Bearna golf club Galway

Bearna golf course Galway

Bearna Golf Course

Bearna Club Crest

Bearna Golf & Country, Club located at the Gateway to Connemara, opened for play in March 1997. Designed by Bobby Brown, it measures 6,174 metres par-72 with a standard scratch of 72 off the back tees. Set on 250-acres of typical Connemara landscape of bog, rock, gorse and heather, Brown used the space to create a Championship course with all 18-holes offering distinctly different challenges, indeed only the 10th and 11th run in the same direction. The short 120 metres 13th is guarded by the intriguingly named "Forbidden Lake". Although a relatively new golf course the high-quality greens built to USGA specifications, would be the envy of many a more mature course.

The owner of Bearna Golf Club Pat Donnellan is more famous for his achievements on the GAA field than his heroics on the golf course, although he has several All-Ireland golf medals while playing for Galway Golf Club. As he was on the famous "three-in-a-row" Galway team in 1964, 65 & 66. Pat were part of that legendary team, never one to "flinch" a challenge he decided to develop this magnificent golf club only four and a half miles from Galway City. Bearna has a state of the arts clubhouse where the golfer wants for nothing. The visitor is assured of a warm welcome and memorable game of golf on this spectacular golf course.

Green Fees Mon to Friday G. I. Winter: €25
Green Fees Mon to Friday G. I. Summer: €30
Green Fees Mon to Friday Non G. I. Winter: €40
Green Fees Mon to Friday Non G. I. Summer:
Green Fees Weekends & B.H. G. I. Winter: €30
Green Fees Weekends & B.H G. I. Summer. €50
Green Fees with a Member: €25/30
Green Fees for Opens: €20
Golf Societies Monday to Thursday: €25
Golf Societies Friday to Sunday: €30
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: €30
Buggy Hire: €40
Soft Spikes: No
Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee 36+: €750
Full Membership Fee 31-35: €700
Full Membership Fee 26-30: €650
Full Country Membership Fee: €375
Full Student Membership Fee 18-25: €275
Full Ancillary Membership Fee: €375
Entrance Fee: None
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 18
Members 500
Designer Bobby Brown
Founded 1996

Co. Galway

Telephone +353 (0)91-592677
Website Bearna golf club website
Secretary/Manager: Cathal Donnellan
Captain: Terry O'Flanagan
Lady Captain: Bridie McNamara
President: Niamh Lyddy-Collins
Vice-Captains':  &
Hon. Secretary: Gareth Davies & Breda Davies
Club Pro: Geoff Kelly
Hon. Treasurer: Gerry Walsh & Jean Geraghty
Comp. Secretary: Derek Bryan & Imelda McGovern
Bearna Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
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General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: 9.00am to Midnight
Mobile phones: No Restrictions
Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim 
Catering: Full catering, facilities Days to Avoid: None
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Midweek & Weekends Pre-booking for open Tournaments: 14-Days in advance

Bearna Golf Club Fixtures 2023 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2023 (to be Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Captains' Drive-In Sunday
  Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize to the Men Saturday 3 June Sunday 4 June Closed 2
Lady Captain's Prize to the Men Sunday 4 June   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Saturday 10 June   Closed 1
Captain's Prize to the Ladies Saturday 1 July Sunday 2 July Closed 2
Captain's Prize to the Ladies Sunday 2 July   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Saturday 8 July   Closed 1
President's Prize to the Ladies & Men Saturday 2 September   Closed 1
Easter Monday L. & G. Singles Stableford Monday 10 April   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Monday 1 May
Open 1
Galway Bay Rugby Club Classic Saturday 13 May   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Monday 5 June
Open 1
Bearna GAA Golf Classic Friday 16 June   Open 1
Rahoon/Newcastle GAA Classic Friday 4 August   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Monday 7 August
Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Friday 22 September Sunday 24 September Open 2
L. & G. Singles Stableford Saturday 23 September   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Sunday 24 September   Open 1
Singles Stableford Monday 30 October   Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

White Par 72 SSS 72 5,716 m
Yellow Par 72 SSS 71 5,255 m
Red Par 72 SSS 71 4,897 m
Green Par 72 SSS 69 4,854 m
Blue Par 72 SSS 73 6,271 m


Hole No. Blue White Yellow Green Par Index Red Par Index
1 356 345 320 330 4 11 322 4 5
2 350 340 295 280 4 3 299 4
3 196 175 166 152 3 9 137 3 13
4 404 403 363 337 5 15 357 5 17
5 354 345 337 295 4 7 302 4 3
6 405 345 295 269 4 1 288 4 1
7 510 470 400 365 5 13 437 5 11
8 180 168 162 155 3 17 129 3 15
9 402 365 357 315 4 5 304 4 9
Out 3,157 2,956 2,695 2,468 36   2,575 36  
10 362 315 305 290 4 8 283 4 8
11 350 328 300 255 4 6 262 4 4
12 450 440 396 395 5 12 368 5 12
13 120 115 110 105 3 18 100 3 18
14 330 305 275 248 4 14 252 4 10
15 345 338 312 290 4 2 274 4 6
16 350 336 326 312 4 4 313 4 2
17 460 425 400 366 5 16 360 5 14
18 170 158 136 125 3 10 110 3 16
In 2,937 2,760 2,560 2,386 36   2,322 36  
Total 6,271 5,716 5,255 4,854 72   4,897 72  
SSS 73 72 71 69     71    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record: 69 Patrick Neville

Ladies Course Record:

Members Achievements

The Ladies from Bearna Golf Club won the Women’s Junior Foursomes All-Ireland Series at Tramore Golf Club on Saturday 3rd September 2022 and this is how they did it.

The Ladies from Bearna Golf Club qualified for the Women’s Junior Foursomes All-Ireland Series at Tramore Golf Club on Thursday 1st September 2022.
They were drawn against Malahide Golf Club in the All-Ireland Quarter-Finals and won their match by 2½-matches to ½-match.
First on the tee was Allis McDermott with Tara Cunningham who had to go up the 19th before securing the point against Louise Lynch with Carol Hickey, they were followed by Nuala Timoney with Bridie McNamara who halve their match against Orla and Dara McMahon and the bottom match Michelle Keenan with Siobhan Smyth had a 3 and 2 win over Irene Magee with Yvonne Murray.
They met the Ladies from Cahir Park Golf Club the following day in the All-Ireland-Semi Final and recorded another 2½-matches to ½-match win against the Tipperary club.
Firs up was Nuala Timoney with Bridie McNamara who halved their match against Caitlin Fitzgerald with Susie Burke, they were followed by Caroline Codyre with Breda Davis who had a 4 and 3 against Joanne Quaid with Susan Carey and in the bottom match Michelle Keenan with Siobhan Smyth had a 4 and 3 against Caroline Maher with Kathleen Alton which put them into the All-Ireland Final against Tralee Golf Club on Saturday 3rd September.
They were led out by Ailis McDermott with Nuala Timoney who had a 2-hole win against Maria O’Connor with Lucy Grattan, they were followed by Caroline Codyre with Breda Davies who lost their match against Laura Rafferty with Ella Moynihan by 3 and 2 and in the bottom match Michelle Keenan with Siobhan Smyth secured the green pennant with a 3 and 2 win against Gorretti O’Connor with Brid Halloran this is the First Green Pennant the Galway Club has won.  

The Ladies of Bearna Golf Club qualified for the All-Ireland Semi-Final of the Women's Fourball Series at Athlone Golf Club on Saturday 1st October 2022 and lost out to East Cork Golf Club by 3½-matches to 1½-matches against the Lee-Siders.
They were led out by Ciara Lynagh with Ailis McDermott won their match by 1-hole against Lillian Harrington with Orla Evens, they were followed by Siobhan Hunt with Nuala Timoney who halved their match against Deirdre O’Mahony with Claire O’Brien, next on the tee was Louise Cribben with Bridie McNamara who lost their match by 7 and 6 against Sarah O’Brien with Breda McCarthy, in the penultimate match Marian Cunningham with Caroline Codyre lost out by 2 and 1 against Mary Walsh with Ruth Evens and in the bottom match Michelle Keenan with Siobhan Smyth lost their match against Kate Daly with Paula Carey by 4 and 3.       

The Ladies of Bearna Golf Club won the Connacht Final of the Irish Immediate Cup when they beat Oughterard Golf Club by 3-matches to 2-matches at Roscommon Golf Club on Sunday 2nd September 2018.

They were led out by Imelda McGovern(16) who clinched her match against Sheila Coen (18) on the 20th –hole, she was followed by Siobhan Smyth (17) who went up the 23rd before she secured the point against Catherine Hosty, she was followed by Nuala Timoney (19) who lost out by 2-holes against Martina Duggan(18), in the penultimate match Clare Cunningham (19) lost her match by 5 and 3 against Nora McDonagh (19) and in the bottom match Breda Davies(20) beat Margaret O Neill (21) by the minimum 1-hole.

They made their way to Knightsbrook Hotel & Golf Resort to participate in the All-Ireland Deciders where they met East Leinster Champions Headfort Golf Club in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final on Wednesday 26th September and won their match by 3-matches to 2-matches against the ladies from the Royal County.

They were led out again by Imelda McGovern who lost her match against Jennifer Martin by 2 and 1, next on the tee was Siobhan Smyth who had a 3 and 2 win over Jacqueline McCormack, she was followed by Nuala Timoney who won her match by 3 and 2 against Paula Casserly, in the penultimate match Clare Cunningham had a bad day against Mary Brennan when going down by 7 and 6 and in the bottom match Breda Davies had to go up the 19th before clinching the point against Liz Gaffney and with it their place in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.

They met Munster Champions Douglas Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on the Thursday and lost out by 4-matches to 1-match. They were led out again by Imelda McGovern who went down by 5 and 4 against Jill Morris, she was followed by Siobhan Smyth who lost out to Jessica Kavanagh by 3 and 2, next up was Michelle Keenan who also lost her match by 3 and 2 against Orla Coughlan in the bottom two matches of Nuala Timoney against Mary O’Leary-Cooney and Breda Davies against Helen Barry were both declared as halves when called-in. Douglas went on to win the green pennant against Ulster Champions Malone by  4-matches to 1-match.

Bearna Golf Club won the Senior Connaught Championship in 2010 they beat Enniscrone by 6-matches to 4-matches in the 2-legged final in August.
The team was, Noel Curran, Brendan Davis, Bertie Feeney, Donal Geraghty, Sean Glynn, Seamus Griffin, Michael Meade, Paul McGee, Stiofan O'Conaire, Sean O'Grady, Pat Sheehan, Roy Thompson, Jim Ward and Pat Ward, they were managed by John "Special One" Darby assisted by Tim Tarpey.

Bearna Golf Club made their break-through in the Cups & Shields in 2007 when the won the Connacht Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield, mind you the club owner Pat Donnellan had been there before when playing for Galway Golf Club he won All-Ireland golf medals in 1993 and 1992 in the Pierce Purcell Shield, together with an Irish Mixed Foursomes at Courtown Golf Club in 1992. Of course Pat is better known for being a most influential part in the famous three-in-a-row All-Ireland Football Finals in 1964, 1965 and 1966. 

They made the long journey to Shandon Park Golf Club in Belfast to compete in the All-Ireland decider they were drawn against Leinster Champions Donabate in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Thursday 13th September.

First on the tee were Tim Tarpey and John Derby who halved their match with Michael Fearon and Ciaran Kirwan. They were followed by John Murphy and Michael Murray who had a bad day against Douglas Roberson and Austin Kealy when they went down by 7 and 6. Next up were Liam McGee and Eamon Kearney who had almost as bad day against Ken Bradshaw and Brendan Bowe when they lost by 6 and 5. Brendan McLaughlin and Pat Walzer played in the penultimate match against Dermot Cullen and Pat McCrudden and went down by 4 and 3. The anchor match saw Pat Ward and Shane O'Neill halve their match with Colm Browne and Joe Dowling.

So it was not to be for the men from Bearna Golf Club, Donabate went through to the All-Ireland Final the following day where they met Ulster Champions Warrenpoint Golf Club who had accounted for Munster Champions Woodstock Golf Club by a similar margin. Warrenpoint beat Donabate by 3 matches to 2 matches to win their 3rd Pierce Purcell Shield and add yet another green pennant to their already large collection.

2005 Lady Captain Mary Wyer and her Captain’s Prize winner Catherine Kelly 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 Portumna pair of Riona Holohan and Mary Conwell.

Bearna Golf Club members won the Connacht Final of the Musgrave's Club Challenge in aid of Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, which raised in excess of 130,000 Euro for the hospital. It was off to South Africa for the National Finals in November 2002.

Bearna won the Connacht Final of the Irish Mixed Foursomes in 1999 and the Western District of the Linda Black Trophy in 2000.

Lady Captain Kathleen Kelly and her Captain's Prize winner Anne Brennan were runners-up in the regional qualifiers of the Volkswagen-Irish Independent Lady Captain's Golf Classic in August 2001. Playing the Slieve Russell shortly after the North West of Ireland Open was played there. Everybody found the course playing tough. Anne playing off 24 and Kathleen off 27 returned 29 points only to be piped on a count-back. However, it was good enough to book their place in the National Finals at Druid's Glen on the 1st of October.

Prior to 2001:

Pat Ward was the Captain of the Garda All-Ireland winning team in 2000.
Nancy Holland won the All-Ireland Shell Cup and the ladies won the Linda Black Trophy in 2000.
Breda Barry won the Union Prize Bronze Medal in 2000.
Elizabeth O'Byrne had a hole-in-one on the 18th in her Captain's (Siobhan McLoughlin) Prize in 2000

History of Bearna

Founded 1996 affiliated 1996

Bearna Golf & Country Club opened for its members on Sunday March 31st 1996, as with any major project this magnificent golf course did not just happen over night. First conceived by the owners and then officially launched on October 3rd 1991. Work commenced on Wednesday August 21st 1991 when Joe Reilly from Ballina in Co. Mayo started to lay the drainage which would cover 20-miles of underground piping. Prior to the commencement of any work on site the owners had retained Bobby Brown the renowned course architect and resident professional at Laytown & Bettystown who served as Secretary of the Irish Professional Golfers Association for many years. Bobby had John Mulqueen carry out a detailed study of the terrain prior to commencing any work and John subsequently supervised the drainage development.

Bearna is located at Corboley, until recent times a solely Irish-speaking district. The name translated from Irish means "The round hill of the milking place" it derives from a hardy breed of small dark cattle which traditionally survived in this impoverished but breath-taking countryside. In times past this breed of cattle contributed to the principal commerce between Spain and the West of Ireland, the cowhides and wool were traded for Spanish wines and salt. The terrain itself was carved out 10,000 years ago during the Ice Age and every effort was made to protect its scenic topography, its flora and fauna, its native language, its social history and folk-lore indeed on my last visit traditional Irish music was being played in the lounge.

Neasa Donnellan was retained as architect for the magnificent clubhouse, which blends superbly with the wild and rouged countryside, unlike other clubhouses that come to mind. I make this statement having practiced as an architect for over 20 years in my former life well done Neasa.

Tony O’Flaherty was the contractor and the clubhouse, was officially opened by the former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern on July 28th 1998. His predecessor John Bruton visited Bearna on April 13th 1996 and planted a tree just to the left of the first fairway.

The owners Sean and Michael Meade, Frank O’Gara and Pat Donnellan certainly overcame the challenge of the Connemara landscape, Granite rock, bog, gorse and heather to bring us this unique course within a 3-Iron from Galway City.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
Liz Neville 1996 Ladies Captain
Richard Hughes 1996 Men's Captain
Gerry Beggan 1996 President
Bernie Power 1997 Ladies Captain
Tom Nolan 1997 Men's Captain
Eliz O'Byrne 1997 President
Geraldine McGettigan 1998 Ladies Captain
Gerry Davy 1998 Men's Captain
Colm McLoughlin 1998 President
Linda Fahy 1999 Ladies Captain
Peter Leonard 1999 Men's Captain
Maeve Brennan 1999 President
P. J. Kavanagh 2000 Men's Captain
John Hanly 2000 President
Kathleen Kelly 2001 Ladies Captain
Siobhan McLoughlin 2001 Ladies Captain
Noel Curran 2001 Men's Captain
Breda Barry 2001 President
Jane Colclough 2002 Ladies Captain
Denis Kiley 2002 Men's Captain
Mr. D. Burke 2002 President
Mary Wyer 2003 Ladies Captain
Pat Ward 2003 Men's Captain
Pauline O'Donnell 2003 President
Olive Leonard 2004 Ladies Captain
John Collins 2004 Men's Captain
Brendan Davis 2004 President
Catherine Kelly 2005 Ladies Captain
John O'Meara 2005 Men's Captain
Noreen Joyce 2005 President
Mary Quill 2006 Ladies Captain
Michael Carey 2006 Men's Captain
Bertie O Finneadha 2006 President
Delma Carey 2007 Ladies Captain
Kieran Tarpey 2007 Men's Captain
Margaret Fletcher-Egan 2007 President
Kate O'Meara 2008 Ladies Captain
Roy Thompson 2008 Men's Captain
Martin Brennan 2008 President
Anne Brennan 2009 Ladies Captain
Peadar O'Flatharta 2009 Men's Captain
Celine Beggan 2009 President
Barbara O'Keeffe 2010 Ladies Captain
John Murphy 2010 Men's Captain
Dan O’Neill 2010 President
Mary McHugh 2011 Ladies Captain
Martin O’Neill 2011 Men's Captain
Margaret O'Donovan 2011 President
Mary Farrell 2012 Ladies Captain
Brendan McLaughlin 2012 Men's Captain
Pat McNamara 2012 President
Valerie Kiely 2013 Ladies Captain
Pat Sheehan 2013 Men's Captain
Catherine Quinlan
2013 President
Deirdre Squires 2014 Ladies Captain
Derek Bryan 2014 Men's Captain
John Moore-O'Connor 2014 President
Marian Cunningham 2015 Ladies Captain
Gerry Walsh 2015 Men's Captain
Fiona McGee 2015 President
Clare Cunningham 2016 Ladies Captain
Kieran Bowden 2016 Men's Captain
Tim Tarpey
2016 President
Ailis McDermott 2017 Ladies Captain
Tom Cunningham 2017 Men's Captain
Onora Lynch 2017 President
Michelle Keenan 2018 Ladies Captain
Tom Flaherty 2018 Men's Captain
Liam O'Donovan
2018 President
Nualal Timoney 2019 Ladies Captain
Michael Commons 2019 Men's Captain
Lily Sheehan 2019 President
Yvonne Flaherty 2020 Ladies Captain
Gareth Davies 2020 Men's Captain
Micheal O'Cinneide 2020 President
Siobhan Hunt 2021 Ladies Captain
Michael Gavin 2021 Men's Captain
Niamh Lyddy-Collins 2021 President
Bridie McNamara
2022 Ladies Captain
Terry O'Flanagan 2022 Men's Captain
  2022 President
  2023 Ladies Captain
  2023 Men's Captain
  2023 President
Gina Gilligan (10) 2023
Lowest Ladies Handicap
Tom Nolan (+1) 2023
Lowest Men's Handicap
Stephen Keenan (+1) 2023
Lowest Men's Handicap

Holes in One at Bearna

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Peter Leonard 28 June 1996 18th 6 Iron 187 m
Elizabeth O'Byrne 20 August 1996 13th 8 Iron 100 m
Pat Ward 21 January 1997 5th 5 Wood 175 m
Catherine Kelly 25 May 1997 13th 5 Wood 100 m
John Quinn 13 April 1998 13th   115 m
Gearoid O'Broin 28 June 1998 8th   168 m
Elizabeth O'Byrne 25 June 2000 18th   110 m
Elizabeth O'Byrne 19 May 2001 18th   110 m
Michael Coyne 27 May 2001 13th   115 m
Gerry O'Loughlainn 21 July 2002 13th   115 m
Colm Feeney 24 November 2002 13th   115 m
Marian Daly 27 April 2003 5th   137 m
Tommy Gannon 28 June 2007 8th   180 m
Joan Clancy 15 July 2022