Curragh Golf Club


Address The Curragh Camp
Co. Kildare
Telephone: 045-441714
Public No: 045-441238
Fax: 045-442476
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Founded: 1883
Membership: 727
Green Fees Midweek: €35
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €45
Green Fees With a Member: €22/30
Green Fees For Opens: €16
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: No
Soft spikes: No
Secretary/Manager: Ann Culleton
Captain: Philip Bergin
Lady Captain: Catherine O'Sullivan
President: Brig. Gen. S. McCann & Frances McCann
Vice-Captain: Mary McNally
Hon. Secretary: Don Higgins, Peter Grady & Nora Murphy
Club Pro: Gerry Burke 045-441896
Hon. Treasurer: Kevin Timmons, H. Goff & Frankie Kearns
Designed by: David Ritchie
Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Clubhouse opening hours: 10.00am to 11.30pm
Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering facilities
Days to Avoid: Sundays & Tuesdays
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days
Pre-booking for open tournaments: 14 Days in advance

Course Description
Course Description:

The Curragh Golf Club was founded in 1883 making it the oldest club in Southern Ireland and there is a strong argument that golf was first played in Ireland on the plains of the Curragh. Located a couple of miles from the Curragh Race Course home of the Irish Darby many would consider The Curragh as a hilly course it has several memorable and challenging holes that will bring out the best in your game.

The feature hole is the 9th at 407 metres off the blue stakes requiring a precision tee shot to have any chance of getting home in two. The Curragh has a superb finishing hole where the fairway winds its way around mature trees to your right-hand side that seem to act as a magnet. There are magnificent views of the surrounding countryside and the newly constructed clubhouse provides for the golfers every need. Voted the No. 90-ranked golf course in Ireland, by “Golf Digest Ireland” in 2008.

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Club History
Club History

Instituted 1883, affiliated 1898. David Ritchie’s obituary in the Kildare Observer, 17th September, 1910, reads "He claimed and we believe rightly so, to be the oldest golfer in Ireland, as he had ample proof of playing with the late Mr. Alexander Love on links he organised at Donnelly’s Hollow, Curragh in the early fifties of the last century". Thus, the Curragh is the first place golf was played in Ireland.A Lieutenant A. G. Balfour was one of the guiding lights behind the founding of the Curragh, which had a special relationship with the Royal & Ancient. It also received a Royal charter from King George V in 1910. It was very much the militaries club, and only opened its membership to local civilians in the late 1890s and this was restricted to the local gentry. Ladies however were catered for on their own nine-hole course, the first of its kind as early as 1890.The last British contingent left the Curragh on 16th May 1922 and took everything with them including the Royal Charter. The first Captain of the Club after the handover was Mr. P. O’Shaughnessy, manager of the Hibernian Bank, Newbridge.
Members Achievements

2005 Lady Captain Anne Griffin and her Captain's Prize winner Sinead Keane qualified in the Volkswagen/Irish Independent Lady Captain’s Classic in this scotch foursomes format. It was off to the National Finals at The Heritage Golf Club on Monday 3rd October where they were paired with the Waterford pair of Joan Lowe and Sandra Barrett.

Maura Morrin was selected on the Irish Ladies team for the Home Internationals, where they retained the trophy and recorded their 7th victory, played at Royal Porthcawl from 8th to 10th September 2004.

Sinead Keane and Maura Morrin were selected on the Leinster ILGU Team for the Interprovincial's. Played at Ballybunion Golf Club from 18th to 20th August 2004.

Paul O'Hanlon was selected on the Leinster team for the Interprovincial Matches played at Portmarnock Golf Club from 11th to 13th August 2004. Paul was selected on the Irish Boys Team that played Canada in a Junior Challenge match at Hamilton Golf and Country Club from 7th to 9th September 2004.

Curragh Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Fred Daly Trophy and were, drawn against Clandeboye Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Finals at Roscrea Golf Club on August 20th 2002. The team was Paul O'Hanlon, P. J. Kavanagh, Conor Ryan, Keith Houlihan and Richard Finn.

Sinead Keane and Maura Morrin were selected on the Leinster Ladies team for the AIB Interprovincial Championships at Mount Wolseley Golf Club in August 7-9 2002.

Paul O'Hanlon was selected on the Leinster Boys' team for the Interprovincial Championships at Headfort Golf Club from August 28-30 2002.

Curragh won the Leinster Final of the Bulmers Junior Cup at Dundalk Golf Club in 2001. They went on to play Munster Champions Harbour Point in the All-Ireland Semi-Final at Newlands Golf Club on 20th September. They won their matches by 3 matches to 2 matches. The squad was, Declan Kenny, David Joyce, Brian Carney, Patrick Jorden, Duggie Houlihan, Martin Ryan, Brian Fetherston, Paul O'Hanlon, Noel Henzy and Stephen Byrne. They came up against Ballyclare the Ulster Champions in the All-Ireland Final and were narrowly beaten by 3 matches to 2 matches on the 21st September. 

The Curragh won the Midland Districk Final of the Ladies' Senior Cup when they beat Carlow on the final hole at Carlow Golf Club in May 2001. They went on to beat Enniscrone in the All-Ireland Quarter-Finals and were drawn against Royal Co. Down at Douglas Golf Club on 7th-8th of September 2001. The team was Lillian Behan, Sinead Keane, Maura Morrin, Marian Byrne and Mary McNally. They lost by 3 matches to 2 matches.

Sinead Keane 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 for the AIB Interprovincial’s at the Island Golf Club on the 8th to the 10th August 2001.

M. Byrne qualified for the National Finals of the Irish Times-Mitsubishi Motors Women's Masters. She returned 31 points in the semi-final at Glasson Golf Hotel & Country Club on 23rd of August 2001. Then it was on to Galway Bay Golf & Country Club for the Final on 13th September.

Curragh Golf Club were Leinster Champions and All-Ireland Finalists in the Bulmers Junior Cup in 1979, when the team was, Nicky Aulsberry, Billy Gibson, Alan Power, Alan Cole, Tommy Kinsella, Colm Madigan and Jimmy Higgins.

They won the Duggan Cup in 1990, when the team was, John Daly, Bill Cunningham, Ray Swan, Mick O'Shea, John Young, Eric Wallace, Brendan Walshe, Hugh O'Connor, Steve Schwor and Brendan Glass, they were managed by Denis Curtin.

Curragh won the Barton Cup in 1936, when the team was, Capt. Flynn, Comdt. Stuart, Capt. O'Sullivan, Capt. Powell, Capt. Feely, Lt. Harrington. Col. McCorley, Capt. Downes, Mr. P. O'Shaughnessy, Maj. Gen. Sweeney, Capt. McInerney, Rev. Fr. Carey, Comdt. Fox and Capt. Kelly.

They won the Provincial Town's Cup in 1966, when the team was, L. Mitchell, Capt. D. Byrne, P. Dowling, Comdt. D. Butler, J. K. Young, Capt. M. O'Shea, Comdt. E. Quigley, Comdt. H. McDwyer, Rev. G. Brophy and Lieut. C. Madigan, they were managed by O. O'Brien.

They won the Midland Trophy in 1949, when the team was, Comdt. J. S. Cooney, Capt. D. O'Riordan, Lt. C. Sylvester-Carr, W. Price, Col. T. O'Higgins and J. F. Hyland.

Curragh won the Leinster Final of the Carrolls' Mixed Foursomes in 1983, when the team was, J. Brennan, S. Aspell, B. Daly, T. Byrne, P. A. Walshe, A. Power, E. Bradley, C. Barry, M. Walshe, L. Behan and E. Bolster, they were managed by N. Aulsberry. 

C. Madigan was elected to the council of the Leinster Branch of the GUI and as Central Council Delegate for 2001.

Anne Keane, the mother of the Munster Champion made a wonderful comeback to golf having been out due to illness, when she had two wins in a row, in May 2000. She won the Lady President's Prize with a score of (15)  65 net. She lost two shots for that, nevertheless, a few days later, she went out and shot an "incredible 63" off her new handicap, to win the Millennium Strokes by seven shots.

Lillian Behan won the Irish Close Championship and the Statoil Scratch Cup at Hermitage in 1999. She played in the Ladies Home International matches in 1984, 1985 and 1986 and again at Burnham and Berrow Golf Club in 1998, after her return from the professional ranks. She played Curtis Cup in 1986, and played for the Irish Girls in 1982.

Sinead Keane was the reserve on the Ladies Home Internationals at Lahinch in 1997.

Person Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
D. Kenny 14 September 2002 16th   124 m
B. Schwer 15 September 2002 16th   124 m

Card of the Course
Hole No Blue White Yellow Par Index Red Par Index
1 522 514 510 5 12 464 5 10
2 364 357 348 4 7 296 4 8
3 292 288 283 4 17 281 4 12
4 200 191 184 3 4 159 3 14
5 349 339 327 4 15 327 4 16
6 374 366 361 4 9 316 4 2
7 547 537 523 5 14 344 4 4
8 421 413 398 4 2 421 5 18
9 348 338 327 4 13 295 4 6
Out 3,417 3,343 3,261 37   2,903 37  
10 392 381 370 4 16 351 4 7
11 172 163 153 3 5 147 3 15
12 529 519 510 5 6 436 5 11
13 584 568 559 5 3 495 5 1
14 176 161 144 3 11 140 3 13
15 373 363 354 4 10 354 4 3
16 130 112 103 3 18 84 3 17
17 443 437 431 4 1 342 4 5
18 370 369 361 4 8 305 4 9
In 3,169 3,073 2,985 35   2,654 35  
Total 6,586 6,416 6,246 72   5,557 72  
SSS 71 70 69     71    

Roll of Honour
W. Cunningham 1990 Ladies Captain
E. Bradley 1991 Ladies Captain
P. A. Walshe 1992 Ladies Captain
E. Doyle 1993 Ladies Captain
D. Keaney 1994 Ladies Captain
M. Gibson 1995 Ladies Captain
M. Kenneally 1996 Ladies Captain
Eileen Bolster 1997 Ladies Captain
Margaret White 1998 Ladies Captain
Pat Bohan 1999 Ladies Captain
Eileen Lynch 2000 Ladies Captain
Breda O'Dwyer 2001 Ladies Captain
Frances Studdart 2002 Ladies Captain
Anne Gowing 2003 Ladies Captain
Jacinta O'Brian 2004 Ladies Captain
Anne Griffin 2005 Ladies Captain
Teresa Harrison 2006 Ladies Captain
Anne Delaney 2007 Ladies Captain
Vera O'Sullivan 2007 Ladies President
H. Dempsey  1990 Men's Captain
Lt. Col. J. Vize  1991 Men's Captain
P. J. Coffey  1992 Men's Captain
Col. W. Dwyer  1993 Men's Captain
S. Mullooly  1994 Men's Captain
Col. E. Haskin  1995 Men's Captain
P. Reidy  1996 Men's Captain
Comdt. D. Ashe  1997 Men's Captain
Sean Duggan  1998 Men's Captain
Lt. Col. Pascal McCann 1999 Men's Captain
Gerry McNally 2000 Men's Captain
Comdt. Noel  Joyce 2001 Men's Captain
George Fitzpatrick 2002 Men's Captain
Comdt. John Cremin 2003 Men's Captain
Martin Grace 2004 Men's Captain
Sean McCann 2005 Men's Captain
Martin Ryan 2006 Men's Captain
Col. Conor O'Boyle 2007 Men's Captain
Brig. Gen. K. Duffy 1990 President
Brig. Gen. T. Wall 1991 President
Brig. Gen. C. Crean 1992 President
Brig. Gen. C. Crean 1993 President
Brig. Gen. C. Crean 1994 President
Brig. Gen. F. Colclough 1995 President
Brig. Gen. F. Colclough 1996 President
Brig. Gen. F. Colclough 1997 President
Brig. Gen. F. Colclough 1998 President
Brig. Gen. F. Colclough 1999 President
Brig. Gen. J. Sanderson 2000 President
Brig. Gen. J. Sanderson 2001 President
Brig. Gen. J. Sanderson 2002 President
Brig. Gen. Pat O'Sullivan 2003 President
Brig. Gen. Pat O'Sullivan 2004 President
Brig. Gen. Pat O'Sullivan 2005 President
Brig. Gen. Pat O'Sullivan 2006 President
Brig. Gen. Pat O'Sullivan 2007 President
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