Grange Golf Club

Course Facts:
Address Whitechurch Road Secretary/Manager: Billy Meehan
Rathfarnham Captain: Peter O'Loghlen
Dublin 16 Lady Captain: Brenda Murray
Telephone: 01-4932889 President: Matt Jones
Public No: 01-4932832    
Fax: 01-4939490    
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Club Pro: Dave Kearney
Founded: 1910 Designed by: Tom Hood & James Braid
Not open for membership. Societies are welcome and group rates are available.
Membership: 781 Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Green Fees Midweek: €80 Clubhouse opening hours: 9.00am to 11.30pm
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: N/A Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Green Fees With a Member:   Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Green Fees For Opens: N/A Catering: Full catering facilities
Practice Area: Yes Days to Avoid: Weekends & Thurs, Weds after 11.00am
Club Hire: Yes Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days
Buggy Hire: Yes Pre-booking for open tournaments: N/A
Soft spikes: No    


Course Description
Course Description:

Set in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains on the slopes of Kilmashogue, Grange Golf Club is one of the finest tests of golf you will find anywhere in Ireland. Don’t be deceived by what at first sight appears to be a short course. This is accounted for by the fact that Grange has 6 Par-3s. Indeed the first two holes are par-3 realistically the 1st is closer to a Par-3½ measuring 203 m from the back tee it is all up hill with trees all the way up the right-hand side to a well protected green.Mature trees festoon this course that seem to divvy the theory that "trees are 90% air". The 18th is one of the great finishing holes at 362 m it falls downhill requiring a long and straight drive. Even if you are in good shape off the tee it requires a clean strike from a downhill lie, which must carry the widest part of the Kilmashogue River if you are to have any chance of making par on this index 6.

Resulting from the construction of the Southern-Cross motorway, which interfered with the 11th green and 12th tee-box, Grange had contingency plans well in hand and purchased additional land in 1976. Six new holes were added that are integrated into the course.

Grange is the home of Ryder Cup player Paul McGinley and has always had a good youths policy, which is bearing fruit with Mark Ryan winning the Irish Youths at Enniscrone in 2001, the boys won the Fred Daly and Irish Schools in 1999. My son Shane was the assistant professional at Grange having been a member first.

Grange Golf Club has completed the construction of a magnificent new clubhouse, where the visitor is assured of the same warm welcome that existed in the old charming one and a memorable days golf.

Voted the No. 69-ranked golf course in Ireland, by “Golf Digest Ireland” in 2008.

Grange was voted No. 25 Parkland/Inland 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.

Open & Major Fixtures 2011
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Club History
Club History

Instituted 1910, affiliated 1911. Grange Golf Club was a direct result of the demise of Kilmashogue Club, which was opened as a proprietary and had attracted, initially, quite a few members. By November 1909, the club was in some difficulty and some of the members started to look for another location. At a meeting in the home of the Rev. Henry Cave, in April 1910, a decision was taken to form another club. Mr. Douglas Rowley, the then owner of Marley Grange, agreed to lease ground for 21 years, from June 1910, and the club was born. Major Guinness was the first President he was President of Kilmashogue in 1909. Tom Hood, the professional at the Royal Dublin Golf Club laid out the first nine-hole course that opened for play in March 1911.R. K. Love bought Marley Grange in 1925. Love was very supportive of the club indeed the Love Cup is played for each year, at Grange. He allowed the club to build another nine-holes that opened the same year. In 1927, the famous James Braid remodelled the eighteen-holes for a fee of thirty-five guineas and the course has changed very little since then, except some minor alterations, resulting from road-construction, and six new holes have been added.

Members Achievements

David Carroll was selected on the Leinster team for the Interprovincial Matches played at Portmarnock Golf Club from 11th to 13th August 2004.Mark Ryan won the West of Ireland Championship Co. Sligo in 2003, achieving something that no previous member of Grange had ever done before. Mark was unable to defend the Championship as he decided to spend 2004 in Australia and elsewhere in the world all part of growing up. The last time I met Mark was at The South of Ireland when he and brother David were attending the ropes in the final.

Grange was Runners-Up in the Bulmers Senior Cup Leinster Championship, to a very strong Portmarnock at Co. Louth Golf Club in 2002. The team was David Hayden, Simon Cranley, David Carroll, Hugh Hanley, David Ryan, Mick McGinley, Mark Ryan, Niall Ruane and Dermot Rooney. They were, managed by Terry Doyle.

Lady Captain Leslie Finnegan (19) and her Captain's Prize Winner Therese O'Reilly (1) were runners-up in a count back with 44 points, in the Volkswagen-Irish Independent Lady Captains' Golf Classic at The Royal Dublin Golf Club in September 2002. It was on to Druid's Glen for the National Finals in October. 

Mark Ryan won the Irish Youths Championship at Enniscrone Golf Club in 2001. Well done young Ryan I consider the Youths the hardest championship as all these young men are coming good at the same time. Mark together with the runner-up in the Youths Mark O'Sullivan went on to represent Ireland in the European Under-21 Championship at Turnberry on the 25th-26th October 2001.

Grange Ladies won the Eastern District of the Ladies' Irish Senior Cup when they beat the cup holders Co. Louth in the final. They played in the All-Ireland Final at Douglas on the 7th to the 8th of September 2001. They played Douglas in the All-Ireland Semi-Final. The team was Hazal Kavanagh, Therese O'Reilly, Shenna O'Brien-Kenney, Monica Tracey and Mary Gorry.

Hazel Kavanagh was selected on the Irish team for the European Team Championship at Campo de Meis, Spain from the 10th to the 14th of July 2001. She was also on the Leinster Ladies team in the AIB Interprovincial's at the Island Golf Club on the 8th to the 10th August 2001. Hazel has since announced that she is to join the ladies professional tour.

Grange trio Lady Captain Theresa O'Reilly, Captain Tom Scully, and Vice-Captain Jim O'Hanlon were runners-up in the regional qualifiers of the Mercedes Benz-Irish Independent Executive Golf Trophy. In April 2001 they played Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Lings in a swirling wind that came at them from all sides. With two scores to count on each hole they booked their place in the National Finals. Therese a former Irish Ladies Close Champion now playing off 3, Tom playing off 14 and Joe playing off 16 returned a score of 78 points which saw them represent the Grange in the National Final at The K Club on the 13th of August where they finished 8th. They returned a score of 72 points, which was three off the winners.

Phil Bollard won the overall prize at the Dunmore East-Waterford Crystal Golf Classic in May 2001.

Grange Golf Club has won the All-Ireland Irish Club Youths Team Championship at Thurles G. C. in 1987 and at Carlow G. C. in 1986, when the team was Paul McGinley, Lesley Walker, Pat Groarke and Brian Shaw.

They won the All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup at The Royal Dublin in 1946, the team was, W. A. Bermingham, G. M. Bowers, Dr. R. A. Davitt, P. E. Keatley and D. H. Meredith.

Jimmy Green was elected to the council of the Leinster Branch of the GUI for 2001.

Miriam Abernethy was selected on the Ladies Senior Munster team, which played in the Interprovincial Championship at Portstewart G. C. in 2000.

David Ryan was selected on the Boys' Home International team at Portmarnock G. C. in 2000 He was on the Leinster Boys' team that played in the Boys Interprovincial Matches at Roscommon G. C. 25th-27th August, 1999. David became the first boy to win the Fred Daly, Irish Schools and Inter Pros in the same year.

They won the Barton Cup in 1989.

Grange have a proud tradittion in the Lumsden Cup with Dermot Rooney, winning in 1964, Joe Byrne winning in 1981 and Sean Buckley winning in 1989.

Malcolm Hood won the Leinster Senior Championship in 1989.

The Ladies of Grange Golf Club won the Leinster Senior Cup in 1985, when the team was Mary Gorry, Sheena O'Brian-Kennedy, Triona McAlister, Monica Tracey and Gwen Brandonl.

They won it again the following year with Mary Gorry, Theresa O'Reilly, Monica Tracey, Sheena O'Brien-Kennedy and Mary O'Connor.

They next won it in 1992, with Miriam Abernethy, Hazel Kavanagh, Theresa O'Reily, Sheena O'Brien-Kennedy, Mary Gorry and they were captained by Brenda Fearon.

They repeated their sucess the following year when the team was Mary Gorry, Theresa O'Reily, Hazel Kavanagh, Sheena O'Brien-Kennedy, Monica Tracey, Miriam Abernetty and Mary Dowling.

They last won it in 2001, with Miriam Abernetty, Sheena O'Brian-Kennedy, Hazel Kavanagh, Monica Tracey, Theresa O'Reilly and Mary Gorry.

The ladies of Grange were beaten in the final of the Townsend Women's Foursomes, by Co. Louth when the decider finally came to a conclusion at Portmarnock Links in November 2000. 

Hazel Kavanagh played for Ireland in the European Ladies Team Championship at Golf Club Milano, Monza in 1995 and at Nordcentre Golf and Country Club, Finland in 1997. She played in the Ladies Home Internationals at Wrexham, in 1995 and at Lahinch in 1997, after that at Burnham and Berrow in 1998. She was selected to represent Ireland in the European Ladies Junior Championship at Saint Nom La Breteche Golf Club, in 1992. She played in the Girls' Home Internationals at Penrith Golf Club in 1990 and in 1989. Hazel won the Irish Ladies Stroke-Play Championship at Waterford Castle with rounds of 73,69, and 75 in July 1999.

Four Ladies from Grange are the Ladies Team Champions of the Waterford Crystal, Dunmore East Golf Classic in 1999. They were Ella Cowman, Helen Flynn, Ann McGorgan and Eileen Martin.

Ronan Gormley at 16 years of age won the News of the World-Luttrellstown Castle, Young Irish Golfers Challenge, in July 1999. Playing off a handicap of 8, he shot a sparkling one under par 71.

Hugh Hanley shattered the course record on 06/08/1999 at Youghal G. C. shooting a magnificent 62, beating the previous record by 5 shots.

David Sheehan played Walker Cup at Turnberry in 1963 (he represented Leinster from 1959 to 1976 playing 49 matches); and Paul McGinley played Walker Cup at Portmarnock in 1991, (he represented Leinster from 1988 to 1991, playing 10 matches and Leinster Youths from 1985 to 1988, playing 16 matches). 

Michael McGinley participated in the Home International matches in 1996, (he represented Leinster from 1997 to 1998, and played Leinster Youths from 1994 to 1995, playing 8 matches). 

Dave Carroll participated in the Boys Home International matches in 1997 (he played Leinster Youths in 1998)

Lesley Walker, represented Leinster from 1989 to 1992, and played Leinster Youths from 1988 to 1990, playing 16 matches and brother David played Leinster Youths from 1983 to 1984, playing 7 matches.  Brian Shaw played in Leinster Youths from 1985 to 1987, playing 9 matches.  

Theresa O'Reilly was selected to represent Ireland in the European Ladies Team Championship at Tubbercurry in 1987, and Captained the team at Golf Club Milano, Monza in 1995.

Miss Sheena O'Brien-Kenny played for the Irish Girls in 1973 and 1974 and she won the Scratch Match Play Foursomes together with Miss Theresa Moran of Donabate in 1978 and 1979.  She also captained The Irish Girls International Team in 1994.

Card of the Course
Card of the Course (metres)
Hole No White Green Par Index Red Par Index
1 173 168 3 7 155 3 8
2 122 106 3 17 101 3 18
3 389 378 4 3 369 5 10
4 375 365 4 5 343 4 2
5 297 285 4 15 279 4 4
6 168 156 3 13 145 3 12
7 377 374 4 1 373 5 16
8 186 179 3 9 167 3 14
9 340 315 4 11 315 4 6
Out 2,427 2,326 32   2,247 34  
10 390 383 4 2 372 5 15
11 179 172 3 8 134 3 13
12 299 294 4 18 270 4 11
13 295 288 4 10 278 4 9
14 436 414 5 14 414 5 3
15 148 141 3 16 133 3 17
16 382 371 4 6 363 4 1
17 476 465 4 12 435 5 7
18 364 354 4 4 334 4 5
In 2,969 2,882 36   2,733 37  
Total 5,396 5,208 68   4,960 71  
SSS 69 68     72    

Roll of Honour
Mrs. M. Cooke 1990 Ladies Captain
Mrs. J. Hughes 1991 Ladies Captain
Mrs. R. Tracey 1992 Ladies Captain
Mrs. R. O'Donovan 1993 Ladies Captain
Miss H. M. Flynn 1994 Ladies Captain
Mrs. M. Downey 1995 Ladies Captain
Mrs. K. McEnroe 1996 Ladies Captain
Mrs. P. Horne 1997 Ladies Captain
Mrs. R. Ennis 1998 Ladies Captain
Ann Wright 1999 Ladies Captain
Mrs. P. Kennedy 2000 Ladies Captain
Therese O'Reilly 2001 Ladies Captain
Leslie Finegan 2002 Ladies Captain
Mrs. H. Duff 2003 Ladies Captain
Gladys Ruddock 2004 Ladies Captain
Nives Vaughan 2005 Ladies Captain
Phil Bollard 2006 Ladies Captain
Pauline Dwan 2007 Ladies Captain
Michael Twomey 1990 Men's Captain
J. P. Cogavan 1991 Men's Captain
F. J. Horne 1992 Men's Captain
David Sheahan 1993 Men's Captain
Dave Ennis 1994 Men's Captain
Ned Fitzpatrick 1995 Men's Captain
Brian Conroy 1996 Men's Captain
Tom Bradley 1997 Men's Captain
Johnney Hughes 1998 Men's Captain
John Kilmurray 1999 Men's Captain
Barry O'Donovan 2000 Men's Captain
Tom Scully 2001 Men's Captain
Jim Hanlon 2002 Men's Captain
Tom Shaw 2003 Men's Captain
Bob Widger 2004 Men's Captain
Peter Mogerley 2005 Men's Captain
Pat McEnroe 2006 Men's Captain
Shay Downer 2007 Men's Captain
Willie O'Loughlen 1990 President
Dr. A. T. McDonough 1991 President
Dr. A. T. McDonough 1992 President
Paddy Moriarty 1993 President
P. J. Moriarty 1994 President
Johnney Farrell 1995 President
J. C. Farrell 1996 President
Dr. Sean O'Flanagan 1997 President
Dr. Sean O'Flanagan 1998 President
Des Heather 1999 President
Donal Moriarty 2000 President
D. Moriarty 2001 President
Nicholas Dalton 2002 President
Nicholas Dalton 2003 President
Nicholas Dalton 2004 President
Henry Hickey 2005 President
Henry Hickey 2006 President
Fergus Dolan 2007 President
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