Loughrea Golf Club

Address Graigue
Co. Galway
Telephone: 091-841049
Public No: 091-841049
Fax: 091-847472
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Website: www.loughreagolfclub.com
Founded: 1924
Membership: 730
Green Fees Midweek: €25
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €25
Green Fees With a Member: €15
Green Fees For Opens: €15
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: Yes
Soft spikes:  No
Secretary/Manager: Daniel Hynes
Captain: Paul Glynn
Lady Captain: Sharon Mooney
President: Des Egan
Vice-Captain: Jim Dunne & Maude Mahoney
Hon. Secretary: Sean Burke, Barry Hogan & Grace Collins
Club Pro: None
Hon. Treasurer: Terry Doyle, Des O'Brien & Jane Beatty
Designed by: Eddie Hackett
Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Clubhouse opening hours: All day
Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering facilities
Days to Avoid: Sunday & Bank Holidays
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days
Pre-booking for open tournaments: 14 Days in advance

Course Description

Designed by the late Eddie Hackett on of Irelands most renowned course architects, Loughrea measures 5,841 metres, with a par-71 and a standard scratch of 70 from the white tees. Loughrea has wide fairways with good greens, the rough tends to be lush and your second shot requires a high degree of accuracy. Set in rolling parkland one mile west of the town on the Bullaun Road and only 17 miles from Galway City.It has a fine new clubhouse with magnificent panoramic views of the course and surrounding countryside. Full catering is provided and the visitor can relax in the bar after a memorable round of golf, where a warm welcome is assured to individuals and societies. Societies are welcome and group rates are available.

Open & Major Fixtures 2011
See Event Calendar here.

Club History

Founded 1924.


Members Achievements

Gort Golf Club won the Connacht Final of the Irish Mixed Foursomes on 21st July 2007 at Athlone Golf Club. They beat Castlebar Golf Club in the Semi-Final by 3 matches to 2 matches. They met Curra West Golf Club in the Provincial Final.

First up was Eoin Glynn with Teresa Gill against John Harte with Mary McDonagh, they lost by 6 and 5, they were followed by Paudie Grealish with Mary Kilroy who beat Brian McCormack with Breda Lawless by 3 and 2. Next up were Paul Smith with Josie Collins against Leo Kelly with Martina McDonagh, when the Gort pair had a narrow 1-hole win. The penultimate match say Pat Gill with Roz Burke beat James McDonagh with Emer O'Rourke by 2 and 1. The final match of Martin Callinan and Maureen Brennan against James Porter with Mary Madden went Curra West’s way by 5 and 4.

Gort went on to compete in the All-Ireland decider back at Athlone Golf Club on Thursday 6th September where the All-Ireland green pennant went to the Leinster Champions the K Club.  

The Ladies of Gort Golf Club were runners-up the All-Ireland Seniors Foursomes at Athlone Golf Club on 30th September 2007 when they were beaten by Donabate Golf Club by 2 ½ matches to ½ match. They beat Omagh Golf Club by 2 matches to 1 match in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.

First on the tee was Teresa Gill with Josephine against Cummins Ann Nolan with Joan Millar who halved their match, they were followed by Josie Collins with Celine Fahey against Julie McCarthy with Pauline Byrne who lost their match. Maureen Brennan with Margaret Whelan had a bad day when they lost by 7 and 5 to Michele Browne with Ursula Cousins.

Gort Golf Club were Runners-Up in the Cecil Ewing Shield Final in 2006 when they beaten by Ballina Golf Club in the Final by 7 matches to 3 matches. The first leg was played at home at Gort Golf Club on 16th September with the second leg played away on 30th September at Ballina Golf Club.

Denis Bourke with Aidan Sweeney lost to Ronnie Killeen with Kieran Cullinane by 3 and 2. They were followed by Keith Cunningham with Dermot Timlin against Gerry Finn with John Forde who won their match by 2 and 1. Next up were Kieran O’Rourke with John Irwin who lost out to George Fahy with David Burke by a single hole. Eddie Keigher with Padraig Glancy beat Tom Barry with Finbar Gantly Snr. By 4 and 3. The final match of Padraig Naughton with Ollie Bolton against Tom Finneran with Alan Hynes was decided by a single hole in favour of the Galway men.

The Second Leg took place at home on Saturday 30th September where local knowledge came to the fore. First up were Padraig Naughton with Ollie Bolton against Gerry Finn with John Forde who had a comfortable 4 and 3 win. They were followed by Kieran O’Rourke with John Irwin against George Fahy with David Burke who recorded a 3 and 2 win for the home side. Next up were Denis Bourke with Aidan Sweeney against Tom Finneran with Alan Hynes, this match was called in and a halve declared. Kieran Cunningham with Dermot Timlin had a very convincing victory over Ronnie Killeen with Kieran Cullinane by a 7 and 6 margin. This resulted in the final match between Eddie Keigher with Padraig Glancy against Tom Barry with Finbar Gantly Snr. being called in and a halve being recorded.

The Ladies of Gort celebrated Mary Hannon-Healy and Mary Kilroys' All-Ireland ILGU Australian Spoons title in 2005. This was the second year they had won.

Goth Golf Club won their first All-Ireland pennant when they beat Royal Tara Golf Club in the Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield at Lisburn Golf Club on 11th September 2003.

They had a very convincing win over Warrenpoint by 4 matches to 1 match in the morning the team on the day was Gerry Cooney with Cathal Duffy, who lost to Paddy O'Brien and Ciaran Loughlin by the bear minimum, Kevin Mulkerrins and Noel Murphy had to go to the 20th before claiming victory over Michael A. Murphy and Allen Foley, Gerry Broderick with David Samuels clinched their match on the 18th over Jack Kane and Peter Henshaw. Niall and Noel O'Shaughnessy lost out to Ger Toher and Joe Mitchell by 3 and 2. The final pair of Michael O'Grady and John Fordham clinched the pennant with a 2 and 1 win over John F. Byrne and Jim Bannon.

Colman Cooney has the distinction of recording the first hole-in-one in 2002. Colman playing off a handicap of 7 recorded his first hole-in-one in competition on the 6th January at the 8th a 151 metre index 13 par 3 using a seven-iron.

Gort won the Connacht Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield at Roscommon Golf Club when they beat Portumna Golf Club by 3 matches to 3 matches in the final. The squad was John Whelan, John Fordham, Michael Whelan, Steve Mahon, Pat Craddock, Gerry Broderick, Ciaran Conneely, Nial O'Shaughnessy, Michael Kilroy, George Power, Ray Quinn, Brendan Dolan and Jack Beakey.

They were, Captained by John Madden. They were, drawn against Rathdowney in the National Semi-Finals at Newlands Golf Club on the 20th of September 2001 where they lost to Rathdowney by 3 matches to 2 matches in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Gort Ladies won the All Ireland Ulster Bank Foursomes in 2000, when the team was Geraldine Connors, Francis Spelman, Cathy Curlette, Maureen Brennan, Josie Collins, Catherine Burke, and Bernie Larkin, they were captained by Kathleen Reeves.

They won the Connaught Irish Junior Cup in 1973, The Jimmy Bruen Shield in 1978, The Connacht Shield in 1965, 1990 and again 2001 and the Connacht Junior Cup in 1990

The men reached the All Ireland Millennium Challenge.

Jimmy Hannigan didn't let the pressure of being Captain in the Millennium year get to him. He lost three shots off his handicap in less than a month, going from 15 to 12, in June 2000.

Gort won the Cecil Ewing in 1999 and 2002.

D. Forde played Connaught Youths in 1991.

Person Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Emir McMorrow 17 May 1996 17th   124 m
Geraldine Dolan 2 May 1997 11th   125 m
Morgan Healy 7 July 1998 14th   134 m
Gerry Leslie 7 July 1999 14th   134 m
Aidan Donohue 21 July 1999 11th   146 m
Kathleen Leahy 25 July 1999 11th   110 m
Mary Ryan 3 January 2000 8th   94 m
Vincent Costello 30 January 2000 8th   120 m
John Counihan 5 March 2000 14th   134 m
Garry Bond 12 March 2000 14th   134 m
Gay Dolan 1 August 2000 17th   160 m
David McGann 27 May 2001 8th   105 m
Michael Booth 22 March 2002 11th   146 m
Joe Barrett 5 June 2002 14th   134 m
Niall Madden 28 July 2002 17th   158 m
Michael P. Corcoran 6 October 2003 8th   118 m
Kieran Counihan 23 March 2003 17th     158 m
Gerry Farragher 1 June 2003 4th     185 m
Martin Mullins 02 June 2003 4th     184 m
Michael Lyons 18 February 2004 11th     124 m
Chris Murray 25 February 2004 11th     125 m
Dermot Bligh 20 June 2004 17th     158 m
Cathal Madden 25 July 2004 11th     170 m
Siun McDonald 09 March 2005 14th     120 m
Joe Cahalan 02 August 2005 8th     133 m
Sharon Mooney 19 June 2005 8th     108 m
Emmet Keary 14/09/2005 8th     133 m
Noel Kelly 1 January 2006 11th     160 m
Ronnie Norris 1 July 2007      


Card of the Course
Card of the Course (yards)
Hole No Blue Green Par Index Red Par Index
1 334 330 4 13 291 4 7
2 342 320 4 9 315 4 5
3 390 381 4 3 332 4 3
4 185 178 3 7 157 3 11
5 386 383 4 1 321 4 1
6 352 340 4 5 319 5 15
7 320 314 4 11 243 4 13
8 133 120 3 17 108 3 17
9 302 285 4 15 280 4 9
Out 2,744 2,651 34   2,366 35  
10 506 489 5 4 401 5 4
11 160 153 3 16 148 3 18
12 498 493 5 10 427 5 6
13 305 291 4 8 237 4 10
14 350 337 4 2 309 4 8
15 345 342 4 6 307 4 2
16 419 415 5 18 370 5 12
17 158 135 3 14 125 3 16
18 340 332 4 12 278 4 14
In 3,081 2,987 37   2,602 37  
Total 5,825 5,638 71   4,968 72  
SSS 70 69     72    

Roll of Honour
Mrs. E. Morrissey 1990 Ladies Captain
Mrs. S. Kelly 1991 Ladies Captain
Mrs. B. Beirne 1992 Ladies Captain
Mrs. G. Collins 1993 Ladies Captain
Miss M. Morrissey 1994 Ladies Captain
Mrs. E. McCann 1995 Ladies Captain
Mrs. Anna Cronin 1996 Ladies Captain
Miss M. Verdon 1997 Ladies Captain
Mrs. N. Blake 1998 Ladies Captain
Mrs. N. Gilligan 1999 Ladies Captain
Mrs. S. McDonald 2000 Ladies Captain
Geraldine Dolan 2001 Ladies Captain
Marcella Fallon 2002 Ladies Captain
Rose Mannion 2003 Ladies Captain
Anne Kelly 2004 Ladies Captain
Chris Murray 2005 Ladies Captain
Patricia O'Hehir 2006 Ladies Captain
Cherry O'Connor 2007 Ladies Captain
P. G. Healy 1990 Men's Captain
P. Haverty 1991 Men's Captain
M. Bond 1992 Men's Captain
F. Joyce 1993 Men's Captain
B. Horgan 1994 Men's Captain
B. Fahy 1995 Men's Captain
P. Lynch 1996 Men's Captain
G. Glynn 1997 Men's Captain
A. Mannion 1998 Men's Captain
B. Mahony 1999 Men's Captain
J. P. Cusack 2000 Men's Captain
Michael Maher 2001 Men's Captain
John Counihan 2002 Men's Captain
J. Barrett 2003 Men's Captain
Dick O'Gorman 2004 Men's Captain
Danny Hynes 2005 Men's Captain
Carl Cahalan 2006 Men's Captain
Peter Murphy 2007 Men's Captain
M. Farrell 1990 President
Rev. I. Clarke 1991 President
J. Burke 1992 President
J. A. Cahalan 1993 President
F. A. Winters 1994 President
Dr. B. Moloney 1995 President
P. C. Healy 1996 President
P. Fahey 1997 President
V. Ryan 1998 President
P. Lynch 1999 President
N. Kelly 2000 President
Geraldine Dowling 2001 President
Vincent Leahy 2002 President
Brendan Blake 2003 President
Jane Beatty 2004 President
Brendan Kelly 2005 President
Mike Newell 2006 President
Martha O'Neill 2007 President

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