Esker Hills golf club Offaly

Esker Hills golf course Offaly

Esker Hills Golf Course

Esker Hills Club Crest

GoGolfing.ie would like to congratulate Shane on his magnificent performance at the US Open Championship at Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania from 13th to 19th June 2016
In a weather disrupted Championship Shane brought a 4-shot lead into the last 18-holes having shot 2-under on the Sunday morning final 4-holes of his 3rd Round (I had a few euro on him and expected to collect, that golf) however he finished tied 2nd behind Justin Johnson and collected a cheque for $745,270 and I will be having a few euro on him again. 
Esker Hills Golf Club is the home club of another up-and-coming Irish Golfer, Shane Lowry, who won the Irish Open Championship as an Amateur at Co. Louth/Baltray on 16th May 2009. Shane the son of Brendan who won an All-Ireland Football Final, with his two brothers in the process denying Kerry of the 5-in-a-row in 1982.
More than 10,000 years ago the retreating glaciers of the Ice Age created the stunning landscape of plateaux, sweeping valleys, natural lakes and free draining soil on which Esker Hills is built. Add the genius of Christy O’Connor Jnr and you have a golfing gem in a unique setting with 18-holes of challenging championship golf where no two holes are remotely alike. Noted for its distinct links feel, superb sand-based greens and warm welcome, Esker Hills is the ultimate golfing test and one that you will certainly remember.

"Designing Esker Hills gave me enormous satisfaction, plotting the course through nature’s own sand-hills and valleys. Esker Hills is the only inland links type course I know of, which makes golf a pleasure all year round".

So said designer Christy Jnr.

Esker Hills was voted the No. 74-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2016 (Down-1);

Esker Hills was voted the No. 73-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2016 (Down-2);

Esker Hills was voted the No. 71-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2015 (Up-1);

Esker Hills was voted the No. 72-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2014 (Up-10);

Esker Hills was voted the No. 82-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2012;

Esker Hills was voted the No. 99-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2010;

Esker Hills was voted the No. 75-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2009;

Esker Hills was voted the No. 65-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2008;

Green Fees Sunday to Friday: €30
Saturday & B.H.: €35
Green Fees with a Member: €20
Green Fees for Opens: €20
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: No
Buggy Hire: €20
Yes
Soft Spikes: Preferred
Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee: €640
Entrance Fee: None
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 18
Members 249
Designer Christy O'Connor Jnr.
Founded 1996
Address

Ballykilmurray,
Co. Offaly

Telephone 057-93-55999
Email info@eskerhillsgolf.com
Website Esker Hills golf club website
Office Manager: Caroline Guinan
Captain:
Lady Captain:
Presidents': Donal Molloy & Dolores Molloy
Vice-Captains':  
Hon. Secretary: Sean Barry & Winnie O'Connell
Club Pro: Shane Lowry Touring Pro.
Hon. Treasurer: Alan Slattery & Winnie O'Connell
Comp. Secretary: Gerard Fitzpatrick
Esker Hills Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
Lat:53.295284
Long:-7.565331
*Please check information before travelling

General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: 8.00am to 10.30pm
Mobile phones: Not on course
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

Esker Hills Golf Club Fixtures 2017 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2017 (Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Captain's Drive-In Sunday 19 March   Closed 1
Vice-Captain's Prize Sunday 16 April
  Closed 1
Lady Vice-Captain's Prize Sunday 23 April
  Closed 1
Captain's Prize Sunday 18 June   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Sunday 25 June   Closed 1
Lady President's Prize Monday 4 September   Closed 1
4-Person Team Event Sunday 1 January Thursday 13 April
Open 1
4-Person Team Event Monday 2 January   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Tuesday 3 January   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Wednesday 4 January   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Thursday 5 January   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Friday 6 January   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Saturday 7 January   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Sunday 8 January   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Monday 9 January   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Tuesday 10 January   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Wednesday 11 January   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Thursday 12 January   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Friday 13 January   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Saturday 14 January   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Sunday 15 January   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Monday 16 January   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Tuesday 17 January   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Wednesday 18 January   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Thursday 19 January   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Friday 20 January   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Saturday 21 January   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Sunday 22 January   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Monday 23 January   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Tuesday 24 January   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Wednesday 25 January   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Thursday 26 January   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Friday 27 January
  Open 1
4-Person Team Event Saturday 28 January
  Open 1
4-Person Team Event Sunday 29 January
  Open 1
4-Person Team Event Monday 30 January
  Open 1
4-Person Team Event Tuesday 31 January
  Open 1
4-Person Team Event Wednesday 1 February   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Thursday 2 February   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Friday 3 February   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Saturday 4 February   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Sunday 5 February   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Monday 6 February   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Tuesday 7 February   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Wednesday 8 February   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Thursday 9 February   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Friday 10 February   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Saturday 11 February   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Sunday 12 February   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Monday 13 February   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Tuesday 14 February   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Wednesday 15 February   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Thursday 16 February   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Friday 17 February   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Saturday 18 February   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Sunday 19 February   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Monday 20 February   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Tuesday 21 February   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Wednesday 22 February   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Thursday 23 February   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Friday 24 February
  Open 1
4-Person Team Event Saturday 25 February
  Open 1
4-Person Team Event Sunday 26 February
  Open 1
4-Person Team Event Monday 27 February
  Open 1
4-Person Team Event Tuesday 28 February
  Open 1
4-Person Team Event Wednesday 1 March   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Thursday 2 March   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Friday 3 March   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Saturday 4 March   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Sunday 5 March   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Monday 6 March   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Tuesday 7 March   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Wednesday 8 March   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Thursday 9 March   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Friday 10 March   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Saturday 11 March   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Sunday 12 March   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Monday 13 March   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Tuesday 14 March   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Wednesday 15 March   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Thursday 16 March   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Friday 17 March   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Saturday 18 March   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Sunday 19 March   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Monday 20 March   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Tuesday 21 March   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Wednesday 22 March   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Thursday 23 March   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Friday 24 March   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Saturday 25 March   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Sunday 26 March   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Monday 27 March
  Open 1
4-Person Team Event Tuesday 28 March
  Open 1
4-Person Team Event Wednesday 29 March
  Open 1
4-Person Team Event Thursday 30 March
  Open 1
4-Person Team Event Friday 31 March
  Open 1
4-Person Team Event Saturday 1 April   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Sunday 2 April   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Monday 3 April   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Tuesday 4 April   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Wednesday 5 April   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 6 April   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Friday 7 April   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Saturday 8 April   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Sunday 9 April   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Monday 10 April   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Tuesday 11 April   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Wednesday 12 April   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 13 April   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Saturday 16 April   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Sunday 17 April   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Monday 18 April   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Tuesday 19 April   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Wednesday 20 April   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 21 April   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Friday 22 April   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Saturday 23 April   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Sunday 24 April   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Monday 25 April   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 27 April
  Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 4 May   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 11 May   Open 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 14 May   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 18 May   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 25 May   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 1 June   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 8 June
  Open 1
Junior Scratch Cup (5 to 9) Sunday 11 June   Open
1
Inter. Scratch Cup (10 to 18) Sunday 11 June   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 15 June    Open 1
Jimmy Bruen Shield (Q) Saturday 17 June Sunday 18 June GUI 2
Jimmy Bruen Shield (Q) Sunday 18 June   GUI 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 22 June    Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 29 June
  Open 1
Start of Open Week Monday 3 July Sunday 9 July Open 8
L. & G. Singles Stableford Monday 3 July   Open 1
L. & G. 3-Person Team Event
Tuesday 4 July   Open 1
L. & G. 3-Person Team Event Wednesday 5 July   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 6 July    Open 1
L. & G. 4-Person Team Event Friday 7 July   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Saturday 8 July   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Sunday 9 July   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 13 July    Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 20 July   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 27 July
  Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 3 August   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 10 August   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 17 August   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 24 August   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 31 August
  Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 7 September    Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 14 September    Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 21 September   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 28 September   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Friday 22 December Saturday 23 December Open 2
4-Person Team Event Saturday 23 December   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Tuesday 26 December   Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

KeyData
White Par 71 SSS 70 6,176 yd?s
Red Par 72 SSS 71 5,043 yd?s
Green Par 71 SSS 69 5,822 yd?s
Blue Par 71 SSS 72 6,619 yd?s

Card

Hole No. Blue White Green Par Index Red Par Index
1 504 486 454 5 17 420 5 17
2 354 337 320 4 11 312 4 9
3 501 481 424 4 1 386 5 7
4 391 353 340 4 5 281 4 11
5 176 167 156 3 15 135 3 15
6 524 501 481 5 9 427 5 1
7 427 394 380 4 3 306 4 3
8 354 334 321 4 13 286 4 13
9 179 164 146 3 7 124 3 5
Out 3,410 3,217 3,022 36   2,677 37  
10 306 279 270 4 18 229 4 18
11 409 388 371 4 4 329 4 4
12 394 348 334 4 6 284 4 10
13 196 159 135 3 14 91 3 16
14 356 339 316 4 10 298 4 8
15 187 167 148 3 8 108 3 12
16 530 490 478 5 16 383 5 14
17 440 415 392 4 2 328 4 2
18 391 374 356 4 12 316 4 6
In 3,209 2,958 2,800 35   2,366 35  
Total 6,619 6,176 5,822 71   5,043 72  
SSS 72 70 69     71    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record: 65 Shane Lowry 18/09/205 (0) Pro. 71 Richey Coughlin

Ladies Course Record:

Members Achievements

On Sunday 16th May 2009, Shane Lowry defied the odds when competing in his first Professional Tournament won The 3 Irish Open Championship at Baltray, Co. Louth Golf Club. In very difficult conditions he returned a score of-17 to tie the Championship with Robert Rock of England. He carded a score of 62 on the Friday, the course record stood at 64, before the 3 Irish Open was staged.

The Irish Open has had more play-offs than any on the European Tour and 2009 was no different, Shane and Rock went back down the par-5 18th playing as the 2nd most difficult on the day, the 1st play off hole was halved in par, the 74th was halved in birdie and the climax on the 3rd play-off say Shane have a tap-in to clinch the Championship, with a first prize of €500,000. As one of only two Amateurs in the field, which included Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood, Daren Clarke, Rory McElroy, John Daly and many other household names, the young man from Clara joined an elite band of first-time winners and became the second Irish Armature Golfer ever to win a Professional event, David Sheehan of Grange having done it at The Royal Dublin many years ago.

Shane is the son of All-Ireland Offaly footballer Brendan, who together with his two brothers was on the famous team that denied Kerry of the 5-in-a-row in 1982. Ironically Shane joins another band of unique Irish Golfers, whose fathers played football for their counties and became winners on the European Tour, Padraig Harrington’s late father Paddy played for his native Cork and Paul McGinley’s father Mick played for Donegal, and for good measure Noel Fox’s father, played for Dublin.

However Shane’s achievement of taking his own Open Championship as an Amateur in front of a huge partisan gallery is almost unbelievable, but somebody besides himself did believe it as he had a €300 bet at 1,000 to 1 on Shane.

Shane was runner-up to David Crosby of Royal Lytham in the West of Ireland Amateur Open Championship at Rosses Point on Tuesday 14 April 2009, when beaten on the 19th just failing to repeat Rory McIlroy’s double in 2006, 2005 and Nial Goulding in 1991 and 1990.

Shane Lowry won the North of Ireland Amateur Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club in 2008, having won the West of Ireland at Rosses Point Golf Club the previous Easter.

GoGolfing congratulate Shane Lowry , who together with Paul Cutler (Portstewart Golf Club), Gareth Shaw (Lurgan Golf Club), Niall Kearney (The Royal Dublin Golf Club), Jonathan Caldwell (Clandeboye Golf Club) retained the European Amateur Team Championship at Turin Heat on Saturday 5th July 2008, when they beat England in the final by 4 ½ matches to 2 ½.

GoGolfing would like to congratulate Shane Lowry on being part of the victorious Irish Team that won the European Amateur Championship at Western Gailes on the Ayrshire Cost, on Saturday 7th July 2007, when they overcame a strong French team by 4 ½ matches to 2 ½ matches. Ireland had not won this Championship since 1987, the other members of the team were Rory McIlroy (Hollywood Golf Club), Jonathan Caldwell (Clandeboye Golf Club), Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge Golf Club), Simon Ward (Co. Louth), well done lads and we will continue to follow your progress in the years to come.

Having won his first Amateur Major in the AIB Irish Amateur Close Championship at Cork Golf Club in 2007 when he record a 4 and 3 win over Niall Turner of Muskerry Golf Club, Shane Lowry begun the 2008 season in some style. He won the Radisson SAS Sligo West of Ireland Amateur Championship at Co. Sligo Golf Club when he beat Des Morgan of Mullingar Golf Club by 2 and 1on Wednesday 26th March.

He and his fellow Irish team-mates then travelled to Royal Sotogrande in Spain to compete in the European Cup of Nations where he followed up Rory McIlroy’s achievement in 2007, to clinch the individual title when he beat the European Champion Benjamin Hebert at the fifth play-off hole.

The Irish team comprised of Niall Kearney The Royal Dublin Golf Club, Cian Curley Newlands Golf Club, Paul Cutler Portstewart Golf Club, they finished 2nd behind Scotland in the overall result, well done lads.

Shane Lowry won the Connacht Youths' Open Championship at Ballinasloe Golf Club 31st August 2006, he returned rounds of 73 and 68 to beat T. Walsh of Claremorris Golf Club by a single shot.

Shane Lowry was selected to represent Ireland at the Boys' Home Internationals played at Woodhall Spa, Lioncolnshire from 2nd to 4th August 2005.

Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;

Shane Lowry represented Ireland as a Senior International from 2006 to 2008 playing 29-times won 18-matches halved one and lost 10-matches accumulating 37-points. He represented Ireland at international Youths level in 2006 playing 4-matches, won 3-match halved one accumulating 7-points. He represented Ireland at Irish Boys level in 2005 playing 9-times won 4-matches halved two and lost 3-matches accumulating 10-points. He represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 2006 to 2008 playing 18-times won 10-matches halved two and lost 6-matches accumulating 22-points. He represented Leinster as a Youth Interprovincial from 2006 to 2007 playing 12-times won 5-matches halved one and lost 6-matches accumulating 11-points. He represented Leinster at Boys' Interprovincial level from 2004 to 2005 playing 11-times won 8-matches halved one and lost 2-matches accumulating 17-points;

History of Esker Hills

More than 10,000 years ago the unique landscape of Offaly was powerfully sculpted by the awesome natural forces of the dying Ice Age. As the great glaciers retreated, they left in their wake narrow ridges of sand and gravel which were deposited by the streams of water that had once flowed in tunnels beneath the melting ice. These ridges now comprise the magical Esker Riada, from which the course gets its name.
Research has shown that a nine hole golf course existed for a number of years adjacent to the present 16th tee. The revival of golf in this ideal natural location was the brainchild of the Molloy and O'Brien families. Christy O' Connor Jnr commenced his work in 1994 and working with Tom Byan as main contractor, he has with minimum soil disturbance plotted a marvellous course through natures own sandhills and sweeping valleys.
Excellent, natural drainage is one of the more obvious advantages the terrain offers golf-course construction. Then there are the dramatic undulations of valleys and plateaux which, along with natural lakes and woodlands, provide splendid design features.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
Anne Burns 1997 Ladies Captain
M. Dalton 1997 Men's Captain
Dan Molloy 1997 President
Anna Kavanagh 1998 Ladies Captain
P. J. Murphy 1998 Men's Captain
Dan Molloy 1998 President
Suzanne Heffernan 1999 Ladies Captain
L. Boland 1999 Men's Captain
Dan Molloy 1999 President
Mary McGill 2000 Ladies Captain
P. Wynne 2000 Men's Captain
Dan Molloy 2000 President
Joan Murphy 2001 Ladies Captain
Joe Monaghan 2001 Men's Captain
Dan Molloy 2001 President
Joan Murphy 2002 Ladies Captain
Sean Berry 2002 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2002 President
Regina O'Regan 2003 Ladies Captain
John O'Shea 2003 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2003 President
Rosaleen Duignan 2004 Ladies Captain
Ben Duignan 2004 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2004 President
Aislinn Hackett 2005 Ladies Captain
Donal Hackett 2005 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2005 President
Anne Duignan 2006 Ladies Captain
Robert Dunne 2006 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2006 President
Caroline Guinan 2007 Ladies Captain
Dolores Molloy 2007 Ladies President
Kevin O'Regan 2007 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2007 President
Caroline Guinan 2008 Ladies Captain
Dolores Molloy 2008 Ladies President
Kevin O'Regan 2008 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2008 President
Carmel Harty 2009 Ladies Captain
Dolores Molloy 2009 Ladies President
Frank Ryan 2009 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2009 President
Winnie O'Connell 2010 Ladies Captain
Dolores Molloy 2010 Ladies President
Frank Thompson 2010 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2010 President
Winnie O'Connell 2011 Ladies Captain
Dolores Molloy 2011 Ladies President
Sean Doolan 2011 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2011 President
Lelia Dunne 2012 Ladies Captain
Dolores Molloy 2012 Ladies President
Luke Mannering 2012 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2012 President
Catherine Horan
2013 Ladies Captain
Dolores Molloy 2013 Ladies President
Pat Clavin 2013 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2013 President
Lorretto Flynn 2014 Ladies Captain
Dolores Molloy 2014 Ladies President
Tommy Scanlon 2014 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2014 President
Regina O'Regan 2015 Ladies Captain
Dolores Molloy 2015 Ladies President
John Boland 2015 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2015 President
Deirdre Molloy
2016 Ladies Captain
Dolores Molloy 2016 Ladies President
Greg Odd 2016 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2016 President
  2017 Ladies Captain
Deirdre Molloy 2017 Ladies President
  2017 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2017 President
 (5) 2017 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Alan Lowry (-1) 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
Shane Lowry (+5) Before turning
2017 Lowest Men's Handicap

Holes in One at Esker Hills

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Michael Jones Jnr. 1 July 1997 13th   196 yd’s
Michael Jones Jnr. 1 September 1997 13th   196 yd’s
Pat Heffernan 1 October 1997 9th   179 yd’s
Ivan Ginnelly 1998 9th   179 yd’s
Mark O’Shea 1998 15th   187 yd’s
Patrick Taylor 2000 9th   179 yd’s
Michael Kilmartin 2001 13th   196 yd’s
Liam Wyer 18 August 2006 5th   156 yd’s
Brendan Lowry 29 December 2006 5th   156 yd’s
Paul Rabbette 11 February 2007 5th   167 yd’s
Sean Doolan 13 May 2007 9th   179 yd’s
Robert Dunne 27 April 2008 13th   159 yd’s
Gerard Lacey 20 September 2009 15th   167 yd’s
Shane Lowry 10 April 2016 16th Agusta National
181 yd's