Lahinch golf club Clare
Lahinch Golf Course
Lahinch is undoubtedly one of the finest Links courses to be found anywhere in the world. Originally designed by Old Tom Morris in 1893, the Old Course was later remodelled by Dr. Alistair MacKenzie whose trademark of tiered greens are very much in evidence to this day. In 2001, Martin Hawtree restored the Old Course to MacKenzie’s principals and his work further improved this magnificent test of golf often referred to as the "St. Andrews of Ireland".
The most famous holes are the long 4th 475yds Par-5 known as the "Klondyke" and the short 155yds world renowned 5th hole known as "The Dell". However every hole around Lahinch is a real challenge for the discerning golfer.
Many famous golfers have played and praised Lahinch as a challenge, not least Greg Norman who played it with his son Gregory before heading for Carnoustie for The Open in 1999, "I really enjoyed Lahinch" said the Shark after his 7.40am tee-off. In 1991 the US Walker Cup team used Lahinch for a warm-up before going to Portmarnock. Masters Champion 2004, Phil Mickelson was so impressed that he declared it "his favourite of all links courses in the World".
The venue of the South of Ireland Amateur Open Championship where many a fine match has been witnessed. I am convinced I had the pleasure of watching the finest golf ever played around this course in its long history, in July 2001. The final of the South was between Justin Kehoe of Birr and Stephen Browne of Hermitage. Justin opened up with a birdie, eagle, birdie, followed by another birdie to the turn, he then proceeded to birdie the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th match over. Stephen was 3 under at this stage, which would have been good enough to win many a South. I don’t think the "Tiger" could do it if he moved to Lahinch!
The sister course The Castle is a much shorter but enjoyable links course. Lahinch has a fine clubhouse catering for everything the golfer could need and the village is full of characters ready to tell the unwitting visitor some of golf’s "fairy tales of Ireland".
Lahinch's Golf (Old) was voted No. 23-ranked golf course in the World, by "Golf Course Architects" in 2013:
Lahinch's Golf (Old) was voted No. 4-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2017 (Same);
Lahinch's Golf (Old) was voted No. 4-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2016 (Same);
Lahinch's Golf (Old) was voted No. 4-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2015 (Up-1);
Lahinch's Golf (Old) was voted No. 5-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2014 (Same);
Lahinch's Golf (Old) was voted No. 5-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2013 (Up-1);
Lahinch's Golf (Old) was voted No. 6-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2012;
Lahinch's Golf (Old) was voted No. 6 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2012, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;
Lahinch's Golf (Old) was voted No. 7-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2010;
Lahinch's Golf (Old) was voted No. 8 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2010, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;
Lahinch's Golf (Old) was voted No. 8-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2009;
Lahinch's Golf (Old) was voted No. 8 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2009, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;
Lahinch's Golf (Old) was voted No. 8-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2008;
Lahinch's Golf (Old) was voted No. 8 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2008, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;
|Green Fees Midweek Old Course May to Sept.:||€210
|Green Fees Weekends & B.H. Old Course May to Sept.:||€210
|Green Fees Midweek Castle Course:||€35|
|Green Fees Weekends & B.H. Castle Course:||€35|
|Green Fees Midweek Old Course April to Oct.:||€160|
|Green Fees Weekends & B.H. Old Course April to Oct:||€160|
|Green Fees Weekdays only Old Course March & Nov.:||€100|
|Green Fees Weekdays only Old Course Dec. & Jan.:||€50|
|Green Fees with a Member:||€60|
|Full Overseas Membership Available:||Yes|
|Designer||Old Tom Morris: Dr. Alistair MacKenzie, redesigned by Dr. Martin Hawtree|
|Website||Lahinch golf club website|
|General Manager:||Paddy Keane|
|Lady Captain:||Rose Doyle
|Hon. Secretary:||Donal Curtin & Olivia Lucas|
|Club Pro:||Donal McSweeney 065-7081408|
|Comp. Secretary:||Kevin Glynn & Valerie Shannon|
General Facts & Information
|Course opening hours: Daylight hours||Clubhouse opening hours: 8.00am to 11.00pm|
|Mobile phones: Not on course
||Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim|
|Catering: Full catering, facilities||Days to Avoid: None (always phone in advance)|
|Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Midweek & Weekends||Pre-booking for open Tournaments: 7 days in advance|
Lahinch Golf Club Fixtures 2018 provisional*
|Open & Major Fixtures 2018 (to be Confirmed)|
|Captain's Drive-In||Sunday 15 April
|Lady Captain's Prize to the Men||Sunday 6 May||Closed||1|
|Lady President's Prize||Saturday 14 July||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize to the Ladies
||Sunday 3 June
|Captain's Prize||Friday 27 July
||Saturday 28 July
|Captain's Prize||Saturday 28 July
|Lady Captain's Prize||Saturday 4 August||Closed||1|
|President's Prize||Friday 17 August||Saturday 18 August||Closed||2
|President's Prize||Saturday 18 August||Closed||1|
|NBCRI Ladies (Old Course)||Monday 12 March||Open||1|
|Ladies 36-Hole Scratch Cup||Saturday 21 April||ILGU||1|
|Great Irish Links Challenge||Tuesday 19 June||Thursday 21 June||Open||3|
|Great Irish Links Challenge||Wednesday 20 June||Open||1|
|Great Irish Links Challenge||Thursday 21 June||Open||1|
|ILGU Charity Day
||Wednesday 27 June||Open||1|
|South of Ireland Open Championship||Wednesday 25 July||Sunday 29 July||GUI||5|
|South of Ireland Open Championship||Thursday 26 July||GUI||1|
|South of Ireland Open Championship||Friday 27 July||GUI||1|
|South of Ireland Open Championship||Saturday 28 July||GUI||1|
|South of Ireland Open Championship||Sunday 29 July||GUI||1|
|Ennistymon Chernobyl Project Rumble (Castle)
||Wednesday 8 August||Open
|Greg Young Memorial Seniors
||Saturday 6 October||Open||1|
Card of the Course
|White||Par 72 SSS 73 6,613 yd's|
|Red||Par 74 SSS 74 5,502 yd's|
|Green||Par 72 SSS 71 6,339 yd's|
|Blue||Par 72 SSS 74 6,970 yd's|
Men's Course Record: 64 Mark Campbell Stackstown G. C. 27/06/2001
Ladies Course Record: 69 Marion Riordan Tipperary G. C. 28/04/2007
The Ladies Lahinch Golf Club won their Regional Final of the Irish Senior Cup in 2010 and made their way to Cork Golf Club to compete in the National deciders, where they were drawn against Connaught Champions Claremorris Golf Club in the All-Ireland Quarter Finals on Friday 13th August and recorded a result of 4-matches to 1-match victory.
They were led by Sinead Sexton who beat Sarah Helly by 3 and 2, she was followed by Linda Toomey who beat Kate Gallagher by 3 and 2 next up was Olivia Hayes who halved with Sarah Gallagher when called-in, the penultimate match of Valerie Hassett who was a resounding 6 and 5 win over Kung Fanning,, in the bottom match Valerie Shannon recorded a halve with Emily McHugh when called-in.
They met Ulster Champions Royal Portrush Ladies Club and eventual green pennant winners in the All-Ireland Semi-Final and lost out by 4-matches to 1-match. They were led again by Sinead Sexton who halved her match against Gemma McClenaghan when called-in, she was followed by Linda Toomey who also recorded a halve with Charlene Reid when called-in, next up was Olivia Hayes who lost her match to Niamh Quigg by 2 and 1, in the penultimate match Valerie Hassett lost to Lucy Simpson by 3 and 2, in the bottom match Valerie Shannon lost out to Helen Jones by 7and 6. They were captained by Georgina Condon.
The Girls’ of Lahinch won the Munster Final of the Girls’ Inter-club Championship and were drawn against Leinster Champions Mannan Castle in the All-Ireland Semi-Final at Mallow Golf Club on Tuesday 25th August 2009.
Captain Barbara Foley sent out Sinead Sexton to lead the team against Louise Hanratty and had a convincing 5 and 4 win over the Monaghan girl. She was followed by Chloe Duggan who lost out to Roison Brady by 3 and 2. The bottom match of Emma McInerney against Amy Boylan had a similar result.
Mark Ryan a member of Lahinch and Grange won the West of Ireland Championship at Co. Sligo in 2003.
P. Murphy qualified for the National Finals of the Irish Times-Mitsubishi Motors Women's Masters. She returned 35 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 on13th September.
Prior to 2001:
Lahinch Golf Club won the All-Ireland Irish Senior Cup at Portmarnock G. C. in 1959, when the team was, G. McGlennon, A. Skerritt, G. A. Young, T. Ahern, P. J. Leyden and A. Slattery.
Lahinch Golf Club won the All-Ireland Barton Shield at home in 1955, when the team was, P. J. Leyden, A. Skerritt, A. Slattery and G. A. Young.
Lahinch Golf Club won the All-Ireland Barton Shield on their home course in 1947, when the team was, J. Bourke, A. Slattery, M. O'Loughlin and D. Torrens.
They won the All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup at Co. Sligo G. C. in 1963, when the team was, J. Wall, F. Lehane, J. O'Callaghan, B. Vaughan and M. Rush, they were captained by Justice J. G. Hurley.
They won the All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup on their home course in 1961, when the team was, J. Smyth, T. Rush, G. Barry, J. Keating, J. Wall and B. O'Brien, they were captained by Justice J. G. Hurley.
Lahinch Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Irish Senior Cup and were beaten finalists in 1984, when the team was, Martin Barrett, Paul Barrett, Paul McInerney, Declan McInerney, Des Creedon, P. J. Queally, and they were captained by Gerry McGlennon.
They won the Munster Final of the Irish Senior Cup in 1971, when the team was, M. Barrett, B. O'Brien, G. A. Young, J. D. Smyth and P. J. Leyden.
They won the Munster Final of the Irish Junior Cup in 1941, when the team was, B. O'Farrell, Fr. E. Murphy, D. F. O'Loghlin, Fr. P. Garrahy and Fr. Madden.
S. Norton was elected to the council of the Munster Branch of the GUI for 2001.
The Ladies of Lahinch Golf Club won the ILGU Senior Cup in 1988, when the team was, J. O'Callaghan, K. Donworth, V. Hassett, P. Murphy and M. Daly, they were captained by O. Fitzpatrick.
They won the ILGU Munster Cup in 1992, with Geraldine Rush, Deirdre O'Brien and Maura Harvey.
They won the ILGU Junior League in 1996, when the team was, Anna Gleeson, Mary McDonnell, K. McDermott, Deirdre O'Brien, F. Chambers, E. Lyons, they were captained Frances Sarma.
They won the ILGU Junior League the previous year, when the team was, Jo de Courcy, Anna Gleeson, Sue Parnell, Ann Vaughan, Mary McDonnell, Margaret Morton, Eavan Foley and Oonagh Mee, they were captained by Frances Sarma.
They won the ILGU Intermediate League in 1984, when the team was, Mona Davis, Phenie Murphy, Deirdre O'Brien, Chris Meaney, Ann O'Sullivan and Frances Spelman, they were captained by Nancy Connole.
Lahinch was the home club of my late friend Mick Ryan, father of Mark and David, who have matured into two of the finest young golfers to watch, they were both selected to represent Leinster in 2003, have represented Ireland at underage level.
Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;
John Burke played Walker Cup at Brooklyn Massachusetts in 1932, he represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1929 to 1949 playing 58-times won 23-matches halved nine and lost 26-matches accumulating 55-points. He represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial from 1938 to 1939;
A. Slattery represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1948 to 1949 playing 8-times won 5-matches halved one and lost 2-matches accumulating 11-points;
D. McInerney represented Ireland at international Youths level in 1987 playing 2-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 0-points. He represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level from 1983 to 1987 playing 16-times won 10-matches and lost 6-matches accumulating 20-points;
R. Culligan represented Ireland at Irish Boys level in 1980 playing 3-times won 1-match and lost 2-matches accumulating 2-points. He represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level from 1981 to 1982 playing 8-times won 2-matches and lost 6-matches accumulating 4-points;
F. J. Hannan* represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial from 1938 to 1939;
S. Loftus represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial from 2005 to 2010 playing 12-times won 2-matches halved two and lost 6-matches accumulating 6-points;
G. McGlennon* represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial from 1958 to 1959 playing 12-times won 6-matches and lost 6-matches accumulating 12-points.
P. McInerney represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial in 1989 playing 6-times won 1-match and lost 5-matches accumulating 2-points;
A. Skerritt represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial from 1958 to 1962 playing 22-times won 10-matches halved one and lost 11-matches accumulating 21-points;
M. Skerritt represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial from 1962 to 1965 playing 18-times won 9-matches halved three and lost 6-matches accumulating 21-points;
Austin Skerritt* represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial in 1939;
J. D. Smyth represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial from 1967 to 1976 playing 45-times won 22-matches halved eight and lost 15-matches accumulating 52-points. He represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level from 1962 to 1967;
D. Torrens* represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial from 1938 to 1939;
M. Culligan represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level from 1973 to 1976 playing 7-times won 4-matches and lost 3-matches accumulating 8-points;
J. McGlennon* represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level in 1966 playing 2-times;
B. O’Brian* represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level in 1963 playing 4-times;
D. O’Brian represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level in 1975 playing 2-times won 1-match and lost 1-match accumulating 2-points;
W. O’Brian* represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level from 1968 to 1971 playing 4-times won 1-match halved one and lost 0-matches accumulating 3-points;
M. Rush* represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level in 1964 playing 2-times;
P. Slattery represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level from 1974 to 1977 playing 8-times won 4-matches and lost 4-matches accumulating 8-points;
Mark Power represented Munster in the Boys Interprovincial Championships in 1995 playing 6-times won 2-matches halved two and lost 2-matches accumulating 6-points;
Denise Doyle was selected to play for Ireland in the European Ladies Junior Championships at Oslo Golf Club, Norway in 1998 and at Nairn Golf Club Scotland in 1996 and played for Ireland in the Girls' Home Internationals at Mosely Golf Club in 1993, at Helensburgh Golf Club in 1994 and at Gog Magog Golf Club in 1995.
History of Lahinch
Instituted 1892 affiliated 1895
The members of Limerick Golf Club set out to find a location to play their golf in the Summer months as Limerick racecourse was covered in long grass. On 26th March, 1882 Sir Alexander Shaw and Mr. Plummer the Hon. Secretary were driving from Ennistymon and passed what was then a dreary, desolate piece of land, a mass of sandhills, owned by Dan Slattery. They revisited the "sandhills" on 9th April and an eighteen-hole course was marked out. In 1894. Old Tom Morris laid out the course and declared it to be "one of the finest clubs in the United Kingdom".
The first South of Ireland was played in 1895 and the inaugural winner was Dr. G. S. Browning, who beat his fellow Lahinch clubman W. F. McDonnell, 2 and 1. In November that year, The Great Southern and Western Railway, announced a special offer for golfers, from Friday to Tuesday. For a guinea return they could travel from Kingsbridge to Lahinch to play this course. In 1886 Mr. Gerald Balfour, the Chief Secretary of Ireland, a good golfer, took rooms at the Royal Golf Hotel.
Sir Alexander Shaw together with others built the hotel and he was President of the club from 1893 to 1923, and Captain from 1893 to 1901. It would seem we owe a great deal to his vision, for seeing the possibility of the sandhills.
In the Autumn of 1906, Charles Gibson of Westward Ho, revised the layout of the links, which remained in play until 1927, when Dr. Alister Mackenzie was retained to make improvements. Mackenzie had completed Augusta National and Cypress Point at this time and was the most respected course architect at the time. His revisions were carried out at a cost of £2,000. The only remaining hole of "Old Toms" is the famous 6th "The Dell
Lahinch recently underwent an improvement development, (if that was possible,) at a cost of £1,000,000 (approx). The South of Ireland is still one of Major Championships held each year. The youngest player ever to win it was Mark Campbell of Stackstown, in 1999.
Roll of Honour
|Dr. E. Kelly||1990||Ladies Captain|
|Dr. Marie McDermott||1990||Ladies President|
|T. J. McHale||1990||Men's Captain|
|A. T. O'Keeffe||1990||President|
|Miss M. Moriarty||1991||Ladies Captain|
|Dr. Marie McDermott||1991||Ladies President|
|B. Maurer||1991||Men's Captain|
|Mrs. J. Ironside||1992||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. Joan Priestman||1992||Ladies President|
|A. F. Slattery||1992||Men's Captain|
|Dr. Paddy J. Hillery||1992||President|
|Mrs. M. Daly||1993||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. Joan Priestman||1993||Ladies President|
|J. J. M. Power||1993||Men's Captain|
|M. M. Power||1993||President|
|Mrs. M. McDonnell||1994||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. M. E. Butler||1994||Ladies President|
|M. J. Henchy||1994||Men's Captain|
|H. R. Lynch||1994||President|
|Mrs. J. de Courcy||1995||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. M. E. Butler||1995||Ladies President|
|J. C. O'Donnell||1995||Men's Captain|
|Rev. P. Malone||1995||President|
|Mrs. D. Coen||1996||Ladies Captain|
|Miss K. O'Connell||1996||Ladies President|
|P. J. Gleeson||1996||Men's Captain|
|F. J. Garrahy||1996||President|
|Mrs. V. Hassett||1997||Ladies Captain|
|Miss K. O'Connell||1997||Ladies President|
|N. Pyne||1997||Men's Captain|
|D. D. Fitzgerald||1997||President|
|Mrs. C. Holmes||1998||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. M. F. Culligan||1998||Ladies President|
|A. J. Garry||1998||Men's Captain|
|Dr. J. Fennelly||1998||President|
|Mrs. Barbara McEvoy||1999||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. Beryl O'Hanrahan||1999||Ladies President|
|Mr. Martin Barrett||1999||Men's Captain|
|Mr. Jim Hassett||1999||President|
|Mrs. Marian Collins||2000||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. Beryl O'Hanrahan||2000||Ladies President|
|Mr. Sean Collins||2000||Men's Captain|
|Mr. Donal Chambers||2000||President|
|Mrs. M. Jamieson||2001||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. M. A. Keane||2001||Ladies President|
|Christopher Killeen||2001||Men's Captain|
|Maeve O'Reilly||2002||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. E. A. Buckley||2002||Ladies President|
|Sean Murphy||2002||Men's Captain|
|Miss Mary Heskin||2003||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. Vera Quinlan||2003||Ladies President|
|Donal Curtin||2003||Men's Captain|
|Kay Vaughan||2004||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. P. Cronin||2004||Ladies President|
|Niall McDermott||2004||Men's Captain|
|Marie Stuart||2005||Ladies Captain|
|Dr. P. E. Comer||2005||Ladies President|
|Denis Creedon||2005||Men's Captain|
|Ann O'Sullivan||2006||Ladies Captain|
|Una Fitzpatrick||2006||Ladies President|
|David Conway||2006||Men's Captain|
|Georgina Condon||2007||Ladies Captain|
|Trish Taylor||2007||Ladies President|
|Donie O'Regan||2007||Men's Captain|
|Felicity Chambers||2008||Ladies Captain|
|Trish Taylor||2008||Ladies President|
|Padraig McInerney||2008||Men's Captain|
|Yvonne Morrison||2009||Ladies Captain|
|Judith Ironside||2009||Ladies President|
|Austin M. Slattery||2009||Men's Captain|
|Anna Glynn||2010||Ladies Captain|
|Mary Daly||2010||Ladies President|
|Eugene Gilligan||2010||Men's Captain|
|Elaine Doyle||2011||Ladies Captain|
|Mary Daly||2011||Ladies President|
|Richard Pyne||2011||Men's Captain|
|Nollie McCarthy||2012||Ladies Captain|
|Dairin Coen||2012||Ladies President|
|Ray Hennessy||2012||Men's Captain|
|Aedin McCarthy||2013||Ladies Captain|
|Valerie Hassett||2013||Ladies President|
|C. T. Killeen
|Jenny Cagney||2014||Ladies Captain|
|Barbara McEvoy||2014||Ladies President|
|Ian Slattery||2014||Men's Captain|
|Angela Cullinan||2016||Ladies Captain|
|Gerry Pierse||2016||Men's Captain|
|Jacqueline Joyce||2017||Ladies Captain|
|Kay Vaughan||2017||Ladies President|
|Padraig Slattery||2017||Men's Captain|
|Rose Doyle||2018||Ladies Captain|
|Sinead Sexton||2018||Lowest Ladies Handicap|
|Olivia Lucas||2018||Lowest Ladies Handicap|
|Stephen Loftus (+2)
||2018||Lowest Men's Handicap|
Holes in One at Lahinch
|Member||Date||Hole No.||Club Used||Distance|
|James Meade||1 August 1963||3rd||151 yd’s|
|James Meade||16 November 1965||6th||132 yd’s|
|James Meade||25 January 1975||3rd||151 yd’s|
|James Meade||8 November 1980||11th||156 yd’s|
|James Meade||21 November 1980||11th||165 yd’s|
|Audrey Mc Adams||8 August 1981||6th||132 yd’s|
|James Meade||13 October 20001||16th||185 yd’s|
|Patrick Cronin||17 June 2001||11th||133 yd’s|
|Greg Young Jnr.||8 August 2004||16th||195 yd's|
|Charlotte Crowe||28 April 2007||11th||105 yd's|
|Derek Morris||26 January 2008||8th||147 yd’s|
|Ann O’Sullivan||9 August 2008||16th||128 yd’s|
|Lelia Palmer||4 April 2009||8th||128 yd’s|
|Simon Ward||28 July 2013||16th||195 yd's|
||26 July 2014||13th||Albatross||279 y'ds|