Tuam Golf Club

Address Barnacurragh
Co. Galway
Telephone: 093-28993
Public No: 093-28993
Fax: 093-26003
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Website: www.tuamgolfclub.com
Founded: 1904
Membership: 729
Green Fees Midweek: €30
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €30
Green Fees With a Member: €20
Green Fees For Opens: €15
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: Yes
Soft spikes: No
Secretary/Manager: Mary Burns
Captain: P. J. Murphy
Lady Captain: Elizabeth Meagher
President: Pat Quinn
Vice-Captain: Michael O'Gara & Agnes Curley
Hon. Secretary: John Davin & Mary Devin
Club Pro: Larry Smyth 093-24091 (086-8143050)
Hon. Treasurer: Brian Flesk & Maureen Donnelly
Designed by: Eddie Hackett
Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Clubhouse opening hours: 9.00am to Midnight
Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering facilities
Days to Avoid: Weekends
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days
Pre-booking for open tournaments: 14 Days in advance

Course Description

Tuam Golf Club was founded in 1907 and is a mature parkland course. Redesigned by the late Eddie Hackett measuring 6,054 metres Par 72 with a standard scratch of 71 off the back tees. The course record is 66 shot by local player Thomas Nieland playing off 3 on 27th August in the Millennium which included a hole-in-one at the 133 metres 8th. The fairways are tree lined and the greens are well protected by cleverly positioned bunkers.Tuam has recently completed its fine new clubhouse where the visitors are always extended a warm West of Ireland welcome and a memorable game of golf. Societies are welcome and group rates are available.

Open & Major Fixtures 2011
See Event Calendar here.

Club History

Instituted 1904 affiliated 1907. Tuam is first mentioned in the "Golf Annual" 1906-7 which gives an institution date as October, 1904, with a membership of 60. The "Golfers Guide" 1910 recorded a new clubhouse under construction. It was a nine-hole course located at Cloonascragh, which was the clubs home until 1937. In 1938, the club moved to Mayfield. Then in 1975 the club moved again to Barnacurragh where a nine-hole course was laid out. In 1978, the present eighteen-hole course, as we know it to-day, was laid out.

James McDonnell and Harry Concannon, who went on holidays together to Harrogate in 1903, brought clubs and balls back with them and introduced the game to the town. James McDonnell gave the use of his lands at Cloonascragh Hill free. "The Irish Field", on the 26th November, 1904, reports "The Tuam Golf Club is now fairly launched, the course has been carefully laid out, many influential people in the neighbourhood, too, are interesting themselves in the welfare of the club, amongst others Colonel Nolan, who is brother of Sebastian Nolan, the owner of Galway links and well known to the Irish Turf".


Members Achievements

Tuam Golf Club won the Connacht Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield in 2007, and they travelled to Shandon Park Golf Club to compete in the All-Ireland deciders on Friday 14th September.

They were drawn against Ulster Champions Scrabo Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final. First on the tee for Tuam was Tom McHugh with Darren O'Connor who lost out to Tim Bailie with Bill Fulton by 4 and 3. They were followed by Jarlath Crisham with Odran Monaghan who lost out to Richard Corry with David Graham by 3 and 2. They were followed by Sean Acton with Padraic Forde who lost by a single hole to Nigel Carson with Ross Henderson. The penultimate match of Tom Farrell with Brian Flesk was halved with Mark Johnston with David Thompson. The anchor match of Tom Gohery with Padraic King was also halved against Tom Mageean with Glen Thompson. Giving the Ulster Champions a 4 matches to 1 match passage to the All-Ireland Final against Muskerry Golf Club in the afternoon. Muskerry were to win their first Jimmy Bruen Shield with a 3 matches to 2 match victory.     

The Ladies of Tuam Golf Club won the Burren Cup in 2006, when the team was, Mary McDonagh, Noreen Rushe, Helen Keane, Eileen Finnegan, Sr. Agnes, Curley, Annette Dolan, Marian Coyle, Una Molloy, Marie Sheehan, Evelyn Ronayne, Breda Kilkenny, Angela Clancy, they were captained by Marian Mulryan.

The Seniors of Tuam Golf Club won the All-Ireland Jimmy Carroll Cup in 2005, when the team was, Austin Lydon, Jack Treacy, Jarlath McHugh, Tom Treacy, P. J. Melia, Joe O'Reilly, Pat Quinn, Jimmy Cleary, John Donnellan and they were captained by Jamsie Corbett.

Tuam Golf Club won the Arthur McDowell Trophy in 2005, when the team was, Jarlath McHugh, Jamsie Corbett, P. J. Melia, Jack Tracey, John Donnellan, Joe Rushe, Joe O'Reilly, Austin Lydon, Brian Flesk, Joe Waters, Jarlath Crisham, Tom Treacy, Tom Maher, Frank O'Neill, Jimmy Cleary, John Quirke, Pat Casey, Mick O'Gara and they were captained by Pat Quinn.  

The Ladies of Tuam Golf Club were Runners-Up in the Connacht Section of the BMW Irish Mixed at Claremorris Golf Club in July 2002. They lost out to Enniscrone, the team was D. Coyne and F. Lydon, M. Cullen and J. Cleary, S. Wynne and C. Mulryan, O. Donagh and P. Ryan and P. J. Melia and A. O'Neill.

Tuam Golf Club were Connacht Champions and All-Ireland Finalists in the Irish Junior Cup in 1998. The team was Damien Coyne, David Scully, Billy Cunniffe, John C. Davin, David Cleary, Michael McDonagh and Michael Cullen. They were, captained by Gay Hesskin.

They won the Connacht Pierce Purcell Shield in 1996, when the team was Tommy McCarthy, Martin O'Neill, John C. Davin, Fr. Fintan Monaghan, Joe Leufer Jnr. Seamus Tracey, Joe O'Reilly, Mick Barrett, P. J. Melia, Jack Tracy, Tommy Davin, Murt Coyne, Peter Quinn, Noel Higgins, Michael Casserly, Austin Lydon, Michael Cullen, Brendan Brady and Gerry King. They were captained by Joe Waters.

Tuam Golf Club Connaught Shield in 1996, when the team was Michael Mulryan, Paddy Coyne, Jimmy Cleary, Richard Canavan, John Bodkin, Billy Cunniffe, Vincent Cunniffe, Billy Winston, Jarlath Crisham, Ted Steed, they were managed by Danny McGrath.

They won it in 1995, when the team was Tommy Davin, John Bodkin, Peter Fahy, Tommy McCarthy, Seamus Tracey, Peter Finnerty, Frank O'Neill, Brendan P. O'Brien, P. J. Melia, Jarlath Crisham, Brendan Brady, Murt Coyne, Joe Waters, Austin Lydon, Gerry Fahy, Jack Treacy, Martin O'Neill and Michael Barrett.

They won it for the first time in 1979, when the team was Stephen Rowe, Jim Feele, John Farrell, Eamon Collins, Br. Mark Hogan, Joe Joyce, Eric Trainor, Paddy Langan, Bertie Gillard, Billy, Cunniffe and Jarlath Canavan. They were Captained by Tom Canavan and were All-Ireland Runners-Up.

Tuam Golf Club won the Connacht Championship in the Bulmers Jimmy Bruen in 1991, when the team was Paddy Coyne, Kieran Shields, Danny McGrath, Thomas Niland, Ollie McDonagh, Tom McHugh, Tom Canavan, Tom Gohery, Sean Quinn, John G. Davin, Michel McPhillips, Billy Cunniffe, James A. Davin, Richard Canavan, Austin Lydon, David Stapleton Jnr. Jimmy Cleary, Ronan Murphy, David Scully and Jack McElroy.

They won it in 1994, when the team was Jarlath Crisham, Danny McGrath, Paddy Coyne, Tom Farrell, Jimmy Cleary, John D. Davin, David Burke, Matt Melvin, John Donnellan, Vincent, Cunniffe, Brendan Cummins, Michael Cullen, P. J. Melia, Joe O'Reilly, Tom McHugh, Michael Lynch, Tommy McCarthy and they were managed by Tom Canavan.

They won it in 1988, when the team was Michael Lynch, Tom Gohery, Tommy Davin, John G. Davin, Tom Farrell, Tom Canavan, Matt Melvin, Noel Mannion, James A. Davin, Joe O'Reilly, David Burke, Austin Lydon, Bill Cunniffe, Richard Canavan and Bob McDonald.

They won it for the first time in1985, when the team was Tommy Davin, Tom Gohery, Sean Quinn, Tom Canavan, Matt Melvin, Jamsey Corbett, Austin Lydon, Noel Mannion, Ritchie Connolly, Michael McGrath and James A. Davin.

Tuam Golf Club won the Cecil Ewing Shield in 1995-1996, when the team was, Michael Niland, P. J. Kavanagh, Tadg McDonagh, John Quinn, Ciaran Herbert, Noel Connolly, John Mulryan, Padraig Fitzmaurice, Paddy Darcy, Jimmy Bane, Peter Ryan, Jarlath Keane, Eamon Hurst, Tom Joyce, Christy Tighe and Luke Tighe. They were captained by Jarlath McHugh.

They won the Cecil Ewing Trophy in 1983, when the team was Noel Loftus, Frank Glynn, Michael Mulryan, Billy Fahy, Jack Tracy, P. J. Melia, John O'Halloran, Ritchie Connolly, Gerry Fahy and Noel Mannion.

Tuam Golf Club won the County Trophy in 1999, when the team was Michael Niland, Paul Leufer, Mark Jennings, John Bodkin, Pat Casey, Christy Tighe, P. J. Burke, Peter Quinn, Ted Steed, David Burke Jnr. Martin Mulryan and Jimmy Davin. They were captained by Jarlath McHugh.

Tuam won the County Championship of the J. B. Carr Diamond Trophy in 2000.

They won the County Galway Trophy in 1933 when the team was M. Finucane, D. Denneghy, D. Cummins, Dr. J. Nohilly, P. Noone, P. Crean and J. P. Glynn.

Their first recorded win was in 1927 when they won the County Galway Cup, with G. Guy D. J., Dr. J. Nohilly, O. Browne, s. Hehir, F. F. Stafford, D. Denneghy, J. Lynch, J. Daly, D. Cummins, J. P. Glynn and H. B. Maher.

The Ladies of Tuam Golf Club won the ILGU Western District Connaught Trophy in1999, when the team was Annette O'Neill, Fiona Clinton, Marion Mulryan, Ann Gleeson, Pauline Ryan, Mary Nolan. They were, captained by Margaret Gilligan.

They won the ILGU Western District Intermediate Team Event in 1996, when the team was Fiona Clinton, Mary Davine, Maureen Donnelley, Margaret Gilligan, Rita Purcell, Mary Flynn, Jacqui McGrath and Susan McGann-O'Brien. They were, captained by Helen Colleran.


Person Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Michael McGrath 24 May 1995 6th   172 m
Michael Parsons 4 June 1995 8th   133 m
Gerry Fahy 2 June 1997 8th   131 m
Joe Rush 10 June 1997 16th   142 m
Brian Mahon 20 June 1997 6th   172 m
Thomas Maher 2 August 1997 6th   172 m
James Corbett 24 August 1997 12th   183 m
John Bodkin 16 August 1998 6th   172 m
Mary Nolan 25 May 1999 16th   117 m
Joan Tighe 26 September 1999 12th   125 m
Michael McPhillips 9 April 2000 6th   172 m
Frank O'Neill 12 May 2000 12th   172 m
Pat Casey 31 May 2000 8th   133 m
Thomas Niland 27 August 2000 8th   133 m
Michael McGrath 27 May 2001 12th   172 m
Pat Fahy 28 May 2001 12th   172 m
Hugh O'Neill 30 June 2001 8th   133 m
Mary Nolan 13 January 2002 8th   108 m
Carmel Niland 10 April 2002 8th   108 m
Ann O'Reilly 2 June 2002 16th   127 m
Michael McGrath 18 June 2002 12th   183 m
Ann O'Reilly 2 July 2002 16th   127 m
Betty Qualter 7 August 2002 12th   138 m
Turlough Cassidy 01 October 2002 12th   162 m
Deirdre Killeen 17 November 2002 8th   108 m
Kevin O'Dwyre 16 May 2003 8th     144 m
Pat Casey 15 June 2003 8th     131 m
Philip Brady 15 June 2003 8th     131 m
Brendan Molloy 22 June 2003 8th     133 m
Joe Waters 12 September 8th      131m
Marian Coyne 5 October 8th     108 m
Una Molloy 19 October 8th     108 m
Jarlath McHugh 2 November 16th     160 m
Seamus Treacy 16 November 8th     131 m
Mary Casey 4 December 6th     129 m
Michael Fahy 9 December 12th     162 m
Catherine Nestor 19 May 2004 11th     133 m
Richard Molloy 26 July 2004 7th     134 m
Marie Shehan 13 November 2005 5th     147 m


Card of the Course
Card of the Course (metres) 
Hole No Blue Green White Par Index Red Par Index
1 364 357 317 4 7 282 4 11
2 470 465 440 5 11 386 5 7
3 495 480 460 5 9 404 5 5
4 377 366 332 4 5 302 4 9
5 174 168 147 3 15 134q 3 15
6 388 363 349 4 3 285 4 3
7 134 129 125 3 17 108 3 17
8 354 351 342 4 1 292 4 1
9 338 320 320 4 13 279 4 13
Out 3,094 2,999 2,832 36   2,472 36  
10 348 339 331 4 16 277 4 16
11 186 181 174 3 8 133 3 11
12 469 462 390 5 14 407 5 2
13 313 309 306 4 12 295 4 4
14 339 325 318 4 4 299 4 8
15 151 144 117 3 6 117 3 12
16 378 368 357 4 2 263 4 14
17 311 305 299 4 10 267 4 6
18 488 453 447 5 18 377 5 10
In 2,983 2,886 2,739 36   2,435 36  
Total 6,077 5,885 5,571 72   4,907 72  
SSS 71 70 69     71    


Roll of Honour
Beatrice May 1989 Ladies Captain
Teresa Maher 1990 Ladies Captain
Bernie Keane 1991 Ladies Captain
Rita Purcell 1992 Ladies Captain
Fionnuala Clinton 1993 Ladies Captain
M. Gilligan 1994 Ladies Captain
Anita O'Neill 1995 Ladies Captain
Joan Tighe 1996 Ladies Captain
Fionnuala Walsh 1997 Ladies Captain
Ann Gleeson 1998 Ladies Captain
Josephine Cleary 1999 Ladies Captain
Ann Killilea 2000 Ladies Captain
Maureen Donnelly 2001 Ladies Captain
Mary Casey 2002 Ladies Captain
Susan McGann O'Brien 2003 Ladies Captain
Margaret McHugh 2004 Ladies Captain
M. McDonagh 2005 Ladies Captain
Mary Roach 2006 Ladies Captain
Eileen Finnegan 2007 Ladies Captain
Joe O'Reilly 1989 Men's Captain
Noel Higgins 1990 Men's Captain
John G. Davin 1991 Men's Captain
Tom Joyce 1992 Men's Captain
Padraic King 1993 Men's Captain
Michael McPhillips 1994 Men's Captain
Brian Flesk 1995 Men's Captain
Gerry Fahy 1996 Men's Captain
Ted Steed 1997 Men's Captain
B. P. O'Brien 1998 Men's Captain
Padraig Fitzmaurice 1999 Men's Captain
James Glynn 2000 Men's Captain
Tony Kelly 2001 Men's Captain
Danny McGrath 2002 Men's Captain
Frank Biggins 2003 Men's Captain
Kevin O'Dwyer 2004 Men's Captain
O. Curley 2005 Men's Captain
Michael Niland 2006 Men's Captain
Pat Casey 2007 Men's Captain
Paddy Langan 1989 President
Bob McDonald 1990 President
G. P. Heskin 1991 President
Eric Trainor 1992 President
Ed. Monaghan 1993 President
Sean Bourke 1994 President
Austin Lydon 1995 President
Austin Lydon 1996 President
Tommy Davin 1997 President
Tommy Davin 1998 President
Michael Moroney 2000 President
S. Fahy 2001 President
Frank Fahy 2002 President
Tom Maher 2003 President
Tom Maher 2004 President
Tom Maher 2005 President
Eamon Clarke 2006 President
Pat Quinn 2007 President


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