Virginia golf club Cavan

Virginia golf course Cavan

Virginia Golf Course

Virginia Club Crest

Located in the grounds of The Park Hotel just outside Virginia Town, this very scenic golf course is a pleasure to play. Straddling Lough Ramor the course has six additional tee boxes making for greater verity as you play the 18-holes.

The fairways are tight and the course is awash with mature trees requiring accuracy and good club selection together with a delicate touch around the greens. A short course measuring only 4,134 metres with a standard scratch of 62 and a most unusual course record of 57 shot by G. Eagleton on 25th July 1993. The Ladies course measures 4,139 metres with a Par of 67 and a standard scratch of 65.

The Virginia Golf Club provides a unique test of golfing skill for all standards of players and with mature landscaping and breath-taking lake views it has all the ingredients for a wonderful round of golf. Founded in 1945 by Mrs Helen McDonnell of the Park Hotel it is located on the shores of beautiful Lough Ramor, easily accessible from the N3.
Virginia Golf Club has held a special place in the heart of many a golfer and we are delighted to welcome all members and visitors; we hope you will enjoy your golfing experience here. As a club we pride ourselves on the heart-warming camaraderie among the membership which is a key element of what makes Virginia Golf Club so special.  
What Visitors Say:
“Tt's a tough little 9-hole course which is far harder than it looks. The setting is beautiful on the shores of Lough Ramor but it’s the friendliness of the members that was the clincher for me.”
“Small club with a very friendly atmosphere where everyone is made welcome. Beautiful testing course with fabulous panoramic views.”

Green Fees Midweek: €15
Green Fees Weekends & B.H. €15
Green Fees with a Member: €15
Practice Area: No
Club Hire: €15 Yes
Buggy Hire: No
Soft spikes: Yes
Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee:
Full New Membership Fee Yesr-1: €240
Full Senior Membership Fee: €250
Full Country Membership Fee: €200
Full Student Membership Fee: €60
Full Juvenile Membership Fee: €35
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 9
Members 244
Designer Nature
Founded 1945

Park Hotel,
Cavan Road,
Co. Cavan

Telephone 049-8548066
Website Virginia golf club website
Secretary/Manager:  Patrick Murphy
Captain: Liam Murphy
Lady Captain: Linda Gill
President: Declan Smith
Chairperson: Peadar Gill
Vice-Captains': Paul Bates & Mary Coyle
Hon. Secretary: Pat Murphy, Canice Hogan & Ita Taite
Club Pro.: None
Hon. Treasurer: Pat Murphy, Fintan O’Malley & Isobel Davidson
Comp. Secretary: Hugh Fitzpatrick & Ann Kinsella
Virginia 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: Daylight hours
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim
Catering: None Days to Avoid: Tuesdays & Sundays
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days Pre-booking for open Tournaments: 14 Days in advance

Virginia Golf Club Fixtures 2023 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2023 (Confirmed)        
Event* Start Finish Type Duration
Captains' Drive-In Sunday 9 April
  Closed 1
Lady Vice-Captain's Prize Thursday 11 May   Closed 1
President's Prize to the Ladies Saturday 24 June
Sunday 25 June Closed 2
President's Prize to the Ladies Sunday 25 June
  Closed 1
President's Prize Day 1
Saturday 24 June
Sunday 25 June
Closed 2
President's Prize Day 2
Sunday 25 June
  Closed 1
Ladies Captain's Prize Thursday 20 July   Closed 1
Ladies Captain's Prize to the Men Thursday 20 July   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Day to the Ladies Thursday 3 August   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Day 1
Saturday 5 August Sunday 6 August Closed 2
Captain's Prize Day 1
Sunday 6 August
  Closed 1
Captain's Prize Day 2 Saturday 12 August Sunday 13 August
Closed 2
Captain's Prize Day 2
Sunday 13 August   Closed 1
Vice-Captain's Prize Saturday 9 September Sunday 10 September
Closed 2
Vice-Captain's Prize Sunday 10 September   Closed 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Thursday 18 May   Open 1
Virginia Golf Club Classic Friday 2 June
Saturday 3 June Open 2
Virginia Golf Club Classic Saturday 3 June
  Open 1
Ladies 3-Person Waltz Thursday 10 August   Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

White Par 64 SS 62 4,139 m
Red Par 67 SSS 65 4,139 m


Hole No. White Par Index Red Par Index
1 167 3 5
167 3 6
2 281 4 8 281 4 4
3 244 4 18 244 4 15
4 282 4 11 282 4 9
5 270 4 14 270 4 12
6 225 3 1 225 4 10
7 123 3 16 123 3 17
8 309 4 6
309 4 1
9 137 3 10 137 3 11
Out 2,038 32   2,039 33  
10 218 3 2 218 4 16
11 281 4 13
281 4 5
12 204 3 3 204 4 18
13 282 4 9
282 4 8
14 256 4 17
256 4 13
15 262 4 7
262 4 3
16 163 3 12 163 3 7
17 308 4 4
308 4 2
18 127 3 15 127 3 14
In 2,101 32   2,102 34  
Total 4,139 64   4,139 67  
SSS 62     65    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record: 61 Stephen Smith 18/09/2022

Ladies Course Record:

Members Achievements

In 2015, club member Stephen Smith represented Ireland at the Belfry, came 6th overall and helped the Irish team to secure a memorable victory

Lady Captain Mary Halligan and her Captain's Prize winner Bernadette Daly got through in the last regional qualifier of the Volkswagen-Irish Independent Lady Captain's Classic at Headfort Golf Club in September 2001. Mary playing off 27 and Bernadette of 26 posted a score of 35 points. They booked their place in the National Finals at Druid's Glen on the 1st of October. 

Prior to 2001:

Virginia got to the quarter-finals of the Ulster Cup in 2000.

History of Virginia

What the Club tells us:

The Club was founded in 1945 by the late Mrs Helen McDonnell of the Park Hotel in the grounds of which the course is located. Mrs McDonnell laid out the course assisted by Major Bennett, an engineer with the British Army, who happened to be staying in the hotel at that time.   The tees were built up with stones from the lake shore, ferried by donkey and cart.  In 1953 her son, Barry, and his wife Helen Junior took over the management of the Hotel and arranged an agreement and nominal rent with the Club to maintain the course.  Up to then the fairways were cut with a mower pulled by two horses and it took two days to do same.  The greens were cut with a hand mower borrowed from the hotel.

As club funds grew during the 1960’s the club could afford to hire a tractor to cut the fairways. A major turning point came in the early 1970’s when Mannix Smith, a successful business man and Captain in 1972 donated a tractor to the Club.  Mannix was owner and managing director of a very successful ladies wear business in Dublin called Janelle.  He also presented two cups, the Janelle Cups to the club which were awarded to the winners of an Open Mixed Foursome Match play Competition. This competition put Virginia on the map as players came from all over to compete. The fixture list appeared in the national newspapers as over 120 players took part.  It was run over two weeks and the presentation took place in the Park Hotel.  Throughout the early 1970’s the Janelle Competition attracted huge crowds of spectators and the 10th tee became known as “the Hogan Stand” as people vied for the best vantage point.  The Park Hotel encouraged by its then owners Helen McDonnell provided a welcoming recluse for all, winners and losers and provided a great social outlet for the club at that time.

The ladies section was very strong in those early days and two ladies in particular brought great honour to the club, Mrs Julie English and Miss Miriam Arnold.  Playing in “the Daily Mail Foursomes” Competition these ladies won the All Ireland Finals in 1966, 1969 and 1972.  They travelled the length and breadth of the country at their own expense and went on to represent Ireland in the Home Internationals reaching the final on one occasion and the semi-finals on the other two. 

While the gents have had some local success in the Cavan-Monaghan Alliance and Treacy Cup Competitions, our most noteworthy success on a National basis was in the Ulster Cup in the early 1990’s.  This competition is a club match play, one on a home and away basis, with an individual handicap limit of 10.  Although very limited in its narrow choice of players, Virginia took the scalps of some notable large clubs such as Malone, Mourne, Ardglass and Screbo.  However, the most famous victory of all was the defeat of Royal Portrush who had great difficulty in locating Virginia on the map at the onset. This victory became a much talked about achievement not only around Virginia but throughout Ulster clubs generally.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
Mrs. A. Brady 1989 Ladies Captain
Mrs. Eva Williams 1989 Ladies President
Phil Ward 1989 Men's Captain
Dr. H. Hession 1989 President
Mrs. E. Murphy 1990 Ladies Captain
Mrs T. Brady 1990 Ladies President
Wilson Green 1990 Men's Captain
Dr. H. Hession 1990 President
Mrs. P. O'Reilly 1991 Ladies Captain
Mrs. B. Halloran 1991 Ladies President
Frank McEvoy 1991 Men's Captain
Dr. H. Hession 1991 President
Mrs. H. O'Reilly 1992 Ladies Captain
Mrs. O. Steenson 1992 Ladies President
Seamus Sheridan 1992 Men's Captain
Dr. H. Hession 1992 President
Mrs. K. Caffrey 1993 Ladies Captain
Mrs. D. Cronin 1993 Ladies President
P. J. Earl 1993 Men's Captain
Mr. M. J. Costello 1993 President
Mrs. B. Sheridan 1994 Ladies Captain
Mrs. A. O'Malley 1994 Ladies President
Tom Hutchinson 1994 Men's Captain
Mr. M. J. Costello 1994 President
Mrs. E. Williams 1995 Ladies Captain
Mrs M. Whelan 1995 Ladies President
Victor Nesbitt 1995 Men's Captain
Mr. M. J. Costello 1995 President
Mrs. A. Duffy 1996 Ladies Captain
Mrs. H. O'Reilly 1996 Ladies President
Michael Murphy 1996 Men's Captain
M. F. O'Reilly 1996 President
Mrs. F. Gibney 1997 Ladies Captain
Mrs. P. O'Reilly 1997 Ladies President
Pat O'Connor 1997 Men's Captain
Mr. F. O'Reilly 1997 President
Mrs. A. O'Malley 1998 Ladies Captain
Mrs. M. Bowles 1998 Ladies President
Ollie O'Dwyer 1998 Men's Captain
Mr. F. O'Reilly 1998 President
Brid Halloran 1999 Ladies Captain
Mrs. M. Curran 1999 Ladies President
Joe Green 1999 Men's Captain
Mr. Phil Ward 1999 President
Mrs. Dolores O'Brien 2000 Ladies Captain
Mrs F. Gibney 2000 Ladies President
Mr. Seamus Kearney 2000 Men's Captain
Leonard Brady 2000 President
Mary Halligan 2001 Ladies Captain
  2001 Ladies President
Sean Callaghan 2001 Men's Captain
  2001 President
  2002 Ladies Captain
  2002 Ladies President
Pauric Caffrey 2002 Men's Captain
  2002 President
Sheila Courtney 2003 Ladies Captain
Catherine Flood 2003 Ladies President
Pat O'Reilly 2003 Men's Captain
Frank Dolan 2003 President
Mary McDonagh 2004 Ladies Captain
  2004 Ladies President
Peadar Reynolds 2004 Men's Captain
Frank Dolan 2004 President
Margaret Ormiston 2005 Ladies Captain
Eilish Reynolds 2005 Ladies President
Charlie Gillick 2005 Men's Captain
Stanley Bowles 2005 President
Maureen Curran 2006 Ladies Captain
Eilish Reynolds 2006 Ladies President
Seamus O'Meara 2006 Men's Captain
Stanley Bowles 2006 President
Eilish Reynolds 2007 Ladies Captain
  2007 Ladies President
Ray Clarke 2007 Men's Captain
Seamus Sheridan 2007 President
Teresa O'Reilly 2008 Ladies Captain
Marese Callaghan 2008 Ladies President
Paddy McCabe 2008 Men's Captain
Seamus Sheridan 2008 President
Maureen Donoghue 2009 Ladies Captain
Marese Callaghan 2009 Ladies President
Tom Lynch 2009 Men's Captain
Seamus Sheridan 2009 President
Maureen Donoghue 2010 Ladies Captain
Mary Halligan 2010 Ladies President
Patrick Murphy 2010 Men's Captain
Peter Callaghan 2010 President
Carol McEnroe 2011 Ladies Captain
Kay Lynch 2011 Ladies President
Ray Foley 2011 Men's Captain
Peter Callaghan 2011 President
Elizabeth Murphy 2012 Ladies Captain
Ann Courtney 2012 Ladies President
Michael Keating 2012 Men's Captain
Seamus O'Meara 2012 President
Pauline Hutchinson 2013 Ladies Captain
Emily McHugo
2013 Ladies President
John Mulvany 2013 Men's Captain
Seamus O'Meara 2013 President
Isobel Davidson 2014 Ladies Captain
Angela O'Dwyer 2014 Ladies President
Peadar Gill 2014 Men's Captain
Seamus O'Meara 2014 President
Sara Loftus 2015 Ladies Captain
Moira Blacklock 2015 Ladies President
Peter Kermath 2015 Men's Captain
Victor Nesbitt
2015 President
 Pauline Clarke 2016 Ladies Captain
Bernie Flynn
2016 Ladies President
Gary Corcoran
2016 Men's Captain
Victor Nesbitt
2016 President
Moira Blacklock
2017 Ladies Captain
Sheila Courtney
2017 Ladies President
Sean McEvoy 2017 Men's Captain
Victor Nesbitt
2017 President
Marese Callaghan 2018 Ladies Captain
Margaret Ormiston 2018 Ladies President
Martin Sherry 2018 Men's Captain
Tom Hutchinson 2018 President
Regina O'Brien 2019 Ladies Captain
Maureen Donohoe 2019 Ladies President
Pat Murphy 2019 Men's Captain
Tom Hutchinson 2019 President
Veronica Donnellan 2020 Ladies Captain
Marie Gillick 2020 Ladies President
Declan Smith 2020 Men's Captain
Tom Hutchinson
2020 President
Angela O’Dwyer 2021 Ladies Captain
Marie Gillick 2021 Ladies President
Vivian Connell 2021 Men's Captain
Michael Callaghan 2021 President
Emily McHugo 2022 Ladies Captain
Arthur Tormay 2022 Men's Captain
Isobel Davidson 2022 President
Linda Gill 2023 Ladies Captain
Liam Murphy 2023 Men's Captain
Declan Smith 2023 President
Dolores O'Brien (14) 2023 Lowest Ladies H'cap
Stephen Smith 2023 Lowest Men's H'cap
Gerry Eagleton (5) 2023 Lowest Men's H'cap

Holes in One at Virginia

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Michael Staunton 23 April 1995 9th   137 m
Michael Staunton 17 May 1995 7th   127 m
Michael N. Murphy 21 July 1996 9th   137 m
Gerry Hopkins 23 June 1997 9th   137 m
Pat Joe Monaghan 1 May 1998 12th 3 Wood 204 m
May Brady 1 August 1998 18th   127 m
Michael Staunton 1 August 1998 16th 4 Iron 163 m
Michael Staunton 17 August 1998 7th   123 m
Anne Courtney 3 August 1999 7th   123 m
Finbar O'Reilly 22 June 2000 9th   137 m
Joe Greene 21 October 2001 18th   123 m
PJ Farrelly 23 May 2004 16th   163 m
Stanley Bowles 19 August 2007 10th   239 m
Joseph Graydon 14 March 2022