor, Dolores Brady, Pat Doran, Elaine Greany, Aileen Flynn, Lesley Costello, Noreen O'Driscoll, Mary McKenna and Teresa O'Shaughnessy, they were managed by Marie Brady.
Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;
J. J. O’Neill represented Ireland as a Senior International in 1968 playing 3-times won 1-match and lost 2-matches accumulating 2-points. He represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 1966 to 1970 playing 28-times won 19-matches halved five and lost 4-matches accumulating 43-points;
D. C. Macauley represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 1956 to 1959 playing 12-times won 5-matches halved three and lost 4-matches accumulating 13-points;
Miss Mary McKenna played Curtis Cup from 1970 to 1986, Vagliano Trophy from 1969 to 1987, and Espirito Santo in 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, and 1986, becoming captain in 1990. She represented Ireland from 1968 to 1991, again in 1993, was European Champion from 1969 to 1991. She was selected for Ireland in the European Ladies Home Internationals at Tubbercurry in 1987, at Pals, Spain in 1989, at Wentworth in 1991, and Golf Club Milano, Monza, in 1995, and she played for the Ireland in the Girls Home Internationals in 1966 and 1967 against Wales, and she won the Scratch Match Play Foursomes together with Miss Mary Gorry, of Baltinglass in 1977, and the Stroke Play Foursomes together with Miss Evelyn Hearn, of Waterford, in 1988 and 1993.
Miss Theresa Moran won the Scratch Match Play Foursomes together with Miss Sheena O'Brien-Kenny, of Grange, in 1978 & 1979.
Vivienne Singleton played for the Irish Girls in 1965 against Wales.
Emily Gallagher played for Ireland in the Girls Home Internationals at Forfar Golf Club in 1997.Emily Butler was selected on the ILGU Senior B squad in November 2000 and was a reserve for The Irish Girls International Team in 1998.
History of Donabate
Founded 1925 affiliated 1925
Although the history of golf in the Donabate district can be traced back to 1906 when a private course of 6-holes under the management of the residential medical superintendent of Portrane Mental Hospital. This course was known as "The Doctors' Links'".
The first meeting of what is now Donabate Golf Club was healed on 15th January 1925 on the premises of the Ulster Bank in Lower Sackville Street (Now O'Connell Street) as one of the founders a George Hamill was manager of the ranch. The six founding members were brothers George and Joseph Hamill, Benjamin Ralph and Alexander Samuel Alls hire, G. E. Mathews, and Charles Magwood.
Roll of Honour
|Marie Brady||1990||Ladies Captain|
|A. J. Greany||1990||Men's Captain|
|Kitty Sherlock||1991||Ladies Captain|
|Brendan Murphy||1991||Men's Captain|
|Mary Kenny||1992||Ladies Captain|
|Christy Devine||1992||Men's Captain|
|Irene Culleton||1993||Ladies Captain|
|Tony Fetherston||1993||Men's Captain|
|Maisie May||1994||Ladies Captain|
|Michael Fearon||1994||Men's Captain|
|Kay Doyle||1995||Ladies Captain|
|Sean Farren||1995||Men's Captain|
|Ena Sherlock||1996||Ladies Captain|
|Ray Wilson||1996||Men's Captain|
|Claire Greene||1997||Ladies Captain|
|Michael Devlin||1997||Men's Captain|
|Margaret Clarke||1998||Ladies Captain|
|Joe Kelly||1998||Men's Captain|
|Collette Fitzgerald||1999||Ladies Captain|
|Noel McAllister||1999||Men's Captain|
|Deirdre Brennan||2000||Ladies Captain|
|Vincent Osborne||2000||Men's Captain|
|Nuala Galvin||2001||Ladies Captain|
|Kevin Woods||2001||Men's Captain|
|G. Donnelly||2002||Ladies Captain|
|Cyril O'Neill||2002||Men's Captain|
|Catherine McAllister||2003||Ladies Captain|
|Leslie Brooks||2003||Men's Captain|
|Evelyn de Lacy||2004||Ladies Captain|
|Michel Fitzgerald||2004||Men's Captain|
|Angela Rowan||2005||Ladies Captain|
|Robert Hopley||2005||Men's Captain|
|Deirdre Bradshaw||2006||Ladies Captain|
|Donal Bohan||2006||Men's Captain|
|Pat Doran||2007||Ladies Captain|
|John McGroddy||2007||Men's Captain|
|Anna Halligan||2008||Ladies Captain|
|John Galvin||2008||Men's Captain|
|Frances Cullen||2009||Ladies Captain|
|Paul Keogh||2009||Men's Captain|
|Anne Casey||2010||Ladies Captain|
|Dermot Cullen||2010||Men's Captain|
|Pauline Byrne||2011||Ladies Captain|
|Pat McNeill||2011||Men's Captain|
|Suzanne Geraghty||2012||Ladies Captain|
|Michael Galvin||2012||Men's Captain|
|Vivienne O'Daly||2013||Ladies Captain|
|Chris Ryan||2013||Men's Captain|
|Mary Bermingham||2014||Ladies Captain|
|Brian May||2014||Men's Captain|
|Evelyn Galvin||2015||Ladies Captain|
|Brendan Fetherston||2015||Men's Captain|
|Liam Bridgette||2016||Ladies Captain|
|Deirdre Reid||2016||Men's Captain|
|Margaret Maher||2017||Ladies Captain|
|Jeffery Woodhead||2017||Men's Captain|
|Carmel Tuck||2018||Ladies Captain|
|Paul Flood||2018||Men's Captain|
|Grainne Synnott||2019||Ladies Captain|
|Joe Rice||2019||Men's Captain|
||2019||Lowest Ladies H'cap|
|Mary McKenna (4)||2019||Lowest Ladies H'cap|
|Pat Doran (4)||2019||Lowest Ladies H'cap|
|N. McGavisk (7)||2019||Lowest Ladies H'cap|
|A. Hanratty (8)||2019||Lowest Ladies H'cap|
|Garry Morgan (1.5)||2019||Lowest Men's H'cap|
Holes in One at Donabate
|Member||Date||Hole No.||Club Used||Distance|
|Frank. Stobie||1 June 1999||15th||5-wood||173m|
|B. Forkin||27 June 1999||11th||191m|
|Frank Stobie||11 July 1999||11th||5-wood||191m|
|T. O'Connell||30 September 2001||1st||162m|
|Fionnuala Forde||16 September 2003||4th||119 m|
|James O'Toole||13 March 2004||3rd||178 m|
|Pat Doran||31 July 2004||2nd||138 m|
|Ann Joyce||12 July 2005||8th||121 m|
|Paul Fagan||23 October 2005||3rd||167 m|
|James Corbett||18 November 2006||2nd||171 m|
|Suzanne Geraghty||24 July 2007||8th||5-wood
|P. Looney||12 October 2008||3rd||138 m|
|Robert Diggin||13 April 2009||3rd||125 m|
|Paddy Carroll||23 May 2012||3rd||125 m|