Castlecomer golf club Kilkenny
Castlecomer Golf Course
Castlecomer Golf club has joined the ranks of rare golfing gems to be designed by Pat Ruddy. The course is crafted out of beautiful mature forest terrain providing not just wonderful golf but stunning views of the surrounding countryside as well. In 2006 Castlecomer was voted into the top 100 golf courses in Ireland which in itself is testimony to this prestigious layout. Without doubt Castlecomer has arrived as a must play venue in the South East."
Castlecomer Golf Club is one of the "Best Kept Golfing secrets In The South East".
"Seldom does one come across a site so admirably positioned and suited to golf. Right along the main thoroughfares and yet protected from careless wanderers by the river Deen, the site lends itself to good golf. Gently undulating and well endowed with mature trees such as Oak, Sycamore, Maple, Lime, Horse Chestnut, Elm, Ash, Douglas Fir, Australian Pine, Beech and Copper Beech, the club is fortunate to have acquired such a site as the old lawns of the Wandersforde Estate."
Pat Ruddy, internationally renowned golf course designer.
Castlecomer Golf Club underwent a Major Redevelopment, when the club embarking on an exciting extension plan to 18-holes, which truly compliment their wonderful layout. Castlecomer promises to challenge as one of the top golf course attractions in the country. The, development was completed by late 2002 and was carried out under the watchful eye of Pat Ruddy.
Castlecomer was voted the No. 88-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2009.
|Green Fees Midweek:||€30|
|Green Fees Weekends & B.H.:||€35|
|Green Fees with a Member:||€20/25|
|Green Fees for Opens:||€20|
|Buggy Hire: €25||Yes|
|Full Membership Available:||Yes|
|Full Membership Fee + G.I.M.:||€400|
|Website||Castlecomer golf club website|
|Office Admin:||Linda Ring|
|Lady Captain:||Theresa Manning|
|Junior Captain:||Louis Todd|
|Vice-Captains':||Michael McGrath & Anne Breen|
|Hon. Secretary:||Noreen Kinsella, Matt Dooley & Breda Phelan|
|Club Pro:||Noel Leahy|
|Hon. Treasurer:||Michael O'Neill, Liam Mooney & Marie Gannon|
|Comp. Secretary:||Eamonn Breen & Eileen Healy|
General Facts & Information
|Course opening hours: Daylight hours||Clubhouse opening hours: 9.30am to 11.30pm|
|Mobile phones: Not on course
||Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim|
|Catering: Full catering, facilities||Days to Avoid: Sundays|
|Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other Days||Pre-booking for open Tournaments: 21 Days in advance|
Castlecomer Golf Club Fixtures 2023 provisional*
|Open & Major Fixtures 2023 (Confirmed)|
|Captain's Drive-In||Sunday 5 March
|President's Prize L. & G.||Saturday 1 July||Sunday 2 July||Closed||2|
|President's Prize L. & G.||Sunday 2 July||Closed||1|
|Lady Captain's Prize Day 1||Tuesday 18 July||Closed||1|
|Lady Captain's Prize Day 2
||Saturday 22 July||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize Day 1||Saturday 19 August||Sunday 20 August
|Captain's Prize Day 1||Sunday 20 August
|Captain's Prize Day 2
||Saturday 26 August
|Singles Stableford||Saturday 25 March||Sunday 26 March||Open||2|
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 26 March||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Saturday 1 April||Sunday 2 April||Open||2|
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 2 April||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 5 April||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Saturday 8 April||Sunday 9 April||Open||2|
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 9 April||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 13 April||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 20 April||Open||1|
|Mixed Scramble||Friday 21 April||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Saturday 22 April||Sunday 23 April||Open||2|
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 23 April||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Saturday 13 May||Sunday 14 May||Open||2|
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 14 May||Open||1|
|4-Person Team Event||Thursday 25 May||Sunday 28 May||Open||4
|4-Person Team Event||Friday 26 May||Open||1|
|4-Person Team Event||Saturday 27 May||Open||1|
|4-Person Team Event||Sunday 28 May||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Wednesday 31 May
||Thursday 1 June
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 1 June
|2-Person Team Event
||Saturday 3 June||Sunday 4 June||Open||2
|2-Person Team Event||Sunday 4 June||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 5 June||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 8 June||Open||1|
|Singles Strokes||Saturday 10 June||Sunday 11 June
|Singles Strokes||Sunday 11 June||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 15 June||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Saturday 17 June||Sunday 18 June||Open||2|
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 18 June||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 22 June||Open||1
|Singles Stableford||Saturday 24 June||Sunday 25 June||Open||2
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 25 June||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 29 June
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 6 July||Open||1|
|Singles Strokes||Saturday 8 July||Sunday 9 July||Open||2|
|Singles Strokes||Sunday 9 July||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 13 July||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Saturday 15 July||Sunday 16 July||Open||2|
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 16 July||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 20 July||Open||1|
|Leinster Women's Australian Spoons Area Final (C)||Thursday 27 July
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 3 August||Open||1|
|Junior Scratch Cup||Friday 5 August||Monday 7 August||Open||3|
|Junior Scratch Cup||Sunday 6 August
|Junior Scratch Cup||Monday 7 August||Open||1|
|Inter. Scratch Cup||Friday 5 August||Monday 7 August||Open||3|
|Inter. Scratch Cup||Sunday 6 August
|Inter. Scratch Cup||Monday 7 August||Open||1|
|Minor Scratch Cup||Friday 5 August||Monday 7 August||Open||3|
|Minor Scratch Cup||Sunday 6 August
|Minor Scratch Cup||Monday 7 August||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 10 August||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Saturday 12 August||Sunday 13 August||Open||2|
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 13 August||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 17 August||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 24 August||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 31 August
|Singles Stableford||Saturday 2 September||Sunday 3 Septumber||Open||2|
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 3 Septumber||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 7 September||Open||1|
|2-Person Team Event any combination
||Saturday 9 September||Sunday 10 September||Open||2
|2-Person Team Event any combination||Sunday 10 September||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 14 September||Open||1|
|Singles Strokes||Saturday 16 September||Sunday 17 September||Open||2|
|Singles Strokes||Sunday 17 September||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 21 September||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Saturday 23 September
||Sunday 24 September||Open||2|
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 24 September
|Singles Stableford||Thursday 28 September||Open||1|
Card of the Course
|White||Par 72 SSS 72 5,920 m|
|Red||Par 74 SSS 74 5,017 m|
|Green||Par 72 SSS 71 5,632 m|
|Blue||Par 72 SSS 74 6,180 m|
Men's Course Record: 66 Michael Buggy (+1)
Ladies Course Record:
Castlecomer Golf Club qualified for the All-Ireland Quarter-Finals of the Irish Mixed Foursomes at Athlone Golf Club on Tuesday 29th September 2022 when they were drawn against Milltown Golf Club and lost out to the South Dublin, Club by 3-matches to 2-matches.
They were led out by, Mark Shorthall with Nuala Mahon who lost their match by 3 and 2 against Michael O’Farrell with Leah Bolger, next on the tee was Kieran Byrne with Margaret O’Keeffe who lost their match by the minimum against James Moore with Margaret Shaw, they were followed by Michael Daly with Honoria Fogarty who had a very comfortable 5 and 4 win against Stephen Sheehan with Thecla McDowell, in the penultimate match Adam and Helen Dempsey went up the 19th before relinquishing the point to Michael Doran with Julie Hogan and in the bottom match Victor Smyth with Joan Brennan had a 2 and 1 win against J. P. McDowell with Sarah Jane Costello.
Castlcomer Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield in 2016, when they beat Malahide in the Semi-Final by 4-matches to 1-match on Saturday 23rd July and Tulfarris Golf Club by 3½-matches to 1½-matches in the Leinster Final on the Sunday.
They made their way to Carton House Golf Club to compete in the All-Ireland deciders they drew Connacht Champions Castlebar Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Thursday 15th September .
They were led out by Paul and Nicky Walsh who won their match by 2 and 1 against Pat Waldron with Paul Doyle, they were followed by Pat Comerford with John Bergin who went all the way to the 19th before conceding the point to Stephen Munnelly with Thomas Ruane, next up were Noel Rothwell with Ken Hovenden who lost out to David Molloy with Paul Fitzgerald by 4 and 2 in the penultimate match Ronan Ryan with Michael Daly had a 2 and 1 win over Sean Haugh with Declan Prendergast in the bottom match Barry Doyle with Fergus O'Neill went 4 and 2 down to Val Jennings with Michael McHugh and with it a place in the All-Ireland Final. Castlebar met Munster Champions Nenagh Golf Club the following day in the decider and lost out by 4-matches to 1-match to the Tipperary Club.
Castlecomer Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Irish Mixed Foursomes at Balbriggan Golf Club on Sunday 10th August 2014 when they beat Esker Hills Golf Club by 4-matches to 1-match in the Final having beaten Elm Park Golf Club by 3-matches to 2-Matches in the Semi-Final.
They made the long journey to Warrenpoint Golf Club to take part in the All-Ireland deciders. They met Connacht Champions Portumna Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Friday 4th September and booked their place in the All-Ireland Final the following day when they accounted for the Galway Club by 3½ -matches to 1½ -matches.
First on the tee was Tommy O'Neill with Betty Owens who lost their match against Stephen Madden with Carmel Cunningham by 3 and 2, they were followed by Jason Brennan with Ann Ring who had a comfortable 5 and 4 win over Paul Porter with Mary McElroy, next up were Michael Daly with Joan Brennan who won by a similar margin over Leslie O'Meara with Anne Fahy, in the penultimate match Ken Hovenden with Maria Downey clinched their place in the All-Ireland Final the following day with comprehensive 7 and 6 win over James Porter with Anita Carey, the bottom match of Victor Smyth with Nuala Mahon was halved against Ger Lynch with Laura Burton when called in.
They met Munster Champions Waterford Golf Club in the All-Ireland decider, they were led out again by Tommy O'Neill with Betty Owens who lost out to Ben Murray with Patsy Garry by 8 and 7, next up was Jason Brennan with Ann Ring who won their match against Liam Coady with Bridget Tierney by 5 and 4, they were followed by Michael Daly with Joan Brennan who had a 3 and 2 win over Pat Madigan with Kay Walsh, in the penultimate match Victor Smyth with Teresa Manning lost out to Francis Reynolds with Mary Madigan by 3 and 1, in the bottom match Ken Hovenden with Maria Downey lost their match by 3 and 2 against Denny Sinnott with Fiona Fitzgerald and with it the green pennant.
Castlecomer Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield when they beat Hermitage Golf Club by 3-matches to 2-matches at the Curragh Golf Club on Saturday 3rd August 2013.
They made their way to Royal Tara Golf Club in Meath to compete in the National Deciders where they were drawn against Munster Champions Kilorglin Golf Club from Co. Kerry. They were led out by V. Smyth with K. Hovenden who won their match by 2 and 1 against J. Joy with D. Bird they were followed by J. Doheny with P. Comerford who went to the 18th before conceding the point to Keith O’Sullivan with Conor Foley next up was T. Coogan with P. Campion who clinched their match on the final hole against Roberty Kennedy with Shane Collins in the penultimate match S. Kennedy with A. Dempsey lost out to Mick Ash with John McCarty by 4 and 3 so it was all down to the bottom match of D. Breen with D. Fogarty who fought hard for their place in the All-Ireland decider but went down on the 20th to Joe Kennedy with Darragh Carmody.
Castlecomer Golf Club won All-Ireland Irish Mixed Foursomes at Carlow Golf Club in 2008, when the team was Victor Smyth with Mary Brophy, Michael Daly with Honoria Fogarty, Ken Hovendonwith Maria Downey, Jason Brennan with Joan Brennan, Martin Holohan with Theresa Manning.
2005 Lady Captain Kathleen Hogan (25) and her Captain's Prize winner Ann Kennelly (18) were leading qualifiers in the Volkswagen/Irish Independent Lady Captain's Classic at Waterford Golf Club on Thursday 22 nd September, when they returned a fine score of 40 points in this scotch foursomes format to lead by 1 point from the Tramore pairing of Mary Barry and Amanda O'Connor. It was off to the National Finals at The Heritage Golf Club on Monday 3 rd October where they were paired with the Tramore pair.
Castlecomer Golf Club won the Heineken Midland Mixed Foursomes in 2003, when the team was, Kathleen Ryan, Jane Brennan, Mary Downey, David Bubby, Seamus Coogan, Joan Costigan, Patricia Doheny, Martin Holohan, Betty Owens, Anthony Cleere, Michael Boland, Ann Downey, Billy Walsh, they were managed by Seamus O'Connor and Annetta Coogan.
Castlecomer Golf Club won the Heineken Midland Mixed Foursomes in 2002, when the team was, Maria Downey, Betty Byrne, Honoria Fogarty, Helen Murphy, Miriam Walsh, Betty Owens, Seamus Brennan, Martin Holohan, Victor Smith, J. D. Harding, Terry Brennan, Ann Downey, Michael Buggy, they were managed by Joan Brennan and Seamus O'Connor.
Castlecomer won their first Valerie Doyle Trophy at Carlow Golf Club in September 2001. They defeated Forty other clubs and returned a score of 109 points. The team was Mary Cuggy, Ann Kennelly and Kathleen Ryan.
Prior to 2001
Castlecomer win the FBD Barton Cup in 1997, when the team was, Martin O'Shea, Martin Rowe, Stuart Carter, Fergus Rothwell, Declan Barron, James Farrell, Pat Hurley, Kieran Hobban, Brian Harrington, Michael Dermody, John Farrell, Martin Brennan, Pat Byrne, Austin Kelly, Eamon Walsh and Michael Buggy, they were managed by Noel Brennan and Michael Curry.
They were County Champions in the J. B. Carr Diamond Trophy in 1997, when the team was, Paddy Curry, Donal McInerney, Seamus Farrell, Pascal Byrne, Tom Shelley, Ray O'Donnell, Chris Lynch, Tim O'Mahony, Michael Morrissey and Tom Rothwell.
They won the South Leinster Trophy in 1998, when the team was, Pat O'Brien, Eamon Breen, Ken Kennedy, Michael Doheny, Benny Cleere, Paul Dillon, Pat Fitzpatrick, Eamon Walsh, Seamus O'Connor, Tom Rothwell and Jason Brennan, they were managed by Donal McInerney and Michael Fogarty.
They won the South Leinster Trophy in 1987, when the team was, Paddy Curry, Michael J. Brennan, Kevin Mulhall, Martin Rowe, Martin Coogan, Owen Ryan, Noel Skehan, Eamon Kelly and Pat Morrissey, they were captained by Ollie Gleeson.
They won the South Leinster Trophy in 1978, when the team was, Tom Rothwell, Martin Coogan, Michael Rowe, Richard McKenna, Brian Harrington, Richard Fogarty, Michael Fogarty, M. Nash, John Ryan, they were captained by Ray O'Donnell.
They won the Boyne Trophy in 1997, when the team was, Annetta Coogan, Kathleen Ryan, Margot Rowe, Enid Abbott, Treasa Quinn, Nancy Conway, Kathleen Holland, Nuala O'Donnell, Alice Rice, Betty Owens, Bridget Cooney, Breda Reilly and Helen Conway.
They won the Mail on Sunday in 1997, when the team was, Betty Byrne, Honoria Fogarty, Mary Hahessy, Kay Mulhall, Joan Brennan and Kathleen Ryan.
Ann Kennelly (22), Lady Captain 2000 and her Captain's prize winner Anne Downey (25), won the qualifiers in the Volkswagen-Irish Independent Lady Captains Classic at Tramore Golf Club September 2000, with a score of 47pts. Anne is better known for her skills on the Camogie field, she and her twin sister Angela have 12 All-Ireland medals for Kilkenny. Remarkably, Angela won her Lady Captain's prize at Callan Golf Club in the Millennium year. The finals were played at Druid's Glen.
On the 22nd, August. 1998. Des Murphy, Club Captain, had a hole in one on the 15th using a 6 iron. One hour later, Michael Morrissey aced the same hole.
Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;
M. Curry represented Ireland at Irish Boys level from 1983 to 1984 playing 6-times won 2-matches halved one and lost 2-matches accumulating 5-points;
Miriam Cunney played for the Irish Girls in 1981;
History of Castlecomer
There is some confusion as to where and when Castlecomer was first founded. The 1906-7 edition of The Golfing Annual give it as Castlecomer Golf Club, Hon. Secretary, T. Ferguson, Castlecomer Co. Wexford. There is no listing in the Irish Golfers Guide from 1910 to 1916. The GUI records an affiliation date of 4th September, 1906, but nothing more is heard of until 1933 when the present club was founded.
Roll of Honour
|Annette Coogan||1989||Ladies Captain|
|Jimmy Byrne||1989||Men's Captain|
|Rev Mark Kirwan||1989||President|
|Maidy Spain||1990||Ladies Captain|
|Austin Kelly||1990||Men's Captain|
|Rev. Mark Kirwan||1990||President|
|Mary Jo Doyle||1991||Ladies Captain|
|Ollie Maher||1991||Men's Captain|
|Rev. Mark Kirwan||1991||President|
|Mary Hahessey||1992||Ladies Captain|
|Dr. Paddy McEneaney||1992||Men's Captain|
|Rev. Mark Kirwan||1992||President|
|Honoria Fogarty||1993||Ladies Captain|
|Seamus O'Connor||1993||Men's Captain|
|Fr. Mark Kirwan||1993||President|
|Kay Mulhall||1994||Ladies Captain|
|Tom Shelley||1994||Men's Captain|
|Delia O'Donoghue||1995||Ladies Captain|
|R. O'Donnell||1995||Men's Captain|
|Breda Reilly||1996||Ladies Captain|
|Brian Harrington||1996||Men's Captain|
|M. Brennan||1997||Ladies Captain|
|Tommy O'Neill||1997||Men's Captain|
|Emma Walsh||1998||Ladies Captain|
|Des Murphy||1998||Men's Captain|
|Emer Foley||1999||Ladies Captain|
|Austin Kelly||1999||Men's Captain|
|Ann Kennelly||2000||Ladies Captain|
|Michael Doheny||2000||Men's Captain|
|Noreen Kinsella||2001||Ladies Captain|
|Martin Fitzpatrick||2001||Men's Captain|
|Maureen Norton||2002||Ladies Captain|
|Tony Carr||2002||Men's Captain|
|Claire O'Connor||2003||Ladies Captain|
|Tom Rothwell||2003||Men's Captain|
|Claire O'Connor||2004||Ladies Captain|
|Tom Rothwell||2004||Men's Captain|
|Kathleen Hogan||2005||Ladies Captain|
|Dick Cass||2005||Men's Captain|
|Breda Phelan||2006||Ladies Captain|
|Billy Welsh||2006||Men's Captain|
|Mary Brophy||2007||Ladies Captain|
|Pa O'Neill||2007||Men's Captain|
|Nuala Mahon||2008||Ladies Captain|
|Paddy Curry||2008||Men's Captain|
|Marie Gannon||2009||Ladies Captain|
|Richard Boland||2009||Men's Captain|
|Claire Dowling||2010||Ladies Captain|
|Joe O'Donnell||2010||Men's Captain|
|Margaret Furlong||2011||Ladies Captain|
|Michael Healy||2011||Men's Captain|
|Helen Dunne||2012||Ladies Captain|
|Noel Brennan||2012||Men's Captain|
|Marjie Gannon||2013||Ladies Captain|
|Eamonn Breen||2013||Men's Captain|
|Ita Madigan||2014||Ladies Captain|
|Gerrie Dunne||2014||Men's Captain|
|Patricia Doheny||2015||Ladies Captain|
|Michael Curry||2015||Men's Captain|
|Ellen Phelan||2016||Ladies Captain|
|Noel Rothwell||2016||Men's Captain|
|Betty Owens||2017||Ladies Captain|
|Liam Mooney||2017||Men's Captain|
|Margaret O’Keeffe||2018||Ladies Captain|
|Seamus Brennan||2018||Men's Captain|
|Jo Costigan||2019||Ladies Captain|
|Martin O’Neill||2019||Men's Captain|
|Eileen Healy||2020||Ladies Captain|
|Sean Scanlan||2020||Men's Captain|
|Patricia Brennan||2021||Ladies Captain|
|John Lacey||2021||Men's Captain|
|Helen Murphy||2022||Ladies Captain|
|Paddy McGuinness||2022||Men's Captain|
|Louis Todd||2022||Junior Captain|
|Theresa Manning||2023||Ladies Captain|
|Michael Furlong||2023||Men's Captain|
|Emer Foley||2023||Lowest Ladies Handicap|
|2023||Lowest Ladies Handicap|
|Michael Buggy (-0.2)||2023||Lowest Men's Handicap|
Holes in One at Castlecomer
|Member||Date||Hole No.||Club Used||Distance|
|Michael Morrissey||28 July 1998||6th||6-Iron||140 m|
|Des Murphy||22 August 1998||15th||6-Iron||140 m|
|George O'Donoghue||06 June 1999||8th||8-Iron||130 m|
|William Deverill||06 June 1999||17th||9-Iron||130 m|
|Martin Fitzpatrick||24 July 1999||6th||8-Iron||140 m|
|Barry Rice||31 July 1999||6th||8-ron||140 m|
|Dick Cass||22 August 2003||7th||7-Iron||125 m|
|Honoria Fogarty||27 April 2005||7th||91 m|
|Dick Cass||4 March 2004||17th||125 m|
|Noreen Kinsella||08 May 2005||17th||100 m|
|Kathleen Ryan||27 June 2006||7th||91 m|
|Maureen Norton||13 May 2007||3rd||150 m|
|John Farrell||20 May 2007||17th||131 m|
|Richie Hogan||29 May 2009||17th||131 m|
|Derek Lynch||30 July 2009||15th||138 m|
|Breda Reilly||1 August 2009||7th||91 m|
|Martin Gujdera||6 August 2010
|Gerry Meally||18 August 2012||15th||138 m|
|John Kelly||1 October 2012||3rd||150 m
|Noel Brennan||10 July 2013||7th||125 m|
|Martin Brennan (Goggt)||17 July 2013||3rd||150 m|
|James Daly||23 July 2013||3rd||150 m|