Lahinch Golf Club 


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36 Hole Links Two courses: Championship Course and Castle Course


Address Lahinch
Co. Clare
Telephone: 065-7081003
Public No: 065-7081003
Fax: 065-7081592
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Founded: 1892
Membership: 1641
Green Fees: €250
Castle Course Green Fees: €40
Green Fees For Opens:  
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: Trolley
Soft spikes:  
Secretary/Manager: Paddy Keane
Lady Captain:  
Club Pro: Donal McSweeney
Designed by: Alistair MacKenzie, redesigned by Fred Hawtree
Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Clubhouse opening hours: 8.00am to 11.00pm
Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering facilities
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Midweek & Weekends
Pre-booking for open tournaments:  




Course Description
Course Description:

Lahinch is undoubtedly one of the finest Links courses to be found anywhere in the world. Originally designed by Old Tom Morris in 1893 and later remodelled by Dr. Alistair MacKenzie, whose trademark, of tiered greens are very much in evidence to this day. There has been some modifications carried out over the past few years by Fred Hawtree at a cost of  1,270,000 that has improve this magnificent test of golf often referred to as the "St. Andrews of Ireland".The most famous holes are the long 5th 482 metres par-5 known as the "Klondyke" and the short 6th 155 metres "The Dell" however every hole around Lahinch is a real challenge for the discerning golfer.

Many famous golfers have played and praised Lahinch as a challenge, not least Greg Norman who played it with his son Gregory before heading for Carnoustie for The Open in 1999, "I really enjoyed Lahinch" said the Shark after his 7.40am tee-off. In 1991 the US Walker Cup team used Lahinch for a warm-up before going to Portmarnock. Masters Champion 2004, Phil Mickelson was so impressed that he declared it " his favourite of all links courses in the World".

The venue of the South of Ireland Amateur Open Championship where many a fine match has been witnessed. I am convinced I had the pleasure of watching the finest golf ever played around this course in its long history, in July 2001. The final of the South was between Justin Kehoe of Birr and Stephen Browne of Hermitage. Justin opened up with a birdie, eagle, birdie, followed by another birdie to the turn, he then proceeded to birdie the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th match over. Stephen was 3 under at this stage, which would have been good enough to win many a South. I don’t think the "Tiger" could do it if he moved to Lahinch!

The sister course The Castle is more a parkland type course, much shorter yet enjoyable. Lahinch has a fine clubhouse catering for everything the golfer could need and the village is full of characters ready to tell the unwitting visitor some of golf’s "fairy tales of Ireland".

Voted the No. 8-ranked golf course in Ireland, by “Golf Digest Ireland” in 2008.

Lahinch's Old Course was voted No. 8 Links/Shoreline 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
See Event Calendar here.

Club History


Club History

Instituted 1892 affiliated 1895. The members of Limerick Golf Club set out to find a location to play their golf in the Summer months as Limerick racecourse was covered in long grass. On 26th March, 1882 Sir Alexander Shaw and Mr. Plummer the Hon. Secretary were driving from Ennistymon and passed what was then a dreary, desolate piece of land, a mass of sandhills, owned by Dan Slattery. They revisited the "sandhills” on 9th April and an eighteen-hole course was marked out. In 1894. Old Tom Morris laid out the course and declared it to be "one of the finest clubs in the United Kingdom".

The first South of Ireland was played in 1895 and the inaugural winner was Dr. G. S. Browning, who beat his fellow Lahinch clubman W. F. McDonnell, 2 and 1. In November that year, The Great Southern and Western Railway, announced a special offer for golfers, from Friday to Tuesday. For a guinea return they could travel from Kingsbridge to Lahinch to play this course. In 1886 Mr. Gerald Balfour, the Chief Secretary of Ireland, a good golfer, took rooms at the Royal Golf Hotel. Sir Alexander Shaw together with others built the hotel and he was President of the club from 1893 to 1923, and Captain from 1893 to 1901. It would seem we owe a great deal to his vision, for seeing the possibility of the sandhills.

In the Autumn of 1906, Charles Gibson of Westward Ho, revised the layout of the links, which remained in play until 1927, when Dr. Alister Mackenzie was retained to make improvements. Mackenzie had completed Augusta National and Cypress Point at this time and was the most respected course architect at the time. His revisions were carried out at a cost of £2,000. The only remaining hole of "Old Toms" is the famous 6th "The Dell"

Lahinch recently underwent an improvement development, (if that was possible,) at a cost of £1,000,000 (approx). The South of Ireland is still one of Major Championships held each year. The youngest player ever to win it was Mark Campbell of Stackstown, in 1999.


Members Achievements

Mark Ryan a member of Lahinch and Grange won the West of Ireland Championship at Co. Sligo in 2003.

P. Murphy qualified for the National Finals of the Irish Times-Mitsubishi Motors Women's Masters. She returned 35 points in the semi-final at Glasson Golf Hotel & Country Club on the 23rd of August 2001. Then it was on to Galway Bay Golf & Country Club for the Final on13th September.

Lahinch Golf Club won the All-Ireland Irish Senior Cup at Portmarnock G. C. in 1959, when the team was, G. McGlennon, A. Skerritt, G. A. Young, T. Ahern, P. J. Leyden and A. Slattery.

Lahinch Golf Club won the All-Ireland Barton Shield at home in 1955, when the team was, P. J. Leyden, A. Skerritt, A. Slattery and G. A. Young.

Lahinch Golf Club won the All-Ireland Barton Shield on their home course in 1947, when the team was, J. Bourke, A. Slattery, M. O'Loughlin and D. Torrens.

They won the All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup at Co. Sligo G. C. in 1963, when the team was, J. Wall, F. Lehane, J. O'Callaghan, B. Vaughan and M. Rush, they were captained by Justice J. G. Hurley.

They won the All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup on their home course in 1961, when the team was, J. Smyth, T. Rush, G. Barry, J. Keating, J. Wall and B. O'Brien, they were captained by Justice J. G. Hurley.

Lahinch Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Irish Senior Cup and were beaten finalists in 1984, when the team was, Martin Barrett, Paul Barrett, Paul McInerney, Declan McInerney, Des Creedon, P. J. Queally, and they were captained by Gerry McGlennon.

They won the Munster Final of the Irish Senior Cup in 1971, when the team was, M. Barrett, B. O'Brien, G. A. Young, J. D. Smyth and P. J. Leyden.

They won the Munster Final of the Irish Junior Cup in 1941, when the team was, B. O'Farrell, Fr. E. Murphy, D. F. O'Loghlin, Fr. P. Garrahy and Fr. Madden.

S. Norton was elected to the council of the Munster Branch of the GUI for 2001.

The Ladies of Lahinch Golf Club won the ILGU Senior Cup in 1988, when the team was, J. O'Callaghan, K. Donworth, V. Hassett, P. Murphy and M. Daly, they were captained by O. Fitzpatrick.

They won the ILGU Munster Cup in 1992, with Geraldine Rush, Deirdre O'Brien and Maura Harvey.

They won the ILGU Junior League in 1996, when the team was, Anna Gleeson, Mary McDonnell, K. McDermott, Deirdre O'Brien, F. Chambers, E. Lyons, they were captained Frances Sarma.

They won the ILGU Junior League the previous year, when the team was, Jo de Courcy, Anna Gleeson, Sue Parnell, Ann Vaughan, Mary McDonnell, Margaret Morton, Eavan Foley and Oonagh Mee, they were captained by Frances Sarma.

They won the ILGU Intermediate League in 1984, when the team was, Mona Davis, Phenie Murphy, Deirdre O'Brien, Chris Meaney, Ann O'Sullivan and Frances Spelman, they were captained by Nancy Connole.

John Burke played Walker Cup at Brooklyn Massachusetts in 1932. P. McInerney represented Munster in 1989. R. Culligan played Munster Youths from 1981 to 1982. D. McInerney played Munster Youths from 1983 to 1986, playing 16 matches. Mark Power played Munster Boys in 1995.

Denise Doyle was selected to play for Ireland in the European Ladies Junior Championships at Oslo Golf Club, Norway in 1998 and at Nairn Golf Club Scotland in 1996 and played for Ireland in the Girls' Home Internationals at Mosely Golf Club in 1993, at Helensburgh Golf Club in 1994 and at Gog Magog Golf Club in 1995.

Lahinch was the home club of my late friend Mick Ryan, father of Mark and David, who have matured into two of the finest young golfers to watch, they were both selected to represent Leinster in 2003, have represented Ireland at underage level.


Card of the Course
Card of the Old Course (yards)
Hole No Blue White Green Par Index Red Par Index
1 381 373 363 4 8 344 4 3
2 534 523 510 5 14 484 5 7
3 443 418 401 4 4 374 5 11
4 475 472 463 5 18 423 5 9
5 154 148 143 3 16 118 3 15
6 424 412 393 4 2 331 4 1
7 411 366 349 4 6 295 4 5
8 166 156 147 3 12 128 3 13
9 400 391 355 4 10 245 4 17
Out 3,391 3,259 3,124 36   2,742 37  
10 441 424 403 4 3 362 4 2
11 170 156 141 3 13 105 3 18
12 577 514 494 5 9 460 5 6
13 334 267 250 4 17 230 4 12
14 461 451 429 4 5 429 5 10
15 466 439 428 4 1 374 5 16
16 195 192 175 3 11 128 3 14
17 436 406 408 4 7 318 4 8
18 564 503 497 5 15 354 4 4
In 3,675 3,354 3,215 36   2,760 37  
Total 7,066 6,613 6,339 72   5,502 74  

Men's Course Record: 69 Marion Riordan Tipperary G. C. 28/04/2007
Ladies Course Record:

Card of the Castle Course (yards)
Hole No White Par Index Red Par Index
1 358 4 6 332 4 2
2 192 3 4 174 3 6
3 157 3 18 256 4 16
4 449 5 14 411 5 8
5 248 4 16 237 4 12
6 211 3 2 135 3 14
7 116 3 12 114 3 18
8 275 4 8 255 4 10
9 491 5 10 413 5 4
Out 2,497 34   2,327 35  
10 180 3 13 151 3 15
11 363 4 5 335 4 1
12 442 4 1 411 5 5
13 149 3 15 141 3 17
14 275 4 17 273 4 11
15 517 5 9 359 4 3
16 386 4 7 282 4 7
17 386 4 3 385 5 13
18 348 4 11 202 4 9
In 2,991 35   2,640 36  
Total 5,488 69   4,967 71  

Roll of Honour
Dr. E. Kelly 1990 Ladies Captain
Miss M. Moriarty 1991 Ladies Captain
Mrs. J. Ironside 1992 Ladies Captain
Mrs. M. Daly 1993 Ladies Captain
Mrs. M. McDonnell 1994 Ladies Captain
Mrs. J. de Courcy 1995 Ladies Captain
Mrs. D. Coen 1996 Ladies Captain
Mrs. V. Hassett 1997 Ladies Captain
Mrs. C. Holmes 1998 Ladies Captain
Mrs. Barbara McEvoy 1999 Ladies Captain
Mrs. Marian Collins 2000 Ladies Captain
Mrs. M. Jamieson 2001 Ladies Captain
Maeve O'Reilly 2002 Ladies Captain
Miss Mary Heskin 2003 Ladies Captain
Kay Vaughan 2004 Ladies Captain
Marie Stuart 2005 Ladies Captain
Ann O'Sullivan 2006 Ladies Captain
Georgina Condon 2007 Ladies Captain
Dr. Marie McDermott 1990 Ladies President
Dr. Marie McDermott 1991 Ladies President
Mrs. Joan Priestman 1992 Ladies President
Mrs. Joan Priestman 1993 Ladies President
Mrs. M. E. Butler 1994 Ladies President
Mrs. M. E. Butler 1995 Ladies President
Miss K. O'Connell 1996 Ladies President
Miss K. O'Connell 1997 Ladies President
Mrs. M. F. Culligan 1998 Ladies President
Mrs. Beryl O'Hanrahan 1999 Ladies President
Mrs. Beryl O'Hanrahan 2000 Ladies President
Mrs. M. A. Keane 2001 Ladies President
Mrs. E. A. Buckley 2002 Ladies President
Mrs. Vera Quinlan 2003 Ladies President
Mrs. P. Cronin 2004 Ladies President
Dr. P. E. Comer 2005 Ladies President
Una Fitzpatrick 2006 Ladies President
Trish Taylor 2007 Ladies President
Felicity Chambers 2008 Lady Captain
Trish Taylor 2008 Lady President
T. J. McHale 1990 Men's Captain
B. Maurer 1991 Men's Captain
A. F. Slattery 1992 Men's Captain
J. J. M. Power 1993 Men's Captain
M. J. Henchy 1994 Men's Captain
J. C. O'Donnell 1995 Men's Captain
P. J. Gleeson 1996 Men's Captain
N. Pyne 1997 Men's Captain
A. J. Garry 1998 Men's Captain
Mr. Martin Barrett 1999 Men's Captain
Mr. Sean Collins 2000 Men's Captain
Christopher Killeen 2001 Men's Captain
Sean Murphy 2002 Men's Captain
Donal Curtin 2003 Men's Captain
Niall McDermott 2004 Men's Captain
Denis Creedon 2005 Men's Captain
David Conway 2006 Men's Captain
Donie O'Regan 2007 Men's Captain
Padraig McInerney 2008 Men's Captain
A. T. O'Keeffe 1990 President
T. Ahern 1991 President
Dr. Paddy J. Hillery 1992 President
M. M. Power 1993 President
H. R. Lynch 1994 President
Rev. P. Malone 1995 President
F. J. Garrahy 1996 President
D. D. Fitzgerald 1997 President
Dr. J. Fennelly 1998 President
Mr. Jim Hassett 1999 President
Mr. Donal Chambers 2000 President
Dermot Kelly 2001 President
G. McGlennon 2002 President
Tim McHale 2003 President
Brian Maurer 2004 President
John Power 2005 President
Michael Henchy 2006 President
Jerry O'Donnell 2007 President


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