Thurles Golf Club

Address Tutulla
Co. Tipperary
Telephone: 0504-21983
Public No: 0504-21983
Fax: 0504-90806
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Founded: 1909
Membership: 1200
Green Fees Midweek: €40
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €50
Green Fees With a Member: 50%
Green Fees For Opens: €15
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: Yes
Soft spikes: No
Secretary/Manager: Mark Taylor
Captain: Liam Troy
Lady Captain: Euphrasia Ruddy
President: Jim Phelan
Vice-Captain: David Crowley & Jacqueline Corbett
Hon. Secretary: Brian Fitzgibbon, Matt Long & Peggy Kirby
Club Pro: Ger Jones 0504-58852
Hon. Treasurer: Pat McKenna, Declan Corcoran & Julianne Ryan
Designed by: Lionel Hewson & Mel Flanagan
Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Clubhouse opening hours: 10.00am to 11.00pm
Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering facilities
Days to Avoid: Weekends
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days
Pre-booking for open tournaments: 14 Days in advance

Course Description
Course Description:

Designed by Lionel Hewson, Thurles Golf Club is a 6,465 yards par 72 with a standard scratch of 71 off the back tees. The first thing that will strike you as you play this fine mature tree lined course, is you go under the main Cork-Thurles road to play the first tee. The two opening holes, are par 5, the first is particularly intimidating with out of bounds all the way up the left, being 488 yards index 6. The feature holes are the four par threes, the best being the 212 yard 11th to a small target well bunkered. The 18th is another par 5 with out of bounds all the way up the left, which has destroyed many a good card.

Thurles has a fine clubhouse with excellent catering and the friendliness you will find in the bar will make you think that Tipperary win the All-Ireland every year! If you are feeling up to it there are two championship squash courts in the clubhouse. Voted the No. 86-ranked golf course in Ireland, by “Golf Digest Ireland” in 2008.

Open & Major Fixtures 2011
See Event Calendar here.

Club History
Members Achievements

The Ladies of Thurles Golf Club were District Champions in the Ulster Bank All-Ireland Ladies Fourball Championship in 2002, when the team was, M. Tuohy, E. Ruddy, S. Troy, O. McKevitt, M. O'Dwyer, J. Corbett, M. Finn, B. McCormack, B. Rafter, they were managed by M. McKevitt and co-ordinated by P. Maher.

Brigid McCormack (16) and Matt Cronin (12) were second in the Regional Qualifiers of the Spar-Irish Independent National Mixed Pairs, when they shot 46 points at South County Golf Club in July 2002.

Thurles won the the Jimmy Bruen Shield Munster Final at Cork Golf Club on the 26th August 2001. When they beat Shannon Golf Club by 3 matches to 2 matches. They were crowned All-Ireland Champions at  Newlands Golf Club on 22nd September 2001. They beat Holywood by 3 matches to 2 matches. The team was Ray Shannon and Eddie Clancy who won their match 5 and 4. Jim O'Dwyer and Billy Maher who halved their match. John McCormack and J. J. Maher who won their match 5 and 4. D. Corcoran and David Judge who halved their match and Seamus Troy and Joe Irwin who won their match by 6 and 5. They were Captained by John Nolan.

Thurles won the Munster Final of the Irish Mixed Foursomes at Mallow Golf Club in August 2001. They beat Bantry in the semi-finals by 3 matches to 2 matches. Then they had a 3.5 matches to 1.5 matches win over Bandon in the final. The team was J. Foran with M. Tuohy, D. Corcoran with R. Moloney, J. O'Dwyer with S. Troy and J. Irwin with M. Coleman.

Thurles Golf Club were Heineken Mixed Foursomes Champions in 2001, when the team was, Eddie Clancy, John Ronayne, Jim O'Dwyer, Declan Corcoran, Even Long, Seamus Troy, Marion Tuohy, Matt Cronin, Mary O'Dwyer, Vera Fitzgerald, Rosalyn Moloney, Pauline Byrne, Rose Moloney, Michael Craddock, P. J. Broderick, Susan Troy, Des Hayes, they were managed by Jim Finn and Kitty Craddock.

Thurles Golf Club won the Midland Senior Championship in 2001, when the team was, Gerry Purcell, Michael Craddock, Peter Fitzpatrick, M. J. Bourke, Matt Butler, T. J. Semple, Billy Perry, Stevie Smee, Sean O'Callaghan, Michael Houlahan, Denis Nagle, Dick Donohoe, Gerry Stakelum, Billy Ryan, Benny Maher and P. J. Broderick. 

The Ladies of Thurles Golf Club won the Tipperary A League in 2001, when the team was, Mary Breen, Marian Tuohy, Rosalyn Moloney, Mary Coman, Helen Mason, Pauline Byrne, Mary O'Dwyer, Kitty Craddock, Mary Phelan and Betty Rafter.

Club member, Matt Cronin (11) teamed up with Mary Lou Carroll (15) from Templemore Golf Club. They went to Dungarvan G. C. to play in the Regional qualifiers of the Spar-Irish Independent National Mixed Pairs Challenge on the 20th of June 2001. Their 56 points booked their place in the National Finals at Adare Manor Golf & Country Club in August 2001.

Lady Captain Brigid McCormack, Captain Matt Long and President Eugene McAree were runners-up in the National Final of the Mercedes Benz-Irish Independent Executive Trophy. They were a shot of the K Club with 74 points at that venue on the 13th of August 2001.

M. Dwan qualified for the National Finals of the Irish Times-Mitsubishi Motors Women's Masters. She returned 30 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.

Thurles Golf Club won the All-Ireland Jimmy Bruen Shield at Tramore G. C. in 1996. The squad was Michael Hayes, Birdie Ryan, J. J. Maher, Joe Irwin, P. J. Broderick, T. J. Sample, Ray Shannon, Harry Mulhaire, Paddy Stakelum, Panie Connors, Matty Cronin, Bob Ryan, Evan Long, Sean Whelan, Seamus Troy, Tom Hayes and Pat Fennelly, they were managed by John Nolan.

They won the All-Ireland Pierce Purcell Shield at Dundalk G. C. in 1997. The squad was Pat Finn, Phil Maher, Frankie McGrath, Billy Perry, Stevie Smee, John McCormack, John Cahill, Mick Hickey, Pat Kavanagh, Mark Kennedy, Tony Kirby, Jack Looby, John Prior, John Stakelum, Denis Nagle, John O'Grady and John Quigley, the selectors were Joe Kenny and P. J. Broderick.

They won the All-Ireland Irish Mixed Foursomes at Muskerry G. C. in 1997. The squad was Pat Coote, Pat Finn, John D. Maher, Liam Troy, Jacqueline Corbett, Philomena Maher, T. J. Semple, Pauline Byrne, Marie Ryan, Susan Troy, Sally O'Rourke, Michael Hayes, Mary Coman, John Corbett, Birdie Ryan and Noreen Dwyer. They were, managed by Jim Finn and Joan Purcell.

Thurles Golf Club won the Munster Junior Cup in 1966, when the team was Jim Kelly, John Mitchell, James O'Connor, Thomas Roche, Jim Moloughney and Paddy Horgan.

J. F. O'Grady was elected to the council of the Munster Branch of the GUI for 2001.

Thurles won the GUI Millennium Medal Challenge at Newlands Golf Club on the 1st October, 2000: over 32,000 golfers took part in it. The team was Evan Long, Francis Butler, Michael Bulfin and Tony Cogan.

Thurles Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield and were All-Ireland Finalists in 1984, when the team was, J. O'Brien, K. Whyte, S. Troy, W. Duggan, D. Crowley, B. Maher, E. McAree, J. Crowley, J. O'Dwyer, M. Long, T. J. Semple, J. Moloughney, M. Cradock. P. Connors, M. Butler, S. Hoctor and L. Hanrahan, they were selected by J. O'Grady.

They won it prior to that in 1982, and were All-Ireland Finalists again, when the team was, B. Maher, K. Whyte, S. Troy, S. Hoctor, J. O'Brien, B. O'Dwyer, P. Maher, M. Cradock, P. Connors, G. Purcell, M. Tatton, P. McCormack, D. Crowley, M. O'Sullivan and E. McAree, they were selected by R. M. Ryan and F. Crowley.

Thurles Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield and were All-Ireland Finalists at Killarney Golf Club in 1992, when the team was, D. Carr, L. Hanrahan, M. Hayes, J. Irwin, K. Kennedy, D. Nagle, H. Mulhaire, P. Stakelum, J. Stokes, J. Kirby, B. Moore, J. Quinn, J. Daly, E. Clancy, W. Doyle, D. Harnell, J. Hession, J. Kenny, W. Maher and S. Sherlock.

They won it prior to that in 1987, when the team was D. Callanan, R. Dwyer. B. Fitzgibbon, P. Gleeson, C. Hogan, J. Hourihan, M. Kennedy, P. Lawless, B. Moore, S. McLoughlin, F. O'Dwyer, R. Ryan, Pat Stakelum, Paddy Stakelum and L. Sullivan, they were managed by L. Hanrahan.  

Thurles won the Heineken Midland Mixed Foursomes in 1995, when the team was, L. Troy, P. Finn, J. Irwin, P. J. Broderick, H. Mulhaire, J. Corbett, D. Corcoran, M. McKevitt, A. Hogan, K. Craddock, J. O'Byrne, S. Troy, J. Corbett and S. O'Rourke.

Thurles Golf Club won the Central Towns Trophy in 1994, when the team was, John McCormack, Pat Stakelum, Dan Harnett, Tony Kirby, Michael Clohessy, Martin Hayes, Gerry Stakelum, Eddie Clancy, Pat Finn and J. Nolan.

They won it prior to that in 1976, when the team was, T. O'Reilly, C. Harrington, G. Butler, R. Dwan, S. Smee, B. Duggan, T. Considine, G. Woods and Dr. M. Daly.

Thurles Golf Club won the Midland Masters in 1995, when the team was, M. Maher, P. Fitzpatrick, J. Daly, T. Ryan, P. Stakelum, M. Gleeson, J. McLoughney, M. Craddock, D. Donohoe, S. McLoughlin, P. Horgan. J. Stakelum, D. Nagle and K. Dwan.

Thurles won the Irish Independent-Mercedes Benz Executive Trophy in 1999, when the team was, Seamus Troy (Captain), Biddy Smee (Lady Captain) and Joe Irwin (Hon. Secretary).

They won the John Players Fourball in 1973, Rev. D. Curtin and Rev. F. Gallagher.

The Ladies of Thurles Golf Club won the ILGU Southern District Junior Cup in 1998, when the team was, S. Troy, K. Craddock and M. O'Dwyer.

They won the ILGU Intermediate League in 1998, when the team was, H. Mason, B. McCormack, J. Corbett, L. Ryan, C. Lowry, B. Rafter, S. Gleeson, A. Hogan, J. O'Brien and M. Phelan , they were managed by K. Craddock.

They won the ILGU Junior League in 1988, when the team was, Ellen Davern, Claire O'Connor, Chris McAree, Noreen Russell, Mary O'Dwyer, Mary Phelan and Marie Ryan, they were managed by Kitty Craddock.  

The Ladies of Thurles Golf Club won the Tipperary A League in 2000, when the team was, M. Tuohy, M. Ryan, C. O'Connor, R. Moloney, M. O'Dwyer, P. Byrne, V. Fitzgerald, M. Coman, they were managed by K. Craddock.

They won the Tipperary B League in 2000,  when the team was M. Finn, M. Hackett, D. Hayes, F. Ronayne, E. Ruddy, B. O'Dwyer, C. Davy, they were managed by K. Craddock.

They won the Tipperary A League in 1997, with Mary O'Dwyer, Susan Troy, Ann Molloy, Pauline Byrne, Marcella Broderick, Mary Phelan, Marie Ryan, Jacqueline Corbett, Philomena Maher and Kitty Craddock.

They won it prior to that in 1995, when the team was, Betty Rafter, Ellen Davern, Philomena Maher, Sally O'Rourke, Joan Butler and Jacquie Corbett.

They won the A League in 1992, when the team was Mary Phelan, Kathlyn Ryan, Mary Stakelum, Susan Troy, Mary O'Dwyer and Betty Rafter.

They won it for the first time in 1991, when the team was, Mary O'Dwyer, Maura Carroll, Claire O'Connor, Fionnuala Corcoran, Susan Troy, Mary Phelan and Chris O'Sullvan.

The Ladies of Thurles Golf Club won the Tipperary B League in 2000, when the team was M. Finn, M. Hackett, D. Hayes, F. Ronayne, E. Ruddy, B. O'Dwyer, C. Davy and they were managed by K. Craddock.

They won it prior to that in 1992, when the team was, Bridget McCormack, Kathleen O'Dwyer, Marian McKevitt, Ellen O'Flaherty, Alice O'Regan, Tesie Bourke, Eileen Broderick and Kathleen Maher.

They first won it in 1991, when the team was, Eileen Cahill, Joan Corcoran, Mary Costigan, Marian McKevitt, Angela Maher, Mary Stakelum, Kathleen O'Dwyer and Ellen O'Haherty.

They won the McLoughlin Trophy in 1992, when the team was, Mary Phelan, Betty Rafter, Kathleen Ryan, Claire O'Connor, Eithne O'Meara, Alice Hogan, Susan Troy, Sally O'Rourke, Jacqueline Corbett, Finnuala Corcoran and Mary Stakelum, they were captained by Kitty Craddock.          

John McCormack (7) and Marian Finn (28) booked their place in the final of the Spar-Irish Independent National Pairs Championship at St. Margaret's. When they shot 50pts at Galway Bay, in this novel event, where the first six holes are played as a scramble, the next six as foursomes and the final six are singles. Marian has only been playing golf for a year but she comes from good sporting stock, as her father Jimmy was a great Tip. hurler in the past.

Evan Long played Munster Boys in 1997, winning 5 of his 6 matches.

Card of the Course
Card of the Course (yards)
Hole No Blue White Yellow Par Index Red Par Index
1 507 474 433 5 18 423 5 14
2 419 395 386 4 2 423 4 6
3 137 122 103 3 16 94 3 16
4 369 353 344 4 4 305 4 2
5 170 153 143 3 12 122 3 18
6 357 344 331 4 14 278 4 4
7 404 384 376 4 6 319 4 8
8 539 529 518 5 10 472 5 12
9 427 365 355 4 8 328 4 10
Out 3,329 3,119 2,989 36   2,700 36  
10 417 411 408 4 1 388 4 1
11 209 201 188 3 9 154 3 13
12 353 348 334 4 5 309 4 3
13 535 519 491 5 11 457 5 7
14 182 174 164 3 17 151 3 17
15 355 343 331 4 13 285 4 11
16 369 366 359 4 7 330 4 5
17 419 409 388 4 3 383 5 15
18 495 487 459 5 15 452 5 9
In 3,334 3,258 3,122 36   2,909 37  
Total 6,663 6,377 6,111 72   5,609 73  
SSS 72 71 70     73    

Roll of Honour
E. Cahill 1990 Ladies Captain
Alice Hogan 1991 Ladies Captain
Kitty Craddock 1992 Ladies Captain
Clare O'Connor 1993 Ladies Captain
Nancy Stakelum 1994 Ladies Captain
Bridie O'Neill 1995 Ladies Captain
Josie Carroll 1996 Ladies Captain
Ann O'Grady 1997 Ladies Captain
Patsy Kelly 1998 Ladies Captain
Biddy Smee 1999 Ladies Captain
Philomena Maher 2000 Ladies Captain
Brigid McCormick 2001 Ladies Captain
Eileen Broderick 2002 Ladies Captain
Joan Butler 2003 Ladies Captain
Mary Coman 2004 Ladies Captain
Marion Tuohy 2005 Ladies Captain
Rose Moloney 2006 Ladies Captain
Frances Ronayne 2007 Ladies Captain
Queenie Clohessy 1994 Ladies President
Lil Rea 1995 Ladies President
Ena Maher 1996 Ladies President
Mary Cashen 1997 Ladies President
Peggy Roche 1998 Ladies President
Chris O'Sullivan 1999 Ladies President
Carmel Hogan 2000 Ladies President
Mary Crowley 2001 Ladies President
Benny O'Dwyer 1990 Men's Captain
Billy Curran 1991 Men's Captain
Jim Phelan 1992 Men's Captain
John Maher 1993 Men's Captain
Stevie Smee 1994 Men's Captain
Peter Fitzpatrick 1995 Men's Captain
Jim Finn 1996 Men's Captain
Sean O'Callaghan 1997 Men's Captain
Tom Ryan 1998 Men's Captain
Seamus Troy 1999 Men's Captain
Declan Corcoran 2000 Men's Captain
Matthew Long 2001 Men's Captain
P. J. Broderick 2002 Men's Captain
Eddie Clancy 2003 Men's Captain
Billy Ryan 2004 Men's Captain
Michael Ronayne 2005 Men's Captain
John Broderick 2006 Men's Captain
Donal Duggan 2007 Men's Captain
Luke Aherne 1990 President
W. B. Duggan 1991 President
Tom Dee 1992 President
Seamus McDonnell 1993 President
F. P. Gleeson 1994 President
Bill Cashen 1995 President
Pat Stokes 1996 President
John O'Grady 1997 President
John Nolan 1998 President
Liam Fayne 1999 President
Pat Stakelum 2000 President
Eugene McAree 2001 President
Tom Ryan 2002 President
Jim Finn 2003 President
Gerry Purcell 2004 President
Frank Conroy 2005 President
Michel Daly 2006 President
Bill Curran 2007 President
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