Kenmare golf club Kerry

Kenmare golf course Kerry

Kenmare Golf Course

Kenmare Club Crest

Kenmare Golf Club on the Ring of Kerry is over 100 years old and steeped in golfing history this course is one of Ireland's Best Kept Secrets.  It is set alongside the quiet waters of the River Roughty Estuary and nestled amongst the Caha Mountains in its own little piece of tranquility.  The course is a real test of golf in a unique golfing environment and while it can be very exacting for a good golfer it is never unfair to the weak.  Outstanding beauty mixed with spectacular feature holes - this course should not be omitted from a golfers itinerary.

Green Fees Midweek: €50
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €55
Green Fees with a Member: 50%
Green Fees for Opens: €15/25
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: €20 Yes
Buggy Hire: €30 Yes
Soft Spikes: No
Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee: €500
Full 5-Day Membership Fee: €385
Full Family Membership Fee: €935
Full Country Membership Fee: €365
Full Overseas Membership Fee: €385
Full Intermediate Membership Fee: €300
Full Student Membership Fee: €120
Full Junior Membership Fee: €60
Entrance Fee:
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 18
Members 380
Designer Eddie Hackett
Founded 1903

Co. Kerry

Telephone 064-66-41291
Website Kenmare golf club website
Secretary/Manager: John Sullivan
Captain: Chris Dale
Lady Captain: Noreen Maye
President: Patsy Miles
Hon. Secretary: Connor Crowley & Laura Hatton
Club Pro: Shop
Hon. Treasurer: Tom O'Connor & Joanne Bhamvra 
Comp. Secretary: David O'Dwyer & Grainne Crowley
Kenmare Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
*Please check information before travelling

General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: 8.00am to 8.00am Summer
Mobile phones: Not on course Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim
Catering: Hot Food, soup and sandwiches Days to Avoid: Captains' & Presidents' Days
Green Fees and Welcome: Midweek & Weekends Pre-booking for open Tournaments: 4 Days in advance

Kenmare Golf Club Fixtures 2021 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2021 (to be Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Captain's Drive-In Sunday
  Closed 1
President's Prize to the Ladies
  Closed 1
President's Prize Sunday 30 May
  Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Saturday 20 June
  Closed 1
Captain's Prize to the Ladies
Sunday 7 August
  Closed 1
Captain's Prize Sunday 8 August
  Closed 1
Renee Keating Cup
  Open 1
Development Fund  Classic Friday
Open 4
Development Fund  Classic Saturday

Open 1
Development Fund  Classic Sunday
  Open 1
Development Fund  Classic Monday
  Open 1
Ladies Singles Wednesday 2 June
  Open 1
Mixed Scramble Friday 4 June   Open 1
Mixed Scramble Friday 11 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 13 June   Open 1
Mixed Scramble Friday 18 June   Open 1
Mixed Scramble Friday 25 June   Open 1
Mixed Scramble Friday 2 July
  Open 1
Sisters Classic Thursday 6 July   Open 1
2-Sisters Classic Friday 9 July Saturday 10 July Open 2
2-Sisters Classic Saturday 10 July   Open 1
Mixed Scramble Friday 16 July   Open 1
Mixed Scramble Friday 23 July   Open 1
Mixed Foursomes Monday 26 July
  Open 1
Mixed Scramble Friday 30 July
  Open 1
4-Person Team Event Monday 2 August   Open 1
Mixed Scramble Friday 7 August   Open 1
Ladies 3-Ball Team Event Wednesday 11 August   Open 1
Mixed Scramble Friday 14 August   Open 1
Mixed Scramble Friday 21 August   Open 1
Junior Scratch Cup Friday 27 August Sunday 29 August Open 3
Junior Scratch Cup Saturday 28 August

Open 1
Junior Scratch Cup Sunday 29 August
  Open 1
Inter. Scratch Cup Friday 27 August Sunday 29 August Open 3
Inter. Scratch Cup Saturday 28 August

Open 1
Inter. Scratch Cup Sunday 29 August   Open 1
Minor Scratch Cup Friday 27 August Sunday 29 August Open 3
Minor Scratch Cup Saturday 28 August

Open 1
Minor Scratch Cup Sunday 29 August   Open 1
Adult & Child Sunday 5 September   Open 1
3-Brothers Golf Tournament Thursday 9 September Saturday 11 September Open 3
3-Brothers Golf Tournament Feiday 10 September
Open 1
3-Brothers Golf Tournament Saturday 11 September   Open
Singles Classic Friday 22 October Sunday 24 October Open 3
Singles Classic Saturday 23 October   Open 1
Singles Classic Sunday 24 October   Open 1
Thanksgiving Classic Sunday 21 November   Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

White Par 70 SSS 67 5,689 yd's
Yellow Par 70 SSS 66 5,453 yd's
Red Par 71 SSS 70 4,975 yd's
Blue Par 70 SSS 69 6,086 yd's


  Hole No. Blue White Yellow Par Index Red Par Index
Carrigatee 1 302 298 292 4 17 292 4 13
Purgatory 2 345 332 302 4 3 283 4 5
Hidden Valley 3 326 320 315 4 9 283 4 11
Kilmurry 4 462 462 462 5 11 367 5 7
Sweet Neldin 5 183 167 152 3 5 139 3 17
Bunker Hill 6 472 351 351 4 15 328 4 3
Kealnagower 7 538 519 503 5 1 400 5 1
Twin Oaks 8 371 352 337 4 13 323 4 9
Railway 9 202 160 147 3 7 133 3 17
  Out 3,201 2,961 2,861 36   2,548 36  
The Old Church 10 402 327 315 4 4 303 4 4
An Cnocan 11 344 340 340 4 14 301 4 10
PDM'S Wall 12 306 301 291 4 18 236 4 18
Holland's Wall 13 380 370 353 4 6


5 16
The Sea Wall 14 201 180 177 3 10 140 3 14
Stephen's Window 15 336 323 314 4 16 298 4 12
Reenagross 16 343 319 307 4 8 283 4 6
Joy's Delight 17 167 166 159 3 12 153 3 8
Perll Harbour 18 406 402 336 4 2 333 4 2
  In 3,059 2,592 2,591 34   2,427 35  
  Total 6,066 5,689 5,453 70   4,975 71  
  SSS 69 67 66     70    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record 70 Edward O' Sullivan & Paul O'Connor

Members Achievements

Kenmare Golf Club won the County Final of the J. B. Carr Diamond Trophy in 2012, when the team was Michael Casey, Michael Murphy, Cliff Manwood, Bertie McSwiney, Tom Carey, Derek Coakelin, John Joe Mahoney, Pat O’Dwyer, Flor O’Donoghue, Larry Kelly, Michael Crowley and Patrick O’Sullivan they were managed by Peter Cronin.

Kenmare Golf Club won the Dr. Bill O’Sullivan Shield in 2011, when the team was John Cuskelly, Chris Lovett, Michael O’Brien, Dave O’Dwyer, Noel O’Brien, Derek Coakelin, Dave Kelly, Paudie Kelleher, Donal Kelly, Tim Twomey, Eugene O’Sullivan, Michael Murphy, Flor O’Donoghue, John Joe Mahony, John B. Doran and Richard Flynn.

Kenmare Golf Club won the McEvoy Shield in 2011, when the team was John Joe Mahony, Flor Donoghue, Dave Kelly, Mick Murphy, John B. Doran, Peter Cronin, Paudie Kelleher, Mick O’Brien, Eugene O’Sullivan and Dan Joe Ahearne they were managed by John Shepherd.

The Ladies of Kenmare Golf Club won the John Quinlan Senior Ladies Foursomes in 2010, when the team was, Kathleen O’Shea, Maureen O’Shea, Nora Quinlan, Patsy Miles, Roely Martius, Eleanor Connor-Scarteen, Vera Shaw, Ena O’Brien, Breda Murphy and Mary Brosnan they were managed by Geraldine Johnston.

Kenmare Golf Club won the Michael Minihan Shield in 2008, when the team was James McCarty, Tom O’Donnell, Chris Lovett, Pat O’Dwyer, Steve O’Sullivan, Michael Murphy, Tom Carey, Dave O’Dwyer and Flor O’Donoghue.

Kenmare Golf Club won the Michael Minihan Shield in 2005 when the team was, Tom McDonnell, Martin O’Brien, Timmy O’Leary, Chris Lovett, Bertie McSwiney, Paul P. O’Sullivan, Michael Minihan and Tom Healy they were managed by Joe Mulqueen.

Kenmare Golf Club won the Dr. Bill O’Sullivan Shield in 2003, when the team was John O’Brien, John Sheppard, Francis Murphy, Timmy E. O’Sullivan, Dermot Murphy, Bertie McSwiney, Ollie Dunne, Michael Murphy, John D. O’Sullivan, Pat Moynihan and Sean Daly they were managed by Tom Healy and selected by Michael O’Brien with Bernard Hourihan.

Kenmare Golf Club won the Kerry Shield for the first time in 1956, when the team was, Tom Condon, Tom Tiernan, Aeneas Murphy, T. J. Brosnan, Jim O'Shea and John B. O'Shea.

They won it again in 1962, With Jim O'Shea, T. J. Brosnan, John O'Shea, Tom Condon, P. C. Hanley, Jim Brosnan, Gerald O'Shea and J. Hegarty.

They won it in 1967, when the team was Tommy Daly, Jim O'Shea Noel O'Sullivan, John Hanley, Donal Doyle, John Brosnan and Tom O'Donoghue.

They won it again in 1982, when the team was John Hanley, Tom Hanley, John Palmer, Tony O'Shea, Rev. P. Murphy, Tom Maher and Derek O'Neill.

They won it again in 1988, with M. McGearaiil, J. Sullivan, T. O'Leary, J. Tuohy, E. O'Sullivan, C. Fitzgerald, T. O'Shea and J. Hanley.

Their last win was in 1993, when the team was Edward O'Sullivan, Tony O'Shea, Michael O'Brien, Ray Bambury, David O'Dwyer, Rory O'Sullivan and Pat O'Dwyer.

They won Junior West Cork Shield in 1995, with Dave O'Dwyer, James McCarthy, Tony O'Shea, James Crushell, Jackie Tuohy, Denis Crowley, John Duggan, Joey Arthur, Paul O'Connor, Pat O'Dwyer, Kevin Lynch, Tom Fitzpatrick, John O'Sullivan, Flor Cronin and Raymond Bambury. They were managed by S. Daly and selected by T. O'Leary.

They followed this with another win in 1997, when the team was T. Murphy, J. Sullivan, J. Counihan, J. Buckley, M. Crowley, P. O'Shea, G. Mahony, H. Harrington, D. Crowley, J. O'Sullivan, D. Kerins, P. O'Dwyer, P. O'Shea, D. O'Dwyer S. O'Sullivan, they were managed by S. Daly.

They last won it in 1999, when the team was J. Maye, L. Hartnett, L. Kelly, T. O'Connell, J. Sweeney, A. Thornhill, J. B. McCarthy, J. Sullivan, D. Crowley, Flor O'Donoghue, J. Arthur, G. Mahony, M. Crowley, J. Buckley, D. Kerins, T. A. O'Shea and P. O'Dwyer. They were managed by T. McDonnell and selected by S. Daly.

They won the McEvoy Shield in 1993, when the team was Pat Sheehy, Henry Harrington, John Joe Mahony, Flor O'Donoghue, Timothy O'Sullivan, Rory O'Driscoll, Paddy Brennan and Flor Cronin, they were captained by Sean Daly and managed by Mike Murphy.

They won it the previous year with, in 1992, when the team was, Timothy E. O'Sullivan, Sean Daly, Michael Murphy, Rory O'Driscoll, James Moriarty, Arthur O'Sullivan, James Duggan, Florence O'Donoghue, Steve O'Sullivan and Paddy Brennan.

They won it last in 1998, when the team was D. Lynch, M. O'Brien, D. McCarthy, N. O'Brien, P. Sheehy, T. O'Sullivan, T. Healy, S. Daly, B. McSwiney and W. McCarthy, they were managed by B. Hourihan and selected by T. McDonnell and J. Morgan.

They won the Dr. Billy O'Sullivan Shield in 2001, when the team was, Sean Daly, Paddy Brennan, Donal McCarthy, Francis Murphy, Bertie McSwiney, Noel O'Brien, John Joe Mahony, Willie McCarthy, Timmie E. O'Sullivan, Paul P. O'Sullivan, Frank McGonigle, Tony O'Shea and John Sheppard, they were managed by Tom Healy.

They won the West Cork Juvenile Shield in 2000, when the team was, S. O'Leary, P. J. O'Dwyer, T. Long, B. O'Shea,  A. Thornhill, T. McGearaile and P. Duggan, they were managed by P. Dwyer.

History of Kenmare

Instituted 1903 affiliated 1922

Kenmare Golf Club was opened as a 9-hole golf course in 1903 and was extended to a championship 18-hole in 1993.  The course was designed in 1993 by Eddie Hackett an Irish Golf Course Architect who was born in Dublin in 1910.

Percy Joy was the main driving force behind golf in Kenmare and was Hon. Secretary in 1903. A member of the R.I.C., he had to relinquish his position due to being transferred in 1905.

He and others got the necessary ground from the Lansdowne Estate and a nine-hole course was built close to the Southern Hotel in 1903.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
Miss M. Sheehan 1989 Ladies Captain
Noel Long 1989 Men's Captain
Steve Rowe 1989 President
Mrs Adrai Knapp 1990 Ladies Captain
James McCarthy 1990 Men's Captain
Paddy Brennan 1990 President
Mrs Mary Brosnan 1991 Ladies Captain
Michael O'Brien 1991 Men's Captain
John C. O'Sullivan 1991 President
Mrs Theresa Long 1992 Ladies Captain
Pat O'Dwyer 1992 Men's Captain
Jim Crushell 1992 President
Mrs. Nancy Sullivan 1993 Ladies Captain
James G. Brosnan 1993 Men's Captain
Tim MacDonnell 1993 President
Mrs Angela Brosnan 1994 Ladies Captain
James Duggan 1994 Men's Captain
Tim O'Leary 1994 President
Mrs Maura Murphy 1995 Ladies Captain
Dr. Vincent Boland 1995 Men's Captain
Dermot Kerins 1995 President
Mrs. Hilda Fennell 1996 Ladies Captain
Colm Murphy 1996 Men's Captain
Tony Murphy 1996 President
Eleanor Connor Scarteen 1997 Ladies Captain
Denis O'Brien 1997 Men's Captain
Brendan Hourihan 1997 President
Mary O'Sullivan 1998 Ladies Captain
Steve O'Sullivan 1998 Men's Captain
Jackie Tuohy 1998 President
Ena O'Brien 1999 Ladies Captain
David O'Dwyer 1999 Men's Captain
John Hanley 1999 President
Mrs. Anne O'Connor 2000 Ladies Captain
Mr. Bernard Hourihan 2000 Men's Captain
Mr. Jas. Brosnan 2000 President
Mary O'Connor 2001 Ladies Captain
John O'Sullivan 2001 Men's Captain
Martin O'Brien 2001 President
Elizabeth O'Sullivan 2002 Ladies Captain
Steve Farrow 2002 Men's Captain
Danny McCarthy 2002 President
Mrs. Vera Shaw 2003 Ladies Captain
Jackie Tuohy 2003 Men's Captain
Frank McGonigle 2003 President
Rita O'Brian 2004 Ladies Captain
Martin O'Brian 2004 Men's Captain
David O'Dwyer 2004 President
Noeleen O'Sullivan 2005 Ladies Captain
Tadgh Harrington 2005 Men's Captain
Pat O'Dwyer 2005 President
Sheila Burns 2006 Ladies Captain
Frank McGonigle 2006 Men's Captain
Mary O'Sullivan 2006 President
Ann Murphy 2007 Ladies Captain
John Sheppard 2007 Men's Captain
Jimmy Duggan 2007 President
Patsy Miles 2008 Ladies Captain
Eugene O'Sullivan 2008 Men's Captain
Bertie McSwiney 2008 President
Geraldine Johnston 2009 Ladies Captain
Coley Keating 2009 Men's Captain
James McCarthy 2009 President
Kim Kennedy 2010 Ladies Captain
Tommy Crowley 2010 Men's Captain
Steve O'Sullivan 2010 President
Breda Murphy 2011 Ladies Captain
Denis Crowley 2011 Men's Captain
Eleanor Connor-Scarteen 2011 President
Marie Kissane 2012 Ladies Captain
Johnny Allen 2012 Men's Captain
John D. O'Sullivan 2012 President
Laura Hutton 2013 Ladies Captain
Paul Brown 2013 Men's Captain
Tom Carey
2013 President
Noreen Crowley 2014 Ladies Captain
Cyril Murphy 2014 Men's Captain
Coley Keating 2014 President
Delia Long 2015 Ladies Captain
John Maye 2015 Men's Captain
John Sheppard
2015 President
Marianne Klopp 2016 Ladies Captain
Sean Daly 2016 Men's Captain
Marie Kissane
2016 President
Brenda Holden 2017 Ladies Captain
Rory O'Sullivan 2017 Men's Captain
Michael O'Brien
2017 President
Maura Murphy 2018 Ladies Captain
John Barry 2018 Men's Captain
Sean Daly 2018 President
Grainne Crowley 2019 Ladies Captain
Paudie Kelleher 2019 Men's Captain
Vincent Boland 2019 President
James Murphy 2020 Ladies Captain
Cindy Freeman 2020 Men's Captain
Eugene O'Sullivan 2020 President
Noreen Maye 2021 Ladies Captain
Chris Dale 2021 Men's Captain
Patsy Miles 2021 President
Danielle Froment (10) 2021 Lowest Lady H'cap
John Duggan (5) 2021 Lowest Men's H'cap

Holes in One at Kenmare

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Ann O'Connor 1 April 1990  4th   105 yd´s
Maureen O'Shea 26 April 1992 17th   128 yd´s
Mary Brosnan 18 October 1992 17th   117 yd´s
James McCarty 1994 17th   117 yd's
James McCarty 1 November 1996 4th   105 yd's
Clare Rowe 31 July 1998 17th   117 yd´s
James McCarty 1998 9th   160 yd's
Pat O'Sullivan-De Ganahl 1 April 2000 12th   130 yd´s
Vera Shaw 25 June 2001 2nd   153 yd´s