Cill Dara golf club Kildare
Cill Dara Golf Course
Cill Dara Golf Club was founded in 1920 measuring 5,852 m Par 71 with a standard scratch of 70, it is a beautiful 9-hole golf course located on the edge of the Curragh approx. one mile from Kildare town. It is a flat heathland course with no water hazards. The only danger is from trees and furze bushes, which come into play on most holes.
The club has a fine Clubhouse where the visitor is assured of a warm welcome and can enjoy a drink or good food after their round of golf. Cill Dara Golf Club is one of the few 9-hole courses that, has a fulltime professional and pro. Shop.
Societies are welcome and group rates are available.
|Green Fees Midweek:||€25|
|Green Fees Weekends & B.H.:||€25|
|Green Fees with a Member:||€15|
|Green Fees for Opens:||€6/10|
|Full Membership Available:||Yes|
|Full Beginners Membership Fee:||€776|
|Full U-35 Membership Fee:||€500|
|Full Student Membership Fee:||€200|
|Full Junior U-18 Membership Fee:||€100|
|Full Junior U-12 Membership Fee:||€75|
|Website||Cill Dara golf club website|
|Lady Captain:||Margureite Rowan|
|Junior Captain:||Jim Hanafin|
|Hon. Secretary:||John Byrne & Esther Loakman|
|Club Pro:||Ger Hall|
|Hon. Treasurer:||Herbie Wilkins & Kathleen King|
|Comp. Secretary:||Jim Kelly & Marguerite Rowan|
General Facts & Information
|Course opening hours: Daylight hours||Clubhouse opening hours: 9.30am to 11.30pm|
|Mobile phones: Not on course
||Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim|
|Catering: Full catering, facilities||Days to Avoid: Sundays & Wednesdays|
|Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other Days||Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance|
Cill Dara Golf Club Fixtures 2023 provisional*
|Open & Major Fixtures 2023 (to be Confirmed)|
|Lady Captain's Drive-In||Wednesday
|Captain's Drive-In||Sunday 2 April
|Lady Vice-Captain's Prize||Wednesday 7 June||Closed||1|
|Vice-Captain's Prize||Friday 17 June||Sunday 20 June||Closed||3|
|Vice-Captain's Prize||Saturday 18 June||Closed||1|
|Vice-Captain's Prize||Sunday 19 June||Closed||1|
|Lady Captain's Prize Day 1
||Wednesday 12 July||Closed||1|
|Lady Captain's Prize||Saturday 15 July||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize (Q)||Friday 21 July||Sunday 24 July||Closed||3|
|Captain's Prize (Q)||Saturday 22 July||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize (Q)||Sunday 23 July||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize to the Ladies||Wednesday 26 July||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize||Sunday 30 July
|President's Prize to the Ladies||Wednesday 16 August
|President's Prize||Friday 18 August||Sunday 21 August||Closed||3|
||Saturday 19 August
||Sunday 20 August
|Club Fundraising Classic||Friday 8 April||Sunday 17 April||Open||3|
|Club Fundraising Classic||Saturday 9 April||Open||1|
|Club Fundraising Classic||Sunday 10 April||Open||1|
|Junior Scratch Cup||Friday
|Junior Scratch Cup||Saturday
|Junior Scratch Cup||Sunday
|Inter. Scratch Cup||Friday
|Inter. Scratch Cup||Saturday
|Inter. Scratch Cup||Sunday
|Minor Scratch Cup||Friday
|Minor Scratch Cup||Saturday
|Minor Scratch Cup||Sunday
|Cill Dara Pro-Am
||Friday 17 June||IPGA
|Fourball 9/10 H’cap||Friday 24 June||Sunday 26 June||Open||3|
|Fourball 9/10 H’cap||Saturday 25 June||
|Fourball 9/10 H’cap||Sunday 26 June||Open||1|
|Cill Dara RFC Classic||Friday 1 July||Sunday 3 July
|Cill Dara RFC Classic||Saturday 2 July||Open||1|
|Cill Dara RFC Classic||Sunday 3 July||Open||1|
|Ladies 2-Person Team Event||Monday 4 July||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Monday 1 August||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Saturday 13 August||Open||1|
|Ladies “Play in Pink” Fourball
||Friday 22 August||Open||1|
|Start of Open Week||Monday 29 August||Sunday 4 September||Open||7|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Monday 29 August||Open||1|
|Seniors Singles Stableford||Tuesday 30 August||Open||1|
|Ladies 2-Person Team Event||Wednesday 31 August
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 1 September||Friday 2 September||Open||2|
|Singles Stableford||Friday 2 September||Open||1|
|4-Person Team Event any combination||Saturday 3 September||Sunday 4 September||Open||2|
|4-Person Team Event any combination||Sunday 4 September||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Saturday 10 September||Sunday 11 September
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 11 September||Open||1|
Card of the Course
|Red||Par 71 SSS 71 4,940 m|
|Green||Par 71 SSS 69 5,573 m|
|Blue||Par 71 SSS 70 5,852 m|
Men's Course Record: 64 Ger Hall (0)
Ladies Course Record:
The Ladies of Cill Dara Golf Club qualified for the Quarter-Finals of the All-Ireland series of the Minor Cup at Slieve Russell Golf Club on Wednesday 7th September 2022.
They were drawn against the Ladies from Castle Golf Club and won their match by 3½-matches to 1½ -match.
First on the tee was Lori Solan who went up the 19th before relinquishing the point against Jennifer Wilson, she was followed by Maiella Howard who won her match by 2 and 1 against Kathryn Wilson, Esther Loakman halved her match with Marie O’Brien, in the penultimate match Maria Scully had a 1-hole win against Mary Whooley and the bottom match of Tracey Gallagher against Sarah Mahon went 4 and 3 to the Kildare Club.
They met the Ladies from Rockmount Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final the following day and lost out by 3-matches to 2-matches.
Lori Solan led them out again but lost her match by 3 and 2 against Patricia McDonnell, next on the tee was Maiella Howard who had a comfortable 5 and 3 win against Moyra Evans, she was followed by Ester Loakman who lost her match against Karen Gowdy by 4 and 3, in the penultimate match Maria Scully won her match against Alwyn Higham by the minimum and in the bottom and deciding match Tracey Gallagher lost out by the very minimum against Sue McDonagh.
The Ladies of Cill Dara Golf Club qualified for the All-Ireland Quarter-Final of the Challenge Cup at Slieve Russell Golf Club on Friday 9th September 2022 and lost their match against Greystones Golf Club by 3½-matches to 1½-matches.
First on the tee was Deirdre Garrett who had a comfortable 5 and 4 match against Celine Joyce, She was followed by Stephanie O’Sullivan who lost her match against Orla Rush by 5 and 5, next on the tee was Mary Conlan who went down by 7 and 6 against Regina Connaughton, in the penultimate Annette French halved her match against Wendy Lee and in the bottom Mairead Gray lost her match by 4 and 2 against Grace Dodd.
Cill Dara Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield in 2019 when they beat Castlecomer Golf Club in the Provincial Semi-Final by 3½-matches to 1½-matches and met Newlands Golf Club by 3-matches to 2-matches which was clinched on the 22th on 22th July at Greenore Golf Club.
They made their way to Westport Golf Club to participate in the All-Ireland deciders.
They were drawn against Connacht Champions Castlebar Golf Club on 20th September and lost out by 3½-matches to 1½-matches to the Mayo club.
In the top match Mark Dowling with Paul Moran lost their match by 4 and 3 against Ray and Declan Prendergast, they were followed by Desmond Scahill with Anthony McCormack against Sean Haugh with Padraig Rice was recorded as a halve when called-in, next on the tee was Michael Malone with Christy Roche lost their match against David Molloy with Val Jennings by 5 and 3, in the penultimate match Colin O’Leary with Declan Loakman had a very comfortable 8 and 7 win against John Ouigley with Paul Fitzgerald and in the bottom match Nigel Flanagan with Eddie Cross lost out to Colin Dawson with Pat Waldron by 3 and 1.
Cill Dara Golf Club win the All-Ireland Jimmy Bruen Shield on Saturdat 17th September 2016 at Carton House Golf Club having won the Leinster Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield at Howth Golf Club on Sunday 30th July 2016, when they beat Greenore Golf Club by 3½ matches to 1½ matches in the Semi-Final and accounted for Elm Park Golf Club by a similar score in the Leinster Final.
The made the short journey to Carton House to represent Leinster for the first time in the Cup & Shields and were drawn against Munster Champions Muskery Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final and again had a 3½ matches to 1½ matches over the Cork club.
They were led out by Ray Mackey with Christopher Harhen who halved their match against Andrew Gray with Tony Gardiner, they were followed by James Dunne with Ciaran Ryan who had a 4 and 3 win over Sean Geary with Gary Lucas, next on the tee were Tom Friary with Pat Garry who lost to Paul Herlihy with Fionn Hickey by 2 and 1 the penultimate match of David Fox with Declan Plunkett went 3 and 2 to Cill Darr against Fergal Murphy with Michael O’Brien in the bottom match Patrick Hopkins with Christy Roche clinched their place in the All-Ireland decider with a 5 and 3 win over Michael O’Callaghan with Jack Taylor.
They met Connacht Champions Athenry Golf Club in the All-Ireland Final, Athenry had accounted for Ulster Champions Fortwilliam Golf Club by 3-matches to 2-matches in their Semi-Final. They were led out again by Ray Mackey with Christopher Harhen who lost their match against Ethan Regan with Oisin O’Connell by 2 and 1, next up were James Dunne with Ciaran Ryan who recorded a 2-hole loss to David Flaherty with David Mooney 2, they were followed by David Kelly with Desmond Scahill who put the first points on the board with a 3 and 2 win over Sean O’Connell with Paul Molloy in the penultimate match David Fox with Declan Plunkett tied things up when they recorded a 2 and 1 win over beat Ian Kelly with Mark Moran, in the bottom match with the green pennant depending on the outcome Patrick Hopkins wit Christy Roche against Ciaran Coughlan with Seamus Burke went up the 19th before clinching Cill Dara’s First Green Pennant with a 3-matches to 2-matches victory in its long history founded in 1920. Well done lads.
Cill Dara Golf Club won the FBD Barton Cup in 2004, when the team was, Rory Cleary, Mick Murphy, Dessie Scahill, Niall Kennedy, Sean Dowling, Pat Doyle, Kit Harhen, Pat Hopkins, Dara Conlan, Tommie Kinane, Christy Roche, Paul Judge, John Cunneen, Martin Whiteley, they were managed by Joe Moran.
They won the Brennan Cup in 2003, when the team was, Joe Moran, Paul Ennis, John Cunneen, Christy Roche, Paul Magee, Pat Hopkins, James Dunne, Tommie Kinane, Rory Cleary, Joe Waters, David Gil, they were managed by Ger Heffernan and Martin Whiteley.
They won the Cullen Trophy in 2003, when the team was, Dermot Corcoran, Pat Hopkins, Joe Moran, Christy Roche, Tommie Kinane, Ruth Conlan, Lily O'Connor, Kathleen King, Alice Moran, Mary Keegan and Phil Murphy.
Prior to 2001:
They were County Champions in the J. B. Carr Diamond Trophy in 1996, when the team was, P. Dowling, S. Coughlan, J. Kennedy, J. Clohessy, J. Glenny, M. Fahy, K. Prendergast, R. Dolan, D. Bradley, F. Hyland and D. Sommers.
They won the Central Towns Trophy in 1995.
They won the Michael Moore Cup in 1994, when the team was, J. Kennelly, J. Kilbaine, D. O'Donnell, B. Gleeson, J. White, they were managed by P. Donnelly.
The Boys' of Cill Dara Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Fred Daly Trophy in 1995.
The Ladies of Cill Dara Golf Club won the ILGU Midland District League in 1992 and 1993.
Veteran Reg Dolan, 77 years young, won the Irish Independent Golfer of the Month for September, 2000. He was presented with a beautiful limited edition of a painting by Robert Ballagh and four rounds of golf at Druid's Glen. I, for one, would like to see lots more works of Art as prizes on the prize table. Reg plays his golf three times a week at his club, when he commutes from Dublin. He takes two buses across the city, gets the Arrow to Kildare town and walks the mile and a half to the club.
The day after his 20th birthday, Ger Hall smashed the course record when shooting a 64, beating the previous best by 3 shots.
History of Cill Dara
Instituted 1920 affiliated 1922
Cill Dara attempted to get permission from the War Department to use the Little Curragh for their golf course in 1914, but they said that the application would have to await "the Cessation of the Hostilities
The early records of the club are not available however, a rule book in the GUI archives, dated 1920, gives Mr. A. Anthony as the first Captain.
The Club is situated on the edge of the Curragh Plain, perhaps the oldest and most extensive tract of semi-natural grassland in Europe. An area of international significance with a welth of history and archaelogical features and also home of the thoroughbred racehorse. The Curragh plain was declared a national monument in 1996.
Thus, the golf course is uniquely located, with greens of superb texture and great charachter matched only by the delicate fabric of the fairways. A “lush sward in summer” and a “windy tundra in winter”.
The golf club was founded in 1920 and became affiliated to the GUI the following year. In 1922 the club purchased an army hut for seventy pounds as their new pavilion. By 1933 further renovations to the clubhouse had taken place and by the club had celebrated its silver jubilee, Cill Dara had become very popular with leading amature and professional golfers.
JB Carr, an honorary member, played many times and won the unique Golden Ball competition.
In 1986 the present clubhouse was constructed. The project was completed on schedule, funded entirely by Club members.
Roll of Honour
|Mrs. D. Coe||1989||Ladies Captain|
|Tommy Byrne||1989||Men's Captain|
|C. J. Bergin||1989||President|
|Mrs. A. Moran||1990||Ladies Captain|
|A. Walsh||1990||Men's Captain|
|C. J. Bergin||1990||President|
|Mrs. E. Campion||1991||Ladies Captain|
|A. Walsh||1991||Men's Captain|
|C. J. Bergin||1991||President|
|Mrs. O. Coughlan||1992||Ladies Captain|
|P. Prendergast||1992||Men's Captain|
|C. J. Bergin||1992||President|
|Ms. I. Brennan||1993||Ladies Captain|
|T. Conlon||1993||Men's Captain|
|M. T. O'Donnell||1993||President|
|Ms. A. Somer||1994||Ladies Captain|
|J. Kelly||1994||Men's Captain|
|M. T. O'Donnell||1994||President|
|Mrs. M. Shine||1995||Ladies Captain|
|E. Farrell||1995||Men's Captain|
|M. T. O'Donnell||1995||President|
|Mrs. M. Fullam||1996||Ladies Captain|
|S. Mulqueeney||1996||Men's Captain|
|M. T. O'Donnell||1996||President|
|J. Moran||1997||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. M. Bracken||1997||Ladies Captain|
|M. T. O'Donnell||1997||President|
|Mrs. C. O'Dwyer||1998||Ladies Captain|
|H. Garrett||1998||Men's Captain|
|M. T. O'Donnell||1998||President|
|A. Moran||1999||Ladies Captain|
|Dan Doody||1999||Men's Captain|
|Ester Donnelly||2000||Ladies Captain|
|Tony Monaghan||2000||Men's Captain|
|Betty Fitzpatrick||2001||Ladies Captain|
|Joe Watters||2001||Men's Captain|
|Marie Flanagan||2002||Ladies Captain|
|Gerry McCormack||2002||Men's Captain|
|A. Stevenson||2003||Ladies Captain|
|J. Rooney||2003||Men's Captain|
|Mary Cummins||2004||Ladies Captain|
|Ollie Coughlin||2004||Ladies President|
|Ger Connelly||2004||Men's Captain|
|Kathleen Garrett||2005||Ladies Captain|
|Dermot Corcoran||2005||Men's Captain|
|Catherine O'Donnell||2006||Ladies Captain|
|Paddy Flanagan||2006||Men's Captain|
|Eileen McCabe||2007||Ladies Captain|
|Paddy Hartnett||2007||Men's Captain|
|Catherine Chapman||2008||Ladies Captain|
|Jim Gorman||2008||Men's Captain|
|Ann Doyle||2009||Ladies Captain|
|Art Shirran||2009||Men's Captain|
|Stephanie Conway||2010||Ladies Captain|
|Liam Brennan||2010||Men's Captain|
|Lesley Gorman||2011||Ladies Captain|
|Ollie Meade||2011||Men's Captain|
|Ita Roche||2012||Ladies Captain|
|James P. Kelly||2012||Men's Captain|
|Patricia Ennis||2013||Ladies Captain|
|Martin Morris||2013||Men's Captain|
|Mary Dawson||2014||Ladies Captain|
|Paul Moran||2014||Men's Captain|
|Ann Ryan||2015||Ladies Captain|
|Paul Ennis||2015||Men's Captain|
|Esther Loakman||2016||Ladies Captain|
|Sean De Paor||2016||Men's Captain|
|Dolores O'Shea||2017||Ladies Captain|
|Aidan McKeown||2017||Men's Captain|
|Edwina Hanley||2018||Ladies Captain|
|John Conlon||2018||Men's Captain|
|Majella Howard||2019||Ladies Captain|
|Nicky Brennan||2019||Men's Captain|
|Ruth Conlan||2020||Ladies Captain|
|Des Scahill||2020||Men's Captain|
|Maria Scully||2021||Ladies Captain|
|Herbie Wilkins||2021||Men's Captain|
|Jim Hanafin||2021||Junior Captain|
|Maria Scully||2022||Ladies Captain|
|Gerry King||2022||Men's Captain|
|Margureite Rowan||2023||Ladies Captain|
|Graine Gill (10)||2023
||Lowest Ladies H'cap|
|Ger Hall (0)||2023
||Lowest Men's H'cap|
Holes in One at Cill Dara
|Member||Date||Hole No.||Club Used||Distance|
|Pat Mahon||1 July 1989||2nd||7-Iron||126 m|
|E. Cullagh||2 May 1999||8th||175 m|
|Martin Whiteley||15 June 2003||2nd||126 m|
|James Dunne||2 August 2003||8th||193 m|
|Martin Whiteley||17 September 2003||11th||141 m|
|W. C. Kelly||3 April 2004||2nd||142 m|
|Patrick Kelly||14 August 2005||8th||200 m|