Ballyheigue Castle golf club Kerry

Ballyheigue Castle golf course Kerry

Ballyheigue Castle Golf Course

Ballyheigue Castle Club Crest

Ballyheigue Castle Golf Course with nine championship standard golf holes laid-out on approximately 100 acres (40 hectares) of beautiful rolling parkland surrounding an 18th. Century Castle overlooking the magnificent Ballyheigue beach with its white sand and Brandon mountain in the distant background. The course is 3110 m. long with 2 par 3, 2 par 5, and 5 par 4 holes and trees in abundance, which makes for a very mature setting.

This magnificent course will satisfy the demands of the very best golfers with holes varying in length from 170 metres to 490 metres, it can also be the perfect introduction to the game of golf. It is therefore ideal for the newcomers to improve or for the experienced players to sharpen up their game.

This course opened in 1995 and a new second green will be opened in 2002,this new green is situated between two lakes which will make for very interesting golf. The clubhouse has both ladies and gents changing facilities. Refreshments and golf accessories are available also. Ballyheigue Castle opened their fine new Clubhouse in June 2003.

*Club hire rental - (both right-handed and left-handed club sets)

*Caddie carts for hire.

Green Fees 9-Holes:

€20

Green Fees 18-Holes:

€30

Green Fees with a Member:

€15/25

Green Fees for Opens:

€15/25

Practice Area:

Yes

Club Hire:

Yes

Buggy Hire: €15/30

Yes

Soft Spikes:

Yes

Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee: €420
Entrance Fee: None
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 9
Members 302
Designer Roger Jones
Founded 1995
Address

Ballyheigue,
Tralee,
Co. Kerry

Telephone 066-7133555
Email golf@ballyheiguecastlegolfclub.com
Website Ballyheigue Castle golf club website

Secretary/Manager:

Marian Barrett

Captain:

Padraig Casey

Lady Captain:

Mary O’Halloran

President:

John Lohan & Chris Murphy

Vice-Captain:

Ger Fitzgibbon

Hon. Secretary:

Pat Dillane & Eileen Burke

Club Pro:

Pat Dillane

Hon. Treasurer:

Jack Dempsey & Helen Crowley

Comp. Secretary: Ann Leahy          

Location Map

GPS Coord*
Lat:52.392887
Long:-9.840263
*Please check information before travelling

General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours

Clubhouse opening hours: 8.00am to dusk

Mobile phones: Not on course

Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim

Catering: Snacks & soft drinks  

Days to Avoid: Sunday Mornings

Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other times

Pre-booking for open tournaments: 14 Days in advance

Ballyheigue Castle Golf Club Fixtures 2021 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2021 (to be Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Captains' Drive-In Sunday
  Closed 1
President's Prize Sunday
  Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Saturday 6 June   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Sunday 11 July   Closed 1
Lady President's Prize Sunday 6 September   Closed 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 3 June   Open 1
9-Hole Mixed Scramble pm Friday 4 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 10 June   Open 1
9-Hole Mixed Scramble pm Friday 11 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 17 June   Open 1
9-Hole Mixed Scramble pm Friday 18 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 24 June
  Open 1
9-Hole Mixed Scramble pm Friday 25 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 1 July   Open 1
9-Hole Mixed Scramble pm Friday 2 July
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 8 July   Open 1
9-Hole Mixed Scramble pm Friday 9 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 15 July   Open 1
9-Hole Mixed Scramble pm Friday 16 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 22 July   Open 1
9-Hole Mixed Scramble pm Friday 23 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 29 July
  Open 1
9-Hole Mixed Scramble pm Friday 30 July
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 5 August   Open 1
9-Hole Mixed Scramble pm Friday 6 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 12 August   Open 1
9-Hole Mixed Scramble pm Friday 13 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 19 August   Open 1
9-Hole Mixed Scramble pm Friday 20 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 26 August
  Open 1
9-Hole Mixed Scramble pm Friday 27 August
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 2 September   Open 1
9-Hole Mixed Scramble pm Friday 3 September   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 9 September   Open 1
9-Hole Mixed Scramble pm Friday 10 September   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 16 September   Open 1
9-Hole Mixed Scramble pm Friday 17 September   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 23 September   Open 1
9-Hole Mixed Scramble pm Friday 24 September   Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

KeyData
White Par 72 SSS 72 6,386 yds
Red Par 72 SSS 70 5,176 yds
Blue Par 72 SSS 74 6,882 yds

Card

Hole

Blue

White

Par

Index

Red

Par

Index

1

359

337

4

10

273

4

9

2

527

490

5

18

445

5

11

3

394

366

4

4

276

4

7

4

376

355

4

6

278

4

1

5

456

421

4

2

336

4

3

6

193

158

3

12

123

3

15

7

549

528

5

14

433

5

5

8

202

184

3

16

155

3

17

9

385

354

4

8

269

4

13

Out

3,441

3,193

36

 

2,588

36

 

10

359

337

4

9

273

4

10

11

527

490

5

17

445

5

12

12

394

366

4

3

276

4

8

13

376

355

4

5

278

4

2

14

456

421

4

1

336

4

4

15

193

158

3

11

123

3

16

16

549

528

5

13

433

5

6

17

202

184

3

15

155

3

18

18

385

354

4

7

269

4

14

In

3,441

2,193

36

 

2,588

36

 

Total

6,882

6,386

72

 

5,176

72

 

SSS

74

72

 

 

70

 

 

Members Achievements

Ballyheigue Castle Golf Club beat Listowel in the final of the Dr. William O'Sullivan Shield in 2002, Willie Barrett, John Collins, James O'Sullivan, Thomas Fitzgerald, Donal Galvin, Michael Breen, Frank Egan, Pat Wheelan, Patsy O'Connor, Brendan Kenny, D. G. O'Connor, Paddy O'Reilly and John B. O'Shea.

The Ladies of Ballyheigue Castle won the Noreen Moore Trophy League in 2002, when the team was, Margaret Barron, Stephanie Hanratty, Ann Laverty, Marian Duggan, Mary Flahive, Evelyn Leen, Jenna Leen and Mary Dowling, they were managed by Bernie Meehan and Ann Leahy.

Prior to 2001

Ballyheigue won the Kerry Shield in 1997, when the team was, John Barrett, John Leen, Tom Galvin, Maurice McCarthy, John Canty, John Joe Fealy and Aidan McCarthy, they were managed by Eugene O'Sullivan.

The Ladies of Ballyheigue Castle won the Noreen Moore Trophy League in 2000, when the team was, Monica O'Neill, Tina Curtin, Ann Leahy, Marian Duggan, Ann Laverty, Marian Barrett, Berry Collins, Moira Whelan, Eileen Cantillion, Margaret Barron, they were managed by Jenna Leen and Kathleen Harty.

The Ladies of Ballyheigue Castle Golf Club won the ILGU Minor League in 1998, when the team was, Anne Galvin, Marian Duggan, Marian Barrett, Kathleen Gilbride, Fionnuala Mann and Ann Leahy, they were managed by Trish Casey.  

The Ladies of Ballyheigue Castle won the Noreen Moore in 1998, when the team was, Tina Curtin, Ann Galvin, Marian Duggan, Marian Barrett, Kathleen Gilbride, Fionnuala, Mann and Ann Leahy, they were managed by Jenna Leen.

Lady Captain in the Millennium Kathleen Gilbride (30) and her Captain's prize-winner Tina Curtin (32) booked their place in the National Finals of the Volkswagen-Irish Independent Lady Captains Classic, when they shot 41pts., in the Regional Qualifying round at Limerick Golf Club in August 2000. They went on to compete in the final at Druid's Glen on 2nd October.

History of Ballyheigue Castle

What the Club tells us:
Ballyheigue Castle Golf Course was officially opened on Saturday May 18th, 1996 by An Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Dick Spring T.D. The golf course is a 9-hole Woodland course built on 90 acres of land on the grounds of Ballyheigue Castle. The course is located on the Wild Atlantic Way with panoramic views over Tralee Bay, Banna Strand and Slieve Mish mountains. Playing the course you can be pleasurably distracted by the immense beauty of the surrounding landscapes of North Kerry.

The History of the Castle
The earliest known building on the Castle site was the dwelling of the Norman settlers the Cantillions. Tadhg Cantillon owned the first Castle on the site. It was from his name that ‘Baile Ui Thadgh, Ballyheigue, got its name.

After the Cantillons were dispossessed in the late 17th century, the Crosbie family came to own the land in Ballyheigue. A new house replaced a long low thatched mansion around 1758 and then Colonel James Crosbie built the castle around 1810. The well-known architect Richard Morrison (1767-1849) and his son William were commissioned to design a new mansion in the Castle style incorporating the existing house.

The Castle was burnt on two occasions, first in 1840 and again in 1921. The Castle was restored after the fire in 1840 under the tenure of the landlord, James who passed it to his son, James Dayrolles in 1890.

J.D. Crosbie decided to sell the Castle to Jeremiah Leen for £5,500.00 but later withdrew from the sale. He subsequently sold it to his sister Kathleen in 1912 for £7,700.00, who wished to keep it in the family. She married Thomas Erskine in 1913, but by 1921, she too decided to sell. It must be assumed that the events since 1916 were the main reason for the sale.

The Castle was bought by Jeremiah Leen for £4000.00. On the night of the 27th of May 1921, the Castle was burned for the second time, just after the completion of the sale. At this stage during the War of Independence, there was a policy of burning buildings which were seen as a symbol of British rule in Ireland.

The land stayed in the Leen and O’Halloran family. The castle ruin was partially restored by Donal Mulvihill on the west side, where the façade was retained, with modern accommodation being built behind. The buildings to the right of the main castle have been in continuous use by the Leen and O’Halloran families.

The Golf Course
The first idea for the golf course came after a few holes of golf in Tralee Golf Club. Anton Casey approached Michael Dowling and Brendan Moriarty with the idea of opening a golf course in Ballyheigue. After some consideration over a cup of coffee it was decided the Castle grounds would be ideal to build the course. Jerry O Halloran was approached, and he agreed to lease the land for a golf course.

A management committee was set up to bring the plan to fruition.
The Committee included:
Chairman- Teddy Healy.
Secretary and legal advisor- Michael Dowling.
Treasurer- Brendan Moriarty.
Committee members: John Casey, Anton Casey, Eugene O’ Sullivan.
Meetings were held every Friday night at Teddy's Healy’s house, and eventually work started on the course in May 1994.

A course architect Roger Jones, who also designed and built the Gap of Dunloe Golf course, was appointed.
A builder originally from Moyvane, Frank O’ Dowd of Intergolf Ltd, Killarney and US was hired due to his work with Robert Trent Jones when building the new course for Ballybunion. Local man John Hare (RIP) also worked on the course with his JCB. Jack Lucid was appointed the first green keeper.
The Office staff were Secretary/Manager James Broderick assisted by Patrick Dillane.

To finance the project a Government Grant was secured with the help of Jimmy Deenihan who was Junior Minister for Agriculture. Additional finance was secured from the sale of life membership. The club grew with new membership and the inaugural General Meeting was held on 1st December 1995. The first committee of the club was :
Men’s Committee
President: Teddy Healy.
Captain: Michael Dowling.
Vice-Captain: Eugene O’Sullivan.
Secretary/Treasurer: Brendan Moriarty.
Handicap Secretary: Anton Casey.
Trustees: John Casey, Eugene O’Sullivan.
Voting committee members: John M Canty, Brendan Healy, Liam Hussey.

Ladies Committee
President: Mary Flahive.
Captain: Ann Leahy.
Vice-Captain: Ber Collins.
Treasurer: Margaret Moriarty

Roll of Honour

Member

Year

Hon. Position

Ann Leahy

1996

Ladies Captain

Mary Flahive

1996

Ladies President

Michael Dowling

1996

Men's Captain

Ted Healy

1996

President

Ann Leahy

1997

Ladies Captain

Mary Flahive

1997

Ladies President

Eugene O'Sullivan

1997

Men's Captain

Ted Healy

1997

President

Bernadette Collins

1998

Ladies Captain

Kathleen Harty

1998

Ladies President

Anto Casey

1998

Men's Captain

Ted Healy

1998

President

Tina Curtin

1999

Ladies Captain

Kathleen Harty

1999

Ladies President

Brendan Moriarty

1999

Men's Captain

Ted Healy

1999

President

Kathleen Gilbride

2000

Ladies Captain

Moira Whelan

2000

Ladies President

Brendan Dunne

2000

Men's Captain

Ted Healy

2000

President

Marian Duggan

2001

Ladies Captain

Moira Whelan

2001

Ladies President

Paul O'Connor

2001

Men's Captain

Brendan Harty

2001

President

Dr. Stephanie Hanratty

2002

Ladies Captain

Julie Fitzgerald

2002

Ladies President

Joseph O'Connor

2002

Men's Captain

Brendan Harty

2002

President

Marian Barrett

2003

Ladies Captain

Julia Fitzgerald

2003

Ladies President

Richard O'Reilly

2003

Men's Captain

Brendan Harty

2003

President

Mary Dowling

2004

Ladies Captain

Mary Gleasure

2004

Ladies President

John Barrett

2004

Men's Captain

Timmy Kenny

2004

President

Eileen Cantillon

2005

Ladies Captain

Mary Gleasure

2005

Ladies President

John Leen

2005

Men's Captain

Timmy Kenny

2005

President

Moira Whelan

2006

Ladies Captain

Eileen Buckley

2006

Ladies President

Jim McEllistrim

2006

Men's Captain

Timmy Kenny

2006

President

 

2007

Ladies Captain

 

2007

Ladies President

Maurice McCarthy

2007

Men's Captain

Paddy O'Reilly

2007

President

Kathleen Harty

2008

Ladies Captain

Margaret Gleasure

2008

Ladies President

Michael O'Neill

2008

Men's Captain

Paddy O'Reilly

2008

President

Anne Hill

2009

Ladies Captain

Eilish Delaney-Dalton

2009

Ladies President

Willie Barrett

2009

Men's Captain

Paddy O'Reilly

2009

President

June Hayes 

2010

Ladies Captain

Eilish Delaney-Dalton

2010

Ladies President

Jerry Horan  

2010

Men's Captain

Ben Hehir 

2010

President

June Hayes

2011

Ladies Captain

Eilish Delaney-Dalton

2011

Ladies President

Jerry Horan  

2011

Men's Captain

Ben Hehir 

2011

President

Helen Crowley

2012

Ladies Captain

 

2012

Ladies President

Tom Gentleman

2012

Men's Captain

Mick Joe Quinlan

2012

President

Jane Lewis

2013

Ladies Captain

Tina Curtin

2013

Ladies President

Timothy Kenny

2013

Men's Captain

Mick Joe Quinlan 

2013

President

Jane Lewis 2014 Ladies Captain
Juliana O'Carroll 2014 Ladies President
Declan McCann 2014 Men's Captain
Mick Joe Quinlan 2014 President
Eilish Delaney-Dalton 2015 Ladies Captain
Eileen Cantillon 2015 Ladies President
Tim Joe Griffin 2015 Men's Captain
John Slattery 2015 President
Lorraine Canty
2016 Ladies Captain
  2016 Ladies President
John Lohan
2016 Men's Captain
John Slattery 2016 President
  2017 Ladies Captain
  2017 Ladies President
Jack Dempsey
2017 Men's Captain
  2017 President
  2018 Ladies Captain
  2018 Ladies President
  2018 Men's Captain
  2018 President
Kathleen Harty 2019 Ladies Captain
  2019 Ladies President
Denis O'Regan 2019 Men's Captain
  2019 President
Mary O’Halloran 2020 Ladies Captain
Chris Murphy 2020 Ladies President
Padraig Casey 2020 Men's Captain
John Lohan 2020 President
  2021 Ladies Captain
  2021 Ladies President
  2021 Men's Captain
  2021 President

Fionnala Mann (14)

2021

Lowest Ladies Handicap

Noel Gilbride (6)

2021

Lowest Men's Handicap

Holes in One at Ballyheigue Castle

Member

Date

Hole

Club Used

Distance

Liam Bob Dillon

14 May 1999

8th

 

184 m

Joseph Connor

28 December 1999

8th

 

184 m

Danny Moynihan

1 March 2000

8th

 

184 m

Tony Hehir

18 June 2000

17th

 

175 m

Sean Carmody

5 August 2001

17th

 

184 m

Margaret Gleasure

13 January 2002

13th

 

110 m

John Leen

3 March 2002

2nd

 

150 m

John Pierce

8 August 2003

8th

 

184 m

JP Hickey

17 August 2003

15th

 

193 m

Berrie Collins

24 June 2005

17th

 

155 m

John Leen

16 September 2005

8th

 

184 m