Blainroe Golf Club

Course Facts:
Address Blainroe Secretary/Manager: Patrick Bradshaw
Co. Wicklow Captain: John Mulqueen
  Lady Captain: Nuala McGlinchey
Telephone: 0404-68168 President: Grace Delahunt & Dr. Jack Meehan
Public No: 0404-68237 Vice-Captain: Angela Heffernan
Fax: 0404-69369 Hon. Secretary:  
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: John McDonald 0404-66470
Website: Hon. Treasurer:  
Founded: 1978 Designed by: Fred Hawtree
Not open for membership. Societies are welcome and group rates are available. (12+)
Membership: 718 Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Green Fees Midweek: €40 Clubhouse opening hours: 8.00am to 11.30pm
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €50 Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Green Fees With a Member: €22 Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Green Fees For Opens: €20 Catering: Full catering facilities
Practice Area: Yes Days to Avoid: Sundays & Mondays
Club Hire: Yes Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days
Buggy Hire: Yes Pre-booking for open tournaments: 14 Days in advance
Soft spikes: No    


Course Description

With sea views from all 18 holes, this enjoyable and challenging parkland course carries the prestigious Hawtree & Son design signature and is recognised as one of the finest courses on the East Coast since it’s inception in 1978.With a Par 72 length of 6175 meters (6800 yards) the course is always well maintained and offers an interesting variety of holes with the 14th played over the sea from a cliff promontory, probably being the feature followed by a testing par 3, the 15th which was part of a re-design of all greens and tees to USGA championship standard re-opening in 2005.

The modern Clubhouse, overlooking a private beach, assures visitors a warm welcome and has full bar and catering facilities. A fully stocked Professional shop run by PGA pro John McDonald also offers club, trolley and motorised buggy hire.

AttractiveWicklow Town with its harbour, pubs and restaurants, hotels and guesthouses, is just 3.5km along the coast, and is the ideal base from which to play Blainroe and other nearby courses.

Voted the No. 96-ranked golf course in Ireland, by “Golf Digest Ireland” in 2008.

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Club History
Blainroe Golf Club was the brain child of Christy Cooney, a Dublin builder who dreamt of building a small village resort type complex consisting of a group of houses, golf course, shops , tennis courts etc., his vision and ideas were way ahead of his time as Blainroe  was one of the first of its kind in Ireland.The golf course was designed by the internationally known Surrey golf course architect, Fred Hawtree. Construction commenced in 1974 and the course was opened officially on the 21st July 1978. The first competition was played there by thirty founder members. They played for a large copper plate and the signatures of all the players was inscribed on the trophy. The winner was our second President, Tom Nagle.

The Cooney family owned the golf club in the early days, but in 1984/85 they offered to sell the club to the members and although the purchase price was attractive there were a number of clauses included in the deal which made it unacceptable to the members. In 1986 the Cooney family sold the golf course and club house to the consortium of Swissair and International Golfing Residence. The members of Blainroe golf club immediately opened discussions with the new owners, and by February 1987 they appeared to have reached agreement. A seven year lease was agreed upon at the meeting but never materialised.

The club continued to pay an annual lease until the end of 1988, when they were informed that 91% of the course and clubhouse had been sold by the consortium to Euroactividade — The Lichtenstein Registered Timeshare Company. In April 1989 Euroactividade sought to disband the club and offered £400.000 as a goodwill gesture, to enable the club to buy and develop a course of its own. The club refused the offer and threatened to take the matter to the High Court. Euroactividade eventually accepted that the club had three years of a four year lease still to run and they handed over the £400.000 contribution, to be put towards the acquisition of a new course and clubhouse. The members, however, were still anxious to maintain their standing and wished to be allowed continue playing on the Blainroe course. Eventually on the 15th March 1991 under the Captaincy of John Quirke, and after many months of difficult negotiations, Blainroe members finally bought the Course and clubhouse for £1.5 Million plus £100.000 for the additional forty two acres which now serves as a practice area.

Owning the club created its own momentum and over the following years the members rallied round and completely renovated the Clubhouse. The course was re-designed by Martin Hawtree, son of the original architect and fully opened to play in 2005. The greens are now sand-based, more bunkers have been introduced and the golf course is very challenging. It is now recognised as one of the finest golf courses in the south-east of Ireland and in 2007 was rated in the top 100 courses in the country.

Members Achievements

Blainroe Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield in 1985, when the team was Paul Deane, Robert MacCarthy, John Hopkins, Sean Casey, Tom Sheridan, Paddy Kavanagh, Myles Wilson, Tom Pitt, John Monahan, Oliver Stauton, Vincent Butler, Stan Mathews, Arthur Daines, they were captained by Peter Moloney.They were Leinster Runners-up in the Irish Senior Cup in 1999.

Blainroe won the Cullen Cup in 2002, when the team was E. Connolly, G. Geraghty, L. Hynes, B. Redmond, M. Redmond, M. Pippet, C. Pippet, L. Murphy-O'Connor, M. Hutch, J. Bonus, they were managed by D. Feeley and S. Whittaker.

Blainroe won the Seiko Mixed Foursomes in 1989, when the team was D. Fenton, D. McKenna, J. Sinnott, R. McCarthy, L. McKenna and M. Sinnott.

The Ladies of Blainroe Golf Club won the Finn Trophy in 1994, when the team was Rita Deignan, Joan Kinsella, Mary Quirke, Sheila Whittaker, Ann Hannigan, Sheila Condell, Ann Monaghan, Mary Gavin, Grace Delahunt, Carol McKeown, Nora Richards, Linda Cole-McKenna, Lee Murphy-O'Connor, Hilary Kirk, Pauleen Hudson, Susan Cunningham, Rosin McCarthy, they were managed by Cathering King.

They won it the following two years when the team was, G. O'Connor, S. Cunningham, A. Monaghan, R. Deignan, S. Condell, J. Kinsella, S. Whittaker, P. Hudson, B. Daly, A. Hannigan, M. Pippet, R. MacCarthy, L. Cole-McKenna, D. Curley, they were managed by C. King.

Major Prize Winners
Name Year Prize Won
H. McDonnell 2000 Captain's Prize
J. Woodrofe 2000 Lady Captain's Prize
M. Redmond 2000 Club Champion
P. Burke 2000 Collinr's Cup
P. Baker 2000 Golfer of the Year
Clare Pippet 2000 Ladies Golfer of the Year
B. Hudson 2001 Captain's Prize
C. O'Sullivan 2001 Lady Captain's Prize
B. Bedmond 2001 Club Champion
C. Nagle 2001 Collinr's Cup
D. Roche 2001 Golfer of the Year
Roisin MacCarthy 2001 Ladies Golfer of the Year
K. Coghlan 2002 Captain's Prize
P. Burke 2002 Lady Captain's Prize
D. Roche 2002 Club Champion
B. Nelson 2002 Collinr's Cup
N. J. Connolly 2002 Golfer of the Year
Bea Bonus 2002 Ladies Golfer of the Year
T. Ryan 2003 Captain's Prize
R. MacCarthy 2003 Lady Captain's Prize
L. Hynes 2003 Club Champion
D. Feeley 2003 Collinr's Cup
P. Dean 2003 Golfer of the Year
Brenda Gardiner 2003 Ladies Golfer of the Year
P. Doyle 2004 Captain's Prize
M. Soden 2004 Lady Captain's Prize
P. Deane 2004 Club Champion
J. Waters 2004 Collinr's Cup
M. Geraghty Jnr. 2004 Golfer of the Year
Jacqueline Hickey 2004 Ladies Golfer of the Year
Derek Maguire 2005 Captain's Prize
Clare Pippet 2005 Lady Captain's Prize
D. B. McKenna 2005 Club Champion
Declan Ronayne 2005 Collinr's Cup
Sean Haughton 2005 Golfer of the Year
Dee Redahan 2005 Ladies Golfer of the Year
M. Hutch 2006 Captain's Prize
B. Bonus 2006 Lady Captain's Prize
Paul Dean 2006 Club Champion
S. Middleton 2006 Collinr's Cup
I. Brown 2006 Golfer of the Year
Mary Hutch 2006 Ladies Golfer of the Year
C. Hodder 2007 Captain's Prize
J. Kinsella 2007 Lady Captain's Prize
P. Cullinan 2007 Club Champion
A. Hannigan 2007 Collinr's Cup
T. Ryan 2007 Golfer of the Year
Mairin Feeley 2007 Ladies Golfer of the Year

Person Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
M. Forrester 15 September 2002 17th   92 m
D. Roche 16 June 2002 17th   108 m
Ms. B. Gardiner 16 November 1998 15th   147 m
Mr. B. Hoffman 13 April 1998 8th   181 m

Card of the Course
Card of the Course (yards)
Hole No Blue White Green Par Index Red Par Index
1 327 324 318 4 12 312 4 5
2 392 388 381 4 2 293 4 11
3 382 378 343 4 4 323 4 9
4 483 476 472 5 18 455 5 7
5 443 440 435 5 14 380 5 1
6 322 317 313 4 6 304 4 3
7 334 330 324 4 10 318 4 13
8 194 191 184 3 8 180 3 17
9 340 332 322 4 16 273 4 15
Out 3,217 3,176 3,092 37   2,838 37  
10 342 329 324 4 7 258 4 8
11 353 349 341 4 11 331 4 2
12 389 386 370 4 3 359 5 18
13 361 350 337 4 9 318 4 6
14 299 296 292 4 13 252 4 16
15 194 180 164 3 5 147 3 10
16 414 410 402 4 1 384 5 12
17 113 111 104 3 17 94 3 14
18 458 455 444 5 15 438 5 4
In 2,923 2,866 2,778 35   2,581 37  
Total 6,140 6,042 5,870 72   5,419 74  
SSS 73 73 71     76    

Roll of Honour
M. Hughes 1989 Ladies Captain
D. Curley 1990 Ladies Captain
A. Heffernan 1991 Ladies Captain
A. McNamara 1992 Ladies Captain
A. Goodbody 1993 Ladies Captain
B. Connolly 1994 Ladies Captain
R. O'Sullivan 1995 Ladies Captain
M. Quirke 1996 Ladies Captain
M. Delahunt 1997 Ladies Captain
D. Keegan 1998 Ladies Captain
Mrs. A. Coady 1999 Ladies Captain
Noeleen Meehan 2000 Ladies Captain
Ann Sheehy 2001 Ladies Captain
Virginia Rochford 2002 Ladies Captain
Leonora Walsh 2003 Ladies Captain
Maria O'Connell 2004 Ladies Captain
Brenda Gardiner 2005 Ladies Captain
Anne Monaghan 2006 Ladies Captain
Eleanor Kearns 2007 Ladies Captain
Mrs. C. G. Cooney 1989 Ladies President
Mrs. C. G. Cooney 1990 Ladies President
Mrs. C. G. Cooney 1991 Ladies President
Mrs. C. G. Cooney 1992 Ladies President
Mrs. C. G. Cooney 1993 Ladies President
Mrs. T. J. Nagle 1994 Ladies President
Mrs T. J. Nagle 1995 Ladies President
Mrs. A. T. Fitzpatrick 1996 Ladies President
Mrs. A. T. Fitzpatrick 1997 Ladies President
Mrs. A. T. Fitzpatrick 1998 Ladies President
Mrs. L Walsh 1999 Ladies President
Mrs. Eileen Browne 2000 Ladies President
Eileen Browne 2001 Ladies President
J. Molloy 2002 Ladies President
Joan Molloy 2003 Ladies President
Eithne Smith 2004 Ladies President
Ethna Smith 2005 Ladies President
Catherine King 2006 Ladies President
Catherine King 2007 Ladies President
D. Patton 1989 Men's Captain
V. Delahunt 1990 Men's Captain
J. Quirke 1991 Men's Captain
P. Dean 1992 Men's Captain
D. O'Sullivan 1993 Men's Captain
J. Rochford 1994 Men's Captain
D. Lynch 1995 Men's Captain
M. Hickey 1996 Men's Captain
P. Deignan 1997 Men's Captain
Pat Heffernan 1998 Men's Captain
Mr. D. Feeley 1999 Men's Captain
Mr J. King 2000 Men's Captain
Shaun Cunningham 2001 Men's Captain
Alan Hannigan 2002 Men's Captain
Harry Whittaker 2003 Men's Captain
Sean Casey 2004 Men's Captain
Michael Geraghty 2005 Men's Captain
Terence Ryan 2006 Men's Captain
Enda Luddy 2007 Men's Captain
Dr. B. Digby 1989 President
A. W. Smith 1990 President
A. W. Smith 1991 President
Peter Moloney 1992 President
Peter Moloney 1993 President
P. Moloney 1994 President
P. Moloney 1995 President
D. O'Sullivan 1996 President
D. O'Sullivan 1997 President
J. Rochford 1998 President
Mr. J. Rochford 1999 President
John Quirke 2000 President
P. Quirke 2001 President
J. M. T. Quirke 2002 President
J. M. T. Quirke 2003 President
Dr. Vincent J. Delahunt 2004 President
Dr. Vincent J. Delahunt 2005 President
Dr. Vincent J. Delahunt 2006 President
Eugene Greene 2007 President
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