Highfield golf club Kildare

Highfield golf course Kildare

Highfield Golf Course

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Highfield Golf  Course,  once the family farm of the Duggan’s has been transformed into a delightful newcourse, set in a quite country area, featuring leisurely fairways in, a rich mature parkland. This 6,001 Yard par-70 standard scratch 69 is a pleasure to play whether a low handicapper or novice. Your first tee shot is playedfrom roof top of the magnificent clubhouse!Highfield  Golf  Club  opened  its  magnificent  new  clubhouse  2003,  constructed  of  timber  it  provides  foreverything the discerning golfer could require, prior to this, home-cooked snacks using fresh farm products -organically produced on the adjoining farm used be served in the stone built "Boiler House" tee-rooms.All  this  within,  45  Minutes’  drive  from central  Dublin,  and  within  25  miles  from,  Maynooth,  Mullingar,Portlaoise, Naas, Trim and Tullamore. Located in the North West corner of County Kildare, Highfield Golf Clubis ten miles from Enfield on a new road due to be finished in early 2013 and within 30 minutes from the M50.Visitors and Societies are assured of a warm welcome and an enjoyable game of golf. We also offer terrific FullMembership Offers starting from €195 per year.

Green Fees Midweek: €20
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €25
Green Fees with a Member: €15
Green Fees for Opens: €15
Practice Area: Range
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: Yes
Soft Spikes: Yes
Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee: €475
Full 5-Day Membership Fee: €250
Full Over 65 Membership Fee: €395
Full U-40 Membership Fee: €350
Full U-30 Membership Fee: €195
Entrance Fee: None
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 18
Members 398
Designer Alan Duggan
Founded 1992

Co. Kildare

Telephone 046-9731021
Email highfieldgolf@eircom.net
Website Highfield golf club website
Secretary/Manager: Avril & Alan Duggan
Captain: Chris Rentes
Lady Captain: Frances Kenny
President: Alan Duggan
Vice-Captains': Brian Gaynor & Jackie Foley
Hon. Secretary: Brian Gaynor & Jackie Foley
Club Pro: Shop
Hon. Treasurer:  Richard Cusack & Colette Woods
Comp. Secretary: Willie Ryan & Mary Breen
Highfield Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
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General Facts & Information


Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: 8.30am to 11.30pm
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering, contact club for Open/Closing times.
Days to Avoid: Sunday am
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other Days Pre-booking for open in advance

Highfield Golf Club Fixtures 2021 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2021 (to be Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Captains' Drive-In Sunday
  Closed 1
Vice-Captains' Prize Saturday
Sunday 2 May Closed 2
Vice-Captains' Prize Sunday
  Closed 1
Captain's Prize to the Ladies
Sunday 27 June   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Saturday 3 July   Closed 1
Captain's Prize (Q) Friday 2 July Saturday 3 July
Closed 2
Captain's Prize
Saturday 3 July   Closed 1
President's Prize (Q) Saturday 21 August
Sunday 22 August Closed 2
President's Prize Sunday 21 August
  Closed 1
President's Prize to the Ladies Sunday 22 August   Closed 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 9 March Friday 12 March Open 4
Singles Stableford Wednesday 10 March   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 1 June Thursday 3 June Open 3
Singles Stableford Wednesday 2 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 3 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 8 June Thursday 10 June Open 3
Singles Stableford Wednesday 9 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 10 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 15 June Thursday 17 June Open 3
Singles Stableford Wednesday 16 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 17 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 22 June Thursday 24 June Open 3
Singles Stableford Wednesday 23 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 24 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 29 June Thursday 1 July Open 3
Singles Stableford Wednesday 30 June
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 1 July
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 6 July Thursday 8 July Open 3
Singles Stableford Wednesday 7 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 8 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 13 July Thursday 15 July Open 3
Singles Stableford Wednesday 14 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 15 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford  Tuesday 20 July  Thursday 22 July Open 3
Singles Stableford Wednesday 21 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 22 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 27 July
Thursday 29 July
Open 3
Singles Stableford Wednesday 28 July
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 29 July
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 3 August Thursday 5 August Open 3
Singles Stableford Wednesday 4 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 5 August   Open 1
Junior Scratch Cup Saturday 7 August Sunday 8 August  Open 2
Junior Scratch Cup Sunday 8 August   Open 1
Inter. Scratch Cup Saturday 7 August  Sunday 8 August Open 2
Inter. Scratch Cup Sunday 8 August   Open 1
Minor Scratch Cup Saturday 7 August Sunday 8 August Open 2
Minor Scratch Cup Sunday 8 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 10 August Thursday 12 August Open 3
Singles Stableford Wednesday 11 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 12 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 17 August Thursday 19 August Open 3
Singles Stableford Wednesday 18 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 19 August   Open 1
Start of Open Week Saturday 21 August Sunday 29 August
Open 7
Open Week Sunday 22 August   Open 1
Open Week Monday 23 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 24 August   Open 3
Singles Stableford Wednesday 25 August   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 26 August
  Open 1
Open Week Friday 27 August
  Open 1
Open Week Saturday 28 August
  Open 1
Open Week Sunday 29 August
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 31 August
Thursday 2 September Open 3
Singles Stableford Wednesday 1 September   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 2 September   Open 1
Highfield Masters Saturday 4 September Sunday 5 September Open 2
Highfield Masters Sunday 5 September   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 7 September Thursday 9 September Open 3
Singles Stableford Wednesday 8 September   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 9 September   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 14 September Thursday 16 September Open 3
Singles Stableford Wednesday 15 September   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 16 September   Open 1
Singles Stableford Tuesday 21 September Thursday 23 September
Open 3
Singles Stableford Wednesday 22 September   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 23 September   Open 1

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Card of the Course

White Par 70 SSS 68 5,797 yd's
Red Par 71 SSS 67 4,749 yd's
Green Par 70 SSS 68 5,546 yd's
Blue Par 70 SSS 69 6,007 yd's


Hole No. Blue White Green Par Index Red Par Index
1 327 319 310 4 11 286 4 5
2 349 327 317 4 13 280 4 13
3 137 132 123 3 17 120 3 17
4 525 509 498 5 3 423 5 3
5 322 316 293 4 9 202 4 11
6 447 442 421 4 1 383 5 9
7 503 498 492 5 5 406 5 1
8 156 137 127 3 15 87 3 15
9 346 340 335 4 7 295 4 7
Out 3,112 3,020 2,899 36   2,482 37  
10 225 214 168 3 4 150 3 6
11 406 390 380 4 8 363 4 4
12 528 523 517 5 6 421 5 2
13 152 140 137 3 14 127 3 16
14 285 274 264 4 16 261 4 10
15 441 423 420 4 2 323 4 8
16 150 132 118 3 18 95 3 18
17 370 365 332 4 10 287 4 14
18 338 316 294 4 12 240 4 12
In 2,895 2,777 2,630 34   2,267 34  
Total 6,007 5,797 5,546 70   4,749 71  
SSS 69 68 68     67    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record Am: 66 Dean Donoghue (5) Captain's Prize 2013

Ladies Course Record:

Members Achievements

History of Highfield

Is there a quintessential Irish golf course? In truth, there isn’t, for Irish golf is many things.  For most, to be sure it is the chance to play a links course where the sea’s spray is tossed amidst towering sand hills and the golf ball is inclined to take an unpredictable bounce on rippling fairways and the wind direction can make a short par 3- as at Doonbeg in the West Clare coastline- a mere wedge shot one day and a fairway wood another.
For others Irish golf is simply the chance to savour something different, be it on a seaside links (Ireland possesses fully one third of all such courses on this planet) or increasingly one to the magnificent parkland courses that have evolved on diverse and contrasting terrain, be in heath land courses atop cliffs or set in the parklands of old country estates.
In a tiny historical corner of County Kildare a rare little gem called Highfield has evolved.  Kildare is a county that increasingly is producing some fabulous golf courses.  The world and its mother it seems, knows all about the K Club at Straffan where the Palmer Course played host to the 2006 Ryder Cup and the beautiful is Carton House near Maynooth which has played host to the Irish Open.  Highfield is not a course that will ever play host to a championship, but for all that, it captures the heart and soul of what Irish golf is all about.  It’s the story of a long time farming family, the Duggans, who when the head of the family died suddenly in 1989 realised that their future security lay away from farming. So the decision was made to turn the farm that had served family for over 250 years into a golf course.
In their case there was to be no big name professional golfer brought in to design the course.  Alan Duggan one of the three brothers in a family of six, who had trained as a green keeper at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin and who then spent two years as the course Superintendent at the Nurenmore Hotel & County Club in Co. Monaghan, designed the layout.
The aroma in the unique clubhouse at Highfield Golf & Country Club, near Carbury in unquestionably that of a turf fire.  On any day that has the merest hint of cold air, a turf fire is to be found burning in the Conker Bar of the Canadian Log Clubhouse amidst the aroma of ‘Granny’s Scones’ & Irish homemade jam. 
This land that now houses a Canadian Clubhouse and similarly styled Log Holiday retreats and a golf course- where believe it or not, the first tee-box is actually located on the top of the clubhouse- is steeped in history.  Fortifications and castles have stood in this area since pagan times and the castle in the hinterland were frequently plundered and destroyed.  One such Castle – Carrick- just a mile away from Highfield was the scene of  a noted massacre in 1305 when Jordan Comin and Sir Pierce Mac Feorais invited Murtagh O’Connor, King of Offaly, and his brother Calvagh along with 29 of their companions, to a  feast on Trinity Sunday at Carrick Castle.  After the feast O’Connor and his men were massacred and their heads sold at a price to their enemies.
Happily today the welcome to Co.Kildare is a good deal more hospitable.  Phil Duggan is the matriarch of the family.  When her husband Denis died in 1989. she wholeheartedly endorsed the decision to gradually move away from farming to golf.  The family’s lifeblood had always been farming but golf had also been a part of their lives.  Indeed, the Duggan Cup, an inter-club competition for senior golfers is a very popular tournament played annually in Leinster and was conceived by Denis before his untimely death.
The farm that passed on to his family has undergone a complete transformation. ‘ We worked it out that if we sold off all the stock we could clear our debts. Farming was getting much tougher and back then we golfed for  a hobby and farmed for a living.  Now it’s the other way around’ claims Alan Duggan.   The Course too has matured significantly since it first opened in 1991.  In fact, the original layout was worked out simply by evaluating where best to position the greens.  ‘Our family has been farming this land for over 250 years, so we knew where the best places were.  We found 35 possible sites for greens, and then worked backwards around the natural habitat in designing the golf holes’ explains Alan – also a single handicap golfer.
These days the course bears no resemblance to its early days but retains all the character and the ever-present family touch.  The ubiquitous Alan is the Manager but he might also greet you as you arrive in the Clubhouse, then you could meet him working out on the course and then be seen pulling you a creamy pint in the bar when you return.  It is very much a unique family enterprise.  His mother, Phil, younger brother, Denis Jr are all involved as is Alan’s wife Avril, who handles the Marketing and is also the interior designer of the spectacular 4* Holiday Lodges.
The Clubhouse is indeed an unusual structure, the only one of its kind in Ireland. Some 800 Canadian cedars were used in its construction. ‘It’s a dying art, it’s all handcrafted’ says Alan.  ‘The clubhouse was built in Canada, then dis-assembled and brought over to Ireland where the Canadian workmen reassembled the structure on site’.  Forever conscious of the environment, the Duggans planted over 30,000 new trees around the course to offset using the Canadian timber. ‘ Does the ozone layer know if the trees are in Canada or Ireland’ he asks with a laugh.
Indeed environmentalists praise Highfield as a ‘fine example of the sensitive integration of a  leisure facility with the environment’.  Careful grassland management has led to the creation of greens with minimal use of chemicals.  Unused areas will away from play have been left uncultivated.  There is a network of wildlife corridors that incorporates watercourse banks, hedgerows and mature trees.
Work on the course is still on going’ admits Alan Duggan, ‘but we’re very much trying to get back to nature’.   This is exemplified by what is probably the course’s signature hole, the Par 3, 10th hole of 214 yards which has a long carry over marshland to a raised green and out-of-bounds down the left hand side.
Yet the most unique hole of all is the 1st, short Par 4 of just 319 yds to a green guarded in front by a pond.  The addition of the new log Clubhouse led to a reconfiguration of the course and so it was that Duggan found the first hole to be shorter than he would have liked.  ‘I didn’t want to start off with a Par 3’ he explains.  So the novel solution was to put the tee box on the roof of the Log Clubhouse and to be sure that is exactly where it is today.  ‘ We’ve had return visitors come back with their cameras and video cameras because their friends simply haven’t believed them!’
Philip Reid

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
Ciaran Duggan 1992 President
Mary Duggan 1993 Ladies Captain
Noel Phelan 1993 Men's Captain
Ciaran Duggan 1993 President
Anne O'Neill 1994 Ladies Captain
Paddy Byrne 1994 Men's Captain
Ciaran Duggan 1994 President
Nora Sheehy-Skeffington 1995 Ladies Captain
Austin Stewart 1995 Men's Captain
Ciaran Duggan 1995 President
Brigitta Morton 1996 Ladies Captain
Frank Delaney 1996 Men's Captain
Ciaran Duggan 1996 President
Liz Callery 1997 Ladies Captain
Fred O'Hara 1997 Men's Captain
Ciaran Duggan 1997 President
Avril Duggan 1998 Ladies Captain
Nigel Cleary 1998 Men's Captain
Ciaran Duggan 1998 President
Briege McShane 1999 Ladies Captain
Derek O'Gorman 1999 Men's Captain
Ciaran Duggan 1999 President
Frances Bolton 2000 Ladies Captain
Noel Phelan 2000 Men's Captain
Ciaran Duggan 2000 President
Marie Cullen 2001 Ladies Captain
Damien Cullen 2001 Men's Captain
Ciaran Duggan 2001 President
Mary Higgins 2002 Ladies Captain
Bernard Moran 2002 Men's Captain
Alan Dugan 2002 President
Alison Delaney 2003 Ladies Captain
Adrian O'Sullivan 2003 Men's Captain
Alan Duggan 2003 President
Carmel Byrne 2004 Ladies Captain
Michael Horan 2004 Men's Captain
Alan Duggan 2004 President
Philomena Duggan 2005 Ladies Captain
Brian Duggan 2005 Men's Captain
Alan Duggan 2005 President
Cecelia Colgan 2006 Ladies Captain
Alan Kavanagh 2006 Men's Captain
Alan Duggan 2006 President
Jackie Horan 2007 Ladies Captain
Vincent Foran 2007 Men's Captain
Mark Byrne 2007 President
Catherine Deegan 2008 Ladies Captain
Peter Walsh 2008 Men's Captain
Alan Duggan 2008 President
Evelyn Hannigan 2009 Ladies Captain
Art Kavanagh 2009 Men's Captain
Alan Duggan 2009 President
Greta Foran 2010 Ladies Captain
Ivan Metcalfe 2010 Men's Captain
Alan Duggan 2010 President
Nora Walsh 2011 Ladies Captain
Jack Gunning 2011 Men's Captain
Alan Duggan 2011 President
Collette Woods 2012 Ladies Captain
Ted Woods 2012 Men's Captain
Alan Duggan 2012 President
Susan Tarpey 2013 Ladies Captain
Mick Melia 2013 Men's Captain
Alan Duggan 2013 President
Mary Breen 2014 Ladies Captain
Dennis Reynaud 2014 Men's Captain
Alan Duggan 2014 President
Melissa Murphy 2015 Ladies Captain
Willie Ryan 2015 Men's Captain
Alan Duggan 2015 President
Moira Murphy 2016 Ladies Captain
Richard Cusack 2016 Men's Captain
Alan Duggan 2016 President
Collette Woods 2017 Ladies Captain
Tom Crinnigan 2017 Men's Captain
Alan Duggan 2017 President
 Mary Breen 2018 Ladies Captain
 Phillip Kelly 2018 Men's Captain
Alan Duggan 2018 President
Evelyn Hannigan 2019 Ladies Captain
Brian Killeen 2019 Men's Captain
Alan Duggan 2019 President
Frances Kenny 2020 Ladies Captain
Chris Rentes 2020 Men's Captain
Alan Duggan
2020 President
Frances Kenny 2021 Ladies Captain
Chris Rentes 2021 Men's Captain
Alan Duggan 2021 President
Ann Foran (15) 2020
Lowest Ladies Handicap
Mark Duggan (2) 2020
Lowest Men's Handicap

Holes in One at Highfield

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Sean McGreevy 23 August 2003 8th   142 yd’s
Kofi Osam 11 September 2004 16th   154 yd’s
Avril Duggan 2008 3rd   120 yd's
Graeme Symes 2011 8th   87 yd's
Tony Checkley
2011 13th   140 yd's
Paddy Cummins 2011 13th   140 yd's
Willie Ryan
2012 13th   140 yd's
Tony Checkley
2012 16th   132 yd's
Sean Donoghue
2012 16th   132 yd's
Michael Cassidy
2013 13th   132 yd's
Michael Cassidy
2013 14th Par 4 274 yd's
Charlie Nolan  16 June 2014      
Martin Romau July 2014 5th Par 4 316 yd's
Jim Kavanagh
13 August 2014 13th
  132 yd's