Bearna golf club Galway
Bearna Golf Course
Bearna Golf & Country, Club located at the Gateway to Connemara, opened for play in March 1997. Designed by Bobby Brown, it measures 6,174 metres par-72 with a standard scratch of 72 off the back tees. Set on 250-acres of typical Connemara landscape of bog, rock, gorse and heather, Brown used the space to create a Championship course with all 18-holes offering distinctly different challenges, indeed only the 10th and 11th run in the same direction. The short 120 metres 13th is guarded by the intriguingly named "Forbidden Lake". Although a relatively new golf course the high-quality greens built to USGA specifications, would be the envy of many a more mature course.
The owner of Bearna Golf Club Pat Donnellan is more famous for his achievements on the GAA field than his heroics on the golf course, although he has several All-Ireland golf medals while playing for Galway Golf Club. As he was on the famous "three-in-a-row" Galway team in 1964, 65 & 66. Pat were part of that legendary team, never one to "flinch" a challenge he decided to develop this magnificent golf club only four and a half miles from Galway City. Bearna has a state of the arts clubhouse where the golfer wants for nothing. The visitor is assured of a warm welcome and memorable game of golf on this spectacular golf course.
|Green Fees Mon to Thurs:||€30|
|Green Fees Weekends & B.H.:||€40/50|
|Green Fees with a Member:||€20/25|
|Green Fees for Opens:||€12.50|
|Club Hire: €15/20
|Buggy Hire: €30
|Full Membership Available:||Yes|
|Full Membership Fee:||€450|
|Full Beginners Membership Fee:||€400|
|Website||Bearna golf club website|
|Lady Captain:||Ailis McDermott|
|Vice-Captains':||Tom Flaherty & Michelle Keenan|
|Hon. Secretary:||Liam O'Donovan & Yvonne Flaherty|
|Club Pro:||Geoff Kelly|
|Hon. Treasurer:||Gerry Walsh & Jean Geraghty|
|Comp. Secretary:||Derek Bryan & Imelda McGovern|
General Facts & Information
|Course opening hours: Daylight hours||Clubhouse opening hours: 9.00am to Midnight|
|Mobile phones: No Restrictions
||Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim|
|Catering: Full catering, facilities||Days to Avoid: None|
|Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Midweek & Weekends||Pre-booking for open Tournaments: 14-Days in advance|
Bearna Golf Club Fixtures 2017 provisional*
|Open & Major Fixtures 2017 (Confirmed)|
|Captains' Drive-In||Sunday 5 March||Closed||1|
|Lady Captain's Prize to the Men||Saturday 10 June||Sunday 12 June||Closed||2|
|Lady Captain's Prize to the Men||Sunday 11 June||Closed||1|
|Lady Captain's Prize||Saturday 17 June||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize to the Ladies||Saturday 1 July||Sunday 3 July||Closed||2|
|Captain's Prize to the Ladies||Sunday 2 July||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize||Saturday 15 July||Closed||1|
|President's Prize to the Ladies & Men||Saturday 2 September||Closed||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesday 4 April
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesday 11 April||
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesday 18 April||
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesday 25 April||Open||1
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesday 2 May
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesday 9 May||Open||1
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesday 16 May||
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesday 23 May||
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesday 30 May
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesday 6 June||Open||1
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesday 13 June||Open||1
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesday 20 June||Open||1
|Senior Scratch Cup||Saturday 24 June||Sunday 26 June||Open||2|
|Senior Scratch Cup||Sunday 25 June||Open||1|
|Junior Scratch Cup||Saturday 24 June||Sunday 26 June||Open||2|
|Junior Scratch Cup||Sunday 25 June||Open||1|
|Inter. Scratch Cup||Saturday 24 June||Sunday 26 June||Open||2|
|Inter. Scratch Cup||Sunday 25 June||Open||1|
|Start of Open Week||Monday 26 June||Friday 30 June
|Open Week||Monday 26 June||Open||1|
|Open Week||Tuesday 27 June||Open||1|
|Open Week||Wednesday 28 June||Open||1|
|Open Week||Thursday 29 June||Open||1|
|Open Week||Friday 30 June
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesday 4 July
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesday 11 July||
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesday 18 July||
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesday 25 July||
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesday 1 August
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesday 8 August||Open||1
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesday 15 August||Open||1
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesday 22 August||Open||1
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesday 29 August||Open||1|
Card of the Course
|White||Par 72 SSS 72 5,716 m|
|Yellow||Par 72 SSS 71 5,255 m|
|Red||Par 72 SSS 71 4,897 m|
|Green||Par 72 SSS 69 4,854 m|
|Blue||Par 72 SSS 73 6,271 m|
Men's Course Record: 68 Tom Nolan
Ladies Course Record:
Bearna Golf Club won the Senior Connaught Championship in 2010 they beat Enniscrone by 6-matches to 4-matches in the 2-legged final in August.
The team was, Noel Curran, Brendan Davis, Bertie Feeney, Donal Geraghty, Sean Glynn, Seamus Griffin, Michael Meade, Paul McGee, Stiofan O'Conaire, Sean O'Grady, Pat Sheehan, Roy Thompson, Jim Ward and Pat Ward, they were managed by John "Special One" Darby assisted by Tim Tarpey.
Bearna Golf Club made their break-through in the Cups & Shields in 2007 when the won the Connacht Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield, mind you the club owner Pat Donnellan had been there before when playing for Galway Golf Club he won All-Ireland golf medals in 1993 and 1992 in the Pierce Purcell Shield, together with an Irish Mixed Foursomes at Courtown Golf Club in 1992. Of course Pat is better known for being a most influential part in the famous three-in-a-row All-Ireland Football Finals in 1964, 1965 and 1966.
They made the long journey to Shandon Park Golf Club in Belfast to compete in the All-Ireland decider they were drawn against Leinster Champions Donabate in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Thursday 13th September.
First on the tee were Tim Tarpey and John Derby who halved their match with Michael Fearon and Ciaran Kirwan. They were followed by John Murphy and Michael Murray who had a bad day against Douglas Roberson and Austin Kealy when they went down by 7 and 6. Next up were Liam McGee and Eamon Kearney who had almost as bad day against Ken Bradshaw and Brendan Bowe when they lost by 6 and 5. Brendan McLaughlin and Pat Walzer played in the penultimate match against Dermot Cullen and Pat McCrudden and went down by 4 and 3. The anchor match saw Pat Ward and Shane O'Neill halve their match with Colm Browne and Joe Dowling.
So it was not to be for the men from Bearna Golf Club, Donabate went through to the All-Ireland Final the following day where they met Ulster Champions Warrenpoint Golf Club who had accounted for Munster Champions Woodstock Golf Club by a similar margin. Warrenpoint beat Donabate by 3 matches to 2 matches to win their 3rd Pierce Purcell Shield and add yet another green pennant to their already large collection.
2005 Lady Captain Mary Wyer and her Captain’s Prize winner Catherine Kelly qualified in the Volkswagen/Irish Independent Lady Captain’s Classic in this scotch foursomes format. It was off to the National Finals at The Heritage Golf Club on Monday 3rd October where they were paired with the Portumna pair of Riona Holohan and Mary Conwell.
Bearna Golf Club members won the Connacht Final of the Musgrave's Club Challenge in aid of Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, which raised in excess of 130,000 Euro for the hospital. It was off to South Africa for the National Finals in November 2002.
Bearna won the Connacht Final of the Irish Mixed Foursomes in 1999 and the Western District of the Linda Black Trophy in 2000.
Lady Captain Kathleen Kelly and her Captain's Prize winner Anne Brennan were runners-up in the regional qualifiers of the Volkswagen-Irish Independent Lady Captain's Golf Classic in August 2001. Playing the Slieve Russell shortly after the North West of Ireland Open was played there. Everybody found the course playing tough. Anne playing off 24 and Kathleen off 27 returned 29 points only to be piped on a count-back. However, it was good enough to book their place in the National Finals at Druid's Glen on the 1st of October.
Prior to 2001:
Pat Ward was the Captain of the Garda All-Ireland winning team in 2000.
Nancy Holland won the All-Ireland Shell Cup and the ladies won the Linda Black Trophy in 2000.
Breda Barry won the Union Prize Bronze Medal in 2000.
Elizabeth O'Byrne had a hole-in-one on the 18th in her Captain's (Siobhan McLoughlin) Prize in 2000
History of Bearna
Founded 1996 affiliated 1996
Bearna Golf & Country Club opened for its members on Sunday March 31st 1996, as with any major project this magnificent golf course did not just happen over night. First conceived by the owners and then officially launched on October 3rd 1991. Work commenced on Wednesday August 21st 1991 when Joe Reilly from Ballina in Co. Mayo started to lay the drainage which would cover 20-miles of underground piping. Prior to the commencement of any work on site the owners had retained Bobby Brown the renowned course architect and resident professional at Laytown & Bettystown who served as Secretary of the Irish Professional Golfers Association for many years. Bobby had John Mulqueen carry out a detailed study of the terrain prior to commencing any work and John subsequently supervised the drainage development.
Bearna is located at Corboley, until recent times a solely Irish-speaking district. The name translated from Irish means "The round hill of the milking place" it derives from a hardy breed of small dark cattle which traditionally survived in this impoverished but breath-taking countryside. In times past this breed of cattle contributed to the principal commerce between Spain and the West of Ireland, the cowhides and wool were traded for Spanish wines and salt. The terrain itself was carved out 10,000 years ago during the Ice Age and every effort was made to protect its scenic topography, its flora and fauna, its native language, its social history and folk-lore indeed on my last visit traditional Irish music was being played in the lounge.
Neasa Donnellan was retained as architect for the magnificent clubhouse, which blends superbly with the wild and rouged countryside, unlike other clubhouses that come to mind. I make this statement having practiced as an architect for over 20 years in my former life well done Neasa.
Tony O’Flaherty was the contractor and the clubhouse, was officially opened by the former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern on July 28th 1998. His predecessor John Bruton visited Bearna on April 13th 1996 and planted a tree just to the left of the first fairway.
The owners Sean and Michael Meade, Frank O’Gara and Pat Donnellan certainly overcame the challenge of the Connemara landscape, Granite rock, bog, gorse and heather to bring us this unique course within a 3-Iron from Galway City.
Roll of Honour
|Liz Neville||1996||Ladies Captain|
|Richard Hughes||1996||Men's Captain|
|Bernie Power||1997||Ladies Captain|
|Tom Nolan||1997||Men's Captain|
|Geraldine McGettigan||1998||Ladies Captain|
|Gerry Davy||1998||Men's Captain|
|Linda Fahy||1999||Ladies Captain|
|Peter Leonard||1999||Men's Captain|
|P. J. Kavanagh||2000||Men's Captain|
|Kathleen Kelly||2001||Ladies Captain|
|Siobhan McLoughlin||2001||Ladies Captain|
|Noel Curran||2001||Men's Captain|
|Jane Colclough||2002||Ladies Captain|
|Denis Kiley||2002||Men's Captain|
|Mr. D. Burke||2002||President|
|Mary Wyer||2003||Ladies Captain|
|Pat Ward||2003||Men's Captain|
|Olive Leonard||2004||Ladies Captain|
|John Collins||2004||Men's Captain|
|Catherine Kelly||2005||Ladies Captain|
|John O'Meara||2005||Men's Captain|
|Mary Quill||2006||Ladies Captain|
|Michael Carey||2006||Men's Captain|
|Bertie O Finneadha||2006||President|
|Delma Carey||2007||Ladies Captain|
|Kieran Tarpey||2007||Men's Captain|
|Kate O'Meara||2008||Ladies Captain|
|Roy Thompson||2008||Men's Captain|
|Anne Brennan||2009||Ladies Captain|
|Peadar O'Flatharta||2009||Men's Captain|
|Barbara O'Keeffe||2010||Ladies Captain|
|John Murphy||2010||Men's Captain|
|Mary McHugh||2011||Ladies Captain|
|Martin O’Neill||2011||Men's Captain|
|Mary Farrell||2012||Ladies Captain|
|Brendan McLaughlin||2012||Men's Captain|
|Valerie Kiely||2013||Ladies Captain|
|Pat Sheehan||2013||Men's Captain|
|Deirdre Squires||2014||Ladies Captain|
|Derek Bryan||2014||Men's Captain|
|Marian Cunningham||2015||Ladies Captain|
|Gerry Walsh||2015||Men's Captain|
|Clare Cunningham||2016||Ladies Captain|
|Kieran Bowden||2016||Men's Captain|
|Ailis McDermott||2017||Ladies Captain|
|Tom Cunningham||2017||Men's Captain|
|Gina Gilligan (10)||2017||Lowest Ladies Handicap|
|Tom Nolan (+1)||2017||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Stephen Keenan (+1)||2017||Lowest Men's Handicap|
Holes in One at Bearna
|Member||Date||Hole No.||Club Used||Distance|
|Peter Leonard||28 June 1996||18th||6 Iron||187 m|
|Elizabeth O'Byrne||20 August 1996||13th||8 Iron||100 m|
|Pat Ward||21 January 1997||5th||5 Wood||175 m|
|Catherine Kelly||25 May 1997||13th||5 Wood||100 m|
|John Quinn||13 April 1998||13th||115 m|
|Gearoid O'Broin||28 June 1998||8th||168 m|
|Elizabeth O'Byrne||25 June 2000||18th||110 m|
|Elizabeth O'Byrne||19 May 2001||18th||110 m|
|Michael Coyne||27 May 2001||13th||115 m|
|Gerry O'Loughlainn||21 July 2002||13th||115 m|
|Colm Feeney||24 November 2002||13th||115 m|
|Marian Daly||27 April 2003||5th||137 m|
|Tommy Gannon||28 June 2007||8th||180 m|