Letterkenny golf club Donegal

Letterkenny golf course Donegal

Letterkenny Golf Course

Letterkenny Club Crest

Designed by the late great Eddie Hackett, Letterkenny is 6,606 yards par-72 with a standard scratch of 73 off green tees. very, mature 18-hole, parkland, course on shores Lough Swilly an undulating layout. first eleven holes are relatively flat, closing played plateau affording golfer and visitor panoramic view side picturesque wooded countryside. fairways tree lined playable all year. meandering stream comes into play many holes.

Letterkenny opened its new state-of-the-art 10,000 square feet clubhouse in 1998, providing an excellent Restaurant, Bar and Conference facilities. Although the retains much of charm character old style gentleman's residence. It has open fireplace, ornately decorated ceiling a friendly atmosphere. Many good singsong been heard here as evening rolls on. visitor is assured warm Donegal welcome at Letterkenny Golf Social Club.

Letterkenny was voted the No. 96-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2010;

Green Fees Midweek G. I.: €35
Green Fees Midweek Non G. I.: €50
Green Fees Weekends & B.H. G. I.: €35
Green Fees Weekends & B.H. Non G. I.: €50
Green Fees with a Member: €20
Green Fees for Opens Gents: €25
Green Fees for Opens Ladies: €20
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: Yes
Soft Spikes: No
Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee: €670
Full Family Membership Fee: €1,205
Full Senior Membership Fee: €535
Full Country 50k+ Membership Fee: €285
Full Beginners Membership Fee: €335
Full Student Membership Fee: €150
Full Junior Membership Fee: €130
Entrance Fee: None
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 18
Members 611
Designer Eddie Hackett
Founded 1913

Barn Hill,
Co. Donegal

Telephone +353 (0)74-9121150
Email admin@letterkennygolfclub.com
Website Letterkenny golf club website
Secretary/Manager. Cynthia Fuery
Captain: Ian Ireland
Lady Captain: Triona Daly
President: Liam Wiseman
Junior Captain: Cliodhna Patton
Vice-Captains':  &
Hon. Secretary: Cynthia Fuery, Barry Ramsey & Cecilia Doran
Club Pro: Seamus McMonagle
Hon. Treasurer: Jo Lambe, John Russell & Monica McDonagh
Comp. Secretary: Declan Burke & Tracy Spencer
Letterkenny Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
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General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: 12.00am to 11.30pm
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering, facilities Days to Avoid: Thursday & Wednesday mornings
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other times Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance

Letterkenny Golf Club Fixtures 2022 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2022 (Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Captains' Drive-In Sunday 6 March
  Closed 1
Captains Prize to the Ladies
Friday 8 July   Closed 1
Captains Prize Saturday 9 July   Closed 1
Lady Captains Prize to the Men
Sunday 31 July   Closed 1
Lady Captains Prize Saturday 6 August
  Closed 1
President's Prize Saturday 20 August   Closed 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 6 April
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Monday 18 April   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 4 May   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 7 May   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 11 May   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 14 May   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 18 May    Open 1
Club Classic 4-Person Team Event
Saturday 21 May
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 25 May
  Open 1
2-Ball Scramble
Saturday 28 May
Sunday 29 May
Open 2
2-Ball Scramble Sunday 29 May   Open 1
Donegal Hospice Classic
Friday 3 June   Open 1
Singlesl Stableford Saturday 4 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Monday 6 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 8 June   Open 1
Ladies Day
Thursday 9 June   Open 1
Start of Open Week Friday 10 June Sunday 19 June Open 10
Singles Stableford Friday 10 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 11 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 12 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Monday 13 June   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Tuesday 14 June   Open 1
9-Hole Mixed Greensomes Tuesday 14 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 15 June   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Thursday 16 June   Open 1
9-Hole Mixed Greensomes Thursday 16 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Friday 17 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford
Saturday 18 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 19 June    Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 22 June   Open 1
Junior Club Classic Friday 24 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 25 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 29 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 2 July  
Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 6 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 13 July   Open 1
North West Care Classic
Friday 15 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 16 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 20 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 27 July
  Open 1
Cystic Fibrosis 4-Person Team Fundraiser Friday 29 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 30 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Monday 1 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 3 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 7 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 10 August   Open 1
Letterkenny Gales Fundraiser
Friday 12 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 13 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 17 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 24 August
  Open 1
Ballyraine NS 4-Prson Team Classic
Saturday 27 August
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 3 September  
Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 7 September   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 10 September   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 17 September   Open 1

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Card of the Course

White Par 72 SSS 71 6,282 yd's
Yellow Par 72 SSS 70 6,007 yd's
Red Par 73 SSS 71 5,549 yd's
Blue Par 72 SSS 71 6,365 yd's


Hole No. Blue White Yellow Par Index Red Par Index
1 352 342 340 4 5
292 4 13
2 500
490 480 5 7
460 5 3
3 372 362 355 4 11 310 4 17
4 377 367 331 4 15
342 4 5
5 160 151 141 3 17 137 3 15
6 418 417 383 4 1 319 4 9
7 482 482 472 5 9
411 5 1
8 180 164 158 3 13 136 3 11
9 429 414 373 4 3 323 4 7
Out 3,270 3,189 3,033 36   2,730 36  
10 400 390 345 4 6 333 4 6
11 453 448 440 5 12 409 5 2
12 341 331 312 4 14 296 4 4
13 195 185 176 3 8 174 3 12
14 338 328 328 4 16 291 4 10
15 422 412 412 4 2 341 4 8
16 150 140 130 3 18 127 3 18
17 396 386 365 4 4 396 5 16
18 490 473 466 5 10 452 5 14
In 3,095 3,093 2,974 36   2,819 37  
Total 6,365 6,282 6,007
72   5,549 73  
SSS 71 71 70     71    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record: 65 T. Purdy (3) 1997

Members Achievements

Letterkenny 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 Royal Tara Golf Club in the All-Ireland Quarter-Finals on Thursday 30th September and lost their match by 3½-matches to 1½-matches.
They were led out by Ryan Griffin with Kate Gallagher who lost their match against Brian Reilly with Anne Donnelly, they were followed by Kevin Kiely with Angela Kilgallen who had one of those days when loosing-out to Mark Reilly with Alice Stanton by 6 and 5, next on the tee was Darren McMenamin with Anne Condon who halved their match against Sean Duffy with Catherin Colgan, the penultimate match of Cian Harkin with Celine Bradley the Donegal pair had a very comfortable 6 and 5 win against Nicky Horan with Ciara O’Donoghue and the bottom match of Simon Stephens with Monica McDonagh when 3 and 2 to the Meath pair of Tony Maher with Deirdre Byrne

Letterkenny Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield when they beat Ballyclare Golf Club in the regional decider by 4-matches to 1-match at Edenmore Golf Club on Sunday 14th August 2011.

They made the short journey to the Castlerock Golf Club to compete in the All-Ireland deciders the following September. They were drawn against Leinster Champions Corrstown Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final, whom they lost out to by 3-matches to 2-matches. First on the tee was Patrick McMonagle with Brian O’Donnell who had to go up the 19th before conceding the point to Garry Beagan with Andrew Holohan, they were followed by Tony McMonagle with Connor McGettigan who won their match by 3 and 1 against Jarlath Beagan with Paul O’Kane, they were followed by John Russell with Roy McCrory who lost out to Martin Mooney with Brendan Doyle by 3 and 1, the penultimate match of Keith Spence with Patsy O’Donnell recorded a 2 and 1 win over Gerry Burns with Tom Brady, in the bottom match Kieran Walsh with Nicolas Miller lost out to Aidan Shields with Martin McIvor by 2-holes.

Letterkenny Golf Club won the All-Ireland Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield at Tullamore Golf Club in September 2009. This was a remarkable achievement as to my knowledge it is only the 4th Green-Pennant ever won in the county, the others being North West Irish Senior Cup at Rosslare in 2005, Irish Junior Cup 1903 and Ballybofey & Stranorlar Irish Mixed Foursomes at Massereene in1994.

They met Connacht Champions Loughrea in the All-Ireland Semi-Final. They were lead by Brian O'Donnell with Tony McMonagle who beat Brendan Dunne with Paul Hynes by 3 and 2.

They were followed by Pat McMonagle with Kieran Sweeney who lost out to John Greally with Gerry Fahy by 1-hole. Next on the tee was John Russell with Kieran Walsh who beat Noel Maher & Lee McGahon by 3 and 2. The penultimate match of Ed Margey with Brendan Roache lost out to Uinsinn Finn with Cathal Murray and 6 and 5. So it was all down to the bottom match of Kenny King with Shane Sweeney to book their passage into All-Ireland Final, they beat Tony Slevin with John Creavan by 3 and 2.

They met Leinster Champions Courtown in the All-Ireland Final. Pat McMonagle with Kieran Sweeney lead out and had the perfect start with a 2 and 1 win over John Dowling with Tony Merrigan. They were followed by Brian O'Donnell with Tony McMonagle lost out to John Rafferty with Joe O'Dwyer by 3 and 2.

Next up was John Russell with Kieran Walsh who went all the way to the 22nd-hole before clinching the win over Jarlath Beagan with Gary Beagan. The penultimate match of Ed Margey with Brendan Roache, delivered the point and the green pennant with a 2-hole win over Gerry Finnerty with Fran Lawlor. The bottom match of Kenny King with Shane Sweeney went down to the 20th-hole before losing out to Ciaran Conneely with Paul O'Kane.

Letterkenny Golf Club won The Ulster Cup in 1987, The Donegal Senior League in 1998, 1996 and 19991. they won the Donegal Inter Club League in 2001, 1994, 1993 and 1991 and the Donegal Minor League in 1990.

Pat McMonagle, John Russell and Barry Ramsay won the won the Carlsberg West Coast Challenge in the millennium.

The Ladies of Letterkenny won the Marie O'Donnell Trophy in 2001 and 2000. 

Lady Captain Salie Bradley, Captain Liam Wiseman and Honorary Secretary P. J. Sweeney, qualified for the National Finals of the Mercedes-Benz Irish Independent Executive Golf Classic at The K Club on August 2002.

Lady Captain Celine Bradley (18) and her Captains Prize winner, 72 years young Anna O'Shea (22) were leading qualifiers in the Volksinwagen-Irish Independent Lady Captains Classic in Co. Sligo Golf Club in August 2002. They returned 40points on this Championship course.

History of Letterkenny

There is evidence in a letter written by Mr. Robert R. Robinson, land steward to Maj. General A. C. H. Stewart on 9th April, 1894, that golf was played at Letterkenny before 1909. The letter reads "I write and beg to say Mr. Chambers, Manager of the Ulster Bank, Dr. Carre and a few others have been playing golf in the Lawn, starting at McDaid's old Lodge and going across into the Fort Field. They say it is splendid golfing ground and are envious to get what they call six pots made in it. This I refused letting them do, until I hear from you"
There is a legend in Letterkenny of an original three-hole course at Windyhill and an even earlier one at Ballyraine. The records of the present club only go back to 1929 and a foundation date of 1913 is generally accepted.
In 1967, the club moved to its present location at Barnhill and went eighteen-holes, from its nine-hole course at Crievesmith. A fine new clubhouse has recently been built and opened in 1998.

The recently redesigned 18 hole Letterkenny Golf Club stands amid 167 acres of mature parkland at Barnhill just on the outskirts of the town. Since redevelopment under the direction of course designer Declan Branigan it has emerged as one of the finest parkland courses in Ireland and attracts a membership of some 750 golfers. According to GUI records Letterkenny is documented as having "started activities" in 1913. By then golf had spread nationwide having been introduced from Scotland and ten other clubs were already in existence in Co. Donegal.
There is evidence in extant papers associated with the Stewart estate at Rockhill that golf was played on that estate which encompassed the lands at Crievesmith in 1894. The land was referred to as "splendid golfing ground" and consisted of "six pots" with the possibility to "extend it to ten pots". This was the original location for competitive golf in Letterkenny. When the club was registered with the GUI in 1913 the course at Crievesmith consisted of nine holes on 16 acres. A clubhouse was added later. However because of the fact that golf was becoming more inclusive, plus the difficult topographical features and the limited space at Crievesmith the club committee was actively engaged in sourcing a new course. Many locations were examined including the Boyd estate at Ballymacool.
In Jan 1967 the club President Mr J. C. Stewart announced the purchase of the land at Barnhill from the Hunter estate. This included Barnhill house and 146 acres of a mixture of arable and wood land ready for development. The club disposed of their property at Crievesmith for £3200 and purchased Barnhill for £6600. The committee of the time was faced with many problems not least course planning, drainage and tree felling. Given the fact that the bottom half of the course was alongside the River Swilly drainage was to be a major concern. But the resolve of the committee led by Club Captain 1966 Mr Jim Kennedy was never in question. They engaged the renowned course planner Mr.Eddie Hackett to design the course. No time was lost and a temporary nine hole course was laid out at Barnhill to allow the club to vacate Crievesmith. Under the direction of Mr Hugh Duffy Club Captain in 1967 and his coordinating committee competition golf was played for the first time at Barnhill in 1967. The course took 3 years to complete. Letterkenny Golf Club at Barnhill was now up and running.

Twenty years later a new club house was built and opened on 13 June 1998 by Dr James McDaid, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation and the Irish Ladies Open was held over the course the same year.

Club membership flourished and many improvements were made throughout the years. Drainage was a perennial problem but an enlightened strategic review of the way forward for the club was undertaken and implemented by successive committees over the past few years and major expenditure was approved for both club house and course. This strategy which involved considerable expense was carefully monitored with strict financial control by the club committee. Under the direction of Declan Branigan redesign work on the course commenced in 2006/7.

Despite the obvious concerns this has proven to be a major success and the course now benefits from the successful extensive upgrade and drainage and now presents a real challenge and sporting pleasure for the golfer.

The new course was officially opened on 28 July 2007 by Mr Tommie Basquille President GUI.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
M. Murray 1989 Ladies Captain
J. McNulty 1989 Men's Captain
P.V. Conlon 1989 President
A. O'Shea 1990 Ladies Captain
J. McBride 1990 Men's Captain
J. A. Corry 1990 President
R. Dempsey 1991 Ladies Captain
M. McFadden 1991 Men's Captain
J. A. Corry 1991 President
V. McFadden 1992 Ladies Captain
M. Garry 1992 Men's Captain
G. Lawler 1992 President
C. McBride 1993 Ladies Captain
H. O'Kane 1993 Men's Captain
G. Lawler 1993 President
B. Dunleavy 1994 Ladies Captain
T. W. Laughlin 1994 Men's Captain
B. Roughan 1994 President
B. Quinn 1995 Ladies Captain
O. J. Moran 1995 Men's Captain
B. Roughan 1995 President
P. Forde 1996 Ladies Captain
P. J. Sweeny 1996 Men's Captain
P. Carr 1996 President
E. Hickey 1997 Ladies Captain
H. J. Doherty 1997 Men's Captain
P. Carr 1997 President
M. Keating 1998 Ladies Captain
A. J. Kiely 1998 Men's Captain
T. McLaughlin 1998 President
Eileen Keating 1999 Ladies Captain
John Hession 1999 Men's Captain
Ted McLaughlin 1999 President
Una Doherty 2000 Ladies Captain
Liam Ruxton 2000 Men's Captain
Joe McNulty 2000 President
Mrs. M. Sweeney 2001 Ladies Captain
Sean M. Boyle 2001 Men's Captain
Joe McNulty 2001 President
Celie Bradley 2002 Ladies Captain
Liam Wiseman 2002 Men's Captain
Hugh McFadden 2002 President
Mrs. Celine Gallagher 2003 Ladies Captain
P. J. Keating 2003 Men's Captain
Hugh McFadden 2003 President
Mary Murray 2004 Ladies Captain
Joseph Foley 2004 Men's Captain
Michael Garry 2004 President
Cynthia Fuery 2005 Ladies Captain
Danny McLaughlin 2005 Men's Captain
Michael Garry 2005 President
  2006 Ladies Captain
  2006 Men's Captain
  2006 President
Marion O'Sullivan 2007 Ladies Captain
Michael Diffley 2007 Men's Captain
Pat Keating 2007 President
Eithna Diver 2008 Ladies Captain
Dermot Condon 2008 Men's Captain
Hugh Doherty 2008 President
Tracy Spence 2009 Ladies Captain
Brian O'Donnell 2009 Men's Captain
Hugh Doherty 2009 President
Monica McDonagh 2010 Ladies Captain
Brian O'Reilly  2010 Men's Captain
Eamon O'Carroll 2010 President
Anne Condon 2011 Ladies Captain
Keith Spence 2011 Men's Captain
Eamon O'Carroll 2011 President
Angela Kilgallen 2012 Ladies Captain
Niall O'Donnell 2012 Men's Captain
Padraic Munnelly 2012 President
Sandra McMonagle 2013 Ladies Captain
Henry McGahey 2013 Men's Captain
Barry Ramsey
2013 President
Catherine Cooke-Harkin 2014 Ladies Captain
Tom McDonagh 2014 Men's Captain
Barry Ramsey
2014 President
Margo Birmingham 2015 Ladies Captain
Gerard Duffy 2015 Men's Captain
Ann Condon 2015 President
Jacqueline Ireland 2016 Ladies Captain
Ivan Fuery 2016 Men's Captain
Greg Sullivan 2016 President
Mary Fowley 2017 Ladies Captain
Colin Morrow 2017 Men's Captain
Danny McLaughlin
2017 President
Maura Cavanagh
2018 Ladies Captain
Hugh McClafferty 2018 Men's Captain
 Brian O'Reilly 2018 President
Angela Bradley 2019 Ladies Captain
 John Bowe 2019 Men's Captain
 Brian O'Reilly 2019 President
Celine Margey 2020 Ladies Captain
Ed Margey 2020 Men's Captain
Dermot Condon 2020 President
Eugenia Moran 2021 Ladies Captain
Bobby Mullally 2021 Men's Captain
Sean Boyle 2021 President
Triona Daly 2022 Ladies Captain
Ian Ireland 2022 Men's Captain
Liam Wiseman 2022 President
Cliodhna Patton 2022 Junior Captain
  2022 Lowest Ladies H'cap
Ciaran Gilcreest (2.2) 2022 Lowest Men's H'cap
Cian Harkin (-3)
2022 Lowest Men's H'cap

Holes in One at Letterkenny

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Sean Clancy 1 August 1994 16th 6-iron 142 yd´s
Tom Plunkett 16 August 1996 8th   160 yd´s
Hugo Daly 30 June 2002 5th   125 yd´s
Ethna Diver 25 June 2004 5th P. Wedge
100 yd´s
Angela Kilgallen 14 August 2007 8th   136 yd´s
Mark Cohan 10 August 2021 5th 8-iron 125 yd's
Elaine Russell 28 June 2022