Roscommon Golf Club

Address Mote Park
Co. Roscommon
Telephone: 090-6626382
Public No: 090-6626931
Fax: 090-6626043
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Founded: 1904
Membership: 564
Green Fees Midweek: €30
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €35
Green Fees With a Member: €30
Green Fees For Opens: €13
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: No
Buggy Hire: Yes
Soft spikes: Yes
Secretary/Manager: Marina Dolan
Captain: David Kearney
Lady Captain: Joan Hannon
President: Michael Connaughton
Vice-Captain: Brian Feeley & Mrs. Rosemary O'Brien
Hon. Secretary: Marina Dolan
Club Pro: Ms. Tresina Smith
Hon. Treasurer: Kevin Henry, Denis O'Brien, Mary Lalor
Designed by: Eddie Connaughton
Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Clubhouse opening hours: 10.00am to 11.30pm
Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering facilities
Days to Avoid: Sundays & Tuesdays (phone)
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days
Pre-booking for open tournaments: 14 Days in advance

Course Description
Golf has been played at Roscommon Golf Club’s Mote Park for over a hundred years. Set in spectacular parklands the 18-hole test winds its way through a terrain of views seldom broken by other than nature’s scenic refinery. Recently the course was extended to an 18-hole producing a Championship distance of 6,059, metres but also a seamless convergence of old and new. The Course is a formidable par 72. Features are par 3 thirteenth, with water almost tee to green and water also comes into play at the back of the multi-tiered 15th green. The index 1 is at 10 at 404 meters par 4 uphill all way with trees both sides of the fairway to catch errant shots 25 metres short of the green.

Roscommon Golf Club is a delightful golf experience in which the overall feeling of maturity reflects the long-standing tradition, rather than modernity, of Irelands Golfing parklands. The Clubhouse is designed for today’s golfers. Completed in 1996, it offers full bar and dining service with a capacity of 120 individuals and groups can be accommodated with equal ease. It should be noted at the time of writing that the franchise has recently been taken over by Michael Kenna who is providing exceptionally good meals and a more congenial and pleasant person you will go a long way to meet. He knows a bit about golf as well! Societies are welcome and group rates are available.

Open & Major Fixtures 2011
See Event Calendar here.

Club History
Club History

Roscommon Golf Club was founded by a group of eminent people from the locality in 1904 when they played on a tract of 30 acres owned by Clarkes on the Galway Road. The first subscriptions were ten shillings for "Gentlemen" and seven and sixpence for Ladies. In those early years Ladies and Men played in the same competitions.

"During 1924 the club decided to move to its present location when 72 acres were rented from Lord Crofton. One of the reasons for the move was because the clubhouse was burned to the ground on Easter Sunday of that year."In 1930 Ladies were allowed to vote equally with Men. However in 1941 the G.U.I. instructed the club that this practice was contrary to their rules and the constitution had to be amended accordingly. This situation remained until 1994 when the members agreed that the Ladies should be full members, have equal rights with the Men and full participation in the club’s affairs. Since then a parent committee looks after the administration and financial affairs and the "game of golf" is organised for the ladies and men by their respective clubs.

On the 17th May 1995 the clubhouse was completely destroyed by a fire but after a huge effort by the members a new clubhouse was officially opened on the 22nd September 1996. The same day also saw the official opening of the new nine holes to give Roscommon one of the finest parkland courses in the midlands. Over a five-year period these developments cost in excess of one million pounds, a large slice of which was raised by the members. All the neighbouring clubs and others throughout the country contributed generously to the fundraising and to them the members are eternally grateful


Members Achievements

The Ladies of Roscommon Golf Club won their Regional Final in the Suzuki Senior Cup and participated in the All-Ireland Quarter-Finals at Milltown Golf Club on Friday 31st August 2007; where they were drawn against Co. Louth Golf Club.

First on the tee was Mary Seymour who had a crushing defeat to Deirdre Smith by 7 and 6, she was followed by Sinead Benedetti who went all the way to the 21st against Maria Dunne before putting the first point on the board for Roscommon. Next up was Ann McCormack who lost out to Jenny Gannon on the 19th. The penultimate match saw Ruth Lennon lose out to Patricia Nannery by 4 and 2. So it was all down to the bottom match of Paula Quinn against Carla Reynolds, this match went all the way to the 23rd before the matches went to the ladies from Baltray with a 3 matches to 2 matches score-line.

Ken Kearney won the Munster Mid Amateur Open Championship at Limerick Golf Club on the 3rd September 2006. Ken returned a score of 138 to beat local man Ger Vaughan by a shot, with John Kavanagh from Castletroy Golf Club four shots back on 142 to take 3rd place.

Roscommon Ladies won the Western District Championship of the Suzuki All-Ireland Senior Cup in 2004; but were beaten by All-Ireland Champions Royal Portrush in the preliminary round at Athlone Golf Club on 3rd September. The team was Deirdre Walsh, Sinead Benedetti, Deirdre Judge, Mary Seymour, Paula Quinn, Ailbhe Farrell and Ann McCormack.

Ruth Lennon and Deirdre Walsh were selected on the Connacht ILGU Team for the Interprovincial's. Played at Ballybunion Golf Club from 18th to 20th August 2004.

Ken Kearney made his return to International Golf when he was selected for the Irish Team in the Home Internationals at Royal St. David's Golf Club Harlech, Wales, from September 11th-13th 2002.

Deirdre Judge and Ruth McGuigan were selected on the Connaught Ladies team for the AIB Interprovincial Championships at Mount Wolseley Golf Club from August 7-9 2002.

Ken Kearney won the East of Ireland Championship at Co. Louth for the second time in 2001. Ken set a new record of 283, with rounds of 72, 74, 65 and 72 for the event when he set it up with a new course record 65 on the Monday Mornings round.

Roscommon won the Connaught Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield, when they beat Athenry by 3 matches to 2 matches on their home course. The squad was Tom Grealy Jnr., Gerry Kelly, Kevin Henry, Shane McConn, Tommy Murphy, Noel Farrell, Fergal Kearney, Tommy Grehan, Charlie Farrell, Dave Kearney, Sergio Benedetti, and Mat Farrell. They were captained by Ken Kearney. They went to Newlands for the final but were narrowly beaten by Holywood Golf Club in the National Semi-Final.

The Ladies of Roscommon Golf Club won the Connaught Shield Team Foursomes in 2001 when they beat Castlebar Golf Club at Ballyhaunis. The team on the day was Ruth MacGuigan with Carmel O'Dowd, Sinead Benedetti with Mary O'Gara, Paula Miley with Catherine Mulryan, Anne Mulry with Paula Keane, Mary Seymour with Teresa Browne and they were, captained by June Holliday and Aileen McConn.

Deirdre Judge was selected on the Connaught Ladies team for the AIB Interprovincial's at the Island on the 8th to the 10th August 2001. The team was captained by Helen Sweeney.

Jackie Dempsey, Eddie Keane and Gerry Kelly won the Musgrave's Club Challenge National Final in the Algarve in October 2001.

C. Mulryan qualified for the National Final of the Irish Times-Mitsubishi Motors Women's Masters. She returned 31 points in the semi-final at Glasson Golf Hotel & Country Club on the 23rd of August 2001. Then it was on to Galway Bay Golf & country Club for the Final on 13th September. She was joined by club-mates B. Poland and P. Keane who both returned 29 points.

Tommy Grealy was elected President of The Golfing Union of Ireland in 1999 a position he filled with distinction.

Roscommon Golf Club won the All-Ireland Pierce Purcell Shield at Tramore G. C. in 1976. The team was John Gilmore with Phelim Henry, Brendan Flanagan with Luke Armstrong, Bill Finn with Denis O'Brien, Peter Casey with Vincent Costello, Tom McNally with Dessie Watts, John O'Shaughnessy with Jack McConway and John Quinn with Tony Robinson they were captained by Louis Finnerty.

Roscommon Golf Club won their first Connacht Final in 1970, when they captured the Bulmers Barton Shield against a fancied Athlone team at Galway Golf Club on the 4th July the historic team was Tom Rogers with Paddy McHale and Des Mahon and Gerry Kelly with Paddy Kearney in reserve and Tom Grealy as Captain. They went down to a star-studded Shandon Park at the National Finals at Royal Portrush.

Roscommon Golf Club won the Connacht Barton Shield in 1985 when the defeated Co. Sligo in the final on their home course. The team was, Kevin Henry with Ken Kearney and Phelim Henry with Philip Salter, Peter Mulry was the reserve.

Roscommon won their only Connacht Irish Senior Cup in 1983 and were beaten by Tralee Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final at Newcastle on 2nd October. The team was Tony Kearney, Phelim Henry, Kevin Henry, Philip Salter, Gerry Kelly, Joe Daly and Tom Grealy.

Roscommon Golf Club won the Connacht Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield in 1978 when they defeated Athenry at Enniscrone and qualified for the National Finals at Galway Golf Club on 22nd September. The team on the day was Paddy Kearney with Aidan O'Shea, J. T. Finn with Des Watts, Victor Costello with Tony Robinson, Paddy McHale with J. B. O'Shea and Peter Casey with Brian McGuinness, with Brendan Merriman, Bernard Kyne, Billy Finn, Frank Pettit, Vincent Kyne and Jack Halliday. They beat Royal Tara by 3 matches to 2 in the All-Ireland Semi-Final and went down to Portstewart by the same margin in the All-Ireland Final.

Roscommon Golf Club won the Connacht Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield in 1985 when they beat Strandhill at Westport Golf Club. The team on the day was Michael Cormican with John Carter, J. T. Finn with David Kearney, Michelle Henry with Noel O'Carroll, Louis O'Doherty with Tony Robinson, Brian McGuinness with John Martin, reserves Gerry Dolan, Jack Halliday and Gerry O'Dowd.

Roscommon Golf Club won the Connacht Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield in 1986 when they beat Ballymote by 4 matches to 1 match at Galway Golf Club. The team on the day was Louis O'Doherty with Terry Robinson, Robert Hession with Gerry Robinson, Paddy Kearney with Dermot O'Kelly, John Carter with Philip O'Grady, John Martin with Brendan Merriman and they were, captained by Kevin Henry.

Roscommon Golf Club won the Connacht Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield in 1983 when they beat Ballinrobe by 3½ matches to 1½ matches at Athlone Golf Club. The team on the day was Phelim Henry with Peter Mulry, Seamus Mulryan, with Michael Connaughton, Ken Kearney with Paraic Brennan, Tom Grealy with Paddy Kearney, Tony Kearney with Pat McHale the reserves were Philip Salter, John McGuigan, Vincent Costello and J. P. O'Kelly they were captained by Noel Farrell.

Roscommon Golf Club won the Connacht Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield in 1986 when they beat Athenry by 4 matches to 1 match at Galway Golf Club. They beat Donabate Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final and were narrowly beaten by Castletroy in the National Final. The team on the day was Paraic Brennan with Tommie Murphy, Michael Connaughton and Jimmy O'Kelly, Phelim Henry and David Kearney, Jim O'Brien and Noel Farrell, Terry O'Keeffe with Tom Maxwell, they were captained by Kevin Henry.

Roscommon Golf Club won the Kenny Cup in 1981 when the team was Ken Kearney, Brian Feeley and Peter Mulry they were captained by Tony Kearney.

The Ladies of Roscommon Golf Club won the ILGU Senior Cup Western District in 1999 when they beat Claremorris at Donegal Golf Club team was Paula Connaughton, Anne Marie Mulry, Sinead Benedetti, Deirdre Mahon, June Halliday, Ruth MacGuigan and they were, captained by June Halliday.

They won it in 1996 when they beat Athenry at Galway Golf Club the team was Ailbhe Farrell, June Halliday, Paula Mulry, Ruth MacGuigan, Paula Quinn, Geraldine Relihan and they were captained by Mary McGuigan.

They won it for the second time in 1994 when they beat Co. Sligo at Enniscrone Golf Club the team was June Halliday, Paula Mulry, Mary McGuigan, Paula Quinn, Susanne Quirke and they were jointly captained by June Halliday and Mary MacGuigan They won it for the first time in 1992 when they beat Castlebar at Athlone Golf Club the team was Deirdre Mahon, Anne Marie Mulry, Mary MacGuigan, Ruth MacGuigan, Paula Quinn, Lynn Sweeney and they were captained by Mary MacGuigan.

They won the Ladies Connaught Trophy in 1998, when the team was Deirdre Judge, Paula Pierce, Aileen McConn, Paula Connaughton, Mary MacGuigan, Joan Moran, Catherine Mulryan, Helen Miley, Margaret Kilroy, Marie Benedetti and they were, captained by Bretta McCarthy.

They won it in 1996 when the team was Susanne Quirke, Ruth MacGuigan, Sinead Benedetti, Marie Benedetti. Paula Quinn and Deirdre Mahon. They first won it in 1970 when the team was Maureen O'Connor, Margaret McGarty, Peggy Dolan and Mary MacGuigan.

They won it prior to that in 1994 when they beat Ballinrobe on their home course when the match went to a count-back. The team was Jane Feeley, Aileen McConn, Rita McGuinness, Margaret Kilroy, Marguerite Farrell, Noreen O'Grady, Kathleen Quinn, Ruth MacGuigan, Mary MacGuigan, Ailbhe Farrell, Paula Quinn and they were, captained by Tressina Smyth.

The Ladies won the Connaught Intermediate Cup in 1999 when they beat Galway Bay Golf Club in a close encounter at Claremorris by 3 matches to 2 matches with Sinead McCormack clinching her match on the 19th the team was June Halliday, Geraldine Relihan, Aileen McConn, Catherine Mulryan, Sinead McCormack, Marie Benedetti, Moira Mahon, Mary O'Keeffe, Paula Miley and they were, captained by Paula Mulry.

The Girls were Connaught Winners of the Smurfit Junior Girls in 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994 and 1995.

Mario Costello and Kevin Henry represented Roscommon in the Toyota-sponsored "Golf as Gaeilge" All-Ireland finals at Ceann Sibeal G. C. in September, 2000, having booked their place in the regional final at Athlone G. C.

Ailbhe Farrell was selected to play for Connaught in the Ladies Interprovincial's in 1999.

Deirdre Judge was selected on the ILGU Senior B squad in November 2000, she represent Ireland in the Girls' Home Internationals at Mullingar, in July, 1999 and also played in the Girls' Home Internationals in 1998. Deirdre is a granddaughter of the late Dr. Donal Keenan, former President of the GAA, and winner of "The two" All-Ireland medals that Roscommon won in 1943 and 1944.

Ailbhe Farrell played for Ireland in the Girls' Home Internationals at Formby Ladies Golf Club in 1996.

Ruth MacGuigan was selected to represent Ireland in the European Ladies Junior Championships at Saint Nom La Breteche, France, in 1992.

Men's Course Record: Am. 66 Ken Kearney
Ladies Course Record: 71 Sinead Benedetti 22/08/2000


Person Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Noel Maloney 5 September 1999 9th   163 m
Brian Neilan 1 September 2000 6th 5 Iron 149 m
Donal Neilan 4 June 2003 6th 5 Iron 149 m


Card of the Course
Card of the Course (metres)
Hole No Blue White Green Par Index Red Par Index
1 309 309 305 4 10 299 4 4
2 354 347 338 4 6 270 4 6
3 300 290


4 12 232 4 8
4 478 466 454 5 16 371 5 14
5 375 363 354 4 2 308 4 2
6 156 149 128 3 14 140 3 18
7 426 422 405 5 18 360 5 16
8 394 378 372 4 4 367 5 12
9 163 155 142 3 8 145 3 10
Out 2,955 2,879 2,782 36   2,492 36  
10 410 367 360 4 3 367 5 11
11 466 455 442 5 15 360 5 15
12 154 132 118 3 9 127 3 13
13 401 365 350 4 5 309 4 1
14 368 357 345 4


298 4 5
15 477 456 438 5 11 366 5 9
16 119 115 109 3 17 102 3 17
17 331 331 324 4 13 315 4 7
18 386 380 357 4 1 306 4 3
In 3,112 2,958 2,843 36   2,550 37  
Total 6,067 5,837 5,625 72   5,042 74  
SSS 72 71 69     71    

Roll of Honour
Theresa Browne 1989 Ladies Captain
Darren Burgoyne 2008 Captain
Mary Smyth 1990 Ladies Captain
Anna Egan 1991 Ladies Captain
Mairead Scanlon 1992 Ladies Captain
Anne McNally 1993 Ladies Captain
Carmel O'Dowd 1994 Ladies Captain
Tresina Smyth 1995 Ladies Captain
Margaret Kilroy 1996 Ladies Captain
Mary Mellett 1997 Ladies Captain
Rita McGuinness 1998 Ladies Captain
Mary Cunningham 1999 Ladies Captain
Ms N. O'Grady 2000 Ladies Captain
Mrs. P. Connaughton 2001 Ladies Captain
Aileen McConn 2002 Ladies Captain
Ms. Mary Seymour 2003 Ladies Captain
June Halliday 2004 Ladies Captain
Paula Quinn 2005 Ladies Captain
Sheila Fallon 2006 Ladies Captain
Joan O'Gara 2007 Ladies Captain
Linda Maxwell 2008 Lady Captain
Michael Connaughton 1989 Men's Captain
Tom Judge 1990 Men's Captain
Harry Casey 1991 Men's Captain
Paddy McHale 1992 Men's Captain
Pearse Mellett 1993 Men's Captain
John O'Riordan 1994 Men's Captain
John Flynn 1995 Men's Captain
Cathal McConn 1996 Men's Captain
Sean Kilroy 1997 Men's Captain
Phelim Henry 1998 Men's Captain
Pat Finneran 1999 Men's Captain
Mr. B. Campbell 2000 Men's Captain
Mr. Jack Halliday 2001 Men's Captain
Gerry Keegan 2002 Men's Captain
Gerry O'Dowd 2003 Men's Captain
Noel Farrell 2004 Men's Captain
Peter McGarry 2005 Men's Captain
Eddie Miley 2006 Men's Captain
Denis O'Brien 2007 Men's Captain
Jimmy Murray 1989 President
Mick Mulry 1990 President
Gerry O'Dowd 1991 President
Joe Daly 1992 President
Tommy Murphy 1993 President
Barry Molloy 1994 President
Terry O'Keeffe 1995 President
Mary McGuigan 1996 President
Vincent Kyne 1997 President
Noel Farrell 1998 President
Kay Ruane 1999 President
Mr. J. M. V. McGuigan 2000 President
P. Mellett 2001 President
Ms. K. Quinn 2002 President
Gerry Mahon 2003 President
John F. Neilan 2004 President
Jacalyn Maxwell 2005 President
Michael Henry 2006 President
Padraic Brennan 2007 President
Helen Sweeney 2008 President

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