Esker Hills golf club Offaly

Esker Hills golf course Offaly

Esker Hills Golf Course

Esker Hills Club Crest can only congradulate Shane on winning his first Major when he won the Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club on Sunday 21st July 2019 with a score of 279 15 under to win by 6 shots ahead of Tommy Fleetwood and collect a cheque for $1,935,000 which he enjoyed spending for the next week or two!! would like to congratulate Shane on his magnificent performance at the US Open Championship at Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania from 13th to 19th June 2016
In a weather disrupted Championship Shane brought a 4-shot lead into the last 18-holes having shot 2-under on the Sunday morning final 4-holes of his 3rd Round (I had a few euro on him and expected to collect, that golf) however he finished tied 2nd behind Justin Johnson and collected a cheque for $745,270 and I will be having a few euro on him again. 
Esker Hills Golf Club is the home club of another up-and-coming Irish Golfer, Shane Lowry, who won the Irish Open Championship as an Amateur at Co. Louth/Baltray on 16th May 2009. Shane the son of Brendan who won an All-Ireland Football Final, with his two brothers in the process denying Kerry of the 5-in-a-row in 1982.
More than 10,000 years ago the retreating glaciers of the Ice Age created the stunning landscape of plateaux, sweeping valleys, natural lakes and free draining soil on which Esker Hills is built. Add the genius of Christy O’Connor Jnr and you have a golfing gem in a unique setting with 18-holes of challenging championship golf where no two holes are remotely alike. Noted for its distinct links feel, superb sand-based greens and warm welcome, Esker Hills is the ultimate golfing test and one that you will certainly remember.

"Designing Esker Hills gave me enormous satisfaction, plotting the course through nature’s own sand-hills and valleys. Esker Hills is the only inland links type course I know of, which makes golf a pleasure all year round".

So said designer Christy Jnr.

Esker Hills was voted the No. 74-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2020 (Down-1);

Esker Hills was voted the No. 73-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2019 (Same);

Esker Hills was voted the No. 73-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2018 (Same);

Esker Hills was voted the No. 74-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2016 (Down-1);

Esker Hills was voted the No. 73-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2016 (Down-2);

Esker Hills was voted the No. 71-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2015 (Up-1);

Esker Hills was voted the No. 72-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2014 (Up-10);

Esker Hills was voted the No. 82-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2012;

Esker Hills was voted the No. 99-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2010;

Esker Hills was voted the No. 75-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2009;

Esker Hills was voted the No. 65-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2008;

Green Fees Sunday to Friday: €35
Saturday & B.H.: €45
Green Fees with a Member: €25
Green Fees for Opens: €20
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: No
Buggy Hire: €30
Soft Spikes: Preferred
Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee: €767
Entrance Fee: None
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 18
Members 249
Designer Christy O'Connor Jnr.
Founded 1996

Co. Offaly

Telephone 057-93-55999
Website Esker Hills golf club website
Office Manager: Ray Molloy
Captain: Henry Moyles
Lady Captain: Marie Guinan
Presidents': Donal Molloy & Dolores Molloy
Vice-Captains': Ger Egan & Anna Kavanagh
Hon. Secretary: Greg Odd & Regina O’Regan
Club Pro: Shane Lowry Touring Pro.
Hon. Treasurer: Gerry Buckley & Regina O’Regan
Comp. Secretary: Dermot Heffernan
Esker Hills Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
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General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: 8.00am to 10.30pm
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering, facilities Days to Avoid: None
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Midweek & Weekends Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance

Esker Hills Golf Club Fixtures 2022 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2022 (Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Captain's Drive-In Tuesay
  Closed 1
Captain's Prize Sunday 31 July
  Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Sunday 31 July   Closed 1
L. & G. 4-Person Champagne Scramble Sunday 20 March   Open 1
Junior Scratch Cup (5 to 9) Sunday 12 June   Open
Inter. Scratch Cup (10 to 18) Sunday 12 June   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 9 June    Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 16 June    Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 23 June
  Open 1
Open Weekend Friday 1 July Sunday 3 July Open 3
Open Weekend Saturday 2 July   Open 1
Open Weekend Sunday 3 July   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 7 July    Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 14 July   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 21 July
  Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 28 July
  Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 4 August   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 11 August   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 18 August   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 25 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

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Card of the Course

White Par 70 SSS 69 6,067 yd?s
Red Par 72 SSS 71 5,063 yd?s
Green Par 70 SSS 68 5,766 yd?s
Blue Par 70 SSS 71 6,461 yd?s


Hole No. Blue White Green Par Index Red Par Index
1 489
470 428 5 17 404 5 7
2 357 339 326 4 14 317 4 9
3 480
457 422 4 1 393 5 11
4 396 363 351 4 5 283 4 5
5 175 165 153 3 15 133 3 17
6 523 500 482 5 9 425 5 1
7 430 394 381 4 3 308 4 3
8 346 335 326 4 13 283 4 13
9 176 162 135 3 7 121 3 15
Out 3,372 3,185 3,004 36   2,667 37  
10 303 280 271 4 18 232 4 16
11 408 387 375 4 4 327 4 4
12 397 351 338 4 12
284 4 10
13 197 162 139 3 16 98 3 18
14 347 337 319 4 10 301
4 8
15 188 171 158 3 11
109 3 12
16 415
400 400 4
18 388 5 14
17 445 420 404
4 2 337 4 2
18 389 374 358 4 6
320 4 6
In 3,089 2,882 2,762 34   2,396 35  
Total 6,461 6,067 5,766 70   5,063 72  
SSS 71 69
68     71    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record: 65 Shane Lowry 18/09/205 (0) Pro. 71 Richey Coughlin

Ladies Course Record:

Members Achievements

On Sunday 16th May 2009, Shane Lowry defied the odds when competing in his first Professional Tournament won The 3 Irish Open Championship at Baltray, Co. Louth Golf Club. In very difficult conditions he returned a score of-17 to tie the Championship with Robert Rock of England. He carded a score of 62 on the Friday, the course record stood at 64, before the 3 Irish Open was staged.

The Irish Open has had more play-offs than any on the European Tour and 2009 was no different, Shane and Rock went back down the par-5 18th playing as the 2nd most difficult on the day, the 1st play off hole was halved in par, the 74th was halved in birdie and the climax on the 3rd play-off say Shane have a tap-in to clinch the Championship, with a first prize of €500,000. As one of only two Amateurs in the field, which included Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood, Daren Clarke, Rory McElroy, John Daly and many other household names, the young man from Clara joined an elite band of first-time winners and became the second Irish Armature Golfer ever to win a Professional event, David Sheehan of Grange having done it at The Royal Dublin many years ago.

Shane is the son of All-Ireland Offaly footballer Brendan, who together with his two brothers was on the famous team that denied Kerry of the 5-in-a-row in 1982. Ironically Shane joins another band of unique Irish Golfers, whose fathers played football for their counties and became winners on the European Tour, Padraig Harrington’s late father Paddy played for his native Cork and Paul McGinley’s father Mick played for Donegal, and for good measure Noel Fox’s father, played for Dublin.

However Shane’s achievement of taking his own Open Championship as an Amateur in front of a huge partisan gallery is almost unbelievable, but somebody besides himself did believe it as he had a €300 bet at 1,000 to 1 on Shane.

Shane was runner-up to David Crosby of Royal Lytham in the West of Ireland Amateur Open Championship at Rosses Point on Tuesday 14 April 2009, when beaten on the 19th just failing to repeat Rory McIlroy’s double in 2006, 2005 and Nial Goulding in 1991 and 1990.

Shane Lowry won the North of Ireland Amateur Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club in 2008, having won the West of Ireland at Rosses Point Golf Club the previous Easter.

GoGolfing congratulate Shane Lowry , who together with Paul Cutler (Portstewart Golf Club), Gareth Shaw (Lurgan Golf Club), Niall Kearney (The Royal Dublin Golf Club), Jonathan Caldwell (Clandeboye Golf Club) retained the European Amateur Team Championship at Turin Heat on Saturday 5th July 2008, when they beat England in the final by 4 ½ matches to 2 ½.

GoGolfing would like to congratulate Shane Lowry on being part of the victorious Irish Team that won the European Amateur Championship at Western Gailes on the Ayrshire Cost, on Saturday 7th July 2007, when they overcame a strong French team by 4 ½ matches to 2 ½ matches. Ireland had not won this Championship since 1987, the other members of the team were Rory McIlroy (Hollywood Golf Club), Jonathan Caldwell (Clandeboye Golf Club), Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge Golf Club), Simon Ward (Co. Louth), well done lads and we will continue to follow your progress in the years to come.

Having won his first Amateur Major in the AIB Irish Amateur Close Championship at Cork Golf Club in 2007 when he record a 4 and 3 win over Niall Turner of Muskerry Golf Club, Shane Lowry begun the 2008 season in some style. He won the Radisson SAS Sligo West of Ireland Amateur Championship at Co. Sligo Golf Club when he beat Des Morgan of Mullingar Golf Club by 2 and 1on Wednesday 26th March.

He and his fellow Irish team-mates then travelled to Royal Sotogrande in Spain to compete in the European Cup of Nations where he followed up Rory McIlroy’s achievement in 2007, to clinch the individual title when he beat the European Champion Benjamin Hebert at the fifth play-off hole.

The Irish team comprised of Niall Kearney The Royal Dublin Golf Club, Cian Curley Newlands Golf Club, Paul Cutler Portstewart Golf Club, they finished 2nd behind Scotland in the overall result, well done lads.

Shane Lowry won the Connacht Youths' Open Championship at Ballinasloe Golf Club 31st August 2006, he returned rounds of 73 and 68 to beat T. Walsh of Claremorris Golf Club by a single shot.

Shane Lowry was selected to represent Ireland at the Boys' Home Internationals played at Woodhall Spa, Lioncolnshire from 2nd to 4th August 2005.

Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;

Shane Lowry represented Ireland as a Senior International from 2006 to 2008 playing 29-times won 18-matches halved one and lost 10-matches accumulating 37-points. He represented Ireland at international Youths level in 2006 playing 4-matches, won 3-match halved one accumulating 7-points. He represented Ireland at Irish Boys level in 2005 playing 9-times won 4-matches halved two and lost 3-matches accumulating 10-points. He represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 2006 to 2008 playing 18-times won 10-matches halved two and lost 6-matches accumulating 22-points. He represented Leinster as a Youth Interprovincial from 2006 to 2007 playing 12-times won 5-matches halved one and lost 6-matches accumulating 11-points. He represented Leinster at Boys' Interprovincial level from 2004 to 2005 playing 11-times won 8-matches halved one and lost 2-matches accumulating 17-points;

History of Esker Hills

More than 10,000 years ago the unique landscape of Offaly was powerfully sculpted by the awesome natural forces of the dying Ice Age. As the great glaciers retreated, they left in their wake narrow ridges of sand and gravel which were deposited by the streams of water that had once flowed in tunnels beneath the melting ice. These ridges now comprise the magical Esker Riada, from which the course gets its name.
Research has shown that a nine hole golf course existed for a number of years adjacent to the present 16th tee. The revival of golf in this ideal natural location was the brainchild of the Molloy and O'Brien families. Christy O' Connor Jnr commenced his work in 1994 and working with Tom Byan as main contractor, he has with minimum soil disturbance plotted a marvellous course through natures own sandhills and sweeping valleys.
Excellent, natural drainage is one of the more obvious advantages the terrain offers golf-course construction. Then there are the dramatic undulations of valleys and plateaux which, along with natural lakes and woodlands, provide splendid design features.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
Anne Burns 1997 Ladies Captain
M. Dalton 1997 Men's Captain
Dan Molloy 1997 President
Anna Kavanagh 1998 Ladies Captain
P. J. Murphy 1998 Men's Captain
Dan Molloy 1998 President
Suzanne Heffernan 1999 Ladies Captain
L. Boland 1999 Men's Captain
Dan Molloy 1999 President
Mary McGill 2000 Ladies Captain
P. Wynne 2000 Men's Captain
Dan Molloy 2000 President
Joan Murphy 2001 Ladies Captain
Joe Monaghan 2001 Men's Captain
Dan Molloy 2001 President
Joan Murphy 2002 Ladies Captain
Sean Berry 2002 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2002 President
Regina O'Regan 2003 Ladies Captain
John O'Shea 2003 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2003 President
Rosaleen Duignan 2004 Ladies Captain
Ben Duignan 2004 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2004 President
Aislinn Hackett 2005 Ladies Captain
Donal Hackett 2005 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2005 President
Anne Duignan 2006 Ladies Captain
Robert Dunne 2006 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2006 President
Caroline Guinan 2007 Ladies Captain
Dolores Molloy 2007 Ladies President
Kevin O'Regan 2007 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2007 President
Caroline Guinan 2008 Ladies Captain
Dolores Molloy 2008 Ladies President
Kevin O'Regan 2008 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2008 President
Carmel Harty 2009 Ladies Captain
Dolores Molloy 2009 Ladies President
Frank Ryan 2009 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2009 President
Winnie O'Connell 2010 Ladies Captain
Dolores Molloy 2010 Ladies President
Frank Thompson 2010 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2010 President
Winnie O'Connell 2011 Ladies Captain
Dolores Molloy 2011 Ladies President
Sean Doolan 2011 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2011 President
Lelia Dunne 2012 Ladies Captain
Dolores Molloy 2012 Ladies President
Luke Mannering 2012 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2012 President
Catherine Horan
2013 Ladies Captain
Dolores Molloy 2013 Ladies President
Pat Clavin 2013 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2013 President
Lorretto Flynn 2014 Ladies Captain
Dolores Molloy 2014 Ladies President
Tommy Scanlon 2014 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2014 President
Regina O'Regan 2015 Ladies Captain
Dolores Molloy 2015 Ladies President
John Boland 2015 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2015 President
Deirdre Molloy
2016 Ladies Captain
Dolores Molloy 2016 Ladies President
Greg Odd 2016 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2016 President
Rosaleen Duignan 2017 Ladies Captain
Deirdre Molloy 2017 Ladies President
Ger Fitzpatrick
2017 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2017 President
Winnie O’Connell 2018 Ladies Captain
Deirdre Molloy 2018 Ladies President
Kevin Minnock 2018 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2018 President
Aislinn Hackett 2019 Ladies Captain
Deirdre Molloy 2019 Ladies President
Paul Rabbette 2019 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2019 President
Paulette Power 2020 Ladies Captain
Deirdre Molloy 2020 Ladies President
Tommy Newman 2020 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2020 President
Emer Molloy 2021 Ladies Captain
Deirdre Molloy
2021 Ladies President
Gerry Buckley 2021 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy
2021 President
Marie Guinan 2022 Ladies Captain
Deirdre Molloy
2022 Ladies President
Henry Moyles 2022 Men's Captain
Donal Molloy 2022 President
 (5) 2022 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Alan Lowry (-1.0) 2022 Lowest Men's Handicap
Christopher Rabbette (2.4)
2022 Lowest Men's Handicap

Shane Lowry (+5) now Pro.

2022 Lowest Men's Handicap

Holes in One at Esker Hills

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Michael Jones Jnr. 1 July 1997 13th   196 yd’s
Michael Jones Jnr. 1 September 1997 13th   196 yd’s
Pat Heffernan 1 October 1997 9th   179 yd’s
Ivan Ginnelly 1998 9th   179 yd’s
Mark O’Shea 1998 15th   187 yd’s
Patrick Taylor 2000 9th   179 yd’s
Michael Kilmartin 2001 13th   196 yd’s
Liam Wyer 18 August 2006 5th   156 yd’s
Brendan Lowry 29 December 2006 5th   156 yd’s
Paul Rabbette 11 February 2007 5th   167 yd’s
Sean Doolan 13 May 2007 9th   179 yd’s
Robert Dunne 27 April 2008 13th   159 yd’s
Gerard Lacey 20 September 2009 15th   167 yd’s
Shane Lowry 10 April 2016 16th Agusta National
181 yd's