Fota Island Golf Club 


Doneraile Golf Club

Address Doneraile
Co. Cork
Telephone: 022-24137
Public No: 022-24137
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Founded: 1927
Membership: 402
Green Fees Midweek: €25
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €25
Green Fees With a Member: €25
Green Fees For Opens: €10
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: No
Buggy Hire: No
Soft spikes: No
Secretary/Manager: Jimmy O'Leary
Captain: Tom Meade
Lady Captain: Eleanor Coughlan
President: Peter Hogan
Vice-Captain: Margaret O'Brian
Hon. Secretary: Jimmy O'Leary & Geraldine Ryan
Club Pro: Walter Bermingham
Hon. Treasurer: Michael Forde & Eileen Aharn-O'Connor
Designed by: Nature
Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Clubhouse opening hours: Evenings only
Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Catering: By prior arrangement
Days to Avoid: Saturday & Sunday mornings
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days
Pre-booking for open tournaments: 14 Days in advance

Course Description
Course Description:

The club celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2002. The original course lay within the Doneraile estate. It transferred to its present location in 1927, in which year it officially registered with the G.U.I. the Course as we know it was famous for another sport in by gone days. The 1ststeeplechase, run from Buttevant steeple crossing the course to the finish, to the steeple in Doneraile Church, adjacent to the 1st tee. The first officers elected were Captain S. R. Lysaght, President Viscount Doneraile, Secretary / Treasurer Alexander Mitchell. The original green fee was 2 shillings. Today's fee is 20 Euro......excellent  value.

The most famous hole on the course is the 6th. This involves driving over the Awbeg, river and a deep ravine. Those who succeed in crossing this obstacle still have to play around a cemetery, which haunts many players both past and present. The clubs lowest handicapped player is, Michael Quirke, who captured the Spanish Amateur Open title in 1987. The club has progressed from a humble beginning to its present position as a major social amenity in the area.

Open & Major Fixtures 2011
See Event Calendar here.

Club History

Founded 1927.


Members Achievements

Doneraile Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Barton Shield in 2007, and they made the long trek to Shandon Park Golf Club to represent their Province in the All-Ireland deciders. I must admit to have been a bit surprised to see a small club like Doneraile come out of Munster in this premier Championship in Amateur Club Golf, when one considers the number of very strong clubs that are in the region.

Fair dues to the men from East Cork, who had nothing more than a number of Munster County Club Cup’s to their CV.

They were drawn against Ulster Champions Moyola Park in the All-Ireland Semi-Finals on Wednesday 12th September. First on the tee was Damien Carey with Hugh Nolan against Mark Hammond with Damien McCusker who won their match over the Cork pair by the slimmest of margins, just that single hole. So it was all eyes on the Second match of Dave Finn with Adam Carey against Luke Lennox with Randal Evens, the Doneraile pair were 2-up standing on the 18th tee and did nothing wrong up the final hole to record a famous victory, however it was not to be as Luke Lennox knocked in a 20 foot + putt for a birdie on the 18th to bring the match to extra play-off holes. The same teams went up the 19th which was halved; however the Ulster Champions clinched their place in the All-Ireland Final against Galway Golf  Club the following day when the closed out the match on the long Index 3 second play-off hole.

Well done Doneraile Golf Club and the best of luck in the future as you obviously have a strong team that can challenge the best in the highest echelon of Amateur Golf.      

Doneraile Golf Club won the Munster Country Clubs Cup for the first time in 1961, when the team was Fr. J. Barry, P. O'Mahony, G. O'Reilly, P. J. Power, A. Mitchell, N. Horgan, S. Nagle and J. J. Quirke.

They won it again in 1965, when the team was P. Morrissey, J. J. Quirke, T. O'Connell, P. O'Mahony, M. Geary and S. Burke.

They won it for the 3rd time in 1989, when the team was J. Murphy, J. J. Cronin, R. O'Callaghan, M. Deady, R. J. O'Sullivan, A. O'Reilly, J. O'Keeffe, J. Classet, P. O'Leary and G. O'Callaghan.

The last time they won it was in 1999, with E. Finn, T. Meade, B. Howell, D. Carroll, A. O'Reilly, C. Deady, M. Howell, E. O'Connor and D. Harrington, they were managed by S. Burke.

Doneraile Golf Club won the Avondhu Shield in 2004, when the team was, Mick Dunlea, Dermot Harrington, Walter Bermingham, Billy Sherlock, Diarmuid Harrington, Sean Barrett, Andy O'Reilly, Coleman Horgan, Tim Deady, Pius O'Callaghan, they were managed by Coleman Deady and Martin Buckley.

They won it prior to that in 1986, when the team was, R. O'Callaghan, D. Harrington, J. J. Cronin, K. Carey, B. O'Keeffe, F. Carey, J. O'Keeffe, M. Barrett, J. Dennehy and Joseph O'Keeffe.

The Ladies of Doneraile Golf Club won the Bank of Ireland Dunhallow Shield in 1980, when the team was, Nora Carroll, Nora Philpott, Nora Aherne, Sheila Corcoran, Maureen Cronin, Marie Lynch, Noreen O'Keeffe, Ita Power, Kitty Coakley and Pat Winkle. Michael Quirk.

Michael Collins participated in the Boys Home International matches in 1998 and played Munster Boys in 1997.

M. Quirke won the Spanish Amateur Open title in 1987 and represented Munster from 1987 to 1988.

K. Carey played Munster Youths in 1980.

Person Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Tom Davern 28 May 2000 13th   185 yd's
Michael O'Connor 15 May 2000 4th   185 yd's



Card of the Course
Hole No White Par Index Red Par Index
1 405 4 3 360 5 11
2 313 4 17 285 4 3
3 370 4 7 307 4 1
4 185 3 5 125 3 17
5 343 4 9 282 4 5
6 364 4 13 243 4 15
7 311 4 15 233 4 13
8 164 3 11 135 3 7
9 429 4 1 365 5 9
Out 2,884 34   2,335 36  
10 405 4 4 269 4 12
11 313 4 18 285 4 4
12 370 4 8 307 4 2
13 185 3 6 125 3 18
14 343 4 10 282 4 6
15 364 4 14 243 4 16
16 311 4 16 233 4 14
17 164 3 12 135 3 8
18 429 4 2 365 5 10
In 2,884 34   2,244 35  
Total 5,768 68   4,579 71  
SSS 67     68    

Roll of Honour
Eileen Quirke 1990 Ladies Captain
Mary Flahive 1991 Ladies Captain
B. Fitzgerald 1992 Ladies Captain
Evelyn O'Sullivan 1993 Ladies Captain
Eileen O'Riordan 1994 Ladies Captain
Siobhan Kennedy 1995 Ladies Captain
M. O'Keeffe 1996 Ladies Captain
M. Coakley 1997 Ladies Captain
M. O'Sullivan 1998 Ladies Captain
R. Dunlea 1999 Ladies Captain
Margaret McAuliffe 2000 Ladies Captain
Nellie O'Keeffe 2001 Ladies Captain
Nora Philpott 2002 Ladies Captain
Beatrice Hill 2003 Ladies Captain
Mary Cronin 2004 Ladies Captain
Eileen Deady 2005 Ladies Captain
Kay O'Keeffe 2006 Ladies Captain
Helen Verling 1990 Ladies President
Mary Hayes 1991 Ladies President
Mary O'Keeffe 2003 Ladies President
M. Coakley 2004 Ladies President
M. Hayes 2005 Ladies President
Mary Christopher 2006 Ladies President
B. Condon 1990 Men's Captain
F. Carey 1991 Men's Captain
N. C. Hayes 1992 Men's Captain
J. O'Keeffe 1993 Men's Captain
B. Golden 1994 Men's Captain
J. Nagle 1995 Men's Captain
J. Glassett 1996 Men's Captain
P. J. O'Sullivan 1997 Men's Captain
M. Quirke 1998 Men's Captain
J. Coakley 1999 Men's Captain
Jimmy O'Leary 2000 Men's Captain
Peter Hogan 2001 Men's Captain
Michael O'Neill 2002 Men's Captain
Richard Moloney 2003 Men's Captain
Jim Costelloe 2004 Men's Captain
Conor Hannon 2005 Men's Captain
Damien Carey 2006 Men's Captain
Tom Sheehan 2007 Men's Captain
Michael Geary 1990 President
Gay O'Callaghan 1991 President
Seamus S. Sheahan 1992 President
Sean Hannon 1993 President
Sean Crowley 1994 President
Sean Crowley 1995 President
G. McGeough 1996 President
G. McGeough 1997 President
G. McGeough 1998 President
J. Nagle 1999 President
John Nagle 2000 President
John Nagle 2001 President
Jack Flahive 2002 President
Jack Flahive 2003 President
Paddy Cronin 2004 President
Paddy Cronin 2005 President
Paddy Cronin 2006 President
Peter Hogan 2007 President
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