Macroom golf club Cork

Macroom golf course Cork

Macroom Golf Course

Macroom Club Crest

Macroom Golf Club is a magnificent parkland course situated within the castle grounds on the winding banks of the Sullane River. With The Kerry mountains creating the backdrop to the west, and the great old trees proudly standing erect, the golfers cannot but be impressed by the peaceful beauty that surrounds them.

The 18-hole par 72 course, with a standard scratch of 70 off the back tees, has many interesting and historical features. The 2nd hole, a 115 m par-3 is cut out from the side of the hill. While it is a short hole the entrance to the green is well guarded by an oak tree and the grassy bunker (known locally as "The Banana") on the left of the green stops many a ball from rolling on to the putting surface. The 3rd,tee is overshadowed by, The Double Rank one of the remaining original Falconry’s in these Islands. Many a good score has been drowned in the River Sullane, which comes into play from the 10th to the 14th holes. A, well placed drive in these holes is essential particularly at the 12th where the second shot over the river is vital.

The "Bathing House", where, in bygone days, the ladies of the town changed to go swimming, could tell many a good story of wagers won and lost as it looks across the Sullane at the 12th green which is positioned right on the bank of the river. The 18th hole, with "out-of-bounds" on either side is a testing finish, but a good drive can set one up with a good birdie chance.

The visitor is assured of a warm west Cork welcome in the fine clubhouse.

Early Bird Before 10am:
€20

Green Fees Midweek:

€25

Green Fees Weekends & B.H.:

€35

Green Fees with a Member:

€10/20

Green Fees for Opens:

€20

Practice Area:

Yes

Club Hire:

Yes

Buggy Hire: €30

Yes

Soft Spikes:

Yes

Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee: €779
Full Ladies Membership Fee: €788
Entrance Fee: None
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 18
Members 750
Designer Eddie Hackett & Jack Kennelly
Founded 1924
Address

Lackaduv,
Macroom,
Co. Cork

Telephone 026-42615
Email office@macroomgolfclub.com
Website Macroom golf club website

Secretary/Manager:

Cathal O'Sullivan

Captain:

Tom Fitzgerald

Lady Captain:

Maedbh Loughrey

Presidents’:

George Desmond & Mary Golden

Vice-Captains’:

 &

Hon. Secretary:

Geraldine Galvin, Dan O'Brien & Ber O'Shea

Club Pro:

None Shop

Hon. Treasurer:

Edmond Neville, Gerry Mc Kenna & Mary Lehane

Comp. Secretary: Pat O'Connor & Margaret Buckley

Location Map

GPS Coord*
Lat:51.902500
Long:-8.978190
*Please check information before travelling

General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours

Clubhouse opening hours: 9.00am to 11.00pm

Mobile phones: Not on course

Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim

Catering: Light meals

Days to Avoid: None book in advance

Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Midweek & Weekends

Pre-booking for open tournaments: 14 Days in advance

Macroom Golf Club Fixtures 2017 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2017 (to be Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Captains Drive-In Sunday 15 January     Closed 1
Captain's Prize to the Ladies Saturday 7 May   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Saturday 3 June   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Saturday 1 July Sunday 2 July Closed 2
Captain's Prize Sunday 2 July   Closed 1
President's Prize Friday 11 August Saturday 12 August Closed 2
President's Prize Saturday 12 August   Closed 1
Lady President's Prize Saturday 2 September    Closed 1
President's Prize to the Ladies Sunday 17 September   Closed 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 12 March Tuesday 14 March Open 3
Mixed 3-Person Team Event Monday 13 March
Open 1
Mixed 3-Person Team Event Tuesday 14 March   Open 1
Mixed 3-Person Team Event Friday 17 March Sunday 19 March Open 3
Mixed 3-Person Team Event Saturday 18 March
Open 1
Mixed 3-Person Team Event Sunday 19 March   Open 1
Ladies 3-Person Team Event Wednesday 5 April   Open 1
Singles Saturday 8 April Sunday 9 April Open 2
Singles Sunday 9 April   Open 1
Singles Stableford Friday 14 April Saturday 15 April Open 2
Singles Stableford Saturday 15 April   Open 1
3-Person Team Event Sunday 16 April Monday 17 April Open 2
3-Person Team Event Monday 17 April   Open 1
Club Classic Friday 19 May Sunday 21 May Open 3
Club Classic Saturday 20 May
Open 1
Club Classic Sunday 21 May   Open 1
3-Person Team Event Monday 5 June   Open 1
Junior Scratch Cup Saturday 24 June Sunday 25 June Open 2
Junior Scratch Cup Sunday 25 June   Open 1
Inter. Scratch Cup Saturday 24 June Sunday 25 June Open 2
Inter. Scratch Cup Sunday 25 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford
Saturday 8 July   Open 2
Singles Stableford Sunday 9 July   Open 1
Club Classic Friday 14 July Monday 17 July Open 4
Club Classic Saturday 15 July   Open 1
Club Classic Sunday 16 July   Open 1
Club Classic Monday 17 July    Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 20 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 22 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 27 July
  Open 1
Munster Seniors Tuesday 8 August   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Monday 14 August   Open 1
Senior Scratch Cup Saturday 9 September   Open 1
Grand Final Thursday Comp. Thursday 21 September   Open 1
Club Classic Friday 22 September Sunday 24 September Open 3
Club Classic Saturday 23 September   Open 1
Club Classic Sunday 24 September   Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

KeyData
White Par 70 SSS 68 5,591 m
Red Par 72 SSS 70 4,627 m
Green Par 70 SSS 67 5,058 m

Card

Name

Hole

White

Green

Par

Index

Red

Par

Index

McEgan

1

442

432

5

15

376

5

11

The Double Rank

2

119

118

3

11

103

3

9

Radhairc

3

376

368

4

3

302

4

1

Ardilaun

4

300

294

4

17

280

4

17

Galwey's Cross

5

306

300

4

13

252

4

6

The Castle

6

185

177

3

5

140

3

15

Capability Brown

7

428

386

4

1

374

5

8

The Briary Gap

8

360

358

4

9

260

4

13

The Three Sisters

9

369

357

4

7

303

4

3

 

Out

2,885

2,432

34

 

2,390

36

 

The Sullane

10

444

439

5

14

355

5

16

The Weirs

11

137

128

3

12

128

3

18

The Gazebo

12

295

285

4

8

252

4

2

Mágh Cromtha

13

165

156

3

6

139

3

4

The Bathing House

14

315

300

4

4

235

4

12

Fools Paradise

15

250

239

4

16

237

4

10

The Old Bell

16

278

273

4

18

266

4

7

The Deer Park

17

460

450

5

11

367

5

5

Mother Witcher's Wood

18

362

356

4

2

258

4

14

 

In

2,706

2,626

36

 

2,237

36

 

 

Total

5,591

5,058

70

 

4,627

72

 

 

SSS

68

67

 

 

70

 

 

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record: 68 Ray Sullivan (5)

Ladies Course Record:

Members Achievements

Macroom Golf Club were winners of Cork region of the Pierce Purcell Shield in 2000.

Macroom won the Junior West Cork Shield in 2000.

The Ladies of Macroom won the West Cork Shield in 2000.

Macroom won the Inter-County League in 1954, when the team was T. Cronin, T. O'Keeffe, J. Hewetson, C. O'Leary, J. O'Brien, M. Hanly and D. Dunnion.

They won the Munster County Clubs Cup in 1977 and 1985

They won the McEvoy Shield 1996 and 2001.

History of Macroom

Founded in 1924 as a nine hole course within the demesne of Macroom Castle (Home of Lady Ardilann and one time home of William Penn, (founder of the state of Pennsylvania) was bought for the princely sum of £1,500! 1993 was a new beginning for Macroom Golf Club, with the addition of an extra nine holes and plans for a new clubhouse which was completed in 1997. Macroom Golf Club has become a very desirable golf course with membership jumping from 145 in 1990 to 650 in 2000.

As a result of a specially convened meeting of the Macroom Castle Demesne Committee, the following statement was made by the Chairman, Mr R C Williams on the 16th October 1925. This is the statement as reported in the Cork Examiner of the day.

Gentlemen, in accordance with the wishes of several members of our Committee, I propose to make a statement setting forth in detail the manner in which the Castle Demesne was acquired, and how it came to be vested in the present Committee.

Towards the end of 1923 or the beginning of 1924, some residents of the town approached me and asked me to write to Mr Ellis, Lady Ardilaun’s agent, asking if he would rent the Castle grounds for a golf links, and at what rent. At that time the Castle had been burned and the demesne was, to a great extent, derelict, while no little amount of destruction was being done, and no revenue was being obtained from the lands.

Mr Ellis wrote back offering the demesne for the purposes of a golf links at £80 a year. A further letter was written to Mr Ellis pointing out that the laying out of a links would involve big expenditure, and a club would be slow to take the risk of that without a lease of say 20 or 30 year. Mr Ellis informed us that such a lease would be agreed to. It then came to our knowledge that Lady Ardilaun had no intention of rebuilding the castle, and in the circumstances, we thought it possible that she might sell the demesne at a fair price. The few who were behind the movement saw what a tremendous asset it would be from every point of view for the town. They desired to write to Mr Ellis asking if her Ladyship would entertain any proposal for the sale of the property. In answer to that, Mr Stephens, Lady Ardilaun’s legal representative in Dublin wrote stating that Lady Ardilaun would be willing to meet us at a date of be fixed to discuss the matter.

An interview having been arranged, myself and Mr Jerh. O’Leary went to Dublin to endeavour to effect a purchase if possible. As we approached the house of Lady Ardilaun in Stepen’s Green, Mr O’Leary suggested it would be better that I should interview her Ladyship alone, since it would give me a freer hand, I said “just as you like” and I went alone, I met her Ladyship and Mr Stephens, and after she had made enquiries about all the old residents she knew and remembered, the matter of the estate was mentioned.

Mr Stephens asked me what we would be prepared to offer for the demesne. I said it was always the custom for the seller to mention the price. “Well, Mr Williams” said he “if you want to know we expect £4,000 for the property” I said “that settled the matter, because our people could not go into the bank and raise such a sum. The payment of interest on that sum would impose a burden on them, which they could not meet annually, and they would much prefer to revert to the letting arrangement”. “But, Mr Williams” said Lady Ardilaun “I understand you came to discuss a sale” I said “Yes your Ladyship, but I could not entertain the idea of such a figure. Well she said “what do you really think the place is worth to you?” I said “Your Ladyship, it would be our intention to have it taken over by a committee of the leading residents of the town, men with a deep sense of civic responsibility, who would be conscious of its beauty and historic associations, who would lay themselves out to preserve its natural attractions and enhance its beauty in every possible way; and taking these obligations on themselves, they though £1,500 would be a reasonable sum for the property.” Her Ladyship was undoubtedly impressed by this promise. Lady Ardilaun said “You can consider the Demesne as yours, on the conditions and the price you have mentioned.” That concluded the matter. I appraised Mr O’Leary of the result, and when we came home our first step was to select sixteen or eighteen men from amongst the residents of the town who would, if necessary, put £100 each into the enterprise, not with a view to securing monetary advantage from it, but rather to exploit it in the interest of the trade and business of the town. The following gentlemen, as you are aware, agreed to accept the responsibility and act on the committee to manage the place:- Merrs Cros O’Leary, Dr P O’Donoghue, T Lucey, solr, Jerh O’Leary, p.c.; John O’Shea, Denis Lynch, who was then Chairman of the Urban Council, T J Twomey, Ml Purcell, solr, T M Cronin, John M Fitzgerald, Patrick Crowley, Dr Kelleher, Ml McSweeney, Henry Murphy, P O’Keeffe, p.c., and myself. An anticipatory balance sheet was laid before them, and from this it appeared that if the amount were raised in the bank it would be difficult to meet the annual expenditure, including interest. Various suggestions for making sufficient revenue were discussed, one of them being the holding of an annual sports meeting.

We took steps immediately to organise a sports meeting, but were obstructed by local clubs, who had priority of right to the permit, even though we promised them a generous subscription. In these circumstances some of our members made up their minds that they would not put their hands in their pockets to finance the purchase, as it was a thankless job, and felt they were doing a good thing in offering names as guarantors for the amount of the purchase money in the bank.

Later, Mr O’Leary and myself were, by resolution, appointed trustees to take over the conveyance of the property for, and on behalf of, the committee aforementioned, whose names submitted to Lady Ardilaun’s representatives. This is the history of the transaction as far as the purchase is concerned, but later on, while we were considering the ways and means of making ends meet, the proposal of a sale of the western portion of the demesne to Mr Twomey, Rockboro, at £1,500 was introduced, and after discussion, the offer was accepted, since it would leave the committee practically free of indebtedness to the bank, while they would still be in possession of the portion covered by the golf links including the lawn etc., which they could exploit in the interest of the town in many ways.

The sale was carried through, and the committee proceeded to manage the residue of the estate to the best possible advantage. We were denied the permit to hold a sports meeting, but we undertook the financial risk of promoting an Agricultural Show in connection with the Shorthorn Breeders Society. The Golf Club were charged a rent of £40 per year, and the Tennis Club £15. We invited the G.A.A. locally to make an offer for the renting of the football pitch annually, throwing out the suggested idea that, in order that turf should be in proper order for important engagements, it should be played upon only on Sundays, and the Town Park used for practices during the week. Our committee realised the advantages to be derived from periodical football and hurling matches from the point of view of business, quite part from the question of encouraging sport, and we hoped to receive their co-operation in a manner which would be to our mutual benefit and to the benefit of the town. Unfortunately, their only answer was to enter the castle grounds without authority and play there indiscriminately. Recently they had adopted the practice of arranging and holding matches in the grounds without permission from the committee and charging an entrance fee at the castle gates. In this matter a serious legal responsibility has been incurred by the representatives of the football club and I hope they will realise the position.

Roll of Honour

Member

Year

Hon. Position

M. T. Kelleher

1989

Ladies Captain

John Kelleher

1989

Men's Captain

M. O'Flynn

1989

President

Margaret Buckley

1990

Ladies Captain

W. Harrington

1990

Men's Captain

C. O'Reilly

1990

President

M. M. Kelleher

1991

Ladies Captain

Michael McElroy

1991

Men's Captain

Billy Hennigan

1991

President

M. O'Riordan

1992

Ladies Captain

Jim Tiernan

1992

Men's Captain

J. M. Lynch

1992

President

Claire Long

1993

Ladies Captain

Jerry McKenna

1993

Men's Captain

Joe O'Brien

1993

President

Mary Purcell

1994

Ladies Captain

Frank Lee

1994

Men's Captain

Jim Quinn

1994

President

Mary C. O'Brien

1995

Ladies Captain

Michael Furey

1995

Men's Captain

John O'Brien

1995

President

Ann Kelleher

1996

Ladies Captain

Leo Gould

1996

Men's Captain

John W. O'Sullivan

1996

President

Kitty Horgan

1997

Ladies Captain

Martin Long

1997

Men's Captain

Michael McElroy

1997

President

Shelia Coughlan

1998

Ladies Captain

Pat Lehane

1998

Men's Captain

Jack Collins

1998

President

Mary Lehane

1999

Ladies Captain

Derry Costello

1999

Men's Captain

Lynda O'Leary

2000

Ladies Captain

Eileen Murphy

2000

Ladies President

Coleman Corrigan

2000

Men's Captain

Michael Kelleher

2000

President

Una Cronin

2001

Ladies Captain

N. O'Brien

2001

Ladies President

Paddy O'Leary

2001

Men's Captain

Richard Looney

2001

President

Joan Meagher

2002

Ladies Captain

Rita O'Sullivan

2002

Ladies President

Michael Creed

2002

Men's Captain

Pat O'Connor

2002

President

Teresa Looney

2003

Ladies Captain

Margaret Fox

2003

Ladies President

James Curtin

2003

Men's Captain

Pat Lehane

2003

President

Rose Costelloe

2004

Ladies Captain

Sheila Coughlan

2004

Ladies President

Stephen O'Connor

2004

Men's Captain

Michael Furey

2004

President

Mary Golden

2005

Ladies Captain

Mary C. O'Brien

2005

Ladies President

Michael Downey

2005

Men's Captain

Andrew Murphy

2005

President

Margaret O'Leary-Buckley

2006

Ladies Captain

Lynda O'Leary

2006

Ladies President

Gerry Gray

2006

Men's Captain

Paddy Fitton

2006

President

Christina Cronin

2007

Ladies Captain

 

2007

Ladies President

Kevin Henchion

2007

Men's Captain

Con Kelleher

2007

President

Anne Barry-Murphy

2008

Ladies Captain

Margaret Buckley

2008

Ladies President

Paddy Murphy

2008

Men's Captain

Jim Curtin

2008

President

Geraldine Galvin

2009

Ladies Captain

Kitty Horgan

2009

Ladies President

Diarmaid McCarthy

2009

Men's Captain

Philip Cooper

2009

President

Bridie Murphy

2010

Ladies Captain

Mary Purcell

2010

Ladies President

Paschal McSwiney

2010

Men's Captain

Pat O'Sullivan

2010

President

Francis Wood

2011

Ladies Captain

Ann Kelleher

2011

Ladies President
Edmond Neville

2011

Men's Captain

 John Twohig

2011

President

Bernie McGrath

2012

Ladies Captain

Teresa Looney

2012

Ladies President
Michael O'Mahony

2012

Men's Captain

Jim Nyhan

2012

President

Ber O'Shea

2013

Ladies Captain

Joan Meargher

2013

Ladies President
John O'Connor

2013

Men's Captain

Tim Keating

2013

President

Maura Forde 2014 Ladies Captain
Christina Cronin 2014 Ladies President
Jimmy Nolan 2014 Men's Captain
Tim O'Callaghan 2014 President
Eileen Kelly 2015 Ladies Captain
Kay O'Connell 2015 Ladies President
Philip Cooper 2015 Men's Captain
Sean McSweeney
2015 President
Mary C. Cronin 2016 Ladies Captain
Mary Golden
2016 Ladies President
Michael Lillis 2016 Men's Captain
George Desmond
2016 President
Maedbh Loughrey 2017 Ladies Captain
  2017 Ladies President
Tom Fitzgerald 2017 Men's Captain
  2017 President

Geraldine Galvin (9)

2017

Lowest Ladies Handicap

Kevin Sheehan (3)

2017

Lowest Men's Handicap

Holes in One at Macroom

Member

Date

Hole

Club Used

Distance

Noreen Flynn-O'Sullivan

17 May 1995

11th

 

113 m

Leo Murphy

27 February 1999

6th

5 Iron

160 m

Mick Ahern

28 February 1999

2nd

6 Iron

115 m

Dave Healy

5 March 1999

13th

6 Iron

160 m

J. J. O'Donovan

17 July 1999

2nd

Wedge

115 m

Breda O'Connell

16 April 2000

2nd

 

103 m

Coleman Corrigan

6 May 2000

2nd

 

115 m

Michael Minchon

10 May 2000

2nd

 

115 m

Mary Costello

16 July 2000

2nd

 

103 m

Michael O'Mahony

13 August 2000

2nd

 

115 m

Mary McHugh

9 September 2000

6th

 

125 m

Tim O'Callaghan

13 May 2001

6th

 

160 m

Dermot Kehily

23 June 2001

2nd

 

115 m

John O'Sullivan

5 July 2001

14th

 

183 m

Michael Downey

27 July 2001

2nd

 

114 m

Kitty Horgan

19 August 2002

6th

 

125 m

Sheila O' Connell

19 February 2003

2nd

 

103 m

Denis O'Mahony

21 June 2003

6th

 

162 m

Paddy Martin

20 July 2003

6th

 

162 m

Gary Cremin

9 August 2003

6th

 

171 m

John Crowley

19 August 2003

13th

 

169 m

Rita O’Sullivan

9 January 2004

2nd

 

103 m

Eileen O’Leary

12 May 2004

11th

 

113 m

Michael Downey

17 May 2004

13th

 

159 m

Mary Golden

29 June 2005

11th

 

113 m

Joe Courtney

12 August 2006

11th

 

137 m

Peter Roberts

24 September 2006

2nd

 

118 m

David O‘Connell

20 October 2007

6th

 

185 m

Michael Collins

20 July 2008

2nd

 

119 m

Leonard Waugh

26 October 2008

13th

 

169 m

Kieran Savage 17 January 2009 6th   185 m
John Dunlea
14 February 2009 13th   169 m
Frank Dorgan 22 March 2009 13th   169 m
Fionn O'Shea
30 July 2009 4th

Albatross

300 m
David O'Keeffe 22 August 2009 2nd   119 m
Pat Fitton 5 September 2010 11th   137 m
Liam Nash 6 March 2011 11th   137 m
Declan Ring
17 March 2011 13th   169 m
Darragh Deasy 20 March 2011 13th   169 m
Donal Cronin 26 April 20011 6th   185 m
Rory  McHugh 9 July 2011 11th   137 m
Bob Beecher 16 October 2011 11th   137 m
Michael O'Mahony
30 May 2012 2nd   119 m
Neil O'Sullivan
13 July 2012 11th   137 m
Alan Townend
16 July 2012 2th   119 m
Kieth Stafford
12 August 2012 2nd   119 m
Danny Garrett 5 September 2012 6th   185 m
Pat Curran 17 February 2013 13th   169 m
Paul Long 17 April 2013 2th   119 m
John Bob O'Sullivan
12 April 2015
2th
  119 m
Stephen McCann
18 April 2015
11th
 
137m
John Ronan 19 June 2015 13th   169 m
William Buttimer 14 April 2016 13th   169 m
Donal O'Connor 21 April 2016 11th   137 m
 Pat Fitton 15 May 2016
2th
  119 m
Sean Twomey 1 September 2016 2th   119 m
Paddy Fitton 3 September 2017 2th   119 m
Anthony Hartnett 3 September 2017 11th   137m