Doneraile golf club Cork

Doneraile golf course Cork

Doneraile Golf Course

Doneraile Club Crest

The club celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2002. The original course lay within the Doneraile estate. It transferred to its present location in 1927, in which year it officially registered with the G.U.I. the Course as we know it was famous for another sport in by gone days. The 1st steeplechase, run from Buttevant steeple crossing the course to the finish, to the steeple in Doneraile Church, adjacent to the 1st tee. The first officers elected were Captain S. R. Lysaght, President Viscount Doneraile, Secretary / Treasurer Alexander Mitchell. The original green fee was 2 shillings. Today's fee is 20 Euro......excellent  value. The most famous hole on the course is the 6th. This involves driving over the Awbeg, river and a deep ravine. Those who succeed in crossing this obstacle still have to play around a cemetery, which haunts many players both past and present. The clubs lowest handicapped player is, Michael Quirke, who captured the Spanish Amateur Open title in 1987. The club has progressed from a humble beginning to its present position as a major social amenity in the area.

Green Fees Midweek: €20
Green Fees Weekends & B.H. €20
Green Fees with a Member: €20
Green Fees for Opens:  €5/10
Practice Area:  Yes
Club Hire: No
Buggy Hire: No
Soft Spikes: No
Full Membership Available: Yes
New Membership Fee: €320
Senior Membership Fee: €320
Oversees Membership Fee: €135
Entrance Fee: None
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 9
Members 402
Designer Nature
Founded 1927

Co. Cork

Telephone 087-1942600
Website Doneraile golf club website
Secretary/Manager Tom Meade
Captain: Jim Doody
Lady Captain: Marie Murphy
Presidents':   & Margaret O'Brien
Vice Captains':  
Hon. Secretary: Thomas Meade 
Club Pro.: None
Hon. Treasurer: Michael Forde & Eileen O'Donovan
Comp. Secretary: John Nagle & Eileen Coleman
Doneraile Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
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General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: Evenings only
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim
Catering: By prior arrangement Days to Avoid: Thursday until 2.00p.m.
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other times Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance

Doneraile Golf Club Fixtures 2019 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2019 (to be Confirmed)        
Event. Start Finish Type Duration
Captains' Drive-In Sunday 3 March   Closed 1
Captain's Prize to the Ladies
Sunday 19 May   Closed 1
Captain's Prize to the Ladies Wednesday 22 May   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Friday 31 May Sunday 2 June Closed 3
Captain's Prize Saturday 1 June   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Sunday 2 June   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Saturday 22 June   Closed 1
Lady President's Prize Saturday 13 July   Closed 1
President's Prize to the Ladies
Sunday 15 July   Closed 1
President's Prize to the Ladies
Wednesday 17 July   Closed 1
President's Prize Friday 2 August
Sunday 3 August Closed
President's Prize Saturday 3 August
President's Prize Sunday 4 August
Lady Captain's Prize to the Men
Saturday 10 August Sunday 11 August Closed 2
Lady Captain's Prize to the Men Sunday 11 August   Closed 1
Lady Presidents Prize to the Men Saturday 10 August Sunday 11 August Closed 2
Lady Presidents Prize to the Men Sunday 11 August   Closed 1
3-Person Scramble any Combination Friday 15 March Sunday 17 March Open 3
3-Person Scramble any Combination Saturday 16 March   Open 1
3-Person Scramble any Combination Sunday 17 March   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Friday 28 March
Sunday 31 March
Open 3
L. & G. Singles Saturday 30 March
  Open 1
L. & G. Singles Sunday 31 March
  Open 1
Family Competition
Saturday 20 April Sunday 21 April
Open 2
Family Competition Sunday 21 April   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Saturday 26 April Monday 28 April
Open 3
L. & G. Singles Sunday 27 Apeil   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Monday 28 April
  Open 1
Start of Open Week Friday 10 May Sunday 12 May Open 8
Ladies Day Friday 10 May   Open 1
18-Hole Singles Stableford
Saturday 11 May Sunday 9 May Open 2
18-Hole Singles Stableford Sunday 12 May   Open 1
L. & G. 9-Hole Singles Stableford
Monday 13 May   Open 1
L. & G. 9-Hole Singles Stableford
Tuesday 14 May   Open 1
L. & G. 9-Hole Singles Stableford
Wednesday 15 May   Open 1
9-Hole Singles Stableford
Thursday 6 May   Open 1
9-Hole Foursomes any Combination
Friday 17 May   Open 1
Fourball Betterball
Saturday 18 May Sunday 19 May Open 2
Fourball Betterball Sunday 19 May   Open 1
Sheehan N. S. Classic
Saturday 8 June Sunday 9 June Open 2
Sheehan N. S. Classic Sunday 9 June
  Open 1
Irish Junior Cup (Q) Saturday 29 June Sunday 30 June GUI 2
Irish Junior Cup (Q) Sunday 30 June   GUI 1
Buttevant AFC Classic Saturday 20 July   Open 1
Shanballymore GAA Saturday 24 August   Open 1
Senior Scratch Cup Sunday 1 September   Open 1

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Card of the Course

White Par 68 SSS 67 5,864 yd's
Red Par 69 SSS 68 4,946 yd's


Hole No. White Par Index Red Par Index
1 405 4 3 405
5 11
2 313 4 17 310
4 3
3 380 4 5
307 4 1
4 190 3 7
125 3 17
5 347 4 9 340
4 5
6 348 4 13 243 4 15
7 364 4 15 311
4 13
8 164 3 11 135 3 7
9 447 4 1 365 4
Out 2,932 34   2,541 35  
10 405 4 4 269 4 12
11 313 4 18 310
4 4
12 390 4 6
307 4 2
13 190 3 8
125 3 18
14 348 4 10 340
4 6
15 364 4 14 243 4 16
16 311 4 16 311
4 14
17 164 3 12 135 3 8
18 447 4 2 365 4
In 2,884 34   2,244 34  
Total 5,864 67   4,956 68
SSS 67     68    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record: 61 Dave Finn (+1) Mallow G. C.

Ladies Course Record:

Members Achievements

Donerail Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Irish Mixed Foursomes when they beat Tramore Golf Club on the 20th hole at the Gold Coast Golf Club on Saturday 6th August 2016.

They were lead out by Tim O’Mahony with Anne Heffernan who beat Neil Cashin with Sarah Howard by 4 and 3 they were followed by Peter Duane with Anna Cotter who lost out to John O’Brien with Ann Mitchell on the 20th next on the tee was Eddie Roche with Eileen Coleman who also went up the 20th before registering the point against Martin Walsh with Amanda O’Connor in the penultimate match Phelim Cotter with Eleanor Coughlan lost their match against Keith Ridgard with Maeve Enright by 2 and 1 in the bottom match Sean Barrett with Karena Hunter had a 2 and 1 win over Paul Coffey with Orla Darcy.

They made the long journey to Shandon Park Golf Club to compete in the All-Ireland Deciders and were drawn against Leinster Champions Greystones Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Friday 2nd September and were lead out by Tim O'Mahony with Anna Cotter who lost their match by 3 and 2 against D. Byrne with L. Croke next up was Peter Duane with C. Hamilton who beat E. Lonergan with C. Marmion by 2 and 1 they were followed by Eddie Roche with Eileen Coleman who lost their match by 2 and 1 against A. Condron with O. Delaney in the penultimate match Phelim Cotter with Eleanor Coughlan lost out to D. McGabhann with E. Hanley by 2-holes and in the bottom match Sean Barrett with Karena Hunter had 4 and 3 win over M. Looby with G. O'Shea.     

Doneraile Golf Club reached the Semi-Finals of the Munster Senior Cup at Shannon Golf Club on the 17th August 2014 where they met Tramore Golf Club and went down by 3½-matches to 1½-matches.
They were lead out by Damien Carey who beat Alan Thomas by 2-holes, he was followed by Tim O’Mahony who lost his match Robin Dawson by 2 and 1, next up was John Hickey who halved his match against Paul Flynn, the penultimate match of David Finn against Chris Butler went 3 and 1 to the Waterford club, in the bottom match Michael Quirke lost out to David Kiely by 5 and 4.

Doneraile Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Barton Shield when they beat Lee Valley by 4-holes at Kinsale Golf Club on 11th August 2012.

They returned to Kinsale Golf Club to compete in the All-Ireland deciders on Wednesday 19th September when they were drawn against Leinster Champions NUI Maynooth Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Finals.

The first team of David Finn with J. Hickey against C. O’Rourke with J. Yates was a 1-hole win for NUI Maynooth the second match of Adam Carney with T. O’Malley went 3-holes to B. Anderson with G. Hurley and with it a place in the All-Ireland Final.

NUI Maynooth went on and won the All-Ireland when beating a star studded Warrenpoint by 8-holes in the final.

Doneraile Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Barton Shield in 2007, and they made the long trek to Shandon Park Golf Club to represent their Province in the All-Ireland deciders. I must admit to have been a bit surprised to see a small club like Doneraile come out of Munster in this premier Championship in Amateur Club Golf, when one considers the number of very strong clubs that are in the region.

Fair dues to the men from East Cork, who had nothing more than a number of Munster County Club Cup’s to their CV.

They were drawn against Ulster Champions Moyola Park in the All-Ireland Semi-Finals on Wednesday 12th September. First on the tee was Damien Carey with Hugh Nolan against Mark Hammond with Damien McCusker who won their match over the Cork pair by the slimmest of margins, just that single hole. So it was all eyes on the Second match of Dave Finn with Adam Carey against Luke Lennox with Randal Evens, the Doneraile pair were 2-up standing on the 18th tee and did nothing wrong up the final hole to record a famous victory, however it was not to be as Luke Lennox knocked in a 20 foot + putt for a birdie on the 18th to bring the match to extra play-off holes. The same teams went up the 19th which was halved however the Ulster Champions clinched their place in the All-Ireland Final against Galway Golf  Club the following day when the closed out the match on the long Index 3 second play-off hole.

Well done Doneraile Golf Club and the best of luck in the future as you obviously have a strong team that can challenge the best in the highest echelon of Amateur Golf.

Doneraile Golf Club won the Munster Country Clubs Cup for the first time in 1961, when the team was Fr. J. Barry, P. O'Mahony, G. O'Reilly, P. J. Power, A. Mitchell, N. Horgan, S. Nagle and J. J. Quirke.

They won it again in 1965, when the team was P. Morrissey, J. J. Quirke, T. O'Connell, P. O'Mahony, M. Geary and S. Burke.

They won it for the 3rd time in 1989, when the team was J. Murphy, J. J. Cronin, R. O'Callaghan, M. Deady, R. J. O'Sullivan, A. O'Reilly, J. O'Keeffe, J. Classet, P. O'Leary and G. O'Callaghan.

The last time they won it was in 1999, with E. Finn, T. Meade, B. Howell, D. Carroll, A. O'Reilly, C. Deady, M. Howell, E. O'Connor and D. Harrington, they were managed by S. Burke.

Doneraile Golf Club won the Avondhu Shield in 2004, when the team was, Mick Dunlea, Dermot Harrington, Walter Bermingham, Billy Sherlock, Diarmuid Harrington, Sean Barrett, Andy O'Reilly, Coleman Horgan, Tim Deady, Pius O'Callaghan, they were managed by Coleman Deady and Martin Buckley.

They won it prior to that in 1986, when the team was, R. O'Callaghan, D. Harrington, J. J. Cronin, K. Carey, B. O'Keeffe, F. Carey, J. O'Keeffe, M. Barrett, J. Dennehy and Joseph O'Keeffe.

The Ladies of Doneraile Golf Club won the Bank of Ireland Dunhallow Shield in 1980, when the team was, Nora Carroll, Nora Philpott, Nora Aherne, Sheila Corcoran, Maureen Cronin, Marie Lynch, Noreen O'Keeffe, Ita Power, Kitty Coakley and Pat Winkle. Michael Quirk.

Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;

Michael Collins represented Ireland at Irish Boys level in 1998 playing 4-times won 1-match and lost 3-matches accumulating 2-points. He represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level from 1999 to 2001 playing 14-times won 5-matches halved three and lost 6-matches accumulating 13-points. He represented Munster in the Boys Interprovincial Championships in 1997 playing 6-times won 4-matches halved one and lost 1-match accumulating 9-points;

M. Quirke represented Ireland at Senior (55+) from 2009 to 20010 playing 18-times won 11-matches halved two and lost 5-matches accumulating 24-points. He represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial from 1987 to 1988 playing 8-times won 4-matche and lost 4-matches accumulating 8-points. He represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level from 1973 to 1975 playing 8-times won 5-matches and lost 3-matches accumulating 10-points;

K. Carey represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level in 1980 playing 3-times won 2-matche and lost 1-match accumulating 4-points;

History of Doneraile

There is a tradition that golf was played in Doneraile as far back as 1912. It was said to have been a three hole course in the North Park, part of the Doneraile estate.

The first meeting on record was held on 8 July 1921. Lord Castletown was elected President. The land was given free by Lord Castletown.
In 1925 work started on a new course across the road from the existing course in the North Park.

This course was opened in 1927, and the first captain was Mr SR Lysaght. The club also affiliated in that year to the Golfing Union of Ireland. The course was extended in 1928 across the river adjoining the graveyard. The course was purchased from the Trustees of the Doneraile Estate in 1975 for £4500.
The old town of Doneraile was situated where the 8th tee is at present. In Irish, Dun ar Aill means "Fort on the Cliff".
The townland where the course is situated is called Horseclose.

The club has a close relationship with horses. One of the major horse racing Classics is called after the St Ledgers who previously owned the Doneraile Estate. Another interesting historical connection is that the first ever steeplechase was run from the steeple in Buttevant Church to the steeple of St Mary's Church just on the left of the present first tee.

Golf World Magazine described the course as the Jewel in the Crown of the 9 hole courses in 1996, when they wrote an article on "Golfing in Ireland".
There is great interest in golf in the locality. At present, there are 700 members in the club. There is a strong juvenile section. There is good participation in competition and team events. Doneraile won the Munster Country Clubs competition in 1999.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
Eileen Quirke 1990 Ladies Captain
Helen Verling 1990 Ladies President
B. Condon 1990 Men's Captain
Michael Geary 1990 President
Mary Flahive 1991 Ladies Captain
Mary Hayes 1991 Ladies President
F. Carey 1991 Men's Captain
Gay O'Callaghan 1991 President
B. Fitzgerald 1992 Ladies Captain
N. C. Hayes 1992 Men's Captain
Seamus S. Sheahan 1992 President
Evelyn O'Sullivan 1993 Ladies Captain
J. O'Keeffe 1993 Men's Captain
Sean Hannon 1993 President
Eileen O'Riordan 1994 Ladies Captain
B. Golden 1994 Men's Captain
Sean Crowley 1994 President
Siobhan Kennedy 1995 Ladies Captain
J. Nagle 1995 Men's Captain
Sean Crowley 1995 President
M. O'Keeffe 1996 Ladies Captain
J. Glassett 1996 Men's Captain
G. McGeough 1996 President
M. Coakley 1997 Ladies Captain
P. J. O'Sullivan 1997 Men's Captain
G. McGeough 1997 President
M. O'Sullivan 1998 Ladies Captain
M. Quirke 1998 Men's Captain
G. McGeough 1998 President
R. Dunlea 1999 Ladies Captain
J. Coakley 1999 Men's Captain
J. Nagle 1999 President
Margaret McAuliffe 2000 Ladies Captain
Jimmy O'Leary 2000 Men's Captain
John Nagle 2000 President
Nellie O'Keeffe 2001 Ladies Captain
Peter Hogan 2001 Men's Captain
John Nagle 2001 President
Nora Philpott 2002 Ladies Captain
Michael O'Neill 2002 Men's Captain
Jack Flahive 2002 President
Beatrice Hill 2003 Ladies Captain
Mary Keeffe 2003 Ladies President
Richard Moloney 2003 Men's Captain
Jack Flahive 2003 President
Mary Cronin 2004 Ladies Captain
M. Coakley 2004 Ladies President
Jim Costelloe 2004 Men's Captain
Paddy Cronin 2004 President
Eileen Deady 2005 Ladies Captain
M. Hayes 2005 Ladies President
Conor Hannon 2005 Men's Captain
Paddy Cronin 2005 President
Kay O'Keeffe 2006 Ladies Captain
Mary Christopher 2006 Ladies President
Damien Carey 2006 Men's Captain
Paddy Cronin 2006 President
Eileen Coleman  2007 Ladies Captain
Kathleen McDermott  2007 Ladies President
Tom Sheehan 2007 Men's Captain
Peter Hogan 2007 President
Eleanor Coughlan 2008 Ladies Captain
Marie Nagle  2008 Ladies President
Tom Meade 2008 Men's Captain
Peter Hogan 2008 President
Margaret O'Brian 2009 Ladies Captain
Nora Philpott 2009 Ladies President
Tony Cronin 2009 Men's Captain
Peter Hogan 2009 President
Clare Hamilton 2010 Ladies Captain
Beatrice Hill 2010 Ladies President
Ray O'Callaghan 2010 Men's Captain
Dermot Harington 2010 President
Olive Sheehen 2011 Ladies Captain
Beatrice Hill 2011 Ladies President
Joseph O'Keeffe 2011 Men's Captain
Dermot Harington 2011 President
Jennifer Hickey 2012 Ladies Captain
Maureen Hunter 2012 Ladies President
Tom Cole 2012 Men's Captain
Dermot Harington 2012 President
Eileen Ahern-O'Connor 2013 Ladies Captain
Maureen Hunter 2013 Ladies President
Adam Carey 2013 Men's Captain
John Meade
2013 President
Eileen Coleman 2014 Ladies Captain
Helen Barry 2014 Ladies President
Phelim Cotter 2014 Men's Captain
John Meade 2014 President
Kay O'Keeffe 2015 Ladies Captain
Mary Cronin
2015 Ladies President
Eddie Roche 2015 Men's Captain
 John Meade 2015 President
Anne Heffernan 2016 Ladies Captain
June O'Connor 
2016 Ladies President
Sean Collins 2016 Men's Captain
Eddie O'Keeffe
2016 President
Anna Cotter 2017 Ladies Captain
Mary Daton 2017 Ladies President
Donal Mellerick 2017 Men's Captain
Eddie O'Keeffe 2017 President
  2018 Ladies Captain
  2018 Ladies President
Pat McCarthy 2018 Men's Captain
  2018 President
Marie Murphy 2019 Ladies Captain
Margaret O'Brien 2019 Ladies President
Jim Doody 2019 Men's Captain
  2019 President
Jennifer Hickey  2019 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Paula Walsh 2019 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Lynda Maher 2019 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Michael Quirke 2019 Lowest Men's H'cap

Holes in One at Doneraile

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Michael O'Connor 15 May 2000 4th   185 yd's
Tom Davern 28 May 2000 13th   185 yd's
Pat Mannix 29 September 2001 4th   185 yd’s
Michael Ring 12 May 2002 13th   185 yd’s
Bill O'Keeffe 6 October 2002 4th   185yd’s
Mary Duane 16 August 2006 13th   185 yd’s
Tony Keating 23 June 2007 3rd   192 yd’s
Gabriel O’Callaghan 7 August 2007 8th   164 yd’s