Otway golf club Donegal

Otway golf course Donegal

Otway Golf Course

Otway Club Crest

Otway Golf Club was founded as far back as 1893 making it one of the oldest golf clubs in the Republic of Ireland. As the history books tell us the club was very difficult to get to and not an awful lot has changed. Although somewhat out of the way this little gem is well worth seeking out.

A 9-hole Links located on the shores of Lough Swilly has stunning views of the majestic countryside with some challenging and memorable holes.

The clubhouse is basic by today's standards but full catering facilities are available on request.

Green Fees Midweek: €15
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €15
Green Fees with a Member: €15
Green Fees for Opens: €10
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: No
Buggy Hire: No
Soft Spikes: No
Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee: €230
Entrance Fee: None
Course Type Links
No Holes 9
Members 74
Designer Nature
Founded 1893
Address

Saltpans,
Rathmullan,
Co. Donegal

Telephone 074-9151665
Email otway_golf_club@eircom.net
Website Otway golf club website
Secretary/Manager: Paddy Lynch
Captain: Francis Mcfadden
Lady Captain: Orla Gallagher
President: Gerry Gallagher
Vice-Captain: None
Hon. Secretary: Paddy Lynch & Patricia Fahy
Club Pro: None
Hon. Treasurer: Denis Friel & Hazel Russell
Comp. Secretary: Brendan Gallagher, Dave Hughes & Hazel Russell

Location Map

GPS Coord*
Lat:55.128380
Long:-7.523704
*Please check information before travelling

General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: 10.00am to dusk
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering, facilities, by arrangement Days to Avoid: None
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Midweek & Weekends Pre-booking for open Tournaments: N/A

Otway Golf Club Fixtures 2017 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2017 (Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Captains' Drive-In Sunday 12 March
  Closed  1
Captain's Prize Saturday 27 May
  Closed 1
President's Prize Saturday 12 August   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Saturday 26 August
  Closed 1
Start of Open Week Friday 15 July Sunday 23 July Open 9
Open Week Saturday 16 July
Open 1
Open Week Saturday 16 July   Open 1
Open Week Sunday 17 July   Open 1
Open Week Monday 18 July   Open 1
Open Week Tuesday 19 July   Open 1
Open Week Wednesday 20 July   Open 1
Ladies Open Day Thursday 21 July   Open 1
Open Week Friday 22 July   Open 1
Open Week Saturday 23 July   Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

KeyData
White Par 64 SSS 60 4,234 yd's
Red Par 64 SSS 61 3,350 yd's

Card

Hole No. White Par Index Red Par Index
1 162 3 13 146 3 13
2 363 4 1 247 4 9
3 257 4 9 209 4 11
4 209 3 7 191 3 3
5 255 4 3 197 4 5
6 264 4 11 201 4 7
7 123 3 17 90 3 17
8 180 3 15 129 3 15
9 304 4 5 265 4 1
Out 2,117 32   1,675 32  
10 162 3 14 146 3 14
11 363 4 2 247 4 10
12 257 4 10 209 4 12
13 209 3 8 191 3 4
14 255 4 4 197 4 6
15 264 4 12 201 4 8
16 123 3 18 90 3 18
17 180 3 16 129 3 16
18 304 4 6 265 4 2
In 2,117 32   1,675 32  
Total 4,224 64   3,350 64  
SSS 60     61    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record: 60 Damien Gallagher 06/07/1997

Members Achievements

History of Otway

Instituted 1893 affiliated 1894

Legend has it that golf was first played at Otway as far back as the 1850s when the British Officers stationed at the Martello Tower played golf here. The Irish Golfers Blue Book gives an instituted date as 1873.

The clubs records give 1893 as its foundation date, with fifteen members, the President was Mr. W. E. George and the Captain was Maj. Batt: the Batt family were substantial landlords in the area.

It is worth nothing the tenacity of the early golfers, a club with only fifteen members in a location that was very difficult to gain access to in those days could survive. It is located on the shores of Lough Swilly twenty miles from Londonderry and two miles from Rathmullen. One would have had to go by train from Derry to Fahan and by steamer to Rathmullan, and walk from there.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
D. Orr 1990 Ladies Captain
D. Crorand 1990 Men's Captain
J. Feoay 1990 President
P. Fahy 1991 Ladies Captain
C. Callaghan 1991 Men's Captain
J. Feoay 1991 President
M. Hasson 1992 Ladies Captain
R. Morrison 1992 Men's Captain
B. Dillon 1992 President
R. Spisncs 1993 Ladies Captain
B. Orr 1993 Men's Captain
B. Dillon 1993 President
H. McClure 1994 Ladies Captain
P. S. Burns 1994 Men's Captain
R. Fletcher 1994 President
H. Russell 1995 Ladies Captain
E. Kelly 1995 Men's Captain
R. Fletcher 1995 President
H. Fletcher 1996 Ladies Captain
B. Walshe 1996 Men's Captain
J. Deeney 1996 President
M. Keys 1997 Ladies Captain
J. Keer 1997 Men's Captain
J. Deeney 1997 President
M. Dickson 1998 Ladies Captain
L. Hasson 1998 Men's Captain
D. Duffy 1998 President
M. Hasson 1999 Ladies Captain
C. Doherty 1999 Men's Captain
D. Duffy 1999 President
B. Dillon 2000 Ladies Captain
J. Keer 2000 Men's Captain
L. Hasson 2000 President
P. Merritt 2001 Men's Captain
L. Hasson 2001 President
F. McGivern 2002 Ladies Captain
Roddy McClune 2002 Men's Captain
  2002 President
  2003 Ladies Captain
Gerry Gallagher 2003 Men's Captain
  2003 President
Iris Condron 2004 Ladies Captain
Kevin Toland 2004 Men's Captain
Denis Cullen 2004 President
Angela Harvey 2005 Ladies Captain
Martin O'Reilly 2005 Men's Captain
Denis Cullen 2005 President
  2006 Ladies Captain
Eamonn O´Kane 2006 Men's Captain
Denis Cullen 2006 President
Patrica McAteer 2007 Ladies Captain
Patrick McNulty 2007 Men's Captain
Arthur Morrison 2007 President
Vera McElhinney 2008 Ladies Captain
Sean Sweeney 2008 Men's Captain
James Kelly 2008 President
Eithne McMahon 2009 Ladies Captain
Michael Ewing 2009 Men's Captain
James Kelly 2009 President
Therese Farrell 2010 Ladies Captain
Don Sheridan  2010 Men's Captain
Eamonn O'Kane 2010 President
Collette Ewings 2011 Ladies Captain
Denis Friel 2011 Men's Captain
Eamonn O'Kane 2011 President
Brighdin McDaid 2012 Ladies Captain
Noel Kiernin 2012 Men's Captain
Gerry McGivern 2012 President
Mary Hasson 2013 Ladies Captain
Patrick Kelly
2013 Men's Captain
Gerry McGivern
2013 President
Patrica Fahy 2014 Ladies Captain
Martin Duffy 2014 Men's Captain
Desi Crerand 2014 President
Iris Condron 2015 Ladies Captain
 Noel Fisher 2015 Men's Captain
Desi Crerand
2015 President
Orla Gallagher
2016 Ladies Captain
Thomas Merritt
2016 Men's Captain
Gerry Gallagher
2016 President
  2017 Ladies Captain
  2017 Men's Captain
  2017 President
(13) 2017 Lowest Ladies H'cap
(6) 2017 Lowest Men's H'cap

Holes in One at Otway

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Eithne McMahon 3 August 2004  7th 6-iron
90 yd's
Brendan Gallagher 12 December 2004 7th   123 yd's
Sean Sweeney 20 July 2008 16th   113 yd's