Baltinglass golf club Wicklow

Baltinglass golf course Wicklow

Baltinglass Golf Course

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Baltinglass Golf Club in County Wicklow is located just 30 miles south of Dublin 15 miles from Carlow Town, 30 miles from Arklow and 15 miles from Naas. It’s central and easy to reach location, via the N81 or Junction 3 on the M9 via the R747 for Arklow places the club in South Leinster’s Golfing Heartland, which makes an ideal destination for a day visit or as part of a tour in this magnificent golfing region.

Originally founded in 1928, the course enjoys a sublime setting overlooking the River Slaney, melted into the horizon with panoramic views of the Wicklow Mountains. Known for its lush fairways, magnificent putting greens and a big welcome from it’s membership, Baltinglass has a reputation as one of the best but fair tests in the country, and promises you an experience that will definitely bring you back for more.

After your round, enjoy a drink and great food in the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere of the clubhouse bar and restaurant. Green fees and societies are very welcome and we will be more than happy to tailor a package that suits your needs. Facilities include Car & Bus parking – Accessibility compliance - Buggy Hire - Caddy Car Hire- Lockers Rooms - Showers - Car Park – Practice Ground and putting Green.

Green Fees Midweek: €15/20
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €20/25
Green Fees with a Member: €15/20
Green Fees for Opens: €12/15
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: No
Buggy Hire: €25 Yes
Soft Spikes: No
Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee: €650
Full Junior Membership Fee: €100
Entrance Fee: None
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 18
Members 535
Designer Eddie Connaughton
Founded 1928

Co. Wicklow

Telephone 059-6481350
Website Baltinglass golf club website
Secretary/Manager: Tom Hannafin
Captain: Michael O’Neill
Lady Captain: Kay McNamara
Presidents': Michael Browne Genevieve Doyle  
Vice-Captains': Michael Walsh & Maggie Kinsella
Hon. Secretary: Tom Hannafin, Chris Murphy & Mary D’Arcy
Pro: Tom O'Niell
Hon. Treasurer: Brian O’Hara
Comp. Secretary: Niall Doogue & Mary McDonagh
Baltinglass 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 11.00pm
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering, facilities Days to Avoid: None
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Midweek & Weekends Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance

Baltinglass Golf Club Fixtures 2021 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2021 (to be Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Captains' Drive-In Tuesday
  Closed 1
Lady President's Prize Saturday 26 June   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize (Q) Thursday 14 July   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Sunday 18 July
  Closed 1
Captain's Prize (Q) Friday 23 July Sunday 25 July Closed 3
Captain's Prize (Q) Saturday 24 July
Closed 1
Captain's Prize (Q) Sunday 25 July   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Saturday 1 August
  Closed 1
President's Prize Friday 10 September Sunday 12 September Closed 3
President's Prize Saturday 11 September   Closed 1
President's Prize Sunday 12 September   Closed 1
Junior Scratch Cup Friday
Open 3
Junior Scratch Cup Saturday
  Open 1
Junior Scratch Cup Sunday
  Open 1
Inter. Scratch Cup Friday
Open 3
Inter. Scratch Cup Saturday
  Open 1
Inter. Scratch Cup Sunday
Minor Scratch Cup Friday
Open 3
Minor Scratch Cup Saturday
  Open 1
Minor Scratch Cup Sunday
Club Classic 4-Person Team Event Sunday 20 June   Open 1
Start of Open Week Friday 9 July Sunday 18 July  Open  9
3-Person Team Event Friday 9 July Sunday 11 July  Open  3
3-Person Team Event Saturday 10 July    Open  1
3-Person Team Event Sunday 11 July    Open  1
Singles Stableford Monday 12 July Wednesday 14 July  Open  3
Singles Stableford Tuesday 13 July    Open  1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 14 July    Open  1
 Singles Stableford Friday 15 July  Sunday 18 July  Open  3
 Singles Stableford Saturday 16 July    Open  1
Badminton Club Classic from 2pm Saturday 17 July   Open 1
 Singles Stableford Sunday 18 July    Open 1
3-Person Team Event Monday 2 Augus   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Thursday 12 August   Open 1
3-Person Team Event Friday 20 August Sunday 22 August
Open 3
3-Person Team Event Saturday 21 August   Open 1
3-Person Team Event Sunday 22 August   Open 1
Festival of Golf Wednesday 1 September Sunday 5 September Open 5
Festival of Golf Wednesday 1 September   Open 1
Festival of Golf Thursday 2 September   Open 1
Festival of Golf Friday 3 September   Open 1
Festival of Golf Saturday 4 September   Open 1
Festival of Golf Sunday 5 September   Open 1
3-Person Team Event Friday 22 October Monday 25 October Open 4
3-Person Team Event Saturday 23 October
Open 1
3-Person Team Event Sunday 24 October   Open 1
3-Person Team Event Monday 25 October   Open 1
2-Person Scramble Saturday 18 December Monday 20 December Open 3
2-Person Scramble Sunday 19 December   Open 1
2-Person Scramble Monday 20 December   Open 1
2-Person Scramble Thursday 23 December   Open 1
2-Person Scramble Sunday 26 December Tuesday 28 December
Open 3
2-Person Scramble Monday 27 December   Open 1
2-Person Scramble Tuesday 28 December   Open 1

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Card of the Course

White Par 71 SSS 71 5,950 m
Yellow Par 71 SSS 69 5,563 m
Red Par 72 SSS 72 4,795 m
Green Par 71 SSS 70 5,750 m


Hole No. White Green Yellow Par Index Red Par Index
1 369 359 349 4 2 334 5 5
2 152 137 112 3 13 91 3 16
3 454 444 424 5 6 331 5 7
4 295 285 275 4 16 217 4 12
5 147 137 127 3 17 127 3 18
6 344 334 324 4 8 266 4 9
7 403 367
358 4 3 334 4 2
8 538 528 518 5 5 406 5 6
9 318 309 291 4 12 238 4 14
Out 3,020 2,900 2,778 36   2,344 37  
10 456 444 436 5 7 341 5 8
11 347 334 334 4 14 264 4 15
12 137 127 122 3 18 110 3 17
13 399 394 390 4 4 360 4 1
14 364 358 354 4 11 352 4 3
15 421 413 405 4 1 306 4 4
16 157 147 137 3 9 134 3 11
17 338 332 322 4 10 292 4 10
18 313 301 297 4 15 292 4 13
In 2,932 2,850 2,785 35   2,451 35  
Total 5,952 5,750 5,563 71   4,795 72  
SSS 71 70 69

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record: Am. 66 D. Coakley, Pro. 70 S. Hunt

Ladies Course Record:

Members Achievements

Baltinglass Golf Club won their regional Final in the Irish Mixed Foursomes and qualify for the All-Ireland Series at Strandhill Golf Club, Co. Sligo from Thursday 30th September to Saturday 2ND October 2021.
They met Doneraile Golf Club in the All-Ireland Quarter-Finals on Thursday 30th September and lost their match by 3-matches to 2-matches.

They were led out by Fergal Doogue with Bernie Hennessy who lost their match against Hugh Nolan with Noreen Roche by 1-hole, they were followed by Nathan Geraghty-Byrne with Teresa Kilcoyne who had a 3 and 2 win against James O’Mahony with Aoibheann Daly, next on the tee was Derek Byrne with Lil Flynn who lost their match by 5 and 3 against Eddie Roach with Rachel Kelleher, in the penultimate match Deirmuid Cronin with Geraldine Norton went up the 19th before relinquishing the point to the Wicklow pair of Darren Roche with Marie Kelleher and in the bottom match Mark Ashton with Claire Byrne had a 1-hole win against David Finn with Ellen Walsh.  

Baltinglass Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield in a delayed decider due to Covid-19 when they beat Wexford Golf Club in a new Home-and-Away format.

In the first match of Robert McHugh with Niall Doogue recorded a 3 and 2 win against Gary Lynch with Derek Deane, they were followed by Fergal Doogue with Nathan Geraghty who had a very comfortable 6 and 4 win against Joseph Cashe with Jonathan Walsh, they were followed by Derek Byrne with Eoghan Cooney who beat Andrew Farrell with Neil Murphy by 2 and 1, in the penultimate match Neil Patterson with Stephen Mann had a bad day when going down to Sean Flood with Kieran Morris by 6 and 5, in the bottom match Johnny Keogh with Brian Lord halved their match against Rhian Clarke with Gerard Thomas.     

Baltinglass Golf Club won The Brennan Cup in 2008, they defeated Courtown Golf Club by 3½ matches to 1½ matches in the final. The team was as follows, Fergal Doogue and Niall Doogue, Paudge Doody and Noel Doody, Brian Lord and Michael O Neill, Bernard Bowes and Tom Flynn, John Doran and Michael Murphy, Tom Byrne and Ned Cremin, Paul Davis, they were managed by Jim Murray

Lady Captain Bernie Kilcoyne (19), Captain Fintan Doyle (10) and President Denis Bradshaw (21) qualified for the National Finals of the Mercedes-Benz-Irish Independent Executive Trophy at The K Club on August 12th, when they shot 74 points at Mount Juliet in July 2002.

Lady Captain Bernie Kilcoyne (19) and her Lady Captains Prize Winner Olivia Byrne (14) qualified for the National Finals of the Volkswagen-Irish Independent Lady Captains' Golf Classic in October 2002, when they returned 41 points at The Royal Dublin Golf Club in September.

Prior to 2001:

Baltinglass Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield in 1985, when the team was, T. Delaney, J. G. Kilcoyne, D. Lord, M. Byrne, J. J. Slator, T. Whelan, W. Lee, M. Doogue, J. Feary, O. Redican and J. O'Higgins, they were managed by J. Whelan. They won it again the following year.

Baltinglass Golf Club won the Barton Cup in 1974, when the team was, D. Quinn, D. Lee, M. Byrne, D. R. Patterson, Rev. Fr. P. J. McDonnell, T. Nolan. N. Scott. L. O'Connell, D. Kilcoyne, L. Norton, E. Mooney and D. J. Bradshaw. They won it again in 1993.

Hilda Gorry played for the Irish Girls in 1968, 1969 and 1970. 

Miss Mary Gorry won the Scratch Match Play Foursomes together with Miss Mary McKenna of Donabate in 1977 and won the Stroke Play Foursomes together with Miss Maureen Madill of Portstewart in 1980.

Members who played representative golf for their Province;

Raymond Williams represented Leinster at Boys'  Interprovincial level in 2000 playing 5-times won 2-matches and lost 3-matches accumulating 4-points;

History of Baltinglass

Founded 1928, affiliated 1928.

Seventy-five years after it's inception, Baltinglass Golf Club could be said to have come of age. The addition of a new nine holes to the existing course has complemented an already outstanding facility.
The striking beauty of the countryside cannot but impress a visitor to Baltinglass Golf Club. Looking down towards the town the former Presentation Convent and the Church stand out.

Nestling in the Slaney valley stands the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey, founded by a group of Cistercian monks from Melifont on lands granted to them by Dermot McMurrough, king of South Leinster in 1148. The abbey became the focal point of learning and activity until it's suppression in 1541. The lands comprising of 59,000 acres included several castles and water mills. The golf course stands on part of the lands, which were owned by the monks.

After the Reformation, the abbey and lands were granted to the Eustace family and this was followed by a succession of landlords during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. These included Sir Henry Harrington, Sir Charles Wilmot, Sir James Carroll, Sir Thomas Roper and the Stratford family who represented this area in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. It was Benjamin O'Neill-Stratford II, born in 1808, who lived at Stratford Lodge, site of the present clubhouse. In 1856 he built a balloon house beside his residence. This mansion was destroyed by fire but the balloon house was saved. He left Ireland and died at Alicante in Spain in 1875.

The balloon house was dismantled and the granite was used to build the bell tower at St. Joseph's Church, Baltinglass in 1887.
In the late 1920's the Land Commission acquired some of the estate from the descendants of Catherine Dora St. John.
In 1927 Baltinglass Golf Club was founded. Approximately 168 acres was acquired from the Land Commission on a "Trust Estate" lease under the Irish Land ACT, 1903. The original trustees were: Miss Violet Tynte, Rev. Albert Byrne CC (first captain), Dr. W.O. Lyons, Colonel Meade, J. Dennis, Patrick J. Ronan, Hugh C. Doyle and Major C. Mitchell.

Development of the course was confined to nine holes, which was designed by Lionel Hewson. Membership in the 1930's/1940's was very small varying between 20 and 30 mainly business and professional people. Individual members took care of course maintenance and it was not until the late 1940's that Christy Foley became the first permanent employee.

In 1954 with the club unable to meet it's financial commitments, a decision was taken to return 80 acres of land to the Land Commission. The popularity of golf improved in the late 1960's and early 1970's and by the early 1980's membership of the club was full and new entrants were mainly confined to the local area.

Various options were considered during the early 1990's to extend the nine-hole course. A lot of the initial groundwork was carried out by Fay Doyle, John Glynn, Fintan Doyle and Padraig Kavanagh whose dynamic leadership with the 1999 Club Captain, Dick Lynch, culminated in the calling of an Extraordinary General Meeting attended by almost 300 members.

The decision was taken, virtually unanimously, to extend the course to 18 holes. Approximately 80 acres of the land previously surrendered to the Land Commission was purchased on 20th August 1999 from Coillte. At this time the Minister agreed to return ownership of the original nine holes to the Club Members.

The plans outlined at the EGM were pursued vigorously by Padraig Kavanagh and the succeeding Captains, Dick Lynch, Ned O'Keefe, Dave Prendergast, Fintan Doyle and their committees. The contract for the development was awarded to James Darcy under the guidance of Eddie Connaughton, the course architect.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
Dot Naughton 1990 Ladies Captain
Mia Quaid 1990 Ladies President
David Lord 1990 Men's Captain
E. C. Doyle 1990 President
Mary McDonagh 1991 Ladies Captain
T. Nolan 1991 Ladies President
Paddy Sammon 1991 Men's Captain
E. C. Doyle 1991 President
Carol Walsh 1992 Ladies Captain
B. Brennan 1992 Ladies President
Anthony McDonagh 1992 Men's Captain
J. J. Sheerin 1992 President
Joan Hallahan 1993 Ladies Captain
M. Wade 1993 Ladies President
Matt O'Brien 1993 Men's Captain
W. P. N. Lyons 1993 President
Attracta Cooney 1994 Ladies Captain
Mary Sleator 1994 Ladies President
Jim Byrne 1994 Men's Captain
W. A. Lee 1994 President
Molly McGrath 1995 Ladies Captain
Mona Morrin 1995 Ladies President
Noel Scott 1995 Men's Captain
P. J. McDonnell 1995 President
Mary Whelan 1996 Ladies Captain
June Smith 1996 Ladies President
John Glynn 1996 Men's Captain
Frank Hunt 1996 President
Anne Sammon 1997 Ladies Captain
Phyllis Wilson 1997 Ladies President
Fabian L. Doyle 1997 Men's Captain
J. J. Sleator 1997 President
June Smith 1998 Ladies Captain
Maureen Dennis 1998 Ladies President
Padraig Kavanagh 1998 Men's Captain
A. J. Danne 1998 President
Una McKeever 1999 Ladies Captain
Mai Quaid 1999 Ladies President
Richard Lynch 1999 Men's Captain
J. V. Higgins 1999 President
Mary Doyle 2000 Ladies Captain
Dorothy Burgess 2000 Ladies President
Ned O'Keeffe 2000 Men's Captain
Jim Whelan 2000 President
Maureen Dennis 2001 Ladies Captain
Mary Gorry 2001 Ladies President
Dave Prendergast 2001 Men's Captain
M. Byrne 2001 President
Bernie Kilcoyne 2002 Ladies Captain
Jane Kilcoyne 2002 Ladies President
Fintan Doyle 2002 Men's Captain
Denis Bradshaw 2002 President
Thea Van De Kerkhof 2003 Ladies Captain
Dot Naughton 2003 Ladies President
Eamon Sweeney 2003 Men's Captain
Liam Irwin 2003 President
Mary Ross 2004 Ladies Captain
Mary McDonagh 2004 Ladies President
Bryan Kilcoyne 2004 Men's Captain
Brian Moore 2004 President
Mary Darcy 2005 Ladies Captain
Carol Walsh 2005 Ladies President
John Reynolds 2005 Men's Captain
Martin Doogue 2005 President
Mary O'Keeffe 2006 Ladies Captain
Joan Hallahan 2006 Ladies President
Jim Murray 2006 Men's Captain
Owen Conney 2006 President
Lill Kelly  2007 Ladies Captain
  2007 Ladies President
Tom Hannafin 2007 Men's Captain
David Lord 2007 President
Bernie Hennessy 2008 Ladies Captain
Mary Whelan 2008 Ladies President
Noel Doody 2008 Men's Captain
Paddy Sammon 2008 President
Mary Deegan 2009 Ladies Captain
Ann Sammon 2009 Ladies President
Michael Browne 2009 Men's Captain
Matt O'Brien 2009 President
Olivia Cooney 2010 Ladies Captain
Mary Whelan 2010 Ladies President
Robert McHugh  2010 Men's Captain
Jim Byrne 2010 President
Margo Doyle 2011 Ladies Captain
Una McKeever 2011 Ladies President
Fran Quaid 2011 Men's Captain
Noel Scott 2011 President
Genevieve Doyle 2012 Ladies Captain
Bernadette Kilcoyle 2012 Ladies President
Brendan Dooge 2012 Men's Captain
John Glynn 2012 President
Linda Kennedy 2013 Ladies Captain
Mary Ross 2013 Ladies President
Pat Byrne 2013 Men's Captain
Padraig Kavanagh 2013 President
Maria Walsh 2014 Ladies Captain
Mary Darcy 2014 Ladies President
Sean O'Connor 2014 Men's Captain
Richard Lynch 2014 President
Romy McGreal 2015 Ladies Captain
Mary O'Keeffe
2015 Ladies President
Peter Byrne 2015 Men's Captain
Edward O'Keeffe
2015 President
Cora Browne 2016 Ladies Captain
Lill Kelly
2016 Ladies President
Bernard Bowes 2016 Men's Captain
Dave Prendergast
2016 President
Orla O'hEocha 2017 Ladies Captain
Bernie Hennessy
2017 Ladies President
Louie Fagan 2017 Men's Captain
Fintan Doyle
2017 President
Patricia Foley 2018 Ladies Captain
Mary Deegan 2018 Ladies President
John Kelly 2018 Men's Captain
John Reynolds 2018 President
Lil Flynn 2019 Ladies Captain
Olivia Cooney 2019 Ladies President
Martin Hennessy 2019 Men's Captain
Jim Murray 2019 President
Catherine Lord 2020 Ladies Captain
Margo Doyle 2020 Ladies President
Liam Horgan 2020 Men's Captain
Tom Hannafin 2020 President
Kay McNamara 2021 Ladies Captain
Genevieve Doyle
2021 Ladies President
Michael O’Neill 2021 Men's Captain
Michael Browne 2021 President
Mary Gorry (5) 2021 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Joseph Byrne (-1.2)
2021 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Stephen Walsh (-1) 2021 Lowest Men's Handicap
Brian Doran (-1.0)
2021 Lowest Men's Handicap

Holes in One at Baltinglass

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Tom Deegan 1 September 1996 7th 6-Iron 157 m
B. Thomas 9 May 1999 3rd   137 m
Paddy Sargent 25 June 2003 2nd   137 m
Patricia Kinsella 8 November 2004 5th   110 m
Jim Higgins 25 November 2007 2nd   137 m
M. Gorry 28 June 2015 2nd   91 m