Ballina golf club Mayo
Ballina Golf Course
Ballina is one of the most scenic parkland courses in the West of Ireland. Designed by the late great Eddie Hackett, measuring 6,175 yards is a par-71 with a standard scratch of 69. The present course was part of the former Jones Estate at Musgrove, with evocative landmarks as "The Larch Woods" and "The Rookery" recalling the days before the acquisition of the lands in 1924.
Set in rolling parklands, on the outskirts of the town, with a backdrop of the Ox Mountains and the Majestic dome of Nephin. Your game of golf at Ballina will encounter panoramic views of the rolling countryside gorse clad hills and wooded acres. Eddie Hackett had the following to say about the course "Ballina has created an interesting, testing and fair golf course. The eighteen hole course is in an ideal setting offering the golfer variety, challenge, interest and above all, enjoyable golf."
Ballina has a fine clubhouse and the visitor is assured of the warmest of West of Ireland welcomes that is extended to all.
Societies are welcome and group rates are available.
|Green Fees Midweek:||€30|
|Green Fees Weekends & B.H.:||€30|
|Green Fees after 6pm:
|Green Fees Juniors:
|Green Fees with a Member:||€20|
|Green Fees for Opens:||€20|
|Club Hire: €15
|Buggy Hire: €30
|Full Membership Available:||Yes|
|Ladies Full Membership:||€595|
|Husband & Wife Membership:||€1,000|
|Ladies Beginners Membership:||€199|
|Ladies Veterans Membership:||€525|
|Distance Membership outside50k:||€250|
|Junior Membership from:||€90|
|Website||Ballina golf club website|
|Lady Captain:||Marie McLoughlin|
|Presidents':||Gerry Connor & Mary Doherty|
|Vice-Captains':||Seamus Mulchrone & Helen Gallagher|
|Hon. Secretary:||John Horgan & Josephine O’Hora|
|Club Pro:||Eddie Tracy|
|Hon. Treasurer:||Des Cronin & Bertha Cooke|
|Comp. Secretary:||John O’Connor & Pauline Gilger-Tuohy|
General Facts & Information
|Course opening hours: Daylight hours||Clubhouse opening hours: 9.00am to 10.00pm Summer|
Mobile phones: Not on course
|Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim|
|Catering: Full catering, facilities||Days to Avoid: Sunday mornings|
|Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other times||Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance|
Ballina Golf Club Fixtures 2018 provisional*
|Open & Major Fixtures 2018 (to be Confirmed)|
|Captains' Drive-In||Sunday 8 April||Closed||1|
|Vice-Captain's Prize||Sunday 20 May
|Lady Captain's Prize||Sunday 1 July||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize||Sunday 22 July||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize to the Ladies
||Thursday 19 July||Closed||1|
|Lady President's Prize||Sunday 12 August
|President's Prize||Sunday 26 August||Closed||1|
|Vice-President's Prize||Sunday 16 September||Closed||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 4 April||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 11 April||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 18 April||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 25 April
|Ladies Singles Stableford(The Ice House)
||Saturday 28 April
||Monday 30 April
|Ladies Singles Stableford(The Ice House)||Sunday 29 April
|Ladies Singles Stableford(The Ice House)||Monday 30 April
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 2 May||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 9 May||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 15 May||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 23 May||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 30 May
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 6 June||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 13 June||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 20 June||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 27 June||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 4 July||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 11 July||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 18 July||Open||1|
|Irish Junior Foursomes Connacht Final
||Tuesday 24 July||GUI||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 25 July||Open||1|
|Start of Open Week||Wednesday 1 August||Wednesday 8 August||Open||7
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 1 August||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Thursday 2 August||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Fridayday 3 August||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Saturday 4 August||Open||1|
||Sunday 5 August||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Monday 6 August||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesrday 7 August||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 8 August||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 15 August||Open
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 22 August||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 29 August
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 5 September||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 12 September||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 19 September||Open||1|
|Lady Captain's Charity Day||Thursday 20 September||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 26 September||Open||1
Card of the Course
|White||Par 71 SSS 68 6,175 yd's|
|Red||Par 72 SSS 70 5,219 yd's|
|Green||Par 71 SSS 67 5,778 yd's|
Ballina Golf Club won the Connaught Final of the Irish Junior Cup at Loughrea Golf Club on Sunday 7th August 2011.
They made the long journey to Castlerock Golf Club to compete in the All-Ireland deciders the following September, they were drawn against Munster Champions Mitchelstown Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final. First on the tee was Jonathan Kelly who lost out to John Cahill by 4 and 3, next up was Liam Casey who los to Sean Lane by 3 and 1, he was followed by Jonathan Doherty who beat Adrian Gamble by 3 and 2, the penultimate match of Kenneth Lawrence went 4 and 3 to John Maguire, in the bottom match of Noel Dee was halved against Clem Leonard.
Mitchelstown went on the clinch the green pennant the following day when the beat Ulster Champions Lurgan Golf Club by 4-matches to 1-match the following day.
The Ladies of Ballina Golf Club won the Connaught Final of the Challenge Cup in the ILGU Inter-club Championship when they beat Bearna Golf Club by 3½ matches to 1½ matches at Donegal Golf Club on Saturday 21st August 2010.
They made the long journey to Donabate Golf Club where they met East-Leinster Champions Dun Laoghaire Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Saturday 25th September.
First on the tee was Josephine O'Hora (30) who win her match against Emer O'Sullivan (30) by 2 and 1, she was followed by Eithne Daly (31) who went all the way to the 19th-green before winning her match against Helen Waters (31), next up was Shauna Smith (31) who lost out to Katherine Verso (32) by 3 and 2, the penultimate match of Maire McLoughlin (33) against was a similar result against Maureen Duggan (32), it was all down to the bottom match of Ann McLoughlin (34) against Bernie Keogh (33) when Dun Laoghaire won by the slimmest of margins with a 1-hole victory .
Ballina Golf Club won their first All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup at Monkstown Golf Club on Thursday 18th September 2008, when they beat Naas Golf Club in a trilling final.
It was on to Monkstown Golf Club outside of Cork City where the met Munster Champions Adare Manor Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Wednesday 17th September 2008.
When the team was, Bryan Cox, Stephen Lydon, Pat Howley, Paul McLoughlin, Robert Dervin, Jonathan Kelly & Michel McLoughlin.
First on the tee was Robert Dervin against John Hickey, who lost his match by 3 and 2, he was followed by Pat Howley, who had a very convincing 6 and 5 win over David Carroll. Next up was Stephen Lydon who had a 1-hole win over Brian Hickey. The penultimate match saw Jonathan Kelly go down by 5 and 3 to Martin Costello, the bottom match saw Paul McLoughlin deliver the vital point when he beat Damian Harrington by 4 and 2.
The following morning they met Leinster Champions Naas Golf Club in the All-Ireland Final, Bryan Cox lead against Ray Lynch and had a 1-hole win over the Kildare clubman. He was followed by Pat Howley against Eoin McCormack, this match went all the way to the 19th-hole before Ballina recorded their 2nd point. Next up was Stephen Lydon who had a comfortable 3 and 2 win over Gus Fitzpatrick. The next two matches went Naas’s way with Jonathan Kelly going down to David Prendergast by 3 and 2 and Paul McLoughlin loosing out to Conor O’Rourke by 2 and 1. The points were in the bag and Ballina recorded their first All-Ireland Final in the Cups & Shields. The team on the day was Bryan Cox, Pat Howley, Stephen Lydon, Jonathan Kelly and Paul McLoughlin.
Ballina Golf Club were runners-up in the Jack O’Sullivan Trophy on Sunday 9th September 2006, when they beaten by Ballinasloe Golf Club by 6 and halve matches to 3 and halve matches.
The first leg was played was played at Ballinasloe on Sunday 2nd September when Dermot Dunican with Frank Donohue beat Paul Moran with Thomas Forde by 7 and 5. They were followed by Alan McGuire with Mark Conneely who beat Paul McLoughlin and Paul Judge by 3 and 2. Next up were Shane Kelly with Brendan Naughton who had a very convincing win over Michael McLoughlin with Brendan Lawrence by 7 and 6. The final match of Kevin Cunniffe with Brian Conneely went all the way to the 22nd-hole before the Mayo men clamed the point.
The second leg was played at Ballina on Saturday 9th September, when Dermot Dunican with Frank Donohue secured the first point for the Galway club on the 20th-hole, when they beat the pair of Pat Howley with Brendan Lawrence. Next up was Brendan Naughton with Tony Broderick who lost to Paul Moran with Thomas Forde by a single-hole. They were followed by Alan McGuire and Mark Conneely who lost out to Michael McLoughlin with Padraig Moran who again lost by the single-hole. The final match of Kevin Cunniffe with Brian Conneely beat John Doherty with Denis Forde by 3 and 2, this resulted in the match between Kevin Roche and Enda Finn against Paul McLoughlin with Robert McGinty being called in.
Michael Durcan won the Mayo Crystal Young Golfer of the Year Award with a total of 115.5 points followed by Tommy McGowan from neighbouring Strandhill on 81 points.
Ballina won the Cecil Ewing Shield Final in 2006 when they beat Gort Golf Club in the Final by 7 matches to 3 matches. The first leg was played away at Gort Golf Club on 16th September with the second leg played at home on 30th September.
Denis Bourke with Aidan Sweeney lost to Ronnie Killeen with Kieran Cullinane by 3 and 2. They were followed by Keith Cunningham with Dermot Timlin against Gerry Finn with John Forde who won their match by 2 and 1. Next up were Kieran O’Rourke with John Irwin who lost out to George Fahy with David Burke by a single hole. Eddie Keigher with Padraig Glancy beat Tom Barry with Finbar Gantly Snr. By 4 and 3. The final match of Padraig Naughton with Ollie Bolton against Tom Finneran with Alan Hynes was decided by a single hole in favour of the Galway men.
The Second Leg took place at home on Saturday 30th September where local knowledge came to the fore. First up were Padraig Naughton with Ollie Bolton against Gerry Finn with John Forde who had a comfortable 4 and 3 win. They were followed by Kieran O’Rourke with John Irwin against George Fahy with David Burke who recorded a 3 and 2 win for the home side. Next up were Denis Bourke with Aidan Sweeney against Tom Finneran with Alan Hynes, this match was called in and a halve declared. Kieran Cunningham with Dermot Timlin had a very convincing victory over Ronnie Killeen with Kieran Cullinane by a 7 and 6 margin. This resulted in the final match between Eddie Keigher with Padraig Glancy against Tom Barry with Finbar Gantly Snr. being called in and a halve being recorded.
Ballina Golf Club won the All-Ireland Junior Foursomes in 1989, when the team was Richard Doherty, Joseph Corcoran, Sean Hefferan, Paul Howley, they were captained by John Doherty and selected by Noel Dee.
Ballina Golf Club won the All-Ireland Irish Mixed Foursomes in 1975, when the team was T. McLoughlin, J. Corcoran, L. Mitchell, S. Egan, N. McLoughlin, P. Rowe, M. Rowe, M. Jennings, D. Kelly and they were captained by M. Walsh.
They won the Connaught Shield in 1960, when the team was, M. Ruddy, P. Crean, T. Walshe, J. Jennings, J. Quigley, S. Coyne, B. Moylett, F. Mannion, P. Granahan, P. J. McGolderick and they were captained by M. Murphy.
They won it again in 1962, when the team was J. Jennings, A. Walshe, M. Ruddy, B. Moylett, P. J. McGolderick, D. Lambe, S. Coyne, J. Quigley, S. Doyle, P. Granahan and F. Mannion. They were Finalists in the Hibernian Cecil Ewing Shield in 1996 and runners-up in the Jack O'Sullivan Cup the same year.
The Ladies of Ballina Golf Club were British and Irish Champions in the Daly Mail Foursomes in 1988, when the team was Rene Corcoran and Doherty.
They won the Connaught Intermediate Team Event in 1986, when the team was Rene Corcoran, Mary Gallagher, Adrienna Stewart, Mary O'Sullivan and Jean Rodgers.
They won the County Cup in 1996, when the team was Christine Dee, Ann Marie Hughes, Siobhan Hughes, Mary Armb, Kathleen Connor, Maureen Connolly, Margaret Clarke and Mary Browne. They also won it in 1992, when the team was G. Rodgers, B. Gallagher, M. Clarke, E. Loftus, A. Stewart, R. Corcoran and M. Doherty.
They won the County Cup in 1991, when the team was J. Flynn, A. Stewart, E. Foody, M. Doherty, P. Rowley and I. McGrath. the I. L. G. U. Western District Team Event in 1984, the Huzzar Ladies Foursomes in 1988, the team was Dorothy McKena, Adrienne Stewart, Mary Lawrence and Mary Doherty.
They won the Connaught Trophy in 1980, when the team was D. Kelly, M. Flanagan, M. Jennings, M. Walsh and F. Donoghue.
Ballina Golf Club won the Ladies County Cup, in 1999.
Members who played representative golf for their Province;
J. Corcoran represented Connacht at Senior Interprovincial level from 1978 to 1984 playing 23-times won 7-matches halved one and lost 15-matches accumulating 15-points;
B. Moylett represented Connacht at Senior Interprovincial level in 1956 playing 4-times won 0-matches and lost 4-matches accumulating 0-points;
J. Quigley represented Connacht at Senior Interprovincial level from 1956 to 1959 playing 20-times won 5-matches halved three and lost 12-matches accumulating 13-points;
S. Heffernan represented Connacht as a Youth Interprovincial from 1990 to 1991 playing 8-times won 0-matches and lost 8-matches accumulating 0-points;
P. Ruddy represented Connacht as a Youth Interprovincial in 1969 playing 2-times;
Jonathan Doherty played in the inaugural Boys under-15 Interprovincial Championships in 2010, playing 3-matches won 1-match halved one and lost 1-matches accumulating 3-points;
History of Ballina
Instituted 1910 affiliated 1924
The Irish Golfers Guide, 1911, describes Ballina Golf Club as "A nine-hole course, situated within ten minutes walk of Ballina Station". Its first President was John Garvey, Downhill, Ballina. The Captain was H. Scroope and the Hon. Secretary was John Flanagan. The Great War caused the club to close in 1914, but re-opened shortly after the war. It was marked out by Chas. H. Wilkinson, of Malahide, and was 2,185 yards long.
What the Club tells us:
Ballina Golf Club moved to it’s present location at Mossgrove in 1924, but there is clear evidence that the club is in existence since 1910. Members played on a nine hole course at Knockleigh, within ten minutes walk from Ballina Railway Station. Harold Scroope was first Captain, John Garvey was President, with John Flanagan as Hon. Secretary.
Annual subscription was one guinea (twenty one shillings) for men and 10/6 (ten shillings and six pence) for ladies. The course at Knockleigh was 2185 yards in length and was marked out by Charles H Wilkinson of Malahide in September 1910.
The club was to move on to John Garvey’s property, known as Davis’s field, on Quay Road before finally settling in its present home at Mossgrove in 1924.
This property was part of the Jones Estate in South Ardnaree and the 63 acres was leased for £90 a year. The lease was for 21 years but after 7 yrs the rent was reduced to £50 and was later bought outright.
John Hosford was Captain and James Kilgallon, a local man was appointed green keeper in his 70th year.
The course was initially mapped out by "Doddy" Guy and William Huggard and later developed as the original 9 hole course by Messers Crabbe and Beattie from Dunlops.
The former caretaker’s house was converted into the first clubhouse.
The club gradually developed at Mossgrove but there were some lean times during the war years when it was barely ticking over. At one stage there was even pressure from local farmers to have the land divided for producing food! Everything was rationed and at one stage the bar manager was ordered to only sell golf balls to members if he was satisfied they were not stockpiling them! A further sign of the times in the war years saw the sixth and eighth fairways lined with stone filled barrels to prevent planes landing!
The clubhouse was updated and renovated in 1974 during the captaincy of Dr. E Boyle. The official opening was celebrated by the staging of an exhibition match featuring four internationals, Eddie Dunne, Rupert de lacy Staunton, Mark Gannon and Hugh Mc Keon.
However, by the mid eighties the winds of change were blowing and towns of comparable size to Ballina were expanding their golfing facilities. Our attractive, scenic 9 holes would not be adequate in the years ahead. An EGM in July 1985 presided over by Club Captain Sean Rowley gave the green light to embark on the purchase of land with a view to expanding to 18 holes. Eleven acres were acquired from Mrs. Wallace of Shanaghy and in subsequent years further parcels of land were bought from Oliver Kilgallon, Mrs. Furey and Terry McCole. Well known golf architect Eddie Hackett was appointed course designer and after a number of feasibility studies, Frank Higgins, who had built Galway Bay, was appointed course developer. A wet summer in 1994 delayed completion but in September 1995 the new 18 hole course was officially opened by Enda Kenny TD, Minister for Sport.
One great challenge remained however! The 1974 clubhouse was by now well and truly dated and after a period of intense fundraising and a few false starts, a new modern facility was fast becoming a reality. Michael O’Malley and Sons were appointed builders and a new ultra modern clubhouse was completed in July 2005 during the captaincy of Des Sweeney.
The farseeing pioneering work of past decades has produced a wonderful amenity for the golfers of the North Mayo Region and a valuable commercial resource for the Ballina area.
Roll of Honour
|Mrs. R. Corcoran||1990||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. M. Jennings||1990||Ladies President|
|T. Langan||1990||Men's Captain|
|Michael J. Murphy||1990||President|
|Mrs. M. Connolly||1991||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. M. Jennings||1991||Ladies President|
|S. Browne||1991||Men's Captain|
|Michael J. Murphy||1991||President|
|Mrs. P. Rowley||1992||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. M. Jennings||1992||Ladies President|
|G. O'Sullivan||1992||Men's Captain|
|Mrs. I. McGrath||1993||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. I. Quinn||1993||Ladies President|
|J. Mulligan||1993||Men's Captain|
|Mrs. M. Howley||1994||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. I. Quinn||1994||Ladies President|
|J. A. Fahy||1994||Men's Captain|
|Mrs. M. Fitzpatrick||1995||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. I. Quinn||1995||Ladies President|
|Greg Jackson||1995||Men's Captain|
|Mrs. M. Armb||1996||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. B. Kenny||1996||Ladies President|
|Benny Di Lucia||1996||Men's Captain|
|Siobhan Leonard||1997||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. B. Kenny||1997||Ladies President|
|Josie Doherty||1997||Men's Captain|
|Jean Rodgers||1998||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. B. Kenny||1998||Ladies President|
|Joe Tuohy||1998||Men's Captain|
|Mrs. M. Walsh||1999||Ladies President|
|Des Farrell||1999||Men's Captain|
|Christine Dee||2000||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs M. Walsh||2000||Ladies President|
|Gerry Connor||2000||Men's Captain|
|Mrs. Mary Doherty||2001||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. Mary O'Sullivan||2001||Ladies President|
|Nicky McLoughlin||2001||Men's Captain|
|Mary Lawrance||2002||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. Mary O'Sullivan||2002||Ladies President|
|John Doherty||2002||Men's Captain|
|Sadie Bourke||2003||Ladies Captain|
|Mary Loftus||2003||Ladies President|
|Eamonn Ruddy||2003||Men's Captain|
|Kathleen Connor||2004||Ladies Captain|
|Mary Loftus||2004||Ladies President|
|Charles Doherty||2004||Men's Captain|
|Margaret Clarke||2005||Ladies Captain|
|Breege Burke||2005||Ladies President|
|Desmond Sweeney||2005||Men's Captain|
|Eithne Daly||2006||Ladies Captain|
|Breege Bourke||2006||Ladies President|
|Tommy Cronin||2006||Men's Captain|
|Stephanie Stapleton||2007||Ladies Captain|
|Maureen Connolly||2007||Ladies President|
|Ernie Caffrey||2007||Men's Captain|
|Donna McLoughlin||2008||Ladies Captain|
|Maureen Connolly||2008||Ladies President|
|Eamonn Brogan||2008||Men's Captain|
|Clair Cooke||2009||Ladies Captain|
|Maureen Connolly||2009||Ladies President|
|Michael O'Malley||2009||Men's Captain|
|Frances Bourke||2010||Ladies Captain|
|Pauline Rowley||2010||Ladies President|
|Des Cronin||2010||Men's Captain|
|Teresa McGuire||2011||Ladies Captain|
|Siobhan Leonard||2011||Ladies President|
|Gerry Tuffy||2011||Men's Captain|
|Pauline Gilger-Tuohy||2012||Ladies Captain|
|Siobhan Leonard||2012||Ladies President|
|Paddy O'Donnell||2012||Men's Captain|
|Elaine Smith||2013||Ladies Captain|
|Joe Murphy||2013||Men's Captain|
|Bertha Cooke||2014||Ladies Captain|
|Phil Cronin||2014||Ladies President|
|Gerry Mulligan||2014||Men's Captain|
|Mary Caulfield||2015||Ladies Captain|
|Martin McElliggot||2015||Men's Captain|
|Christine Dee||2016||Ladies President|
|Noel Dee||2016||Men's Captain|
|Ann White||2017||Ladies Captain|
|Mary Doherty||2017||Ladies President|
|Tommy Cooke||2017||Men's Captain|
|Marie McLoughlin||2018||Ladies Captain|
|Mary Doherty||2018||Ladies President|
|Ollie Bolton||2018||Men's Captain|
|Frances Burke (10)
||2018||Lowest Ladies H'cap|
|Brendan Kilgallon (5)||2018||Lowest Men's H'cap|
Holes in One at Ballina
|Member||Date||Hole No.||Club Used||Distance|
|Brendan Kilgallon||4 June 2000||14th||137 yd’s|
|Des Sweeney||25 June 2000||14th||137 yd’s|
|Paul Harney||24 July 2000||14th||137 yd’s|
|David Murray||21 January 2001||16th||173 yd’s|
|Des Sweeney||25 June 2001||14th||137 yd’s|
|John Doherty||22 July 2001||7th||197 yd’s|
|Colin Hennigan||01 June 2016||14th||137 yd's|