Bearna golf club Galway
Bearna Golf Course
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|
|Club Hire: €30
|Buggy Hire: €40
|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|
|Website||Bearna golf club website|
|Lady Captain:||Bridie McNamara
|Hon. Secretary:||Gareth Davies & Breda Davies|
|Club Pro:||Geoff Kelly|
|Hon. Treasurer:||Gerry Walsh & Jean Geraghty|
|Comp. Secretary:||Derek Bryan & Imelda McGovern|
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)|
|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|
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|
Men's Course Record: 69 Patrick Neville
Ladies Course Record:
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
|Liz Neville||1996||Ladies Captain|
|Richard Hughes||1996||Men's Captain|
|Bernie Power||1997||Ladies Captain|
|Tom Nolan||1997||Men's Captain|
|Geraldine McGettigan||1998||Ladies Captain|
|Gerry Davy||1998||Men's Captain|
|Linda Fahy||1999||Ladies Captain|
|Peter Leonard||1999||Men's Captain|
|P. J. Kavanagh||2000||Men's Captain|
|Kathleen Kelly||2001||Ladies Captain|
|Siobhan McLoughlin||2001||Ladies Captain|
|Noel Curran||2001||Men's Captain|
|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|
|Olive Leonard||2004||Ladies Captain|
|John Collins||2004||Men's Captain|
|Catherine Kelly||2005||Ladies Captain|
|John O'Meara||2005||Men's Captain|
|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|
|Kate O'Meara||2008||Ladies Captain|
|Roy Thompson||2008||Men's Captain|
|Anne Brennan||2009||Ladies Captain|
|Peadar O'Flatharta||2009||Men's Captain|
|Barbara O'Keeffe||2010||Ladies Captain|
|John Murphy||2010||Men's Captain|
|Mary McHugh||2011||Ladies Captain|
|Martin O’Neill||2011||Men's Captain|
|Mary Farrell||2012||Ladies Captain|
|Brendan McLaughlin||2012||Men's Captain|
|Valerie Kiely||2013||Ladies Captain|
|Pat Sheehan||2013||Men's Captain|
|Deirdre Squires||2014||Ladies Captain|
|Derek Bryan||2014||Men's Captain|
|Marian Cunningham||2015||Ladies Captain|
|Gerry Walsh||2015||Men's Captain|
|Clare Cunningham||2016||Ladies Captain|
|Kieran Bowden||2016||Men's Captain|
|Ailis McDermott||2017||Ladies Captain|
|Tom Cunningham||2017||Men's Captain|
|Michelle Keenan||2018||Ladies Captain|
|Tom Flaherty||2018||Men's Captain|
|Nualal Timoney||2019||Ladies Captain|
|Michael Commons||2019||Men's Captain|
|Yvonne Flaherty||2020||Ladies Captain|
|Gareth Davies||2020||Men's Captain|
|Siobhan Hunt||2021||Ladies Captain|
|Michael Gavin||2021||Men's Captain|
|Terry O'Flanagan||2022||Men's Captain|
|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|