Birr golf club Offaly

Birr golf course Offaly

Birr Golf Course

Birr Club Crest

The post-glacial terrain of Birr’s 18-hole course, with its glens and eskers, presents a challenge to the most discerning of golfers.
Established in 1893, originally part of the estate of the Earl of Rosse, the course measures 5,824 m.
The combination of natural sweeps, hollows and hillocks along with carefully designed course layout provides an exiting challenge to golfers of all levels of experience.
The fairways sweep beautifully towards the carefully manicures greens. This is a magnificent golf course, with the clubhouse facilities to match.
Situated in the centre of Ireland and within a short drive of all major sea and air terminals. The Glenns are a must for all touring golfers, where you are assured of a real Irish welcome, to a recently renovated and modernised golf course complemented by full bar and catering facilities.
Birr is the home course of Richie Coughlan, who played Walker Cup in 1997, now playing his professional golf in the USA and he is being followed by 2001 South of Ireland Champion Justin Kehoe who was 9-under par when finishing the match on the 13th at Lahinch.
Birr has a well-stocked golf shop and driving range located adjacent to the entrance.

Green Fees Midweek: €20
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €20
Green Fees with a Member: €20
Green Fees for Opens: €15
Practice Area: Range
Club Hire: €30
Buggy Hire: €20
Soft Spikes: No
Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee:
Full New Membership Fee Year 1: €450
Full Family Membership Fee: €1,057
Social Membership: €360
Full Studeny U-29 Membership Fee: €165
Full jJuvenile Membership Fee: €75
Full Junior Membership Fee: €50
Entrance Fee: None
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 18
Members 751
Designer Eddie Connaughton
Founded 1893

The Glenns,
Co. Offaly

Telephone 057-91-20082
Website Birr golf club website
Secretary/Manager: Joan Grimes
Captain: Aidan Farrelly
Lady Captain: Laura Nugent
Presidents': Liam Delaney & Brid Guinan
Vice-Captains': Sean Doorley Maura Flannery
Hon. Secretary: Bernadette McTague, Paschal Troy & Mary McGee
Club Pro: Kevin McGrath
Hon. Treasurer: Sean Doorley, Vincent Liffey & Bernadette McTague
Comp. Secretary: Declan Gath & Evelyn Lynch
Birr Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
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General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: 10 .30am to 11.30pm
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: Other Days Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance

Birr Golf Club Fixtures 2021 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2021 (to be Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Captains' Drive-In Sunday
  Closed 1
Captain's Prize to the Ladies Sunday
  Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize to the Men Sunday
  Closed 1
Lady President's Prize to the Men Sunday
  Closed 1
President's Prize Sunday 6 June   Closed 1
President's Prize to the Ladies Sunday 11 July   Closed 1
Captain's Prize (Q) Saturday 7 August Sunday 8 August Closed 2
Captain's Prize (Q) Sunday 8 August   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Saturday 14 August   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Sunday 15 August   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Sunday 15 August   Closed 1
Lady President's Prize Sunday 5 September   Closed 1
Senior Scratch Cup Sunday
  Open 1
Junior Scratch Cup Sunday
  Open 1
Mother & Daughter Sunday
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 12 June Sunday 13 June Open 2
Singles Stableford Sunday 13 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 29 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 4 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 6 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 10 July Sunday 11 July Open 2
Singles Stableford Sunday 11 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 13 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 20 July    Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 27 July
  Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford
Wednesday 28 July
  Open 1
Midland Boys' Strokes Monday 2 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 3 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 7 August Sunday 8 August Open 2
Singles Stableford Sunday 8 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 10 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 17 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 24 August
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 31 August
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 7 September   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 14 September   Open 1
Ladies Singles Sunday 19 September   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 5 October   Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

White Par 70 SSS 70 5,604 m
Red Par 73 SSS 73 4,904 m
Green Par 70 SSS 69 5,400 m
Blue Par 70 SSS 70 5,853 m


Hole No. Blue White Green Par Index Red Par Index
1 337 327 317 4 16 266 4 12
2 131 124 119 3 18 126 4 16
3 382 355 346 4 4
310 3 6
4 285
4 17 249 4 14
5 465
454 5 1
416 5 2
6 466 456 438 5 13
363 5 4
7 364 339 329 4 8
252 4 10
8 169 161 154 3 14
120 3 18
9 396
4 5
325 4 8
Out 2,985
2,793 36   2,427 36  
10 342 329 315 4 7
320 4 1
11 385 379 369 4 10
358 5 13
12 347 341 322 4 6
344 5 9
13 359 352 342 4 9
326 4 3
14 169 161 153 3 11 130 3 7
15 218
145 135 3 2
139 3 15
16 305 294 290 4 15 233 4 11
17 346 338 301 4 12 278 4 5
18 397 388 380 4 2
349 5 17
In 2,868 2,727 2,697 34   2,477 37  
Total 5,853 5,604 5,400 70   4,904 73  
SSS 70 70 69     73    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record: Am 62 Peter Lawrie (+2) 14/07/1996 Pro: 68 Robert J. Browne

Ladies Course Record: 70 Liz Bennett (6) 07/06/1992

Members Achievements

Birr Golf Club won the Central Towns in 2006, when they beat Tullamore Golf Club at Tullamore the team was, Tony McCormack, Fintan Dolan, Tom Moylan, Tony McTague, John Delaney, K. P. Kelly, Ciaran Slevin, Tom Wright and Michael Stephens, they were managed by Paddy Kirwan and Derek Ryan.

Birr Golf Club were Runners-Up to Mullingar Golf Club in the Leinster Final of the Barton Shield at Luttrellstown in 2002. The team was Michael Horan, Seamie Breen, Justin Kehoe, Kenny McGarry and Joe Lyons. They were captained by Michael Lyons.

Lady Captain, Mary Grennan (20) and her Captains Prize winner Kathleen Dooley (17) were beaten into second place on a count back, when they qualified for the National Finals of the Volkswagen-Irish Independent Lady Captains Classic at Co. Sligo Golf Club in August 2002, when they returned 40 points. 

Justin Kehoe won the World Universities Championship and was selected on the Irish Team for the Home Internationals at Royal St. David's Golf Club in Harlech, Wales, from September 11th-13th 2002. 

Justin Kehoe was selected on the Irish Team to play in the Eisenhower Trophy in Kuala Lumpur from the 24th to the 27th October 2002.

Justin Kehoe won the South of Ireland Championship at Lahinch in 2001. He played the most remarkable golf I have ever seen in my life. Yes I have seen "The Tiger" and others. Justin opened up with birdie, eagle, birdie had another on his way to the turn. He then proceeded to ream off four birdies in a row to finish the match. I don’t expect to see that sort of golf again around Lahinch, mind you he did have two three-putts. Justin was selected on the six-man Irish team for the European Strokeplay championship in Denmark on the 22nd to the 25th August 2001, won by none other than Stephen Browne. He then joined his fellow U. C. D students, including Mark Campbell, Paul McDonald and Mark O'Sullivan. when winning the All-Ireland Bulmers Barton Shield at Newlands Golf Club 20th September 2001.

Justin Kehoe was selected together with Graham McDowell, representing Ireland at the Belgium International Juniors, from 22nd to 26th August, 2000. He played for the Irish Youths team against Scotland at Cork G. C. in June, 1999. He also played Leinster Youths in 1998 and 1999 at Waterford G. C. and in April 1999 when they won the Interprovincial Championship having played Leinster Boys from 1996 to 1997, winning 10 of his 12 matches.

A. McIntyre qualified for the National Finals of the Irish Times-Mitsubishi Motors Women's Masters. She returned 30 points in the semi-final at Glasson Golf Hotel & Country Club on the 23rd of August 2001. Then it was on to Galway Bay & Country Club for the Final on 13th September.

Prior to 2001:

Birr won the Irish Mixed Foursomes at Galway in 1979.

They won the Barton Cup in 1994, when the squad was P. Madden, J. O'Neill, T. Nevin, M. McGarry, F. Golding, J. McMenamin, M. Horan, M. Tracey, P. Kirwin, M. Yates, E. Nevin and F. Horan. They were managed by M. Lyons and S. Breen.

Y. Guinan was selected on the I. L. G. U. Junior squad in November 2000.

Joe Lyons went from 3.6 to 0.9 between Jan and July in 1999-that takes a lot of good golf at his level. He won the Gort Scratch Cup in May, followed by the Birr Scratch Cup.

Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;

 Richie Coughlan played Walker Cup at Quaker Ridge G. C. N. Y. in 1997. He represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1991 to 1997 playing 23-times won 12-matches halved three and lost 8-matches accumulating 27-points. He represented Ireland at international Youths level from 1991 to 1995 playing 22-matches, won 16-matches halved two and lost 4-matches accumulating 34-points. He represented Ireland at Irish Boys level from1989 to 1991 playing 23-times won 14-matches halved two and lost 7-matches accumulating 30-points. He represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 1990 to 1997 playing 27-times won 12-matches halved one and lost 14-matches accumulating 25-points. He represented Leinster as a Youth Interprovincial from 1990 to 1992 playing 18-times won 12-matches halved one and lost 5-matches accumulating 25-points. He won the Joe Carr Perpetual Award in 1990, with 115 points;

Justin Kehoe represented Ireland as a Senior International from 2000 to 2003 playing 28-times won 13-matches halved four and lost 10-matches accumulating 30-points. He represented Ireland at international Youths level from 1999 to 2000 playing 10-matches, won 8-matches halved one and lost 1-match accumulating 17-points. He represented Ireland at Irish Boys level in 1998 playing 11-times won 7-matches and lost 4-matches accumulating 14-points. He represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 1999 to 2003 playing 23 -times won 13-matches halved five and lost 5-matches accumulating 31-points. He represented Leinster as a Youth Interprovincial in 1998 to 1999 playing 12-times won 6-matches halved one and lost 5-matches accumulating 13-points. He represented Leinster at Boys  Interprovincial level from 1996 to 1997 playing 12-times won 10-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 20-points;

W. Donlon represented Ireland at Senior (55+) in 2010 playing 3-times won 1-match halved one and lost 1-match accumulating 3-points;

Steven Grant represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level in 2007 playing 5-times won 1-matches and lost 4-matches accumulating 2-points;

History of Birr

Founded 1893, affiliated 1893.

In August 1893, the King's County Chronicle published an account of a game of golf which was played on the grounds of Mr Marshall's estate at Barrone Court near Birr. By October, a club had been established and members were invited to bring their friends who could obtain tea on the links. The club survived at Barrone Court until 1909 when it was decided to relocate to the Glenns on the Birr - Banagher road. The lands were leased from the Rosse Estate for a fee of one shilling per year payable in two half-yearly instalments. The course has been carved out of natural woodland and eskers and its post-glacial provides a strong challenge for even the most accomplished golfers. The undulating fairways, the ridges, hills and hollows represent the nearest inland equivalent to the links courses around our coast.

"In August 1893, the Kings County Chronicle published a harbinger account of the game of golf, which had been talked about in the town and in the barracks of Crinkle as a new addition to the existing opportunities for disportment. In the article, golf is referred to as another form of exhilaration, No doubt about that but there is about the game being an ancient one. It was then but in its infancy.

"With tennis flourishing, cricket prevailing, and polo occasionally making its appearance, it might have been thought that the round of local out0door amusements was complete. But another form of exhilaration is added by the introduction of an ancient game. The golf Tournament at Baronne Court lately held came as an interest accessory to the catalogue.

The participation in the game by ladies who have established a reputation for cricketing is something to rely on. In their hand the result lies. The zealous interest they demonstrated in promoting the happy meeting on Mr Marshall's links needs only continuance to ensure the success that we hope will attend their efforts.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
G. O'Meara 1990 Ladies Captain
Lady Rosse 1990 Ladies President
Jimmy O'Neill 1990 Men's Captain
Lord Rosse 1990 President
Rita Enright 1991 Ladies Captain
Lady Rosse 1991 Ladies President
Arthur Joyce 1991 Men's Captain
Lord Rosse 1991 President
Ena Gilefoyle 1992 Ladies Captain
Lady Rosse 1992 Ladies President
Con Kennedy 1992 Men's Captain
Lord Rosse 1992 President
Mary D'Arcy 1993 Ladies Captain
Sheila O'Brien 1993 Ladies President
Pat O'Gorman 1993 Men's Captain
Lord Rosse 1993 President
Delores Clarke 1994 Ladies Captain
Lorna Doorly 1994 Ladies President
Michael Grogan 1994 Men's Captain
Des O'Donnell 1994 President
Bernadette McTague 1995 Ladies Captain
Sheelagh Grennan 1995 Ladies President
John Loughnane 1995 Men's Captain
Michael Ashe 1995 President
Ann Frawley 1996 Ladies Captain
Roma Gilmartin 1996 Ladies President
John Murphy 1996 Men's Captain
Jimmy O'Neill 1996 President
Mary Ryan 1997 Ladies Captain
Mary O'Gorman 1997 Ladies President
Frank Kenny 1997 Men's Captain
Tim Kenny 1997 President
Emer Hanniffy 1998 Ladies Captain
Majella Duffy 1998 Ladies President
Bernard Quigley 1998 Men's Captain
Dr. Paddy Greally 1998 President
Doreen McKenna 1999 Ladies Captain
Michael Lyons 1999 Men's Captain
John O'Meara 1999 President
Elsa Rock 1999 President
Gemma Cullen 2000 Ladies Captain
Jo Butler 2000 Ladies President
Robert Ryland 2000 Men's Captain
Matt Spain 2000 President
Ann Kenny 2001 Ladies Captain
Patsy Burke 2001 Ladies President
Dr. Patrick Greally 2001 Men's Captain
Brian Graham 2001 President
Mary Grennan 2002 Ladies Captain
Antoinette Enright 2002 Ladies President
David McDowell 2002 Men's Captain
Arthur Joyce 2002 President
Mona Collins 2003 Ladies Captain
Lorna Hogan 2003 Ladies President
George Boyd 2003 Men's Captain
Tony Hogan 2003 President
Bernie Meagher 2004 Ladies Captain
Annette Kenny 2004 Ladies President
Sean Loughnane 2004 Men's Captain
Pat O'Gorman 2004 President
Martina O'Brien 2005 Ladies Captain
Gladys O'Mara 2005 Ladies President
Jim McMenamin 2005 Men's Captain
Tom Enright 2005 President
Ann McIntyre 2006 Ladies Captain
Ena Guilfoyle 2006 Ladies President
John O'Hare 2006 Men's Captain
Des McDowell 2006 President
Yvonne Boland 2007 Ladies Captain
Mary Darcy 2007 Ladies President
Billy Donlon 2007 Men's Captain
Fintan Dolan 2007 President
Colette O'Brien 2008 Ladies Captain
Bernadette McTague 2008 Ladies President
Patrick O'Brien 2008 Men's Captain
Michael Liffey 2008 President
Mary Sullivan 2009 Ladies Captain
Bernadette McTague 2009 Ladies President
Tom Rigney 2009 Men's Captain
Tony McCormack 2009 President
Kathleen Doorley 2010 Ladies Captain
Bernadette McTague 2010 Ladies President
Bernard Kennedy 2010 Men's Captain
David McDowell 2010 President
Rita Delaney 2011 Ladies Captain
Gemma Butler 2011 Ladies President
Joe Slevin 2011 Men's Captain
Tony McTague 2011 President
Vera Smyth 2012 Ladies Captain
Mary Grennan 2012 Ladies President
Seamus Breen 2012 Men's Captain
Sean Moylan 2012 President
Susan Reidy 2013 Ladies Captain
Bernie Meagher 2013 Ladies President
John Irwin 2013 Men's Captain
Richard Johnston 2013 President
Sheila Brennan 2014 Ladies Captain
Bernie Meagher 2014 Ladies President
John Connell 2014 Men's Captain
Michael Yates 2014 President
Pauline Needham 2015 Ladies Captain
Margaret Feehan 2015 Ladies President
Des McDowell 2015 Men's Captain
Frank Kenny
2015 President
Agnes Doolin 2016 Ladies Captain
Agnes Doolan
2016 Ladies President
Brendan Carroll 2016 Men's Captain
John Fleury
2016 President
Theresa Fealy 2017 Ladies Captain
Aileen Watkins 2017 Ladies President
Sean Moylan 2017 Men's Captain
Tom Rigney 2017 President
Mary Bolger 2018 Ladies Captain
Bernadette McTague 2018 Ladies President
Paschal Troy 2018 Men's Captain
Joe Slevin 2018 President
Carioline McCarthy 2019 Ladies Captain
Theresa Fealy 2019 Ladies President
Albert Kelly 2019 Men's Captain
Ollie Nugent 2019 President
Laura Nugent 2020 Ladies Captain
Brid Guinan 2020 Ladies President
Aidan Farrelly 2020 Men's Captain
Liam Delaney 2020 President
  2021 Ladies Captain
  2021 Ladies President
  2021 Men's Captain
  2021 President
Patricie Delaney 2021 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Billy McGarry 2021 Lowest Men's Handicap
Steven Grant (+3) 2021 Lowest Men's Handicap
Gavin Young (0.1)
2021 Lowest Men's Handicap
Michael Horan 2021 Lowest Men's Handicap

Holes in One at Birr

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Pat Madden 11 January 1998 3rd   126 m
Tony Hogan 15 March 1999 15th   226 m
Laurence Smith 21 May 1999 14th   171 m
Michael Ashe 14 June 1999 8th   169 m
Martin Cleary 20 June 1999 8th   169 m
Ray Landy 16 August 1999 14th   171 m
Laurence Smith 20 August 1999 14th   171 m
Anne Kenny 1 May 2004 15th 6-iron
139 m
John Dwyer 18 June 2006 8th   185 m