Fota Island Golf Club

Waterford Golf Club

Course Facts:
Address Newrath Secretary/Manager: Damien Maguire
Co. Waterford Captain: Paddy Bolger
  Lady Captain: Ellen O'Halloran
Telephone: 051-876748 President: Miriam Corcoran & Richard Dowling
Public No: 051-874182 Vice-Captain: Kay Walsh & Michael Dollard
Fax: 051-853405 Hon. Secretary:  
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: Harry Ewing 051-833711
Website: Hon. Treasurer:  
Founded: 1912 Designed by: James Braid & Willie Parks
Not open for membership. Societies are welcome and group rates are available.
Membership: 798 Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Green Fees Midweek: €30 Clubhouse opening hours: 8.00am to 12.00pm
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €40 Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Green Fees With a Member: €50% Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Green Fees For Opens: €20-25 Catering: Full catering facilities
Practice Area: Yes Days to Avoid: Tuesday, Wednesday am & Weekends
Club Hire: No Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days
Buggy Hire: Yes Pre-booking for open tournaments: 14 Days in advance
Soft spikes: No    


Course Description
Waterford is an attractive parkland course designed by the legendry James Braid who was Open Champion on five occasions.Waterford is particularly renowned for the quality of its greens and its friendly atmosphere. The front nine demand accuracy from the tee. The back nine are more forgiving and feature a great closing stretch with a classic finishing hole. Played from an elevated tee the 368, m index 4 is very tempting to open the shoulders. There is real trouble all the way down the left the second if you are still in play is to a receptive green.

It is the venue of the Waterford Scratch Cup lifted by most of Ireland’s finest golfers since its inception.Waterford has recently completed and extensive refurbishment and extension to their clubhouse and the visitor is assures of the warmest of welcomes at this fine course. Voted the No. 87-ranked golf course in Ireland, by “Golf Digest Ireland” in 2008.

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Club History
Instituted 1912, affiliated 1912. The history of Waterford Golf Club is well-documented in the clubs souvenir brochure for the 25th Anniversary of the Waterford Crystal Scratch Cup. When the first club was formed at Tramore in 1894 it was called the Waterford and Tramore Golf Club, which would indicate that there was a b element from the Tramore club involved in the origins of the club.The first meeting to form the Waterford club was held on the 8th of March, 1912, in the Imperial Hotel. In the chair was Mr. H. J. Forde the man credited with starting the club. The meeting was told that land was available at Mount Misery on a lease of £35 a year. A further meeting was held on the 29th March and the provisional committee reported that 47 acres had been leased. The meeting elected the following officers: President, Mr. A. E. Graves, Captain, H. Tooms, and the Hon. Secretary was A. E. Walker.

Cecil Barcroft, Secretary of the Royal Dublin, was invited to design the course. However, before his plans could be put into place, the committee decided to commission Willie Park, the two-times winner of the British Open in 1887 and 1879 to redesign the course. His design was opened in July, 1913, stretching over 3,000 yards.In 1935 the committee decided to extend to eighteen-holes and this time they decided to get the services of the best golf architect available in the shape of James Braid, who had won the British Open five times. Braid had already built a reputation as a course architect and the fine course we now find at Waterford is a credit to the foresight of the committees.

Members Achievements

2005 Lady Captain Joan Lowe and her Captain’s Prize winner Sandra Barrett 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 Curragh pair of Sinead Keane and Ann Griffin.Gavin McNeill was one of four Irish golfers selected on the Walker Cup panel for 2003. Gavin was selected on the Irish squad for the Eisenhower Trophy in Kuala Lumpur from the 24th to the 27th October 2002.

Waterford duo Koragk Fuller (27) and Joe Fuller (18) qualified for the finals of the Spar-Irish Independent National Mixed Pairs Challenge at The Royal Dublin Golf Club, when they returned 58 points at Dungarvan Golf Club in July 2002.

Kevin Kinsella was selected on the Irish Team for the European Young Masters at Augsburg, Germany in July 2002. They finished fourth behind Spain, France and Germany. He also played for Leinster in the Interprovincial Championships at Headfort Golf Club from August 28-30 2002.

Waterford member Gavin McNeill won the Irish Close Championship at Co. Sligo Golf Club on the 20th of June 2001. Gavin beat fellow Irish International Stephen Browne of Hermitage in a trilling final that finished on the 20th. I asked Gavin that evening, what it felt like when he stood over a 30 foot downhill putt to keep the match alive? He replied "I knew I had only one chance and I gave it my all" The putt was going nowhere but in the hole. Gavin has represented Ireland in the Home Internationals and was selected on the Irish six man team for the European stroke-play championship in Denmark, from August 22nd to the 25th 2001. He joined key Walker Cup winner Graeme McDowell on the Simon Bolivar Cup team in Caracas, Venezuela, on November 7th-10th 2001.

E. Hearne Captained the Munster Ladies team for the AIB Interprovincial’s at the Island Golf Club on the 8th to the 10th August 2001.

Lady Captain Miriam Corcoran and her Captain's Prize-winner, Bread Corcoran (not related) were last to qualify in the last regional qualifiers of the Volkswagen-Irish Independent Lady Captains' Classic. However they went on to win the National Final at Druid's Glen on the 1st of October. Playing in gale force winds, described by Eamonn Darcy as "the worst I've experienced here" they won the National title by two shots with a score of 34.

Mary Costello 87-years young plays golf everyday and can still win off her handicap of 37. Mary won with an net 62 in September 2001.

Waterford Golf Club won the All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup at Westport G. C. in 1990, when the team was C. Ryan, J. Fanning, T. Hanly, G. Carew, M. Power, J. O'Keeffe, G. Healy and M. Foley. They were managed by G. Walsh and coached by R. Dowling.

They won the All-Ireland Dunhill Mixed Foursomes at Galway in 1993, the team was Michael Boland, Josie McNamara, Teresa Ryan, Maureen Carroll, Nellie Dumphy, Carmel J. Walsh, Emily Troy, Evelyn O'Keeffe, Celia Hill, Michael Crowe, Gerry O'Keeffe, Tony Hanly, Greg Carew, Michael Foley and Seamus Bolger. They were captained by Martin Keane and selected by Eileen Fleming.

They won the Leinster Final and were All-Ireland Finalists in the Irish Junior Cup in 1991, when the team was, Michael Gaffney, Greg Crew, Gerry O'Keeffe, Joe O'Keeffe, Gerry O'Farrell, John Dowling, Garry Healy, Michael Foley and Tony Hanley, they were captained by Dick Dowling and Coached by Michael O'Sullivan.

They won the Leinster Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield in 1989, when the team was, M. Foley, J. Fanning, M. Aherne, J. Fuller, A. Dalton, R. Dowling, L. Murphy, E. Kelly, J. Walsh, T. Hennessy and S. Bolger, they were managed by B. Collins.

They were Leinster Champions and All-Ireland Finalists in the Jimmy Bruen Shield in 1987, when the team was, G. Farrell, M. O'Sullivan, M. Whelan, A. Hanley, C. Cantwell, P. Freeman, R. Dowling, J. Walsh, B. Collins, J. Ryan, M. Aherne, C. Ryan, P. Wall, J. Dalton, R. Burke, S. Bolger, N. Kelly and they were managed by M. O'Mahoney.

They won the Brennan Cup in 1980, when the team was, T. O'Farrell, M. Foley, J. Walsh, N. Byrne, J. Power, C. Cantwell, N. Brennan, R. Burke, M. Brennan, N. Colfer, J. O'Riordan, J. Murphy and K. Walker.

They were South East Inter Club Champions in 1990, when the team was, M. Gaffney, M. Foley, M. O'Sullivan, N. Colfer, A. Dalton, G. Walsh, J. O'Keeffe, C. Ryan, G. O'Keeffe, D. Deasy, G. Carew, P. Carew, M. Holohan, C. Carew and T. Hanley.

They were Provincial Towns Cup winners in 1937, when the team was, R. Hearne, M. Brazil, Col. Heather, M. Fitzgerald, J. McDonald, D. Dwyer, P. Grogan, J. Hughes, G. Hayden, J. Phelan and D. Brown.  

They won the Leinster Final of the Dunhill Mixed Foursomes at Co. Meath Golf Club in 1994, when the team was, Evelyn O'Keeffe, Carmel Walsh, Gerry O'Keeffe, Pat Carew, Teresa Ryan, Greg Carew, Emily Troy, Tony Hanly, Michael Carew, Mary O'Shea, Denis Deasy, Nellie Dunphy, they were managed by Martin Keane. 

They won the Seiko Mixed Foursomes in 1988, when the team was, Joe Fuller, Tommy Connolly, Geoff Walsh, Mary O'Shea, Betty Condon and Josie McNamara.

The Ladies of Waterford Golf Club won the ILGU Midland League in 1986, when the team was, M. Dunphy, E. Keane, J. McNamara, M. Hanley, T. Duffin and E. Hearn.

They won the ILGU Midland Trophy in 1983, when the team was, N. Dunphy, M. O'Carroll, E. Troy, E. Keane and M. Hardiman.    M. Durand, M. Hutchenson, E. Keane, M. O'Sullivan and A. Jacob.

They won the ILGU Midland Trophy in 1975, when the team was,

Congratulations to Gavin McNeill on winning the Waterford Senior Scratch Cup on 25 June 2000 with a wonderful score of 277, seven under, on his home course. He left some notable golfers in his wake, with four shots to spare, over Gary Cullen, Hugh Hanley and Dan Sugrue.

Gavin McNeill and Lee Dalton played together on the Leinster Youths team that won the Interprovincial Championship at their home club in April 1999.

Sheelagh Farrell won the regional final of the Shell Ladies Golf Challenge at Thurles G. C. with a score of 38 pts.

Lee Dalton won the Irish Boys' Under 18, Under 17, and Under 16 at Mullingar in 1996. He participated in the Boys Home International matches in 1996 and 1997, and he also played Leinster Youths from 1997 to 1998, winning 7 of his 11 matches and Leinster Boys' from 1995 to 1996, playing 12 matches. Lee won the 1998 Connaught Youths at Westport G. C.

Gavin McNeill played Leinster Boys' in 1996; he played Leinster Youths from 1997 to 1998 playing 9 matches and Leinster Boys from 1994 to 1995, playing 10 matches.  C. Carew represented Leinster from 1986 to 1991 and played 21 matches, as did Aidreen Dalton from 1993 to 1996, playing 17 matches. He played Leinster Youths from 1991 to 1993 playing 13 matches.

C. Carew played and  D. Deasy played Leinster Youths from 1980 to 1981.

Card of the Course
Card of the Course (metres)
Hole No Blue White Par Index Red Par Index
1 388 372 4 7 380 5 9
2 334 314 4 11 309 4 5
3 119 110 3 17 117 3 17
4 381 368 4 1 372 5 7
5 374 360 4 9 364 5 11
6 366 340 4 3 316 4 3
7 168 151 3 15 145 3 13
8 494 470 5 5 444 5 1
9 170 150 3 13 133 3 15
Out 2,794 2,635 34   2,580 37  
10 270 253 4 14 231 4 18
11 452 438 5 10 396 5 10
12 453 435 5 6 406 5 2
13 178 170 3 12 169 3 12
14 410 390 4 2 336 4 6
15 439 435 5 8 414 5 8
16 128 115 3 18 120 3 16
17 270 260 4 16 260 4 14
18 371 360 4 4 342 4 4
In 2,981 2,856 37   2,674 37  
Total 5,765 5,491 71   5,254 74  
SSS 70 69     74    

Roll of Honour
E. Troy 1989 Ladies Captain
E. Fleming 1990 Ladies Captain
E. Doolan 1991 Ladies Captain
H. Downey 1992 Ladies Captain
G. Wallis 1993 Ladies Captain
R. Reynolds 1994 Ladies Captain
A. Condon 1995 Ladies Captain
M. Reid 1996 Ladies Captain
A. Vogelaar 1997 Ladies Captain
Mrs. R. Matthews 1998 Ladies Captain
Mrs. Liz Donegan 1999 Ladies Captain
Mrs. Angela Cashman 2000 Ladies Captain
M. Corcoran 2001 Ladies Captain
Mary O'Shea 2002 Ladies Captain
Mary Brannigan 2003 Ladies Captain
H. Murphy 2004 Ladies Captain
Joan Lowe 2005 Ladies Captain
Esther Doyle 2006 Ladies Captain
Mrs. L. Clancy 1989 Ladies President
Miss L. Fitzgerald 1990 Ladies President
Miss L. Fitzgerald 1991 Ladies President
Miss E. Dunne 1992 Ladies President
Miss E. Dunne 1993 Ladies President
Mrs. M. Prendiville 1994 Ladies President
Mrs. M. Prendiville 1995 Ladies President
Mrs. T. J. Daly 1996 Ladies President
Mrs. T. J. Daly 1997 Ladies President
Mrs. Evelyn O'Keeffe 1998 Ladies President
Mrs. Evelyn O'Keeffe 1999 Ladies President
Mrs. M. Hutchinson 2000 Ladies President
Mrs. Maura Gilchrist 2001 Ladies President
T. Delaney 2002 Ladies President
Toni Delany 2003 Ladies President
W. Reynolds 2004 Ladies President
Fiona Cosgrove 2005 Ladies President
Fiodna Cosgrove 2006 Ladies President
T. C. Walsh 1989 Men's Captain
J. Fuller 1990 Men's Captain
P. J. Burke 1991 Men's Captain
R. Dowling 1992 Men's Captain
G. Walsh 1993 Men's Captain
L. Murphy 1994 Men's Captain
M. Boland 1995 Men's Captain
John Flavin 1996 Men's Captain
Ed. Doyle 1997 Men's Captain
Michael Gaffney 1998 Men's Captain
T. C. Walsh 1998 Men's Captain
Denis Deasy 1999 Men's Captain
Michael O'Sullivan 2000 Men's Captain
Matt Holohan 2001 Men's Captain
Jack O'Donoghue 2002 Men's Captain
Eamon Keane 2003 Men's Captain
Nicholas Kavanagh 2004 Men's Captain
Patrick Shore 2005 Men's Captain
Tony Gleeson 2006 Men's Captain
R. Phelan 1989 President
R. Phelan 1990 President
J. O'Riordan 1991 President
J. O'Riordan 1992 President
M. J. Brennan 1993 President
M. J. Brennan 1994 President
T. C. Walsh 1995 President
T. C. Walsh 1996 President
J. Fuller 1997 President
J Fuller 1998 President
Patrick J. Burke 1999 President
Kevin Hall 2000 President
Patrick Buggy 2001 President
Michael Phelan 2003 President
Jack Williams 2004 President
John Duffin 2005 President
John Ryan 2006 President
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