Castleblayney Golf Club

Course Facts:
Address Onomy Secretary/Manager: Gareth McMahon
Castleblayney Captain: Martin Malone
Co. Monaghan Lady Captain: Moira O'Brien
Telephone: 042-9749485 President: Andy Whelan
Public No: 042-9749485    
Fax: 042-9740451    
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Founded: 1982 Designed by: Bobby Brown
Open for membership. Societies are welcome and group rates are available.
Membership: 210 Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Green Fees Midweek: €40 Clubhouse opening hours:  
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €50 Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Green Fees With a Member: €35 Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Green Fees For Opens: €0 Catering: Full catering facilities in Hope Castle
Practice Area: Yes Days to Avoid: None
Club Hire: Yes Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Midweek & Weekends
Buggy Hire: Yes Pre-booking for open tournaments: 14 Days in advance
Soft spikes: Yes    


Course Description
Course Description:

The present Castleblayney Golf Club has been in existence since 1982, designed by Bobby Brown, past Secretary of the Irish PGA and resident Professional at Laytown & Bettystown. It is a pleasant if somewhat short 9-hole Parkland course on the shores of Muckno Lake. Measuring 5,382 yards with a Par 68 and a standard scratch of 66 with a course record of 66 shot by Adrian Kelly is a clear indicator that Castleblayney is not an easy course to post a score on.

Somewhat hilly with stunning views over Muckno Lake and the surrounding Monaghan countryside, leaves a lasting memory of playing one of the best kept secrets in this part of the country. The clubhouse has that special old-world atmosphere where the visitor is extended that very special welcome associated with this part of the country. The Club is at present developing a new 18-hole Course called Concra Wood which is being designed by both Christy O'Connor Snr. and Christy O'Connor Jnr.

Open & Major Fixtures 2011
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Club History
Club History

Instituted 1982 affiliated 1984Golf has been played at Castleblayney at least as far back as 1915, when The Irish Field reported on a match between Castleblayney and Carrickmacross. The Golfers Handbook, 1923, records a club with sixty members and the Secretary was Frank A. Orr, Fern Villa Castleblayney. It was then, as it is now, a nine-hole course. The GUI Yearbook listed the club from 1927 to 1950. It would appear the club became defunct between 1950 and 1956. The date given for the present club's foundation is 1982.

Members Achievements

Castleblayney Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield in 2006, when they beat Dungannon Golf Club by 3 and a half matches to 1 and a half matches at Ardglass Golf Club on 18th August.It was on to Enniscrone Golf Club for the National Finals, where they where drawn against Munster Champions Mitchelstown Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Friday 15th September.

First on the tee Eamon Tavey and Kevin Quinn against Clem Leonard and David O’Connor whom recorded a comfortable 3 and 2 win over the men from Cork. Next up were Eugene McGuigan with Frank McDonnell against Dave Cahill and Noel Finn who recorded a 2-hole victory. They where followed by Joe Quinn and Alan Bolger who had a comfortable 3 and 2 win over Jerry O’Riordan and Vinny Ryan, to ensure their passage to the All-Ireland Final. Eugene Hughes and Raymond McHugh halved their match with John Finn and Michael Hennessy. The final match was also halved with Declan McAteer and Mick Fee against Kieran Casey and Stephen Slattery.

The way was now open for the Monaghan Club to win back-to-back Green Pennants having clinched the All-Ireland Pierce Purcell Shield at Rosslare Golf Club the previous year.

However it was not to be for the Ulster Champions, although they got off to a dream start with Eamon Tavey and Kevin Quinn crushing the Rosslare pair of Liam Brett and Eoin McCarthy by 6 and 5. They were followed by Alan Bolger and Joe Quinn who went down by 1-hole to James Doyle and Michael O’Connor. Next on the tee was Raymond McHugh and Eugene Hughes who lost out to Jonathan Stewart and Ian Lynch by 2 and 1. The next match went up the 19th where Frank McDonnell and Eugene McGuigan got the better of Tiarnan Rossiter. The final match with everything hinging on it was between Mick Fee and Declan McAteer pitched against Ken Maher and Tom Kennedy, went down to the last hole with the Leinster Champions clinching victory with a 3 matches to 2 matches result.

Castleblayney Golf Club made history at Rosslare Golf Club on Friday 16th of September 2005 when they won their first All-Ireland pennant when clinching the Pierce Purcell Shield. Having beaten Leinster Champions Black Bush on the Thursday morning in a nerve racking match by 3 matches to 2 matches when the 2nd match went all the way to the 20-hole.

Eamon Tavey and Paddy King were drawn against Liam McKay and Tony Cotter in the first match when they lost by the slimmest of margins on the 18th. They were followed by Michael Fee and Martin Rafter drawn against Daire Foran and Pat Kelly, this crunch match went all the way to the 20th hole before they put the fist point on the board for 'Blayney. In the 3rd match Noel Flanagan and Martin Moore came up against Pat Connolly and Seamus Morrison when they lost 2 and 1. Things were not looking too good for 'Blayney at this stage being 2 down in the top 3 matches. However Joe Quinn and Brian Coleman were having the better of it in their match against Tom Finn and Terry Moore and their match finished on the 15th with a 4 and 3 victory. It was all down to Eamon Toal and Francis Murphy in the final match against John Donnelly and Kieran Dunne when they finished their match on the 18th for a 1-hole victory.

So Castleblayney Golf Club were through to their first All-Ireland Final since the club was founded in 1982. They were to meet the Munster Champions Castletroy Golf Club the following day when Eamon Tavey and Paddy King were sent out first again against Martin Lucey and Kieran Tracey, followed by Michael Fee and Martin Rafter against Brian Hanrahan and Tony Frawley. The 3rd match was Noel Flanagan and Martin Moore against Kieran Punch and Pat McNamara again Joe Quinn and Brian Coleman were sent out 4th against Tom Guinan and Tony Delaney. Eamon Toal and Francis Murphy played the anchor match against Tom Coffey and Michael Tracey.

They all played superbly under the team captain Brian Coleman but nobody more so than Noel Flanagan who received a special merit award, given to the player who the media deem epitomises the spirit of the Cups & Shields. He received it for the use of the putter from 40 yards off the green to clinch the decisive point on the 18th hole.

Other members of this historic team were, P. J. Heart, Charles Callan, Tom McHugh, Brendan Lambe, Martin McGinn, Martin Carville, Adrian Kelly and Michael Marray.

Castleblayney Golf Club won the Ulster Cup in 1991, when the team was Eamonn Tavey, Tom Hpton, Michael McHugh, Gerry McMahon, Gerry Tracy, Martin Denny Snr., Aidan McNally, Eamonn Towal and Joe Quinn, they were captained by P. J. Harte. They won it prior to that in 1989 .

Eileen Kerr and Maura Moore qualified for the National Finals of Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ladies Golf Challenge at Druid Glen Club on 21st August 2001.

Castleblayney won the Alliance Shield in 2000 and Junior Cowdy Cup, in 1999.

Person Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Tom McHugh   2nd   188 yd's
Peter McCahey   16th   133 yd's
Eileen Cumiskey   2nd   182 yd's
Briege Hogan   7th   128 yd's
Gabriel Moore   7th   133 yd's
Michael Fee   2nd   188 yd's
Raymond Kernan   7th   133 yd's
Tom McHugh   7th   133 yd's

Card of the Course
Card of the Course (yards)
Name Hole No White Par Index Red Par Index
Twin Pines 1 331 4 6 327 4 3
Sequoia 2 188 3 10 182 3 7
The Castle 3 313 4 12 223 4 15
Gussies 4 376 4 4 370 5 13
Dr Roches 5 315 4 14 299 4 5
Larry's Hole 6 388 4 2 369 5 11
Top of the Hill 7 133 3 18 128 3 17
The Ring Fort 8 316 4 16 315 4 9
The Pagoda 9 304 4 8 291 4 1
  Out 2,664 34   2,504 36  
Na Giúis Lochlannaigh 10 370 4 5 364 5 14
An tAdhmaid Andúchasacha 11 171 3 11 163 3 16
An Caisleán 12 341 4 7 296 4 2
Águstas 13 376 4 3 266 4 10
An Dochtúir de Róiste 14 315 4 13 295 4 6
Poll Lorcáin 15 388 4 1 367 5 12
Barr an Cnoc 16 133 3 17 128 3 18
An Dúnfort 17 316 4 15 315 4 8
An Pagóda 18 308 4 9 291 4 4
  In 2,718 34   2,485 36  
  Total 5,382 68   4,999 72  
  SSS 66     71    

Roll of Honour
Maura Moore 1989 Ladies Captain
Helen Cole 1990 Ladies Captain
Mary Heavin 1991 Ladies Captain
Bridget McManus 1992 Ladies Captain
Bridget Coogan 1993 Ladies Captain
Claire Meegan 1994 Ladies Captain
Briege Horgan 1995 Ladies Captain
Briege O'Reilly 1996 Ladies Captain
Sheila Brennan 1997 Ladies Captain
Phil Sherry 1998 Ladies Captain
Cait Quinn 1999 Ladies Captain
Teresa Murphy 2000 Ladies Captain
Catherine Conway 2001 Ladies Captain
Yvonne Duffy 2002 Ladies Captain
Eileen Cumiskey 2003 Ladies Captain
Josephine McCahey 2004 Ladies Captain
Alice Duffy 2005 Ladies Captain
Marie Leonard 2006 Ladies Captain
Janet Keenan 2007 Ladies Captain
P. J. Harte 1989 Men's Captain
Raymond McCooey 1990 Men's Captain
Fr. Larry Duffy 1991 Men's Captain
Leo McArdle 1992 Men's Captain
Tom Upton 1993 Men's Captain
Brian Sherry 1994 Men's Captain
Des McGlynn 1995 Men's Captain
Paul Shortt 1996 Men's Captain
Declan McAteer 1997 Men's Captain
Vincent Heavin 1998 Men's Captain
Joe Quinn 1999 Men's Captain
Michael Fee 2000 Men's Captain
Sean Donnelly 2001 Men's Captain
Finbar Brohan 2002 Men's Captain
Raymond McHugh 2003 Men's Captain
Adrian Kelly 2004 Men's Captain
Frank McDonnell 2005 Men's Captain
Adrian Sewell 2006 Men's Captain
Andy Whelan 2007 Men's Captain
James Coleman 1989 President
James Coleman 1990 President
Macartan McCormack 1991 President
Macartan McCormack 1992 President
Dermot Coogan 1993 President
Joe Sheridan 1994 President
Joe Sheridan 1995 President
Martin Denny 1996 President
Martin Denny 1997 President
P. J. Harte 1998 President
P. J. Harte 1999 President
Michael McHugh 2000 President
Michael McHugh 2001 President
Des McKenna 2002 President
Des McKenna 2003 President
Des McKenna 2004 President
Vincent Heavin 2005 President
Raymond McCooey 2006 President
Vincent Heavin 2007 President
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