Swinford Golf Club

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Course Facts:
Address Brabazon Park Secretary/Manager: Ronan Monaghan
Swinford Captain: Jim O'Donnell
Co. Mayo Lady Captain: Catherine Loftus
Telephone: 094-9251378 President: Anne Farren-King
Public No: 094-9252316 Vice-Captain: James O'Donnell & Margaret McNicholas
Fax: 094-9251378 Hon. Secretary: Ronan Monaghan, Niall O'Neill & Valerie Clarke
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Website: www.swinfordgolf.com Hon. Treasurer: Charlie Quinn, Matt Duggan & Carmel Timoney
Founded: 1910 Designed by:  
Open for membership. Societies are welcome and group rates are available.
Membership: 242 Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Green Fees Midweek: €20 Clubhouse opening hours: All day
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €20 Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Green Fees With a Member: €20 Dress Code: Neat and casual
Green Fees For Opens: €10 Catering: Full catering facilities by prior arrangement
Practice Area: Yes Days to Avoid: Sunday
Club Hire: No Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days
Buggy Hire: No Pre-booking for open tournaments: None
Soft spikes: No    



Course Description

Swinford Golf Club is a delightful mature parkland course in a beautiful setting. With mature trees coming into play requiring accuracy off the tee before playing to well protected greens. A stream comes into play on the 3rd 5th and 6th the course is always kept in the best of condition and the hospitality and friendliness of the members has to be experienced to be believed. Founded in 1922, measuring 5502 metres Par-70 with a standard scratch of 68. The course record is a fine 65 shot by L. Halpin.

Open & Major Fixtures 2011
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Club History

Instituted 1910, affiliated 1922. The present course at Swinford was laid out by Major Benson of Rosses Point in 1930. There is some confusion as to when golf was first played at Swinford; 1917 would appear to be the likely date. In April 1919, land was leased from the nuns in the Convent of Mercy, in an area known as Brabazon Park, was leased as a public park.

The 50th Anniversary brochure of the club records "The newly arrived nuns were astonished at the sight of reputable citizens, hitting a little white ball round the park" During the troubles, the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders, who were billeted in Swinford, took their time off on the golf course and the local IRA retaliated by ploughing up the greens. The club affiliated to the GUI in 1922, and the first recorded officers were Captain, C. A. Bowles, and the Hon. Secretary was Paddy McManus.
Members Achievements

Swinford Golf Club were runner-ups the Connacht Shield when they lost to Ballinasloe Golf Club by 6 matches to 4 matches on Saturday 7th October 2006.The first leg was played at Swinford Golf Club on Sunday 1st October with Swinford taking advantage of their local knowledge to record a 3 and 2 win over the visitors.

First up were Brian Conneely with Tony Broderick against Eamon Byrne with Brian Reynolds when the Mayo men won their match on the 19th. They were followed by Declan Murphy with Declan Flannery who lost out to Tomas and Sean Geraghty by 2 and 1. Next up were Brendan Naughton with Ollie Colgan against Charlie and Cathal Quinn again the match went to the men from Swinford by 3 and 2. Dermot Dunican with Frank Donohue beat Michael Rooney with Niall O’Neill by 2-holes, the final match saw Enda Finn with Mark Conneely beat Declan Loftus with John Kelly by 4 and 3.

The Second Leg was played at Ballinasloe Golf Club on Sunday 7th October where Ollie Colgan now partnered with P. Whelehan lost out to Eamon Byrne with Brian Reynolds by a single hole. They were followed by Brendan Naughton with Mark Conneely had a convincing 4 and 3 win over Charlie and Cathal Quinn. Next up were Dermot Dunican with Frank Donohue who trashed Tomas and Sean Geraghty by 8 and 7. The penultimate match of Tony Broderick with Brian Conneely had a comfortable 5 and 4 win over John Kelly with D. Ronayne. The final match of Declan Murphy with Declan Flannery against Declan Loftus with D. Fadden ended with a 2 and 1 win for the Galway men.

E. Connor won the Connacht Veterans Open Championship at Oughterard Golf Club on 13th September 2006, when he returned rounds of 78 and 75 to beat B. Eriksson (Hassleholms G. C.) on a count-back, with Greystones Eddie Condren a shot further back on 154.

2004 Lady Captain Julie Loftus (16) and her Captain's Prize Winner Patricia Lavin (17) were qualifiers with 36 pts. in the Volkswagen-Irish Independent Lady Captain's Classic at Co. Sligo Golf Club in August 2004 they qualified for the National Finals at Hermitage on 4th October.

Swinford Golf Club won the County Cup at Ballina Golf Club on 12th September 2002 when the team was John Kelly, Matt Duggan, John Rooney, Darren Fadden, Michael Rooney, Enda Gurren, Brian Reynolds, Eamonn Byrne, Niall O’Neill, Ivan Maloney and they were captained by Tom Regan.  The team were 18 shots clear of Ballinrobe the runners up.

Swinford Golf Club, were Connaught Shield Finalists in 1995, when the team was, Eamonn Byrne, Kevin Grealy, John Condon. Tom Regan, Cathal Quinn, Willie Kavanagh, Tony Spain, Padraic Buckley, John Forkan, Niall O'Neill, John Kelly, Charlie Quinn and Ted Lawless. They were captained by Donal Benson and managed by Owen Roe O'Neill.

They won the G.U.I. Connaught Aer Lingus Club Youths in 1983.

The Kenny Cup in 1982.

Swinford won the Connaught Irish-Schools Championship in 1980 and 1979 and the Connaught Smurfit Juvenile Girls Golf in the same years.

Aidan Benson played Connaught Youths' in 1981.

Niamh O'Neill played for the Irish Girls' in 1979.

Joseph Gallagher won the Co. Mayo Junior Cup tournament at Westport Golf Club in September 2001.


Card of the Course
Card of the Course (metres)
Hole No White Par Index Red Par Index
1 271 4 17 197 4 17
2 358 4 1 307 4 1
3 344 4 6 394 4 3
4 159 3 10 131 3 9
5 477 5 14 359 5 5
6 342 4 3 241 4 11
7 309 4 12 237 4 15
8 184 3 5 101 3 13
9 314 4 8 241 4 7
Out 2,728 35   2,108 35  
10 217 4 18 197 4 18
11 358 4 2 307 4 2
12 344 4 7 307 4 4
13 159 3 11 131 3 10
14 447 5 15 359 5 6
15 342 4 4 241 4 14
16 309 4 13 237 4 16
17 137 3 16 130 3 8
18 314 4 9 241 4 12
In 2,517 35   2,137 35  
Total 5,245 70   4,245 70  
SSS 68     69    

Roll of Honour
Sadie Durkan 1989 Ladies Captain
Mary Gallagher 1990 Ladies Captain
Anne King 1991 Ladies Captain
Anne Darcy 1992 Ladies Captain
Josie Prendergast 1993 Ladies Captain
Anne Prendergast 1994 Ladies Captain
Kathleen Lambe 1995 Ladies Captain
Brenda Coyne 1996 Ladies Captain
Margaret Killalea 1997 Ladies Captain
Eilish Gallagher 1998 Ladies Captain
Ellen Moran 1999 Ladies Captain
Annie McNeela 2000 Ladies Captain
Esther Munnelly 2001 Ladies Captain
Mary Doyle 2002 Ladies Captain
Breege Spain 2003 Ladies Captain
Julia Loftus 2004 Ladies Captain
Bernie Walsh 2005 Ladies Captain
Carmel Timoney 2006 Ladies Captain
Valerie Clarke 2007 Ladies Captain
Brenda Coyne 1989 Ladies President
Fidi O'Farrell 1990 Ladies President
Margaret Killalea 1991 Ladies President
Patrick O'Connor 1989 Men's Captain
Kevin Geraghty 1990 Men's Captain
Greg Foley 1991 Men's Captain
Mick Doyle 1992 Men's Captain
Tony Spain 1993 Men's Captain
Padraig Gannon 1994 Men's Captain
Andy Chapman 1995 Men's Captain
Michael Walsh 1996 Men's Captain
John Kelly 1997 Men's Captain
Vincent Timoney 1998 Men's Captain
Martin McNeela 1999 Men's Captain
Jimmy Biesty 2000 Men's Captain
Matt Duggan 2001 Men's Captain
Tom Regan 2002 Men's Captain
Kevin Quinn 2003 Men's Captain
Martin Munnelly 2004 Men's Captain
Gerry Ronayne 2005 Men's Captain
Niall O'Neill 2006 Men's Captain
John Sheahan 2007 Men's Captain
Paddy Dyer 1989 President
T. O'Connor 1990 President
Paudge Grealy 1991 President
Donal Benson 1992 President
Aine Ruane 1993 President
Seamus Banks 1994 President
Nancy Holmes 1995 President
Owen O'Neill 1996 President
Mary Mannion 1997 President
Michael Ronayne 1998 President
Mary Horkan 1999 President
John Casserly 2000 President
Marie O'Neill 2001 President
Eamon Ring 2002 President
Mai Quinn 2003 President
Martin McNeela 2004 President
Anne Prendergast 2005 President
Tony Spain 2006 President
Anne King 2007 President
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