Thurles golf club Tipperary

Thurles golf course Tipperary

Thurles Golf Course

Thurles Club Crest

Designed by Lionel Hewson, Thurles Golf Club is a 6,673 yards Par-72 with a standard scratch of 72 off the back tees. The first thing that will strike you as you play this fine mature tree lined course, is you go under the main Cork-Thurles road to play the first tee. The two opening holes, are par-5, the first is particularly intimidating with out of bounds all the way up the left, being 488 yards index 6. The feature holes are the four par threes, the best being the 212 yard 11th to a small target well bunkered. The 18th is another par-5 with out of bounds all the way up the left, which has destroyed many a good card.

Thurles has a fine clubhouse with excellent catering and the friendliness you will find in the bar will make you think that Tipperary win the All-Ireland every year! If you are feeling up to it there are two championship squash courts in the clubhouse.

Voted the No. 86-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2008;

Green Fees Monday. to Saturday: €15/25
Green Fees Sunday & B.H.: €15/25
Green Fees Fourball:
€80
Green Fees with a Member: €10/15
Green Fees for Opens: €15/20
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: €20 Yes
Soft Spikes: No
Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee: €675
Full Seniors Membership Fee: €475
Full Special Seniors Membership Fee: €350
Full Student Membership Fee: €100
Full Distance Membership Fee70k: €400
Entrance Fee: None
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 18
Designer Lionel Hewson & Mel Flanagan
Founded 19099
Address

Turtulla,
Thurles,
Co. Tipperary

Telephone 0504-21983
Email thurlesgolf@eircom.net
Website Thurles golf club website
General Manager: Ashling Moroney
Captain: John M. Gleeson
Lady Captain: Jill O’Connor
President: John Corbett         
Vice-Captains': Joe Kerrigan & Marian Finn
Hon. Secretary: Pat Murray, John Fogarty & Maria Dempsey
Club Pro: Ger Jones 0504-58852
Hon. Treasurer: Enda Bourke, Tony Kirby & Ann Burke
Comp. Secretary: Fergus Moriarty & Marian Ryan
Thurles Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
Lat:52.659595
Long:-7.803082
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General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: 10.00am to 11.00pm
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering, facilities Days to Avoid: Sunday
Green Fees are Welcome: Other days Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance

Thurles Golf Club Fixtures 2017 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2017 (to be Confirmed)        
Event. Start Finish Event Duration
Captain's Drive-In Sunday 12 February   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Day 1 Tuesday 13 June   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Sunday 18 June   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Friday 7 July Sunday 9 July Closed 3
Captain's Prize Saturday 8 July   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Sunday 9 July   Closed 1
President's Prize Friday 25 August Sunday 27 August Closed 3
President's Prize Saturday 26 August   Closed 1
President's Prize Sunday 27 August   Closed 1
Singles Stableford Friday 14 April
  Open 1
3-Person Team Event any Combination Saturday 15 April
  Open 1
Fourball Stableford
Sunday 16 April
  Open 1
4-Person Team Event any Combination Monday 17 April
  Open 1
3-Person Team Event any combination Saturday 29 April
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 30 April
  Open 1
4-Person Team Event any Combination Monday 1 May   Open 1
Seniors Singles Stableford Wednesday 10 May   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 25 May   Open 1
Thurles Squash Club Classic Friday 26 May Saturday 27 May Open 2
Thurles Squash Club Classic Saturday 27 May   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 1 June   Open 1
L. & G. 3-Person Team Event any Combination Saturday 3 June   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Sunday 4 June   Open 1
Luigi Classic Monday 5 June   Open 1
L. & G. Fourball Betterball Friday 9 June   Open 1
3-Person Team Event Friday 9 June   Open 1
L. & G. 3-Person Team Event Saturday 10 June
Open 1
Senior Scratch Cup (Max 4) Sunday 18 June   Open 1
Junior Scratch Cup (5 to 9) Sunday 18 June   Open 1
Inter. Scratch Cup Sunday 18 June   Open 1
Minor Scratch Cup Sunday 18 June   Open 1
Loughmore-Castleiney G.A.A Saturday 15 July   Open 1
Start of Open Week Saturday 22 July Sunday 30 July Open 9
Fourball Stableford Saturday 22 July   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Sunday 23 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Monday 24 July   Open 1
Ladies Team Event Tuesday 25 July   Open 1
4-Person Team Event Wednesday 26 July   Open 1
Singles Thursday 27 July
  Open 1
Singles Strokes Friday 28 July
  Open 1
Fourball V Par Saturday 29 July
  Open 1
4-Person Rumble Sunday 30 July
  Open 1
Suir Havers Classic
Monday 31 July
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 23 August   Open 1
Ladies Open Day
Sunday 3 September   Open 1
3-Person Classic any Combination Friday 22 September Sunday 24 September Open 3
3-Person Classic any Combination Saturday 23 September   Open 1
3-Person Classic any Combination Sunday 24 September   Open 1
Singles Hamper Sunday 8 October   Open 1
Scotch Foursomes Hamper Sunday 15 October   Open 1
3-Person Team Champagne Scramble Saturday 28 October   Open 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 29 October   Open 1
4-Person Team Event any Combination Monday 30 October   Open 1

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Card of the Course

KeyData
White Par 72 SSS 71 6,381 yd's
Yellow Par 72 SSS 70 6,661 yd's
Red Par 73 SSS 72 5,506 yd's
Blue Par 72 SSS 72 6,663 yd's

Card

Hole No. Blue White Yellow Par Index Red Par Index
1 507 478 433 5 9 400 5 7
2 419 395 386 4 1 359 4 5
3 137 122 103 3 17 94 3 15
4 369 353 344 4 3 305 4 1
5 170 153 143 3 15 122 3 17
6 357 355 331 4 11 278 4 9
7 404 384 376 4 5 319 4 11
8 539 529 518 5 13 392 5 3
9 427 365 355 4 7 328 4 13
Out 3,329 3,123 2,989 36   2,597 36  
10 417 411 408 4 4 388 4 2
11 209 201 188 3 10 154 3 16
12 353 348 334 4 6 309 4 6
13 535 519 491 5 12 457 5 8
14 182 174 164 3 16 151 3 18
15 355 343 331 4 13 285 4 12
16 369 366 359 4 8 330 4 4
17 419 409 388 4 2 383 5 14
18 495 487 459 5 18 452 5 10
In 3,334 3,258 3,122 36   2,909 37  
Total 6,663 6,381 6,111 72   5,506 73  
SSS 72 71 70     72    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record: (Old) Am. 67 Kieran Kennedy (2) 19/4/1997 66 David Ruddy 1 14/06/2008 Pro. 70 Harry Bradshaw

Ladies Course Record:

Members Achievements

Thurles Golf Club won the All-Ireland Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield in 2017.
They won the Munster Final at Killarney Golf Club when the beat the home club by 3½-matches to 1½-matches on Sunday 16th July.
They were lead out by John Malone with James Phelan who lost their match against Donie MacSweeney with Eddie MacSweeeney by 5 and 3, next on the tee were Pat Coote with Johnny Nevin who had a 1-hole win over Dermot Roche with Barry Duggan, they were followed by Stephen Quigley with Shane Quigley who again recorded a 1-hole win against Donagh O’Mahony with Patrick Fleming, in the penultimate match Gerard Maguire with John Looby recorded a halve against Joe McCarthy with Paudie Sheahan when called-in, in the bottom match Martin Fahy with Adrian O’Keeffe secured Thurles Golf Clubs place in the All-Ireland deciders with a 5 and 4 win over John O’Mahony with Brian Holden.
They made their way to Carton House Golf Club in Co. Kildare to participate in the All-Ireland Finals where they were drawn against Connacht Champions Portumna Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final Thursday 21st September.
They were lead out this time by Tommy and Shane Quigley who had a very comfortable 6 and 5 win over Dean Cox with Brian Mooney, next on the tee were Stephen Quigley with Martin Fahy who recorded a 1-hole win over Padric Cahalan with Alan Hayes, they were followed by John Looby with Gerard Maguire who had to go up the 19th before recording the winning point, in the penultimate match Pat Coote with Sean Sherlock lost out by 2-holes against Enda Quigley with Alan Page and in the bottom match Johnny Nevin with Adrian O’Keefe lost their match against Sean McEntee with David Hughes.
They met Leinster Champions Royal Curragh Golf Club in the All-Ireland Final on Friday 22nd September and were lead out again by Tommy and Shane Quigley who beat Martin Whitty with Bill Geraghty by 4 and 3, they were followed by Pat Coote with Johnny Nevin who lost out by 2 and 1 against Eddie Trant with Jimmy Murphy, next on the tee was John Looby with Gerard Maguire who had a 1-hole win over Michael Cleary with Brendan Mullins, in the penultimate match Adrian O’Keefe with John Dwan lost out by 2-holes against Anthony Ryan with Thomas Powell, in the bottom match Stephen Quigley with Martin Fahy secured the Green Pennant with a 1-hole win over Benny Murphy with Paul Dempsey.     

Thurles Golf Club won the All-Ireland Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield on the O’Meara Course at Carton House on Friday 18th September 2015 when they beat Gort Golf Club by

They won the Munster Final at East Clare Golf Club on Sunday 19th June when they beat regaining champions for the past two years Spanish Golf Club by 3½-matches to 1½-matches in the Semi-Final and accounted for Newcastle West Golf Club with a similar score in the Final.

First on the tee was Pat Coote with Vincent O'Brien who beat Damien White with Billy Neville by 4 and 3, they were followed by John Malone with Martin Fahy who lost their match to Stephen Noonan with Seamus O'Connor by 3 and 1, next up was Ciaran Clohessy with John Looby who had a 4 and 3 win over Eugene Hannon with Ger Foley, the penultimate match of John McGrath with Tommy Quigley was halved against Eoin Duggan with Liam Keane when called in, the bottom match of Shane Quigley with Stephen Quigley clinched the pennant when they beat James Meehan with Pat Hennessy by 3 and 2.

They made their waY to Carton House to compete in the All-Ireland Finals on 17th September, where they were drawn against Leinster Champions Grange Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.

First on the tee were Paddy Dwan with John Dwan who halved their match against Mark Dermody with Dean Costello, they were followed by Martin Fahy with Gerard Ryan who had a 3 and 2 win over Darach Connolly with Brian Tuite, next up John McGrath with Tommy Quigley who beat William O'Dwyer with Niall Barry by 2 and 1, in the penultimate match Ciaran Clohessy with Jack Looby halved their match with John McGrath with Tommy Quigley, in the bottom match Shane Quigley with Stephen Quigley had a comfortable 5 and 4 win over John Nolan with Brendan P. Lehane and booked their place in the All-Ireland decider against Connacht Champions Gort Golf Club the following morning.

First on the tee were Pat Coote with John Dwan who lost their match against Gerard Connors with David O’Dell by 4 and 2, they were followed by Gerard Ryan with Martin Fahy who halved their match against Pat Curtis with Michael O’Dell, next up were John McGrath with Tommy Quigley who recorded a comfortable 5 and 4 win over Tom Finneran with Frank Gillane, in the penultimate match Ciaran Clohessy with Jack Looby beat David Daly with Michael Ryan by 3 and 2, in the bottom match Shane and Stephen Quigley had a 4 and 2 win over John Moylan and John Tierney to lift the green pennant for the first time since 1997.

They were managed by Frank McGrath.

Thurles Golf Club won the All-Ireland Final of the J. B. Carr Diamond Trophy at Woodenbridge Golf Club in 2011 when the team was J. McLoughney, D. Bourke, P. Fennelly, M. O’Sullivan, M. Butler, P. Daly J. Ryan, R. Shannon W. O’Grady, G. Mernagh, E. Clancy, M. Gleeson, B. Ryan and T. Kirby.

The Ladies of Thurles Golf Club won the All-Ireland Miele Interclub Fourball at Glasson Golf Club on Sunday 19th September 2010 when they beat Milltown Golf Club in a count-back.

First on the tee was Jacueline Corbett (11) with Mary Coman O'Neill (14)  who lost their match to Deirdre Walsh (2) with Mary Rose Binchy (19) by 2 and 1, they were followed by Rose Maloney (12) with Margaret Lonergan ( 14) who also lost their match to Aileen Dawson (8) with Dorothy MacCann (16) by a similar margin. Next up was Orla McKevitt (10) with Fionnuala Corcoran (17) who beat Penny Gleeson (7) & Eithne Gogan (17) at the 20th green, the bottom match of Marian Finn (8) with Susan Troy (25) saw a convincing 6 and 4 win over Maeve Whelan (10) with Emer O'Donoghue (16). They beat the Ulster Champions Rockmount in the semi-finals also on a count-back.

The Ladies of Thurles Golf Club won the Tipperary League in 2010 when the team was Colette Broland, Jean Butler, Catherine Davey, Pauline Byrne, Joan O’Brien, Anne O’Grady, Delia Carroll, Rita Holohan, Enid Spencer, Marian Ryan, Marian Tuohy, Troina Gleeson, Bernie White, Fionnuala Corcoran and Bridgette Behan, they were selected by Rose Moloney and Peggy Kirby,

The Ladies of Thurles Golf Club were District Champions in the Ulster Bank All-Ireland Ladies Fourball Championship in 2002, when the team was, M. Tuohy, E. Ruddy, S. Troy, O. McKevitt, M. O'Dwyer, J. Corbett, M. Finn, B. McCormack, B. Rafter, they were managed by M. McKevitt and co-ordinated by P. Maher.

Brigid McCormack (16) and Matt Cronin (12) were second in the Regional Qualifiers of the Spar-Irish Independent National Mixed Pairs, when they shot 46 points at South County Golf Club in July 2002.

Thurles won the the Jimmy Bruen Shield Munster Final at Cork Golf Club on the 26th August 2001. When they beat Shannon Golf Club by 3 matches to 2 matches. They were crowned All-Ireland Champions at  Newlands Golf Club on 22nd September 2001. They beat Holywood by 3 matches to 2 matches. The team was Ray Shannon and Eddie Clancy who won their match 5 and 4. Jim O'Dwyer and Billy Maher who halved their match. John McCormack and J. J. Maher who won their match 5 and 4. D. Corcoran and David Judge who halved their match and Seamus Troy and Joe Irwin who won their match by 6 and 5. They were Captained by John Nolan.

Thurles won the Munster Final of the Irish Mixed Foursomes at Mallow Golf Club in August 2001. They beat Bantry in the semi-finals by 3 matches to 2 matches. Then they had a 3.5 matches to 1.5 matches win over Bandon in the final. The team was J. Foran with M. Tuohy, D. Corcoran with R. Moloney, J. O'Dwyer with S. Troy and J. Irwin with M. Coleman.

Thurles Golf Club were Heineken Mixed Foursomes Champions in 2001, when the team was, Eddie Clancy, John Ronayne, Jim O'Dwyer, Declan Corcoran, Even Long, Seamus Troy, Marion Tuohy, Matt Cronin, Mary O'Dwyer, Vera Fitzgerald, Rosalyn Moloney, Pauline Byrne, Rose Moloney, Michael Craddock, P. J. Broderick, Susan Troy, Des Hayes, they were managed by Jim Finn and Kitty Craddock.

Thurles Golf Club won the Midland Senior Championship in 2001, when the team was, Gerry Purcell, Michael Craddock, Peter Fitzpatrick, M. J. Bourke, Matt Butler, T. J. Semple, Billy Perry, Stevie Smee, Sean O'Callaghan, Michael Houlahan, Denis Nagle, Dick Donohoe, Gerry Stakelum, Billy Ryan, Benny Maher and P. J. Broderick. 

The Ladies of Thurles Golf Club won the Tipperary A League in 2001, when the team was, Mary Breen, Marian Tuohy, Rosalyn Moloney, Mary Coman, Helen Mason, Pauline Byrne, Mary O'Dwyer, Kitty Craddock, Mary Phelan and Betty Rafter.

Club member, Matt Cronin (11) teamed up with Mary Lou Carroll (15) from Templemore Golf Club. They went to Dungarvan G. C. to play in the Regional qualifiers of the Spar-Irish Independent National Mixed Pairs Challenge on the 20th of June 2001. Their 56 points booked their place in the National Finals at Adare Manor Golf & Country Club in August 2001.

Lady Captain Brigid McCormack, Captain Matt Long and President Eugene McAree were runners-up in the National Final of the Mercedes Benz-Irish Independent Executive Trophy. They were a shot of the K Club with 74 points at that venue on the 13th of August 2001.

M. Dwan qualified for the National Finals of the Irish Times-Mitsubishi Motors Women's Masters. She returned 30 points in the semi-final at Glasson Golf Hotel & Country Club on the 23rd of August 2001. Then it was on to Galway Bay Golf & Country Club for the Final on 13th September.

Prior to 2001:

Thurles Golf Club won the All-Ireland Jimmy Bruen Shield at Tramore G. C. in 1996. The squad was Michael Hayes, Birdie Ryan, J. J. Maher, Joe Irwin, P. J. Broderick, T. J. Sample, Ray Shannon, Harry Mulhaire, Paddy Stakelum, Panie Connors, Matty Cronin, Bob Ryan, Evan Long, Sean Whelan, Seamus Troy, Tom Hayes and Pat Fennelly, they were managed by John Nolan.

They won the All-Ireland Pierce Purcell Shield at Dundalk G. C. in 1997. The squad was Pat Finn, Phil Maher, Frankie McGrath, Billy Perry, Stevie Smee, John McCormack, John Cahill, Mick Hickey, Pat Kavanagh, Mark Kennedy, Tony Kirby, Jack Looby, John Prior, John Stakelum, Denis Nagle, John O'Grady and John Quigley, the selectors were Joe Kenny and P. J. Broderick.

They won the All-Ireland Irish Mixed Foursomes at Muskerry G. C. in 1997. The squad was Pat Coote, Pat Finn, John D. Maher, Liam Troy, Jacqueline Corbett, Philomena Maher, T. J. Semple, Pauline Byrne, Marie Ryan, Susan Troy, Sally O'Rourke, Michael Hayes, Mary Coman, John Corbett, Birdie Ryan and Noreen Dwyer. They were, managed by Jim Finn and Joan Purcell.

Thurles Golf Club won the Munster Junior Cup in 1966, when the team was Jim Kelly, John Mitchell, James O'Connor, Thomas Roche, Jim Moloughney and Paddy Horgan.

J. F. O'Grady was elected to the council of the Munster Branch of the GUI for 2001.

Thurles won the GUI Millennium Medal Challenge at Newlands Golf Club on the 1st October, 2000: over 32,000 golfers took part in it. The team was Evan Long, Francis Butler, Michael Bulfin and Tony Cogan.

Thurles Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield and were All-Ireland Finalists in 1984, when the team was, J. O'Brien, K. Whyte, S. Troy, W. Duggan, D. Crowley, B. Maher, E. McAree, J. Crowley, J. O'Dwyer, M. Long, T. J. Semple, J. Moloughney, M. Cradock. P. Connors, M. Butler, S. Hoctor and L. Hanrahan, they were selected by J. O'Grady.

They won it prior to that in 1982, and were All-Ireland Finalists again, when the team was, B. Maher, K. Whyte, S. Troy, S. Hoctor, J. O'Brien, B. O'Dwyer, P. Maher, M. Cradock, P. Connors, G. Purcell, M. Tatton, P. McCormack, D. Crowley, M. O'Sullivan and E. McAree, they were selected by R. M. Ryan and F. Crowley.

Thurles Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield and were All-Ireland Finalists at Killarney Golf Club in 1992, when the team was, D. Carr, L. Hanrahan, M. Hayes, J. Irwin, K. Kennedy, D. Nagle, H. Mulhaire, P. Stakelum, J. Stokes, J. Kirby, B. Moore, J. Quinn, J. Daly, E. Clancy, W. Doyle, D. Harnell, J. Hession, J. Kenny, W. Maher and S. Sherlock.

They won it prior to that in 1987, when the team was D. Callanan, R. Dwyer. B. Fitzgibbon, P. Gleeson, C. Hogan, J. Hourihan, M. Kennedy, P. Lawless, B. Moore, S. McLoughlin, F. O'Dwyer, R. Ryan, Pat Stakelum, Paddy Stakelum and L. Sullivan, they were managed by L. Hanrahan.

Thurles won the Heineken Midland Mixed Foursomes in 1995, when the team was, L. Troy, P. Finn, J. Irwin, P. J. Broderick, H. Mulhaire, J. Corbett, D. Corcoran, M. McKevitt, A. Hogan, K. Craddock, J. O'Byrne, S. Troy, J. Corbett and S. O'Rourke.

Thurles Golf Club won the Central Towns Trophy in 1994, when the team was, John McCormack, Pat Stakelum, Dan Harnett, Tony Kirby, Michael Clohessy, Martin Hayes, Gerry Stakelum, Eddie Clancy, Pat Finn and J. Nolan.

They won it prior to that in 1976, when the team was, T. O'Reilly, C. Harrington, G. Butler, R. Dwan, S. Smee, B. Duggan, T. Considine, G. Woods and Dr. M. Daly.

Thurles Golf Club won the Midland Masters in 1995, when the team was, M. Maher, P. Fitzpatrick, J. Daly, T. Ryan, P. Stakelum, M. Gleeson, J. McLoughney, M. Craddock, D. Donohoe, S. McLoughlin, P. Horgan. J. Stakelum, D. Nagle and K. Dwan.

Thurles won the Irish Independent-Mercedes Benz Executive Trophy in 1999, when the team was, Seamus Troy (Captain), Biddy Smee (Lady Captain) and Joe Irwin (Hon. Secretary).

They won the John Players Fourball in 1973, Rev. D. Curtin and Rev. F. Gallagher.

The Ladies of Thurles Golf Club won the ILGU Southern District Junior Cup in 1998, when the team was, S. Troy, K. Craddock and M. O'Dwyer.

They won the ILGU Intermediate League in 1998, when the team was, H. Mason, B. McCormack, J. Corbett, L. Ryan, C. Lowry, B. Rafter, S. Gleeson, A. Hogan, J. O'Brien and M. Phelan , they were managed by K. Craddock.

They won the ILGU Junior League in 1988, when the team was, Ellen Davern, Claire O'Connor, Chris McAree, Noreen Russell, Mary O'Dwyer, Mary Phelan and Marie Ryan, they were managed by Kitty Craddock.

The Ladies of Thurles Golf Club won the Tipperary A League in 2000, when the team was, M. Tuohy, M. Ryan, C. O'Connor, R. Moloney, M. O'Dwyer, P. Byrne, V. Fitzgerald, M. Coman, they were managed by K. Craddock.

They won the Tipperary B League in 2000,  when the team was M. Finn, M. Hackett, D. Hayes, F. Ronayne, E. Ruddy, B. O'Dwyer, C. Davy, they were managed by K. Craddock.

They won the Tipperary A League in 1997, with Mary O'Dwyer, Susan Troy, Ann Molloy, Pauline Byrne, Marcella Broderick, Mary Phelan, Marie Ryan, Jacqueline Corbett, Philomena Maher and Kitty Craddock.

They won it prior to that in 1995, when the team was, Betty Rafter, Ellen Davern, Philomena Maher, Sally O'Rourke, Joan Butler and Jacquie Corbett.

They won the A League in 1992, when the team was Mary Phelan, Kathlyn Ryan, Mary Stakelum, Susan Troy, Mary O'Dwyer and Betty Rafter.

They won it for the first time in 1991, when the team was, Mary O'Dwyer, Maura Carroll, Claire O'Connor, Fionnuala Corcoran, Susan Troy, Mary Phelan and Chris O'Sullvan.

The Ladies of Thurles Golf Club won the Tipperary B League in 2000, when the team was M. Finn, M. Hackett, D. Hayes, F. Ronayne, E. Ruddy, B. O'Dwyer, C. Davy and they were managed by K. Craddock.

They won it prior to that in 1992, when the team was, Bridget McCormack, Kathleen O'Dwyer, Marian McKevitt, Ellen O'Flaherty, Alice O'Regan, Tesie Bourke, Eileen Broderick and Kathleen Maher.

They first won it in 1991, when the team was, Eileen Cahill, Joan Corcoran, Mary Costigan, Marian McKevitt, Angela Maher, Mary Stakelum, Kathleen O'Dwyer and Ellen O'Haherty.

They won the McLoughlin Trophy in 1992, when the team was, Mary Phelan, Betty Rafter, Kathleen Ryan, Claire O'Connor, Eithne O'Meara, Alice Hogan, Susan Troy, Sally O'Rourke, Jacqueline Corbett, Finnuala Corcoran and Mary Stakelum, they were captained by Kitty Craddock.

John McCormack (7) and Marian Finn (28) booked their place in the final of the Spar-Irish Independent National Pairs Championship at St. Margaret's. When they shot 50pts at Galway Bay, in this novel event, where the first six holes are played as a scramble, the next six as foursomes and the final six are singles. Marian has only been playing golf for a year but she comes from good sporting stock, as her father Jimmy was a great Tip. hurler in the past.

Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;

J. Foran represented Ireland at Irish Boys' level in 2002 playing 5-times won 2-matches halved one and lost 2-matches accumulating 5-points;

David Ruddy represented Ireland at Irish Boys' level in 2006 playing 3-times won 0-matches and lost 3-matches accumulating 0-points. He represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level from 2008 to 2009 playing 11-times won 5-matches halved one and lost 5-matches accumulating 11-points. He represented Munster in the Boys Interprovincial Championships from 2005 to 2007 playing 17-times won 4-matches halved three and lost 10-matches accumulating 11-points;

J. F. O’Grady represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level in 1971 playing 4-times won 3-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 6-points;

Jon Foran represented Munster in the Boys' Interprovincial Championships in 2001 playing 6-times won 3-matches halved one and lost 2-matches accumulating 7-points;

Evan Long represented Munster in the Boys' Interprovincial Championships in 1997 playing 6-times won 5-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 10-points;

David Ronayne represented Munster in the Boys' Interprovincial Championships in 2006 playing 6-times won 3-matches and lost 3-matches accumulating 6-points;

History of Thurles

Instituted 1909 affiliated 1912

The early minutes of the club are missing. In "The Golfing Annual" in 1909-10. an instituted date of 1st January, 1909, is given. There were 75 members and the Captain was R. H. Spratt, the Hon. Secretary was S. R. Thorp. The course was a nine-hole, and a mile and a half from Thurles station. The annual subscription was a guinea for men and ten shillings for ladies.

The club moved around somewhat in the early years. The club records show the following locations six-holes at Loughtagalla, nine-holes at Leugh, twelve-holes at Dovea.

Lionel Hewson wrote in the "Irish Golf", in January 1944, "Once I laid out the nine-hole course on a pleasant site at Thurles. It was a pleasant visit and led to a lunch at the college with Fr. O’Connor as host. Now it is good news to hear that the club has bought Turtulla House and lands the old course and some of the newly acquired land will be sold for £6,000".

A choice Residential Holding, with all the advantages for up to-date farming.... well worthy of inspection." Turtulla House and 218 acres were being offered for sale, in the 5th of February, 1944 issue of the "Tipperary Star," by the representatives of the late Michael Barry. Among those who inspected it, were leading members of Thurles Golf Club, then sited at Dovea, following earlier periods at Leugh and Loughtagalla.

The initial affiliation to the Golfing Union was in 1909. The Dovea course - nine holes, later twelve - was laid out by Lionel Hewson, about 1932, on the lands of Captain Trant.

Turtulla was at once seen to be an ideal location for the club's next and final abode. On the verge of town, it was prime parkland, well stocked with mature timber, draining readily towards the Suir - and even adapted by nature for two separate nines, divided by the road.

Their minds quickly made up, the golfers deputized the Hon. Secretary P. J. 0'Meara, Solr., to bid for them. He went, under the pressure of the bidding, somewhat above their agreed limit and the property was theirs for £6,100. Part was recouped by the sale of the portion to the left of the 7th and 8th holes to the Pallottine Order. 

The golfers were moving into a house and lands of ancient and colourful history. A military map of 1755, drawn to delineate an army encampment in the area, shows a house where the club still resides. A 19th century map indicates another army camp in the area of the 17th fairway. It shows a roadway below Turtulla crossroads and probably following the ridge, along the l0th, 12thand 15th towards the Mill Road and passing by the mysterious remains known as "Jack's House," on the 11th hole.

Family surnames Nicholson, Bailey, Maher and finally Barry designate previous owners. It was in the Maher period in the 19th century that the house held its most famous guest, Daniel O'Connell. He was on his Repeal Campaign, early in 1843, when he addressed a "monster meeting" on the hill of Knockroe, less than a mile from Turtulla, and was entertained by the Mahers. During that era the house was renovated by Clonmel-born architect William Tinsley, as was another Maher property, Tullamaine House, near Fethard. The Barry family came from Co Limerick and took over Turtulla from Valentine Maher in the 1880's.

The house was occupied until 1927. During the "Troubles" of the early twenties the family coachman, Denis Regan, was shot and left for dead by the "Black and Tans" near the bridge on the entrance road. He survived to become in later years the hearse driver for the undertaking firm of W H Ryan. Local superstition used to maintain that the premises, empty from 1927 until the golf club took over, were haunted. Nowadays, the "spirits" are strictly confined to the club lounge!

The laying-out of the new course was entrusted to Mr. J McAllister - terms £5, plus expenses! His design has stood the test of time as making best use of the terrain - new tees at several holes are the modern variations. The original wide-open farmland was gradually altered by judicious tree planting, giving individual character to each hole. It is today a well-respected test of golf, host to national and provincial championships at many levels and very popular with societies. Recently a development plan for the first nine has been commissioned and will shortly be submitted to the Members for their approval.

Clubhouse amenities were the object of improvement in various stages. For more than three decades the changes were of modest scope. By the end of the 1970's the structure had deteriorated to the point where radical action was needed. An original decision to replace it with a modern-style clubhouse was later reversed and a large scale reconstruction skilfully preserved its’ rare and admirable character. This was opened in 1981. The most recent phase giving the club its present unique and individual ambience was opened in May 1993.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
E. Cahill 1990 Ladies Captain
Benny O'Dwyer 1990 Men's Captain
Luke Aherne 1990 President
Alice Hogan 1991 Ladies Captain
Billy Curran 1991 Men's Captain
W. B. Duggan 1991 President
Kitty Craddock 1992 Ladies Captain
Jim Phelan 1992 Men's Captain
Tom Dee 1992 President
Clare O'Connor 1993 Ladies Captain
John Maher 1993 Men's Captain
Seamus McDonnell 1993 President
Nancy Stakelum 1994 Ladies Captain
Queenie Clohessy 1994 Ladies President
Stevie Smee 1994 Men's Captain
F. P. Gleeson 1994 President
Bridie O'Neill 1995 Ladies Captain
Lil Rea 1995 Ladies President
Peter Fitzpatrick 1995 Men's Captain
Bill Cashen 1995 President
Josie Carroll 1996 Ladies Captain
Ena Maher 1996 Ladies President
Jim Finn 1996 Men's Captain
Pat Stokes 1996 President
Ann O'Grady 1997 Ladies Captain
Mary Cashen 1997 Ladies President
Sean O'Callaghan 1997 Men's Captain
John O'Grady 1997 President
Patsy Kelly 1998 Ladies Captain
Peggy Roche 1998 Ladies President
Tom Ryan 1998 Men's Captain
John Nolan 1998 President
Biddy Smee 1999 Ladies Captain
Chris O'Sullivan 1999 Ladies President
Seamus Troy 1999 Men's Captain
Liam Fayne 1999 President
Philomena Maher 2000 Ladies Captain
Carmel Hogan 2000 Ladies President
Declan Corcoran 2000 Men's Captain
Pat Stakelum 2000 President
Brigid McCormick 2001 Ladies Captain
Mary Crowley 2001 Ladies President
Matthew Long 2001 Men's Captain
Eugene McAree 2001 President
Eileen Broderick 2002 Ladies Captain
P. J. Broderick 2002 Men's Captain
Tom Ryan 2002 President
Joan Butler 2003 Ladies Captain
Eddie Clancy 2003 Men's Captain
Jim Finn 2003 President
Mary Coman 2004 Ladies Captain
Billy Ryan 2004 Men's Captain
Gerry Purcell 2004 President
Marion Tuohy 2005 Ladies Captain
Michael Ronayne 2005 Men's Captain
Frank Conroy 2005 President
Rose Moloney 2006 Ladies Captain
John Broderick 2006 Men's Captain
Michel Daly 2006 President
Frances Ronayne 2007 Ladies Captain
Donal Duggan 2007 Men's Captain
Bill Curran 2007 President
Euphrasia Ruddy 2008 Ladies Captain
Liam Troy 2008 Men's Captain
Jim Phelan 2008 President
Jacqueline Corbett 2009 Ladies Captain
David Crowley 2009 Men's Captain
John D. Maher 2009 President
Julianne Ryan 2010 Ladies Captain
Pat Davy 2010 Men's Captain
Jack O'Keeffe 2010 President
Orla McKevitt 2011 Ladies Captain
Jimmy O'Neill 2011 Men's Captain
Joe Kelly 2011 President
Brigiette Behan 2012 Ladies Captain
Pat Murray 2012 Men's Captain
William O'Grady 2012 President
Louise Maher 2013 Ladies Captain
Toss Hayes 2013 Men's Captain
 Jane Butler 2013 President
Delia Carroll 2014 Ladies Captain
Pat Fallon 2014 Men's Captain
Seamus Troy 2014 President
Ann Slattery 2015 Ladies Captain
Denis Cleary 2015 Men's Captain
 Brian O’Connor
2015 President
Mary Duignan 2016 Ladies Captain
James Phelan 2016 Men's Captain
Fergus Moriarty
2016 President
Jill O’Connor 2017 Ladies Captain
John M. Gleeson 2017 Men's Captain
John Corbett
2017 President
Lora Ryne (6)
2017 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Evan Long 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
David Ruddy 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
Kieran Kennedy (0) 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
Jon Foran 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap

Holes in One at Thurles

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
M. O'Gorman   5th   115 yd’s
Ann Pauline Sayle 12 July 1995 5th   115 yd’s
Pauline Byrne 21 June 1996 5th   115 yd’s
Rose Moloney 26 August 2002 8th   145 yd’s
Ann Pauline Sayle 8 June 2004 11th 3-Wood 145 yd's
Helen Mason 29 June 2004 11th 5-Wood 145 yd's
Pauline Byrne 15 April 2005 5th   115 yd’s
Pauline Byrne 7 June 2005 11th 5-Wood 145 yd's
Pauline Byrne 3 December 2005 8th   145 yd’s
Ann Pauline Sayle 10 February 2006 11th   156 yd’s
Joan Purcell 14 March 2006 5th   115 yd’s
Mary Carroll 17 May 2007 5th   115 yd’s
Ita O'Sullivan 22 May 2007 3rd 7-Wood 130 yd's
Gerard Ryan 5 May 2009 3rd   122 yd’s
Claire Molloy 7 July 2009 14th   151 yd’s
Nora Turner 31 March 2013 3rd Wedge 94 yd's
Marian Ryan 11 June 2013 3rd 9-iron 94 yd's