Fota Island Golf Club

Mallow Golf Club

Course Facts:
Address Ballyellis Secretary/Manager: David Curtin
Mallow Captain: Joe Dowling
Co. Cork Lady Captain: Deirdre Linehan
Telephone: 022-21145 President: Helen O'Boyle & Patrick Hogan
Public No: 022-20180 Vice-Captain: Susan Curtin & Eamonn O'Connell
Fax: 022-42501 Hon. Secretary:  
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Website: Hon. Treasurer:  
Founded: 1947 Designed by: Cmdr. J. D. Harris
Open for membership. Societies are welcome and group rates are available.
Membership: 1138 Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Green Fees Midweek: €30 Clubhouse opening hours: 9.00am to 11.00pm
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €35 Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Green Fees With a Member: 15 Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Green Fees For Opens: €15 Catering: Full catering facilities
Practice Area: Yes Days to Avoid: Weekends
Club Hire: Yes Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days
Buggy Hire: Yes Pre-booking for open tournaments: 14 Days in advance
Soft spikes: No    

Course Description
Mallow is a majestic parkland course, set in the heart of the Blackwater Valley with exceptional views of the distant Galtee and Mushera mountains. A well-wooded course with well planed bunkers and plantations it demands a fine variety of golf shots. Mallow provides a challenge for the serious golfer and at the same time an enjoyable experience for the not so serious golfer. Designed by Commandant J. D. Harris measuring 5,960 m Par-72 with a standard scratch of 72 off the back tees, is a true Championship course. Mallow won the Bulmer’s Senior Cup for the first time at Newlands Golf Club in September 2001, the combined handicap of the team was one, its no wonder they took the scalps they did on the way to a memorable victory. Mallow has a fine clubhouse with full catering facilities and the visitor is assured of a warm welcome and a memorable game of golf at Mallow Golf Club.

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Club History
Instituted 1892, affiliated 1898. Golf has been played at Mallow as far back as 1892. The Golfing Annual 1895-96 gives its foundation date as 1892 and records “The course of eighteen-holes, is about half a mile from the town, and the hazards are quarries, brooks, the Fermoy Railway, etc. Play takes place all year round. It gives the President as R. E. Longfield, the Captain as F. J. F. Smith and Hon. Secretary as R. H. Spratt, Bank of Ireland.

It would appear that between 1896 and 1897 the landlord revised the lease and the course was reduced to a nine-hole and only playable in winter. There were 70 members and the annual subscription was £1 for men and twelve shillings for ladies. The club continued until 1924 when it had plans to move to another location and become an eighteen-hole course. It seems this plan never happened and the club became defunct. It was not until 1947 that the new club was revived.

Members Achievements

The Ladies of Mallow Golf Club were runner-ups in the Miele Ireland Interclub Fourball Finals at Mount Juliet Golf Club on Sunday 16th September 2007. They were drawn against and beat the Ladies from Co. Armagh Golf Club by 3 ½ matches to ½ match in the Semi-Final on the Saturday and met Mountbellew Golf Club in the National Final.First on the tee was Carmel Kearney with Angela Goggin against Margaret Harkin with Mary Hyland and they won their match by 1-hole, they were followed by Susan Curtin with Mary McEvoy against Laura Burke with Mary Costello, this match went Mountbellew’s way by 2 and 1. Next on the tee was Marie O'Sullivan with Ann Kennelly against Aoife Fallon with Mary Farrell who had a 5 and 4 win over the girls from the west. The bottom match of Nora O'Connor with Ann O'Sullivan against Bernadette Barrett with Laura Farrell went 5 and 4 to Mountbellew. Tied on match results the destination of the pennant went to a count-back and the ladies from West-of-the-Shannon got it on the tightest of margins.

Mallow Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Fred Daly Trophy in 2004; when the team was, Shane McCarthy, Ian Spillane, Kieran McKenna, Jimmy Walsh, Connor O'Donoghue and Ted Vaughan, they were managed by Sean Conway and Donal McCarthy.

Our congratulations, to Mallow Golf Club on winning, the Munster AIB-GUI-ILGU award in the Junior Golf Category in 2003.

Mallow Golf Club won the All-Ireland Club Youths' Championship in 2003; when the team was, Jimmy Walsh, Shane McCarthy, Ciaran McKenna, Graham Conway, Ian Spillane, they were managed by Donal McCarthy and selected by Sean Conway.

They won the Munster Final in 2004 and 1990.

Mallow won the Munster Final of the Irish Senior Cup in 2003; when the team was, David Finn, Ian Spillane, Neil Gallagher, Tim O'Mahony, Jimmy Walsh, Graham Conway and Mervyn Owens, they were captained by Barry Thompson. 

Mervyn Owens won the South of Ireland Amateur Open Championship at Lahinch Golf Club when he beat Colm Moriarty of Athlone Golf Club by 1-hole on 30th July 2003. Mervyn stood over a breaking 10-foot putt to clinch the Championship, personally I thought he might not get it under the circumstances but he really showed what he was made of to sink a pressure putt to win his first Major.

James Walsh was selected on the Munster Boys' team for the Interprovincial Championships at Headfort Golf Club from August 28-30 2002.

Mallow won the Munster Final of the Irish Senior Cup when they beat Cork on the 26th of August 2001. The team was David Finn, Mervyn Owens, James Murphy, David Conway and Michael Collins. The result was Mallow 3 matches to Cork 2 matches. Then it was of to Newlands Golf Club on the 20th September, where they beat Galway in the Semi-final on the 3rd extra that was played on the Saturday due to darkness. When they reached the All-Ireland Final against, the fancied Cup specialists Portmarnock, nobody but the large Club following gave them a chance. However the match went down to the last pair. Tied with two matches each and all-square on the 18th tee Tim O'Mahony clinched the match with a birdie 4. The other, two wins were recorded by Michael Collins with a 6 and 5 win over David Kelleher and veteran Jimmy Murphy who beat Aengus McAllister by one hole. The other team members were David Conway, David Finn, Tim O'Mahony and Michael Collins.

Mervyn Owens was selected on the Irish team that played Wales at Ashburnham on the 27th April 2001.

Aileen O'Callaghan was selected for the Munster Girls' team in the Smurfit Interprovincial Championship at Enniscrone Golf Club from the 18th to the 20th of April 2001.

Mallow won the All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup at Grange G. C. in 1981; when the team was, Fr. Dan Duane, James Howell, Barry Finn, Paudie O'Callaghan, Jerry Hogan, Kevin O'Keeffe, they were managed by Rick Moylan.

Mallow Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield in 1992, when the team was, R. Hennigan, J. Black, T. McMahon, E. Kelleher, J. J. Casey, M. Heelan, N. Frazer, P. Gyves, M. Burke, J. Horgan, G. Dorgan, F. Walsh, D. O'Donoghue, B. Finn, they were selected by J. Sheehan and F. Holt.

The Ladies of Mallow Golf Club won the ILGU Intermediate League in 1979, when the team was, Maureen Shannon, Mary O'Connor, Theresa Black, Mary Coughlan and Netta Moylan. They won it again in 1992.

They won the ILGU Junior League in 1981 and 1992, when the team was Breda McDonnell, Deirdre Coleman, Miriam O'Keeffe, Eileen Lawlee, Nuala Vereker and Liz Breen. 

Thirteen-year old Jimmy Walsh playing off a handicap of eight at the time in July 2000 shot a level par round, returning 44pts. Just to add to his wonderful round Jimmy had a hole-in-one on the 167 m 4th hole. Isn't it, wonderful to see young lads being able to shoot level par, at Jimmy's tender age?

David Conway participated in the Boys' Home International matches in 1992 and 1993 and played Munster Youths' from 1992 to 1994, playing 15-matches as did Mervyn Owens in1998 and 1999.

Graham Conway played Munster Boys' in 1998.

A. O'Callaghan was selected on the ILGU Junior squad in November 2000.

Irene Howell played Munster Girls' from 1992 to 1994 and Mary O'Connor played for the Irish Girls in 1978 and 1979.

Labour Cllr. Joe O'Flynn had the first hole-in-one, in the 30 year-history of the Cork Corporation Golf Society on the 158-m 2nd, playing a 5 wood.

13-year old Aileen O'Callaghan shot a magnificent score of 48 pts. when she won the Munster section of the McGuirk's Golf Junior Open at Dromoland Castle G. C., in April, 1999.

The Coakley brothers did the double, winning the Captain's and President's Prize in 1999, sister Pauline has 2 President's Prizes to her credit. Tadgh won 4 Fitzgibbon Cup medals in a row back in 1981, and a Minor All-Ireland medal with Cork.

Person Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Joe O'Flynn   2nd 5 Wood 158 m
Michael Lawlor 18 July 1999 11th   145 m
Jimmy Walsh 16 July 2000 4th   167 m
Breda Kenny 30 March 2004 2nd   135 m
Donal Murphy 25 September 2004 2nd   180 m
Peter McKenna 2 April 2005 2nd   166 m
David Curtin 23 July 2005 4th   172 m
Kit Bohan 2 August 2005 16th   92 m
Ella O'Connor 4 October 2005 11th   121 m
James Gyves 8 June 2005 16th   107 m
Thomas O'Donovan 21 January 2006 11th   145 m
William Hurley 31 May 2006 11th   145 m
Ann O'Sullivan 11 July 2006 11th   121 m
Darren Murphy 23 July 2006 16th   107 m
Robert Howell 29 July 2006 11th   145 m
John O'Leary 9 September 2006 11th   145 m
Timothy Cronin 2 February 2007 11th   133 m

Card of the Course
Card of the Course (yards)
Name Hole No Blue White Yellow Par Index Red Par Index
Magh Ealla 1 367 359 350 4 7 317 4 9
Boithrin 2 174 166 158 3 9 135 3 17
Ballyellis 3 448 439 430 5 11 390 5 5
Lavally 4 172 167 162 3 15 150 3 13
Lisheen 5 347 339 331 4 3 300 4 3
Tree Sisiers 6 462 440 418 5 13 308 4 1
Galtymore 7 413 388 377 4 1 299 4 15
The Pike 8 435 428 412 5 17 397 5 7
Montgomery 9 339 333 323 4 5 271 4 11
  Out 3,175 3,059 2,961 37   2,567 36  
Ballyhoura 10 393 381 373 4 6 369 5 14
Leaba Chailli 11 155 145 133 3 12 121 3 10
The Beeches 12 496 490 484 5 8 406 5 4
Mushera 13 379 356 344 4 2 300 4 2
Knoppogue 14 287 273 263 4 16 255 4 8
Mt. Hillary 15 351 345 339 4 4 268 4 16
The Quarry 16 116 107 100 3 18 92 3 18
Beauforest 17 446 440 427 5 14 381 5 6
Avondhu 18 180 173 167 3 10 138 3 12
  In 2,803 2,710 2,630 35   2,330 36  
  Total 5,960 5,769 5,591 72   4,897 72  
  SSS 72 71 70     72    

Roll of Honour
Miss M. A. Buckley 1990 Ladies Captain
Mrs. Nora O'Connor 1991 Ladies Captain
Mrs. Marie O'Sullivan 1992 Ladies Captain
Mrs. Maureen Cunningham 1993 Ladies Captain
Mrs. Phyllis O'Brien 1994 Ladies Captain
Mrs. E. B. Holland 1995 Ladies Captain
Mrs. E. Farrell 1996 Ladies Captain
Ms Nora Aherne 1997 Ladies Captain
Mrs. Vera Devlin 1998 Ladies Captain
Mrs. Eileen Ryan 1999 Ladies Captain
Carmel Kearney 2000 Ladies Captain
K. Bohan 2001 Ladies Captain
Helen O'Boyle 2002 Ladies Captain
Eileen Cotter 2003 Ladies Captain
Irene Finn 2004 Ladies Captain
Marie O'Connell 2005 Ladies Captain
Eileen Lawlee 2006 Ladies Captain
Lilly Walsh 2007 Ladies Captain
Mrs. T. C. Quill 1990 Ladies President
Mrs. J. B. Lynch 1991 Ladies President
Miss Anna Tarrant 1992 Ladies President
Mrs. G. 1993 Ladies President
Mrs. Ita Farrell 1994 Ladies President
Mrs. G. Hennigan 1995 Ladies President
Mrs. Peg Horgan 1996 Ladies President
Mrs. N. Cronin 1997 Ladies President
Mrs. Ann Kennedy 1998 Ladies President
Mrs. Maureen Cronin 1999 Ladies President
P. Winkle 2000 Ladies President
Sheila Cronin 2001 Ladies President
Nora O'Connor 2002 Ladies President
Marie O'Sullivan 2003 Ladies President
Maureen Cunningham 2004 Ladies President
Phyllis O'Brien 2005 Ladies President
Ann Holland 2006 Ladies President
Margot Farrell 2007 Ladies President
Batt Kirby 1990 Men's Captain
Mr. Pat Horgan 1991 Men's Captain
Mr. Dan Butler 1992 Men's Captain
Mr. B. G. Wall 1993 Men's Captain
Mr. P. J. Lyons 1994 Men's Captain
Mr. D. G. Crowley 1995 Men's Captain
Mr. J. Sheehan 1996 Men's Captain
Mr. M. O'Sullivan 1997 Men's Captain
Mr. D. G. Curtin 1998 Men's Captain
Mr. Noel Walsh 1999 Men's Captain
John Mullane 2000 Men's Captain
Mervyn Shorten 2001 Men's Captain
Dermot Kelleher 2002 Men's Captain
Barry White 2003 Men's Captain
Phillip Ahern 2004 Men's Captain
Michael P. Boyle 2005 Men's Captain
Paul Cosgrave 2006 Men's Captain
Donal Collins 2007 Men's Captain
Mr. J. P. Shannon 1990 President
Mr. M. A. Barry 1991 President
Mr. S. D. Holt 1992 President
Mr. J. P. Kennedy 1993 President
Mr. S. Regan 1994 President
Mr. M. Glynn 1995 President
Mr. D. Cronin 1996 President
Mr. G. Murphy 1997 President
Mr. P. S. Horgan 1998 President
Mr. Jim O'Brien 1999 President
D. J. Sheehan 2000 President
Michael Forde 2001 President
Mr. John Black 2002 President
Paul Crowley 2003 President
Joe Gleeson 2004 President
James Cotter 2005 President
Michael Madden 2006 President
Kevin O Keeffe 2007 President
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