Thurles golf club Tipperary
Thurles Golf Course
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:||€30|
|Green Fees Sunday & B.H.:||€30|
|Green Fees Fourball:
|Green Fees with a Member:||€20|
|Green Fees for Opens:||€15/20|
|Buggy Hire: €25||Yes|
|Full Membership Available:||Yes|
|Full Membership Fee:||€750|
|Full Seniors Membership Fee:||€580|
|Full Special Seniors Membership Fee:||€437|
|Full Student Membership Fee:||€145|
|Full Juvenile Membership Fee70k:||€50|
|Designer||Lionel Hewson & Mel Flanagan|
|Website||Thurles golf club website|
|General Manager:||Ashling Moroney|
|Lady Captain:||Alice Regan|
|Hon. Secretary:||Pat Murray, John Fogarty & Annette Boland|
|Club Pro:||Raymond Ryan 0504-58852|
|Hon. Treasurer:||Enda Bourke, Tony Kirby & Ann Burke|
|Comp. Secretary:||Fergus Moriarty & Marian Ryan|
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 2019 provisional*
|Open & Major Fixtures 2019 (to be Confirmed)|
|Captain's Drive-In||Sunday 10 February||Closed||1|
|Lady Captain's Prize Day 1||Tuesday 11 June||Closed||1|
|Lady Captain's Prize||Sunday 16 June||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize||Friday 5 July||Sunday 7 July||Closed||3|
|Captain's Prize||Saturday 6 July||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize||Sunday 7 July||Closed||1|
|President's Prize||Friday 23 August||Sunday 25 August||Closed||3|
|President's Prize||Saturday 24 August||Closed||1|
|President's Prize||Sunday 25 August||Closed||1|
|Singles Stableford||Friday 19 April
|3-Person Team Event any Combination||Saturday 20 April
||Sunday 21 April
|4-Person Team Event any Combination||Monday 22 April
|3-Person Team Event any combination||Saturday 4 May
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 5 May
|4-Person Team Event any Combination||Monday 6 May||Open||1|
|Seniors Singles Stableford||Wednesday 8 May||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 23 May||Open||1|
|Thurles Squash Club Classic||Friday 24 May||Saturday 25 May||Open||2|
|Thurles Squash Club Classic||Saturday 25 May||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 30 May
|L. & G. 3-Person Team Event any Combination||Saturday 1 June||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Sunday 2 June||Open||1|
|Luigi Classic||Monday 3 June||Open||1|
|L. & G. Fourball Betterball||Friday 7 June||Open||1|
|3-Person Team Event||Friday 7 June||Open||1|
|L. & G. 3-Person Team Event||Saturday 8 June||Open||1
|Senior Scratch Cup (Max 4)||Sunday 16 June||Open||1|
|Junior Scratch Cup (5 to 9)||Sunday 16 June||Open||1|
|Inter. Scratch Cup||Sunday 16 June||Open||1|
|Minor Scratch Cup||Sunday 16 June||Open||1|
|Loughmore-Castleiney G.A.A||Saturday 13 July||Open||1|
|Start of Open Week||Saturday 20 July||Sunday 28 July||Open||9
|Fourball Stableford||Saturday 20 July||Open||1|
|4-Person Team Event||Sunday 21 July||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 22 July||Open||1|
|Ladies Team Event||Tuesday 23 July||Open||1|
|4-Person Team Event||Wednesday 24 July||Open||1|
|Singles||Thursday 25 July
|Singles Strokes||Friday 26 July
|Fourball V Par||Saturday 27 July
|4-Person Rumble||Sunday 28 July
|Suir Havers Classic
||Monday 29 July
|Singles Stableford||Wednesday 21 August||Open||1|
|Ladies Open Day
||Sunday 1 September||Open||1|
|3-Person Classic any Combination||Friday 20 September||Sunday 22 September||Open||3|
|3-Person Classic any Combination||Saturday 21 September||Open||1|
|3-Person Classic any Combination||Sunday 22 September||Open||1|
|Singles Hamper||Sunday 6 October||Open||1|
|Scotch Foursomes Hamper||Sunday 13 October||Open||1|
|3-Person Team Champagne Scramble||Saturday 26 October||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 27 October||Open||1|
|4-Person Team Event any Combination||Monday 28 October||Open||1|
Card of the Course
|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|
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:
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 led 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 led 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 led 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.
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
|E. Cahill||1990||Ladies Captain|
|Benny O'Dwyer||1990||Men's Captain|
|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|
|Clare O'Connor||1993||Ladies Captain|
|John Maher||1993||Men's Captain|
|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|
|Josie Carroll||1996||Ladies Captain|
|Ena Maher||1996||Ladies President|
|Jim Finn||1996||Men's Captain|
|Ann O'Grady||1997||Ladies Captain|
|Mary Cashen||1997||Ladies President|
|Sean O'Callaghan||1997||Men's Captain|
|Patsy Kelly||1998||Ladies Captain|
|Peggy Roche||1998||Ladies President|
|Tom Ryan||1998||Men's Captain|
|Biddy Smee||1999||Ladies Captain|
|Chris O'Sullivan||1999||Ladies President|
|Seamus Troy||1999||Men's Captain|
|Philomena Maher||2000||Ladies Captain|
|Carmel Hogan||2000||Ladies President|
|Declan Corcoran||2000||Men's Captain|
|Brigid McCormick||2001||Ladies Captain|
|Mary Crowley||2001||Ladies President|
|Matthew Long||2001||Men's Captain|
|Eileen Broderick||2002||Ladies Captain|
|P. J. Broderick||2002||Men's Captain|
|Joan Butler||2003||Ladies Captain|
|Eddie Clancy||2003||Men's Captain|
|Mary Coman||2004||Ladies Captain|
|Billy Ryan||2004||Men's Captain|
|Marion Tuohy||2005||Ladies Captain|
|Michael Ronayne||2005||Men's Captain|
|Rose Moloney||2006||Ladies Captain|
|John Broderick||2006||Men's Captain|
|Frances Ronayne||2007||Ladies Captain|
|Donal Duggan||2007||Men's Captain|
|Euphrasia Ruddy||2008||Ladies Captain|
|Liam Troy||2008||Men's Captain|
|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|
|Orla McKevitt||2011||Ladies Captain|
|Jimmy O'Neill||2011||Men's Captain|
|Brigiette Behan||2012||Ladies Captain|
|Pat Murray||2012||Men's Captain|
|Louise Maher||2013||Ladies Captain|
|Toss Hayes||2013||Men's Captain|
|Delia Carroll||2014||Ladies Captain|
|Pat Fallon||2014||Men's Captain|
|Ann Slattery||2015||Ladies Captain|
|Denis Cleary||2015||Men's Captain|
| Brian O’Connor
|Mary Duignan||2016||Ladies Captain|
|James Phelan||2016||Men's Captain|
|Jill O’Connor||2017||Ladies Captain|
|John M. Gleeson||2017||Men's Captain|
|Marian Finn||2018||Ladies Captain|
|Joe Kerrigan||2018||Men's Captain|
|Alice Regan||2019||Ladies Captain|
|John Hackett||2019||Men's Captain|
|Lora Ryne (6)
||2019||Lowest Ladies Handicap|
|Evan Long||2019||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|David Ruddy||2019||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Kieran Kennedy (0)||2019||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Jon Foran||2019||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|