Rathfarnham golf club Dublin
Rathfarnham Golf Course
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|
|Buggy Hire: €30||Yes|
|Full Membership Available:||Yes
|Full Membership Fee:||€1,500|
|Website||Rathfarnham golf club website|
|Lady Captain:||Jean Lew|
|Hon. Secretary:||Jeremy Clarke|
|Club Pro:||Cormac Hennessy|
|Hon. Treasurer:||Harry Harrison|
|Comp. Secretary:||Wally Blennerhassett & Pam Cassidy|
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)|
|Lady Captain's Prize to Men||Saturday 4 June
|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
|Captain's Prize to Ladies Day 2||Tuesday 16 August
|Captain's Prize||Saturday 13 August||Closed||1
|Captain's Prize||Saturday 20 August||Closed||1|
||Saturday 10 September||Closed||1
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|
Men's Course Record: 68 J. Staunton (4) 2018
Ladies Course Record: 70 P. Cassidy (11) 2015
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
|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|
|A. Dalton||1993||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. M. Fanagan||1993||Lady President|
|R. A. Harris||1993||Men's Captain|
|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|
|P. McDonough||1997||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. H. Heather||1997||Lady President|
|M. W. Taylor||1997||Men's Captain|
|J. Cole||1998||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. N. O'Hanrahan||1998||Lady President|
|C. T. Forsyth||1998||Men's Captain|
|Diane Carswell||1999||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. N. O'Hanrahan||1999||Lady President|
|Alex Burns||1999||Men's Captain|
|Audrey Ardill||2000||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. R. Ffrench-O'Carroll||2000||Lady President|
|Ossie Baily||2000||Men's Captain|
|Ann Burnett||2001||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. R. Ffrench-O'Carroll||2001||Lady President|
|Jack Gallagher||2001||Men's Captain|
|Grace Murray||2002||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. S. Gibson||2002||Lady President|
|Ian Heather||2002||Men's Captain|
|Maureen O'Halloran||2003||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. S. Gibson||2003||Lady President|
|Alan Cole||2003||Men's Captain|
|Dorothy Kilroy||2004||Ladies Captain|
|Malcolm Connolly||2004||Men's Captain|
|Ann Reed||2005||Ladies Captain|
|Greta Bailey||2005||Lady President|
|David Burnett||2005||Men's Captain|
|Kay Browne||2006||Ladies Captain|
|Pat Frith||2006||Lady President|
|Alan Campbell||2006||Men's Captain|
|Breda Connolly||2007||Ladies Captain|
|Pat Frith||2007||Lady President|
|Des Cole||2007||Men's Captain|
|Rionach Donlon||2008||Ladies Captain|
|Doreen Blain||2008||Lady President|
|Tony Ryan||2008||Men's Captain|
|Mauera O'Carroll||2009||Ladies Captain|
|Doreen Blain||2009||Lady President|
|Hubie Dennison||2009||Men's Captain|
|Penny Walker||2009||Ladies Captain|
|Doreen Blain||2010||Lady President|
|Garry Coughlan||2010||Men's Captain|
|Gillian O'Donnell||2011||Ladies Captain|
|Brian Heggie||2011||Men's Captain|
|Jane O'Byrne||2012||Ladies Captain|
|John Guinan||2012||Men's Captain|
|Deirdre McDermott||2013||Ladies Captain|
|Brian Holmes||2013||Men's Captain|
|Jane Jones||2014||Ladies Captain|
|Ross Sargeant||2014||Men's Captain|
|Michael Keyes||2015||Men's Captain|
|Gillian Coe||2016||Ladies Captain|
|Alan Hood||2016||Men's Captain|
|Beulagh Sargeant||2017||Ladies Captain|
|Declan Sweeney||2017||Men's Captain|
|Carol Cahill||2018||Ladies Captain|
|Stanley Lew||2018||Men's Captain|
|Sandra Gray||2019||Ladies Captain|
|John Mills||2019||Men's Captain|
|Arlene Brislane||2021||Ladies Captain|
|Des Large||2021||Men's Captain|
|Lynda Keartland||2021||Ladies Captain|
|John Cahill||2021||Men's Captain|
|Jean Lew||2022||Ladies Captain|
|Trevor Montgomery||2022||Men's Captain|
|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|