Doneraile golf club Cork
Doneraile Golf Course
The club celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2002. The original course lay within the Doneraile estate. It transferred to its present location in 1927, in which year it officially registered with the G.U.I. the Course as we know it was famous for another sport in by gone days. The 1st steeplechase, run from Buttevant steeple crossing the course to the finish, to the steeple in Doneraile Church, adjacent to the 1st tee. The first officers elected were Captain S. R. Lysaght, President Viscount Doneraile, Secretary / Treasurer Alexander Mitchell. The original green fee was 2 shillings. Today's fee is 20 Euro......excellent value. The most famous hole on the course is the 6th. This involves driving over the Awbeg, river and a deep ravine. Those who succeed in crossing this obstacle still have to play around a cemetery, which haunts many players both past and present. The clubs lowest handicapped player is, Michael Quirke, who captured the Spanish Amateur Open title in 1987. The club has progressed from a humble beginning to its present position as a major social amenity in the area.
|Green Fees Midweek:||€20|
|Green Fees Weekends & B.H.||€20|
|Green Fees with a Member:||€20|
|Green Fees for Opens:||€5/10|
|Full Membership Available:||Yes|
|Full Membership Fee:
|Full Membership Family Fee:||€900|
|Full Young Adult Membership Fee:||€370
|Senior Membership Fee:||€350|
|Full Student Membership Fee:||€200|
|Full Juvenile Membership Fee:||€130|
|Oversees Membership Fee:||€135|
|Website||Doneraile golf club website|
|Course Manager:||Pius O'Callaghan|
|Captain:||P. J. Hammond|
|Lady Captain:||Marion O'Donovan|
|Presidents':||Noel O'Brien & Mary Duane|
|Vice Captains':||Frank Carey & Marie Kelleher|
|Hon. Secretary:||Thomas Meade
|Hon. Treasurer:||Joseph O'Keeffe & Eileen O'Donovan|
|Comp. Secretary:||John Nagle & Eileen Coleman|
General Facts & Information
|Course opening hours: Daylight hours||Clubhouse opening hours: Evenings only|
|Mobile phones: Not on course
||Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim|
|Catering: By prior arrangement||Days to Avoid: Thursday until 2.00p.m.
|Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other times||Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance|
Doneraile Golf Club Fixtures 2021 provisional*
|Open & Major Fixtures 2021 (to be Confirmed)|
|Captain's Prize to the Ladies
||Sunday 18 May||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize||Friday 28 May||Sunday 30 May
|Captain's Prize||Saturday 29 May
|Captain's Prize||Sunday 30 May||Closed||1|
|Lady Captain's Prize||Saturday 19 June||Closed||1|
|President's Prize||Friday 23 July
||Sunday 25 July||Closed
|President's Prize||Saturday 24 July
|President's Prize||Sunday 25 July
|Lady President's Prize||Saturday 21 August||Closed||1|
|Singles Stableford||Friday 30 April
||Monday 3 May||Open||4|
|Singles Stableford||Saturday 1 May||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Sunday 2 May||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 3 May||Open||1|
|Start of Open Week||Friday 7 May||Sunday 16 May||Open||8|
|Ladies Day||Friday 7 May||Open||1|
|18-Hole Singles Stableford
||Saturday 8 May||Sunday 9 May||Open||2|
|18-Hole Singles Stableford||Sunday 9 May||Open||1|
|L. & G. 9-Hole Singles Stableford
||Monday 10 May||Open||1|
|L. & G. 9-Hole Singles Stableford
||Tuesday 11 May||Open||1|
|L. & G. 9-Hole Singles Stableford
||Wednesday 12 May||Open||1|
|9-Hole Singles Stableford
||Thursday 13 May||Open||1|
|9-Hole Foursomes any Combination
||Friday 14 May||Open||1|
||Saturday 15 May||Sunday 16 May||Open||2|
|Fourball Betterball||Sunday 16 May||Open||1|
|Sheehan N. S. Classic
||Saturday 7 June||Sunday 8 June||Open||2|
|Sheehan N. S. Classic||Sunday 8 June
|Junior Scratch Cup||Saturday 26 June||Sunday 27 June||Open||2|
|Junior Scratch Cup||Sunday 27 June||Open||1|
|Inter. Scratch Cup||Saturday 26 June||Sunday 27 June||Open||2|
|Inter. Scratch Cup||Sunday 27 June||Open||1|
|Minor Scratch Cup||Saturday 26 June||Sunday 27 June||Open||2|
|Minor Scratch Cup||Sunday 27 June||Open||1|
|Club Claasic||Friday 30 July||Monday 2 August||Open||4|
|Club Claasic||Saturday 31 July
|Club Claasic||Sunday 1 August||Open||1|
|Club Claasic||Monday 2 August||Open||1|
Card of the Course
|Red||Par 69 SSS 68 4,946 yd's|
|Blue||Par 68 SSS 67 5,864 yd's|
Men's Course Record: 61 Dave Finn (+1) Mallow G. C.
Ladies Course Record:
Doneraile 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 Baltinglass Golf Club in the All-Ireland Quarter-Finals on Thursday 30th September and won their match by 3-matches to 2-matches.
They were led out by Hugh Nolan with Noreen Roche who had a 1-hole win against Fergal Doogue with Bernie Hennessy, they were followed by James O’Mahony with Aoibheann Daly who lost their match against Nathan Geraghty-Byrne with Teresa Kilcoyne by 3 and 2, next on the tee was Eddie Roach with Rachel Kelleher who had a comfortable 5 and 3 win against Derek Byrne with Lil Flynn, in the penultimate match Darren Roche with Marie Kelleher had to go up the 19th before securing the point and a place in the Semi-Final against Deirmuid Cronin with Geraldine Norton and in the bottom match David Finn with Ellen Walsh lost their match by the minimum against Mark Ashton with Claire Byrne.
Having accounted for Baltinglass by 3-matches to 2-matches on the Thursday they met Tipperary Golf Club the following and won their match by 4-matches to 1-match.
First on the tee was Hugh Nolan with Noreen Roche who won their match by 2 and 1 against Sean Long with Siobhan Fitzpatrick, they were followed by James O’Mahony with Aoibheann Daly who halved their match against Thomas O’Donovan with Renagh Murphy, next up was Eddie Roche with Rachel Kelleher who had a comfortable 4 and 3 win against Jamie Keaty with Yvonne Ryan-Daly, in the penultimate match Darren Roche with Marie Kelleher beat Jim McGlynn with Mary Whelan by 2 and 1 and the bottom match of David Finn with Ellen Walsh against Pat Ryan with Joanne Collins was halved when called-in.
Doneraile Golf Club met the Co. Down team Rockmount in the All-Ireland Final of the Irish Mixed Foursomes at Strandhill Golf Club on Saturday 2nd October 2021 and won the green pennant by 3½-matches to 1½-matches
They were led out by Hugh Nolan with Noreen Roche who had a very comfortable 6 and 5 win against Ryan Wilson with Patricia McDonnell, next up was James O’Mahony with Aoibheann Daly who had to go up the 19th before securing the point against Colin McClenaghan with Rosemary McCrea, they were followed by Eddie Roche with Rachel Kelleher who won their match by 4 and 3 against Adam Douds with Leonie Power, in the penultimate match Darra n Roche with Marie Kelleher went 6 and 5 to James Robinson with Sue McDonagh and the bottom match of David Finn with Ellen Walsh against Jonathan Patterson with Barbara Fleet was halved when called-in.
The Ladies of Doneraile Golf Club qualified for the All-Ireland deciders of the Intermediate Cup at Limerick Golf Club on Thursday 16th September 2021 by winning their Munster Regional Finals and were drawn against Athy Golf Club in the All-Ireland Quarter Finals; they lost their match by 3-matches to 2-matches.
First on the tee was Eleanor Coughlin who lost her match by 4 and 3 to Amy Kelly, she was followed by Aoibheann Daly who had the most comfortable win of the day when she recorded a 8 and 7 win against Heather Hegarty, next on the tee was Clare Hamilton who lost her match against Siobhan Smyth by 3 and 2, in the penultimate match Helen O’Keeffe also lost her match by 3 and 2 against Joan McDonald-Hyland and in the bottom match Anna Cotter had a comfortable 5 and 4 win against Catherine Moore.
Donerail Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Irish Mixed Foursomes when they beat Tramore Golf Club on the 20th hole at the Gold Coast Golf Club on Saturday 6th August 2016.
They were lead out by Tim O’Mahony with Anne Heffernan who beat Neil Cashin with Sarah Howard by 4 and 3 they were followed by Peter Duane with Anna Cotter who lost out to John O’Brien with Ann Mitchell on the 20th next on the tee was Eddie Roche with Eileen Coleman who also went up the 20th before registering the point against Martin Walsh with Amanda O’Connor in the penultimate match Phelim Cotter with Eleanor Coughlan lost their match against Keith Ridgard with Maeve Enright by 2 and 1 in the bottom match Sean Barrett with Karena Hunter had a 2 and 1 win over Paul Coffey with Orla Darcy.
They made the long journey to Shandon Park Golf Club to compete in the All-Ireland Deciders and were drawn against Leinster Champions Greystones Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Friday 2nd September and were lead out by Tim O'Mahony with Anna Cotter who lost their match by 3 and 2 against D. Byrne with L. Croke next up was Peter Duane with C. Hamilton who beat E. Lonergan with C. Marmion by 2 and 1 they were followed by Eddie Roche with Eileen Coleman who lost their match by 2 and 1 against A. Condron with O. Delaney in the penultimate match Phelim Cotter with Eleanor Coughlan lost out to D. McGabhann with E. Hanley by 2-holes and in the bottom match Sean Barrett with Karena Hunter had 4 and 3 win over M. Looby with G. O'Shea.
Doneraile Golf Club reached the Semi-Finals of the Munster Senior Cup at Shannon Golf Club on the 17th August 2014 where they met Tramore Golf Club and went down by 3½-matches to 1½-matches.
They were lead out by Damien Carey who beat Alan Thomas by 2-holes, he was followed by Tim O’Mahony who lost his match Robin Dawson by 2 and 1, next up was John Hickey who halved his match against Paul Flynn, the penultimate match of David Finn against Chris Butler went 3 and 1 to the Waterford club, in the bottom match Michael Quirke lost out to David Kiely by 5 and 4.
Doneraile Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Barton Shield when they beat Lee Valley by 4-holes at Kinsale Golf Club on 11th August 2012.
They returned to Kinsale Golf Club to compete in the All-Ireland deciders on Wednesday 19th September when they were drawn against Leinster Champions NUI Maynooth Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Finals.
The first team of David Finn with J. Hickey against C. O’Rourke with J. Yates was a 1-hole win for NUI Maynooth the second match of Adam Carney with T. O’Malley went 3-holes to B. Anderson with G. Hurley and with it a place in the All-Ireland Final.
NUI Maynooth went on and won the All-Ireland when beating a star studded Warrenpoint by 8-holes in the final.
Doneraile Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Barton Shield in 2007, and they made the long trek to Shandon Park Golf Club to represent their Province in the All-Ireland deciders. I must admit to have been a bit surprised to see a small club like Doneraile come out of Munster in this premier Championship in Amateur Club Golf, when one considers the number of very strong clubs that are in the region.
Fair dues to the men from East Cork, who had nothing more than a number of Munster County Club Cup’s to their CV.
They were drawn against Ulster Champions Moyola Park in the All-Ireland Semi-Finals on Wednesday 12th September. First on the tee was Damien Carey with Hugh Nolan against Mark Hammond with Damien McCusker who won their match over the Cork pair by the slimmest of margins, just that single hole. So it was all eyes on the Second match of Dave Finn with Adam Carey against Luke Lennox with Randal Evens, the Doneraile pair were 2-up standing on the 18th tee and did nothing wrong up the final hole to record a famous victory, however it was not to be as Luke Lennox knocked in a 20 foot + putt for a birdie on the 18th to bring the match to extra play-off holes. The same teams went up the 19th which was halved however the Ulster Champions clinched their place in the All-Ireland Final against Galway Golf Club the following day when the closed out the match on the long Index 3 second play-off hole.
Well done Doneraile Golf Club and the best of luck in the future as you obviously have a strong team that can challenge the best in the highest echelon of Amateur Golf.
Doneraile Golf Club won the Munster Country Clubs Cup for the first time in 1961, when the team was Fr. J. Barry, P. O'Mahony, G. O'Reilly, P. J. Power, A. Mitchell, N. Horgan, S. Nagle and J. J. Quirke.
They won it again in 1965, when the team was P. Morrissey, J. J. Quirke, T. O'Connell, P. O'Mahony, M. Geary and S. Burke.
They won it for the 3rd time in 1989, when the team was J. Murphy, J. J. Cronin, R. O'Callaghan, M. Deady, R. J. O'Sullivan, A. O'Reilly, J. O'Keeffe, J. Classet, P. O'Leary and G. O'Callaghan.
The last time they won it was in 1999, with E. Finn, T. Meade, B. Howell, D. Carroll, A. O'Reilly, C. Deady, M. Howell, E. O'Connor and D. Harrington, they were managed by S. Burke.
Doneraile Golf Club won the Avondhu Shield in 2004, when the team was, Mick Dunlea, Dermot Harrington, Walter Bermingham, Billy Sherlock, Diarmuid Harrington, Sean Barrett, Andy O'Reilly, Coleman Horgan, Tim Deady, Pius O'Callaghan, they were managed by Coleman Deady and Martin Buckley.
They won it prior to that in 1986, when the team was, R. O'Callaghan, D. Harrington, J. J. Cronin, K. Carey, B. O'Keeffe, F. Carey, J. O'Keeffe, M. Barrett, J. Dennehy and Joseph O'Keeffe.
The Ladies of Doneraile Golf Club won the Bank of Ireland Dunhallow Shield in 1980, when the team was, Nora Carroll, Nora Philpott, Nora Aherne, Sheila Corcoran, Maureen Cronin, Marie Lynch, Noreen O'Keeffe, Ita Power, Kitty Coakley and Pat Winkle. Michael Quirk.
Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;
Michael Collins represented Ireland at Irish Boys level in 1998 playing 4-times won 1-match and lost 3-matches accumulating 2-points. He represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level from 1999 to 2001 playing 14-times won 5-matches halved three and lost 6-matches accumulating 13-points. He represented Munster in the Boys Interprovincial Championships in 1997 playing 6-times won 4-matches halved one and lost 1-match accumulating 9-points;
M. Quirke represented Ireland at Senior (55+) from 2009 to 20010 playing 18-times won 11-matches halved two and lost 5-matches accumulating 24-points. He represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial from 1987 to 1988 playing 8-times won 4-matche and lost 4-matches accumulating 8-points. He represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level from 1973 to 1975 playing 8-times won 5-matches and lost 3-matches accumulating 10-points;
K. Carey represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level in 1980 playing 3-times won 2-matche and lost 1-match accumulating 4-points;
History of Doneraile
There is a tradition that golf was played in Doneraile as far back as 1912. It was said to have been a three hole course in the North Park, part of the Doneraile estate.
The first meeting on record was held on 8 July 1921. Lord Castletown was elected President. The land was given free by Lord Castletown.
In 1925 work started on a new course across the road from the existing course in the North Park.
This course was opened in 1927, and the first captain was Mr SR Lysaght. The club also affiliated in that year to the Golfing Union of Ireland. The course was extended in 1928 across the river adjoining the graveyard. The course was purchased from the Trustees of the Doneraile Estate in 1975 for £4500.
The old town of Doneraile was situated where the 8th tee is at present. In Irish, Dun ar Aill means "Fort on the Cliff".
The townland where the course is situated is called Horseclose.
The club has a close relationship with horses. One of the major horse racing Classics is called after the St Ledgers who previously owned the Doneraile Estate. Another interesting historical connection is that the first ever steeplechase was run from the steeple in Buttevant Church to the steeple of St Mary's Church just on the left of the present first tee.
Golf World Magazine described the course as the Jewel in the Crown of the 9 hole courses in 1996, when they wrote an article on "Golfing in Ireland".
There is great interest in golf in the locality. At present, there are 700 members in the club. There is a strong juvenile section. There is good participation in competition and team events. Doneraile won the Munster Country Clubs competition in 1999.
Roll of Honour
|Eileen Quirke||1990||Ladies Captain|
|Helen Verling||1990||Ladies President|
|B. Condon||1990||Men's Captain|
|Mary Flahive||1991||Ladies Captain|
|Mary Hayes||1991||Ladies President|
|F. Carey||1991||Men's Captain|
|B. Fitzgerald||1992||Ladies Captain|
|N. C. Hayes||1992||Men's Captain|
|Seamus S. Sheahan||1992||President|
|Evelyn O'Sullivan||1993||Ladies Captain|
|J. O'Keeffe||1993||Men's Captain|
|Eileen O'Riordan||1994||Ladies Captain|
|B. Golden||1994||Men's Captain|
|Siobhan Kennedy||1995||Ladies Captain|
|J. Nagle||1995||Men's Captain|
|M. O'Keeffe||1996||Ladies Captain|
|J. Glassett||1996||Men's Captain|
|M. Coakley||1997||Ladies Captain|
|P. J. O'Sullivan||1997||Men's Captain|
|M. O'Sullivan||1998||Ladies Captain|
|M. Quirke||1998||Men's Captain|
|R. Dunlea||1999||Ladies Captain|
|J. Coakley||1999||Men's Captain|
|Margaret McAuliffe||2000||Ladies Captain|
|Jimmy O'Leary||2000||Men's Captain|
|Nellie O'Keeffe||2001||Ladies Captain|
|Peter Hogan||2001||Men's Captain|
|Nora Philpott||2002||Ladies Captain|
|Michael O'Neill||2002||Men's Captain|
|Beatrice Hill||2003||Ladies Captain|
|Mary Keeffe||2003||Ladies President|
|Richard Moloney||2003||Men's Captain|
|Mary Cronin||2004||Ladies Captain|
|M. Coakley||2004||Ladies President|
|Jim Costelloe||2004||Men's Captain|
|Eileen Deady||2005||Ladies Captain|
|M. Hayes||2005||Ladies President|
|Conor Hannon||2005||Men's Captain|
|Kay O'Keeffe||2006||Ladies Captain|
|Mary Christopher||2006||Ladies President|
|Damien Carey||2006||Men's Captain|
|Eileen Coleman||2007||Ladies Captain|
|Kathleen McDermott||2007||Ladies President|
|Tom Sheehan||2007||Men's Captain|
|Eleanor Coughlan||2008||Ladies Captain|
|Marie Nagle||2008||Ladies President|
|Tom Meade||2008||Men's Captain|
|Margaret O'Brian||2009||Ladies Captain|
|Nora Philpott||2009||Ladies President|
|Tony Cronin||2009||Men's Captain|
|Clare Hamilton||2010||Ladies Captain|
|Beatrice Hill||2010||Ladies President|
|Ray O'Callaghan||2010||Men's Captain|
|Olive Sheehen||2011||Ladies Captain|
|Beatrice Hill||2011||Ladies President|
|Joseph O'Keeffe||2011||Men's Captain|
|Jennifer Hickey||2012||Ladies Captain|
|Maureen Hunter||2012||Ladies President|
|Tom Cole||2012||Men's Captain|
|Eileen Ahern-O'Connor||2013||Ladies Captain|
|Maureen Hunter||2013||Ladies President|
|Adam Carey||2013||Men's Captain|
|Eileen Coleman||2014||Ladies Captain|
|Helen Barry||2014||Ladies President|
|Phelim Cotter||2014||Men's Captain|
|Kay O'Keeffe||2015||Ladies Captain|
|Eddie Roche||2015||Men's Captain|
|Anne Heffernan||2016||Ladies Captain|
|Sean Collins||2016||Men's Captain|
|Anna Cotter||2017||Ladies Captain|
|Mary Daton||2017||Ladies President|
|Donal Mellerick||2017||Men's Captain|
|Pat McCarthy||2018||Men's Captain|
|Marie Murphy||2019||Ladies Captain|
|Margaret O'Brien||2019||Ladies President|
|Jim Doody||2019||Men's Captain|
|Marion O'Donovan||2020||Ladies Captain|
|Mary Duane||2020||Ladies President|
|P. J. Hammond||2020||Men's Captain|
|Jennifer Hickey||2021||Lowest Ladies Handicap|
|Paula Walsh||2021||Lowest Ladies Handicap|
|Lynda Maher||2021||Lowest Ladies Handicap|
|Michael Quirke||2021||Lowest Men's H'cap|
Holes in One at Doneraile
|Member||Date||Hole No.||Club Used||Distance|
|Michael O'Connor||15 May 2000||4th||185 yd's|
|Tom Davern||28 May 2000||13th||185 yd's|
|Pat Mannix||29 September 2001||4th||185 yd’s|
|Michael Ring||12 May 2002||13th||185 yd’s|
|Bill O'Keeffe||6 October 2002||4th||185yd’s|
|Mary Duane||16 August 2006||13th||185 yd’s|
|Tony Keating||23 June 2007||3rd||192 yd’s|
|Gabriel O’Callaghan||7 August 2007||8th||164 yd’s|