Hermitage Golf Club

Course Facts:
Address Ballydowd Secretary/Manager: Eddie Farrell
Lucan Captain: Peter Ennis
Co. Dublin Lady Captain: Mrs. Geraldine Rodgers
Telephone: 01-6268491 President: Mrs. Nuala Acton 
Public No: 01-6265396    
Fax: 01-6238881    
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: Simon Byrne 01-6268072
Website: www.hermitagegolf.ie    
Founded: 1905 Designed by:  
Open for membership. Societies are welcome and group rates are available.
Membership: 937 Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Green Fees Midweek: €45 Clubhouse opening hours: 9.00am to 12.00pm
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €50 Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Green Fees With a Member: €22/30 Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Green Fees For Opens: N/A Catering: Full catering facilities
Practice Area: Yes Days to Avoid: Weekends & Tuesdays
Club Hire: Yes Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days
Buggy Hire: Yes Pre-booking for open tournaments: N/A
Soft spikes: No    


Course Description
Course Description:

Measuring 6,010 m Par 71 with a standard scratch of 71 off the back tees. Hermitage is set in a charming location, sweeping down by the River Liffey, near Lucan. The feature holes are the 155 m Par 3 10th played from an elevated tee to a well-protected greed below with the Liffey waiting for the wrong club selection. This is, followed 512, m Par 5 Index 9 with the river all along the right hand side where a watery grave awaits the dreaded slice. The 400 m Par 4 Index 2, 2nd is undoubtedly one of the most challenging holes you will find on any golf course. Water has been added to the left hand side of the well-protected green, with tree-lined fairway placing a premium on accuracy off the tee to have any chance.Hermitage has been the venue of many a memorable victories for Irish teams. In 1979 the Irish Ladies won the European Women’s Amateur Championship here, with such notables as Mary McKenna and Maureen Madill on the team. In 1984 the Irish Youths won the European Championship at Hermitage when John McHenry of Ballybunion clinched it on the 19th.

Voted the No. 51-ranked golf course in Ireland, by “Golf Digest Ireland” in 2008.

Hermitage was voted No. 17 Parkland/Inland 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
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Club History
Club History

Instituted 1905, affiliated 1906. Hermitage was first known as the County Dublin Golf Club, this name was objected to by the Royal Dublin Golf Club, on the grounds it might cause confusion. The name was changed to Hermitage in 1906. The founding Captain, Mr. James Walsh, died in his year in office.In 1904 a group of members of Lucan Golf Club decided to form their own club and leased land for a nine-hole course, Ballydowd, close to the present course, in 1905. When the club wanted to extend to eighteen-holes they were unable to come to an arrangement with the landlord. A member of the club, Mr. James Crozier, agreed to let some of his land. Nine-holes were laid out by James McKenna, the professional at Carrickmines, and in 1907 it extended to an eighteen-hole course. The GUI selected Hermitage for the Irish Close Championship in 1914, won by Lionel Munn 10-8 over 36 holes.

During the Great War, Mr. Crozier, handed over the old mansion for use as a convalescent home for disabled soldiers. At the same time the, club came under pressure to hand over the land for tillage, under the emergency legislation of the time. The club was lucky to survive at the time.

Members Achievements

Young Steven Davin (16) won the Junior Scratch Cup at Blackbush Golf Club on Sunday 16 June 2007.Hermitage Golf Club reached the All-Ireland Final of the Irish Senior Cup Final at Rosslare Golf Club on Saturday 17th September 2005. It has been 1926 since Hermitage last won the Blue Riband of Irish Golf and the members turned up in their droves to support their for the Semi-Final and Final.

On the Friday they were drawn against the Munster Champions Limerick Golf Club. Brian O’Connor was out first against Irish International Pat Murphy and had a 2 and 1 win over the Limerick man. Greg Bowden recorded a 2-hole win over Michael O’Kelly. The 3rd match of Sean O’Flaherty against Dermot Morris ended in a half. Greg Massey had a very convincing win over Michel Kemmy with a 7 and 6 margin. With the points in the bag Alan Dowling went 2 and 1 down to Greg Vaughan.

Hermitage came up against a star-studded North West Golf Club in the All-Ireland Final, the Donegal club had Brian McElhinney the reigning British Amateur Champion, Ireland’s only selection on the 2005 Walker Cup, the Irish Close Champion and past winner of he European Individual winner and Irish International Michael McGeady on their team. In what was a nail biting Final Brian O’Connor won his match against Paul Van Dessell, Greg Bowden lost to Brian McElhinney, Greg Massey lost to Michael McGeady and Alan Dowling had a convincing win over Pauric Og O’Flaherty. So it was all down to the final match of Sean O’Flaherty against Garrett Mallon, Garrett played two outrageous chips on the 17th and 18th to clinch the match with a 1-hole victory and deprive Hermitage of bridging the gap of 79 years, however I for one am confident that it will not be long before Hermitage win this coveted title when one looks at how their young players are achieving on the golf courses.

Greg Bowden was selected on the Winning Leinster team for the Interprovincial Matches played at Portmarnock Golf Club from 11th to 13th August 2004. Greg won the Mullingar Scratch Cup on 2nd August 2004 when he beat Michael McGeady of City of Derry on the 5th tie-hole, Greg has since taken up a Scholarship with the Midland College in Texas. Greg, received his first Senior Cap for Ireland on 8th September 2004 when selected to play in the Home Internationals at Prestwick Golf Club.

2004 Lady Captain Dorothy Doyle (20) and her Captain's Prize Winner Anne Mills (24) were qualifiers in the Volkswagen-Irish Independent Lady Captain's Classic at Headford Golf Club in August 2004 they qualified for the National Finals at their home club on 4th October.

Alan Dowling was runner-up in the West-of-Ireland at Co. Sligo to Mark Ryane (Grange Golf Club) in 2003.

B. O'Connor was selected for the Irish Boy's team for the Home Internationals at Blairgowrie, Scotland in early August 2002.

Fintan Buckley was Captain of the Leinster Boys' team for the Interprovincial Championships at Headfort Golf Club from August 28-30 2002.

Susie Hayes was selected for the Irish Junior Girls team competing in the European Lady Junior Team Championship in Moscow in July 2002.

Lady Captain F. Walshe, Captain Pat Griffin and President T. Nally, qualified for the National Finals of the Mercedes-Benz Irish Independent Executive Golf Classic at The K Club on August 12th 2002.

Stephen Browne won the European Strokeplay Championship on 25th of August 2001. After being awarded the Willie Gill award at Lahinch after the South of Ireland Championship. I watched Stephen suffer during the year, he looked as safe as a house coming home in the Irish Close at Co. Sligo. Until Gavin McNeill sank a unbelievable putt on the 17th. Then in the final of the South of Ireland Championship, he came up against Justin Keogh who, playing the best golf I have ever seen or am likely to see. Stephen was 3-under when the match finished on the 13th. I was more than delighted to see this fine young man collect the European Championship. Stephen was the only new cap on the Irish six-man team that played in the European Team Championship at Ljunghusens G.C., Sweden from July 3rd to the 7th he was also selected on the six-man Irish team for the European Strokeplay championship in Denmark from August 22nd to the 25th 2001 which of course he won. May I wish him every success in the professional ranks. Stephen was selected to represent Ireland in the Governor Hugh Carey Cup at Portmarnock on the 8th-9th May 2001.

Stephen Browne won the Athlone Senior Scratch Cup sponsored by Elan Pharmaceutical Operations with rounds of 72 and 71 to beat local man Colm Moriarty by one shot. He also won the Woodbrook Scratch Cup on 3-9-00 with rounds of 71 and 72.  Stephen played on a team I put into the Labour Party Classic at Druid's Glen. The team was Garry Cullen +2 Stephen+1, Hugh Hanley+1 and my son Shane the high handicapper 4. Garry won the long drive, Stephen nearest the hole and they finished in 5th place. The prize was 4 rounds of golf at Druid's. When I gave the voucher to Shane, he said "That's great Dad, now we can play it off the back stakes". They are a fine group of golfers, but more important, they are lovely lads.

Stephen Browne was selected to represent Ireland at the Maidstone Club in New York on October 13th-14th, 1999.

Brian O'Connell and Suzie Hayes won the East of Ireland Mixed Foursomes at Luttrellstown on the 7th October 2001. Both players are still in their teens and have bright futures ahead of them. Suzie was on the Irish Girls' in 2001and was selected on the Leinster Girls' team for the Smurfit Interprovincial Championship at Enniscrone Golf Club from April 18th to 20th. She won the Munster Girls Championship in 2000 and 2001 and added the Connacht Girls Championship in 2001.

Brian played for the Leinster Boys' in 2001.

Carmel Cahill won the gross in the LGU green Medal Finals at Athy Golf Club on the 28th May 2001, when playing off 7 she returned a 80.

Hermitage Golf Club won the All-Ireland Barton Shield at Woodbrook G. C. in 1989, when the team was P. Brady, E. Browne Jnr. M. Canavan, T. Heverin, D. Errity, Tom Moran, P. McGilloway Jnr., F. O'Neill they were captained by Noel Stanley.

They won the All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup at Tramore G. C. in 1976, when the team was O. O'Herlihy, A. McCarthy, S. Glennon, D. Lee, J. McGill, F. King, T. Maloney and E. Browne.

Hermitage won the All-Ireland Irish Senior Cup at Galway G. C. in 1935, when the team was J. E. Dalton, J. P. Flynn, D. Morris, M. J. Byrne and T. Cormack.

Hermitage won the All-Ireland Irish Senior Cup in 1926, when the team was J. D. MacCormack, J. Gorry, T. Cormack, J. J. McGowran, H. Scott, C. Hames and J. Nugent.

They won the Leinster Final of the Barton Shield in 1976 and again in 1989.

Thy won the Leinster Final of the Irish Senior Cup in 1977, with T. Donovan, P. Brady, A. Morrow, P. Dermody, P. Coonagh, M. Canavan, J. Wall, . Gormley and A. Hayes they were managed by T. Bishop.

They won the Irish Junior Cup for the first time in 1924.

They won the Leinster Final of the Barton Shield in 1976 and 1991.

They won the Leinster Final of the Jimmy Bruen in 1981.

They won the Irish Club Youths' Team Championship at Athlone G. C. in 1992, when the team was Alan Dowling, Stephen Browne, Stephen Dargan and John Donovan.

Hermitage won the FBD Barton Cup in 2000, when the team was Jonathon Brady, Stephen Browne, Gerard Burke, Donal Casey, John Culloty, Andy Cunningham, John Ennis, John Fitzgerald, Shay Flemming, Michael Keating, Brian Lanigan, Greg Massey, John Mills, Frank Murray, Brian O'Connor Jnr. Alex O'Connell, Pat O'Donovan, Sean O'Flaherty and John O'Sullivan, they were managed by Denis McNamara and Tom O'Kelly.

Hermitage won the Leinster Final of the Irish Club Youths in 2001 when the team was G. Browne, D. Errity, G. Massey, B. O'Connor and S. O'Flaherty.

They won the Bloom Cup in 1999, when the team was G. Cruise, T. Reide, P. Doocey, D. Leahy, E. Murphy, J. Cullen, Paul Rodgers I. Williams, M. Miley, M. McGuirk, R. O'Sullivan, G. O'Donnell, L. Hurley, P. Casey, N. Stanley, S. Muldoon, P. Regan and W. Moloney.

They won the Bloom Cup in 1972, 1975, 1981 1990, 1994 again in 1997.

Hermitage won the Hibernian Metropolitan Trophy in 1998, when the team was P. Sheehan, J. Sheridan, D. Lavin, A. Sweeney, Paul Rodgers, S. O'Sullivan, L. O'Hagan, J. Culloty, P. Whelan, J. Keane, P. McGilloway, T. Reide, G. Massey, S. O'Flaherty, P. Ennis, S. Fleming and J. O'Rourke, they were managed by J. Kelliher.

They were County Champions in the J. B. Carr Diamond Trophy in 2000, when the team was, Edmund Browne, Pat Doocey, Pat Dixon, Tommy Coogan, John Kelliher, Tommy Reade, Noel Stanley, Michael Keane, Paddy Dermody, John O'Sullivan, Cecil Whelan, Val Sweeney, Eamonn Doyle, Richard O'Sullivan, Michael Devoy, Michael Coleman and Fintan Buckley, they were managed by Brendan O'Keeffe and Tommy Reade.

They won the County Championship again in 2001, when the team was, Gerry Burke, Michael Canavan, Tommy Coogan, Paddy Dermody, Michael Devoy, Noel Stanley, Pat Dixon, Tom Dixon, Pat Doocey, Michael Keane, John Kelliher, Greig Linton, Pat McGilloway, John O'Sullivan, David Riordan, Val Sweeney and Richard O'Sullivan, they were managed by Brendan O'Keeffe and Tommy Reade.

F. Buckley was elected as Honorary Treasurer of the Leinster Branch of the GUI for 2001.

Suzie Hayes was selected on the ILGU Senior B squad in November 2000 and was on the Irish Girls' team in the Home International at Downfield G. C. Dundee from the 15th to the 17th August 2000. She won the Munster Girls Championship in 2000 and 2001 the Connacht Girls Championship in 2001.

David Errity participated in the Home International matches in 1990. he played Leinster Youths from 1987 to 1989, (playing 12 matches), as did J. A. Hayes in 1977, and A. Morrow from 1975 to 1997, playing 29 matches. S. Dargan participated in the Boys' Home International matches in 1990 (he played Leinster Youths in 1993), as did David Errity in 1986 and 1987. 

J. Hayes represented Leinster in 1980. 

P. McGilloway played Leinster Youths in 1989.

Person Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Betty Kelly 22 July 1997 7th   148 m
John Deacon 20 September 1997 13th   172 m
Ian Williams 01 March 1998 4th   162 m
Stephen Browne 9 May 1998 13th   171 m
Sean O'Sullivan 20 August 1998 7th   199 m
Larry Mahon 20 August 1998 7th   199 m
Michael Sexton 5 September 1998 13th   172 m
Collette O'Reilly 6 October 1998 10th   129 m
Padraig Cullen 7 October 1998 4th   162 m
Chris Kinsella 14 October 1998 10th   146 m
Chris Kinsella 14 October 1998 10th   146 m
Dick Clery 13 February 1999 13th   172 m
Liam Ryan 12 June 1999 4th   161 m
Tom Stapleton 26 June 1999 10th   146 m
Gerry Burke 26 June 1999 10th   146 m
Hugh Daly 01 July 1999 13th   172 m
Mona McConn 7 September 1999 7th   148 m
M. Kelly 01 August 2000 4th   167 m
P. Burke 7 July 2002 13th   172 m
P. O'Farrell 11 January 2003 13th   171 m

Card of the Course
Card of the Course (metres)
Hole No Blue White Par Index Red Par Index
1 290 266 4 18 248 4 17
2 398 391 4 2 379 5 13
3 348 331 4 6 279 4 9
4 157 151 3 16 135 3 15
5 341 324 4 12 307 4 15
6 299 287 4 14 281 4 7
7 201 194 3 10 185 3 11
8 394 372 4 4 358 4 5
9 464 460 5 8 441 5 1
Out 2,892 2,776 35   2,613 36  
10 151 146 3 15 142 3 12
11 520 505 5 9 414 5 6
12 376 369 4 1 360 5 16
13 178 171 3 13 156 3 14
14 339 321 4 7 320 4 2
15 455 430 5 17 385 5 10
16 369 362 4 3 324 4 4
17 378 360 4 11 290 4 18
18 402 377 4 5 314 4 8
In 3,168 3,041 36   2,613 37  
Total 6,060 5,817 71   5,318 73  
SSS 71 70     75    

Roll of Honour
Mrs. P. Smyth 1990 Ladies Captain
Mrs. M. Fitzgerald 1991 Ladies Captain
Mrs. C. Otridge 1992 Ladies Captain
Mrs. C. Moynihan 1993 Ladies Captain
Mrs. P. Ward 1994 Ladies Captain
Mrs. M. Nally 1995 Ladies Captain
Mrs A. Murray 1996 Ladies Captain
Mrs E. Burbridge 1997 Ladies Captain
Mrs. S. Doyle 1998 Ladies Captain
Mrs. M. Magner 1999 Ladies Captain
Collette Cullen 2000 Ladies Captain
Veronica Rooney 2001 Ladies Captain
F. Walshe 2002 Ladies Captain
Carmel Cahill 2003 Ladies Captain
Dorothy Doyle 2004 Ladies Captain
Marie Egan 2005 Ladies Captain
Maeve McLoughlin 2006 Ladies Captain
Delphine Flynn  2007 Ladies Captain
C. Toal 1990 Men's Captain
Padraig Cullen 1991 Men's Captain
Donal Sands 1992 Men's Captain
Flor Butler 1993 Men's Captain
T. McAuley 1994 Men's Captain
Frank Egan 1995 Men's Captain
Tom Dixon 1996 Men's Captain
E. W. Kennedy 1997 Men's Captain
K. N. Murdock 1998 Men's Captain
Pat Burke 1999 Men's Captain
Denis Leahy 2000 Men's Captain
Eamonn Doyle 2001 Men's Captain
Pat Griffin 2002 Men's Captain
Paul Harmey 2003 Men's Captain
Tony Hatton 2004 Men's Captain
Andy Brennan 2005 Men's Captain
Henry O'Neill 2006 Men's Captain
John Mills 2007 Men's Captain
Sean O'Ceallachain 1990 President
Bernard Dempsey 1991 President
Bernard Dempsey 1992 President
Fintan Buckley 1993 President
Fintan Buckley 1994 President
Martin Begley 1995 President
Martin Begley 1996 President
Matt Fagan 1997 President
Matt Fagan 1998 President
Jim Cullen 1999 President
Jim Cullen 2000 President
T. Nally 2001 President
T. Nally 2002 President
Tom Nally 2003 President
Bernard Hurley 2004 President
Bernard Hurley 2005 President
William J. Kingston 2006 President
William J. Kingston 2007 President
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