Cill Dara golf club Kildare
Cill Dara Golf Course
Cill Dara Golf Club was founded in 1920 measuring 5,852 m Par 71 with a standard scratch of 70, it is a beautiful 9-hole golf course located on the edge of the Curragh approx. one mile from Kildare town. It is a flat heathland course with no water hazards. The only danger is from trees and furze bushes, which come into play on most holes.
The club has a fine Clubhouse where the visitor is assured of a warm welcome and can enjoy a drink or good food after their round of golf. Cill Dara Golf Club is one of the few 9-hole courses that, has a fulltime professional and pro. Shop.
Societies are welcome and group rates are available.
|Green Fees Midweek:||€20|
|Green Fees Weekends & B.H.:||€20|
|Green Fees with a Member:||€15|
|Green Fees for Opens:||€6/10|
|Full Membership Available:||Yes|
|Full Membership Fee:||€500|
|Full Beginners Membership Fee:||€400|
|Website||Cill Dara golf club website|
|Lady Captain:||Ruth Conlan
|Junior Captain:||Herbie Wilkins & Maria Scully
|Vice-Captains':||& Maria Scully|
|Hon. Secretary:||John Byrne & Esther Loakman|
|Club Pro:||Ger Hall|
|Hon. Treasurer:||Herbie Wilkins & Ann Doyle|
|Comp. Secretary:||Liam Quinlivan & Dolores O’Shea|
General Facts & Information
|Course opening hours: Daylight hours||Clubhouse opening hours: 9.30am to 11.30pm|
|Mobile phones: Not on course
||Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim|
|Catering: Full catering, facilities||Days to Avoid: Sundays & Wednesdays|
|Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other Days||Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance|
Cill Dara Golf Club Fixtures 2021 provisional*
|Open & Major Fixtures 2020 (Confirmed)|
|Lady Captain's Drive-In||Wednesday 11 March||Closed||1|
|Captain's Drive-In||Sunday 15 March||Closed||1|
|Lady Vice-Captain's Prize||Wednesday 17 June||Closed||1|
|Vice-Captain's Prize||Friday 20 June||Sunday 22 June||Closed||3|
|Vice-Captain's Prize||Saturday 21 June||Closed||1|
|Vice-Captain's Prize||Sunday 22 June||Closed||1|
|Lady Captain's Prize Day 1
||Wednesday 15 July||Closed||1|
|Lady Captain's Prize||Saturday 18 July||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize (Q)||Friday 24 July||Sunday 26 July||Closed||3|
|Captain's Prize (Q)||Saturday 25 July||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize (Q)||Sunday 26 July||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize to the Ladies||Wednesday 29 July||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize||Sunday 2 August
|President's Prize to the Ladies||Wednesday 19 August
|President's Prize||Friday 21 August||Sunday 23 August||Closed||3|
||Saturday 22 August
||Sunday 23 August
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesday 17 March||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Friday 27 March||Sunday 29 March||Open||3|
|Singles Stableford||Saturday 28 March||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 29 March||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Monday 13 April||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Friday 24 April||Sunday 26 April||Open||3|
|Singles Stableford||Saturday 25 April||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 26 April||Open||1|
|Junior Scratch Cup||Friday 1 May
||Sunday 3 May||Open||3|
|Junior Scratch Cup||Saturday 2 May
|Junior Scratch Cup||Sunday 3 May||Open||1|
|Inter. Scratch Cup||Friday 1 May||Sunday 3 May||Open||3|
|Inter. Scratch Cup||Saturday 2 May||Open||1|
|Inter. Scratch Cup||Sunday 3 May||Open||1|
|Minor Scratch Cup||Friday 1 May||Sunday 3 May||Open||3|
|Minor Scratch Cup||Saturday 2 Mayl
|Minor Scratch Cup||Sunday 3 May||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Monday 4 May||Open||1|
|4-Ball Betterball||Friday 15 May||Sunday 17 May||Open||3|
|4-Ball Betterball||Saturday 16 May||Open||1|
|4-Ball Betterball||Sunday 17 May||Open||1|
|Start of Open Week||Saturday 23 May||Monday 1 June
|Singles Strokes||Saturday 23 May||Open||1|
||Sunday 24 May||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford
||Monday 25 May||Open||1|
|Seniors Singles Stableford
||Tuesday 26 May||Open||1|
|Ladies Singles Stableford||Wednesday 27 May
|4-Person Champagne Scramble||Thursday 28 May
|Singles Stableford||Friday 29 May
||Saturday 30 May
|Singles Stableford||Saturday 30 May
|Mixed Shotgun Start||Sunday 31 May||Open||1|
|10-Hole Team Event
||Sunday 31 May
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Monday 1 June
|Cill Dara Pro-Am
||Friday 19 June||IPGA
|Fourball 9/10 H’cap||Friday 26 June||Sunday 28 June||Open||3|
|Fourball 9/10 H’cap||Saturday 27 June||
|Fourball 9/10 H’cap||Sunday 28 June||Open||1|
|Cill Dara RFC Classic||Friday 3 July||Sunday 5 July
|Cill Dara RFC Classic||Saturday 4 July||Open||1|
|Cill Dara RFC Classic||Sunday 5 July||Open||1|
|Ladies 2-Person Team Event||Monday 6 July||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Monday 3 August||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Saturday 15 August||Open||1|
|Ladies “Play in Pink” Fourball
||Friday 24 August||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Saturday 12 September||Sunday 13 September
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 13 September||Open||1|
Card of the Course
|Red||Par 72 SSS 71 5,627 yd's|
|Blue||Par 71 SSS 70 6,576 yd's|
Men's Course Record: 64 Ger Hall (0)
Ladies Course Record:
Cill Dara Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield when they beat Castlecomer Golf Club in the Provincial Semi-Final by 3½-matches to 1½-matches and met Newlands Golf Club by 3-matches to 2-matches which was clinched on the 22th on 22th July at Greenore Golf Club.
They made their way to Westport Golf Club to participate in the All-Ireland deciders.
They were drawn against Connacht Champions Castlebar Golf Club on 20th September and lost out by 3½-matches to 1½-matches to the Mayo club.
In the top match Mark Dowling with Paul Moran lost their match by 4 and 3 against Ray and Declan Prendergast, they were followed by Desmond Scahill with Anthony McCormack against Sean Haugh with Padraig Rice was recorded as a halve when called-in, next on the tee was Michael Malone with Christy Roche lost their match against David Molloy with Val Jennings by 5 and 3, in the penultimate match Colin O’Leary with Declan Loakman had a very comfortable 8 and 7 win against John Ouigley with Paul Fitzgerald and in the bottom match Nigel Flanagan with Eddie Cross lost out to Colin Dawson with Pat Waldron by 3 and 1.
Cill Dara Golf Club win the All-Ireland Jimmy Bruen Shield on Saturdat 17th September 2016 at Carton House Golf Club having won the Leinster Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield at Howth Golf Club on Sunday 30th July 2016, when they beat Greenore Golf Club by 3½ matches to 1½ matches in the Semi-Final and accounted for Elm Park Golf Club by a similar score in the Leinster Final.
The made the short journey to Carton House to represent Leinster for the first time in the Cup & Shields and were drawn against Munster Champions Muskery Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final and again had a 3½ matches to 1½ matches over the Cork club.
They were led out by Ray Mackey with Christopher Harhen who halved their match against Andrew Gray with Tony Gardiner, they were followed by James Dunne with Ciaran Ryan who had a 4 and 3 win over Sean Geary with Gary Lucas, next on the tee were Tom Friary with Pat Garry who lost to Paul Herlihy with Fionn Hickey by 2 and 1 the penultimate match of David Fox with Declan Plunkett went 3 and 2 to Cill Darr against Fergal Murphy with Michael O’Brien in the bottom match Patrick Hopkins with Christy Roche clinched their place in the All-Ireland decider with a 5 and 3 win over Michael O’Callaghan with Jack Taylor.
They met Connacht Champions Athenry Golf Club in the All-Ireland Final, Athenry had accounted for Ulster Champions Fortwilliam Golf Club by 3-matches to 2-matches in their Semi-Final. They were led out again by Ray Mackey with Christopher Harhen who lost their match against Ethan Regan with Oisin O’Connell by 2 and 1, next up were James Dunne with Ciaran Ryan who recorded a 2-hole loss to David Flaherty with David Mooney 2, they were followed by David Kelly with Desmond Scahill who put the first points on the board with a 3 and 2 win over Sean O’Connell with Paul Molloy in the penultimate match David Fox with Declan Plunkett tied things up when they recorded a 2 and 1 win over beat Ian Kelly with Mark Moran, in the bottom match with the green pennant depending on the outcome Patrick Hopkins wit Christy Roche against Ciaran Coughlan with Seamus Burke went up the 19th before clinching Cill Dara’s First Green Pennant with a 3-matches to 2-matches victory in its long history founded in 1920. Well done lads.
Cill Dara Golf Club won the FBD Barton Cup in 2004, when the team was, Rory Cleary, Mick Murphy, Dessie Scahill, Niall Kennedy, Sean Dowling, Pat Doyle, Kit Harhen, Pat Hopkins, Dara Conlan, Tommie Kinane, Christy Roche, Paul Judge, John Cunneen, Martin Whiteley, they were managed by Joe Moran.
They won the Brennan Cup in 2003, when the team was, Joe Moran, Paul Ennis, John Cunneen, Christy Roche, Paul Magee, Pat Hopkins, James Dunne, Tommie Kinane, Rory Cleary, Joe Waters, David Gil, they were managed by Ger Heffernan and Martin Whiteley.
They won the Cullen Trophy in 2003, when the team was, Dermot Corcoran, Pat Hopkins, Joe Moran, Christy Roche, Tommie Kinane, Ruth Conlan, Lily O'Connor, Kathleen King, Alice Moran, Mary Keegan and Phil Murphy.
Prior to 2001:
They were County Champions in the J. B. Carr Diamond Trophy in 1996, when the team was, P. Dowling, S. Coughlan, J. Kennedy, J. Clohessy, J. Glenny, M. Fahy, K. Prendergast, R. Dolan, D. Bradley, F. Hyland and D. Sommers.
They won the Central Towns Trophy in 1995.
They won the Michael Moore Cup in 1994, when the team was, J. Kennelly, J. Kilbaine, D. O'Donnell, B. Gleeson, J. White, they were managed by P. Donnelly.
The Boys' of Cill Dara Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Fred Daly Trophy in 1995.
The Ladies of Cill Dara Golf Club won the ILGU Midland District League in 1992 and 1993.
Veteran Reg Dolan, 77 years young, won the Irish Independent Golfer of the Month for September, 2000. He was presented with a beautiful limited edition of a painting by Robert Ballagh and four rounds of golf at Druid's Glen. I, for one, would like to see lots more works of Art as prizes on the prize table. Reg plays his golf three times a week at his club, when he commutes from Dublin. He takes two buses across the city, gets the Arrow to Kildare town and walks the mile and a half to the club.
The day after his 20th birthday, Ger Hall smashed the course record when shooting a 64, beating the previous best by 3 shots.
History of Cill Dara
Instituted 1920 affiliated 1922
Cill Dara attempted to get permission from the War Department to use the Little Curragh for their golf course in 1914, but they said that the application would have to await "the Cessation of the Hostilities
The early records of the club are not available however, a rule book in the GUI archives, dated 1920, gives Mr. A. Anthony as the first Captain.
The Club is situated on the edge of the Curragh Plain, perhaps the oldest and most extensive tract of semi-natural grassland in Europe. An area of international significance with a welth of history and archaelogical features and also home of the thoroughbred racehorse. The Curragh plain was declared a national monument in 1996.
Thus, the golf course is uniquely located, with greens of superb texture and great charachter matched only by the delicate fabric of the fairways. A “lush sward in summer” and a “windy tundra in winter”.
The golf club was founded in 1920 and became affiliated to the GUI the following year. In 1922 the club purchased an army hut for seventy pounds as their new pavilion. By 1933 further renovations to the clubhouse had taken place and by the club had celebrated its silver jubilee, Cill Dara had become very popular with leading amature and professional golfers.
JB Carr, an honorary member, played many times and won the unique Golden Ball competition.
In 1986 the present clubhouse was constructed. The project was completed on schedule, funded entirely by Club members.
Roll of Honour
|Mrs. D. Coe||1989||Ladies Captain|
|Tommy Byrne||1989||Men's Captain|
|C. J. Bergin||1989||President|
|Mrs. A. Moran||1990||Ladies Captain|
|A. Walsh||1990||Men's Captain|
|C. J. Bergin||1990||President|
|Mrs. E. Campion||1991||Ladies Captain|
|A. Walsh||1991||Men's Captain|
|C. J. Bergin||1991||President|
|Mrs. O. Coughlan||1992||Ladies Captain|
|P. Prendergast||1992||Men's Captain|
|C. J. Bergin||1992||President|
|Ms. I. Brennan||1993||Ladies Captain|
|T. Conlon||1993||Men's Captain|
|M. T. O'Donnell||1993||President|
|Ms. A. Somer||1994||Ladies Captain|
|J. Kelly||1994||Men's Captain|
|M. T. O'Donnell||1994||President|
|Mrs. M. Shine||1995||Ladies Captain|
|E. Farrell||1995||Men's Captain|
|M. T. O'Donnell||1995||President|
|Mrs. M. Fullam||1996||Ladies Captain|
|S. Mulqueeney||1996||Men's Captain|
|M. T. O'Donnell||1996||President|
|J. Moran||1997||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. M. Bracken||1997||Ladies Captain|
|M. T. O'Donnell||1997||President|
|Mrs. C. O'Dwyer||1998||Ladies Captain|
|H. Garrett||1998||Men's Captain|
|M. T. O'Donnell||1998||President|
|A. Moran||1999||Ladies Captain|
|Dan Doody||1999||Men's Captain|
|Ester Donnelly||2000||Ladies Captain|
|Tony Monaghan||2000||Men's Captain|
|Betty Fitzpatrick||2001||Ladies Captain|
|Joe Watters||2001||Men's Captain|
|Marie Flanagan||2002||Ladies Captain|
|Gerry McCormack||2002||Men's Captain|
|A. Stevenson||2003||Ladies Captain|
|J. Rooney||2003||Men's Captain|
|Mary Cummins||2004||Ladies Captain|
|Ollie Coughlin||2004||Ladies President|
|Ger Connelly||2004||Men's Captain|
|Kathleen Garrett||2005||Ladies Captain|
|Dermot Corcoran||2005||Men's Captain|
|Catherine O'Donnell||2006||Ladies Captain|
|Paddy Flanagan||2006||Men's Captain|
|Eileen McCabe||2007||Ladies Captain|
|Paddy Hartnett||2007||Men's Captain|
|Catherine Chapman||2008||Ladies Captain|
|Jim Gorman||2008||Men's Captain|
|Ann Doyle||2009||Ladies Captain|
|Art Shirran||2009||Men's Captain|
|Stephanie Conway||2010||Ladies Captain|
|Liam Brennan||2010||Men's Captain|
|Lesley Gorman||2011||Ladies Captain|
|Ollie Meade||2011||Men's Captain|
|Ita Roche||2012||Ladies Captain|
|James P. Kelly||2012||Men's Captain|
|Patricia Ennis||2013||Ladies Captain|
|Martin Morris||2013||Men's Captain|
|Mary Dawson||2014||Ladies Captain|
|Paul Moran||2014||Men's Captain|
|Ann Ryan||2015||Ladies Captain|
|Paul Ennis||2015||Men's Captain|
|Esther Loakman||2016||Ladies Captain|
|Sean De Paor||2016||Men's Captain|
|Dolores O'Shea||2017||Ladies Captain|
|Aidan McKeown||2017||Men's Captain|
|Edwina Hanley||2018||Ladies Captain|
|John Conlon||2018||Men's Captain|
|Majella Howard||2019||Ladies Captain|
|Nicky Brennan||2019||Men's Captain|
|Ruth Conlan||2020||Ladies Captain|
|Des Scahill||2020||Men's Captain|
|Graine Gill (10)||2020
||Lowest Ladies H'cap|
|Ger Hall (0)||2020
||Lowest Men's H'cap|
Holes in One at Cill Dara
|Member||Date||Hole No.||Club Used||Distance|
|Pat Mahon||1 July 1989||2nd||7-Iron||126 m|
|E. Cullagh||2 May 1999||8th||175 m|
|Martin Whiteley||15 June 2003||2nd||126 m|
|James Dunne||2 August 2003||8th||193 m|
|Martin Whiteley||17 September 2003||11th||141 m|
|W. C. Kelly||3 April 2004||2nd||142 m|
|Patrick Kelly||14 August 2005||8th||200 m|