Portumna Golf Club

Address Woodford Road
Co. Galway
Telephone: 090-9741059
Public No: 090-9741059
Fax: 090-9741798
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Website: www.portumnagolfclub.ie
Founded: 1913
Membership: 717
Green Fees Midweek: €30
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €35
Green Fees With a Member: €30/35
Green Fees For Opens: €15
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: Yes
Soft spikes: Yes
Secretary/Manager: Judith Barry or Michael Ryan
Captain: Joe Austin
Lady Captain: Riona Holohan
President: Eamon Nihill
Vice-Captain: Kevin Donnellan & Carmel Cunningham
Hon. Secretary: Leslie O'Meara & Brigid Broderick
Club Pro: Shop 090-9741059
Hon. Treasurer: Sean O'Dwyer & Mary Conwell
Designed by: Eddie Connaughton
Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Clubhouse opening hours: 9.00am to 10.00pm
Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering facilities
Days to Avoid: Sundays
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days
Pre-booking for open tournaments: 14 Days in advance

Course Description
Portumna continues to improve this fine parkland course set in Portumna Forest Park. It has recently extended from a par-68 to a Championship Golf Course measuring 6,225 metres par-72 with a standard scratch of 71 off the white tees, under the watchful eye of Eddie Connaughton.Situated close to the lovely Lough Derg on the River Shannon, approximately 50 miles from Galway City. Portumna Golf Club is set in undulating terrain adorned with mature and graceful trees, creating a very enjoyable course for players of all abilities. Local deer can regularly be seen grazing beside this beautiful parkland course. The 160 metres 18th played to an elevated green is a fine finishing hole. Portumna Golf Club opened an additional two new holes in May 2002, bringing the total to 21-holes. The fine clubhouse offers the finest catering facilities and the warmest of welcomes to be found anywhere in the West of Ireland.

Open & Major Fixtures 2011
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Club History

Instituted 1913 affiliated 1926. There is some confusion as to the foundation date of the club at Portumna, with some claiming it was in 1907 that golf was first played here. The "Irish Golfers Blue Book" 1939 gives its institution date as 1912 and tells us the old course was abandoned in 1934 and the Earl of Harewood then let a portion of his demesne for a new course which opened in 1935.Lionel Hewson wrote in his magazine "Irish Golf" 1948 "Portumna has always interested me, if only that my efforts may have improved the course". He goes on to tell us that the course had "escaped being tilled during the second world war" following his intercession with Lord Harewood. The GUI lists the affiliation date as 1926


Members Achievements

Portumna Golf Club won the Senior Inter-Club Provincial Final on Saturday 26th August 2006 when they bear Claremorris Golf Club by 6 matches to 4 matches in the final.

The first leg was played at the Mayo club on Saturday 19th August. First on the tee was Don Hogan with Christy O’Rourke who beat Tom Higgins with Ollie Killeen by 2 and 1. They were followed by Frank Kilkenny with Joe Austin who had a 3 and 2 win over Gerry Kilkenny with Seamus Gallagher. Next up were Joe Slattery with Brendan Dixon who lost to Des Griffin with John Donnellan by 3 and 2. The penultimate match between Francis McClearn and Frank Forde against Tom Ansboro with Dave Kearney went all the way to the 21st-hole before the point went to the Mayo Club. The final match of J. J. McLoughlin with Sean McDonagh against Kevin McCarthy with Brendan Kelly was decided by a single-hole with the point going to the home team.

The second leg was played at Portumna Golf Club the following Saturday, the home team were a match down going into the decider but local knowledge proved invaluable. First up were Frank Kilkenny with Joe Austin who beat Tom Ansboro with Dave Kearney by 4 and 2. They were followed by Dan Hogan with Christy O’Rourke against Des Griffith with John Donnellan, the Mayo pair won this won by 3 and 2. Next up were Joe Slattery with Brendan Dixon against Tom Higgins with Ollie Killeen, this match went all the way to the 21st-hole before the home team could secure the badly needed point. The penultimate match saw J. J. McLoughlin with Sean McDonagh beat Seamus Gallagher with Gerry Kilkenny by 6 and 5. The final match saw Frank McClearn with Frank Forde clinch the title when they beat Brendan Kelly with Kevin McCarthy by 4 and 3.

Portumna Golf Club won the Connacht Final of the Irish Junior Cup when they qualified at Ballina Golf Club on 1st August 2006, where they tied with Castlebar Golf Club on 144.5.

It was on to Balbriggan Golf Club in North Dublin on 29th August, where they were drawn against Ulster Champions Fortwilliam Golf Club in the Semi-Final.

First on the tee were Tristan O’Rourke with Peter Dillon, against Conor McLarnon with Mark Fitzgerald, they lost their match by 5-holes, they were followed by Paul Carty with Shane Ryan against Eoin McComb with Chris Crangle who win their match by 3-holes, yet it was not enough to see them through to the afternoon final.

Portumna Golf Club won the Connacht Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield, under their manager Gerry Ryan. This was their sixth consecutive attempt to capture that elusive All-Ireland pennant having won the Connacht Finals in the  Purcell Shield in the Millennium, the Irish Junior Cup in 2001 and 2002, the Jimmy Bruen Shield in 2003 and 2004.

So it was now the turn of the 2005 Pierce Purcell team to try and achieve what no other team had done in the National Finals at Rosslare Golf Club on Thursday 15th September 2005. They were drawn against Munster Champions in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.

Frank Hynes and Ray Lawless were in the top match against Martin Lucy and Kieran Tracey when they gained first blood with a 2 and 1 win. They were followed by Eugene McEntee and Eamonn Hodgins against Brian Hanrahan and Tony Frawley whose match finished all square, at this stage things were looking good for Portumna. History was to repeat itself when the results of the other matches were recorded Joe Austin and Eamonn O’Grady lost to Kieran Punch and Pat McNamara, Peadar Ryan and Jim Clancy lost to Tom Guinan and Tony Delaney and Eamonn Kelly with Anthony White lost out to Tom Coffey and Michael Tracey. As the song goes “What’s another year” I have no doubt this team will be back again and I was glad to have had the pleasure of meeting with some of this team.

2005 Lady Captain Riona Holohan and her Captain’s Prize winner Mary Conwell qualified in the Volkswagen/Irish Independent Lady Captain’s Classic in this scotch foursomes format. It was off to the National Finals at The Heritage Golf Club on Monday 3rd October where they were paired with the Bearna pair of Mary Wyer and Catherine Kelly.

Portumna Golf Club won the Connacht Championship of the Jimmy Bruen Shield and where drawn against Ulster Champions Kilkeel Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Finals at Shannon Golf Club on 17th September 2004. They went down to the Ulster Champions by 4 matches to 1 match. The team on the day was Pat Quinlan with James Power, Joe Slattery with Dick Quinlivan, Matt Donohoe with Peadar Ryan, Michael McGivem with Sean Robinson and Leslie O'Meara with Francis McCleam.

Suzanne Corcoran was selected on the Connacht ILGU Team for the Interprovincial's. Played at Ballybunion Golf Club from 18th to 20th August 2004.

Portumna Golf Club won the Connacht Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield at Athenry Golf Club in 2003, when they beat Tubbercurry in the Final. They went on to the National Finals at Lisburn where they were drawn against Castle, the eventual All-Ireland winners. The team on the day was, Matt Donoghue with Pascal Moran, Michael Harney with Gene McEntee, Dan Hogan with Sean Robinson, Joe Slattery with Dick Quinlivin and Michael McGivern with Tommy Walsh

Portumna Golf Club continued their success in the Irish Junior Cup when they emerged victorious over Westport at Galway Golf Club in the Connacht Final. The team was Ger Lynch, John Harte, Pat Quinlan, Eamon Dervan, Matt Donoghue and Frank Kilkenny, they were captained by Francis McClearn. They were drawn against Killarney in the All-Ireland Semi-Final at Galway Golf Club on September 5th 2002. 

Portumna won the Connacht Final of the Irish Junior Cup at Roscommon Golf Club when they beat Galway by 3.5 matches to 1.5. They went on to play Ballyclare in the All-Ireland Semi-Final at Newlands Golf Club on 20th September 2001. The team was Pat Quinlan, Ger Lynch, Damien Burke, Niall Kilkenny and Matt Donoghue. They were Captained by Gerry Ryan.

Suzanne Corcoran was selected on the Connacht Ladies team for the AIB Interprovincial Championships at Mount Wolseley Golf Club from August 7-9 2002.

Suzanne Corcoran was selected on the Connacht Ladies Senior team in the AIB Interprovincial Championship at the Island Golf Club from 8th to the 10th August 2001.

Portumna won the Connacht Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield when they beat Galway. They went on to meet Roe Park in the All-Ireland semi-final at Lahinch on 21st September, 2000. The squad was Peter Gibbs, Brendan Carty, Kieran Hynes, Eugene McEntee, Aidan Mcintyre, Joe Austin, Sean Cahalan, Michael Carroll, Ciaran Ryan, Austin O'Dwyer, Kevin Donnellan, Ger McKenna and Adrian Hogan. The team Captain was Austin O'Dwyer. They went down to a very good Roe Park in the Semi-Final 2 to 3. The team on the day was Michael Carroll with Ciaran Ryan, Adrian Hogan with Eugene McEntee, Kevin Donnellan with Kieran Hayes, Brendan Carty with Peter Gibbs and Joe Austin with Sean Cahalan.

They also won the Cecil Ewing Shield in 2000 and 1997. They won the Connacht Club Youths in 1999, the Connacht Bulmers Jimmy Bruen Shield in 1998, the Connacht Irish Mixed Foursomes, Junior Foursomes and Junior Inter Club in 1997, the Central Towns Trophy in 1996 and 1987.

They won the Connacht Jack O'Sullivan Trophy in 1989, when the team was W. Clarke, J. Harte, G. Lynch, M. Lynch, M. Carty, J. Done, J. Kennedy, K. Donnelan, F. Hunes, S. Cahalan and J. Fox.

They won the Connacht Mixed Foursomes in 1979 when the team was S. Kenny, P. Cullinane, M. Lynch, J. Cregan, T. Shiel, T. Cregan, M. Garrett, Rev. P. J. Bracken, M. Carty, L. Goherty, M. Harney, W. Carty, T. Shields and S. O'Dwyer.

The Ladies of Portumna won the Ulster Bank All-Ireland Ladies Fourball in 1996 and 1997, when the team was Rose Curley, Ann McLoughlin, Claire Lynch, Kathleen Lynch, Carmel McLoughlin, Suzanne Corcoran, and they were captained by Ann Hynes.

They won the Connacht Shield in 1996 when the team was L. Carty C. Lynch, C. Donoghue, R. Curley, A. Hynes, H. Clarke, T. Shiel and D. Fahey, they were captained by E. Purcell.

They also won the E.B.S. Western District Connaught Shield Foursomes in 1997 and 1996 and Connaught Mixed Foursomes in 1997.

Lady Captain Joanna Burke (20), Captain, Eamonn Nihill (20) and President, Joe Slattery (7), booked their place in the final of the Mercedes Benz/Irish Independent Executive Golf Trophy at the K Club on August, 17th 2000, when they shot 81 points at Slieve Russell G. C. in the regional qualifier.

Suzanne Corcoran was selected to play for the Connacht Ladies in the Interprovincial's in 1999.

Person Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Richard Clarke 17 March 1998 16th   161 m


Card of the Course
Card of the Course (yards)
Hole No Blue White Yellow Par Index Red Par Index
1 406 396 386 4 3 386 5 14
2 179 166 156 3 15 116 3 16
3 405 393 378 4 1 391 5 4
4 366 356 346 4 5 300 4 6
5 189 177 162 3 9 150 3 12
6 511 503 469 5 11 415 5 8
7 386 375 360 4 7 257 4 18
8 453 443 433 5 17 434 5 2
9 340 340 306 4 13 288 4 10
Out 3,247 3,149 2,999 36   2,737 38  
10 188 178 158 3 8 146 3 13
11 370 360 350 4 12 293 4 3
12 433 423 413 5 16 385 5 7
13 354 335 323 4 10 269 4 15
14 358 345 335 4 4 309 4 1
15 380 350 320 4 18 274 4 17
16 330 308 300 4 6 274 4 9
17 500 488 474 5 2 385 5 5
18 181 164 153 3 14 128 3 11
In 3,094 2,951 2,826 36   2,452 36  
Total 6,341 6,100 5,826 72   5,189 74  
SSS 73 72 70     73    

Roll of Honour
Des Clarke 1989 Men's Captain
Vera Jamieson 1990 Ladies Captain
Annetta Naughton 1991 Ladies Captain
Teresa Dolan 1992 Ladies Captain
Maureen Dwyer 1993 Ladies Captain
Rose Curley 1994 Ladies Captain
Eileen Purcell 1995 Ladies Captain
Kathleen Slattery 1996 Ladies Captain
Marion Frawley 1997 Ladies Captain
Kathleen Lynch 1998 Ladies Captain
Una Connolly 1999 Ladies Captain
Joanna Burke 2000 Ladies Captain
Ann Carty 2001 Ladies Captain
Ann Hayes 2002 Ladies Captain
Bridget Broderick 2003 Ladies Captain
Judith Barry 2004 Ladies Captain
Mary Conwell 2005 Ladies Captain
Cathy Donoghue 2006 Ladies Captain
Anita Carey 2007 Ladies Captain
Maura Glynn 1991 Ladies President
Maura Glynn 1992 Ladies President
Eilish Taylor 1993 Ladies President
Kathleen Hughes 1994 Ladies President
Maureen Hynes 1996 Ladies President
Mary Jo Kelly 1997 Ladies President
Maureen Dwyer 1998 Ladies President
Rose Curley 1999 Ladies President
Eileen Purcell 2000 Ladies President
Mary Hynes 2001 Ladies President
Des Madden 1990 Men's Captain
John Harte 1991 Men's Captain
Alan Hoare 1992 Men's Captain
Frank Kilkenny 1993 Men's Captain
Francis McCleary 1994 Men's Captain
Michael Slattery 1995 Men's Captain
Joe Slattery 1996 Men's Captain
Gerry Ryan 1997 Men's Captain
P. J. Starr 1998 Men's Captain
Phelim O'Doherty 1999 Men's Captain
Eamon Nihill 2000 Men's Captain
John Holohan 2001 Men's Captain
Paddy Kelly 2002 Men's Captain
Gene Claffey 2003 Men's Captain
Dick Quinlivan 2004 Men's Captain
Sean Cahalan 2005 Men's Captain
Tony Coen 2006 Men's Captain
T. J. Egan 2007 Men's Captain
John Holohan 1989 President
Daithi Frawley 1990 President
Rev. P. J. Bracken 1991 President
Greg Hughes 1992 President
Des Madden 1993 President
Des Clarke 1994 President
John Taylor 1995 President
Gene Claffey 1996 President
Paddy Dermody 1997 President
Sean Cahalan 1998 President
Marie Lynch 1998 President
Colm Darcy 1999 President
Joe Slattery 2000 President
Willie O'Keeffe 2001 President
Dick Quinlivan 2002 President
Gerry Ryan 2003 President
Marian Frawley 2004 President
Phelim O'Doherty 2005 President
Frank Kilkenny 2006 President
Brigid Broderick 2007 President

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