Royal Tara golf club Meath

Royal Tara golf course Meath

Royal Tara Golf Course

Royal Tara Club Crest

Designed by Des Smyth a legend in professional golf and course architecture Royal Tara consists of 27-holes of championship quality situated just 25 minutes northwest of the M50 motorway that encircles Dublin City.

The main 18-hole, par 72 course measures?5,978 m and is on a par with the best parkland courses in the country. With its sand based greens the course is playable all year round and the proliferation of mature trees makes it a fair test for all golfers. A further 9-holes measuring almost 3000 m (without sand based greens) provides ample opportunity to vary the courses.

A new state of the art clubhouse opened in November 2000 provides all the facilities that golfers have come to expect from a top quality club. Excellent catering and a chance to converse with some members will ensure a pleasant visit to Royal Tara.

Royal Tara was voted the No. 98-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2020(New);

Royal Tara was voted the No. 93-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2008;

Green Fees Mon. to Thurs.: €30
Green Fees Weekends & B.H. €40
Green Fees with a Member: €15
Green Fees for Opens: €25
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: Yes
Soft Spikes: No
Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee Over 35: €848
Full Membership Fee 30 to 35: €648
Full Membership Fee Under 30: €548
Entrance Fee: None
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 27
Designer Des Smyth
Founded 1906

Co. Meath

Telephone 046-9025508
Website Royal Tara golf club website
Golf Coordinator: Declan O’Brien
Captain: Bob Turley
Lady Captain: Regina Lynch
Presidents': Jim Bannon & Breeda Farrell
Vice-Captains': Michael Killeen & Jean Smyth
Hon. Secretary: Dave Byrne, John Connolly & Anne Randles
Club Pro: John Byrne 046-9026009
Hon. Treasurer: Luke Bowden, Jim Cleary & Siobhan Carey
Comp. Secretary: Fintan Murray & Mary Breen
Royal Tara Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
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General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours:?10.30am to 11.00pm
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering, facilities Days to Avoid: Tuesdays
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other Days Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance

Royal Tara Golf Club Fixtures 2022 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2022 (to be Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Captains' Drive-In Sunday

Closed 1
Captain's Prize to the Ladies Sunday
  Closed 1
President's Prize to the Ladies Saturday 4 June   Closed 1
Captain's Prize (Q) Saturday 25 June Sunday 26 June Closed 2
Captain's Prize (Q) Sunday 26 June   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Saturday 2 July   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Day 1 Tuesday 4 July   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Saturday 9 July   Closed 1
President's Prize Sunday 31 July
  Closed 1
Professional's Prize to the Members Sunday 7 August   Closed 1
Lady President's Prize Saturday 13 August   Closed 1
Mixed 4-Person Team Event Thursday 17 March   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 24 March   Open 1
Seniors Singles Stableford Thursday 24 March   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 31 March   Open 1
Fourball Betterball Wednesday 4 May   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Thursday 5 May   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wwednesday 11 May   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 12 May   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Thursday 12 May   Open 1
Ladies 3-Person Team Event Tuesday 17 MY   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 19 May   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Thursday 19 May   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 26 May   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Thursday 26 May   Open 1
Fourball Betterball Wednesday 1 June   Open 1
Dunboyne GAA Classic Friday 3 June
Open 1
Start of Open Week Saturday 4 June Sunday 12 June Open 7
Team Event Scramble Saturday 4 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 5 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 7 June
Open 1
Mixed Team Event Wednesday 8 June
Open 1
Singles Stableford Friday 10 June
Open 1
2-Person Team Event
Saturday 11 June
Open 1
2-Man Team Event Sunday 12 June
Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford
Thursday 16 June
Open 1
L. & G. Seniors Singles Stableford Monday 20 June   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 23 June
Open 1
Ladies 2-Person Team Event Tuesday 28 June
  Open 1
Fourball Betterball
Wednesday 29 June   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 30 June
Open 1
Navan Rotary Classic Friday 1 July
Open 1
Fr. John O'Connell Classic Monday 4 July
Open 1
2-Man Team Event
Wednesday 6 July
Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 7 July
Open 1
Seniors Singles Stableford 50+ Monday 11 July
Open 1
2-Person Team Event Wednesday 13 July
Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 14 July
Open 1
2-Person Team Event Wednesday 20 July
Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 22 July

Open 1
4-Person Team Event Sunday 24 July

Open 1
Mixed 2-Person Team Event Monday 25 July
  Open 1
Fourball Betterball
Wednesday 27 July

Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 28 July

Open 1
Club Classic
Sunday 31 July

Open 1
PGA Tankard (Q) Monday 22 August
  IPGA 1
Leinster Irish Mixed Foursomes Area Finals Sunday 28 August   G. I. 1
Ladies 3-Person Team Event Tuesday 30 August   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 1 September
Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 8 September
Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 15 September
Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 22 September

Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 29 September

Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 6 October
Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 13 October
Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 20 October
Open 1

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Card of the Course

White Par 72 SSS 72 5,978 m
Red Par 72 SSS 71 4,979 m
Green Par 72 SSS 71 5,668 m


Name Hole No. White Green Par Index Red Par Index
Tar Brooch 1 433 426 5 12 419 5 6
Lia Fail 2 374 369 4 4 324 4 4
Croppy Tree 3 447 429 5 6 357 5 16
Cuchulain's Grave 4 274 257 4 16 205 4 18
Tuatha De Grave 5 127 117 3 18 115 3 12
Royal Seat 6 309 291 4 14 243 4 14
Demon of Tara 7 401 387 4 2 344 4 2
Fin Mac Cumhaill 8 166 157 3 10 131 3 10
Mystical Road 9 459 434 5 8 380 5 8

Out 2,990 2,867 37 ? 2,518 37 ?
Rath Maeve 10 395 368 4 1 344 4 1
St. Patrick's Fire 11 159 145 3 17 116 3 17
Grainne's Curse 12 366 350 4 5 292 4 13
Ruadhain's Curse 13 160 146 3 15 130 3 15
Sloping Trenches 14 468 457 5 11 399 5 9
Feis Teamhair 15 176 164 3 13 124 3 11
Mound of the Hostages 16 388 374 4 3 322 4 3
God of Tara 17 376 344 4 7 290 4 5
Banqueting Hall 18 500 453 5 9 404 5 7

In 2,988 2,801 35
2,421 35

Total 5,978 5,668 72
5,002 72

SSS 72 71

71 ?

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record: Am. 66 Gareth Shaw (+2) 29/06/2006

Ladies Course Record: 71 Patricia Nannery (6) July 2000

Members Achievements

Royal Tara Golf Club won their regional Final in the Irish Mixed Foursomes and qualify for the All-Ireland Series at Strandhill Golf Club, Co. Sligo from Thursday 30th September to Saturday 2ND October 2021.
They met Letterkenny Golf Club in the All-Ireland Quarter-Finals on Thursday 30th September and won by 3½-matches to 1½-matches.
They were led out by Brian Reilly with Anne Donnelly who had a 1-hole win against Ryan Griffin with Kate Gallagher, they were followed by Mark Reilly with Alice Stanton who had a very comfortable 6 and 5 win against Kevin Kiely with Angela Kilgallen, next on the tee was Sean Duffy with Catherin Colgan who halved their match against Darren McMenamin with Anne Condon, in the penultimate match of Nicky Horan with Ciara O’Donoghue had one of those days when they lost out to Cian Harkin with Celine Bradley by 6 and 5 and in the bottom match Tony Maher with Deirdre Byrne booked their place in the Semi-Final when they beat Simon Stephens with Monica McDonagh by 3 and 2.

Having accounted for Letterkenny by 3½-matches to 1½-matches on the Thursday they met Rockmount Golf Club the following and lost their match by 4-matches to 1-match.
First on the tee Brian Reilly with Dolores O’Sullivan who lost their match by 4 and 3 against Ryan Wilson with Patricia McDonnell, next on the tee was Mark Reilly with Alice Stanton who lost their match by 5 and 3 against Colin McClenaghan with Rosemary McCrea, the two matches of Brian Newman with Jane Hughes against Martin and Frances Lawther and Tony Maher with Deirdre Byrne against James Roberson with Sue McDonagh were halved when called-in and the bottom match Sean Duffy with Catherine Colgan lost their match against Adam Douds with Leonie Power by 5 and 3.    

The Ladies of Royal Tara Golf Club qualified for the All-Ireland deciders of the Intermediate Cup at Limerick Golf Club on Thursday 16th September 2021 by winning their Leinster Regional Finals and were drawn against Newtownstewart Golf Club in the All-Ireland Quarter Finals; they won their match by 3-matches to 2-matches.
First on the tee was Vonie Macken who lost her match having gone up the 19th against Catherine Connolly, she was followed by Breda McGuinness who had a very comfortable 5 and 4 win against Margaret McCrossan, next up was Barbara O’Rourke who beat Marie McSorley by 4 and 2, in the penultimate match Theresa Brennan lost out to Hazel Faithful by 4 and 3 and the bottom match Deirdre Byrne went to the minimum against Caroline Ballantine.

Having accounted for the Ladies of Gort Golf Club in by 3-matches to 2-matches in the All-Ireland Quarter-Finals the previous day they met the Ladies from K Club in the Semi-Finals on the Friday and lost out by 3½-matches to 1½-matches
First on the tee was Vonie Macken who won her match by 3 and 1 against Pat Desmond, she was followed by Breda McGuinness who lost her match by 2 and 1 against Sally-Ann O’Connor, next up was Barbara O’Rourke who lost out by 6 and 4 against Carol Barry, in the penultimate match Deirdre Byrne lost out by 4 and 3 to Noreen O’Grady and in the bottom match Siobhan Magee halved her match with Beryl Bowden. 

Royal Tara Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield in 2008. They made their way to Monkstown Golf Club to try and record the clubs first green pennant in the long history of the club. The were drawn against Ulster and reigning All-Ireland Champions Warrenpoint Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Thursday 18th September 2008.

Michael Burke with Pat Martin lead against Seamus Sands with Damian Flanagan and had one-of-those-days when they lost out by 6 and 4. Next up was William Donnelly with Sean Duignan against Andrew Ferguson with Paul Devlin, they lost out by 2 and 1 to the Co. Down men. They were followed by Francis Collier with Joe Mahon, who had a very convincing 5 and 3 win over Noel Devine with Seamus Pentony. The penultimate match of Ray Reynolds with Brian Gaughran against Kieran Caldwell with Michael McGivern went 2 and 1 to Warrenpoint. The bottom match between Des Foley with Paddy O?Brien was halved with Seamus Colgan with Raymond Jackson. So it was not to be for Royal Tara Golf Club in 2008.

Royal Tara Golf Club were Leinster Champions and were All-Ireland Finalists in the Pierce Purcell Shield in 2003, when the team was, Gerry Powderly, Jack Kane, Ger Toher, Ciaran Loughlin, Peter Henshaw, Pearse O'Dwyer, Michael Moran, Paddy O'Brien, Joe Mitchell, John F. Byrne, Francis Collier, Sean Clerkin, John Moylan, Dominic O'Brien, Jim Bannon, Pat Wade, Louis Murray, Michael Clarke and Allen Foley.

They won the Kestrel Cup in 2003 and the Balcarrick Shield the same year.

Noelle Ratty won the green Medal of the inaugural Ulster Bank Al-Ireland Medal Championship at Athlone Golf Club on October 6th 2002, when she returned a score of 73.

Congratulations to Michael Knight (11), Johnny Bennett, Archie Grimes (14) and Tommy Monaghan (10). They won the Mitsubishi Electric-Irish Independent competition for the Special Olympics at Hermitage Golf Club in August 2001. Then it was on to Mount Juliet for the National Finals, where they qualified for the Grand Final in the Algarve in October where they beat Woodbrook by 4pts. Johnny Bennett was unable to travel because he was struck down with pneumonia was replaced by Club Captain Michael Goggins.

Prior to 2001:

J. Byrne participated in the Boys Home International matches in 1995.

Royal Tara Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield in 1980 and 1978.

They were Leinster Champions of the J. B. Carr Diamond Trophy in 1997, and were county champions in 2004, 2002, 1998, 1997 and 1996.

They won the Provincial Towns Cup in 1986, 1978, 1963, 1951 and 1936.

They won the Squire Ennis Trophy at Balbriggan in 1998.

They won the Hibernian Insurance Trophy in 1986.

Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;

J. Byrne represented Ireland at Irish Boys' level from 1994 to 1995 playing 4-times won 1-matches halved one and lost 2-matches accumulating 3-points;


H. McQuillan represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level in 1976 playing 3-times won 1-match halved one and lost 1-match accumulating 3-points;

History of Royal Tara

The, original Bellinter Park Golf Club was founded about 1922, by disgruntled members of the Navan Golf Club founded in 1907. In the early 1960s the Land Commission acquired the Briscoe Estate, near Bellinter, on which the club had a nine course. Enough additional land became available to allow the, club expand to an eighteen-hole between 1966-67 at which time the club changed its name to Royal Tara.

The Royal in Royal Tara refers to the proximity of the Hill of Tara, the residence of the High Kings of Ireland. In 1995, an additional nine-holes were added and in the millennium year Royal Tara opened its magnificent new clubhouse.

What the Club tells us:

Royal Tara Golf Club, situated just two kilometres off the M3 motorway just seven kilometres south of Navan, celebrated the Centenary of its foundation in 2006. It is a tree-lined 27-hole layout, offering a haven of peace for member and visitor alike. The mature beech, oak and ash trees, combined with the addition of vibrant floral colours, give an aura of beauty and tranquillity.

The History of the Club, compiled to mark the 2006 Centenary celebrations, has a foreword by Padraig Harrington who talks about his victory in the Leinster Boys’ Championship in 1988 at Royal Tara, as being his first “major”, and how that experience instilled him with confidence for his future in both Amateur and Professional golf.

Situated just beneath the storied Hill of Tara, the Club started life as Navan Golf Club, situated just 5 kilometres from its current home, when it was founded in 1906. Possessing only a leasehold interest in the lands then available them, the search for a more commanding amenity brought it to the magnificent lands of the Bellinter Estate in 1923, the site of its current amenity, and the name changed to Bellinter Park Golf Club.

It was not until the mid-60s that a new band of forward thinking and inspired members were bold and brave enough to greatly expand the potential of this unique site by acquiring a freehold amenity over the lands and immediately moved to expand the facility to 18 holes and build a new Clubhouse.

With those arrangements financed and in place, the name of the club was changed to Royal Tara Golf Club to give its location an instantly recognisable geographical location. And while the club spent the next 25 years consolidating its position as one of the true gems of Irish inland golf, in the late 1980s an opportunity to purchase additional land to move the facility from 18 holes to 27 holes was taken. The outstanding re-development of the course by Des Smyth and Declan Branigan, featured sand-based greens for all-year-round playing. Play on the magnificent new facility commenced in 1990.

These new playing attractions inspired a greatly increased membership and, after a varying number of extension designs had been carried out on the then Clubhouse, in the late 1990s a decision was taken to construct a purpose-built Clubhouse to provide all facilities which modern day golfers expects of their Club. The result was the construction of one of the country’s finest ever private club complexes that, following it’s opening in 2000, has greatly been admired by member and visitor alike.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
Angela Macken 1989 Ladies Captain
Rev. Sean Brazil 1989 Men's Captain
Kevin J. Maher 1989 President
Nuala Ward 1990 Ladies Captain
John O'Brien 1990 Men's Captain
Kevin J. Maher 1990 President
Irene Giles 1991 Ladies Captain
Tom O'Connell 1991 Men's Captain
Joe Furlong 1991 President
Bernie Ward 1992 Ladies Captain
Denis A. Smith 1992 Men's Captain
Joe Furlong 1992 President
Helen McEntagart 1993 Ladies Captain
Desmond Foley 1993 Men's Captain
Jim K. Martin 1993 President
Therese Nolan 1994 Ladies Captain
John McGrath 1994 Men's Captain
Jim K. Martin 1994 President
Ramona Mulligan 1995 Ladies Captain
Mossie McElhinney 1995 Men's Captain
Val Lyons 1995 President
Ann Battersby 1996 Ladies Captain
Vincent Lane 1996 Men's Captain
Val Lyons 1996 President
Patty Holland 1997 Ladies Captain
Tommy Byrne 1997 Men's Captain
Paddy Brady 1997 President
Eilish Boyle 1998 Ladies Captain
Larry Reynolds 1998 Men's Captain
Paddy Brady 1998 President
Ann Brady 1999 Ladies Captain
Michael Moran 1999 Men's Captain
Gary Leonard 1999 President
Marjorie Moroney 2000 Ladies Captain
Mary McKeever 2000 Ladies President
Benny Crookes 2000 Men's Captain
Kevin Honan 2000 President
Lucy Farrell 2001 Ladies Captain
Mary McKeever 2001 Ladies President
Michael Goggins 2001 Men's Captain
Kevin Honan 2001 President
Marie McGrath 2002 Ladies Captain
Eithne McDonough 2002 Ladies President
Michael Burke 2002 Men's Captain
Kevin Honan 2002 President
Maureen McElhinney 2003 Ladies Captain
Eithne McDonough 2003 Ladies President
Jim Bannon 2003 Men's Captain
Dominic O'Brien 2003 President
Bernie Lane 2004 Ladies Captain
Mary Dowd 2004 Ladies President
Paddy O'Brien 2004 Men's Captain
Dominic O'Brien 2004 President
Marie Foley 2005 Ladies Captain
Mary Dowd 2005 Ladies President
Gerard Branigan 2005 Men's Captain
Dennis Smyth 2005 President
Breda Farrell 2006 Ladies Captain
Mary Moloney? 2006 Ladies President
Liam Murphy 2006 Men's Captain
Dennis Smyth 2006 President
Aida O'Gorman 2007 Ladies Captain
Mary Moloney 2007 Ladies President
Dave Byrne 2007 Men's Captain
John O'Brien 2007 President
Liz Turley 2008 Ladies Captain
Peg Honan 2008 Ladies President
John F. Byrne 2008 Men's Captain
John M. O'Brien 2008 President
Vonie Macken 2009 Ladies Captain
Peg Honan 2009 Ladies President
Damian Usher 2009 Men's Captain
Larry Reynolds 2009 President
Maureen Scannell 2010 Ladies Captain
Margot Martin 2010 Ladies President
Paul Brady 2010 Men's Captain
Larry Reynolds 2010 President
Deirdre Byrne 2011 Ladies Captain
Margot Martin 2011 Ladies President
Padraig Hoey 2011 Men's Captain
Larry Reynolds 2011 President
Sandra Collins 2012 Ladies Captain
Ramona Mulligan 2012 Ladies President
Francis Collier 2012 Men's Captain
Tom O'Connell 2012 President
Alice Collier 2013 Ladies Captain
Ramona Mulligan 2013 Ladies President
Noel Rowland 2013 Men's Captain
Tom O'Connell 2013 President
Vera Boyle 2014 Ladies Captain
Irene Giles 2014 Ladies President
John Kirwan 2014 Men's Captain
John McGrath 2014 President
Marie Nolan-Steen 2015 Ladies Captain
Irene Giles 2015 Ladies President
Ray Reynolds 2015 Men's Captain
John McGrath 2015 President
Colette Bedford 2016 Ladies Captain
Therese Nolan
2016 Ladies President
Paddy Ward 2016 Men's Captain
Mossie McElhinney
2016 President
Ann Finegan 2017 Ladies Captain
Marjorie Moroney 2017 Ladies President
Chris Farrell 2017 Men's Captain
Michael Moran 2017 President
Therese Kirwan 2018 Ladies Captain
Maureen Mcelhinney 2018 Ladies President
Dr. Declan Bedford 2018 Men's Captain
Benny Crookes 2018 President
Margaret Keane 2019 Ladies Captain
Ann Lynch 2019 Ladies President
Larry O'Rourke 2019 Men's Captain
Michael Goggins 2019 President
Siobhan Magee 2020 Ladies Captain
Sheila Murray 2020 Ladies President
Seán Brennan 2020 Men's Captain
Liam Lynch 2020 President
Barbara O'Rourke 2021 Ladies Captain
Maree McGrath 2021 Ladies President
Seán Brennan 2021 Men's Captain
Liam Lynch 2021 President
Regina Lynch 2022 Ladies Captain
Breeda Farrell 2022 Ladies President
Bob Turley 2022 Men's Captain
Jim Bannon 2022 President
Alice Davis (6) 2022 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Ann Gorman (6)
2022 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Paul Cullen 2022 Lowest Men's Handicap
A. Duffy 2022 Lowest Men's Handicap
Mark O'Rourke (-0.8) 2022 Lowest Men's Handicap
Andrew Lynch 2022 Lowest Men's Handica

Holes in One at Royal Tara

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Dominic O'Brien 21 September 1997 11th
149 m
Carmel Drum 18 July 1999 13th
155 m
Vera Barry 1 July 2000 11th
115 m
Vincent Byrne 7 July 2001 5th
117 m
Mark Byrne 16 August 2004 8th
172 m
Con Sullivan 1 September 2004 15th 5 wood 164 m
Dominic O'Brien 11 June 2005 5th
127 m
Maureen McElhinney 11 July 2006 11th
116 m
Lucy Farrell 24 February 2009 5th
116 m
L. Turley 20 February 2016 11th   116 m