Douglas Golf Club

 The Maryborough Hotel & Spa Cork, Ireland 4 Star Hotel Cork Fota Island Golf Club

Address Douglas
Co. Cork
Telephone: 021-4895297
Public No: 021-4891086
Fax: 021-4367200
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Founded: 1909
Membership: 884
Green Fees Midweek: €45
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €50
Green Fees With a Member: €22
Green Fees For Opens:  
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: No
Soft spikes: Yes
Secretary/Manager: Ronan Burke
Captain: Michael J. O'Donovan
Lady Captain: Patsy Hurley
President: Vincent Poland
Vice-Captain: Tom Collins & Deirdre Buckley
Club Pro: Gary Nicholson
Designed by: Peter McEvoy
Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Clubhouse opening hours: 11.00am to 11.30pm
Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering facilities
Days to Avoid: Weekend mornings & Tuesdays
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days
Pre-booking for open tournaments: 14 Days in advance
Course Description
Course Description:

Douglas was re-designed in 1998 by Peter McEvoy. Douglas Golf Club is a beautifully maintained, very flat, parkland course, which is situated just outside of Douglas Village. The course was re-designed in 1998 with the intention of utilising additional land and of making the course more challenging for all and to allow it to be set up to challenge top players at all times. Consideration was also given to testing all handicap ranges and these objectives have been well and truly achieved. All greens have been built to USGA Specification and the construction method has produced excellent putting surfaces with 12-month playing conditions.

The views from the Clubhouse are some of the most panoramic in the country. Douglas Golf Club has a reputation for being a very friendly club and visitors are assured of a "Cead Mile Failte" -  however booking should be made in advance. It should be noted that Douglas is a non-metal spike course. Societies are welcome and group rates available. 

Open & Major Fixtures 2011
See Event Calendar here.

Club History
Club History

Instituted 1909 affiliated 1911. The early records of Douglas Golf Club were lost when the Clubhouse was burnt down during the Civil War. It is understood that it resulted from a blunder in interpreting the order. Anyhow, the members stepped in and contributed £735 to rebuild the clubhouse, which reopened in May 1923. The "Irish Field" on 1st May, 1923 tells us "Douglas Golf Club was started as a limited liability company by Mr. Arthur W. Winter, Mr. J. J. Brown, Mr. P. Morrogh, Mr. W. Morrogh and Mr. Guest Lane. The first Hon. Secretary was Mr. M. W. Litton. Credit is given to Mr. M. English for being the guiding spirit of the club for many years. When the club was formed there was land enough for only nine holes, which were laid out by Harry Vardon, and as well as can be remembered the nine holes were played until May, 1911, when the 18 were constructed"
Members Achievements

Aaron O'Callaghan 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 and made the Irish Senior Team in 2005.

Karl Bornemann was selected on the Munster team for the Interprovincial Matches played at Portmarnock Golf Club from 11th to 13th August 2004.

Peter O'Keeffe was selected on the Munster team for the Interprovincial Matches played at Portmarnock Golf Club from 11th to 13th August 2004.

Douglas Ladies won the Junior League in 2003, when the team was, M. Costello, A. Beechinor-Collins, O. Kavanagh, M. O'Connor, M. O'Neill, W. Daly, R. Carmody, they were captained by R. McGrath.

Douglas won the Munster Championship of the Irish Club Youths and played in the National Finals at Royal Tara Golf Club on August 26th 2002. The team was Peter O'Keeffe, Aaron O'Callaghan, Brian Cahill and Denis Collins.

Douglas Golf Club won the Munster Junior Foursomes in 2002, when the team was, Denis A. Collins, David O'Leary, Brian Cahill, Aaron O'Callaghan, they were captained by Vincent Poland.

Douglas Ladies retained the Munster Championship of the I.L.G.U. Senior Cup and they meet Ulster Champions Royal Co. Down in the All-Ireland Semi-Finals at Balbriggan Golf Club on September 7th 2002. The team was Eavan Higgins, Kate MacCann, Ailish Thompson, Aoife Lane and Mary Mackey. They were, captained by Clare Keating. They beat the reigning champions in a thrilling match. Eavan Higgins was edged out by one hole in the top match. Kate MacCann won her match by 2 and 1, then it was up to Ailish Thompson to clinch her match on the first tie-hole and Aoife Lane brought her match all the way to the 24th before conceding defeat. Mary Mackey had the most convincing win of the morning when she won by 4 and 3. They met Co. Louth in the Final where they received the silver medals in yet another exciting match.

Douglas where Runners-Up to Limerick Golf Club in the Munster Bulmers Senior Cup Championship at Lahinch in 2002, when they lost o n the 19th. The team was Karl Bornemann, Derek Byrne, Kieran Canty, Peter O'Keeffe, Michael Crowley, Tom Collins, J. P. Hughes, Cormac Finn, Aaron O'Callaghan, John Treacy and Kevin O'Sullivan.

Aaron O'Callaghan was selected for the Munster Boys' team in the Interprovincial Championships at Headfort Golf Club from August 28-30 2002.

Douglas Ladies won the Munster section of the Ladies' Irish Senior Cup. They played in the All-Ireland Finals at their home Course from 7th to the 8th of September 2001. They were drawn against, Grange Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final whom they beat by 4 matches to 1 match. They meet Royal Co. Down in the final when they lost 3.5 matches to 1.5 matches. The team was Eavan Higgins, Kate McCann, Ailish Thompson, Aoifa Lane and Clare Keating.

Douglas won the All-Ireland Barton Shield at Malone G. C. in 1991, when the team was, Derek Maguire, Peter Morris, Don Coughlan, Denis Dudley, Don McFarlane, Sean Curtis, Kieran Canty, they were managed by Donal O'Herlihy.

Douglas Golf Club won the All- Ireland Irish Junior Cup at Royal Co. Down G. C. in 1999, when the team was K. O'Sullivan, J. Treacy, M. Crowley, D. Murray, D. Byrne, T. Collins, G. O'Herlihy and D. Collins, they were captained by M. O'Donovan.

Douglas won the All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup at Lahinch G. C. in 1955, when the team was, P. J. Connolly, E. McSweeney, J. J. Condon, N. McNamara, M. F. Gleeson, R. Daly and C. S. P. MacEnri.

They first won the All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup at Lahinch G. C. in 1930, when the tam was, H, Whelan, F. Lambkin, W. T. O'Sullivan, M. Henchy, C. Blake, V. Morrogh, H. M. Prentice, J. Murphy, J. G. Musgrave and D. P. McCarthy.

Douglas Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Irish Senior Cup and Barton Shield in 1995, when the team was, D. O'Herlihy, K. Bornemann, P. Morris, D. Coughlan, C. Canty, D. Maguire, J. Morris Jnr. they were captained by B. Kelleher.

Douglas won the Munster Final and were All-Ireland finalists in the Barton Shield in 1986, when the team was, John McHenry, J. Morris Jnr. K. Barry and P. Morris, they were managed by J. McCormack.

Douglas Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Irish Senior Cup in 1981, when the team was, John McHenry, John Morris, Donal O'Herlihy, John Kelleher and Pat Kelliher, they were captained by J. J. Brett.

Douglas Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Irish Senior Cup in 1962, when the team was, Norman T. Butler, Hugh Coveney, Tadg Higgins, Con Collins, Christy Synnott, William A. Kelleher, they were captained by J. J. Kelleher.

They won the Munster Final of the Irish Junior Cup in 1948, when the team was, Michael F. Gleeson, Michael C. Hynes, Dan P. McCarthy, Con Harrington, T. Miles and Kavanagh.

Douglas Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield in 1976, when the team was B. Waters, D. O'Leary, C. Buckley, B. Cunningham, S. O'Donoghue, S. Mackey, G. Mills, M. Mullin, F. O'Brien, R. Elwood, D. Barry, J. J. O'Hea, T. O'Halloran, A. Madden and F. McQuillan.

They won the Cork Seniors League in 1967, when the team was, D. F. Murphy, F. C. McGrath, J. Lyons, P. O'Brien, S. Treacy, D. V. Collins, S. Jordan, E. C. Synnott and J. Kelleher.

They won the Cork Senior League in 1942, with Prof. H. St. J. Atkins, M. Gleeson, De. J. J. Barry. P. V. McInerney, D. P. \McCarthy, Rev. Fr. D. P. Fitzgerald, M. J. Henchy, D. Daly and G. P. C. O'Brien.

Douglas Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Irish Club Youths Championship in 1994, when the team was, David Connolly, John Paul Hughes, Niall Hogan and Michael Ryan, they were managed by Tom McCarthy.

Douglas won the Munster Youths' Scratch Foursomes in 1989, when the team was, J. Brett, D. McFarlane, D. Troy and K. Spillane, they were captained by J. McCormack.

They won the Munster Final of the Fred Daly Trophy in 1996, when the team was David Connolly, Anthony Gaffney, Mark Mythan, Ciaran Nicholson, John O'Mahony, Philip Quinn, they were captained John E. Brett.

They won the Aer Lingus Youths in 1984, when the team was, John McHenry, J. Morris, K. Spillane, D. Coughlin and they were captained by A. O'Brien.

The Ladies of Douglas Golf Club, have a long and proud tradition in the ILGU Senior and Junior Cups, they won the ILGU Irish Senior Cup in 1987, when the team was Mary Mackey, Claire Keating, Ann Hegarty, Ann Heskin, Eavan Higgins, Eileen Rose McDaid.

They won the ILGU Irish Senior Cup at Dundalk G. C. in 1990, when the team was, A. Heskin, A. Hegarty, C. Keating, M. Mackey, A. Lane, E. R. McDaid, they were captained by E. Higgins.

They won the ILGU Irish Senior Cup at Waterville G. C. in 1985, when the team was, C. Keating, E. Higgins, M. Harnett, P. Desmond, H. Elwood, A. Heskin, they were captained by A. Lane.

They won the ILGU Irish Senior Cup in 1980, when the team was, Ann Moran, Clare Keating, Eavan Higgins, Rohna Brennan, Ann Heskin and Pat Desmond.

Douglas Ladies won the ILGU Irish Senior Cup at Castlerock G. C. in 1967, when the team was, K. McDaid, A. O'Brien, J. McKenna, A. Heskin, Z. Fallon and F. Hegarty.

They won the ILGU Irish Senior Cup in 1961, when the team was, J. F. Hegarty, J. McKenna, E. O'Callaghan and A. O'Brien.

John Brett was elected as Chairman of the Munster Branch of the GUI for 2001.

Ailish Thompson was selected on the Ladies Senior Munster team, which played in the Interprovincial Championship at Portstewart G. C. from the 9th to 11th August, 2000.

Douglas Junior Cup team, bridged a 44-year gap when they beat Castletroy, in the Munster Final of The Bulmers Junior Cup at Monkstown G. C., on Sunday, 28-8-99,to take the provincial pennant. The team was John Tracy, Derek Byrne, Gary O'Herlihy, Tom Collins, and Michael Crowley, who were drawn against Galway G. C. in the Semi-Final, at Royal Portrush, on 16th September 1999. They beat Galway in the Semi-Final 3-2 when Denis Collins stood in for John Tracy, and went on to win the Cup on the 17th, by beating Warrenpoint 3.5 to 1.5

Eavan Higgins won the Senior Scratch Cup at Tralee G. C., in June, 1999, with rounds of 71 and 76 to win by a whopping 12 shots.

Bonnie O'Donoghue presented Deirdre O'Sullivan with a beautiful still-life painting, by her daughter Maria, on winning her Captain's Prize, in 1999.

John McHenry played Walker Cup at Sunningdale in 1987 and has participated in the Home International matches from 1985 to 1986. He won the Willie Gill Perpetual Award in 1986, with 120 points and represented Munster from1981 to 1987, playing 21 matches, played Munster Youths from 1980 to 1981, and won 6 of his 8 matches.

Mossie Murphy 71 years young won the Jotun Seniors Open in his home club in 2005, with an unbelievable score of 48 pts.

J. Morris represented Munster from 1986 to 1998, having played 57 matches.

J. P. Hughes participated in the Boys Home International matches in 1993.

K. Bornemann represented Munster from 1995 to 1998, playing 21 matches.

P. Morris played Munster Youths from 1982 to 1983.

J. Morris (Jnr) played Munster Youths from 1983 to 1987, playing 24 matches.

K. Spillane played Munster Youths from 1986 to 1989, playing 21 matches.

David Connolly played Munster Boys in 1994 and 1995, playing 9 matches.

Miss Eavan Higgins represented Ireland in the European Ladies Championship at Tubbercurry in 1987, at Pals, Spain in 1989, at Wentworth in 1991, at Royal Haagsche, Holanf in 1993 and at Golf Club Milano, Monza in 1995. She played in the Ladies Home Internationals at Wrexham in 1995 and at Longriddry in 1996. She won the Stroke Play Foursomes, together with Miss Denise McCarthy of Woodenbridge, in 1992. Eavan represented Ireland from 1981 to 1995,

Eileen Rose McDaid represented Ireland from 1887 to 1995, having played Curtis Cup in 1994 and Vagliano Trophy in 1995.

Zelie Gaynor represented Ireland from 1952 to 1970, and was captain of the Senior team in 1972, she played in the Espirito Santo in 1964.

Ann Heskin represented Ireland from 1969 to 1977, she was captain in 1982 and 1983.

Rhona Brennan represented Ireland from 1974 to 1981.

Ann O'Brien represented Ireland in 1969.

Girlie Hegarty was caped for Ireland 1955 and 1956, she captained the Irish team in 1964.

Oonagh Heskin represented Ireland in 1969.

Person Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Mossie Murphy 01 July 1993 4th 7-iron 138 m
Rory Conway 15 June 1995 7th 7-iron 167 m
Craig Conway 15 August 1999 7th   167 m
Stephen O'Herlihy 15 August 1999 7th   167 m
Angela Barrett 20 June 1999 4th   138 m
Derek Maguire 31 July 1998 7th 7-iron 167 m

Card of the Course
Hole No Blue White Green Par Index Red Par Index
1 352 324 311 4 2 301 4 7
2 344 281 281 4 8 256 4 11
3 456 445 415 5 18 369 4 1
4 152 138 138 3 14 114 3 17
5 337 308 308 4 4 276 4 9
6 352 342 342 4 6 296 4 3
7 167 148 148 3 13 128 3 13
8 450 434 414 5 16 391 5 15
9 290 290 273 4 10 257 4 5
Out 2,990 2,710 2,630 36   2,388 35  
10 311 293 293 4 15 284 4 12
11 346 346 346 4 9 318 4 8
12 358 352 344 4 5 328 4 2
13 352 318 296 4 13 268 4 10
14 374 345 328 4 1 323 5 16
15 134 117 117 3 17 94 3 18
16 381 348 329 4 3 283 4 4
17 363 350 316 4 7 288 4 6
18 453 428 407 5 11 378 5 14
In 3,072 2,897 2,776 36   2,564 37  
Total 5,972 5,607 5,406 72   4.952 72  
SSS 71 69 68     72    

Roll of Honour
Mary Collins 1990 Ladies Captain
Rena Jordan 1991 Ladies Captain
Claire Keating 1992 Ladies Captain
Phyllis Harrington 1993 Ladies Captain
Noreen O'Sullivan 1994 Ladies Captain
Pat Desmond 1995 Ladies Captain
Claire O'Connor 1996 Ladies Captain
Kay Cawley 1997 Ladies Captain
Jill Hornibrook 1998 Ladies Captain
Bonnie O'Donoghue 1999 Ladies Captain
Eavan Higgins 2000 Ladies Captain
Maeve Buckley 2001 Ladies Captain
Mary Sheehan 2002 Ladies Captain
Hilda Whelehan 2003 Ladies Captain
Grace Harvey 2004 Ladies Captain
Valerie Whelan 2005 Ladies Captain
Laura Sheehan 2006 Ladies Captain
Christen O'Herlihy 2007 Ladies Captain
Dan Thomas 1990 Men's Captain
John Scanlan 1991 Men's Captain
Dick Langford 1992 Men's Captain
Liam Ahern 1993 Men's Captain
Richard Lonergan 1994 Men's Captain
Dixie Whelan 1995 Men's Captain
Kieran Barry 1996 Men's Captain
Donal O'Herlihy 1997 Men's Captain
Pat Dempsey 1998 Men's Captain
Tim O'Sullivan 1999 Men's Captain
Fintan Sheehan 2000 Men's Captain
Edward Kenny 2001 Men's Captain
Joe Magnier 2002 Men's Captain
Bob Casey 2003 Men's Captain
Vincent Pollard 2004 Men's Captain
Derek Maguire 2005 Men's Captain
David Lane 2006 Men's Captain
James Doolan 2007 Men's Captain
Tim O'Sullivan 1990 President
Dave Carty 1991 President
Jack Harrington 1992 President
Michael Kenny 1993 President
Frank Troy 1994 President
Sean Coughlan 1995 President
John Keating 1996 President
John Sheehan 1997 President
John McGrath 1998 President
Dan Thomas 1999 President
Liam Connolly 2000 President
Donal Hurley 2001 President
Ray Murphy 2002 President
Dermot Costello 2003 President
Michael O'Sullivan 2004 President
Rory F. Conway 2005 President
Val O'Mahoney 2006 President
Ted O'Donovan 2007 President
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