Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club

Course Facts:
Address The Glebe Secretary/Manager:  
Stranorlar Captain:  
Co. Donegal Lady Captain:  
Telephone: 074-9131093 President:  
Public No:      
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Club Pro:  
Founded: 1958 Designed by: P. J. Carr
Open for membership. Societies are welcome and group rates are available. (20+)
Membership: 447 Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Green Fees Midweek: Clubhouse opening hours: 1.00pm to 12.00am
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Green Fees With a Member: Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Green Fees For Opens: Catering: Full catering facilities
Practice Area: Yes Days to Avoid: Monday and Tuesday mornings
Club Hire: Yes Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days
Buggy Hire: Yes Pre-booking for open tournaments:  
Soft spikes: No    


Course Description
Course Description:

Designed by course architect P.C. Carr, so as every club in the bag is required, which is the mark of any good course. At 5,339, meters par-69 with a standard scratch of 68 off the blue tees. Ballybofey and Stranorlar Golf Club has become one of the most admired courses in this part of the country in recent years. The members and visitors enjoy one of the most parkland tests in Ireland.Set on undulating parkland, with all the fairways tree lines and picturesque views of the Donegal Mountains and the Valley of the Finn River. The 7th a 438 metres par-5 played around Lough Alan, with the clubhouse towering in the background creates a magnificent setting complemented with the stunning views, sums up this fine course.

There is a state of the art clubhouse where the visitor is assured of a warm welcome and all the facilities one expects at a top class golf club.

Open & Major Fixtures 2011
See Event Calendar here.

Club History
Members Achievements

Ballybofey & Stranorlar won the All-Ireland Final of the Irish Mixed Foursomes at Massereene G. C. in 1994. The team was Enda McManamin, Sean Ewing, Maeve McNulty, Seamus Patton, Paddy Cleary, Conor McMenamin, Terence McKinnley, Terry Farrell, Anne McGranaghan, Mary O'Flanaghan, Anne Duffy, Kathleen McGowan, Margret Hynes, Eileen Boyce, Sheila Rooney, Michael Carr and Noelle Harris.Lady Captain Ann McGranaghan, Captain John Reid and Honorary Secretary John McCaughan, qualified for the National Finals of the Mercedes-Benz, Irish Independent Executive Golf Classic at The K Club on August 12th 2002.

Lady Captain Deirdre Duncan, Captain Paul Traynor and Alex Harkin came 6th in the National Final of the Mercedes BenzIrish Independent Executive Trophy at the K Club on 13th of August 2001. They returned a score of 73pts. which was only two off the winners.

D. McGowan was selected on the Connacht Ladies team for the AIB Interprovincials at the Island Golf Club on the 8th to the 10th August 2001.

Remarkably Mary McHugh and her playing partner Margaret McCrosson both had holes-in-one in the Club Classic in August 2001. Mary had hers on the 6th when she hit her 5-wood into the hole. Two holes later Margaret followed her with a 7-wood.

Prior to 2001: 

The men won the Ulster Cup in 1996, when the team was Eddie Gallagher, Alex Harkin, James Rodgers, Michael Hynes, Paddy Cleary, Drew Duncan, James McAllister, Charlie Lapsley, John McCaughen, Paddy Carr, Pete Byrne, Martin Dillon and they were captained by Phil Roddy

Ballybofey & Stranorlar were narrowly beaten in the All-Ireland Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield in 1980 when they represented Ulster. The team was John McMenamin, Dermot Gallagher, Cyril Quinn, Kieran Currane, Norman O'Haire, Paddy Watters, Gerry Griffin, Kieran Cunnane, Roy Loughlin, J. W. McNulty and Cary Duncan.

They got to the Ulster Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield at Portstewart in 1995, when the team was Alister Henderson, John Dowds, Paddy McNulty, Richard Eaton, Michael Scanlon, Paul Trayers, Harry McGowan, Phil Roddy, Declan Collum, Eddie McHugh, Eamon Foy and James McAllister. 

Ballybofey & Stranorlar won the Donegal Miner League in the Millennium when they beat Donegal Golf Club in the Final, when the team was Norman O'Haire, Aidan Doherty, Sean Devenney, Declan McKelvey, Noel Ferry, Eugene Quinn, Jim McHugh, Noel Duffy, Joe Henderson, Danny Cunnigham, Hugh Brogan, John Fleming, Seamus Byrne, Aidan Heeney, Sean O'Donnell, Peter Byrne and P. J. Fitzgerald, they were captained by Loman O'Dowd.

They won it again in1991 when the team was Sean O'Donnell, Loman O'Dowd, Seamus McEaney, Pete Byrne, Ronnie Reilly, Brendan Forkan, Paul Byrne, Noel Ferry and Joe Coll, they were captained by James Henderson.

The Ladies of Ballybofey & Stranorlar qualified for the All-Ireland Semi-Final in the Ulster Bank Ladies Fourball Championship in 1997, when the team was Wendy Patterson, Kathleen McGowan, Anne Glancy, Christine Spear, Siobhan Brady, Anne McGranaghan, Mary Harkin, and they were captained by Darragh McGowan.

They won the Donegal Inter Club League in 1992, when the team was John McCaughan, Michael Heinz, Ivan Stewart, Denis Grindle, Sean Ewing, Enda McMenamin, Phil Roddy, Denis O'Kane, Pauric McHugh, Paul Trayers, Jimmy McGlinchey and Seamus Patton. 

They were runners-up in the Dunhill Mixed Foursomes when they went down to Waterford Golf Club at Galway. The team was Joanne O'Haire, Richard Eaton, John McCaughan, Terry Farrell, Charlie Moore, Kathleen McGowan, Eileen Coyne, Sheila Rooney, Ita Cleary, Eamonn O'Flanagan, Enda McMenamin, Sean Ewing, Meave McNulty, Ann McGranaghan, Seamus Patton, Pat McCaughan, Michael Carr and Mary O'Flanagan.

They won the Donegal Senior League in 1993, 1994, 1995 and again in1997.
Ballybofey & Stranorlar won the Under-21 Youths tournament at Donaghadee Golf Club in September 2001. They beat 44 other teams to claim their first win in 20-years participating in the tournament. The team was Thomas Grindale (Captain), Derek McNeill, James McNulty, Joseph McMenamin and Mark Hynes. They were Managed by Seamus Lafferty.

Captain, Paddy Watters, Lady Captain and Hon. Secretary, Alex Harkin, booked their place in the finals of the Mercedes Benz, Irish Independent Executive Golf Trophy at the K Club on August 17th, when they shot 83 points at Slieve Russell, in July, 2000.

Enda McMenamin participated in the Home International matches from 1981 to 1982 and represented Ulster from 1981 to 1996 playing 29 matches. Darragh McGowan was selected to play for Connacht in 1999. Joanne O'Haire played for Ireland in the Girls' Home Internationals in 1989 and at Penrith Golf Club in 1990.

Enda McMenamin participated in the Home International matches from 1981 to 1982 and represented Ulster from 1981 to 1996 playing 29 matches. Darragh McGowan was selected to play for Connacht in 1999. Joanne O'Haire played for Ireland in the Girls' Home Internationals in 1989 and at Penrith Golf Club in 1990.

Person Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Mary McHugh 8 August 2001 6th 5 wood 132 m
Margaret McCrosson 8 August 2001 8th 7 wood 138 m
Dolores Devaney 1 May 2001 14th Driver 142 m

Card of the Course
Card of the Course (metres)
Name Hole No Blue Green Par Index Red Ladies Index
The Steeple 1 377 371 4 5 353 5 15
The Valley 2 359 349 4 7 357 4 1
The Crossing 3 283 273 4 15 260 4 11
St. Josephs 4 307 300 4 11 291 4 7
Graveyard 5 157 150 3 13 142 3 13
The Grove 6 346 338 4 3 306 4 3
The Barn 7 421 411 4 1 320 4 5
The Doddle 8 137 130 3 17 126 3 17
Barnesmore 9 363 351 4 9 312 4 9
  Out 2,750  2,673 34   2,467 35  
Mullindrait 10 392 387 4 2 383 4 4
Gardens 11 151 141 3 12 113 3 18
Rectory 12 278 272 4 14 265 4 12
The Glebe 13 320 320 4 16 320 4 8
The Brea 14 337 327 4 6 322 4 2
The Burn 15 185 175 3 10 132 3 16
Loch Alaan 16 450 435 5 8 382 5 6
Holy Well 17 140 130 3 18 128 3 14
Road Hole 18 375 360 4 4 269 4 10
  In 2,628  2,547 35   2,314 34  
  Total 5,378  5,220 69   4,781 69  
  SSS 68 67     69    

Roll of Honour
I. Cleary 1990 Ladies Captain
K. Byrne 1991 Ladies Captain
P. Cunnane 1992 Ladies Captain
M. Brogan 1993 Ladies Captain
N. Harris 1994 Ladies Captain
M. Hynes 1995 Ladies Captain
O. Byrne 1996 Ladies Captain
Mgt. Brogan 1997 Ladies Captain
K. Quinn 1998 Ladies Captain
J. McDermott 1999 Ladies Captain
Mary P. O'Flanagan 2000 Ladies Captain
Deride Duncan 2001 Ladies Captain
Ann McGranaghan 2002 Ladies Captain
Brid Blee 2003 Ladies Captain
Ann Clancy 2004 Ladies Captain
Moya Larkin 2005 Ladies Captain
Ann O’Mara 2006 Ladies Captain
Eileen Boyce  2007 Ladies Captain
M. O'Flanagan 1990 Men's Captain
J. McMenamin 1991 Men's Captain
S. O'Donnell 1992 Men's Captain
C. Moore 1993 Men's Captain
P. McMullin 1994 Men's Captain
D. F. Collum 1995 Men's Captain
P. A. Byrne 1996 Men's Captain
M. O'Boyle 1997 Men's Captain
B. McDermott 1998 Men's Captain
B. O'Donnell 1999 Men's Captain
Mr. Paddy Watters 2000 Men's Captain
Paul Trayers 2001 Men's Captain
John Reid 2002 Men's Captain
John Blee 2003 Men's Captain
P. J. McGowan 2004 Men's Captain
Michael Carr 2005 Men's Captain
Enda McMenamin 2006 Men's Captain
James McAllister 2007 Men's Captain
P. H. Kee 1990 President
L. Coyle 1991 President
Dr. F. Kee 1992 President
P. J. Murphy 1993 President
P. J. Murphy 1994 President
J. McGlinchey 1995 President
P. C. Carr 1996 President
P.C. Carr 1997 President
K. Cunnane 1998 President
K. Cunnane 1999 President
Mr. Ted O'Kane 2000 President
Drew Brogan 2001 President
Drew Brogan 2002 President
E. J. Gallagher 2003 President
Paddy Cleary 2004 President
Seamus Byrne 2005 President
Alex Harkin 2006 President
Phil Roddy 2007 President
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