Enniscrone golf club Sligo
Enniscrone Golf Course
Enniscrone Golf Club is located on the scenic West Coast of Ireland in Co. Sligo. Known for having some of the largest dunes in Ireland, the golf club is situated on a promontory that juts into Killala Bay at the mouth of the River Moy Estuary. This provides Enniscrone with one of the most beautiful settings for the uncompromised playing characteristics of Irish links golf.
Since the golf club was found in 1918, its organisers dreamed of expanding their nine-hole course onto Ireland’s most spectacular links land. The dream was realized in 1974, and today Enniscrone Golf Club offers 27-holes of the best links to be found in the North West. We believe, you’ll experience some of the best Irish links golf on the Dunes course, or a more serene round on the Eddie Hackett and Donald Steel designed nine-hole, 3,367 yard, Scurmore Course
Their featured course, The Dunes, is a 7,033 yard, par 73, championship links course, often a venue for National and Golfing Union of Ireland’s top amateur events. The Dunes evolved from Eddie Hackett’s original 18-hole design. The traditional links layout was reconfigured to include six new holes in the seaside dunes. Renowned architect Donald Steel designed the six new holes, and The Dunes was further refined to include four men’s tee boxes to suit golfers at all handicap levels.
In true links fashion, the course layout is ‘nine out’ and ‘nine back’ to the clubhouse. Every golf hole follows the natural contours of the land. It challenges the imaginations of golfers of all abilities, demanding the use of every club in the bag. At Enniscrone, the wind, true links lies and firm elevated greens reward those who can hold a line, hit fairways and execute ‘bump and run’ shots.
The scenery of The Dunes is second-to-none. Twelve of the Dunes eighteen holes wind through the tall shaggy dunes on the coast. A sense of isolation and tranquillity surrounds you, along with tall marram grass roughs. The last four finishing holes are exhilarating and border the Atlantic Ocean. Dozens of player reviews attest to our surrounding beauty. However, we are fond of the UK’s Top 100 Golf Course Review; “Enniscrone really is a breath-taking course with a serious challenge attached.”
Being endowed with spectacular land comes with some responsibility. Their membership’s emphasis has always been on golf, and they are proud to have hosted top Irish amateur events. However, their pride in golf heritage is second only to retaining the natural qualities of the Dunes course’s links land. This is why Enniscrone is a member of the Sports Turf
Research Institute – to sustain the natural balance between the course and surrounding land. With this in mind, we can state with confidence; our visitors will experience true Irish links golf on a grand scale for decades to come.
They are delighted to offer a Championship venue, and we think you will experience golf as Tom Coyne describes Irish links golf, but on a grander scale: “unapologetic, unpretentious and wonderfully unrefined, authentic and irresistible”. If you play The Dunes, we assure you our mighty dunes will forever be part of your memories, and will join your list of favourite courses in the world.
Enniscrone was voted the No. 15-ranked golf course in Ireland, by “Irish Golfer” in 2023 (Same);
Enniscrone was voted the No. 15-ranked golf course in Ireland, by “Irish Golfer” in 2022;
Enniscrone was voted the No. 14-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2020 (Up-1);
Enniscrone was voted the No. 15-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2019 (Down-3);
Enniscrone was voted the No. 12-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2018 (Up-2);
Enniscrone was voted the No. 14-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2017 (Up-1);
Enniscrone was voted the No. 15-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2016 (Same);
Enniscrone was voted the No. 15-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2015 (Down-2);
Enniscrone was voted the No. 13-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2014 (Same);
Enniscrone was voted the No. 13-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2013 (Up-1);
Enniscrone was voted the No. 14-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2012;
Enniscrone was voted theNo. 15 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2012, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;
Enniscrone was voted the No. 17-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2010;
Enniscrone was voted the No. 15 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;
Enniscrone was voted the No. 20-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2009;
Enniscrone was voted the No. 15 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;
Enniscrone was voted the No. 34-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2008;
Enniscrone was voted the No. 12 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;
Golf Deals » Enniscrone
Stay & Play @ Diamond Court Hotel €219.00Offer valid from 01 Jul 2022 to 30 Nov 2023 Detail:
Play & Stay - 1 Night B&B with Dinner:
The rate includes overnight stay in one of our spacious rooms followed by a 3-course dinner in the evening and a delicious breakfast the following morning. Please note golf is not included in the below rate and can be booked directly with Enniscrone Golf Course
Must all be GUI members
Subject to availability From: €219pps
|Green Fees Scurmore Course:||€25|
|Green Fees Winter Rates:
|Green Fees Midweek:||€175|
|Green Fees Weekends & B.H.:||€175|
|Green Fees with a Member:||€35/40|
|Green Fees for Opens:||€65|
|Club Hire: €45
|Full Membership Available:||Yes|
|Full Membership Fee:||€700|
|Full Introductory Adult Membership:||€500|
|Full Overseas Membership Fee:||€434|
|Full Overseas Life U-55 Membership Fee:||€10,000|
|Full Overseas 5 Year Membership Fee:||€6,000|
|Full Junior Membership Fee:||€135|
|Designer||Eddie Hackett Donald Steel Scurmore|
|Website||Enniscrone golf club website|
|Secretary/Manager:||Kevin McLoughlin & Christina|
|Lady Captain:||Meta Cummins|
Jim Byrne & Deirdre
|Hon. Secretary:||Kevin McLoughlin & Annette O'Toole|
|Club Pro:||Stephen Casey 096-36666|
|Hon. Treasurer:||Tommy Geraghty, Jane Creane & Cindy Hughes
|Comp. Secretary:||Vincent McDonnell & Katie Kent, Christine Kirby
General Facts & Information
|Course opening hours: Daylight hours||Clubhouse opening hours: 10.00am to 11.30pm|
|Mobile phones: Not on course
||Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim|
|Catering: Full catering, facilities||Days to Avoid: None (phone)|
|Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Midweek & Weekends||Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance|
Enniscrone Golf Club Fixtures 2023 provisional*
|Open & Major Fixtures 2023 (Confirmed)|
|Captains' Drive-In||Sunday 9 April||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize to the Juniors
||Saturday 17 June||Closed
|Captain's Prize||Sunday 18 June||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize to the Ladies (Scurmore)
||Sunday 18 June
|Lady Captain's Prize to the Juniors
||Saturday 15 July||Closed||1|
|Lady Captain's Prize||Sunday 16 July||Closed||1|
|Lady President's Prize||Sunday 13 August||Closed||1|
|President's Prize||Sunday 3 September
|President's Prize to the Ladies (Scurmore)||Sunday 3 September||Closed||1|
|Dimond Coast L. & G. Singles Stableford||Thursday 15 June||Open||1|
|Dimond Coast L. & G. Singles Stableford||Thursday 22 June||Open
|Start of Open Week||Monday 26 June||Friday 30 June||Open||5|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Monday 26 June||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesday 27 June||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 28 June||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Thursday 29 June||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Friday 30 June
|Atlantic Golf Challenge||Monday 3 July||Wednesday 5 July||Open||3|
|Atlantic Golf Challenge||Tuesday 4 July||Open||1|
|Atlantic Golf Challenge||Wednesday 5 July||Open||1|
|Dimond Coast L. & G. Singles Stableford||Thursday 6 July||Open||1|
|Dimond Coast L. & G. Singles Stableford||Thursday 13 July||Open||1|
|Dimond Coast L. & G. Singles Stableford||Thursday 20 July||Open||1|
|Dimond Coast L. & G. Singles Stableford||Thursday 27 July
|Dimond Coast L. & G. Singles Stableford||Thursday 3 August||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Monday 7 August||Open||1|
|Dimond Coast L. & G. Singles Stableford||Thursday 10 August||Open||1|
|Dimond Coast L. & G. Singles Stableford||Thursday 17 August||Open||1|
|Dimond Coast L. & G. Singles Stableford||Thursday 24 August
|West Coast Challenge||Monday 28 August
||Thursday 31 August
|West Coast Challenge||Tuesday 29 August
|West Coast Challenge||Wednesday 30 August
|West Coast Challenge||Thursday 31 August
|Dimond Coast L. & G. Singles Stableford||Thursday 7 September||Open||1|
|Dimond Coast L. & G. Singles Stableford||Thursday 14 September||Open||1|
|Dimond Coast L. & G. Singles Stableford||Thursday 21 September
|Dimond Coast L. & G. Singles Stableford||Thursday 28 September
|Dimond Coast L. & G. Singles Stableford||Thursday 5 October||Open||1|
|Dimond Coast L. & G. Singles Stableford||Thursday 12 October||Open||1|
|Dimond Coast L. & G. Singles Stableford||Thursday 19 October
|Start of Open Week||Monday 23 October||Friday 27 October||Open||5|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Monday 23 October||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesday 24 October
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Wednesday 25 October
|Dimond Coast L. & G. Singles Stableford||Thursday 26 October
Card of the Course
|White||Par 73 SSS 72 6,833 yd's|
|Yellow||Par 72 SSS 71 6,563 yd's|
|Red||Par 73 SSS 73 5,723 yd's|
|Green||Par 73 SSS 68 6,027 yd's|
|Blue||Par 73 SSS 74 7,029 yd's|
|Cnoc na gCorp||12||347||347||347||262||4||3||262||4||16|
|Valley of Diamonds||14||537||537||488||482||5||7||459||5||3|
|The Long Bank||16||538||507||490||467||5||11||443||5||6|
Men's Course Record: 65 Sean McTernan (Co. Sligo) Pro. (66) L Robinson
Ladies Course Record:
Enniscrone Golf Club were Runners-Up in the Connacht Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield on Sunday 30th July 2023 when they lost to Ballinrobe Golf Club by 3-matches to 2-matches at Westport Golf Club.
First on the tee was John Rush with Paddy Dunleavy who lost to Ray Darcy with Seamus McHugh by 2 and 1, they were followed by Mark McMahon with Eamon Mongan who had a very comfortable 7 and 5 win against John Staunton with James O'Gorman, next on the tee was Eugene O'Doherty with Pat Ruane who went up the 21st before relinquishing the point against Pat McDonald & Kevin Tolmie, in the penultimate match John Helly with Jim Kent lost their match by 2 and 1 against Pat McTigue with Niall Sheridan and in the bottom match Anthony McShane with Thomas Burke had a 1-hole win against Rory Bane with Kevin Staunton.
Vicki Conlon was selected on the Connacht Women’s Interprovincial Championship team at Moyvalley Golf Club from Tuesday 29th August to Thursday 31st August 2023.
Other members of the team were Ellen Lonergan (Westport Golf Club), Suzanne Corcoran (Portumna Golf Club), Shannon Burke (Ballinrobe Golf Club), Annabel Greham (Ballina Golf Club), Meabh McLoughlin (Co. Sligo Golf Club) and Emma Morrow (Galway Bay Golf Club).
They Captained by Anne Fahy (Portumna Golf Club) and Managed by Clodagh Hopkins (Woodbrook Golf Club).
David Shiel was selected on the Connacht Interprovincial Championship team at Moyvalley Golf Club from Tuesday 29th August to Thursday 31st August 2023.
Other members of the team were Aodhagan Brady & Ruairi O’Connor (Co. Sligo Golf Club), Tom Cafferky & Charlie Mooney (Ballinasloe Golf Club), Harry Gillivan (Portmarnock Golf Club), David Kitt (Athenry Golf Club) and Simon Walker (Roscommon Golf Club).
They were Captained by Damien Coyne (Tuam Golf Club) and Managed by Cathal McConn (Roscommon Golf Club)
Enniscrone Golf Club qualified for the Men’s Fourball All-Ireland Finals at Strandhill Golf Club, Sligo played on 1st and 2nd October 2021.
They met Newbridge Golf Club in the Semi-Final and recorded a 3½-matches to 1½-matches win against the Kildare team.
They were led out by Frankie Gordon with Michael Concannon who had one of those days when loosing-out to Kieran and Billy O’Neill by 6 and 5, they were followed by Paddy Dunleavy with Thomas Burke who had a 2-hole win against Thomas Behan with Dave Fox, next on the tee was William Lalor with John Meakin who halved their match against Ken Halpin with Paddy Kelly, in the penultimate match John Rush with Jim Bowe had a 3 and 2 win against Jim Russell with Jim Fitzpatrick and in the bottom match Eugene O’Doherty with Ray Basquill had a very comfortable 7 and 6 win against Robbie Brennan with Ciaran McManus.
Having accounted for Newbridge Golf Club by 3½-matches to 1½-matches on the Friday they met Elmgreen Golf Club on the Saturday and recorded a 3½-matches to 1½-matches win on their way to collecting the Green Pennant.
First on the tee was Michael Concannon with Padraig Tighe who won their match against Michael Telford with Robin French, next up was Paddy Dunleavy with Thomas Burke who lost their match by 2-holes against Alan Kean with P. J. O’Brien, they were followed by William Lalor with John Meakin who lost out to Joe Murphy with Ross Brady by 3 and 1, in the penultimate match John Rush with Jim Bowe had a 2 and 1 win against Sam Mehigan with Gary Whyte and the bottom match of Eugene O’Doherty with Ray Basquill went down to the wire against Steffen Mortensen with Peter Lawlor with Enniscrone winning by the minimum and with it the Green Pennant.
2015 President Mr John Fleming received a "Services to Connacht Golf" Award from the GUI
Sarah Helly won the Irish Ladies Close 2015 which was played in Rosapenna Golf Club
Junior member: Sophie Dodd won the Connacht Ladies Junior Champion
Enniscrone Golf Club won the Connacht Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield when they beat Castlebar Golf Club in the decider on Sunday 9th August 2015.
They were led out by Eugene O’Doherty with Kenny McGrath who beat Shane Rice with Declan Prendergast by 1-hole, they were followed by John Griffin with Jim Bowe who went to the 19th before disposing of Noel O’Malley with Padraig McManamon, next up was John Rush with Jim Rikard who won their match by 3 and 2 against Jim McGovern with Jnr Prendergast, the penultimate match of Ray Basquill with Richie Cloonan was halved against David Molloy with Martin Newcombe, in the bottom match Pat Ruane with Padraig Tighe lost out to Ray Prendergast with Paul Fitzgerald by 4 and 3.
They made the long journey to Carton House to compete in the All-Ireland deciders and were drawn against Munster Champions and defending Champions Spanish Point Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.
They were led out this time by John Rush with Jim Rickard who had a disappointing start by going down to Kevin Hayes with Damian Sexton by 7 and 6, indeed things didn’t get much better for the Sligo men when Kenny McGrath with Eugene O'Doherty lost out to Evan Talty with Mervin Hehir by 6 and 5, next up was John Griffin with Jim Bowe who halved their match against Aiden Sexton with Stephen Guilfoyle, in the penultimate match Richie Cloonan with Jack Ruane lost out to Fergal Hehir with Martin Glenny by 5 and 3, in the bottom match Pat Ruane with Padraig Tighe recorded a halve against Eric Murphy & Niall Heeney. So it was not to be from the team from this wonderful course in Co. Sligo.
The Ladies of Enniscrone Golf Club won the Connaught Final of the AA Insurance Senior Foursomes and played in National deciders at Royal Tara Golf Club in 2009. They met East-Leinster Champions in the All-Ireland quarter-final, first on the tee was Sarah Helly (4) with Joan Ruane (14) who beat Gertie McMullen (5) with Eileen Lowe (5) by 4 and 3, they were followed by Frances Bourke (9) with Dolores Tuohy (12) who had a comfortable 4 and 3 win over Geraldine Ryan (7) & Miriam Garland (7).
They met Ulster Champions Ballycastle Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi- Final, first on the tee was Sarah Helly (4) with Joan Ruane (14) who beat Fiona Glass (12) with Paula Rooney (12) by 5 and 4, they were followed by Frances Bourke (9) with Dolores Tuohy (12) lost their match to Brenda McNeill (12) with Rita McCormick (13) by 1-hole, the bottom match of Rita McGoldrick (9) with Alice Higgins (13) was also a close thing when they lost by 1-hole to Mary Teresa McKiernan (12) & Susan Crawford (14).
Enniscrone Golf Club won the Connacht Final of the BMW Irish Mixed Foursomes and were drawn against Leinster Champions Moate at Monkstown Golf Club on 1 st September 2005.
B. Casey & L. Loftus were first out against L. Galvin & C. Connolly, but it wasn't to be their day as the Moate duo recorded a 7 and 6 victory. They were followed by S. Wade & M. Byrne against O. Grogan & E. White who had a 3 and 1 defeat. Next on the tee were D. Basquill & M. Forde who halved their match with M. Power & V. Coughlan. The penultimate pair was R. Cloonan & M. Carroll who lost by 2 and 1 to B. Burke & M. Galvin. The anchor team was T. Donovan & M. McDaid who halved their match with E. & G. Coughlan.
It was not to be Enniscrone's year but it should be noted that Moate went on to win the All-Ireland green pennant with a very convincing 3 ½ matches to 1 ½ matches over Munster Champions Newcastle West in the final.
Enniscrone Golf Club won the All-Ireland BMW Irish Mixed Foursomes in 2004, when the team was, Mary McGoldrick, Jimmy Culkin, Louise Loftus, Brendan Browne, Derek Basquill, Brian Casey, Richie Cloonan Snr., Marian Forde, Declan Kyne, Cindy Hughes, Arthur McMahon Jnr. Marie Carroll and Pamela Healy they were captained by Joe Cawley.
The Girls' of Enniscrone Golf Club won the All-Ireland Smurfit Junior Girls' Championship in 1998, when the team was, Michelle Tighe, Marina Gilhawley, Michelle Holms and Pamela Healy.
Enniscrone Golf Club won the Connacht Section of the BMW Irish Mixed Foursomes at Claremorris Golf Club in July 2002. They beat Portumna in the Semi-Final by 4 matches to 1 match and met Tuam in the final, whom they beat by three and a half matches to one and a half matches. The team was R. Cloonan and L. Holmes, P. Ruane and J. Ruane, J. Bowe and P. Healy, R. Cloonan Jnr. and N. Bowe and J. Rickard and C. Gerety.
Enniscrone were Runners-Up in the Pierce Purcell Shield Connaught Championship when they went down to Loughrea by 3 matches to 2 at Galway Golf Club. The team was Michael Kelly, Emmet Loftus, Peader Flynn, Billy Varley, Noel O'Dowd, Paul Maye, Brendan Foley, Pat Sweeney, Paul McStay, Ray Basquill and Aidan Gallagher. They were captained by Pat Ruane and managed by Arthur McMahon.
Michelle Holmes and Rita McGolderick were selected on the Connacht Ladies team for the AIB Interprovincial Championships at Mount Wolseley Golf Club from August 7-9 2002.
Ian Hall was selected on the Connacht Boys' team for the Interprovincial Championships at Headfort Golf Club from August 28-30 2002.
Prior to 2001:
Enniscrone Golf Club won the All-Ireland Irish Junior Foursomes in 1990, when the team was, David McMahon, Aidan Grimes, Eamon Flynn and Conor McGrath.
Enniscrone Golf Club were Connaught Senior Cup Champions in 1980, when the team was Joe Corcoran, Edmund Quiery, John Healy, Michael Lynott, John Fleming and Vincent Freyne.
Enniscrone Golf Club won the Connaught section of the Irish Mixed Foursomes in 2002, 2000 and 1996.
They won the Connaught Section of the Senior Inter Club Championship in 1999.
They won the Jack O'Sullivan in 1995.
The Cecil Ewing in 1987.
Michelle Holms was selected on the Connacht Ladies team for the AIB Interprovincial's at the Island on the 8th to the 10th of August 2001. Michelle and Laura Homes won the May Fitzgibbon Trophy when beating Munster's Aileen O'Callaghan and Joanne Cronin on the 19th at Greystones Golf Club on the 31st July 2001.
Michelle Tighe was selected for the Connacht Girls' team in the Smurfit Interprovincial Championship on her home course from 18th to the 20th of April 2001.
Enniscrone Ladies' team got to the Senior Cup quarter-finals at Douglas Golf Club on the 7th of September 2001. Where they played the Curragh and beaten by 3 matches to 2 matches. The team was Christine Armanasco, Rita McGoldrick, Marina Gilhawley, Miriam McCormack and Alice Higgins.
Enniscrone Lady Captain Rita McGolderick and her Captain's prize winner Anne-Marie Hughes were runners-up in the Volkswagen-Irish Independent Lady Captains Golf Classic at Co. Sligo Golf Club in August 2001. They were beaten in a count back by Cruit Island but they still did well enough to qualify for the National Finals. Rita off 16 and Anne-Marie off 6 shot 38 points and booked their place in the finals at Druid's Glen.
The Enniscrone Mixed Foursomes won the Connacht finals when they beat Ballyhaunis in Carne Links in August 2000.
Michelle Holmes was selector to play for Ireland in the Girls' Home Internationals team which played in Downfield G. C., Dundee from the 15th to the 17th August, 2000.
Marina Gilawley was Leinster Girls and Midland Girls Champion in 1998 and was selected on the Irish Team the same year.
The Millennium Captain Niall Kilroy (7) together with the PRO Gerry Ring, made a piece of history when they won the first competition over the new course, in a two-man scramble, with a score of 64.25 in 2000.
Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;
D. Basquill represented Ireland at international Youths level in 1981 playing 2-matches, won 1-match and lost 1-match accumulating 2-points. He represented Connacht at Senior Interprovincial level from 1991 to 1993 playing 9-times won 2-matches halved one and lost 6-matches accumulating 5-points. He represented Connacht as a Youth Interprovincial from 1989 to 1992 playing 22-times won 4-matches halved one and lost 17-matches accumulating 9-points;
Derek Basquill represented Ireland at international Youths level in 2003 playing 4-matches, won 4-matches accumulating 8-points;
D. O’Flynn represented Connacht at Senior Interprovincial level from 1990 to 1997 playing 21-times won 6-matches halved one and lost 14-matches accumulating 13-points;
E. Flynn represented Connacht as a Youth Interprovincial in 1995 playing 6-times won 2-matches halved two and lost 2-matches accumulating 6-points;
S. Ward represented Connacht as a Youth Interprovincial in 2007 playing 4-times won 0-matches and lost 4-matches accumulating 0-points;
Padraig Fleming represented Connacht at the Boys Interprovincial from 1995 to 1996 playing 12-times won 5-matches halved one and lost 6-matches accumulating 11-points;
Ian Hall represented Connacht at the Boys Interprovincial in 2002 playing 6-times won 3-matches and lost 3-matches accumulating 5-points;
Roddy O’Connor represented Connacht at the Boys Interprovincial in 2001 playing 3-times won 0-matches halved two and lost 1-match accumulating 2-points;
Marina Gilawley was selected to play for Ireland in the Girls' Home Internationals, at Mullingar G. C. in 1998, and was a reserve for The Irish Girls International Team, in 1997.
Michelle Holmes was capped for the Irish Girls in 1999.
Ann Fitzgerald and her Captain's prize winner Ellie Madden were 3rd in the Volkswagen-Irish Independent Lady Captain's Golf Classic at The K Club with a score of 37 pts. in 1999.
History of Enniscrone
Instituted 1922 affiliated 1931
It is unclear when golf was first played at Enniscrone, local tradition records 1918 as the year in which the game was first played here.
The Western People, of the 19th August, 1922, carries the following "Enniscrone Golf Club-Medal competitions. Competitions will be held over the above links on Thursday, 24th August, and Sunday 27th, inst. All wishing to compete will please notify the Secretary, and send club Handicaps before 20th . Further particulars on application to the Secretary.
In 1930, the club found a permanent home at Bartra, and affiliated to the GUI in 1931. An additional, fine, new six-holes, incorporated into the Championship Links course in 2000 and a further three new holes were added to give 27 holes in total.
What the Club tells us:
A meeting in 1918 marked the formal beginning of golf in Enniscrone. The first recorded mention of the club appeared in the Western People, August 19th,1922 when it was announced that “medal competitions” were being held at “Enniscrone Golf Links”. Golf was then played at three locations in Enniscrone, at Bartra, Kilcullens field (behind the chapel) and at Scurmore Hotel on either side of the entrance avenue. The number of golf holes varied from nine to four to six respectively. It was not until 1930 however, that nine holes were laid out on flat land at Bartra and the course was formally opened with a membership of forty-eight on St. Patricks Day 1931. The membership fee for the year was £1.
The club employed a greenkeeper in 1933. His fairway mower was horse drawn and a lawnmower cut the greens. In 1947, a clubhouse was built at a cost of £400. However war, emigration and economic depression throughout these difficult times combined to produce a declining membership and by 1959 there were just 14 club members. The building of a power station at Bellacorick and the Moy drainage scheme in the sixties brought a revival and with it came prosperity and new golfers to the area. In 1963 the club entered a team in the Connacht Shield competition – the first time the club became involved in interclub competitions. By 1969 membership had grown to just over a hundred. The course was in good condition but livestock on the course presented problems necessitating wire fencing of greens.Revival encouraged ambition. Members began to look longingly at the dunes and dream of an 18-hole links course. By March, 1970 the great course designer, Eddie Hackett was at work in Enniscrone. Working alongside a dedicated and hard working committee, he shaped and blended holes through the dunes that interfered very little with the natural terrain. It was here that Hackett built some of the best golf holes of his long and distinguished career. In 1972, the aquisition of a new lease agreement was very important for the club and allowed wire fencing of the course (12 miles of it !) to exclude livestock. With just two permanent employees along with the generous voluntary labour of members, a pioneering spirit and a will to succeed saw the course and a new simple clubhouse opened in August, 1974 with Eddie Hackett driving the first ball. This was followed by an exhibition match featuring golf professionals Christy O'Connor Sr. and John O'Leary.
Throughout the eighties club development continued with a new clubhouse being added in 1989. In 1990, Peter Dobereiner, the London Observer’s great golf writer reported that he had stumbled across “an undiscovered gem of a links in the far north west, a course with some amazing holes”. By 1999, Enniscrone Golf Club was evolving once again with the skilled links designer, Donald Steel, commissioned to reroute the golf course directly into the dunes. Steel added 6 new magical holes through the dunes and added three new holes on the flat land to six of the old Hackett holes to produce the Scurmore 9-hole golf course. The clubhouse also received a new extension and the new renovated course opened in 2001. The result is that Enniscrone has one of the finest pure links courses in Ireland, plus a splendid 9-hole course for the slightly less adventurous. Today, they stand as a fitting monument to the dedicated members of the Club who so unselfishly and willingly gave their time and expertise throughout the decades to see this dream fulfilled.
Roll of Honour
|Bea O'Hara||1989||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. Molly Tuffy||1989||Ladies President|
|William P. Lewis||1989||Men's Captain|
|John J. Gordon||1989||President|
|Patricia McMahon||1990||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. Molly Tuffy||1990||Ladies President|
|Brian Moylett||1990||Men's Captain|
|Anne Freeman||1991||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. Molly Tuffy||1991||Ladies President|
|John Rowe||1991||Men's Captain|
|Maura Harnett||1992||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. Nora Kennedy||1992||Ladies President|
|Jim Bowe||1992||Men's Captain|
|Nuala Bowe||1993||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. Nora Kennedy||1993||Ladies President|
|Joe Cawley||1993||Men's Captain|
|Patrice Rowe||1994||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. N. Kennedy||1994||Ladies President|
|Brian Casey||1994||Men's Captain|
|Alice Higgins||1995||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. Patricia McMahon||1995||Ladies President|
|Michael C. Jacob||1995||Men's Captain|
|Frankie Donoghue||1996||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. P. McMahon||1996||Ladies President|
|Rory Quinn||1996||Men's Captain|
|Bernice Cremin||1997||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. Patricia McMahon||1997||Ladies President|
|Paddy Murphy||1997||Men's Captain|
|Mary McNamara||1998||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. Patricia McMahon||1998||Ladies President|
|Tony Cremin||1998||Men's Captain|
|Mrs. Anna Fitzgerald||1999||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. Patricia McMahon||1999||Ladies President|
|Albie O'Connor||1999||Men's Captain|
|Mrs. Mary Kilroy||2000||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. Patricia McMahon||2000||Ladies President|
|Niall Kilroy||2000||Men's Captain|
|Rita McGoldrick||2001||Ladies Captain|
|Anne Freeman||2001||Ladies President|
|Billy Varley||2001||Men's Captain|
|Mrs. Marie Varley||2002||Ladies Captain|
|Anne Freeman||2002||Ladies President|
|Joe Quinn||2002||Men's Captain|
|Agnes Higgins||2003||Ladies Captain|
|Anne Freeman||2003||Ladies President|
|Brendan Flynn||2003||Men's Captain|
|Ann Healy||2004||Ladies Captain|
|Bea O'Hara||2004||Ladies President|
|Paul Quinn||2004||Men's Captain|
|Lena Bourke||2005||Ladies Captain|
|Bea O'Hara||2005||Ladies President|
|Peter Loftus||2005||Men's Captain|
|Mary Barrins||2006||Ladies Captain|
|Amy Maguie||2006||Ladies President|
|John Leonard||2006||Men's Captain|
|Beatrice Timlin||2007||Ladies Captain|
|Amy Maguie||2007||Ladies President|
|Kevin Farrell||2007||Men's Captain|
|Jacqueline Kilcullen||2008||Ladies Captain|
|Anne Flemning||2008||Ladies President|
|Kevin McLoughlin||2008||Men's Captain|
|Maureen Leonard-Dodd||2009||Ladies Captain|
|Anne Flemning||2009||Ladies President|
|Tom McManus||2009||Men's Captain|
|Katie Kent||2010||Ladies Captain|
|Patricia Rowe||2010||Ladies President|
|Peter Murphy||2010||Men's Captain|
|Nicola Moylett||2011||Ladies Captain|
|Patricia Rowe||2011||Ladies President|
|Paul O'Dea||2011||Men's Captain|
|Christine McGuinness||2012||Ladies Captain|
|Mary McNamara||2012||Ladies President|
|Michael McNamara||2012||Men's Captain|
|Maura McGrath||2013||Ladies Captain|
|Lena Bourke||2013||Ladies President|
|Tommy Gearghty||2013||Men's Captain|
|Marguerite Murphy||2014||Ladies Captain|
|Lena Bourke||2014||Ladies President|
|Pat Forde||2014||Men's Captain|
|Ann Culkin||2015||Ladies Captain|
|James O'Toole||2015||Men's Captain|
|Ann Helly-O'Connor||2016||Ladies Captain|
|Jacqueline Kilcullen||2016||Ladies President|
|Emmett Loftus||2016||Men's Captain|
|Ann Mullins||2017||Ladies Captain|
|Beatrice Gillespie||2017||Ladies President|
|Liam Hallinan||2017||Men's Captain|
|Josephine Gillespie||2019||Ladies President|
|Andy Gray||2019||Men's Captain|
|Annetta O'Toole||2020||Ladies Captain|
|Martin McDonagh||2020||Men's Captain|
|Meta Cummins||2021||Ladies Captain|
|Pat Webster||2021||Men's Captain|
|Gerry Ring||2023||Men's Captain|
|Vicki Conlon||2023||Lowest Ladies Handicap|
|Sarah Helly||2023||Lowest Ladies Handicap|
|Laura Holmes (5.2)||2023||Lowest Ladies Handicap|
|David Shiel||2023||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Paul Conroy||2023||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Ryan O'Doherty (-0.5)
||2023||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Derek Basquill (1.5)||2023||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Ian Hall (1.1)||2023||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Charles McGoldrick (3.2)
||2023||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Padraic Clince (3.4)
||2023||Lowest Men's Handicap|
Holes in One at Enniscrone
|Jack Ruane||24 January 1999||13th||159 yd’s|
|Michelle Tighe||14 February 1999||8th||150 yd’s|
|Roger O'Farrell||28 August 1999||8th||150 yd’s|
|Con O'Neill||25 October 1999||15th||139 yd’s|
|Gerry Jordan||24 June 2001||3rd||165 yd’s|
|Tony Mc Auliffe||16 August 2001||9th||140 yd’s|
|Jay Stead||5 September 2001||8th||170 yd’s|
|Bill Massey||16 March 2003||11th||155 yd’s|
|Kathleen Ivers||19 June 2003||11th||150 yd’s|
|Mary Gallagher||24 August 2003||16th||144 yd’s|
|Mary Kennedy||28 August 2004||3rd||120 yd’s|
|Barbara Donnelly||23 August 2005||3rd||140 yd’s|
|John Flavin||23 September 2005||8th||170 yd’s|
|William Moore||26 August 2007||17th||149 yd’s|
|Frances Walkin||7 October 2007||3rd||120 yd’s|
|James Gubbins||20 April 2008||11th||170 yd’s|
|Joe Newe||14 November 2021||11th||171 yd's|