Rathfarnham golf club Dublin

Rathfarnham golf course Dublin

Rathfarnham Golf Course

Rathfarnham Club Crest

Rathfarnham Golf Club moved to its present location in the late 1960's having been in Rathfarnham Village until then. Strange as it seems I used live in the house that was built on the site that the old timber clubhouse was on. The only thing that reminds one that this fine golf club ever existed here is that part of the development is called "The Fairways" Rathfarnham Golf Club started with 9-holes and has now developed an additional 5-holes in this most picturesque part of the foothills of the Dublin Mountains.

The clubhouse provides the golfer with all the facilities he or she could require.

Green Fees Midweek: €35
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €45
Green Fees with a Member: €16
Green Fees for Opens: N/A
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: €30 Yes
Soft Spikes: Yes
Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee: €1,500
Entrance Fee: €4,000
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 15
Members 517
Designer John Jacob
Founded 1899

Dublin 16

Telephone 01-4931201
Email info@rathfarnhamgolfclub.ie
Website Rathfarnham golf club website
Secretary/Manager: Michael Healy
Captain: Trevor Montgomery
Lady Captain: Jean Lew
President: Alan Hood
Vice-Captains':  &
Hon. Secretary: Jeremy Clarke
Club Pro: Cormac Hennessy
Hon. Treasurer: Harry Harrison  
Comp. Secretary: Wally Blennerhassett & Pam Cassidy
Rathfarnham 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: 11.30am to 11.00pm
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering, facilities, by arrangement Days to Avoid: Weekends & Tuesdays
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days Pre-booking for open Tournaments: 14-Days in advance

Rathfarnham Golf Club Fixtures 2022 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2022 (to be Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Lady Captain's Prize to Men Saturday 4 June
  Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Day 1 Tuesday 7 June   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Day 2   Friday 10 June   Closed 1
President's Prize to the Ladies
Sunday 7 August   Closed 1
President's Prize to the Ladies Tuesday 9 August   Closed 1
Captain's Prize to Ladies Day 1 Sunday 14 August
  Closed 1
Captain's Prize to Ladies Day 2 Tuesday 16 August
  Closed 1
Captain's Prize Saturday 13 August
Closed 1
Captain's Prize Saturday 20 August   Closed 1
President's Prize 
Saturday 10 September   Closed 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

White Par 69 SSS 69 5,364 m
Yellow Par 69 SSS 68 5,170 m
Red Par 71 SSS 70 4,713 m
Green Par 69 SSS 66 4,867 m


Hole No. White Yellow Green Par Index Red Par Index
1 327 311 302 4 10 298 4 7
2 150 144 133 3 18 120 3 17
3 350 345 281 4 4
305 4 11
4 473 457 450 5 8
446 5 1
5 180 170 120 3 12 150 3 15
6 345 340 292 4 6 284 4 13
7 286 279 257 4 16 276 4 5
8 338 331 297 4 2
284 4 3
9 278
14 256
Out 2,727 2,649 2,431 35   2,419 35  
10 181
11 306 296
4 3 250
12 136
17 110
13 318
15 254
14 371
368 5 6
15 336 330 320
4 7
300 4
16 154
13 131
17 460
18 375
5 368
5 8
In 2,637
2,521 2,436 34   2,294 36  
Total 5,364 5,170 4,867
  4,713 71  
SSS 69
68 66     70    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record: 68 J. Staunton (4) 2018

Ladies Course Record: 70 P. Cassidy (11) 2015

Members Achievements

Having accounted for Holywood Golf Club by 3½-matches to 1½-matches in the All-Ireland Semi-Final the previous day Rathfarnham Golf Club were drawn against Corrstown Golf Club on Sunday morning 19th September 2021 and lost their match by 4-matches to 1-match.
First on the tee was Jack Byrne who lost his match by 3 and 2 against Daniel Mahony, next up was Ronan Feighery who had a bad day when he lost his match by 6 and 5 against Derek Burke, they were followed by John Staunton against Andrew Baker this match went 5 and 4 to the North Dublin Club, the bottom two matches of David Ennis against Jonathan Gash and Alex Buckley against Jason Davis were both declared as halves when called-in.

Rathfarnham Golf Club qualifies by winning their Leinster Regional Final of the Irish Junior Cup to reach the Quarter Finals at Limerick Golf Club on Saturday 18th September 2021 when they played Holywood Golf Club when they won by 3½ -matches to 1½ -matches.
First on the tee was Jack Byrne who had a 2-hole win against Thompson Gedge, the next match of Ronan Feighery against Scott Templeton was halved, they were followed by John Staunton who lost his match against Jamie Nevin by 2 and 1, in the penultimate match David Ennis had a 2-hole win against Ryan McClelland and in the bottom match Alex Buckley got home by a 1-hole win against Sam Murray.

The Ladies of Rathfarnham Golf Club won East Leinster Final of the Irish Junior Cup at Seapoint Golf Club when they beat Elm Park Golf Club by 4-matches to 1-match on Sunday 2th September 2018.

They were led out by Lynda Keartland (9) who beat Jenny Grier (9) by 1- hole she was followed by Pamela Cassidy (11) who had a 3 and 2 win over Colette Lanagan (9), next on the tee was Orla Gibbons (12) who recorded a 4 and 2 win over Kate Fleming (10), in the penultimate match Arlene Brislane (13) had a comfortable 5 and 3 win over Laura Fleming (11) and in the bottom match Nicola Campbell (14) went down to Helena Sheehan(11) by 4 and 3.

They beat Mid Leinster Champions Moate Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Friday 28th September at Knightsbrook Golf Hotel & Resort and recorded a 4-match to 1-match over the ladies from Westmeath.

They were led out again by Lynda Keartland who beat Carmel Connolly by 4 and 2, next on the tee was Carol Loftus who had a very comfortable 5 and 4 win over Sinead Healy, she was followed by Pamela Cassidy who halved her match against Helen Kelly in the penultimate match Orla Gibbons had a 4 and 2 win over Geraldine Coughlin and the bottom match Arlene Brislane was recorded as a draw against Veronica Golgan when called-in.

They met East Cork Golf Club in the All-Ireland Final the following day retaining the same formation Lynda Keartland led them out again and had a 5 and 4 win over Deirdre O’Mahony, Carol Loftus beat Mairead Ni Mhurchu by 2-holes, she was followed by Pamela Cassidy who had a crushing 6 and 5 win over Tara McCarthy the penultimate match went to the ladies from Midleton when Orla Gibbons went down to Sal O’Leary by 4 and 3 and the bottom match Arlene Brislane was recorded as a halve against Anne O’Connor when called-in.

According to our records this is the first green pennant won by Rathfarnham Golf Club in either Men’s or Ladies section well done girls.  

Rathfarnham Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Irish Mixed Foursomes when they beat Rathcore Golf Club by 3-matches to 2-matche in the Provincial Decider in 2012.

They made the short journey across the Liffey to Clontarf Golf Club to compete in the National Deciders, where they were drawn against Ulster Champions Rosapenna Golf Club on Thursday 6th September.

They were led by Stuart Walker with Deirdre McDermott who lost out to Enda Kennedy with Dympna Kelly by 3 and 2, they were followed by Rory Crerar with Nikki Campbell who went down to Pat and Kit Boyce by 2 and 1. Next up was Stanley Lew with Vicky Jones who halved their match against Frank Casey with Terri McBride, the penultimate match of Declan Sweeney with Jane Jones went 6 and 4 to Con Boyce with Suzanne Gallagher, in the bottom match Mick Doyle with Grainne Moyles was halved with Marty McDermott with Orla Lenny. Rosapenna went on to beat Dromoland Castle in the All-Ireland Final the following day.       

Penny Walker won the Suzuki Silver Medal at Portarlington Golf Club on Monday 10th May 2010, when she shot a round of 70 to win by one shot over 71 Patricia Flood from Kilkea Castle Golf Club, Gillian Murphy of Edenmore Golf Club and Yvonne Manahan Castle Golf Club, standard scratch on the day was 74, a magnificent round of golf.

The Ladies of Rathfarnham Golf Club won the East-Leinster Final of the AA-Junior Foursomes ILGU Championship in 2008, they made their way to Limerick Golf Club to compete in the National deciders, where they met Connaught Champions Mountbellew Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final, first on the tee was Carol Cahill (19) with Grainne Moyles (24) who lost their match against Michelle Burke (18) with Noreen Treacy (21) by 5 and 3, the second match of  Christine Richardson (18) with Maebh Walsh (28) was a win over Siobhan Fallon (17) with Caroline Delaney (25), in the bottom match Roz Burgess (22) & Peggy Glasheen (25) lost their match by 2 and 1 against Kathleen Bergin (20) & Nora Madden (24).

2005 Lady Captain Maura McGrath and her Captain’s Prize winner Ann Reed qualified in the Volkswagen/Irish Independent Lady Captain’s Classic in this scotch foursomes format. It was off to the National Finals at The Heritage Golf Club on Monday 3rd October where they were paired with the Elm Park pair of Maura Mansfield and Lisa Murray.

They won Old Conna Seniors Invitation Trophy in 2003.

Rathfarnham won the Winsor Cup at Elm Park in April 2001. The winning team was Gretta Bailey, Anne Dalton and Jill Cole.

Prior to 2001:

Rathfarnham won the Leinster Junior Cup in 1954.

Rathfarnham won the Barton Cup in 1962, when the team was J. H. Brown, A. T. Begley, D. M. Beggs, P. Smith-Keary, R. Stevens, N. S. Montgomery, J. S. Miller, W. R. Tractor, W. I. Bailey, J. J. Fanagan, J. C. Malone, W. G. Smith, I. W. Taylor and R. G. Steele.

They won the Dublin Team Trophy in 1997, when the team was Joe Blain, Stanley Law, Ronan Kinahan (Team Captain) Joe Sheehan and Alan Hood, they were managed by Jack Gallagher.

They won the Metropolitan Dublin Captains Team Trophy in 1997, when the team was Billy Free, Joe Blain, Bobby Harris, Malcolm Taylor and Roger Ballagh, Roger was also the Individual winner.

They won the Irish Times Shield in 1962, when the team was D. M. Beggs, W. I.Bailey, I. W. Taylor, W. O'Sullivan J. J. Fanagan, J. C Malone, R. G. Steele and W. R. Tector.

They won it again in 1979, with J. Breslin, R. Ballagh, C. O'Carroll and C. Maltby.

They won the Jubilee Invitation Inter-club Trophy in 1999, when the team was David Cinnamond, Gerard Ryan, Donal Murphy and Barry Feenan (Team Captain) they were managed by Des Cole.

They won the Mercedes Benz Team Matchplay at Hermitage in June 1993, when the team was A. Burns, R. Ballagh, K. Reid and C. Maltby.

They won the Irish Region of the British Airways Team Championship in 1983, when the team was S. S. Murphy, G. P. McGrath, P. F. McGrath, A. E. Doherty, J. G. Fitzgerald, J. D. Gallagher, J. J. Beirne and C. O'Carroll.

They won the Holmpatrick Cup in 1986, with Ronan Kinahan and Jack Gallagher.

They won the White Horse Captains' Mixed Foursomes in 1973, with J. J. Fanagan and Mrs. E. K. Carter.

The Juniors won Tile Styal Trophy at Stackstown in 2002, when the team was Trevor Swanton, Niall Merriman and Nigel Stevens, they were selected by Des Cole.

Rathfarnham were Leinster Finalists in the Carroll's Irish Mixed Foursomes in 1978, when the team was C. H. Maltby, J. S. Miller, T. O'Donnell, J. Breslin, N. Gibson, Mrs. M. Lett, Mrs. M. Dunne, Mrs. A. Shannon, Mrs. N. Ross, Mrs. S. Gibson and Mrs. B. Coyne they were captained by K. D. Reid.

Rathfarnham G. C. won the Junior Cup Team Trophy at Edmondstown G. C. in 1999.

Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;

I. Bailey represented Connacht at Senior Interprovincial level in 1963 playing 4-times won 0-matches and lost 4-matches accumulating 0-points;

Miss Ena Brooks played for the Irish International Team in 1953, 1954 and 1956, she won the Leinster Scratch Cup in 1954, 1959 and 1962, she was Lady Captain in 1950;

History of Rathfarnham

Instituted 1899 affiliated 1900

The "Irish Times", on 5th April, 1899 records "It has been decided to establish a golf links at Butterfield, Rathfarnham the land of which containing about 50 acres were duly surveyed by T. Hood, professional of Royal Dublin Golf Club, who indicated the best positions for the greens and tees and reported that a very pretty and sporting course with nine-holes, to start with, could be had.

Mr John Lumsden and other competent authorities also inspected the grounds, the greens and tees have been made and the course is now ready for play. The club is a proprietary one, the liability of the members will be limited to their subscriptions, the present proprietor, Mr. P. V. Bogue, undertaking to keep the links in perfect order for a term of years. The following gentlemen consented to act as a committee for 1899: Sir F. Shaw, Bart., Messrs F. Franklin, F. P. Dixson, W, D. Murphy Dr. Albert Croly, Dr. Robert Browne, and Mr. P. V. Bogue, Proprietor as Secretary.

The first club fell into difficulties, and in 1903, Dr. Robert Brown, Dr. L. G. Gunn, G. N. McMurdo and F. P. Dixon signed the lease on the lands. The club had 200 members of which 90 were ladies".

Rathfarnham moved to its present location at Stocking Lane in the late 1960s, when P. V. Doyle bought the lands for housing and a Shopping Centre. Indeed, when my late parents moved to Rathfarnham in the late 1960s, the house they bought on Butterfield Avenue was built on the site of the old clubhouse. The same summer, as an architectural student, the first project I ever worked on was that Shopping Centre, which seemed to change every Monday morning!

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
A. McCraken 1989 Ladies Captain
Mrs. T. H. D. Crumplin 1989 Lady President
N. H. Kerrison 1989 Men's Captain
E. W. Frith 1989 President
J. M. Shiel 1990 Ladies Captain
Mrs. W. A. Leary 1990 Lady President
W. J. D. Free 1990 Men's Captain
E. M. Kelly 1990 President
L. O'Donnell 1991 Ladies Captain
Mrs. W. A. Leary 1991 Lady President
I  T. Greene 1991 Men's Captain
E. M. Kelly 1991 President
A. Britton 1992 Ladies Captain
Mrs. M. Fanagan 1992 Lady President
K. D. Reid 1992 Men's Captain
V. Dudgeon 1992 President
A. Dalton 1993 Ladies Captain
Mrs. M. Fanagan 1993 Lady President
R. A. Harris 1993 Men's Captain
V. Dudgeon 1993 President
M. Lett 1994 Ladies Captain
Mrs. S. O'Neill 1994 Lady President
R. P. Ballagh 1994 Men's Captain
J. S. Miller 1994 President
M. Dunne 1995 Ladies Captain
Mrs. S. O'Neill 1995 Lady President
S. R. Rowe 1995 Men's Captain
J. S. Miller 1995 President
E. McAree 1996 Ladies Captain
Mrs. H. Heather 1996 Lady President
E. H. Ormiston 1996 Men's Captain
J. Blain 1996 President
P. McDonough 1997 Ladies Captain
Mrs. H. Heather 1997 Lady President
M. W. Taylor 1997 Men's Captain
J. Blain 1997 President
J. Cole 1998 Ladies Captain
Mrs. N. O'Hanrahan 1998 Lady President
C. T. Forsyth 1998 Men's Captain
N. Montgomery 1998 President
Diane Carswell 1999 Ladies Captain
Mrs. N. O'Hanrahan 1999 Lady President
Alex Burns 1999 Men's Captain
N. Montgomery 1999 President
Audrey Ardill 2000 Ladies Captain
Mrs. R. Ffrench-O'Carroll 2000 Lady President
Ossie Baily 2000 Men's Captain
Roger Ballagh 2000 President
Ann Burnett 2001 Ladies Captain
Mrs. R. Ffrench-O'Carroll 2001 Lady President
Jack Gallagher 2001 Men's Captain
Roger Ballagh 2001 President
Grace Murray 2002 Ladies Captain
Mrs. S. Gibson 2002 Lady President
Ian Heather 2002 Men's Captain
Brian Walsh 2002 President
Maureen O'Halloran 2003 Ladies Captain
Mrs. S. Gibson 2003 Lady President
Alan Cole 2003 Men's Captain
B. Walsh 2003 President
Dorothy Kilroy 2004 Ladies Captain
Malcolm Connolly 2004 Men's Captain
Maurice McDonough 2004 President
Ann Reed 2005 Ladies Captain
Greta Bailey 2005 Lady President
David Burnett 2005 Men's Captain
Maurice McDonough 2005 President
Kay Browne 2006 Ladies Captain
Pat Frith 2006 Lady President
Alan Campbell 2006 Men's Captain
Malcolm Taylor 2006 President
Breda Connolly 2007 Ladies Captain
Pat Frith 2007 Lady President
Des Cole 2007 Men's Captain
Malcolm Taylor 2007 President
Rionach Donlon 2008 Ladies Captain
Doreen Blain 2008 Lady President
Tony Ryan 2008 Men's Captain
Ken Reid 2008 President
Mauera O'Carroll 2009 Ladies Captain
Doreen Blain 2009 Lady President
Hubie Dennison 2009 Men's Captain
Ken Reid 2009 President
Penny Walker 2009 Ladies Captain
Doreen Blain 2010 Lady President
Garry Coughlan 2010 Men's Captain
Alex Burns 2019 President
Gillian O'Donnell 2011 Ladies Captain
Brian Heggie 2011 Men's Captain
Alex Burns 2011 President
Jane O'Byrne 2012 Ladies Captain
John Guinan 2012 Men's Captain
Maura O'Carroll 2012 President
Deirdre McDermott 2013 Ladies Captain
Brian Holmes 2013 Men's Captain
Maura O'Carroll 2013 President
Jane Jones 2014 Ladies Captain
Ross Sargeant 2014 Men's Captain
Rionach Donlon 2014 President
Sylvia Heggie
2015 Ladies Captain
Michael Keyes 2015 Men's Captain
Rionach Donlon 2015 President
Gillian Coe 2016 Ladies Captain
Alan Hood 2016 Men's Captain
Declan Sweeney
2016 President
Beulagh Sargeant 2017 Ladies Captain
Declan Sweeney 2017 Men's Captain
Alan Campbell 2017 President
Carol Cahill 2018 Ladies Captain
Stanley Lew 2018 Men's Captain
John Guinan 2018 President
 Sandra Gray 2019 Ladies Captain
 John Mills 2019 Men's Captain
Declan Sweeney
2019 President
Arlene Brislane 2021 Ladies Captain
Des Large 2021 Men's Captain
Declan Sweeney 2021 President
Lynda Keartland 2021 Ladies Captain
John Cahill 2021 Men's Captain
Declan Sweeney 2021 President
Jean Lew 2022 Ladies Captain
Trevor Montgomery 2022 Men's Captain
Alan Hood 2022 President
Hilary Taylor (12) 2022 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Robert Hayden (3) 2022 Lowest Men's Handicap

Holes in One at Rathfarnham

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Geraldie Barnes 23 June 2000 7th   128 m
Edna Benn 11 August 2000 4th   100 m
Betty Beirne 22 November 2000 4th   100 m
Betty Beirne 2 September 2001 13th   132 m
Gerry Glasheen 1 August 2005 8th   187 m
Mary Sheehan 16 August 2005 12th   76 m
Heather Dunne 15 June 2007 16th   128 m
James K. Beahan 7 July 2007 13th   132 m
Victor Levinestone 8 August 2007 16th   152 m
Lynda Keartland 23 October 2007 12th   76 m
B. Doherty 26 January 2014      
Arlene Brislane 18 May 2014 13th   131 m
Beulagh Sargeant 1 May 2016 2nd   120 m