Dooks golf club Kerry
Dooks Golf Course
A truly traditional experience, so far as the golfer who is seeking a beautiful and tranquil environment to enjoy good golf, Dooks presents a convincing case. Hole number 13 best illustrates the charm and magic of Dooks. It is a throw back hole to the time when golf began. Greens lay where they fell and were better for it.
The golf course is set out on one of three stretches of sand dunes at the head of Dingle Bay. In the immediate foreground are the sand dune peninsulas of Rossbeigh and Inch and just a few miles away the whitewashed houses of Cromane fishing village provide an eye-catching distraction. South Eastwards are the famed MacGillycuddy Reeks, to the South West are the lovely cooms and hills of Glenbeigh and across the bay to the north are the Slieve Mish and Dingle mountains. Dooks are presently undertaking a major upgrading of their links in order to keep pace with modern improvements in golf equipment.
Societies are welcome and group rates are available.
Dooks was voted the No. 23-ranked golf course in Ireland, by “Irish Golfer” in 2023; (Up-2)
Dooks was voted the No. 25-ranked golf course in Ireland, by “Irish Golfer” in 2022;
Dooks was voted the No. 25-ranked golf coursein Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2020 (Up-3);
Dooks was voted the No. 28-ranked golf coursein Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2019 (Down-4);
Dooks was voted the No. 24-ranked golf coursein Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2018 (Up-1);
Dooks was voted the No. 25-ranked golf coursein Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2017 (Up-3);
Dooks was voted the No. 28-ranked golf coursein Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2016 (Down-4);
Dooks was voted the No. 24-ranked golf coursein Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2015 (Up-6);
Dooks was voted the No. 30-ranked golf coursein Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2014 (Up-2);
Dooks was voted the No. 32-ranked golf coursein Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2013 (Up-1);
Dooks was voted the No. 33-ranked golf coursein Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2012;
Dooks was voted the No. 37-ranked golf coursein Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2010;
Dooks was voted the No. 24 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2010, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;
Dooks was voted the No. 67-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2009;
Dooks was voted the No. 24 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2009, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;
Dooks was voted the No. 54-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2008;
Dooks was voted the No. 25 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2008, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;
Golf Deals » Dooks
Stay & Play @ The Olde Glenbeigh Hotel €190.00Offer valid from 01 Jul 2021 to 30 Nov 2023 Detail:
2-Nights Bed and Breakfast and 1-round of golf on the fantastic Dooks Golf Links
|Green Fees January to March:||€50
|Green Fee April to October:||€150|
|Green Fees March to April:||€100|
|Green Fees October:||€100|
|Green Fees November:
|Green Fees December:||None|
|Green Fees Sunday & Bank Holidays:||Limited|
|Green Fees for Opens:||€50|
|Full Membership Available:||Yes|
|Full Annual Membership Fee:||€580|
|Full Spousal Membership Fee:||€928|
|Entrance Fee Individual:
|Entrance Fee Spousal:||€4,000|
|Website||Dooks golf club website|
|Lady Captain:||Anne Griffin|
|Junior Boys' Captain:||Sean O’Donnell|
|Junior Girls' Captain:||Aisling O’Connor|
|Hon. Secretary:||Aiden Foley & Jenny Pigott|
|Club Pro:||Daniel Sugrue P.G.A Pro|
|Hon. Treasurer:||Shane Shanahan & Cathy McKeefry|
|Handicap Secretary:||Damien O’Sullivan & Margo Buckley|
General Facts & Information
|Course opening hours: Daylight hours||Clubhouse opening hours: 9.00am to 10.00pm|
|Mobile phones: Not on course
||Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim|
|Catering: Full catering, facilities||Days to Avoid: Sundays|
|Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Monday to Saturday
||Pre-booking for open Tournaments:Available online
Dooks Golf Club Fixtures 2023 provisional*
|Open & Major Fixtures 2023 (to be Confirmed)|
|Captains' Drive-In||Sunday 26 December
|President's Prize||Sunday 2 July||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize||Sunday 23 July
|Lady President's Prize||Thursday 10 August||Closed||1|
|Lady Captain's Prize||Sunday 10 September
|Kingdom Cup||Thursday 13 April||Saturday 15 April||Open||3|
|Kingdom Cup||Friday 14 April||Open||1|
|Kingdom Cup||Saturday 15 April||Open||1|
|Ladies Charity Day
||Sunday 21 April||Open||1|
|Senior Scratch Cup||Sunday 7 May||Open||1|
|Junior Scratch Cup 4 to 11)||Saturday 16 May||Open||1|
|Inter. Scratch Cup (12 to 17)||Saturday 16 May
|Munster Women's Austrailian Spoons||Tuesday 18 July||G.I.||1|
|Ladies 2-Person Team Event
||Sunday 30 July||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesday 1 August||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesday 22 August||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Monday 25 September||Open||1|
|Ladies Singles Stableford||Tuesday 12 October
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Friday 13 October
Card of the Course
|White||Par 71 SSS 71 6,272 yd's|
|Yellow||Par 71 SSS 70 5,864 yd's|
|Red||Par 72 SSS 72 5,359 yd's|
|Blue||Par 71 SSS 72 6,511 yd's|
Men's Course Record Am: 70 D. J. Guiney (0) Ballybunion G. C.
Ladies Course Record:
The Ladies of Dooks Golf Club were Runners-Up the Final of the West Munster Women’s Intermediate Cup on Saturday 29th July 2023 at East Clare Golf Club when they lost out to Ballyneety Golf Club by 4-matches to 1-match.
Dooks Golf Club were Runners-Up in the Final of the West Munster Fred Perry Trophy on Saturday 29th July 2023 at East Clare Golf Club when they lost out to Ballykisteen Golf Club by 4-matches to 1-match.
The Ladies of Dooks Golf Club were Runners-Up in the Final of the West Munster Women’s Junior Foursomes on Sunday 23th July 2023 at Kenmare Golf Club when they lost out to Dromoland Castle Golf Club by 2-matches to 1-match.
Conor Hickey was selected on the Munster Interprovincial Championship team at Moyvalley Golf Club from Tuesday 29th August to Thursday 31st August 2023.
Other members of the team were Jordan Boles (Charleville Golf Club), Donnacha Cleary (Tipperary Golf Club), Darragh Flynn (Carton House Golf Club), Mark Gazi & Darren O’Sullivan (Tralee Golf Club), Alex King (Faithlegg Golf Club), David Reddan (Nenagh Golf Club).
They were Captained by Juan Fitzgerald (Limerick Golf Club) and Managed by Shane Horgan (Monkstown Golf Club).
Dooks Golf Club qualified for Quarter-Finals of the Pierce Purcell Shield at Knightsbrook Golf Club on Thursday 15th September 2022 when they were drawn against Mayobridge Golf Club and lost their match by 3½-matches to 1½-matches.
They were led out by Kieran Foley with James Long who lost out by 2-holes against Patrick McGivern with J. P. McIlvenny, they were followed by Karl Griffen with Jason Hunter who lost their match by the minimum against Joseph Boyd with Colm Magee, next on the tee was Aidan and Brendan Foley who had a 3 and 2 win against Conor McConville with John Brown, in the penultimate match Eamon Foley with Martin Hurley also lost their match by the minimum against Shane Fagan with Barry O’Hare and the bottom match between Paul McKenna with Mark Kennedy against George Devlin with Peter Travers was halved when called-in.
So it was not to be for the team from this picturesque part of Kerry, but sur they have Sam down there for a year at most!!.
Tracy Eakin was selected on the Irish Senior Team to compete in the European Senior Ladies’ Team Championship at Aebortun Golf Club, Slovenia from 30th August to 3rd September 2022.
Dooks Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Irish Mixed Foursomes on their home course on Saturday 8th August 2015 when they beat Skibbereen Golf Club by 3½-matches to 1½-matches and accounted for Castletroy Golf Club by a similar margin in the Munster decider.
First on the tee were Enda Curtayne with Tracy Eakin who beat Tony Delaney with Eimear Costelloe 2-holes, they were followed by Paul Griffin with Mary Inglis who lost out to Fergal Costelloe with Grainne Forde by 3 and 2, next up were Denis McGillicuddy with Jenny Piggott who recorded a halve against Keith Bermingham with Mary Quinlan, in the penultimate match Pat Griffin with Joan Harmon beat Brendan Reidy with Mary Bermingham by 2 and 1, in the bottom match Karl Falvey with Eileen Breen had a very comfortable 5 and 4 win over Gerard Maher with Rachel Maher.
They didn’t have far to go to compete in the All-Ireland Final as it was played at Dooks on the 3rd & 4th September.
The Ladies of Dooks Golf Club won the Noreen Moore Trophy League Kerry Class in 2012, when the team was Jane Hickie, Deirdre Galvin, Mary McGillycuddy, Anne Griffin, Betty Griffin Adrienne O’Sullivan and Louise Farrell, they were managed by Helen Ahern assisted by Mary Curran.
The Ladies of Dooks Golf Club won the Munster Final of the AA-Insurance Senior Foursomes in 2007, they made their way to Athlone Golf Club to compete in the National deciders, where the met Connaught Champions Galway Golf Club in the All-Ireland quarter-final which they lost by 2 matches to 1 match.
First on the tee was Mary Keane with Joan Harmon who lost their match by 2 and 1 against Sheelagh Kearney with Jo Price, next up was Ogie O'Sullivan with Mary Hackett who had a 3 and 2 win over Ger Neville with Mary Tierney, the bottom match of Catherine O'Brien with Helen Aherne was a 6 and 4 win for the Galway pair of Bryde Glynn with Ann O'Donnellan.
Dooks won the Kerry Shield in 1984, when the team was Michael Shanahan, Tom Curran, Billy Dodd, Ted Houlihan, George Boyle, Gene Ahern and John McGillycuddy. They won it again in 1985, when the team was Arthur Boyle, Eric Brick, Dermot O'Grady, Declan Mangan and George Boyle.
They won the Cork Examiner Am-Am at Waterville Golf Club in July 1979, with Sean O'Connor, John F. O'Connell and Michael Murphy. They won the Dr. Bill O'Sullivan Shield in 2000.
The Ladies of Dooks Golf Club won the ILGU Junior League in 1997 when the team was Mary Curran, Rose Cunningham, Dolores Foley, Catherine Foley, Margaret O'Sullivan, Brenda Brick, Kay Woods, Catherine O'Donoghue, Delia Foley and Anne Mangan, they were managed by Anne Gannon.
They won the Munster Cup in 1991 at Charleville Golf Club, with Joan Harmon, Mary Keane and Meg O'Shaughnessy. ILGU Munster Junior Championship in 1995, with Meg O'Shaughnessy and in 2002 with Eileen O'Sullivan.
They won the ILGU Minor League in 1987 and again in 1990.
Members who played representative golf for their Province;
William O’Sullivan* represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial from 1938 to 1939;
History of Dooks
Dooks Golf Links is celebrating its 125 year as a golf links this year making it one of the olgest Golf Clubs in Ireland.
Dooks Golf Club, situated in a panoramic setting in a corner of Dingle Bay which is on the Wild Atlantic Way was founded in 1889 and is one of the ten oldest Golf Clubs in Ireland. Golf was first played on this particular stretch of true sea-side links by soldiers from The Curragh (where golf came to Ireland in 1883), who were billeted in nearby Glenbeigh for artillery practice on the Rossbeigh dunes.
For many years Dooks was a 9-hole course whose original members were from the titled residents of Caragh Lake or active and retired members of the Army. Over the years business and professional people from Killorglin and mid-Kerry tried their hands at golf and became enraptured by the magic of Dooks and intrigued by the game of golf.
The 9-hole golf course at Dooks was played on land that was part of the Besford McGregor Estate and from whom Dooks had a 75 year lease. When this lease was up in 1965 the owners were anxious to sell the land to a third party (believed to be interested in building a hotel in the area). The members ran a national Press Campaign – including a Press Conference in the Gresham Hotel, Dublin – and eventually the owners agreed to sell the land to Dooks Members for £7,000.
This might sound like a small sum but at the time the club had only about 20 active members and the annual income was £1,000. Bord Failte gave a very generous grant of £3,500 and the members raised the rest by a Development Bond Scheme, costing £5 per bond. Current members are eternally grateful to the members and subscribers who organised this magnificent effort and saved Dooks for the future enjoyment of generations to come.
Having obtained ownership of the land, the members set about extending the 9-holes. They designed and physically built the “new 9″ themselves for a total expenditure of £3,500. A magificent achievement which would not have been possible without the commitment and generosity of the members at that time.
The 18-Holes were opened in 1970 by the President of the GUI, Mr Gerry Owens and over the next 30 years the reputation of Dooks as an honest test of traditional links golf spread worldwide. The clubhouse, which was just a tin shack in the 1960′s went through 5 different “makeovers” before the present magnificent building was opened in 2005.
In 2002, the committee felt that the layout of Dooks’ course needed to be upgraded and renowned architect Martin Hawtree was asked to “have a look” and come up with suggestions. This resulted in a complete overhaul and the revamped Dooks was opened in 2006. The new Hawtree design has put Dooks in the forefront of Links Golf and its reputation for excellent golf in a magical setting with a renowned friendly atmosphere is the envy of golf clubs worldwide and remains to this day one of Ireland’s leading golf links.
Roll of Honour
|Sheila Burke||1989||Ladies Captain|
|J. A. O'Dwyer||1989||Men's Captain|
|S. M. O'Sullivan||1989||President|
|Joan Harmon||1990||Ladies Captain|
|Owen O'Sullivan||1990||Men's Captain|
|C. A. Foley||1990||President|
|Else Stern||1991||Ladies Captain|
|Ted Houlihan||1991||Men's Captain|
|P. J. Foley||1991||President|
|Eileen Griffin||1992||Ladies Captain|
|Catherine Brick||1992||Ladies President|
|Dave Marchant||1992||Men's Captain|
|P. J. Foley||1992||President|
|Catherine Foley||1993||Ladies Captain|
|Catherine Brick||1993||Ladies President|
|Austin O'Reilly||1993||Men's Captain|
|Anne Roantree||1994||Ladies Captain|
|Sheila Burke||1994||Ladies President|
|Gene Aherne||1994||Men's Captain|
|Sandra Khan||1995||Ladies Captain|
|Anne Mangan||1995||Ladies President|
|Shane O'Reilly||1995||Men's Captain|
|Rose Cunningham||1996||Ladies Captain|
|Margaret Shanahan||1996||Ladies President|
|Michael Sullivan||1996||Men's Captain|
|Kathleen Sugrue||1997||Ladies Captain|
|Ann Eadie||1997||Ladies President|
|John Breen||1997||Men's Captain|
|J. B. O'Shea||1997||President|
|Brenda Brick||1998||Ladies Captain|
|Sheila O'Doherty||1998||Ladies President|
|Tom Foley||1998||Men's Captain|
|J. B. O'Shea||1998||President|
|Helen Aherne||1999||Ladies Captain|
|Margaret O'Sullivan||1999||Ladies President|
|Aidan Gannon||1999||Men's Captain|
|W. D. O'Grady||1999||President|
|Sheelagh Yeates||2000||Ladies Captain|
|Muriel Boyle||2000||Ladies President|
|Conor O'Mahony||2000||Men's Captain|
|W. D. O'Grady||2000||President|
|Madeleine Crowley||2001||Ladies Captain|
|Lillian Carmody||2001||Ladies President|
|Patrick O'Connor||2001||Men's Captain|
|Mary Curran||2002||Ladies Captain|
|Phyllis O'Sullivan||2002||Ladies President|
|Jerome Foley||2002||Men's Captain|
|Kathleen O'Sullivan||2003||Ladies Captain|
|Kay O'Sullivan||2003||Ladies President|
|Eric Brick||2003||Men's Captain|
|Helyn O'Neill||2004||Ladies Captain|
|Frankie Bickel||2004||Ladies President|
|Fergus Foley||2004||Men's Captain|
|Joan O'Shea||2005||Ladies Captain|
|Fionnuala Cronin||2005||Ladies President|
|Mike Breen||2005||Men's Captain|
|Gillian Mangan||2006||Ladies Captain|
|Elsa Stern||2006||Ladies President|
|Aiden O'Shea||2006||Men's Captain|
|Ann O'Sullivan||2007||Ladies Captain|
|Margaret O'Donoghue||2007||Ladies President|
|Donal Brosnan||2007||Men's Captain|
|Mary Keane||2008||Ladies Captain|
|Margaret O'Donoghue||2008||Ladies President|
|Tom Curran||2008||Men's Captain|
|Louise Farrell||2009||Ladies Captain|
|Margaret O'Donoghue||2009||Ladies President|
|Seamus Shaughnessy||2009||Men's Captain|
|Mary Griffin||2010||Ladies Captain|
|Helen Aherne||2010||Ladies President|
|Liam Crowley||2010||Men's Captain|
|Catherine Doyle||2011||Ladies Captain|
|Helen Aherne||2011||Ladies President|
|James Long||2011||Men's Captain|
|Mary Inglis||2012||Ladies Captain|
|John Griffin||2012||Men's Captain|
|Margaret Mulcahy||2013||Ladies Captain|
|John Noonan||2013||Men's Captain|
|Shivaun Shanahan||2014||Ladies Captain|
|John Mangan||2014||Men's Captain|
|Delia Foley||2015||Ladies Captain|
|William Murphy||2015||Men's Captain|
|Kay Woods||2016||Ladies Captain|
|Denis Guerin||2016||Men's Captain|
|Catherine O’Donoghue||2017||Ladies Captain|
|Vincent Devlin||2017||Men's Captain|
|Maria Bateman||2018||Ladies Captain|
|Karl Falvey||2018||Men's Captain|
|Catherine Spain||2019||Ladies Captain|
|Jim Guirey||2019||Men's Captain|
|Rosie Lane||2020||Ladies Captain|
|Ronan Burke||2020||Men's Captain|
|Gavin Boyle||2020||Junior Boy's Captain|
|Caoilfhin Foley||2020||Junior Girl's Captain|
|Rosie Lane||2021||Ladies Captain|
|Ronan Burke||2021||Men's Captain|
||2021||Junior Boy's Captain|
|Caoilfhin Foley||2021||Junior Girl's Captain|
|Caroline Mahony||2022||Ladies Captain|
|Austin Shaughnessy||2022||Men's Captain|
|Robert Shields||2022||Junior Boy's Captain|
|Aisling O’Connor||2022||Junior Girl's Captain|
|Anne Griffin||2023||Ladies Captain|
|Derek George||2023||Men's Captain|
|Sean O’Donnell||2023||Junior Boy's Captain|
|2023||Junior Girl's Captain|
|Tracey Eakin||2023||Lowest Ladies H'cap|
|Susan Lynch||2023||Lowest Ladies H'cap|
|Ogie O'Sullivan||2023||Lowest Ladies H'cap|
|Conor Hickey||2023||Lowest Men's H'cap|
|Shane Harmon (2)||2023||Lowest Men's H'cap|
Holes in One at Dooks
|Member||Date||Hole No.||Club Used||Distance|
|E. Brick||8 September 2002||5th||194 yd‘s|
|Tom McNicholas||1 September 201||13th||150 yd‘s|
|Martin Mitchell||3 September 2000||13th||150 yd‘s|
|Aidan O'Shea||23 January 2000||2nd||131 yd‘s|
|Liz Morton||1 April 1999||2nd||131 yd‘s|
|Barry Harmon||8 September 2000||9th||183 yd‘s|
|Michael O'Sullivan||28 January 2001||13th||150 yd‘s|
|Sandra Kane||22 May 2001||2nd||118 yd‘s|
|Eamonn McGillycuddy||29 July 2001||9th||183 yd‘s|
|Michael Johnston||22 July 2001||2nd||131 yd‘s|
|Michael O'Donoghue||9 June 2001||13th||150 yd‘s|
|Michael McGillycuddy||5 August 2001||13th||170 yd‘s|
|Tom McNicholas||26 August 2001||13th||170 yd‘s|
|Pat Kelly||3 June 2002||2nd||130 yd‘s|
|Michael Breen||14 December 2002||13th||170 yd‘s|
|Nuala Curran||8 June 2003||2nd||118 yd‘s|
|Sean O'Connor||29 July 2003||2nd||131 yd‘s|
|Diarmuid McElligott||1 October 2003||13th||150 yd‘s|
|Vincent Heffernan||23 May 2004||13th||170 yd‘s|
|Dolores Doyle||28 June 2005||8th||143 yd‘s|
|Lee Johgwon||8 August 2005||8th||183 yd‘s|
|John Stewart||9 August 2005||8th||165 yd‘s|
|Nicolas Felic||20 July 2006||4th||174 yd's|
|Marjorie Simonds-Gooding||17 August 2006||8th||126 yd's|
|Rick Sheehy||20 August 2006||13th||156 yd's|
|John Houlihan||4 October 2006||13th||146 yd's|
|Barry Murphy||22 October 2006||4th||167 yd's|
|Barry Murphy||8 April 2007||13th||156 yd's|
|John Pierse||28 September 2007||13th||150 yd's|
|Stephen Mooney||6 October 2007||4th||165 yd's|
|Catherine O'Donoghue||6 June 2008||4th||150 yd's|
|Pat O'Riordan||24 June 2009||8th||156 yd's|
|Emy Koontz||20 July 2022||8th||8-iron||143 yd's|