Dooks golf club Kerry

Dooks golf course Kerry

Dooks Golf Course

Dooks Club Crest

A truly traditional experience, so far as the golfer who is seeking a beautiful and tranquil environment to enjoy good golf, Dooks presents a convincing case. Hole number 13 best illustrates the charm and magic of Dooks. It is a throw back hole to the time when golf began. Greens lay where they fell and were better for it.

The golf course is set out on one of three stretches of sand dunes at the head of Dingle Bay. In the immediate foreground are the sand dune peninsulas of Rossbeigh and Inch and just a few miles away the whitewashed houses of Cromane fishing village provide an eye-catching distraction. South Eastwards are the famed MacGillycuddy Reeks, to the South West are the lovely cooms and hills of Glenbeigh and across the bay to the north are the Slieve Mish and Dingle mountains. Dooks are presently undertaking a major upgrading of their links in order to keep pace with modern improvements in golf equipment.

Societies are welcome and group rates are available.

Dooks was voted the No. 23-ranked golf course in Ireland, by “Irish Golfer” in 2023; (Up-2)

Dooks was voted the No. 25-ranked golf course in Ireland, by “Irish Golfer” in 2022;

Dooks was voted the No. 25-ranked golf coursein Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2020 (Up-3);

Dooks was voted the No. 28-ranked golf coursein Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2019 (Down-4);

Dooks was voted the No. 24-ranked golf coursein Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2018 (Up-1);

Dooks was voted the No. 25-ranked golf coursein Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2017 (Up-3);

Dooks was voted the No. 28-ranked golf coursein Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2016 (Down-4);

Dooks was voted the No. 24-ranked golf coursein Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2015 (Up-6);

Dooks was voted the No. 30-ranked golf coursein Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2014 (Up-2);

Dooks was voted the No. 32-ranked golf coursein Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2013 (Up-1);

Dooks was voted the No. 33-ranked golf coursein Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2012;

Dooks was voted the No. 37-ranked golf coursein Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2010;

Dooks was voted the No. 24 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2010, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;

Dooks was voted the No. 67-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2009;

Dooks was voted the  No. 24 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2009, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;

Dooks was voted the No. 54-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2008;

Dooks was voted the  No. 25 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2008, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;

Green Fees January to March: €50
Green Fee April to October: €200
Green Fees March to April: €140
Green Fees October: €140
Green Fees November & December: None
Green Fees Sunday & Bank Holidays: Limited
Green Fees for Opens: €40/50
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: Yes
Soft Spikes: No
Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Annual Membership Fee: €580
Full Spousal Membership Fee: €928
Entrance Fee Individual:
Entrance Fee Spousal: €4,000
Course Type Links
No Holes 18
Designer Martin Hawtree
Founded 1889

Co. Kerry

Telephone 066-9768205
Email office@dooks.com
Website Dooks golf club website
Secretary/Manager: Graham Spring
Captain: Aiden Foley
Lady Captain: Bridget Cahillane
President: Seamus Shaughnessy
Junior Boys' Captain: Mathew Tierney
Junior Girls' Captain: Amelia Shields
Vice-Captains': Damien O’Sullivan & Dolores Johnston
Hon. Secretary: Keith Curtin & Jenny Pigott
Club Pro: Daniel Sugrue P.G.A Pro
Hon. Treasurer: Eamonn Foley & Deirdre Galvin
Handicap Secretary: Ronan Burke & Caitriona Daly
Dooks 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 10.00pm
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering, facilities Days to Avoid: Sundays
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Monday to Saturday
Pre-booking for open Tournaments:Available online

Dooks Golf Club Fixtures 2024 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2024 (to be Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Captains' Drive-In Sunday 24 December
  Closed 1
President's Prize Sunday 7 July   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Sunday 21 July
  Closed 1
Lady President's Prize Thursday 8 August   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Sunday 8 September
  Closed 1
Ladies 2 Person Team Event
Sunday 28 April   Open 1
Junior Scratch Cup 4 to 11) Saturday 11 May   Open 1
Inter. Scratch Cup (12 to 17) Saturday 11 May
  Open 1
Senior Scratch Cup Sunday 19 May   Open 1
Ladies 2-Person Team Event Sunday 30 June   Open 1
Ladies 2-Person Team Event
Sunday 28 July   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Tuesday 30 July
  Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Tuesday 20 August   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Monday 23 September   Open 1
Ladies 2-Person Team Event Thursday 3 October   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Friday 11 October
  Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

White Par 71 SSS 71 6,272 yd's
Yellow Par 71 SSS 70 5,864 yd's
Red Par 72 SSS 72 5,359 yd's
Blue Par 71 SSS 72 6,511 yd's


Hole No. Blue White Yellow Par Index Red Par Index
1 389 372 341 4 6
331 4 6
2 316 309 287 4 12 274 4 12
3 374 361 342 4 10
312 4 14
4 170 165 153 3 14 149 3 16
5 447 431 406 4 4
382 4 2
6 472 463 448 5 18 402 5 10
7 465 451 390
4 2
358 4 4
8 180 171 144 3 16 127 3 18
9 503 492 470 5 8
408 5 8
Out 3,316 3,215 2,981
36   2,743 36  
10 561 526 513 5 9
425 5 11
11 172 167 153 3 15 131 3 17
12 361 346 324 4 7
287 4 7
13 167 154 144 3 17 135 3 13
14 402 390 359 4 3
326 4 1
15 344 315 297
4 13
272 4 5
16 374 353 334 4 11 305 4 9
17 390 398 355 4 1
338 4 3
18 424 417 404 4 5
5 15
In 3,195 3,057 2,883 35   2,616 36  
Total 6,511 6,272 5,864 71   5,359 71  
SSS 72 71 70     72    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record Am: 70 D. J. Guiney (0) Ballybunion G. C.

Ladies Course Record:

Members Achievements

The Ladies of Dooks Golf Club were Runners-Up the Final of the West Munster Women’s Intermediate Cup on Saturday 29th July 2023 at East Clare Golf Club when they lost out to Ballyneety Golf Club by 4-matches to 1-match.

Dooks Golf Club were Runners-Up in the Final of the West Munster Fred Perry Trophy on Saturday 29th July 2023 at East Clare Golf Club when they lost out to Ballykisteen Golf Club by 4-matches to 1-match.

The Ladies of Dooks Golf Club were Runners-Up in the Final of the West Munster Women’s Junior Foursomes on Sunday 23th July 2023 at Kenmare Golf Club when they lost out to Dromoland Castle Golf Club by 2-matches to 1-match.

Conor Hickey was selected on the Munster Interprovincial Championship team at Moyvalley Golf Club from Tuesday 29th August to Thursday 31st August 2023.
Other members of the team were Jordan Boles (Charleville Golf Club), Donnacha Cleary (Tipperary Golf Club), Darragh Flynn (Carton House Golf Club), Mark Gazi & Darren O’Sullivan (Tralee Golf Club), Alex King (Faithlegg Golf Club), David Reddan (Nenagh Golf Club).
They were Captained by Juan Fitzgerald (Limerick Golf Club) and Managed by Shane Horgan (Monkstown Golf Club).

Dooks Golf Club qualified for Quarter-Finals of the Pierce Purcell Shield at Knightsbrook Golf Club on Thursday 15th September 2022 when they were drawn against Mayobridge Golf Club and lost their match by 3½-matches to 1½-matches.
They were led out by Kieran Foley with James Long who lost out by 2-holes against Patrick McGivern with J. P. McIlvenny, they were followed by Karl Griffen with Jason Hunter who lost their match by the minimum against Joseph Boyd with Colm Magee, next on the tee was Aidan and Brendan Foley who had a 3 and 2 win against Conor McConville with John Brown, in the penultimate match Eamon Foley with Martin Hurley also lost their match by the minimum against Shane Fagan with Barry O’Hare and the bottom match between Paul McKenna with Mark Kennedy against George Devlin with Peter Travers was halved when called-in.
So it was not to be for the team from this picturesque part of Kerry, but sur they have Sam down there for a year at most!!.                  

Tracy Eakin was selected on the Irish Senior Team to compete in the European Senior Ladies’ Team Championship at Aebortun Golf Club, Slovenia from 30th August to 3rd September 2022.

Dooks Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Irish Mixed Foursomes on their home course on Saturday 8th August 2015 when they beat Skibbereen Golf Club by 3½-matches to 1½-matches and accounted for Castletroy Golf Club by a similar margin in the Munster decider.

First on the tee were Enda Curtayne with Tracy Eakin who beat Tony Delaney with Eimear Costelloe 2-holes, they were followed by Paul Griffin with Mary Inglis who lost out to Fergal Costelloe with Grainne Forde by 3 and 2, next up were Denis McGillicuddy with Jenny Piggott who recorded a halve against Keith Bermingham with Mary Quinlan, in the penultimate match Pat Griffin with Joan Harmon beat Brendan Reidy with Mary Bermingham by 2 and 1, in the bottom match Karl Falvey with Eileen Breen had a very comfortable 5 and 4 win over Gerard Maher with Rachel Maher.

They didn’t have far to go to compete in the All-Ireland Final as it was played at Dooks on the 3rd & 4th September.

The Ladies of Dooks Golf Club won the Noreen Moore Trophy League Kerry Class in 2012, when the team was Jane Hickie, Deirdre Galvin, Mary McGillycuddy, Anne Griffin, Betty Griffin Adrienne O’Sullivan and Louise Farrell, they were managed by Helen Ahern assisted by Mary Curran.

The Ladies of Dooks Golf Club won the Munster Final of the AA-Insurance Senior Foursomes in 2007, they made their way to Athlone Golf Club to compete in the National deciders, where the met Connaught Champions Galway Golf Club in the All-Ireland quarter-final which they lost by 2 matches to 1 match.

First on the tee was Mary Keane with Joan Harmon who lost their match by 2 and 1 against Sheelagh Kearney with Jo Price, next up was Ogie O'Sullivan with Mary Hackett who had a 3 and 2 win over Ger Neville with Mary Tierney, the bottom match of Catherine O'Brien with Helen Aherne was a 6 and 4 win for the Galway pair of Bryde Glynn with Ann O'Donnellan.

Dooks won the Kerry Shield in 1984, when the team was Michael Shanahan, Tom Curran, Billy Dodd, Ted Houlihan, George Boyle, Gene Ahern and John McGillycuddy. They won it again in 1985, when the team was Arthur Boyle, Eric Brick, Dermot O'Grady, Declan Mangan and George Boyle.

They won the Cork Examiner Am-Am at Waterville Golf Club in July 1979, with Sean O'Connor, John F. O'Connell and Michael Murphy. They won the Dr. Bill O'Sullivan Shield in 2000.

The Ladies of Dooks Golf Club won the ILGU Junior League in 1997 when the team was Mary Curran, Rose Cunningham, Dolores Foley, Catherine Foley, Margaret O'Sullivan, Brenda Brick, Kay Woods, Catherine O'Donoghue, Delia Foley and Anne Mangan, they were managed by Anne Gannon.

They won the Munster Cup in 1991 at Charleville Golf Club, with Joan Harmon, Mary Keane and Meg O'Shaughnessy. ILGU Munster Junior Championship in 1995, with Meg O'Shaughnessy and in 2002 with Eileen O'Sullivan.

They won the ILGU Minor League in 1987 and again in 1990.

Members who played representative golf for their Province;

William O’Sullivan* represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial from 1938 to 1939;

History of Dooks

Dooks Golf Links is celebrating its 125 year as a golf links this year making it one of the olgest Golf Clubs in Ireland.
Dooks Golf Club, situated in a panoramic setting in a corner of Dingle Bay which is on the Wild Atlantic Way was founded in 1889 and is one of the ten oldest Golf Clubs in Ireland.  Golf was first played on this particular stretch of true sea-side links by soldiers from The Curragh (where golf came to Ireland in 1883), who were billeted in nearby Glenbeigh for artillery practice on the Rossbeigh dunes.
For many years Dooks was a 9-hole course whose original members were from the titled residents of Caragh Lake or active and retired members of the Army.  Over the years business and professional people from Killorglin and mid-Kerry tried their hands at golf and became enraptured by the magic of Dooks and intrigued by the game of golf.
The 9-hole golf course at Dooks was played on land that was part of the Besford McGregor Estate and from whom Dooks had a 75 year lease. When this lease was up in 1965 the owners were anxious to sell the land to a third party (believed to be interested in building a hotel in the area). The members ran a national Press Campaign – including a Press Conference in the Gresham Hotel, Dublin – and eventually the owners agreed to sell the land to Dooks Members for £7,000.
This might sound like a small sum but at the time the club had only about 20 active members and the annual income was £1,000.  Bord Failte gave a very generous grant of £3,500 and the members raised the rest by a Development Bond Scheme, costing £5 per bond.  Current members are eternally grateful to the members and subscribers who organised this magnificent effort and saved Dooks for the future enjoyment of generations to come.
Having obtained ownership of the land, the members set about extending the 9-holes. They designed and physically built the “new 9″ themselves for a total expenditure of £3,500.  A magificent achievement which would not have been possible without the commitment and generosity of the members at that time.
The 18-Holes were opened in 1970 by the President of the GUI, Mr Gerry Owens and over the next 30 years the reputation of Dooks as an honest test of traditional links golf spread worldwide.  The clubhouse, which was just a tin shack in the 1960′s went through 5 different “makeovers” before the present magnificent building was opened in 2005.
In 2002, the committee felt that the layout of Dooks’ course needed to be upgraded and renowned architect Martin Hawtree was asked to “have a look” and come up with suggestions.  This resulted in a complete overhaul and the revamped Dooks was opened in 2006.  The new Hawtree design has put Dooks in the forefront of Links Golf and its reputation for excellent golf in a magical setting with a renowned friendly atmosphere is the envy of golf clubs worldwide and remains to this day one of Ireland’s leading golf links.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
Sheila Burke 1989 Ladies Captain
J. A. O'Dwyer 1989 Men's Captain
S. M. O'Sullivan 1989 President
Joan Harmon 1990 Ladies Captain
Owen O'Sullivan 1990 Men's Captain
C. A. Foley 1990 President
Else Stern 1991 Ladies Captain
Ted Houlihan 1991 Men's Captain
P. J. Foley 1991 President
Eileen Griffin 1992 Ladies Captain
Catherine Brick 1992 Ladies President
Dave Marchant 1992 Men's Captain
P. J. Foley 1992 President
Catherine Foley 1993 Ladies Captain
Catherine Brick 1993 Ladies President
Austin O'Reilly 1993 Men's Captain
Colleen Walsh 1993 President
Anne Roantree 1994 Ladies Captain
Sheila Burke 1994 Ladies President
Gene Aherne 1994 Men's Captain
Colin Walsh 1994 President
Sandra Khan 1995 Ladies Captain
Anne Mangan 1995 Ladies President
Shane O'Reilly 1995 Men's Captain
John Kinch 1995 President
Rose Cunningham 1996 Ladies Captain
Margaret Shanahan 1996 Ladies President
Michael Sullivan 1996 Men's Captain
John Kinch 1996 President
Kathleen Sugrue 1997 Ladies Captain
Ann Eadie 1997 Ladies President
John Breen 1997 Men's Captain
J. B. O'Shea 1997 President
Brenda Brick 1998 Ladies Captain
Sheila O'Doherty 1998 Ladies President
Tom Foley 1998 Men's Captain
J. B. O'Shea 1998 President
Helen Aherne 1999 Ladies Captain
Margaret O'Sullivan 1999 Ladies President
Aidan Gannon 1999 Men's Captain
W. D. O'Grady 1999 President
Sheelagh Yeates 2000 Ladies Captain
Muriel Boyle 2000 Ladies President
Conor O'Mahony 2000 Men's Captain
W. D. O'Grady 2000 President
Madeleine Crowley 2001 Ladies Captain
Lillian Carmody 2001 Ladies President
Patrick O'Connor 2001 Men's Captain
Maurice Neligan 2001 President
Mary Curran 2002 Ladies Captain
Phyllis O'Sullivan 2002 Ladies President
Jerome Foley 2002 Men's Captain
Maurice Neligan 2002 President
Kathleen O'Sullivan 2003 Ladies Captain
Kay O'Sullivan 2003 Ladies President
Eric Brick 2003 Men's Captain
Seamus Roantree 2003 President
Helyn O'Neill 2004 Ladies Captain
Frankie Bickel 2004 Ladies President
Fergus Foley 2004 Men's Captain
Seamus Roantree 2004 President
Joan O'Shea 2005 Ladies Captain
Fionnuala Cronin 2005 Ladies President
Mike Breen 2005 Men's Captain
Austin O'Reilly 2005 President
Gillian Mangan 2006 Ladies Captain
Elsa Stern 2006 Ladies President
Aiden O'Shea 2006 Men's Captain
Austin O'Reilly 2006 President
Ann O'Sullivan 2007 Ladies Captain
Margaret O'Donoghue 2007 Ladies President
Donal Brosnan 2007 Men's Captain
Sean O'Sullivan 2007 President
Mary Keane 2008 Ladies Captain
Margaret O'Donoghue 2008 Ladies President
Tom Curran 2008 Men's Captain
Alex Spain 2008 President
Louise Farrell 2009 Ladies Captain
Margaret O'Donoghue 2009 Ladies President
Seamus Shaughnessy 2009 Men's Captain
Gerry Murphy 2009 President
Mary Griffin 2010 Ladies Captain
Helen Aherne 2010 Ladies President
Liam Crowley 2010 Men's Captain
Gerry Murphy 2010 President
Catherine Doyle 2011 Ladies Captain
Helen Aherne 2011 Ladies President
James Long 2011 Men's Captain
Aidan Gannon 2011 President
Mary Inglis 2012 Ladies Captain
John Griffin 2012 Men's Captain
Stephen O'Sullivan 2012 President
Margaret Mulcahy 2013 Ladies Captain
John Noonan 2013 Men's Captain
Gillian Mangan 2013
Shivaun Shanahan 2014 Ladies Captain
John Mangan 2014 Men's Captain
Tom Foley 2014 President
Delia Foley 2015 Ladies Captain
William Murphy 2015 Men's Captain
Declan Mangan
2015 President
Kay Woods 2016 Ladies Captain
Denis Guerin 2016 Men's Captain
  2016 President
Catherine O’Donoghue 2017 Ladies Captain
Vincent Devlin 2017 Men's Captain
Mike Breen 2017 President
Maria Bateman 2018 Ladies Captain
Karl Falvey 2018 Men's Captain
  2018 President
Catherine Spain 2019 Ladies Captain
Jim Guirey 2019 Men's Captain
Kay Keating 2019 President
Rosie Lane 2020 Ladies Captain
Ronan Burke 2020 Men's Captain
Fergus Foley 2020 President
Gavin Boyle 2020 Junior Boy's Captain
Caoilfhin Foley 2020 Junior Girl's Captain
Rosie Lane  2021 Ladies Captain
Ronan Burke 2021 Men's Captain
Fergus Foley 2021 President
Gavin Boyle
2021 Junior Boy's Captain
Caoilfhin Foley 2021 Junior Girl's Captain
Caroline Mahony 2022 Ladies Captain
Austin Shaughnessy 2022 Men's Captain
Rose Cunningham 2022 President
Robert Shields 2022 Junior Boy's Captain
Aisling O’Connor 2022 Junior Girl's Captain
Anne Griffin 2023 Ladies Captain
Derek George 2023 Men's Captain
Michael O'Sullivan 2023 President
Sean O’Donnell 2023 Junior Boy's Captain
  2023 Junior Girl's Captain
Bridget Cahillane 2024 Ladies Captain
Aiden Foley 2024 Men's Captain
Seamus Shaughnessy 2024 President
Mathew Tierney 2024 Junior Boy's Captain
Amelia Shields 2024 Junior Girl's Captain
Tracey Eakin 2024 Lowest Ladies H'cap
Susan Lynch 2024 Lowest Ladies H'cap
Ogie O'Sullivan 2024 Lowest Ladies H'cap
Conor Hickey 2024 Lowest Men's H'cap
Shane Harmon (2) 2024 Lowest Men's H'cap

Holes in One at Dooks

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
E. Brick 8 September 2002 5th   194 yd‘s
Tom McNicholas 1 September 201 13th   150 yd‘s
Martin Mitchell 3 September 2000 13th   150 yd‘s
Aidan O'Shea 23 January 2000 2nd   131 yd‘s
Liz Morton 1 April 1999 2nd   131 yd‘s
Barry Harmon 8 September 2000 9th   183 yd‘s
Michael O'Sullivan 28 January 2001 13th   150 yd‘s
Sandra Kane 22 May 2001 2nd   118 yd‘s
Eamonn McGillycuddy 29 July 2001 9th   183 yd‘s
Michael Johnston 22 July 2001 2nd   131 yd‘s
Michael O'Donoghue 9 June 2001 13th   150 yd‘s
Michael McGillycuddy 5 August 2001 13th   170 yd‘s
Tom McNicholas 26 August 2001 13th   170 yd‘s
Pat Kelly 3 June 2002 2nd   130 yd‘s
Michael Breen 14 December 2002 13th   170 yd‘s
Nuala Curran 8 June 2003 2nd   118 yd‘s
Sean O'Connor 29 July 2003 2nd   131 yd‘s
Diarmuid McElligott 1 October 2003 13th   150 yd‘s
Vincent Heffernan 23 May 2004 13th   170 yd‘s
Dolores Doyle 28 June 2005 8th   143 yd‘s
Lee Johgwon 8 August 2005 8th   183 yd‘s
John Stewart 9 August 2005 8th   165 yd‘s
Nicolas Felic 20 July 2006 4th   174 yd's
Marjorie Simonds-Gooding 17 August 2006 8th   126 yd's
Rick Sheehy 20 August 2006 13th   156 yd's
John Houlihan 4 October 2006 13th   146 yd's
Barry Murphy 22 October 2006 4th   167 yd's
Barry Murphy 8 April 2007 13th   156 yd's
John Pierse 28 September 2007 13th   150 yd's
Stephen Mooney 6 October 2007 4th   165 yd's
Catherine O'Donoghue 6 June 2008 4th   150 yd's
Pat O'Riordan 24 June 2009 8th   156 yd's
John Houlihan        
Emy Koontz 20 July 2022 8th 8-iron 143 yd's