Fota Island Golf Club

Monkstown Golf Club

Course Facts:
Address Parkgarriff Secretary/Manager: Hilary Maddon
Monkstown Captain: Joe Doyle
Co. Cork Lady Captain: Marie Healy
Telephone: 021-4841376 President: Denis Richardson
Public No: 021-4841225 Vice-Captain: Martina Lehane & Paud Black
Fax: 021-4841722 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: Cian McNamara
Website: Hon. Treasurer:  
Founded: 1908 Designed by: P. O'Hare, Tom Carey & B. Murphy
Open for membership. Societies are welcome and group rates are available.
Membership: 805 Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Green Fees Midweek: €34 Clubhouse opening hours: 8.00am to 11.30pm
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €38 Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Green Fees With a Member: €34 Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Green Fees For Opens: Catering: Full catering facilities
Practice Area: Yes Days to Avoid: Weekends & Tuesdays
Club Hire: Yes Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days
Buggy Hire: Yes Pre-booking for open tournaments: 14 Days in advance
Soft spikes: Yes    


Course Description
Monkstown Golf Club was founded in 1908. The work of Scottish Head Green-keeper since 1990 has provided Monkstown with one of the finest mature parkland courses in Munster. The club extended to 18-holes in 1972 and carried out a major re-bunkering program in the early nineties, plus the introduction of some interesting water features on the back nine, has improved both the challenge and the aesthetics of the Course.Prior to 1972 the clubhouse was a Castle, built in 1636, which is still standing. The new clubhouse was extended in 1994 offering the golfer every amenity the golfer could require.The front nine gives the golfer fabulous views of Cork Harbour, together with a variety of holes that will test the best of golfers. The back nine has some of the toughest finishing holes to be found anywhere in Ireland. The 17th 392 m Par 4 index 1 is followed by 377 m Par 4 index 7, these two holes have destroyed many a seemingly good card. 

Visitors to Monkstown Golf Club are assured of a warm welcome and a memorable game of golf. Societies are welcome and group rates are available. Voted the No. 85-ranked golf course in Ireland, by “Golf Digest Ireland” in 2008.

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Club History
Instituted 1908, affiliated 1908. The first general meeting of Monkstown Golf Club took place in April 1908. Mr. A. H. Exham was in the chair. He was a member of the Monkstown Improvement and Amusements Committee, whose task it was to investigate the setting up of a golf club. Other members were; J. F. Maguire, J. H. Hogan, G. A. Goulde, A. G. Boumphrey and J. S. Cummins. The club had 350 members including ladies. The Golfing Annual 1908-9 records "The course of nine holes is in Lord De Vesci’s demesne, with the old castle built in 1643 as the clubhouse". The course measured 2,500 yards and was laid out by Peter O’Hara, the club professional, and J. Brown, the professional at Little Island, and was opened on 14th April, 1908, by Mr. Exham, the Vice-President. The first President was The 5th Viscount De Vesci and the first Captain was Mr. J. F. Maguire.The club purchased the land and castle from the De Vesci estate for £4,000 in 1959, then in 1962, 62 acres at Parkgarriff was purchased for £12,500. In 1963, they sold the castle and some 32 acres for £22,000. The club then set about laying out a new eighteen-hole course, under the watchful eyes of Peter O’Hare, Tom Carey and B. Murphy, on the new land and combined some of the old course.

Members Achievements

Ada O'Sullivan was selected as Captain of The winning Curtis Cup team for 2004.Lady Captain Mary Rea, Captain Jim Long and R. A. Dunlea, qualified for the National Finals of the Mercedes-Benz Irish Independent Executive Golf Classic at The K Club on August 12th 2002.

Lady Captain Harriet Ferriss and her Captain's Prize winner Ada O'Sullivan were leading qualifiers in the Volkswagen-Irish Independent Lady Captain's Classic at Limerick Golf Club in August 2001. Ada with more than one hundred Irish caps and playing off scratch together with Harriet off 20 proved to b for the opposition when they won by 3-shots. They went on to play in the National Finals at Druid's Glen on October 1st. They came 3rd on a count back in gales described by Eamonn Darcy as "the worst I've experienced here"

P. O'Sullivan was elected to the council of the Munster Branch of the GUI for 2001.

Monkstown won the All-Ireland Barton Shield at Cork G. C. in 1933.

Monkstown Golf Club won the All-Ireland Jimmy Bruen Shield at Portstewart G. C. in 1995, when the team was Peter Aherne, Finbarr Coakley, Dick Dunlea, Roy Downey, Andrew Fitzgerald, John Foster, John Hayes, Donal McCarthy, Michael McSweeney, Noel Miller, Brian Morrissey, Jim O'Brien, Michael O'Sullivan, Paddy O'Sullivan, Sars Smith and Martin Walsh, they were managed John Byrne.

Monkstown won the Munster Final of the Irish Junior Cup when the beat Tralee. They went on to meet Warrenpoint in the All-Ireland semi-final at Lahinch on 21st September 2000. The squad was Sarsfield Smith, Jim Long, Andrew Fitzgerald, John Herbert, Roy Downey, Martin Daly, Stuart Roche and John Hayes. They beat Warrenpoint in the Semi-Final 3 to 2, but went down to Moate in the National Final. The team was Roy Downey, Andrew Fitzpatrick, John Herbert, N. Miller and Jim Long.

Monkstown Golf Club won the All-Ireland Irish Mixed Foursomes in 1974, when the team was John Bbeale, John O'Reilly, Paddy O'Sullivan, Paddy Byrne, Pat Keilher, Pat Goggin, Madeline Higgins, Catherine Thompson, Madeline Corbert, Deirdre Donegan, Sheila Williams and Sheala Daly.

The Ladies of Monkstown Golf Club won the ILGU Junior League in 1982 and 2001.

They won the Munster Junior Cup in 1996 and 2000.

They won the Irish Junior Foursomes in 1990.

They won the Southern District Junior Cup in 1999.when rhe team was J. G. Musgrave & E. S. H.McCarthy won by 2-holes and C. A. Murphy & J. F. Niholson they won by 4-holes.

Lady Captain in the Millennium Ada O'Sullivan (0) and her Captain's prize winner Maura Long (34) booked their place in the National Finals of the Volkswagen-Irish Independent Lady Captains Classic when they shot 39pts. in the Regional Qualifying round at Limerick Golf Club in August 2000. They went on to compete in the final at Druid's Glen on 2nd October, where they came fourth with 31 points.

Miss Ada O'Sullivan was selected to play for Ireland in the European Ladies Team Championships at Nordcentre Golf and Country Club, Finland in 1997, at Golf Club Milano, Monza in 1995, at Royal Haagsche, Holand in 1993 and she played for Ireland in the Ladies Home Internationals at Lahinch, in 1997, at Longriddry, in 1996 and at Wrexham in 1995, having played for the Irish Girls in 1980. She won the Stroke Play Foursomes together with Miss Bridget Gleeson of Killarney in 1983 and again together with Miss Eileen McDaid of Skibbereen in 1990.

Person Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Brian Morrissey 01 May 1999 13th   161 m
Con Murphy 18 July 1999 13th   161 m
Charles Fielding 24 September 1999 1st   187 m
Lee Valley 01 July 2000 16th   175 m
Breda Quaid 01 July 2000 16th   135 m

Card of the Course
Card of the Course (yards)
Hole No Blue White Par Index Red Par Index
1 181 167 3 10 138 3 15
2 344 330 4 6 316 4 2
3 513 490 5 14 439 5 9
4 230 230 4 18 222 4 18
5 316 286 4 4 281 4 3
6 166 158 3 12 140 3 11
7 284 273 4 16 262 4 7
8 361 347 4 2 315 5 13
9 360 344 4 8 282 4 5
Out 2,755 2,625 35   2,395 36  
10 305 284 4 13 258 4 6
11 344 340 4 5 330 5 16
12 299 287 4 15 261 4 4
13 159 144 3 17 124 3 17
14 377 350 4 3 281 4 8
15 470 455 5 11 432 5 1
16 172 165 3 9 137 3 12
17 392 370 4 1 331 5 14
18 369 350 4 7 289 4 10
In 2,887 2,745 35   2,443 37  
Total 5,642 5,370 70   4,838 73  
SSS 69 68     71    

Roll of Honour
P. Mulcahy 1989 Ladies Captain
S. Williams 1990 Ladies Captain
N. Buckley 1991 Ladies Captain
M. Maxwell 1992 Ladies Captain
N. Kelly 1993 Ladies Captain
A. Murphy 1994 Ladies Captain
V. Higgins 1995 Ladies Captain
M. Cahalan 1996 Ladies Captain
R. McNamara 1997 Ladies Captain
E. Murnaghan 1998 Ladies Captain
Mrs. Marie Moran 1999 Ladies Captain
Ada O'Sullivan 2000 Ladies Captain
Dr. Harriet Ferriss 2001 Ladies Captain
Mary Rea 2002 Ladies Captain
Maura Breathnach 2003 Ladies Captain
Vera O'Byrne 2004 Ladies Captain
Deirdre McGowan 2005 Ladies Captain
Bernadette Murphy 2006 Ladies Captain
Catherine Richardson 2007 Ladies Captain
B. Kilbride 1989 Men's Captain
F. Murphy 1990 Men's Captain
M. Byrne 1991 Men's Captain
L. O'Mahony 1992 Men's Captain
D. Walsh 1993 Men's Captain
A. Horgan 1994 Men's Captain
G. Lehane 1995 Men's Captain
L. O'Dwyer 1996 Men's Captain
B. Dunphy 1997 Men's Captain
J. Cunningham 1998 Men's Captain
Philip O'Dwyer 1999 Men's Captain
Dan O'Sullivan 2000 Men's Captain
Mark O'Sullivan 2001 Men's Captain
Jim Long 2002 Men's Captain
Ted Scriven 2003 Men's Captain
Steve Guinane 2004 Men's Captain
D. P. McCarthy 2005 Men's Captain
Ban Byrne 2006 Men's Captain
Bernard Cronin 2007 Men's Captain
D. McDonnell 1989 President
D. McCarthy 1990 President
A. Buckley 1991 President
W. O'Byrne 1992 President
S. Gibbons 1993 President
D. O'Sullivan 1994 President
P. Clohessy 1995 President
H. V. Dunne 1996 President
B. Kilbride 1997 President
M. J. O'Brien 1998 President
Brendan Mulcahy 1999 President
Charlie Fielding 2000 President
Frank Murphy 2001 President
R. A. Dunlea 2002 President
Maurice Healey 2003 President
John Cunningham 2004 President
Kevin Mulcahy 2005 President
Kevin Mulcahy 2006 President
Sean Geary 2007 President
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