Castlecomer Golf Club

Course Facts:
Address Drumgoole Secretary/Manager: Marnie Brennan
Castlecomer Captain: Eamonn Breen
Co. Kilkenny Lady Captain: Marjie Gannon
Telephone: 056-4441139 President: Brian Harrington
Public No:   Vice-Captain: Caroline Conway & Gerry Dunne
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Founded: 1935 Designed by: Pat Ruddy
Open for membership. Societies are welcome and group rates are available. (20+)
Membership: €742 Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Green Fees Midweek: €20 Clubhouse opening hours: 9.30am to 11.30pm
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €20 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: Sundays 
Club Hire: No Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days
Buggy Hire: Yes Pre-booking for open tournaments: 21 Days in advance
Soft spikes: No    


Course Description
Course Description:

Castlecomer Golf club has joined the ranks of rare golfing gems to be designed by Pat Ruddy. The course is crafted out of beautiful mature forest terrain providing not just wonderful golf but stunning views of the surrounding countryside as well. In 2006 Castlecomer was voted into the top 100 golf courses in Ireland which in itself is testimony to this prestigious layout.  Without doubt Castlecomer has arrived as a must play venue in the South East.”Castlecomer Golf Club is one of the "Best Kept Golfing secrets In The South East".

"Seldom does one come across a site so admirably positioned and suited to golf. Right along the main thoroughfares and yet protected from careless wanderers by the river Deen, the site lends itself to good golf. Gently undulating and well endowed with mature trees such as Oak, Sycamore, Maple, Lime, Horse Chestnut, Elm, Ash, Douglas Fir, Australian Pine, Beech and Copper Beech, the club is fortunate to have acquired such a site as the old lawns of the Wandersforde Estate". Pat Ruddy, internationally renowned golf course designer.

Castlecomer Golf Club is presently undergoing Major Development. With the club embarking on an exciting extension plan to 18-holes, which will truly compliment their wonderful current layout, very soon Castlecomer promises to challenge as one of the top golf course attractions in the country. The, development was completed by late 2002 and was carried out under the watchful eye of Pat Ruddy.

Open & Major Fixtures 2011
See Event Calendar here.

Club History
Club History

Founded 1935. There is some confusion as to where and when Castlecomer was first founded. The 1906-7 edition of The Golfing Annual give it as Castlecomer Golf Club, Hon. Secretary, T. Ferguson, Castlecomer Co. Wexford. There is no listing in the Irish Golfers Guide from 1910 to 1916. The GUI records an affiliation date of 4th September, 1906, but nothing more is heard of until 1933 when the present club was founded.

Members Achievements

2005 Lady Captain Kathleen Hogan (25) and her Captain's Prize winner Ann Kennelly (18) were leading qualifiers in the Volkswagen/Irish Independent Lady Captain's Classic at Waterford Golf Club on Thursday 22 nd September, when they returned a fine score of 40 points in this scotch foursomes format to lead by 1 point from the Tramore pairing of Mary Barry and Amanda O'Connor. It was off to the National Finals at The Heritage Golf Club on Monday 3 rd October where they were paired with the Tramore pair.Castlecomer Golf Club won the Heineken Midland Mixed Foursomes in 2003, when the team was, Kathleen Ryan, Jane Brennan, Mary Downey, David Bubby, Seamus Coogan, Joan Costigan, Patricia Doheny, Martin Holohan, Betty Owens, Anthony Cleere, Michael Boland, Ann Downey, Billy Walsh, they were managed by Seamus O'Connor and Annetta Coogan. 

Castlecomer Golf Club won the Heineken Midland Mixed Foursomes in 2002, when the team was, Maria Downey, Betty Byrne, Honoria Fogarty, Helen Murphy, Miriam Walsh, Betty Owens, Seamus Brennan, Martin Holohan, Victor Smith, J. D. Harding, Terry Brennan, Ann Downey, Michael Buggy, they were managed by Joan Brennan and Seamus O'Connor.

Castlecomer won their first Valerie Doyle Trophy at Carlow Golf Club in September 2001. They defeated Forty other clubs and returned a score of 109 points. The team was Mary Cuggy, Ann Kennelly and Kathleen Ryan.

Castlecomer win the FBD Barton Cup in 1997, when the team was, Martin O'Shea, Martin Rowe, Stuart Carter, Fergus Rothwell, Declan Barron, James Farrell, Pat Hurley, Kieran Hobban, Brian Harrington, Michael Dermody, John Farrell, Martin Brennan, Pat Byrne, Austin Kelly, Eamon Walsh and Michael Buggy, they were managed by Noel Brennan and Michael Curry.

They were County Champions in the J. B. Carr Diamond Trophy in 1997, when the team was, Paddy Curry, Donal McInerney, Seamus Farrell, Pascal Byrne, Tom Shelley, Ray O'Donnell, Chris Lynch, Tim O'Mahony, Michael Morrissey and Tom Rothwell.

They won the South Leinster Trophy in 1998, when the team was, Pat O'Brien, Eamon Breen, Ken Kennedy, Michael Doheny, Benny Cleere, Paul Dillon, Pat Fitzpatrick, Eamon Walsh, Seamus O'Connor, Tom Rothwell and Jason Brennan, they were managed by Donal McInerney and Michael Fogarty.

They won the South Leinster Trophy in 1987, when the team was, Paddy Curry, Michael J. Brennan, Kevin Mulhall, Martin Rowe, Martin Coogan, Owen Ryan, Noel Skehan, Eamon Kelly and Pat Morrissey, they were captained by Ollie Gleeson. 

They won the South Leinster Trophy in 1978, when the team was, Tom Rothwell, Martin Coogan, Michael Rowe, Richard McKenna, Brian Harrington, Richard Fogarty, Michael Fogarty, M. Nash, John Ryan, they were captained by Ray O'Donnell.

They won the Cullen Cup in 1987, when the team was, Paul Dillon, Jimmy Byrne, Eamon Boland, Ollie Maher, Seamus Coogan, Olivia McKenna, Benny White, Honoria Fogarty, Kathleen Ryan, Brigid Conney, Annetta Coogan, they were captained by Pat Morrissey.

They won the REHAB Inter Club Classic Leinster Shield in 1993, when the team was, Michael Morrissey, Seamus O'Connor, Seamus Farrell and Tim O'Mahoney.

The Ladies of Castlecomer Golf Club won the All-Ireland Huzzar Vodka Ladies Foursomes at Bundoran Golf Club in 1983, with Miriam Cunney and Ruth Cunney.

They won the Finn Trophy in 1993, when the team was, Betty Owens, Teresa Manning, Bridget Coney, Enid Abbott, Kathleen Ryan, Joan Brennan, Kay Mulhall and Nuala O'Donnell.

They won the Boyne Trophy in 1997, when the team was, Annetta Coogan, Kathleen Ryan, Margot Rowe, Enid Abbott, Treasa Quinn, Nancy Conway, Kathleen Holland, Nuala O'Donnell, Alice Rice, Betty Owens, Bridget Cooney, Breda Reilly and Helen Conway.

They won the Mail on Sunday in 1997, when the team was, Betty Byrne, Honoria Fogarty, Mary Hahessy, Kay Mulhall, Joan Brennan and Kathleen Ryan.

Ann Kennelly (22), Lady Captain 2000 and her Captain's prize winner Anne Downey (25), won the qualifiers in the Volkswagen-Irish Independent Lady Captains Classic at Tramore Golf Club  September 2000, with a score of 47pts. Anne is better known for her skills on the Camogie field, she and her twin sister Angela have 12 All-Ireland medals for Kilkenny. Remarkably, Angela won her Lady Captain's prize at Callan Golf Club in the Millennium year. The finals were played at Druid's Glen.

Miriam Cunney played for the Irish Girls in 1981

On the 22nd, August. 1998. Des Murphy, Club Captain, had a hole in one on the 15th using a 6 iron. One hour later, Michael Morrissey aced the same hole.

Person Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Michael Morrissey 28 July 1998 6th 6 Iron 140 m
Des Murphy 22 August 1998 15th 6 Iron 140 m
George Donoghue 6 June 1999 8th 8 iron 130 m
William Deverill 6 June 1999 17th 9 iron 130 m
Martin Fitzpatrick 24 July 1999 6th 8 iron 140 m
Barry Rice 31 July 1999 6th 8 iron 140 m
Dick Cass 22 August 2003 7th 7 iron 125 m
Honoria Fogarty 27 April 2005 7th   91 m
Noreen Kinsella 8 May 2005 17th   100 m
Kathleen Ryan 27 June 2006 7th   91 m
Maureen Norton 13 May 2007 3rd   150 m

Card of the Course
Card of the Course (metres)
Name Hole No Blue White Green Par Index Red Par Index
Sawney's 1 459 449 449 5 11 369 5 13
Drumgoole 2 343 343 332 4 9 277 4 7
The Birches 3 204 180 173 3 13 150 4 11
Van Diemens 4 446 376 368 4 1 307 4 2
Ruddy's 5 425 386 379 4 5 341 4 5
Spa Well 6 498 469 464 5 7 411 5 3
Abyssinia 7 125 125 117 3 17 91 3 16
Cloudmount 8 367 338 329 4 15 276 4 15
Millenium 9 437 396 331 4 3 390 5 6
  Out 3,304 3,062 2,942 36   2,612 37  
Windy Gap 10 495 488 458 5 6 420 5 1
Deer Park 11 327 327 317 4 10 307 4 4
An Droighead 12 277 277 267 4 8 245 4 10
Wandesfordes 13 297 297 274 4 16 274 4 17
The Convent 14 381 370 354 4 4 318 4 9
Silvery Deen 15 138 138 130 3 18 97 3 18
Alsinore 16 393 366 353 4 2 368 5 12
The Garrison 17 131 131 125 3 12 110 3 14
The Laundry 18 437 437 412 5 14 287 4 8
  In 2,876 2,831 2,690 36   2,426 36  
  Total 6,180 5,893 5,632 72   5,038 73  
  SSS 74 73 72     73    

Roll of Honour
Men's Captain
1989 Jimmy Byrne
1990 Austin Kelly
1991 Ollie Maher
1992 Dr. Paddy MacEneaney
1993 Seamus O'Connor
1994 Tom Shelley
1995 R. O'Donnell
1996 Brian Harrington
1997 Tommy O'Neill
1998 Des Murphy
1999 Austin Kelly
2000 Michael Doheny
2001 Martin Fitzpatrick
2002 Tony Carr
2003 Tom Rothwell
2004 Tom Rothwell
2005 Dick Cass
2006 Billy Welsh
2007 Pa O'Neill
2008 Paddy Curry
2009 Richard Boland
2010 Joe O'Donnell
2012 Noel Brennan
Lady Captain
1989 Annette Coogan
1990 Maidy Spain
1991 Mary Jo Doyle
1992 Mary Hahessey
1993 Honoria Fogarty
1994 Kay Mulhall
1995 Delia O'Donoghue
1996 Breda Reilly
1997 M. Brennan
1998 Emma Walsh
1999 Emer Foley
2000 Ann Kennelly
2001 Noreen Kinsella
2002 Maureen Norton
2003 Claire O'Connor
2004 Claire O'Connor
2005 Kathleen Hogan
2006 Breda Phelan
2007 Mary Brophy
2008 Nuala Mahon
2009 Marie Gannon
1989 Rev Mark Kirwan
1990 Rev. Mark Kirwan
1991 Rev. Mark Kirwan
1992 Rev. Mark Kirwan
1993 Rev. Mark Kirwan
1994 Michael Morrissey
1995 Tim O'Mahony
1996 Tim O'Mahony
1997 John Ryan
1998 John Ryan
1999 Sean Kennedy
2000 Sean Kennedy
2001 Michael Fogarty
2002 Michael Fogarty
2003 Michael Rowe
2004 Michael Rowe
2005 Ray O'Donnell
2006 Ray O'Donnell
2007 Seamus O'Connor
2008 Seamus O'Connor
2010 Betty Owens
2012 Tom Rothwell
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