Ballybofey and Stranorlar golf club Donegal

Ballybofey and Stranorlar golf course Donegal

Ballybofey and Stranorlar Golf Course

Ballybofey and Stranorlar Club Crest

Designed by course architect P.C. Carr, so as every club in the bag is required, which is the mark of any good course. At 5,378, meters par-68 with a standard scratch of 68 off the blue tees. Ballybofey and Stranorlar Golf Club has become one of the most admired courses in this part of the country in recent years. The members and visitors enjoy one of the most parkland tests in Ireland.

Set on undulating parkland, with all the fairways tree lines and picturesque views of the Donegal Mountains and the Valley of the Finn River. The 7th a 421 metres par-4 played around Lough Alan, with the clubhouse towering in the background creates a magnificent setting complemented with the stunning views, sums up this fine course.

There is a state of the art clubhouse where the visitor is assured of a warm welcome and all the facilities one expects at a top class golf club.

Green Fees Midweek:

€15

Green Fees Weekends & B.H.:

€20

Green Fees with a Member:

€15/20

Green Fees for Opens:

€15

Practice Area:

Yes

Club Hire:

Yes

Trolley Hire:

Yes

Soft Spikes:

No

Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee: €510
Full Junior Membership Fee: €100
Entrance Fee: None
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 18
Members 447
Designer P. J. Carr
Founded 1958
Address

The Glebe,
Stranorlar,
Co. Donegal

Telephone 074-9131093
Email info@bsgc.ie
Website Ballybofey and Stranorlar golf club website

Hon. Secretary:

P. J. McGowan

Captain:

Bernard Foy

Lady Captain:

Kay Stewart

President:

John Bradley

Vice-Captains':

Gerry Driver & Josephine Stewart

Hon. Secretary:

P. J. McGowan & Kathleen Byrne

Club Pro:

Jimmy Gallagher

Hon. Treasurer:

Martin Dillon & Anne O'Meara

Comp. Secretary: John Fleming & Margaret Hynes
Communications: Sean Carlin
Ballybofey and Stranorlar Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
Lat:54.808846
Long:-7.752142
*Please check information before travelling

General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours

Clubhouse opening hours: 11.00am to 12.00pm

Mobile phones: Not on course

Dress Code: Neat and Casual, no denim

Catering: Full catering, Facilities

Days to Avoid: Mondays and Tuesdays mornings

Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other Days

Pre-booking for open tournaments: 14 days in advance

Ballybofey and Stranorlar Golf Club Fixtures 2017 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2017 (to be Confirmed)        

Event

Start

Finish

Type

Duration

Captains' Drive-In

Sunday 1 January

 

Closed

1

Captain's Prize Saturday 15 July Sunday 16 July Closed 2
Captain's Prize Sunday 16 July   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Friday 28 July   Closed 1

Lady Captain's Prize

Sunday 30 July

 

Closed

1

President's Prize Saturday 19 August
  Closed 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 4 April   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Wednesday 5 April   Open 1
Singles Stableford

Tuesday 11 April

 

Open

1

Singles Stableford

Tuesday 18 April

 

Open

1

Singles Stableford

Tuesday 25 April

 

Open

1

St. Columba’s College
Classic
Monday 1 May   Open 1
Singles Stableford

Tuesday 3 May

 

Open

1

Ladies Fourball Betterball

Wednesday 3 May

 

Open

1

Singles Stableford

Tuesday 9 May

 

Open

1

Singles Stableford

Tuesday 16 May

 

Open

1

Donegal Ladies GAA Classic
Friday 19 May   Open 1
Singles Stableford

Tuesday 23 May

 

Open

1

Ladies 3-Day Classic Wednesday 24 May Friday 26 May Open 3
Ladies 3-Day Classic Thursday 25 May   Open 1
Ladies 3-Day Classic Friday 26 May   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford

Sunday 28 May

 

Open

1

Singles Stableford

Tuesday 30 May

 

Open

1

Ladies Singles Stableford

Wednesday 31 May

 

Open

1

Irish Junior Cup (Q) Sunday 4 June   GUI 1
Console/Cycle for Suicide Monday 5 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 6 June   Open 1
Multiple Sclerosis
Classic 
Saturday 10 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 13 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 20 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 27 June   Open 1
Friends of Letterkenny Hospital Classic Friday 30 June
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 4 July   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Wednesday 5 July
  Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Saturday 8 July Sunday 9 July Open 2
L. & G. Singles Stableford Sunday 9 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 11 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 18 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 25 July   Open 1

Ladies Singles Stableford

Wednesday 2 August

  Open

1

Singles Stableford

Tuesday 8 August

 

Open

1

Singles Stableford

Tuesday 15 August

 

Open

1

Singles Stableford

Tuesday 22 August

 

Open

1

Senior Scratch Cup Saturday 26 August   Open 1
Inter. Scratch Cup Saturday 26 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 29 August
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 5 September   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Wednesday 6 September   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 12 September   Open 1

Singles Stableford

Tuesday 19 September

 

Open

1

Singles Stableford Tuesday 26 September   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 3 October   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 4 October   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 10 October   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 17 October   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 24 October   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 2 November
  Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Wednesday 3 November   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 9 November   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 16 November   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 23 November   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 30 November
  Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Wednesday 1 December
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 7 December
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 14 December
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 22 December
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 29 December
  Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

KeyData
Red Par 69 SSS 69 4,781 m
Green Par 68 SSS 67 5,220 m
Blue Par 68 SSS 68 5,378 m

Card

Name

Hole

Blue

Green

Par

Index

Red

Ladies

Index

Mullindrait

1

392

387

4

2

383

4

4

Gardens

2

151

141

3

12

113

3

18

Rectory

3

278

272

4

14

265

4

12

St. Josephs

4

307

300

4

11

291

4

7

Graveyard

5

157

150

3

13

142

3

13

The Grove

6

346

338

4

3

306

4

3

The Barn

7

421

411

4

1

320

4

5

The Doddle

8

137

130

3

17

126

3

17

Barnesmore

9

363

351

4

9

312

4

9

 

Out

2,750

 2,673

34

 

2,467

35

 

The Steeple

10

377

371

4

5

353

5

15

The Valley

11

359

349

4

7

357

4

1

The Crossing

12

283

273

4

15

260

4

11

The Glebe

13

320

320

4

16

320

4

8

The Brea

14

337

327

4

6

322

4

2

The Burn

15

185

175

3

10

132

3

16

Loch Alaan

16

450

435

5

8

382

5

6

Holy Well

17

140

130

3

18

128

3

14

Road Hole

18

375

360

4

4

269

4

10

 

In

2,628

 2,547

35

 

2,314

34

 

 

Total

5,378

 5,220

69

 

4,781

69

 

 

SSS

68

67

 

 

69

 

 

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record: 63 Enda McMenamin 1992

Ladies Course Record: 66 Darragh McGowan 19/08/2006

Members Achievements

Ballybofey & Stranorlar won the All-Ireland J. B. Carr Diamond Trophy at Woodenbridge Golf Club in September 2015, when the team was John Mc Caughan, Michael Scanlan, Terry Farrell, James Mc Allister, Martin Roarty, Ivan Stewart, Michael O'Boyle, Alex Harkin, Patsy O'Donnell, Michael Hynes. Other players who played in earlier rounds included, Michael McGlynn, Cathal Patton, P. J. McGowan, J. W. McNulty, Paddy McNulty the team Captain was J. W. McNulty and Club Captain was Paddy McNulty.

Ballybofey & Stranorlar won the All-Ireland Final of the Irish Mixed Foursomes at Massereene G. C. in 1994. The team was Enda McManamin, Sean Ewing, Maeve McNulty, Seamus Patton, Paddy Cleary, Conor McMenamin, Terence McKinnley, Terry Farrell, Anne McGranaghan, Mary O'Flanaghan, Anne Duffy, Kathleen McGowan, Margret Hynes, Eileen Boyce, Sheila Rooney, Michael Carr and Noelle Harris.

Lady Captain Ann McGranaghan, Captain John Reid and Honorary Secretary John McCaughan, qualified for the National Finals of the Mercedes-Benz, Irish Independent Executive Golf Classic at The K Club on August 12th 2002.

Lady Captain Deirdre Duncan, Captain Paul Traynor and Alex Harkin came 6th in the National Final of the Mercedes Benz, Irish Independent Executive Trophy at the K Club on 13th of August 2001. They returned a score of 73pts. which was only two off the winners.

D. McGowan was selected on the Connacht Ladies team for the AIB Interprovincials at the Island Golf Club on the 8th to the 10th August 2001.

Remarkably Mary McHugh and her playing partner Margaret McCrosson both had holes-in-one in the Club Classic in August 2001. Mary had hers on the 6th when she hit her 5-wood into the hole. Two holes later Margaret followed her with a 7-wood.

Prior to 2001: 

The men won the Ulster Cup in 1996, when the team was Eddie Gallagher, Alex Harkin, James Rodgers, Michael Hynes, Paddy Cleary, Drew Duncan, James McAllister, Charlie Lapsley, John McCaughen, Paddy Carr, Pete Byrne, Martin Dillon and they were captained by Phil Roddy

Ballybofey & Stranorlar were narrowly beaten in the All-Ireland Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield in 1980 when they represented Ulster. The team was John McMenamin, Dermot Gallagher, Cyril Quinn, Kieran Currane, Norman O'Haire, Paddy Watters, Gerry Griffin, Kieran Cunnane, Roy Loughlin, J. W. McNulty and Cary Duncan.

They got to the Ulster Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield at Portstewart in 1995, when the team was Alister Henderson, John Dowds, Paddy McNulty, Richard Eaton, Michael Scanlon, Paul Trayers, Harry McGowan, Phil Roddy, Declan Collum, Eddie McHugh, Eamon Foy and James McAllister. 

Ballybofey & Stranorlar won the Donegal Miner League in the Millennium when they beat Donegal Golf Club in the Final, when the team was Norman O'Haire, Aidan Doherty, Sean Devenney, Declan McKelvey, Noel Ferry, Eugene Quinn, Jim McHugh, Noel Duffy, Joe Henderson, Danny Cunnigham, Hugh Brogan, John Fleming, Seamus Byrne, Aidan Heeney, Sean O'Donnell, Peter Byrne and P. J. Fitzgerald, they were captained by Loman O'Dowd.

They won it again in1991 when the team was Sean O'Donnell, Loman O'Dowd, Seamus McEaney, Pete Byrne, Ronnie Reilly, Brendan Forkan, Paul Byrne, Noel Ferry and Joe Coll, they were captained by James Henderson.

The Ladies of Ballybofey & Stranorlar qualified for the All-Ireland Semi-Final in the Ulster Bank Ladies Fourball Championship in 1997, when the team was Wendy Patterson, Kathleen McGowan, Anne Glancy, Christine Spear, Siobhan Brady, Anne McGranaghan, Mary Harkin, and they were captained by Darragh McGowan.

They won the Donegal Inter Club League in 1992, when the team was John McCaughan, Michael Heinz, Ivan Stewart, Denis Grindle, Sean Ewing, Enda McMenamin, Phil Roddy, Denis O'Kane, Pauric McHugh, Paul Trayers, Jimmy McGlinchey and Seamus Patton. 

They were runners-up in the Dunhill Mixed Foursomes when they went down to Waterford Golf Club at Galway. The team was Joanne O'Haire, Richard Eaton, John McCaughan, Terry Farrell, Charlie Moore, Kathleen McGowan, Eileen Coyne, Sheila Rooney, Ita Cleary, Eamonn O'Flanagan, Enda McMenamin, Sean Ewing, Meave McNulty, Ann McGranaghan, Seamus Patton, Pat McCaughan, Michael Carr and Mary O'Flanagan.

They won the Donegal Senior League in 1993, 1994, 1995 and again in1997.
Ballybofey & Stranorlar won the Under-21 Youths tournament at Donaghadee Golf Club in September 2001. They beat 44 other teams to claim their first win in 20-years participating in the tournament. The team was Thomas Grindale (Captain), Derek McNeill, James McNulty, Joseph McMenamin and Mark Hynes. They were Managed by Seamus Lafferty.

Captain, Paddy Watters, Lady Captain and Hon. Secretary, Alex Harkin, booked their place in the finals of the Mercedes Benz, Irish Independent Executive Golf Trophy at the K Club on August 17th, when they shot 83 points at Slieve Russell, in July, 2000.


Enda McMenamin participated in the Home International matches from 1981 to 1982 and represented Ulster from 1981 to 1996 playing 29 matches. Darragh McGowan was selected to play for Connacht in 1999. Joanne O'Haire played for Ireland in the Girls' Home Internationals in 1989 and at Penrith Golf Club in 1990.


Enda McMenamin participated in the Home International matches from 1981 to 1982 and represented Ulster from 1981 to 1996 playing 29 matches. Darragh McGowan was selected to play for Connacht in 1999. Joanne O'Haire played for Ireland in the Girls' Home Internationals in 1989 and at Penrith Golf Club in 1990.

History of Ballybofey and Stranorlar

Ballybofey & Stranorlar golf club was formally founded on January 22nd 1957, under it’s first president Mr Willie Raitt and Mr John Joe Kennedy as founder Captain. Initially the course was nine hole and was opened for play in June 1958. In the absence of a clubhouse the first presentations were made from the back of a tractor! An old wooden and corrugated iron clubhouse was soon bought and proved to be a great success in the formative years of the club with many a lively night and local story told- a friendly, hospitable atmosphere that still thrives today.

A nine hole layout was never going to be enough for such a hard working committee though and, greatly helped by a very successful run of Friday night bingo in the Butt Hall, the club finally purchased the land for a second nine holes which were opened for play in 1978. The following years brought about vast improvements in all aspects of the club with the purchase of essential machinery and employment of experienced workers.

The club owes a great deal to the various green convenors and green keepers over the years. The course is now one of the best parkland courses in the country and is considered a very enjoyable place to play.

The club continued to grow and in 1994 it was decided by the members to build a new clubhouse to give more space and give a first floor view over parts of the course. The work was carried out by local architects, Paddy and Tony Carr, and building contractors, Seamus Quinn construction. The impressive clubhouse was officially opened in 1996 by Mr Eamonn Curran, GUI president.

Over the years the club has been successful in various competitions throughout Ireland. The club has also produced its fair share of fine golfers both male and female over the years notably Mr Enda McMenamin and Ms Darragh McGowan. The club also operates a thriving youth development programme and our young golfers are now representing the club very well in the Fred Daly and other competitions. It should be noted that arising from the youth development at the club we now have provided two fully qualified professional golfers in Mr Eamon O’ Flanagan and Ms Joanne O’Haire.

Over the years there have been some very fine scorecards. The 18 hole record of 63 has been set by Mr Enda McMenamin and has been equalled in recent times by Mr Derek McNeill. The ladies course record is held by Ms Darragh McGowan who set a record of 66 in the Lady Captains prize competition of 2006.

Roll of Honour

Member

Year

Hon. Position

I. Cleary

1990

Ladies Captain

M. O'Flanagan

1990

Men's Captain

P. H. Kee

1990

President

K. Byrne

1991

Ladies Captain

J. McMenamin

1991

Men's Captain

L. Coyle

1991

President

P. Cunnane

1992

Ladies Captain

S. O'Donnell

1992

Men's Captain

Dr. F. Kee

1992

President

M. Brogan

1993

Ladies Captain

C. Moore

1993

Men's Captain

P. J. Murphy

1993

President

N. Harris

1994

Ladies Captain

P. McMullin

1994

Men's Captain

P. J. Murphy

1994

President

M. Hynes

1995

Ladies Captain

D. F. Collum

1995

Men's Captain

J. McGlinchey

1995

President

O. Byrne

1996

Ladies Captain

P. A. Byrne

1996

Men's Captain

P. C. Carr

1996

President

Mgt. Brogan

1997

Ladies Captain

M. O'Boyle

1997

Men's Captain

P.C. Carr

1997

President

K. Quinn

1998

Ladies Captain

B. McDermott

1998

Men's Captain

K. Cunnane

1998

President

J. McDermott

1999

Ladies Captain

B. O'Donnell

1999

Men's Captain

K. Cunnane

1999

President

Mary P. O'Flanagan

2000

Ladies Captain

Mr. Paddy Watters

2000

Men's Captain

Mr. Ted O'Kane

2000

President

Deride Duncan

2001

Ladies Captain

Paul Trayers

2001

Men's Captain

Drew Brogan

2001

President

Ann McGranaghan

2002

Ladies Captain

John Reid

2002

Men's Captain

Drew Brogan

2002

President

Brid Blee

2003

Ladies Captain

John Blee

2003

Men's Captain

E. J. Gallagher

2003

President

Ann Clancy

2004

Ladies Captain

P. J. McGowan

2004

Men's Captain

Paddy Cleary

2004

President

Moya Larkin

2005

Ladies Captain

Michael Carr

2005

Men's Captain

Seamus Byrne

2005

President

Ann O'Mara

2006

Ladies Captain

Enda McMenamin

2006

Men's Captain

Alex Harkin

2006

President

Eileen Boyce 

2007

Ladies Captain

James McAllister

2007

Men's Captain

Phil Roddy

2007

President

Pat McCaughan

2008

Ladies Captain

John McCaughan

2008

Men's Captain

John McGettigan

2008

President

Syvlia Allen-Hamilton

2009

Ladies Captain

Barry McManamin

2009

Men's Captain

Tony Gallinagh

2009

President

 Dolores Devaney

2010

Ladies Captain

Brendan Forkan

2010

Men's Captain

Michael O'Flanagan

2010

President

  2011 Ladies Captain
  2011 Men's Captain
  2011 President
  2012 Ladies Captain
  2012 Men's Captain
  2012 President
  2013 Ladies Captain
  2013 Men's Captain
  2013 President
Darragh McGowan 2014 Ladies Captain
 Tony Carr 2014 Men's Captain
J. W. McNullty
2014 President
Bridge Kelly 2015 Ladies Captain
Paddy McNullty 2015 Men's Captain
Paddy Watters 
2015 President
Margaret  McCrossan 2016 Ladies Captain
Sean Devenney 2016 Men's Captain
Mary P. O'Flanagan
2016 President
Kay Stewart 2017 Ladies Captain
Bernard Foy 2017 Men's Captain
John Bradley 2017 President

Darragh McGowan (2)

2017

Lowest Ladies H'cap

Enda McMenamin (0)

2017

Lowest Men's H'cap

Holes in One at Ballybofey and Stranorlar

Member

Date

Hole

Club Used

Distance

Ann McAllister

3 June 1998

2nd

 

113 m

Mary McHugh

8 August 2001

6th

5 wood

132 m

Margaret McCrosson

8 August 2001

8th

7 wood

138 m

Dolores Devaney

1 May 2001

14th

Driver

142 m

Nancy McGhee

23 April 2003

17th

 

126 m

Angela Harvey

8 November 2003

6th

 

132 m

James McAllister

8 November 2003

17th

 

137 m

Brid Carlin

11 September 2004

11th

 

113 m

Deirdre Kelly

25 August 2007

6th

 

132 m

Philip Roddy

13 April 2008

2nd

 

141 m

Hogh Friel 1 June 2015 8th   138 m