Castle golf club Dublin

Castle golf course Dublin

Castle Golf Course

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Castle Golf Club is one of the finest and most mature Parkland golf courses to be found anywhere in the country, which is only to be expected from a course that has been in its present location since 1913. The course is festooned with strategically located mature trees, with water coming into play on the 177 yards 7th which club selection being imperative here.

Castle has many challenging and memorable holes to confront the golfer of all standards, not least the 234 yard Par 3 10th which will require a driver if the wind is into your face and sometimes this is not enough.

One of the things that has always amassed me when playing the Castle was although the course is completely surrounded by housing yet you get the distinct impression that you are away from it all with spectacular views of the Dublin Mountains. In my case I could look over the garden walls of people I knew, as I lived within a Par 5 of the course, yet I always had the distinct impression I was out in the country and miles away from everything.

The club has a fine tradition in recent years of developing young golfers, this task fell to the Late Dick Roach one of golf's gentlemen and one of my regrets was he wasn't there to see Castle lift their first National Pennant in the Bulmers Jimmy Bruen at Lisburn in 2003, when one of the victorious team was only 14 years of age.

Castle is the venue of the most sough after Father & Son in the country played for every July, my son Shane and I tried several times with no success, alas we can never participate again as Shane has since signed his card and is plying his trade as an assistant professional at The Island.

Castle has completely upgraded all of their greens to USGA sand-based standards, under the watchful eye of Jeff Howes and completed refurbished the clubhouse in 2002 keeping pace with the high standards that are to be found throughout the country.

David Kinsella has been the resident profession at Castle as long as I can remember and maintains a superbly supplied shop. When asked to recommend a good professional for lessons in the greater Rathfarnham area I always tell them to go and talk to David as he is without doubt one of the best.

Castle was voted the No. 85-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2017 (Up-1);

Castle was voted the No. 86-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2016 (Up-2);

Castle was voted the No. 88-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2015 (Down-2);

Castle was voted the No. 86-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2014 (Down-3);

Castle was voted the No. 83-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2013 (Down-4);

Castle was voted the No. 79-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2012;

Castle was voted the No. 80-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2010;

Castle was voted the No. 66-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2009;

Castle was voted the No. 78-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2008;

Green Fees May to September: €75
Green Fees April to October: €65
Green Fees November to March: €55
Green Fees with a Member: €20
Green Fees for Opens: €17.50/35
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: No
Soft Spikes: No
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 18
Designer Harry S. Colt
Founded 1913
Address

Woodside Drive,
Rathfarnham,
Dublin 14

Telephone 01-4904207
Email info@castlegc.ie
Website Castle golf club website
Secretary/Manager: John McCormack
Captain: Barry McConville
Lady Captain: Andrea Fitzgerald
President: Louise Church
Vice-Captains': John Leonard & Lorraine Crighton
Hon. Secretary: Karl Devenney & Siobhan McCarthy
Club Pro: David Kinsella 01-492 0272
Hon. Treasurer: Derek Page & Nicola Doyle
Comp. Secretary: Ken McCoy & Eleanor Fitzgerald
Castle Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
Lat:53.294132
Long:-6.272721
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General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: 10.0am to 11.30pm
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering, facilities Days to Avoid: Weekends
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days Pre-booking for open Tournaments: 14-days in advance

Castle Golf Club Fixtures 2017 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2017 (to be Confirmed)        
Event. Start Finish Type Duration
Captains' Drive-In Sunday 8 January   Closed 1
Professional's Prize Saturday 6 May   Closed 1
President's Prize Strokes Thursday 9 May   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Day 1 Tuesday 6 June   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Day 2 Friday 9 June   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize to the Men Saturday 10 June   Closed 1
President's Prize Saturday 24 June   Closed 1
Captain's Prize to the Juveniles Monday 7 August   Closed 1
Captain's Prize (Q) Friday 18 August Saturday 19 August Closed 2
Captain's Prize (Q) Saturday 19 August   Closed 1
Captain's Prize to the Ladies Tuesday 22 August   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Saturday 26 August    Closed 1
Seniors 50+ Monday 9 January   Open 1
Seniors 50+ Monday 6 February   Open 1
Seniors 50+ Monday 6 March   Open 1
Junior Girls U-20 Thursday 13 April
  Open 1
Junior Scratch Cup (5 to 9) Friday 21 April   Open 1
Seniors Singles Stableford
Monday 24 April
  Open 1
Father & Son (Q) Saturday 1 July Sunday 2 July Open 2
Father & Son (Q) Sunday 2 July   Open 1
Start of Father & Son Matchplay Monday 3 July Sunday 9 July Open 7
Father & Son Matchplay 3.30p.m. to 5.30p.m. Monday 3 July   Open 1
Father & Son Matchplay 3.30p.m. to 5.30p.m. Tuesday 4 July   Open 1
Father & Son Matchplay 3.30p.m. to 5.30p.m. Wednesday 5 July   Open 1
Father & Son Matchplay 4.30p.m. to 6.00p.m. Thursday 6 July   Open 1
Father & Son Matchplay 5.00p.m. to 5.30p.m. Friday 7 July   Open 1
Father & Son Matchplay Semi-Finals 4.00p.m. Saturday 8 July   Open 1
Father & Son Matchplay Final 3.15p.m. Sunday 9 July   Open 1
Mother & Daughter
Monday 21 August   Open 1
Seniors 50+ Monday 9 October   Open 1
Seniors 50+ Monday 6 November   Open 1
Seniors 50+ Monday 27 November
  Open 1

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Card of the Course

KeyData
White Par 70 SSS 71 6,283 yd's
Red Par 72 SSS 73 5,578 yd's
Green Par 70 SSS 70 6,003 yd's

Card

Hole No. White Green Par Index Red Par Index
1 492 482 5 9 429 5 7
2 433 420 4 5 359 4 5
3 149 130 3 17 119 3 17
4 317 307 4 15 300 4 11
5 397 362 4 7 318 4 3
6 418 401 4 1 383 4 1
7 177 157 3 13 146 3 13
8 347 326 4 11 307 4 9
9 452 440 4 3 416 5 15
Out 3,182 3,025 35   2,777 36  
10 190 175 3 16 150 3 18
11 401 391 4 8 330 4 10
12 348 333 4 12 313 4 6
13 144 122 3 18 117 3 16
14 391 378 4 2 365 4 4
15 187 180 3 14 170 3 12
16 529 509 5 6 488 5 2
17 500 487 5 10 467 5 8
18 411 403 4 4 401 5 14
In 3,101 2,805 35   2,801 36  
Total 6,283 6,003 70   5,578 72  
SSS 71 70     73    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record Am: 64 Jimmy Mulready (0) May 2008, Pro: 66 David Higgins  

Ladies Course Record: 75 Marie Beaton (11)

Members Achievements

Castle Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Barton Shield in 2017 when they beat Kilkenny Golf Club by 1-hole in Kilkenny on Saturday 22nd July, haven beaten Dundalk Golf Club by a similar margin in the Semi-Final.
They made their way to Carton House Golf Club in Co. Kildare where the met Ulster Champions Warrenpoint Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final. In the top match Alan Lowry with Jack Walsh had a 2-holes win over Stephen Coulter with Paul Reavey and in the 2nd match Alex Gleeson with Robert Moran lost out by 4-holes against Colm Campbell Jnr. with Ryan Gribben. Warrenpoint went on and won the Barton Shield for the second year in a row when they beat Galway Golf Club again.

Castle Golf Club made Club history when they won the All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup for the first time, at Carton House on 15th September 2016.
They beat Kilkenny Golf Club by 3-matches to 2-matches at Tullamore Golf Club on Sunday 24th July and went up the road to compete in the All-Ireland deciders on Wednesday 14th September where they were drawn against Munster Champions Tralee Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.
They were lead out by Kevin Moran who lost out to Gareth O’Donnell by 1-hole, he was followed by Harry Gleeson who beat Kevin Lucey by a similar margin, next up was Paul Whelan who went all the way to the 19th againat Verner Tess before claiming the point for the Rathfarnham Club, the penultimate match saw of Fergal Moran go down by 2 and 1 to Danny Leen, the bottom match of Tommy Smyth clinched their place in the All-Ireland decider when he recorded a 3 and 2 win over T. Leahy.

They came up against Ulster Champions Lurgan Golf Club who had convincing 4-matches to 1-match against Connacht Champions Athenry Golf Club the following day and were lead out again by Kevin Moran who lost his match against Keith Percy by 1-hole He was followed by Harry Gleeson who recorded a 4 and 3 win over James Horan next on the tee was Paul Whelan who went down by 5 and 4 to Gareth Hanna, in the penultimate match Fergal Moran clinched the second point for Castle when he beat Jim McKee by 2 and 1, so it was all down to the bottom match of young Jimmy Smith who sank a 30 footer on the 17th to clinch the Green Pennant for Castle who seem to have been runners-up in the Irish Junior Cup for ever over the past decade ever since my old fried Dick Walsh (R.I.P.) started to builds a youths section at Castle back in the mid 90’s. Well done lads it makes on proud to say you are from Rathfarnham a parish I often claim is the Home of Golf with Padraig and Paul being from Rathfarnham when it was a small village.      

Castle Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Irish Senior Cup in 2016 when they beat Newlands Golf Club by 3-matches to 2-matches in their Semi-Final and went on to have a very convincing 4-matches to 1-match against Portmarnock Golf Club in the Final on 28th August at Laytown & Bettystown.

They made the short journey to Carton House to compete in the All-Ireland Deciders where they drew Ulster Champions Shandon Park Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final. They were lead out by Peter McKeever who lost his match against Jonathan Taylor by 3 and 2, he was followed by Alex Gleeson who had a 1-hole win over Stuart Bleakley, next on the tee was Jimmy Mulready who had a convincing 3 and 2 over Nicky Grant, in the penultimate match Robert Moran lost out to Philip Purdy by the minimum 1-hole, in the bottom match Daniel Holland clinched their place in the All-Ireland Final with a 1-hole win over Jonathan Gourley.

With the Junior team already having clinched the green pennant they set out to make history with the double having already won the Irish Senior Cup at Kinsale Golf Club in 2012. The met a very strong Co. Sligo Golf Club who had accounted for the Munster Champions Monkstown Golf Club by 3½ matches to 1½ matches in their Semi-Final in the All-Ireland Final on Saturday 17th September.

They were lead out again by Peter McKeever who lost out to David Brady by 4 and 3, he was followed by Alex Gleeson who had a 2-hole win over Declan Reidy, next up was Robert Moran who ended up being the pivotal match against Ruaírí O’Connor they ended up going up the 19th when O’Connor sank his putt for a birdie to clinch the green pennant, in the penultimate match my old pal Jimmy Mulready lost out to T. J. Ford by 3 and 2 and in the bottom match Daniel Holland recorded a 2 and 1 win over Mark Morrissey. So close but yet so-far but I’m sure we haven’t seen the end of this star studded team.   

The Ladies of Castle Golf Club were runners-up in the Junior Cup at Dundalk Golf Club on Saturday 24th September 2016 when they lost out to Munster Champions Castletroy Golf Club by 4-matches to 1-match.

They were lead out by Aly Doyle who lost her match against Fiona Corbett by 2 and 2 she was followed by Amy Jones who halved her match against Leonie Campbell next on the tee was Deirdre Hoey who went down to Ethna Leonard by 5 and 4 in the penultimate match Ger Moran had a similar result against Sarah Vaughan the bottom match of Martha Jones against Eimear Costello was recorded as a halve.

They were drawn against Connaught Champions Roscommon Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final the previous day and had a resounding 4-matches to 1-match against the Ladies from Roscommon. They were lead Aly Doyle who beat Paula Keane by 4 and 2, next on the tee was Amy Jones who had a very comfortable 7 and 5 win over Mary Lalor she was followed by Deirdre Hoey who recorded a halve against Joan O'Gara when called-in the penultimate match of Ger Moran was another comfortable 6 and 4 win against Marie McManus and in the bottom match Martha Jones also recorded a halve against Paula Connaughton when called-in.

The men from Castle had just won the Irish Junior Cup the week before for the first time what a magnificent achievement it would have been had the Ladies done the same to the best of my knowledge no other club has ever done the double, if anybody knows different please let us know.       

GoGolfing.ie would like to congratulate Alex Gleeson on wining the Ireland Close Amateur Open Championship at Ballyliffin Golf Club on 20th August 2016 when he beat John-Ross Galbraith from Whitehead Golf Club by 2 and 1 to win his first National Amateur Championship.

Castle Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Irish Junior Cup at Lisheen Springs Golf Club on Sunday 27th July 2014.
They had a 4-matches to 1-match against Ardee Golf Club in the Quarter-Final, followed by a 3½-matches to 1½-matches win over Elm Park Golf Club in the Semi-Final and recorded a similar result against Rathcore Golf Club in the decider.
They made their way to Carton House to compete in the All-Ireland deciders on the O’Meara Course where they were drawn against Ulster Champions Warrenpoint Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Wednesday 17th September.
They were lead out by Harry Gleeson who beat Paddy Magee by 2 and 1, he was followed by Ben Murray who had a 2 and 1 win over Jack Campbell, next up was Fergal Walsh who had a very comfortable 5 and 4 win over Shane McMahon, the bottom two matches of Kevin Moran against Michael McGurk and Gerry Moran against Stanley Weir were halved when called-in.
They met Munster Champions Castletroy in the All-Ireland Final and were lead again by Harry Gleeson who lost out to Jonathan McDonnell by 1-hole, next up was Ben Murray who won his match by 2 and 1 against Colm Geary, he was followed by Fergal Walsh who halved his match against Keith Bermingham, in the penultimate match Kevin Moran lost out to Brendan Reidy by 4 and 2 as did Gerry Moran against Michael Murphy. So the Junior Team were not to repeat the victory of their Senior Cup team at Kinsale in 2012.

Castle Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Irish Senior Cup at Hermitage Golf Club on Sunday 19th August 2012. They beat Greystones in the Quarter-Finals by 4-matches to 1-match on the Saturday and met Malahide in the Semi-Finals and had a similar result against the north-side team.
They met Portmarnock Golf Club in the decider and recorded a 3-matchs to 2-matches victory over the 2011 All-Ireland Champions. The team on the day was Alex Gleeson, Daniel Holland, James Hanby, Jack Walsh, Peter McKeever, Conor Deegan, Ronan Burke and Jimmy Mulready, they were managed by Jim Pender and Harry Gleeson.
They made the long journey to Kinsale Golf Club to compete in the All-Ireland deciders on Friday 21st September when they were drawn against Connaught champions Co. Sligo Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Finals.
First on the tee was James Hanby who lost out to Michael Durcan by the minimum 1-hole, next up was Conor Deegan who had a 2 and 1 win over G. Finnegan, he was followed by Alex Gleeson who lost to Garry Gleeson by 2-holes. In the penultimate match Jack Walsh beat S. Flanagan by the minimum to secure their place in the All-Ireland decider; the bottom match of Daniel Holland was halved with Steffan O’Hara
They met a star studded Ulster Champions Warrenpoint in the All-Ireland Final the following morning and were lead by James Hanby against Colm Campbell Jnr. who lost out by the minimum 1-hole he was followed by Conor Deegan who beat David Barron by 2 and 1, next up was Alex Gleeson who lost his match against Walker Cup star Paddy Gribben by 2-holes. In the penultimate match Jack Walsh beat Stephen Coulter by 2 and 1, it was all down to Daniel Holland who recorded a magnificent 2-hole victory against Ryan Gribben and with it history for the club with their first green pennant in this the most prestigious event in Irish Golf.

I couldn’t help but think of my old friend Dick Walsh (R.I.P.) who would have been so proud of these young men most if not all of them would have been guided and encouraged by him when they were boys, Dick worked tirelessly as Juvenile mentor at the club. Well done lads Dick would have been proud of you.   

Castle Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Fred Daly at Luttrellstown Golf Club on Monday the 30th July 2012. They beat Bray Golf Club by 4½-matches to 2½-matches in the Quarter Finals, followed by The Island in the Semi-Finals with a 4-matches to 3-matches result.

They met European and All-Ireland Champions Rosslare Golf Club in the decider. First on the tee was Alex Gleeson who lost his match to Marc Boucher by 1-hole. He was followed by Peter McKeever who went down to David Carey by 5 and 4. Jack Walsh recorded Castles first points when he beat Sean Walsh by 4 and 3. Next up was Robert Browne who went to the 20th-hole before dismissing Conor Gorevan, he was followed by Ross McKeever who beat Darragh Flynn by 4 and 3, in the penultimate match Ross Murray recorded a similar result against Matthew McPartlin, the bottom match of Conor Harte was halve against Ronan Dunne. The other members of the team were James Pender and Barry Fitzpatrick.

Castle Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Irish Junior Cup in 2009 and it was on to Tullamore Golf Club for the All-Ireland Semi-Finals where they were drawn against Connaught Champions Oughterard on Wednesday 16th September.

First on the tee was Fergal Walsh who lost his match to Frank Forde by the solitary 1-hole. He was followed by Alex Gleeson who won his match against Aidan Grimes by 2 and 1. Next up was Scott Williams against Cathair Conneely, Scott went down by 4 and 3. The penultimate match of Harry Scott against Martin O'Ceara went to the men from west Galway and with it any hope of bringing the green-pennant back to Rathfarnham (the home of golf!) The bottom match of Fergal Costelloe against Niall Faherty was a very convincing 6 and 5 win for the Leinster Champions by a little too late.

The Ladies of Castle Golf Club won the Menolly Homes All-Ireland Fourball at Mount Juliet on 7th September 2007. They beat Northern District Champions Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club by 3 matches to 1 match in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.

They won Southern Champions Waterford Golf Club in the All-Ireland Final. First up on the tee was Maria Beaton with Niamh Leonard who lost to Brenda Corcoran with Nellie Dunphy by 2 and 1. They were followed by Yvonne Managhan with Ann Vella who beat Bettina Jeffers with Bri Monaghan by one-hole.

Next up were Sally Lenehan with Martina Jones who had a comfortable 4 and 3 win over Susan Murphy with Carmel Walsh. The bottom match saw Sinead Heraty with Anne Tynan halved their match against Fiodna Cosgrove with Treasa Ryan, to deliver the vital halve-point and the Championship for the ladies from Rathfarnham.

Peggy Blehein with Ursula Hernon won the All-Ireland Australian Spoons at Coollattin Golf Club on Monday 4th September 2006 with an excellent 43-points. Donna McLoughlin with Elaine Smith from Ballina were three points further back to take 2nd place on a count-back from Carrick-on-Suir’s pair of Mary Fleming with Deirdre Battye.

Castle made a brave effort to win the Irish Junior Cup in 2006, when they comfortably retained the Leinster Championship by beating Dun Laoghaire Golf Club by 4 and 1 at Enniscorthy Golf Club on Sunday 2nd July.

It was on to Enniscrone Golf Club for the National Finals, where they where drawn against Connaught Champions Westport Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Wednesday 13thSeptember.

First on the tee was Simon Lynch against Colm Walsh who recorded a 5 band 4 victory against the man from the West. He was followed by Ronan Burke against Anto Browne who had a 2 and 1 win. Next up was Omar Bhamjee who beat Michael McGreal by 3 and 2. Ross Kinsella and Marc Dillon both halved their matches against Ronan Mahon and Tony Bree, giving Castle a 4 and 1 victory.

They met Ulster Champions Banbridge in the National Final the following day. Simon Lynch had “one of those days” loosing out to Neil Clydesdale by 7 and 6. Ronan Burke went all the way to the 19th against Trevor Woods before conceding the vital point. Omar Bhamjee lost out to Jonathan Burns by 6 and 5. Ross Kinsella and Marc Dillon both beat Ross McCandless and Rory Madeley by 2 and 1. So near to achieving what they failed to do at Rosslare Golf Club in 2005.

Castle Golf Club won the All-Ireland Fred Daly Trophy at Dungarvan Golf Club on 24thAugust 2005. Having won the Leinster Championship they were drawn against Ulster Champions Lurgan in the Semi-Final.

First up was S. Webster against G. Douglas who lost his match by 3 and 2. He was followed by D. Lernihan who beat A. Shaw by 3 and 2. Next on the tee was G. Lenehan who had a convincing 4 and 3 win over J. Horan. The penultimate match was between T. O’Connor and A. Gallery with the Castle player recording a 5 and 4 win. The final match was between A. Slaughter and A. McReynolds which ended in a half. With a 3 ½ matches to 1 ½ matches over the Ulster Champions they met the Munster Champions Killarney in the National Final.

S. Webster was first out against S. Gallivan who recorded a halve between them. D. Lernihan had a 2 and 1 win over S. O’Neill, he was followed by G. Lenehan who halved with P. O’Connor. Next on the tee was T. O’Connor who had a convincing 4 and 3 win over C. Healy. The last match saw K. Swaine pitted against L. Dunle, when the Castle player had a 3 and 1 win and recorded a 4 matches to 1 match to win their first All-Ireland Fred Daly Trophy.

Castle Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Irish Junior Cup and were drawn against Ulster Champions Fortwilliam Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final at Rosslare Golf Club on 14thSeptember 2005.

James Hanby lead the Castle team and recorded a convincing 3 and 2 win over the Fortwilliam No. 1 Gary Brown. He was followed Karl Swaine who lost out to Conrad McLarnon by 3 and 1. Next on the tee was Stephen Webster who had a resounding 7 and 6 win over Paul Maguire. The penultimate match saw Omar Bhamjee (son of the ex Labour T. D. for Clare Dr. M. Bhamjee) loose his match on the 18th against Gary O’Hara. The bottom match saw Harry Gleeson loose out to Michael Tierney by 5 and 4.

Castle won the All-Ireland Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield at Lisburn Golf Club on 12th September 2003, when they beat Portumna in the Semi-Final by 4 1/2 matches to 1/2 match. They faced Ulster Champions Greenisland in the final and had another comfortable win by 4 matches to 1. The team on the day was Ross Kinsella with Karl Swaine, Brian Gleeson with Gary Moran, John Whooley with Brian Kane, Martin Wilson with Anthony Slaughter and John Bourke with Tadgh O'Connor.

The Girls' of Castle Golf Club won the Smurfit Girls Inter Club All-Ireland Final at Lucan Golf Club on Monday 18th August in 2003, they met Ulster Champions Bangor Golf Club in the semi-final, they were led by Sally Anne Lenehan who beat Victoria Bradshaw by 4 and 3, she was followed by Aisling O'Shea who had a 2-hole win over Katie Coll, in the bottom match Jennifer White went down by 1-hole to Sara Owens.

They met Munster Champions Killarney Golf Club in the decider and were led again by Sally Anne Lenehan who suffered a 3 and 2 defeat against Joanne Cronin, next up was Aisling O'Shea who beat Holli Snelling by 3 and 2, in the bottom match Jennifer White had a 2 and 1 win over Eimear O'Donnell, to secure the green pennant.

 The team was Sally Anne Lenehan, Aisling O'Shea, Jennie White, they were managed by Mary Walsh.

Kyung Hae Lee was selected on the Leinster Girls' team for the Smurfit Interprovincial Championship at Enniscrone Golf Club from April the 18th to 20th 2001.

Prior to 2001:

The Millennium Captains Declan Lenihan and Eileen Doyle won the Gilbey's Captains' Invitation Mixed Matchplay at Rathfarnham Golf Club, on 18th August, 2000. They beat their fellow club members Jim Bradley and Miriam Brien in the final 5 and 4.

Jimmy Mulready was on the Leinster Youths team that won the Interprovincial Championship at Waterford G. C., in April, 1999. and he finished 3rd in the Irish Youths Amateur Championship at Cork G. C., in 1999 shooting rounds of 77, 69, 73 and 72., Jimmy won the Gold Medal in the Sir John Lumsden Cup with rounds of 66, 69 and 71 off 2. He and Mark Campbell competed in the Canon European Under 21 Championship in Spain, in October, 1999.

Kyung-Hae Lee was selected on the ILGU Junior squad in November 2000, when she was a 12-year old, she won the Under 19 category in the finals of the Chequita Longest Drive Challenge at Milltown G. C. in 1999, when she drove 191 yd‘s. 

Caoimhin Mangan won the over 50 section with a drive of 268 yd‘s. 

Maria Beaton went from 16 to 12 in the space of 2 weeks in August, 1999, when she hit a purple patch winning everything she entered.

Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;

Darragh Lernihan represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 2006 to 2010 playing 23-times won 13-matches halved two and lost 8-matches accumulating 28-points. He represented Leinster as a Youth Interprovincial from 2006 to 2007 playing 9-times won 5-matches halved two and lost 2-matches accumulating 12-points. He represented Leinster at Boys  Interprovincial level in 2005 playing 4-times won 4-matches and lost 0-matches accumulating 8-points. He represented Ireland as a Senior International from 2008 to 2010 playing 23-times won 13-matches halved one and lost 9-matches accumulating 27-points. He represented Ireland at international Youths level from 2007 to 2008 playing 8-matches, won 2-matches halved two and lost 4-matches accumulating 6-points;

T. Lenihan represented Leinster as a Youth Interprovincial in 1964 playing 2-times;

Jimmy Mulready represented Leinster as a Youth Interprovincial in 1999 playing 2-times won 0-matches halved one and lost 1-match accumulating 1-point;

J. Pender represented Leinster as a Youth Interprovincial in 1981 playing 3-times won 2-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 4-points;

Maurice Wallace represented Leinster as a Youth Interprovincial in 1996 playing 6-times won 2-matches halved one and lost 3-matches accumulating 5-points. He represented Leinster at Boys  Interprovincial level in 1993 playing 6-times won 3-matches halved one and lost 2-matches accumulating 7-points. He represented Ireland at Irish Boys level in 1994 playing 4-times won 2-matches halved one and lost 1-match accumulating 5-points;

S. Webster represented Leinster as a Youth Interprovincial in 2008 playing 5-times won 3-matches halved one and lost 1-match accumulating 7-points;

Jack Walsh represented Leinster in the inaugural Boys under-15 Interprovincial Championships in 2010 playing 3-times won 2-matches halved one and lost 0-matches accumulating 5-points;

A. Gleeson represented Ireland at Irish Boys' level in 2010 playing 6-times won 4-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 8-points;

B. Meaney represented Ireland at Irish Boys' level in 1988 playing 4-times won 1-match halved two and lost 1-match accumulating 4-points;

Mary Kenny played for the Irish Girls in 1979. Simone Kenny for the Irish Girls in 1979. 

Jane Leavy played for the Irish Girls in 1980, now the coach for the Irish team.

History of Castle

The initial meeting of the Castle Golf Club took place on 21st February, 1913, in the Ivanhoe Hotel, Harcourt Street. The first committee was composed of five elected members and five nominated by Bailey and Gibson. The well-known building firm purchased the land at Rathfarnham Castle in 1912, with the intention of building a garden city, with a golf course in the centre of it.
The land was sold to the members in December, 1917, and on 1st January, 1918, the Castle Golf Club Limited was formed.

What the Club tells us:

With just a few years to go to our centenary (2013), Castle Golf Club is one of the oldest clubs in the greater Dublin area.

Nestled at the foot of the Dublin Mountains, the club was originally established in part of the estate of Rathfarnham Castle. A firm of builders, Bailey & Gibson acquired the Castle and lands in 1912 with a view to developing a housing scheme with the golf club at its centre. The Castle was sold to the Jesuit Order, and the Club was established on 7th February 1913. Although Bailey & Gibson never fully developed their housing plans, and sold the club to the members in 1918, the Club is now completely surrounded by houses! Cecil Barcroft, W.C. Pickeman and Tom Hood (Professional at Royal Dublin Golf Club) designed the original layout of the Golf Course. In 1918/1919, Harry S. Colt, one of the foremost golf course designers of the time, updated the original design. His brief was to reconstruct the course ‘on the best modern lines’. Apart from minor changes over the years, the layout of the course remained largely unchanged until the latest programme to upgrade and redesign all our greens to USGA standard, commenced in 2000. The Course was originally a Par 74 layout, with a length (after Colt’s work) of 6,300 yards. Over the years, some of our Par 5’s became Par 4’s and the 10th hole was reduced from a Par 4 to a Par 3 in the mid ‘60s, reducing the course to its current Par of 70. The length of the course is largely unchanged to this day.

The course was used by some of the most notable names in golf throughout its existence. Henry Cotton and Jack Smith played a match against Willy Holley (Club Professional 1921-1965) and Willy Nolan in 1928. The Club hosted the Irish Close Championship in 1938, an event won by one James Bruen. How appropriate, then, that the first senior GUI All Ireland pennant won by the Club (in 2003) was the ‘Jimmy Bruen’. In 1954 the North v South professional match was played in the Castle, a highlight being the drawn match between Fred Daly and Harry Bradshaw. Joe Carr played in an amateur Tournament here in 1956.

In 1999 a major upgrade to the facilities at the Club, both on and off the course, was begun. Working with Jeff Howes, the Course Development committee oversaw reconstruction of all eighteen greens to USGA sand-based standard. The project included a major upgrade to the practice putting area and realignment of some fairways to fit in with the new greens. The clubhouse was extended and completely refurbished in 2001/2002, raising the standard of the facilities to match those on the golf course. We hope you enjoy your visit to Castle Golf Club.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
Mrs. Norris-Egan 1990 Ladies Captain
K. Benton 1990 Men's Captain
W. G. Richardson 1990 President
Mrs. E. O'Connor 1991 Ladies Captain
T. Murphy 1991 Men's Captain
D. A. O'Rourke 1991 President
Mrs. J. M. Breen 1992 Ladies Captain
B. A. Knott 1992 Men's Captain
D. A. O'Rourke 1992 President
Mrs. J. Church 1993 Ladies Captain
B. O'Dwyer 1993 Men's Captain
D. A. O'Rourke 1993 President
Mrs. T. J. Forsythe 1994 Ladies Captain
J. J. McAuliffe 1994 Men's Captain
D. A. O'Rourke 1994 President
Mrs. A. Medcalf 1995 Ladies Captain
A. W. Heaphy 1995 Men's Captain
T. F. Kelleher 1995 President
Mrs. D. A. O'Rourke 1996 Ladies Captain
R. B. Jones 1996 Men's Captain
T. F. Kelleher 1996 President
Mrs. E. M. Grant 1997 Ladies Captain
T. McNulty 1997 Men's Captain
T. F. Kelleher 1997 President
Mrs. E. Gallagher 1998 Ladies Captain
M. Flood 1998 Men's Captain
T. F. Kelleher 1998 President
Mrs. M. Breen 1999 Ladies Captain
J. M. Bradley 1999 Men's Captain
P. P. Cregan 1999 President
Mrs. E. Doyle 2000 Ladies Captain
D. J. Lernihan 2000 Men's Captain
P. P. Cregan 2000 President
S. Jordan 2001 Ladies Captain
M. C. Keane 2001 Men's Captain
J. V. Doyle 2001 President
Pat Fanning 2002 Ladies Captain
Pat O'Reilly 2002 Men's Captain
J. V. Doyle 2002 President
Niamh Leonard 2003 Ladies Captain
Ken O'Neill 2003 Men's Captain
J. V. Doyle 2003 President
Claire O'Donoghue 2004 Ladies Captain
Ronan Murphy 2004 Men's Captain
J. V. Doyle 2004 President
Terry Egan 2005 Ladies Captain
Dermot O'Brien 2005 Men's Captain
Bryan Knott 2005 President
Mary Norris 2006 Ladies Captain
Declan MacDonald 2006 Men's Captain
Bryan Knott 2006 President
Patricia Gleeson 2007 Ladies Captain
Peter Church 2007 Men's Captain
Bryan Knott 2007 President
Jeanne Flanagan 2008 Ladies Captain
John Williams 2008 Men's Captain
Declan Lernihan 2008 President
Sheila Williams 2009 Ladies Captain
Peter Scott 2009 Men's Captain
Declan Lernihan 2009 President
Louise Church 2010 Ladies Captain
John M. Bourke 2010 Men's Captain
Declan Lernihan 2010 President
Helen Kinsella 2011 Ladies Captain
Fergus Brennan 2011 Men's Captain
Moss Flood 2011 President
Vivienne Cosgrave 2012 Ladies Captain
Paschal Taggart 2012 Men's Captain
Moss Flood 2012 President
Justine Agnew 2013 Ladies Captain
Michael Bollard 2013 Men's Captain
Jim Bradley 2013 President
Blanaid Nally 2014 Ladies Captain
Brian Nevin 2014 Men's Captain
Jim Bradley 2014 President
Margaret McConville 2015 Ladies Captain
Derry Byrne 2015 Men's Captain
Ronan Murphy
2015 President
Bernadette Murray 2016 Ladies Captain
Paul Williams 2016 Men's Captain
Ronan Murphy 2016 President
Andrea Fitzgerald 2017 Ladies Captain
Barry McConville 2017 Men's Captain
Louise Church 2017 President
A. Murphy (1) 2017 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Daniel Holland (-3)
2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
Alex Gleeson (-3) 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap

Holes in One at Castle

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Mark Byrne 18 May 2008 10th    190 yd‘s
Gary Moran 06 April 2008 3rd 7-iron 149 yd‘s
N. Kenny 01 August 2000 13th   132 yd‘s
A. McKeever 01 August 2000 3rd   149 yd‘s
Frank Anderson 3 December 1997 3rd   149 yd‘s
Terry McNulty 5 April 1997 15th   187 yd‘s
V. Wallis 13 June 1999 13th   132 yd‘s
P. Williams 13 August 1997 15th   187 yd‘s
Ken O'Reilly 14 February 1998 13th   132 yd‘s
G. Molloy 15 April 2001 7th   157 yd‘s
D. Leavy 16 December 2001 13th   122 yd‘s
Mrs E M Grant 24 June 1997 13th   132 yd‘s
Pauline Martin 28 August 1999 13th 8-iron 117 yd‘s