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Rosslare Golf Club

Course Facts:
Address Rosslare Strand Secretary/Manager:  
Co. Wexford Captain: Len Fowler
  Lady Captain: Moira Fortune
Telephone: 053-91-32203 President: Mary A. Doyle & Terry Fortune
Public No: 053-91-32419    
Fax: 053-91-32263    
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Club Pro: Johnny Young 053-91-32032
Founded: 1905 Designed by: Old: Hawtree &Taylor 
New: Christy O'Connor Jnr.
Not open for membership. Societies are welcome and group rates are available. (on request)
Membership: 967 Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Green Fees Midweek: €35 Clubhouse opening hours: 9.00am to 11.30pm
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €40 Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Green Fees With a Member: €0 Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Green Fees For Opens: €20 Catering: Full catering facilities
Practice Area: Yes Days to Avoid: None (phone for booking)
Club Hire: Yes Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Midweek & weekend
Buggy Hire: Yes Pre-booking for open tournaments: 14 Days in advance
Soft spikes: Yes    


Course Description
Course Description:

Rosslare Golf Club comprises of 30 championship holes. The Old Course was designed by Hawtree and Taylor and opened for play in 1905, measuring 6,601 yd's Par-72 with a standard scratch of 72 off the back tees is a true test of golf. The old course features many spectacular and memorable golf holes, not least the 469 yard 11th Par-4. Seven of the holes on the Old Course have been redesigned in recent years to very favourable comments from the members and visitors alike. Christy O’Connor Jnr. designed the New Nine in 1992 and a further three holes were added in the Millennium providing an excellent test of golf all year round.

Rosslare was recognized as a venue for Championship Golf when it hosted the Irish Close Championship in 1934 and the Carroll’s Irish Professional Matchplay Tournament in 1982. It has been the venue of many other GUI events in the meantime. Rosslare is very popular with society golfers who are lucky enough to get a booking at Rosslare and Rosslare strand boasts a variety of excellent accommodation. When in this sunniest part of Ireland, Rosslare is a must for any golfer. It has a magnificent clubhouse and the locals are among the friendliest you will meet anywhere. 

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Club History
Club History

Instituted 1905, affiliated 1908. Rosslare has a very special meaning for me. Back in 1926 J. P. Rooney wrote in The "Irish Field": "It was in 1905 that the game was introduced, and to private enterprise, its present popularity is due. Mr. James Farrell in conjunction with that well-known sportsman, Mr. M. J. O’Connor, conceived the idea of forming a proprietary club of which Mr. Charles M. Barry was the Hon. Secretary, but owing to financial troubles the life of the club was a short one, and the end came at the close of 1906"The "Golfing Annual" 1905-6 reports "Instituted in 1905 the course of eighteen-holes stretches along the burrow, and is bounded on the east by sand dunes and on the west by wooded country. The clubhouse is only half a mile from the station. Fortunately, for the future of the game at Rosslare, when the proprietary club came to an end, Mr. Barry continued to look after the upkeep of the course and kept it open until 1908, when the present club was formed. The founder of the club practically was Sir William Paul who was President up to his death in 1912 and he had the very active cooperation of a very able lieutenant in Mr. J. B. Pettigrew, who held the position of Hon. Secretary to 1922.

Following the preliminary meeting which was held in Wexford and of which there is, unfortunately, no record available, the first general meeting took place in Whites Hotel, Wexford. The following were elected: President, Sir William Paul, Captain, R. W. Elgee, Jun., Hon. Secretary, J. P. Pettigrew. The work of planning the links and laying it out was entrusted to Mr. Pettigrew, who showed a thorough knowledge of the game of golf and of golf architecture, another who rendered the club splendid service in attending the links was J. J. Ennis, the grounds man. At the start, the membership consisted of 60 men and the same number of ladies. Course extension to eighteen-holes was originally proposed in 1913 but the war and other difficulties such as tenants grazing rights held up the project and in overcoming the latter difficulty, Mr. English rendered the club great assistance"Rosslare has always had problems with sea erosion and has fought bravely against it. It now has thirty of the finest golf holes you will find anywhere.

Members Achievements

Rosslare Golf Club won their second Green Pennant at Enniscrone Golf Club on Saturday 16th September 2006, when they won the All-Ireland Jimmy Bruen Shield by defeating Ulster Champions Castleblayney in a pulsating final. Rosslare won the All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup back 1940, so this pennant was more than welcome.Rosslare Golf Club won the Leinster Championship when they had a convincing 4 matches to 1 match over The Island at Baltinglass Golf Club on Saturday 22nd July.

It was on to Enniscrone Golf Club for the National Finals, where they where drawn against Connacht Champions Loughrea Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Friday 15th September.

First on the tee was Liam Brett with Eoin McCarthy who lost out to Brian Farragher and Barry Hogan by 3 and 2. Next up were James Doyle and Michael O’Connor who went all the way to the 19th before going down to Gerry Farragher and Andrew Kilmartin in the second match, not the start Rosslare would have hoped for. Up stepped Jonathan Stewart with Ian Lynch to put the first points on the board with a 2 and 1 win against Albert Mannion and Frank Carty. The penultimate pair of Tiarnan Rossiter and John Skerritt recorded another 2 and 1 victory over Frank Joyce and Trevor Horan. The anchor match was to decide who went into the All-Ireland Final the following day, Ken Maher and Tom Kennedy kept their nerve to deliver a 3 and 1 result.

On the Saturday they were matched against Castleblayney Golf Club whom had had a convincing 4 matches to 1 match over Munster Champions Mitchelstown Golf Club the previous day.

Liam Brett and Eoin McCarthy lead the way against Eamon Tavey and Kevin Quinn, they had an off day and lost by 6 and 5. They were followed by James Doyle and Michael O’Connor who beat Alan Bolger and Joe Quinn by the bare margin. Next up Jonathan Stewart and Ian Lynch against Raymond McHugh and Eugene Hughes who recorded an important 2 and 1 victory, to steady the ship. They were followed by Tiarnan Rossiter and John Skerritt who lost out to Frank McDonnell and Eugene McGuigan on the 19th-hole. The final match of Ken Maher and Tom Kennedy against Mick Fee and Declan McAteer went right down to the wire with Rosslare clinching a memorable victory with a one hole win over the gallant Ulster men.

Rich Howlin (17) and Francis Cullen (14) qualified with 39 pts. at Druid's Heath in the National Final of the O2 All-Ireland Masters. They qualified for the Grand Final played at the Kempinski Resort Hotel, Estepona, Spain in October 2004. They set out for the 5* Hotel on 9th October where having played a practice round they then went on to compete in the Grand Final over four days.

David Noonan was selected for the Irish Seniors International Team in 2001.

Rosslare Golf Club won the All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup at The Royal Dublin G. C. in 1940; (then known as the Irish Golf Club Junior Challenge Cup) the team was T. P. Walsh, M. Beary, T. G. O'Connor, R. G. Walsh, W. S. Kearney, J. E. Gibney and C. P. Mahon.

Rosslare Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Irish Junior Cup in 1939.

They were Leinster Champions and runners up in the All-Ireland of J. B. Carr Diamond Trophy in 2001, when the team was, M. O'Connor, J. Hayes, S. Boggan, P. Byrne, T. Cullinmore, F. Cullen, T. Byrne, P. Kelly, M. O'Sullivan, D. Cash, R. O'Dowd, J. O'Brien, M. Kirwan, A. Jones, P. Redmond and J. Long, they were managed by J. Kelleher and W. Walsh. They were county champions in 1998.

They won the South Leinster Trophy in 1997, when the team was, James Monaghan, Denis Breen, Ray Cuddihy, Dermot Kelly, Paddy Kinsella, Paul Mullins, Paddy Lawlor, Lar Murphy and Tommy O'Brien, they were managed by John Murphy and Austin Colley.

The Millennium Executive's of Rosslare Golf Club won the All-Ireland Mercedes Benz-Irish Independent Executive Golf Trophy at their home course, when Rich Howlin (President) Fionnuala Kielthy (Lady Captain) and Martin Flynn (Captain) won this coveted trophy.

They were Leinster Finalists in the Pierce Purcell in 1996, when the team was, Shane O'Donnell, Charlie Duggan, Francis Cullen, Dan Flaherty, Stephen Hayes, John Hayes, Willie Moran, Ronan Dunphy, Bobby O'Dowd, Rich Howlin, Paschal Stafford and Pat Duggan, they were managed by Brendan Duggan. 

They were Finalists in the Provincial Towns Cup in 1991, when the team was, D. Murphy, D. Pettit, J. Howard, E. Cleary, J. Hayes, P. Roche, A. O'Sullivan, M. Cowman, A. Kelly, F. Hogan and B. Duggan.

They won the South Leinster Trophy in 1965, when the team was, P. Doris, J. Greene, P. Garvey, E. Slevin, A. Whelan, J. Crotty, G. O'Rahilly and J. Benson.

Rosslare Golf Club won the Provincial Towns Cup in 1965, 1968 and1969.

J. Long was elected to the council of the Leinster Branch of the GUI for 2001.

The Ladies of Rosslare Golf Club won the Finn Trophy in 1984, when the team was, Frances Ffrench, Irene Walker, Rose Cleary, Kathleen  Carter, Brigid Doyle, Betty Davis, Betty Sinnott, Imelda Jackson, Nora Reade, Teresa Cowman and Bena Hall.

They won the Midland Shield in 1994, when the team was, V. Kelly, J. Skerritt, I. Paszdior and E. Power.

Ms. Nancy Todd played Irish International Golf from 1932 to 1936.

Wexford All-Star Rory McCarthy (6) made it three in a row on the golf course when he won the Captain Martin Flynn's Prize on 9th July 2000, with rounds of 64 and 69. Some shooting on this Championship Course!

Mairead Mullins played for the Irish Girls in 1975.


Card of the Course
Card of the Old Course (yards)
Hole No Blue White Green Par Index Red Par Index
1 382 372 350 4 10 314 4 8
2 198 190 165 3 12 150 3 18
3 542 518 498 5 14 424 5 10
4 398 373 363 4 8 363 4 2
5 455 443 431 4 2 431 5 12
6 365 348 326 4 16 267 4 14
7 554 550 540 5 4 477 5 6
8 177 177 167 3 18 160 3 16
9 414 407 386 4 6 361 4 4
Out 3,485 3,376 3,226 36   2,947 37  
10 167 165 156 3 11 154 3 13
11 481 469 436 4 1 430 5 7
12 494 472 462 5 13 363 4 3
13 282 280 268 4 15 232 4 17
14 172 160 150 3 9 150 3 11
15 403 400 395 4 7 350 4 1
16 400 377 330 4 5 312 4 5
17 420 418 413 4 3 321 4 9
18 482 480 464 5 17 401 5 15
In 3,301 3,221 3,074 36   2,713 36  
Total 6,786 6,597 6,300 72   5,660 73  
SSS 73 72 69     72    

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Men's Course Record: Am. C. Cassidy 2000
Ladies Course Record: 73 F. French 1992

Card of the Burrow Course (yards)
Hole No Blue Par Index Red Par Index
1 381 4 2 315 4 4
2 177 3 8 162 3 10
3 360 4 7 349 4 6
4 396 4 5 364 4 2
5 303 4 12 275 4 12
6 150 3 11 130 3 11
7 350 4 3 255 4 7
8 360 4 10 348 4 3
9 140 3 9 130 3 8
10 414 4 1 374 4 1
11 540 5 6 444 5 5
12 385 4 4 335 4 9
Total 3,956 46   3,481 46  
SSS 45     46    

Roll of Honour
Roll of Honour
Mrs. E. Kelly 1989 Ladies Captain
Mrs. E. Barnes 1990 Ladies Captain
Mrs. R. Cleary 1991 Ladies Captain
Mrs. M. McDonald 1992 Ladies Captain
Mrs. J. Walsh 1993 Ladies Captain
Mr . I. Walker 1994 Ladies Captain
Mrs. M. A. Doyle 1995 Ladies Captain
Mrs. E. Power 1996 Ladies Captain
Mrs. F. J. Hogan 1997 Ladies Captain
Margaret Lacey 1998 Ladies Captain
Marie Byrne 1999 Ladies Captain
Fionnuala Kielthy 2000 Ladies Captain
Carol O'Brien 2001 Ladies Captain
Mary Kelleher 2002 Ladies Captain
Teresa Healy 2003 Ladies Captain
Marianne Brennan 2004 Ladies Captain
Rita Hayes 2005 Ladies Captain
Eleanor O'Connor 2006 Ladies Captain
Pat Byrne 2007 Ladies Captain
Mrs. C. O'Mahony 1993 Ladies President
Mrs. B. Jordan 1994 Ladies President
Mrs. P. Sinnott 1995 Ladies President
Mrs. J. Pierse 1996 Ladies President
Mrs. B. Kelly 1997 Ladies President
Mrs G. Martin 1998 Ladies President
Elsie Mullins 1999 Ladies President
Marie Nolan 2000 Ladies President
Virginia Meyler 2001 Ladies President
Nora Reade 2002 Ladies President
Ena Brennan 2003 Ladies President
Brigid Doyle 2004 Ladies President
Bena Hall 2005 Ladies President
Pearl Casey 2006 Ladies President
E. Cleary 1989 Men's Captain
J. A. Rogers 1990 Men's Captain
P. Doyle 1991 Men's Captain
S. Byrne 1992 Men's Captain
Dr. F. J. Hogan 1993 Men's Captain
Terry Fortune 1994 Men's Captain
John Mullins 1995 Men's Captain
John Furlong 1996 Men's Captain
Frank Codd 1997 Men's Captain
B. Hall O'Mahony 1998 Men's Captain
Arthur Kelly 1999 Men's Captain
Martin Flynn 2000 Men's Captain
John Fehily 2001 Men's Captain
Liam Hayes 2002 Men's Captain
Dr. P. McKiernan 2003 Men's Captain
Phil Callery 2004 Men's Captain
Nick O'Connor 2005 Men's Captain
Peter Fox 2006 Men's Captain
Tim Quinlivan 2007 Men's Captain
John Gaynor 1989 President
John Gaynor 1990 President
M. Mullins 1991 President
M. Mullins 1992 President
Dr G. A. Fleming 1993 President
E. J. Wheeler 1994 President
J. J. Pettitt 1995 President
F. Eustace 1996 President
A. O'Sullivan 1997 President
John Green 1998 President
Dave Noonan 1999 President
Rich Howlin 2000 President
Noel Casey 2001 President
John Hayes 2002 President
John Long 2003 President
Denis Asple 2004 President
Eugene Cleary 2005 President
Paddy Cummings 2006 President
Adrian Rogers 2007 President
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