Roscrea Golf Club

Address Derryvale
Co. Tipperary
Telephone: 0505-21130
Public No:  
Fax: 0505-23410
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Founded: 1892
Membership: 652
Green Fees Midweek: €30
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €35
Green Fees With a Member: €15
Green Fees For Opens: €15
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: No
Soft spikes: No
Secretary/Manager: John Ryan
Captain: John McDonnell
Lady Captain: Sinead Holland
President: Pat Sheedy
Vice-Captain: Michael Lorigan & Nora Kennedy
Hon. Secretary: Marie Kennedy & Noreen Ryan
Club Pro: None- No Shop
Hon. Treasurer: Michael Kennedy & Rosario Cullinan
Designed by: Arthur Spring
Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Clubhouse opening hours: 11.30am to 11.30pm
Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering facilities
Days to Avoid: Midweek & weekends
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: None
Pre-booking for open tournaments: 14 Days in advance

Course Description
Course Description:

Roscrea has been in its present location at Derryvale, since 1911. The members always wanted to extend to 18-holes which eventually became possible when 40 acres of bog-land became available in 1978 and two other parcels of land were acquired at a combined cost of £96,000. Dr. Arthur Spring was commissioned to design the new layout and he is quoted as saying; "The gentle rolling terrain was ideal golfing land and I was aware on first inspection that the final product was going to be an exciting challenge for golfers of all handicap categories."

The design, involved, the construction of 11 new holes and were completed on time for the centenary celebrations in 1992. Back in the 70’s, two members of Roscrea went into the record books when it was a 9 hole course. Dan Hogan played 204 holes in seventeen hours on the 4th August 1978, during which he carded 30 birdies, one eagle and only five double-bogeys. Before that Alfie Clarke played 157 holes in one day and the following year he surpassed himself by playing 201 holes.

Roscrea is renowned for its warm welcome to visiting golfers. My lasting memory of the hospitality extended at Roscrea was when returning from playing Ballybunion and Lahinch we called into the clubhouse on the off chance of getting out on a Sunday afternoon, the weekend competation was in full swing. However we were directed out on to the 12th tee box where we were informed there would be a gap in the timesheet. Hard to, believe but these things, happen in golf.

Open & Major Fixtures 2011
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Club History
Club History

Instituted 1892, affiliated 1911. As with so many other older clubs, the early records of Roscrea are missing. It would appear there were two clubs in the Roscrea area and they ran into difficulties around the turn of the century. The Irish "Golfers Guide" 1910 records, "This club was started again in 1904, the course having being laid out some years previously, but lapsed for want of members. One and a half miles, from Roscrea. Hon. Secretary, Captain R. A. Bolton, Dungar Park, Roscrea".

The following year, The "Irish Field" reported on 5th August "The Roscrea district is very wisely amalgamating the two existing private clubs and establishing a public club. The representative meeting called to discuss the matter decided on taking Derryvale as the site of the new course." The "Nenagh Guardian" on 17th November 1894, records; "An interclub match between Nenagh and Roscrea, which lists the Roscrea team as Powell, Smith, Bridge, Ely, Eaton and Perry." The "Irish Golfers" 1897 tells us "The links is at Golden Grove, one and a half miles Roscrea and there are nine-holes, the longest 420 yards and shortest 90 yards. The greenkeeper has a comfortable cottage, where there is room for members, and tea is provided". The President is given as W. P. H. Lloyd Vaughan, D. L., the Hon.. Secretary was J. Robin, J. P., Ballaghmore Castle, and the Treasurer was S. E. Smith.


Members Achievements

The Ladies of Roscrea Golf Club won the Tipperary Senior Cup in 2005, when the team was Rose Ryan, Evanna Farrelly, Kathleen Phelan, Sinead Holland and they were captained Marian O'Connor.

Roscrea won the Smurfit Junior Foursomes, with Conor Ruane and Peter Kennedy,

They won the Brennan Cup in 1992, when the team was T. Stapleton, S. Quilan, P. Carroll, F. Cullinane, M. Martin, D. Dooley, N. Heffernan, T. Rowland, J. Laffan, J. Cahill, P. J. Kennedy, J. Kennedy, J. O'Donnell, T. O'Connor, M. Ryan, J. Dooley, M. Maher, C. O'Connor. They were, captained by J. Buckley.

On Sunday 24th March 2002 Matt Ryan recorded what I believe to be the first Albatross of the year when he holed-out with his second on the 439 m Par-5 index 11 10th. Matt playing off a handicap of 6 had just been cut two shots on the Saturday.

R. Hackett won the Inter. Scratch Cup at Beaverstown G. C. in June 2002.

The Ladies of Roscrea Golf Club won the Tipperary League Cup in 1983, when the team was P. Delaney, C. McDonnell, O. Ryan, K. Higgins and P. Bergin.

The Ladies of Roscrea Golf Club won the Midlands League in 1976, when the team was K. Carmody, M. Sharpe, B. O'Connor, N. Collison, I. Brennan and were captained by M. O'Donnell.

Card of the Course
Card of the Course (metres)
Hole No Blue Green Par Index Red Par Index
1 262 261 4 18 259 4 11
2 502 494 5 10 446 5 3
3 386 363 4 6 313 4 5
4 150 132 3 12 113 3 15
5 511 445 5 2 382 5 13
6 311 302 4 14 300 4 7
7 363 350 4 8 339 4 1
8 141 128 3 16 120 3 17
9 385 377 4 4 277 4 9
Out 3,011 2,852 36   2,549 36  
10 447 426 5 15 402 5 4
11 161 151 3 17 149 3 18
12 443 439 5 13 381 5 10
13 403 396 4 1 388 5 8
14 157 147 3 11 140 3 16
15 382 358 4 3 295 4 2
16 335 325 4 9 287 4 6
17 189 177 3 5 131 3 14
18 334 323 4 7 263 4 12
In 2,851 2,742 35   2,436 36  
Total 5,862 5,594 71   4,985 72  
SSS 70 69     72    

Roll of Honour
Lady Captains
1989 A. Parlon
1990 J. Buckley
1991 K. Hartnett
1992 B. Ryan
1993 C. McDonnell
1994 E. Farrelly
1995 D. Rowland
1996 O. Burke
1997 M. Murphy
1998 R. Cullinan
1999 Rita Cunningham
2000 Ann Ryan
2001 E. Marrinan
2002 Marcelline Cody
2003 Eilis Holland-King
2004 Marie Donnelan
2005 Marian O'Connor
2006 Kathleen Phelan
2007 Marie Kennedy
2008 Una Dunne
2009 Deirdre Rowland
2010 Ruth Cryan-Wright
2011 Sinead Holland
Men's Captains
1989 A. Tobin
1990 L. Shanahan
1991 S. Quinlan
1992 F. O'Connor
1993 M. Martin
1994 E. Brophy
1995 P. G. Fletcher
1996 P. Kennedy
1997 H. Daly
1998 S. O'Riain
1999 K. McDonnell
2000 Michael Ryan
2001 Pat Sheedy
2002 Steve Crofton
2003 John Ryan
2004 Proinnsias Loughnane
2005 Michael Parlon
2006 Gerry Long
2007 John Dunne
2008 Anthony Collins
2009 Tom Rowland
2010 Jim Cummins
2011 John McDonnell
1989 C. Boyle
1990 C. Boyle
1991 W. Hanley
1992 W. Hanley
1993 W. Kirwan
1994 W. Kirwan
1995 W. Kirwan
1996 C. Cunningham
1997 C. Cunningham
1998 C. Cunningham
1999 Nora McDonnell
2000 Nora McDonnell
2001 John Cahill
2002 John Cahill
2003 John Cahill
2004 Seamus Deely
2005 Seamus Deely
2006 Steve Crofton
2007 Steve Crofton
2008 Steve Crofton
2009 Pat Sheedy
2010 Pat Sheedy
2011 Pat Sheedy
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