Rathdowney golf club Laois

Rathdowney golf course Laois

Rathdowney Golf Course

Rathdowney Club Crest

Rathdowney Golf Club was founded in 1930 and extended to an 18-hole course in 1997, when the legendry Eddie Hackett having a hand in the extension. The new and the old have married very successfully that it is hard to distinguish between the original and the new.

Water comes into play on the Par 4 8th and there are intimidating out-of-bounds on the 3rd and 4th. The 6th is a testing and difficult Par 5 and the 12th, 15th and 18th are equally demanding. All, adding up to a memorable and challenging, round of golf.

Rathdowney has a fine clubhouse where you can relax and enjoy the club facilities where full catering is provided for visitors and members alike.

Green Fees Friday & Saturday: €20
Green Fees with a Member: €15
Green Fees for Societies & Classics:: €15/20
Practice Area: No
Club Hire: No
Buggy Hire: Yes
Soft Spikes: No
Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee: €578
Full Couples Membership Fee: €1,106
 Full Senior Membership Fee: €458
Full Senior Couples Membership Fee: €856
Full Senior Membership Fee: €458
Full Country Membership Fee: €300
Full Student Membership Fee: €153
Full Juvenile Membership Fee: €57
Entrance Fee: None
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 18
Members 704
Designer Eddie Hackett
Founded 1930

Coolnaboul West,
Co. Laois

Telephone 0505-46170
Email rathdowneygolf@gmail.com
Website Rathdowney golf club website
Secretary/Manager: Mike Munro
Captain: Diarmuid Gibbons
Lady Captain: Niamh Dunne
President: Noeline Delahunty
Vice-Captains':  & Marian Delaney
Hon. Secretary: Mary Harte 
Club Pro: None
Hon. Treasurer: William Maher & Marie Phelan
Comp. Secretary: Patrick Walsh
Rathdowney Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
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General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: 11.00am to 11.30pm
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering, facilities Days to Avoid: Sundays & Bank Holidays
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other Days Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance

Rathdowney Golf Club Fixtures 2023 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2023 (Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Captains' Drive-In Saturday 26 February

Closed 2
President's Prize L. & G. Friday 16 June
Sunday 18 June
Closed 3
President's Prize L. & G. Saturday 17 June
  Closed 1
President's Prize L. & G. Sunday 18 June
  Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Round 1
Wednesday 19 July   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize
Saturday 22 July   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Friday 18 August
Sunday 20 August
Closed 3
Captain's Prize Saturday 19 August   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Sunday 20 August   Closed 1
3-Person Scramble any combination Saturday 4 February Monday 6 February Open 3
3-Person Scramble any combination Sunday 5 February   Open 1
3-Person Scramble any combination Monday 6 February   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 4 March Sunday 5 March Open 2
Singles Stableford Sunday 5 March   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 11 March Sunday 12 March Open 2
Singles Stableford Sunday 12 March   Open 1
Champagne Scramble Friday 17 March
Sunday 19 March
Open 3
Champagne Scramble Saturday 18 March   Open 1
Champagne Scramble Sunday 19 March   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 25 March Sunday 26 March Open 2
Singles Stableford Sunday 26 March   Open 1
3-Person Classic Saturday 8 April Sunday 9 April Open 2
3-Person Classic Sunday 9 April   Open 1
Singles V-Par Saturday 15 April Sunday 16 April Open 2
Singles V-Par Sunday 16 April   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 29 April Sunday 30 April Open 2
Singles Stableford Sunday 30 April   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Saturday 6 May Sunday 7 May Open 2
Ladies Singles Stableford
Sunday 7 May
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 20 May Sunday 21 May Open 2
Singles Stableford Sunday 21 May   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 27 May Sunday 28 May Open 2
Singles Stableford Sunday 28 May   Open 1
3-Person Team Event
Saturday 3 June Sunday 4 June
Open 1
3-Person Team Event Sunday 4 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 10 June Sunday 11 June Open 2
Singles Stableford Sunday 11 June   Open 1
Galmoy GAA Club Classic Friday 16 June Saturday 17 June
Open 2
Galmoy GAA Club Classic Saturday 17 June   Open 1
Start of Open Week Saturday 1 July Sunday 9 July Open 9
4-Person Team Classic Saturday 1 July   Open 1
4-Person Team Classic Sunday 2 July   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Tuesday 4 JuLY   Open 1
3-Person Scramble Wednesday 5 July Thursday 6 July
Open 2
3-Person Scramble Thursday 6 July   Open 1
2-Person Team Event
Friday 7 July   Open 1
3-Person Champagne Scramble
Saturday 8 July Sunday 9 July Open 2
3-Person Champagne Scramble Sunday 9 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 15 July Sunday 16 July
Open 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 16 July    Open 1
Tullarone GAA Club Classic Thursday 20 July Friday 21 July Open 2
Tullarone GAA Club Classic Friday 21 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 23 July
  Open 1
Champagne Scramble
Saturday 5 August Sunday 6 August
Open 1
Champagne Scramble Sunday 6 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 12 August Sunday 13 August
Open 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 13 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 26 August Sunday 27 August Open 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 27 August   Open 1
Junior Scratch Cup
Saturday 2 September  Sunday 3 September Open 2
Junior Scratch Cup Sunday 3 September   Open 1
Inter Scratch Cup Saturday 2 September Sunday 3 September Open 2
Inter Scratch Cup Sunday 3 September   Open 1
Minor Scratch Cup Saturday 2 September Sunday 3 September Open 2
Minor Scratch Cup Sunday 3 September   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 9 September Sunday 10 September Open 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 10 September   Open 1
Team Event Club Fundraiser Friday 22 September Sunday 24 Swptember
Open 3
Team Event Club Fundraiser Saturday 23 September   Open 1
Team Event Club Fundraiser Sunday 24 Swptember   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 30 September
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 1 October   Open 1
Singles Hamper Saturday 7 October Sunday 8 October Open 2
Singles Hamper Sunday 8 October
  Open 1
3-Person Classic
Saturday 14 October Sunday 15 October
Open 1
3-Person Classic
Sunday 15 October   Open 1
2-Person Team Event
Saturday 21 October Sunday 22 October
Open 1
2-Person Team Event Sunday 22 October   Open 1
3-Person Scramble Saturday 28 October Monday 30 October Open 3
3-Person Scramble Sunday 29 October   Open 1
3-Person Scramble Monday 30 October   Open 1

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Card of the Course

White Par 71 SSS 70 5,926 m
Red Par 74 SSS 74 5,166 m
Green Par 71 SSS 69 5,573 m


Hole No. White Green Par Index Red Par Index
1 375 360 4 4 375 5 8
2 142 121 3 18 126 3 18
3 301 290 4 12 314 4 10
4 337 322 4 8 291 4 12
5 164 160 3 10 141 3 16
6 510 492 5 2 397 5 2
7 486 433 5 14 400 5 4
8 362 360 4 6 282 4 14
9 280 263 4 16 272 4 6
Out 2,957 2,801 36   2,598 37  
10 487 454 5 9 384 5 3
11 160 140 3 11 146 3 13
12 402
360 4 1 324 4 5
13 294
285 4 15 255 4 9
14 377 363 4 7 272 4 15
15 399 375 4 3 380 5 1
16 321 302 4 13 302 4 7
17 150 128 3 17 135 3 17
18 379 365 4 5 370 5 11
In 2,969 2,772 35   2,268 37  
Total 5,926 5,573 71   5,166 74  
SSS 70 69     74    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record: 66 Kieran Kennedy (+1) Co. Tipperary Golf & Country Club

Ladies Course Record: 72 Theresa B. Delahunty (9) 28/05/1999

Members Achievements

The Ladies of Rathdowney Golf Club were Runners-Up in the Leinster Central Regional Final of the Women’s Fourball Final when they lost out to Gowran Golf Club by 3½-matches to 1½-match at Royal Curragh Golf Club Sunday 30th July 2023.

The Ladies of Rathdowney Golf Club were Runners-Up in the Leinster Central Regional Final of the Women’s Junior  Foursomes Final when they lost out to Gowran Park Golf Club by 2matches to 1-match at Royal Curragh Golf Club Sunday 30th July 2023.

The Ladies from Rathdowney Golf Club qualified for the Women’s Junior Foursomes All-Ireland Series at Tramore Golf Club on Thursday 1st September 2022.
They were drawn against Edmondstown Golf Club in the All-Ireland Quarter-Finals and lost out by 2½-matches to ½-match.
First on the tee was Kathleen Maher with Mary Moly who halved their match against Ashling O’Hara with Shirley O’Donoghue, next on the tee was Noeline Delahunty with Stephanie Phelan who lost their match by 2-holes against Barbara Maher with Nuala Swaine and the bottom match Theresa Delahunty with Lily Graydon went 4 and 2 against Bernie Beirne with Caitraona NaChochlailn            

The Ladies of Rathdowney Golf Club qualified for the All-Ireland Fourball Final Series on Saturday 4th September 2021 where they met the Ladies from Ballybunion Golf Club in the All-Ireland Quarter Finals and lost their match by 3-matches to 2-matches against the Co. Kerry Club.

They were led out by Elaine and Eileen Dowling who went down by 6 and 5 to Margaret McAuliffe with R. Fitzgerald, they were followed by Niamh Dunne with Kathleen Maher who went up the 19th before securing the point against Catriona Corrigan with Noirin Hitchen, next on the tee was Noeline Delahunty with Lily Graydon who also went up the 19th before relinquishing the point to Susan Gilmore-Kettler with Olga Kiely, in the penultimate match Mary Molloy with Breda Colleton went down by 5 and 4 against Eileen Kenny-Ryan with Marion Kennedy-Hogan and in the bottom match Stephaine Phelan with Claire Phelan-Delahunty secured the point on the 19th against Maeve Barrett with Siobhan Walsh.

Rathdowney won the Leinster Championship of the Pierce Purcell Shield at Dundalk Golf Club in 2001. The squad was Alan Barnaville, Eoin Fitzpatrick, Tadgh Dooley, Robert Jones, Christy Jones, Eugene Keeshan, Liam Skehan, Conor O'Leary, Paul Barnaville, Mark O'Loughan, T. J. Kelly, Paschal Bergin and Thomas Gleeson. They were captained by, Sean Bulger. They were drawn against Gort in the All-Ireland Semi-Finals at Newlands Golf Club on 20th September.

Prior to 2001:

Rita Hanrahan played for the Irish Girls' in 1973.

History of Rathdowney

Rathdowney golf club was established in 1930 and was the brainchild of Fr. Dunphy who was a curate in the parish at that time. Fr. Dunphy collected a number of interested parties and they set about the task of getting a "golf links" underway. The first formal meeting of the club was held on the 24th of October 1930 in the Ossory Hotel (now Supervalu) Rathdowney.

The conditions which prevailed in the clubs early days were of necessity primitive, even by the standards of the time. Early plans for the 9 hole course were drafted up by a Mr. Collins (Birr professional) and the committee set about the task of implementing this. A wooden Pavilion was built and this continued to be used right up to relatively modern times with some changes to the general structure in the intervening years. During the clubs early years membership was approximately fifteen men and six women with a subscription of one pound and ten shillings.

The club entered its second decade during the Second World War. This was a time of shortages and scarcity and not unnaturally a quiet period in the club's history. The club acquired its own horse and a very narrow gang mower for the cutting of fairways. It was during this decade that other clubs began to hear of the existence of Rathdowney most notably through the golfing achievements of Paddy Malone. Paddy won the well known "Auction Cup" in Tramore Golf Club and competed with distinction on several occasions in the south of Ireland Championships.

By the 1950's the club was well established and the predictions of its early demise had proved unfounded. However the club experienced difficult times and this was mainly due to its small membership. The annual subscription in 1957 was three pounds and ten shillings.

The annual rent at the beginning of the 1960's was forty pounds and you could play the course as a visitor for a green fee of half a crown. By mid 1960's the membeship had risen modestly to 43 men of whom 5 were distant members and 9 were country. The club also had 17 lady members at this time. In 1964 the clubhouse was improved and running water and toilets were installed. Some improvements were taking place on the course but these were very slow. In 1966 the club held its first open Week. This was a very ambitious undertaking and was followed in later years by local clubs. This event has developed over the years and now forms the highlight of the golfing year.

The club headed into the seventies still facing many of the problems which had bedevilled it from its inception. Other clubs in the locality were now beginning to move ahead while Rathdowney's prospects for progression seemed dim. From the mid seventies the club experienced a modest increase in its membership. By the late 1970's the club was awarded a "99 year Sporting Lease" and this called for annual rent of seven hundred pounds (reviewed every 25 years) for the course. This gave the club a platform on which to build and to move forward in a way that could not have been contemplated up to this time.

The 1980's saw the construction of a new clubhouse and the implementation of the "Hacket Plan". The well known golf course architect Eddie Hackett visited the course and drew up a plan to maximise the use of the club's resources and to greatly improve the nine holes. This work was tackled in 1984 and when completed brought the course par from 66 to 70. It included a new par 5 which had not existed up until then. By the end of the 1980's the club was well and truly on its feet with progress being made in every aspect of the club's affairs. This decade undoubtedly had been a time of the most enormous changes for the betterment of the club. Membership passed the 150 mark for men and 50 for women.

The beginning of the 1990's saw a big push for an end to full membership for men only in golf clubs and the allowing of women to participate as full members. A great deal of research was completed before the committee decided to use the three tiered model as recommended by the Golfing Union. This system allowed for a management or joint club, and both a men's and a ladies' club. The former was to administer the overall affairs of the club and the latter two were for the men's and ladies' golf respectively. This was adopted in 1994 when a new constitution was passed incorporating these changes. It was a big step for the club and one which truly brought it into the modern era.

1994 saw the final piece of the Rathdowney Golf Club jigsaw puzzle come together. The then landlords, the McGovern family, put up for sale a parcel of land adjoining the existing nine holes. In total 57 acres were acquired and this added to the 47 acres that the club had already in their possession. Work on the new land was spread out over three years and was completed in phases. The end result of all the work was made available for everyone to see on the 31st May 1997.

Today the course is of a matured state with challenging holes and fairways. Ongoing investment and development of the course adds new challenges each year and the club is a unique location to play an enjoyable round of golf.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
Eileen Morrissey 1989 Ladies Captain
Donal Heaphy 1989 Men's Captain
David Morrissey 1989 President
Mgt Fitzpatrick 1990 Ladies Captain
Sean Bolger 1990 Men's Captain
Liam Nolan (RIP) 1990 President
Kathleen Maher 1991 Ladies Captain
Patrick Maher 1991 Men's Captain
William Harte 1991 President
Sheila Malone 1992 Ladies Captain
Liam Nolan 1992 Men's Captain
Jim Riordan 1992 President
Nora Harte 1993 Ladies Captain
John Lang 1993 Men's Captain
Paud O'Reilly 1993 President
Rose Keeley 1994 Ladies Captain
Oliver Stapleton 1994 Men's Captain
Donal Heaphy 1994 President
Susan Hayes 1995 Ladies Captain
J. P. Delahunty 1995 Men's Captain
Michael Flynn 1995 President
Queenie Daly 1996 Ladies Captain
Morgan Kelly 1996 Men's Captain
Frank Hyland 1996 President
Teresa Kavanagh 1997 Ladies Captain
R. W. Bailey 1997 Men's Captain
Jack Mockler 1997 President
Marian Holland 1998 Ladies Captain
Richard Cahill 1998 Men's Captain
Robert O'Hara 1998 President
Therese Delahunty 1999 Ladies Captain
Peter Gray 1999 Men's Captain
Patrick Maher 1999 President
Brigid Harte 2000 Ladies Captain
Maureen Duggan 2000 Ladies President
Martin Fitzpatrick 2000 Men's Captain
Sean Bolger 2000 President
Marie Phelan 2001 Ladies Captain
Ann Moriarty 2001 Ladies President
Liam Cummins 2001 Men's Captain
Oliver Stapleton 2001 President
Patricia Munro 2002 Ladies Captain
Irene Murray 2002 Ladies President
Larry Dunne 2002 Men's Captain
Peter Gray 2002 President
Peggy Hennessy 2003 Ladies Captain
Rose Kelly 2003 Ladies President
Christy Jones 2003 Men's Captain
Richard Cahill 2003 President
Brigid Maher 2004 Ladies Captain
Nora Harte 2004 Ladies President
Michael Roach 2004 Captain
J. P. Delahunty 2004 President
Eleanor Fitzpatrick 2005 Ladies Captain
Teresa Kavanagh 2005 Ladies President
William Campion 2005 Captain
P. J. Duggan 2005 President
Mary Dunne 2006 Ladies Captain
Peggy Hennessy 2006 Ladies President
John Dalton 2006 Captain
Martin Fitzpatrick 2006 President
Joyce Bolger 2007 Ladies Captain
Brigid Maher 2007 Ladies President
Michael Glendon 2007 Captain
Liam Cummins 2007 President
Kate Kavanagh 2008 Ladies Captain
Brigid Maher 2008 Ladies President
John O'Malley 2008 Captain
Tom Carroll 2008 President
Margaret Kells 2009 Ladies Captain
Marie Phelan 2009 Ladies President
Anthony Phelan 2009 Captain
John Dalton 2009 President
Kay Muldowney 2010 Ladies Captain
Marian Holland 2010 Ladies President
Paschal Bergin 2010 Captain
Matt Quinlan 2010 President
Una O'Connell 2011 Ladies Captain
Teresa Norton 2011 Ladies President
Willie Claxton 2011 Captain
Christy Jones 2011 President
Noeline Delahunty 2012 Ladies Captain
Martin Ryan 2012 Captain
Larry Dunne 2012 President
Kathleen Maher 2013 Ladies Captain
Terry Campion 2013 Captain
Joe Dufficey
2013 President
Margaret O'Brien 2014 Ladies Captain
Joe Hennessy 2014 Captain
Brigid Maher 2014 President
Ann Creagh 2015 Ladies Captain
Jim Kells 2015 Captain
Anthony Phelan
2015 President
Gillian Dan 2016 Ladies Captain
Ger O'Brien 2016 Captain
Paschal Bergin
2016 President
Yvonne Dunne 2017 Ladies Captain
Ed Kelly 2017 Captain
Joyce Bolger 2017 President
Claire Molloy 2018 Ladies Captain
William Maher 2018 Captain
Jim kells 2018 President
Lily Graydon 2019 Ladies Captain
Thomas Brennan 2019 Captain
 Michael Glendon 2019 President
Eileen Dowling 2020 Ladies Captain
Matt Doyle 2020 Captain
Kate Kavanagh 2020 President
Eileen Dowling 2021 Ladies Captain
Paddy Walshe 2021 Captain
John O’Malley 2021 President
  2022 Ladies Captain
Stephen Delaney 2022 Captain
Tom Brennan 2022 President
Niamh Dunne 2023 Ladies Captain
Diarmuid Gibbons 2023 Captain
Noeline Delahunty 2023 President
Theresa B. Delahunty (7) 2023
Lowest Ladies Handicap
Brendan Ryan (0) 2023
Lowest Men's Handicap

Holes in One at Rathdowney

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Richard Mackey 15 June 1999 11th   160 m
Richard Minogue 19 May 2001 2nd   135 m
Tony Wall 22 May 2001 17th   140 m
Michael Byrne 3 July 2001 17th   140 m
John P. Delahunty 22 July 2001 17th   140 m
Patricia Munro 7 August 2002 17th   135 m
Derek Beehan 22 August 2002 5th   180 m
Richard Mackey 15 February 2003 17th   140 m
Martin Scully 8 July 2003 11th   160 m
Michael Quinlan 24 August 2003 11th   160 m
Edward Kelly 30 August 2003 17th   140 m
Ned Brennan 6 November 2003 2nd   135 m
Mark Brennan 7 July 2004 17th   140 m
Anthony Phelan 3 August 2004 2nd   135 m
Anthony Wall 29 August 2004 17th   140 m
John Bergin 25 June 2005 5th   164 m
A. J. Phelan 28 June 2014 11th   160 m
Michael Campion 30 August 2022