Loughrea golf club Galway
Loughrea Golf Course
Designed by the late Eddie Hackett on of Irelands most renowned course architects, Loughrea measures 5,825 metres, with a par-71 and a standard scratch of 70 from the white tees. Loughrea has wide fairways with good greens, the rough tends to be lush and your second shot requires a high degree of accuracy. Set in rolling parkland one mile west of the town on the Bullaun Road and only 17 miles from Galway City.
It has a fine new clubhouse with magnificent panoramic views of the course and surrounding countryside. Full catering is provided and the visitor can relax in the bar after a memorable round of golf, where a warm welcome is assured to individuals and societies.
Societies are welcome and group rates are available.
|Green Fees Midweek:||€20|
|Green Fees Weekends & B.H.:||€25|
|Green Fees with a Member:||€15|
|Green Fees for Opens:||€15|
|Full Membership Available:||Yes|
|Full Membership Fee:||€505|
|Full Beginners Membership Fee:||€350|
|Full Distance Membership Fee:||€200|
|Website||Loughrea golf club website|
|Lady Captain:||Rose McKelvey
|Girls Junior Captain:|
|Hon. Secretary:||Niall Geraaghty, Tom Walsh & Sharon Mooney|
|Hon. Treasurer:||David Carroll, Ollie Newell & Tanya White|
|Comp. Secretary:||Barry Kearney & Uinsinn Finn
General Facts & Information
|Course opening hours: Daylight hours||Clubhouse opening hours: All day|
|Mobile phones: Not on course
||Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim|
|Catering: Full catering, facilities||Days to Avoid: Sunday & Bank Holidays|
|Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days||Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance|
Loughrea Golf Club Fixtures 2019 provisional*
|Open & Major Fixtures 2019 (to be Confirmed)|
|Captains' Drive-In||Sunday 10 March
|Lady Captain's Prize||Saturday 29 June||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize (Q)
||Saturday 20 July
||Sunday 21 July||Closed||2|
|Captain's Prize (Q)
||Sunday 21 July
|Captain's Prize||Saturday 27 July||Closed||1|
|President's Prize||Saturday 24 August||Sunday 25 August||Closed||2|
|President's Prize||Sunday 25 August||Closed||1|
|Singles Stableford||Friday 15 March||Monday 18 March
|Singles Stableford||Saturday 16 March||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 17 March||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 18 March||Open
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Friday 19 April
||Monday 22 April||Open
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Saturday 20 April
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Sunday 21 April
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Monday 22 April||Open||1
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Saturday 4 May
||Monday 6 May
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Sunday 5 May
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Monday 6 May||Open||1|
|Loughrea Am-Am||Monday 13 May||Sunday 19 May||Open||7|
|Loughrea Am-Am||Tuesday 14 May||Open||1|
|Loughrea Am-Am||Wednesday 15 May||Open||1|
|Loughrea Am-Am||Thursday 16 May||Open||1|
|Loughrea Am-Am||Friday 17 May||Open||1|
|Loughrea Am-Am||Saturday 18 May||Open||1|
|Loughrea Am-Am||Sunday 19 May
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Friday 31 May
||Monday 3 June
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Saturday 1 June||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Sunday 2 June||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Monday 3 June||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Sunday 28 July
||Thursday 1 August
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Monday 29 July
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 30 July
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 1 August||Open||1|
|Singles Strokes||Friday 2 August||Monday 5 August||Open||3|
|Singles Strokes||Saturday 3 August||Open||1|
|Singles Strokes||Sunday 4 August||Open||1|
|Singles Strokes||Monday 5 August||Open||1|
|Junior Scratch Cup||Friday 30 August
||Sunday 1 September||Open||3|
|Junior Scratch Cup||Saturday 31 August
|Junior Scratch Cup||Sunday 1 September||Open||1|
|Inter. Scratch Cup||Friday 30 August
||Sunday 1 September||Open||3|
|Inter. Scratch Cup||Saturday 31 August
|Inter. Scratch Cup||Sunday 1 September||Open
|Minor Scratch Cup||Friday 30 August
||Sunday 1 September||Open||3|
|Minor Scratch Cup||Saturday 31 August
|Minor Scratch Cup||Sunday 1 September||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Friday 25 October||Monday 28 October||Open||4
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Saturday 26 October||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Sunday 27 October||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Fourball||Monday 28 October||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Friday 20 December||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Saturday 21 December||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Thursday 26 December||Tuesday 31 December||Open||6
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Friday 27 December||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Saturday 28 December||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Sunday 29 December||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Monday 30 December||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesday 31 December
Card of the Course
|Red||Par 72 SSS 72 4,968 m|
|Green||Par 71 SSS 69 5,638 m|
|Blue||Par 71 SSS 70 5,825 m|
Men's Course Record: 64 John Counihan (4) 06/04/2000
Ladies Course Record:
Loughrea Golf Club won the Connaught Final of the Irish Junior Cup in 2017 when they beat Galway Bay by 3½-matches to1 ½-matches on Sunday 13th August at Galway Bay Golf Club.
They were led out by Andy Champion who lost his match by3 and 2 against Colm Beakey, he was followed by Evan O'Doherty who beat Keith Gavin by 3 and 2, next on the tee was Paddy McMahon who had a 2 and 1 win over Paul Glynn, in the penultimate match Paudie Hynes had a 3 and 1 win over Trevor Horan and the bottom match of Brendan Dunne against Tom Molloy was declared a halve when called-in and they had booked their place in the All-Ireland Deciders.
They made their way to Carton House Golf Club in Co. Kildare to participate in the deciders and were drawn against Munster Champions Ballybunion Golf Club on Wednesday 20th September in the All-Ireland Semi-Final and lost out to the eventual winners by 3½-matches to 1½-matches.
They were led out by Padraig Hynes who lost his match against Philip Byrne by 2-holes, he was followed by Evan O’Doherty who had a 3 and 1 win over Frank Geary Jnr. by 3 and 1, next on the tee was Paddy McMahon who recorded a 4 and 3 lose to Ronan Cross, in the penultimate match David Byrnes went all the way up the 20th before relinquishing the point to Adrian Walsh and in the bottom match Brendan Dunne match against Brian Slattery was declared a halve when called-in.
The Ladies of Loughrea Golf Club won the Connacht Final of the ILGU Intermediate Team at Co. Sligo Golf Club in 2015 and went on to lose out to Leinster Champions Malahide by the narrowest of scores in the All-Ireland Final when the last match was decided by sudden death play-off.
The team on the day was Sharon Mooney, Martha O Neill, Ronnie Norris, Anne Kelly and Geraldine Keely they were managed by Frances Blake.
Loughrea Golf Club won the Connaught Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield in 2009 and was drawn against Ulster Champions Letterkenny Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final at Tullamore Golf Club in September.
They were led by Brendan Dunne with Paul Hynes who lost out to Brian O'Donnell with Tony McMonagle by 3 and 2. They were followed by John Greally with Gerry Fahy who beat Pat McMonagle with Kieran Sweeney with the minimum 1-hole victory.
Next on the tee was Noel Maher with Lee McGahon who last to John Russell with Kieran Walsh by 3 and 2. The penultimate match of Uinsinn Finn with Cathal Murray saw the Galway pair have a very convincing 6 and 5 win over Ed Margey with Brendan Roache. So it was all down to the bottom match to decide who would progress to the All-Ireland Final, Tony Slevin with John Creavan gave it their best shot against Kenny King with Shane Sweeney but the Donegal pair prevailed with a 3 and 2 win to proceed to the final and eventual green-pennant winners, their first and only the 4th in the history of Donegal Clubs.
Loughrea Golf Club did the double in the Connaught Cups and Shields when they beat Tubbercurry Golf Club by 3 matches to 2 matches in the Pierce Purcell Shield at Enniscrone Golf Club on 12th August 2006.
It was back to Enniscrone Golf Club for the National Finals, where they where drawn against Ulster Champions Tandragee Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Thursday 14thSeptember.
First up was Gerry Lynch with Aidan Donohue against Philip Mehaffey with Sean McReynolds who clinched their match on the 19th -hole. They were followed Ronan Killeen with Derek Keane who beat Don Johnston with Terry Davies by 2 and 1. Next up were Johnny Greally with Paul Keane who halved their match against Harry Hall with Keith Steenson. With all to play for Kevin Greally with John Flynn clinched Loughrea’s place in the National Final when they halved their match with John Hanna and Barry Steenson. Matt Kavanagh with John Dervan put the icing-on-the-cake with a convincing 7 and 5 win over Billy Wilson with Jim Padlow.
They were drawn against Munster Champions Charleville Golf Club on the Friday, who had gone down to the wire against Leinster Champions Woodlands the previous day.
First on the tee were John Flynn with Kevin Greally who lost out to John Carroll with Dermot Whelan by 2 and 1. They were followed by Gerry Lynch with Aidan Donohue against John O’Keeffe with Pat O’Shaughnessy who recorded a 3 and 2 victory for the Munster men. Next up were Ronan Killeen with Derek Keane who had a comfortable 5 and 4 win over Paddy Kelly with Francis Finn. The penultimate match saw Johnny Greally with Paul Keane lose out to Seamus Lyons with Pat Nagle by 1-hole. The final match of John Dervan with Matt Kavanagh against Tom Barrett with Steven Moloney say Loughrea win by the 1-hole margin.
Loughrea Golf Club won the Connaught Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield in 2006, when they beat Gort Golf Club at Enniscrone Golf Club on 13th August by 3 and a half matches to 1 and a half matches.
It was back to Enniscrone Golf Club for the National Finals, where they where drawn against Leinster Champions Rosslare Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Friday 15th September.
First up on the tee was Brian Farragher and Barry Horgan whom had a convincing 3 and 2 win over Liam Brett and Eoin McCarthy. They were followed by Andrew Kilmartin and Gerry Farragher against James Doyle and Michael O’Connor who overcame the Leinster men on the 19th. Next up were Albert Mannion and Frank Carty who lost out to Ian Lynch and Jonathan Stewart by 2 and 1. The penultimate match saw Trevor Horan and Frank Joyce pitched against Tiarnan Rossiter and John Skerritt who lost out by a similar result. It was all down to the final match of Darragh Burke and Greg Glynn against Ken Maher and Tom Kennedy, alas the result went in Rosslare’s favour by 3 and 1. So near but yet so far.
Congratulations to Hannagh O'Connor who beat County Longford's Ann Hayes in the final of the Connacht Junior Championship in 2006.
Loughrea Golf Club won the Connaught Final of the Bulmers Junior Cup and were drawn against Skerries Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Finals at Lisburn Golf Club on 11th September 2003. They lost out to Skerries who were to won the All-Ireland pennant when beating Clonmel in the final in the afternoon. The team on the day was Eamon Hannon, Peter Power, Albert Mannion, Cathal Madden and Gerry Glynn.
Loughrea won the Bulmers Pierce Purcell Shield Connaught Championship, when they beat Enniscrone by 3 matches to 2 at Galway Golf Club in 2002. The team was Brendan Hardieman, John Manicle, Martin Kennedy, Noel Kelly, Alan Greally, Trevor Horan, Jarlath O'Connor, Brian Fahy, Dara Keary, Padraig Murray, Johnny Grealy, Joe Cahalin, Mick Daniels and John Dervan. They were captained by Danny Hynes. They were drawn against Munster Champions Woodstock Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Finals at Galway on September 5th 2002
Patsy Lynch was Captain of the Connacht Boys' team for the Interprovincial Championships at Headfort Golf Club from August 28-30 2002.
Prior to 2001
Loughrea won the Connaught Bulmers Jimmy Bruen Shield in 1996, when the team was Gerry Bond, Declan Curley, Paddy Madden, Joe Cahalan, Connor Waters, Gerry Allison, Kieran Counihan, Pat Gill, Gerry Madden, Kenneth Colleran, Gerry Glynn and Michael Casserly. They were managed by John Counihan Jnr.
They won the Connacht Junior Inter Club Championship in 1995, when the team was Kenneth Colleran, Gerry Madden, Adrian Herlihy, Connor Waters, Dylan Lawless and Wayne Lawless. They were managed by John Counihan.
They won the Connacht Senior Inter Club in 1998, when the team was A. Clarke, J. Caffery, J. Counihan, P. Madden, J. Rooney, M. Raleigh, V. Leahy, Joe Cahalan, P. Lynch, F. Perry, A. Mannion, V. Ryan and C. Smalle.
They won the Cecil Ewing Shield in 1998, when the team was K. Morrissey, Brendan Hardieman, M. Burns, L. Healy, M. Moloney, P. Lynch, P. Keane, J. Kelly, M. Carey, J. Counihan, G. Connaire, F. Stewart and G. Lynch.
They won the Bloomfield Cup in 1998 when the team was, G. Madden, L. Shannon, J. Cahalan, P. Gill, B. Hogan, J. Counihan, P. Madden, V. Leahy, G. Bond, C. Barry, P. Lynch, A. Clarke and F. Joyce. They won it prior to that in 1995, when the team was Adrian Madden, Pat Gill, Pat Waters, Austin Clarke, Ronan O'Dea, Tony Ryan, Gerry Glynn, John Counihan Jnr. Leo Connolly and Gerry Bond. They were captained by Patsy Lynch.
They won the Central Towns in 1982 when the team was P. Gilchreest, M. Conway, N. Colleran, G. Gately, B. Blake, K. Hayes, N. Kelly, K. Dervin, V. Prendergast and they were managed by M. O'Neill.
They won the Connaught Shield in 1958, when the team was T. Dervan, A. J. Wellwood, J. Kennedy, D. Ryan, J. Hannafin, D. Duffy, M. Kennedy, P. Corcoran, N. McNally and M. Dyar.
They were Connacht Runners-Up in the Irish Junior Cup in 1996, the Pierce Purcell Shield in 1995, Junior Cup 1995 and the Cecil Ewing in 2000.
The Ladies won Connacht Cup in 1968, when the team was Mrs. J. J. Fanning, Mrs. W. Hickey and Mrs. E. Pringle.
Members who played representative golf for their Province;
C. Waters represented Connacht at Senior Interprovincial level from 1999 to 2001 playing 15-times won 3-matches halved two and lost 10-matches accumulating 8-points;
History of Loughrea
Loughrea Golf Club moved to its current location in 1954 and began as a testing nine hole course. The course was redesigned and expanded to 18 Holes in 1992. This development was undertaken under renowned course architect Eddie Hackett, one of the most prolific course designers in Irish golf history.
Further expansion occurred in 2002 when additional land was purchased and developed adding 1,000 yds approx to the length of the course. Four new holes and greens were constructed and three others modified. This development resulted in making the course a Par 71 for Men and Par72 for Ladies.
We are proud of all these developments and the way they have enhanced our course. The course poses an inviting and exciting challenge and is considered a true and fair test for all golfers.
We hope that all players, members and visitors, will enjoy the challenge our course poses and the hospitality of the clubhouse.
Roll of Honour
|Mrs. E. Morrissey||1990||Ladies Captain|
|P. G. Healy||1990||Men's Captain|
|Mrs. S. Kelly||1991||Ladies Captain|
|P. Haverty||1991||Men's Captain|
|Rev. I. Clarke||1991||President|
|Mrs. B. Beirne||1992||Ladies Captain|
|M. Bond||1992||Men's Captain|
|Mrs. G. Collins||1993||Ladies Captain|
|F. Joyce||1993||Men's Captain|
|J. A. Cahalan||1993||President|
|Miss M. Morrissey||1994||Ladies Captain|
|B. Horgan||1994||Men's Captain|
|F. A. Winters||1994||President|
|Mrs. E. McCann||1995||Ladies Captain|
|B. Fahy||1995||Men's Captain|
|Dr. B. Moloney||1995||President|
|Mrs. Anna Cronin||1996||Ladies Captain|
|P. Lynch||1996||Men's Captain|
|P. C. Healy||1996||President|
|Miss M. Verdon||1997||Ladies Captain|
|G. Glynn||1997||Men's Captain|
|Mrs. N. Blake||1998||Ladies Captain|
|A. Mannion||1998||Men's Captain|
|Mrs. N. Gilligan||1999||Ladies Captain|
|B. Mahony||1999||Men's Captain|
|Mrs. S. McDonald||2000||Ladies Captain|
|J. P. Cusack||2000||Men's Captain|
|Geraldine Dolan||2001||Ladies Captain|
|Michael Maher||2001||Men's Captain|
|Marcella Fallon||2002||Ladies Captain|
|John Counihan||2002||Men's Captain|
|Rose Mannion||2003||Ladies Captain|
|J. Barrett||2003||Men's Captain|
|Anne Kelly||2004||Ladies Captain|
|Dick O'Gorman||2004||Men's Captain|
|Chris Murray||2005||Ladies Captain|
|Danny Hynes||2005||Men's Captain|
|Patricia O'Hehir||2006||Ladies Captain|
|Carl Cahalan||2006||Men's Captain|
|Cherry O'Connor||2007||Ladies Captain|
|Peter Murphy||2007||Men's Captain|
|Sharon Mooney||2008||Ladies Captain|
|Paul Glynn||2008||Men's Captain|
|Maude Mahoney||2009||Ladies Captain|
|Jim Dunne||2009||Men's Captain|
|Geraldine Keely||2010||Ladies Captain|
|Tony Slevin||2010||Men's Captain|
|Catherine Cleary||2011||Ladies Captain|
|Des Egan||2011||Men's Captain|
|Claire Carty||2012||Ladies Captain|
|Pat Hynes||2012||Men's Captain|
|Kay Keating||2013||Ladies Captain|
|John O'Neill||2013||Men's Captain|
|Martha O'Neill||2014||Ladies Captain|
|James Kennedy||2014||Men's Captain|
|Anne Scott||2015||Ladies Captain|
|Uinsinn Finn||2015||Men's Captain|
|Rita Fallon||2016||Ladies Captain|
|Aidan McNabola||2016||Men's Captain|
|Marion Murphy||2017||Ladies Captain|
|Frank Murray||2017||Men's Captain|
|Niall McGahon||2018||Men's Captain|
|Declan Joyce||2019||Men's Captain|
|2019||Lowest Ladies H'cap|
|Joseph Ryan||2019||Lowest Men's H'cap|
Holes in One at Loughrea
|Member||Date||Hole No.||Club Used||Distance|
|Emir McMorrow||17 May 1996||17th||124 m|
|Geraldine Dolan||2 May 1997||11th||125 m|
|Morgan Healy||7 July 1998||14th||134 m|
|Gerry Leslie||7 July 1999||14th||134 m|
|Aidan Donohue||21 July 1999||11th||146 m|
|Kathleen Leahy||25 July 1999||11th||110 m|
|Mary Ryan||3 January 2000||8th||94 m|
|Vincent Costello||30 January 2000||8th||120 m|
|John Counihan||5 March 2000||14th||134 m|
|Garry Bond||12 March 2000||14th||134 m|
|Gay Dolan||1 August 2000||17th||160 m|
|David McGann||27 May 2001||8th||105 m|
|Michael Booth||22 March 2002||11th||146 m|
|Joe Barrett||5 June 2002||14th||134 m|
|Niall Madden||28 July 2002||17th||158 m|
|Michael P. Corcoran||6 October 2003||8th||118 m|
|Kieran Counihan||23 March 2003||17th||158 m|
|Gerry Farragher||1 June 2003||4th||185 m|
|Martin Mullins||2 June 2003||4th||184 m|
|Michael Lyons||18 February 2004||11th||124 m|
|Chris Murray||25 February 2004||11th||125 m|
|Dermot Bligh||20 June 2004||17th||158 m|
|Cathal Madden||25 July 2004||11th||170 m|
|Siun McDonald||9 March 2005||14th||120 m|
|Joe Cahalan||2 August 2005||8th||133 m|
|Sharon Mooney||19 June 2005||8th||108 m|
|Emmet Keary||14/09/2005||8th||133 m|
|Noel Kelly||1 January 2006||11th||160 m|
|Ronnie Norris||1 July 2007|
|Dick O’Gorman||27 January 2007||11th||153 m|
|Michael Howard||5 May 2008||8th||113 m|
|Emmet Mahony||9 August 2008||11th||160 m|
|Paddy Madden||9 August 2008||4th||185 m|
|Paddy Arrigan||26 November 2008||17th||140 m|
|Val Groarke||15 July 2009||4th||185 m|
|John O’Neill||7 October 2009||17th||158 m|