Clontarf Golf Club

Course Facts:
Address Donnycarney House Secretary/Manager: Pat Murray
Malahide Road Captain: Brian Leech
Dublin 3 Lady Captain: Ann Gardner
Telephone: 01-8331892 President: Tommy Cooke
Public No: 01-8331520    
Fax: 01-8331933    
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: Eamonn Brady 01-8331877
Founded: 1912 Designed by: Harry Colt
Not open for membership. Societies are welcome and group rates are available.
Membership: 935 Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Green Fees Midweek: €50 Clubhouse opening hours: 8.00am to 11.30pm
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €600 Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Green Fees With a Member: €20/25 Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Green Fees For Opens: €20 Catering: Full catering facilities
Practice Area: Yes Days to Avoid: Sunday & Monday
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
Course Description:

Anybody who has ever played this oasis of golf in the hearth of the teeming metropolis of North of Dublin City will remember the famous 12th known locally as "The Quarry Hole" if you haven’t yet played it you haven’t played golf. Measuring 334 m it is without doubt the index 1 on this magnificent Parkland course. You drive from the tee to a raised plateau, with out-of-bounds on the right. You then have to play your second to a green in a valley, well protected by two greenside bunkers, with a large bunker to the back gathering up any over-hit approach shots. Making par here is like a very good birdie anywhere else.

Clontarf is a pleasant, yet challenging 18-hole course with superbly manicured rolling fairways and a liberal sprinkling of mature trees. The greens are amongst the best to be found anywhere in the country. Although a relatively short course, measuring 5317 m off the championship tees with a Par of 69 and a standard scratch of 68, its narrow fairways and punitive rough demands accuracy off the tee and will test the best of golfers skill.Each hole presents its own challenge, where shot making and club selection is a must.

The late and loved Tom Craddock, father-in-law of Ryder Cup hero Philip Walton was the professional at Clontarf Golf Club for longer than I can remember. One of life’s and golf's beautiful people Tom will always be associated with Clontarf. Each year, the club hosts the Lord Mayor’s Cup hotly contested by single figure golfers. Clontarf has a magnificent clubhouse catering for the golfers every need and the visitor is assured of a warm welcome and, an memorable days golf. Societies are welcome and group rates are available.

Open & Major Fixtures 2011
See Event Calendar here.

Club History
Club History

Instituted 1912, affiliated 1912. A very ecumenical gathering were the driving force behind Clontarf’s Golf Club foundation. At a meeting held in the Clontarf Town Hall, in January, 1912, the Rev. J. L. Morrow, together with the Rev. J. Hickey P.P., Rev. P.J. Ryan C.C., and Rev. J. O’Connell, with eleven others were the founder members of this famous club. The Rev. Morrow had been Hon. Secretary of the GUI since 1901, and was elected the first President of the club. Mr. J. McNie, was the first Captain, and Mr. J. Moore the first Hon. Secretary.

Land was leased from Mr. Picton at Mount Temple, which was opened by the Lord Lieutenant Lord Aberdeen on the 25th May 1912. In 1914 The Royal Dublin Golf Club was dispossessed by the British Army and Clontarf made its members, honorary members. According to Irish Life, 5th April, 1918 the course became under threat from would-be plot-holder's, who targeted Clontarf and its 45 acres. The club moved to Porters Field in 1922 and extended to 12 holes. Fifty new members were taken in, then in 1927 the club acquired more land, and an additional six-holes were added, which became the basis of the present eighteen.

Members Achievements

Clontarf Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Irish Mixed Foursomes on 7th August 2004, when Elizabeth Toomey sank the winning putt on the first plat-off hole at Foxrock Golf Club against The K Club.Clontarf retained the Metropolitan Cup when they beat Hermitage at Hermitage Golf Club by 11.5 to 6.5 on August 25th 2002. The team was B. Fennelly, B. Foy, D. Cameron, J. Harrington, D. Heary, J. Synnott, T. Wall, P. Hennessy and C. Looby.

Clontarf Golf Club were Runners-Up in the Leinster Finals of the Pierce Purcell Shield at Glen-of-The-Downs Golf Club in 2002. They lost out to Castlewarden, when the team was Ray Foley, Frank Moran, Michael Fahy, Tom Owens, Conal Regan, Joe Sheriden, Dave Dalton, Mark Johnston, Fred Kelly, David Pierce, Paddy Coy, John Dillon, David Corcoran, Michael Murphy, Frank Byrne and Enda Morris. They were managed by Sean O'Dea.

Clontarf were Leinster Champions in the J. B. Carr Diamond Trophy in 2002, when the team was, H. Lambe, T. Duffy, P. Hennessy, J. Joyce, N. Gilroy, J. McClean, T. Crawford, T. Brennan, J. Kellett, T. Wall, F. Kellett, L. Watson, J. Maher, M. Alford, B. Higgins, G. Walsh and F. Byrne. They were County Champions in 2004.

Clontarf won the Metropolitan Cup when they beat Greystones Golf Club in August 2001. They had a convincing win 8 matches to 1 match. The team was B. Foy, P. Connolly, M. Carroll, T. Crawford, D. Heron, S. Kavanagh, E. O'Dulainn, J. Synnott and T. McCarthy, they were managed by T. Duffy.

The Girls of Clontarf Golf Club won the Fingal Cup in 2003, when the team was, Dervla Gaine, Carol O'Flynn, Lisabeth McCoy, they were managed by Margaret McLoughlin.

Eileen Coggins and Ann Harrington won the Countess of Granard's Challenge Cup in 2002.

Clontarf Golf Club won the All-Ireland Mixed Foursomes in 1973.

Clontarf Golf Club won the Leinster Final and were All-Ireland Finalists in the Bulmers Junior Cup in 1995, when the team was, Conor Murphy, Stephen Walsh, Dermot O'Raw, Tim Collins, Greg Kelly, Michael Kellett, Turlough Considine and Dave Hennessy.

Clontarf Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Bulmers Junior Cup in 1988, when the team was, Richard Murphy, Liam O'Donohoe, Tony Wall, Stephen Walsh and Greg Kelly.

Clontarf Golf Club won the Leinster Final and were All-Ireland Finalists in the Bulmers Junior Cup in 1969, when the team was, Kevin Hayes, Paddy Hennessy, Noel Gilroy, Michael Alford and John Mooney.

They won the Leinster Final of the Bulmers Pierce Purcell in 1972.

They won the Leinster Final of the Irish Mixed Foursomes in 1973.

Clontarf were County Champions in the J. B. Carr Diamond Trophy in 2000.

Clontarf won the Uden Cup in 1997, when the team was, B. Curran, R. Foley, D. McHugh, G. Sullivan, G. Walsh, C. Seery, T. Brennan, F. Byrne, B. Dolan, V. Ryan, D. Allen, L. Preston, J. O'Reilly, H. O'Neill, M. Cahill, D. Dalton, T. Linnane, T. Cook, T. Redmond, S. Doody, Mick Melligan, they were managed by T. Hempenstall and M. Geoghegan.

Clontarf Golf Club won the Best Cup in 1983, when the team was, David Dalton, Owen Donohoe, Leo Jackson, Sean Nolan, John Behan, Eugene O'Doherty, Frank Crawley, Tony Heron, Jim McMullan and Greg Harkin.

They won the Metropolitan Trophy in 1994.

Clontarf Golf Club hold the record of wins in the FBD Barton Cup, having first won it in 1921, when the team was, T. Ryan, C. Jamieson, J. G. Aston, P. C. Sythes, J. S. Kerr, T. Carson, S. H. Dunseith, P. C. Gore and H. F. Fradley.

They next won it in 1926, when the team was, W. Cooper, T. A. Hanly, J. G. Aston, V. Lyons, J. S. Kerr, T. Ryan, H. F. Fradley, T. Carson, M. Ashbee and C. Jamieson.

They won it again in 1932, when the team was, T. Pierce, R. White, D. Lynch, M. Kennedy, D. Finn, M. Knightly, P. Gaffney, J. Pierce, R. Greene, M. Ashbee, P. Lynch P. T. Ryan, W. Crozier and E. H. Verdon.

They won it in 1938, when the team was, P. B. Heffron, R. Rice, M. Fitzgerald, M. Martin, G. O'Neill, A. Byrne, E. H. Verdon, P. T. Ryan, P. J. Cregan and J. G. Barnewell.

They followed that win in 1942, when the team was P. B. Heffron, K. I. Holland, S. McMahon, M. J. Minogue, G. E. Clancy, D. J. Fitzgerald, S. I. Tierney, R. Rice, F. J. Quinn, T. T. Prestage, M. S. McEvoy, Jos. O'Reilly and B. J. Cauldwell.

They won it again in 1945, when the team was, S. Kennedy, H. Murphy, V. Herlihy, N. O'Boyle, F. G. Moran, H. Delaney, R. Rice, D. Fitzgerald, R. Grogan, V. Clarke, C. Garvey, T. Prestage, A. Byrne, F. Quinn and K. Holland.

They won it again in 1949, when the team was, C. Garvey, A. Byrne, J. Moran, C. Byrne, H. Murphy, D. Fitzgerald, F. Moran, V. Clarke, J. Belton and V. Herlihy.

They next won it in 1952.

They last won it in 1968, when the team was, M. Dalton, G. Devey, E. Grumley, J. O'Neill, M. O'Shea, D. Condon, J. Clancy, F. Kellett, T. Buggy, A. Lally, H. O'Donnell, J. Lawlor, A. Smyth, J. Curtin, J. Dillon, J. McClean, S. O'Sullivan and D. McCarthy.  

The Boys' of Clontarf Golf Club won the Smurfit Trophy in 1982, when the team was, Ray Maguire, Brian Mooney, Richard Murray, Colm Dempsey, John Murray, Stephen Walsh and John Murphy.

They won the Irish Junior Foursomes in 1993.

They won the Squire Ennis Trophy in 1992.

The Ladies of Clontarf Golf Club were District Champions in the Ulster Bank All-Ireland Ladies Fourball in 2000.

They won the ILGU Eastern District (4thTeam) in 1990, when the team was, Phyllis Preston, Maura Walsh, Christine Conroy, Paddy O'Cassaide, Eileen McLoughlin, Enda Kellett, Carmel Shaw, Eileen Crowley, Miriam Dunphy and Fionnuala Murphy, they were captained by Betty McCarthy

The 3rd team won it in 1980, when the team was, R. Freaney, A. Howett, T. O'Brien, K. Stapleton, N. Tully, they were captained by M. Spillane.

The Girls' of Clontarf Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Smurfit Juvenile Girls Golf in 1992, when the team was, Marie Therese Custace, Pamela Murphy, Clare Louise Fitzpatrick and they were captained by Anita Langstone.

Barry Heary who plays off a handicap of seven, won Chiquita Long Drive Challenge at Lucan Golf Club in September, 2000. He drove the ball 301 yd's down the fairway at the first. The prize was Top Flite merchandise and a cheque for £500 to his chosen charity.

Paul Condon played Leinster Youths from 1981 to 1982, playing 8 matches. Richard Murray played Leinster Youths from 1985 to 1986. Liam O'Donoghue played Leinster Youths in 1983.

Anita Langstone played for the Irish Girls in the Home Internationals at Mosely Golf Club in 1992 and at Helensburgh Golf Club in 1993.

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Person Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
M. G. Murphy 30 January 2005 6th   130 m
Gerry Walsh 20 September 2001 15th   142 m
Tony Jordan 7 August 2000 6th   130 m
Ann Fox-Dalton 6 June 2000 15th   131 m
Tony Killian 2 February 2000 15th   142 m
Dermot O'Brien 11 March 2000 4th   138 m
Michael Hughes 13 February 2000 4th   138 m
P. Fagan 27 July 1999 15th   142 m
Angela Melligan 19 April 1999 4th 5 Wood 118 m
Derek Gaine 20 June 1999 15th   142 m
T. Curran 6 March 1999 4th   151 m
Kieron Duffy 5 August 1998 13th   243 m
M. G. Murphy 11 February 1998 4th   151 m
Paul Rigney 3 November 2000 6th   130 m
Paul McLoughlin 29 April 2001 15th   142 m
Brendan Gallagher 15 June 2001 11th   172 m
Owen McCarthy 3 September 2001 4th   138 m
Patrick Eugene McAdams 4 May 2002 6th   130 m
Joe Dillon 27 April 2002 15th   138 m
B. Johnson 15 May 2002 4th   124 m
Tom Moylan 13 June 2002 4th   124 m
Henry J. Ardiff 20 August 2002 15th   134 m
Desmond M. Killen 13 October 2002 4th   134 m
Brendan Dolan 13 April 2003 15th   142 m
Eanna Gilles 16 April 2004 4th   124 m
John Maher 20 June 2004 6th   119 m
Michael Murphy 30 January 2005 6th   122 m
Tommy McCarthy 01 February 2005 6th   119 m
Colin Sheridan 5 June 2005 15th   142 m
Michael Geoghegan 18 June 2005 11th   182 m
Jack Higgins 10 July 2005 15th   134 m
Siobhan Fallon 9 August 2005 15th   131 m
Paddy Murphy 24 August 2005 4th   138 m
Norman Higgins 31 August 2005 6th   119 m
Brendan Mulqueen 10 August 2005 4th   124 m
Barry Hallinan 25 September 2005 15th   142 m

Card of the Course
Card of the Course (Metres)
Hole No Hole Name Blue Green Par Index Red Par Index
1 The Paddock 305 297 4 10 289 4 8
2 Bradshaw's Wood 410 401 4 2/6 390 5 12
3 The Railway Station 288 281 4 14 277 4 10
4 Colt's Teaser 139 134 3 12 121 3 16
5 Clontarf's Classic 343 334 4 6/2 309 4 4
6 Charlemont's Vale 130 118 3 18 117 3 18
7 Battery Fields 357 321 4 8 307 4 2
8 Casino View 353 349 4 4 313 4 6
9 Craddock's View 290 279 4 16 261 4 14
Out   2,615 2,504 34   2,384 35  
10 Skipton's Dream 363 356 4 7/5 338 4 5
11 Quinn's Delight 201 176 3 11 167 3 15
12 The Quarry 344 338 4 1 325 5 11
13 Corbett's Burn 250 247 4 13 247 4 13
14 The River Wad 318 309 4 3 300 4 1
15 The Lost Pond 147 135 3 17 132 3 17
16 Parnell's Monument 352 344 4 5/7 333 4 3
17 Morrow's Meadow 351 343 4 9 334 4 9
18 Doyle's Orchard 450 442 5 15 425 5 7
In   2,776 2,690 35   2,601 36  
Total   5,391 5,194 69   4,949 71  
SSS   68 67     71    

Men's Course Record: 62 Daragh Congdon (2) 10/09/2016
Ladies Course Record: 73 Eileen O'Brien (8) 19/08/2018

Roll of Honour
Mrs. P. O'Neill 1989 Ladies Captain
Mona Gardner 1990 Ladies Captain
Deirdre McGrath 1991 Ladies Captain
Mrs. C. Loughman 1992 Ladies Captain
Maura Cotter 1993 Ladies Captain
Ella Sheridan 1994 Ladies Captain
Anne Bradley 1995 Ladies Captain
Patsy Manning 1996 Ladies Captain
Phil Coffee 1997 Ladies Captain
Mary Rowley 1998 Ladies Captain
Maura Sweeney 1999 Ladies Captain
Pauline Behan 2000 Ladies Captain
Ann Shanahan 2001 Ladies Captain
Madeline Bradley 2002 Ladies Captain
Phena Coghlan 2003 Ladies Captain
Marianne Considine 2004 Ladies Captain
Eileen Coggins 2005 Ladies Captain
Angela Melligan 2006 Ladies Captain
Mary Coffey 2007 Ladies Captain
Colm Mullan 1989 Men's Captain
G. F. Maher 1990 Men's Captain
P. J. Loughman 1991 Men's Captain
B. A. Murray 1992 Men's Captain
M. O'Rourke 1993 Men's Captain
D. F. Pierce 1994 Men's Captain
A. R. Cameron 1995 Men's Captain
A. B. Heron 1996 Men's Captain
C. O'Rourke 1997 Men's Captain
Alex Magill 1998 Men's Captain
Frank Kellett 1999 Men's Captain
Jack Mahon 2000 Men's Captain
Sean O'Dea 2001 Men's Captain
Ray Crawford 2002 Men's Captain
Hal Kellett 2003 Men's Captain
Eamon O'Dulainn 2004 Men's Captain
Martin Kelly 2005 Men's Captain
Brian Curran 2006 Men's Captain
Frank Maguire 2007 Men's Captain
W. Tyndall 1989 President
Dermot Brady 1990 President
G. F. Maher 1991 President
G. O'Brien 1992 President
G. O'Brien 1993 President
C. McLoughlin 1994 President
C. McLoughlin 1995 President
M. G. Murphy 1996 President
M. G. Murphy 1997 President
E. Hoey 1998 President
E. Hoey 1999 President
E. Hoey 2000 President
Kevin Heffernan 2001 President
Kevin Heffernan (Heffo.) 2002 President
Cyril Meehan 2003 President
Cyril Meehan 2004 President
Turlough Considine 2005 President
Turlough Considine 2006 President
Tony Wall 2007 President
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