Donegal (Murvagh) Golf Club


Course Facts:
Address Murvagh Secretary/Manager:  
Laghey Captain: Mr. Liam Cassidy  
Co. Donegal Lady Captain: Mrs. Anne Murray  
Telephone: +353 (0)74-9734054 President: Mr. Paddy O'Reilly  
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Fax: +353(0)74-9734377    
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Founded: 1960 Designed by: Eddie Hackett & Pat Ruddy
Membership: 775 Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Green Fees Nov to March €50 Golf Ireland Member é40 Clubhouse opening hours: 9.00am to 11.00pm
Green Fees April and Oct. €120 Golf Ireland Member é50 Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Green Fees May to September €150 Golf Ireland Member €60 Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Open Day Wednesday: €35 Catering: Full catering facilities
Practice Area: Yes Days to Avoid: Sundays
Club Hire: Yes Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days
Buggy Hire: Yes Pre-booking for open tournaments:  
Soft spikes: Yes    


Course Description
Course Description:

Murvagh, as it is commonly known, is a magnificent par-73 with standard scratch of 74 off the back tees, measuring 6,621 metres true test golf. It is a testament to the late Eddie Hackett ability design spectacular links courses. After completing Waterville and Connemara was given an opportunity flex his muscles on promontory in Donegal Bay. He recalled with great modesty "The greens are natural sites: only level of some them were adjusted by hand. All as I had do develop course what nature provided".

One of the feature holes is 174 metres 5th to a plateau green with Donegal Bay in background and no bale-out front or sides, a truly magnificent hole. Rumour has it that some members argued it, was too difficult, but Hackett having non of it. Donegal is a challenging course at any time, but when the wind blows it will test very best of golfers to play anything near their Handicap. Irish Women's Close was contested here in 1997, won by legendry big hitter Mary McKenna Donabate.

Murvagh is a must if you are anywhere near Donegal and even worth trip from Rosslare to play. The clubhouse of highest standard warm welcome extended all visitors.Voted the No. 39-ranked golf course in Ireland, by “Golf Digest Ireland” in 2008. Donegal was voted No. 21 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2008, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland.

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Club History
Club History

Founded 1960.
In the middle of the last century, a group of local men met at the Donegal Courthouse, and thus began the discussion and design of the first golf course near Donegal Town. Land in the Tullycullion townland was donated by the Temple family, owners of the world famous Magee & Co. , and on completion of design and construction, the course opened in May 1960. The Club remained in that location for just over a decade - a community effort where much of the club maintenance was performed by members. However, as membership and popularity grew, there was new incentive to construct a larger course, more in line with links golf that is known in this part of the world.

The 180 acres of the Murvagh peninsula juts out into the Atlantic, accessed only by an avenue through forestry lands. Unusable for either forestry or farming, the land was perfect for the design and construction of a links course. The Temple family, once again, was instrumental in procuring this land, and in 1973, a 99 year lease on the land was obtained. Eddie Hackett, one of the best known course designers in Ireland, was commissioned and the course was designed using Muirfield, with its two circuits of golf, as its model. By 1973, the newly designed course had 18 holes open for play. The original clubhouse was a caravan, to be replaced some months later, by a railway carriage.

By 1974, Pat Ruddy, who came on board in later years as the architect of new design features of the course, wrote "here is one of Ireland's finest golf courses in the making and must be visited". By 1976, a new clubhouse was built, and the club had 80 members, including Eamonn O'Connor, an Ulster Council representative, and Maire O'Donnell, a former Curtis Cup Captain.

The club has continued to evolve over the years - with a number of holes redesigned by Pat Ruddy, and a new Clubhouse, which opened in 1998. Through its ongoing evolution and continued development, the course continues to attain national recognition, and is consistently listed in the upper 20% of the top 100 courses in the British Isles.

Members Achievements

Darragh McGowan was selected on the Connacht ILGU Team for the Interprovincial's. Played at Ballybunion Golf Club from 18th to 20th August 2004.E. MacMullen was selected on the Connacht Ladies team that played the AIB Interprovincial championship at the Island Golf Club from 8th to the 10th August. She was on the Irish Senior Ladies team that played England at Woodbrook Golf Club on 21st and 22nd October 2001. 

Norma Mullooly was selected for the Connacht Girls' team in the Smurfit Interprovincal Championship at Enniscrone Golf Club from the 18th to the 20th April 2001.

Donegal Golf Club won the Connaught Trophy in 1987, the team was Maire O'Donnell, Phil Hunt, Goretti McGill, Una Anderson and Mary Gallagher. 

Norma Mullooly was selected on the ILGU Junior squad in November 2000 and was on the Irish Girls' team which played in the Home Internationals, at Downfield G. C., Dundee, from the 15th to the 17th of August, 2000.

Helen McMullen played for Ireland in the Girls Home Internationals at Moseley Golf Club in 1992, and at Helensburgh Golf Club in 1993.

Card of the Course
Card of the Course (yards)
Name Hole No Blue White Orange Green Par Index Red Par Index
Road to the Isles 1 486 486 476 466 5 9 407 5 6
Westward  2 426 388 378 345 4 3 322 4 2
Bell's Isle 3 194 175 165 156 3 11 147 3 18
Foster's Castle 4 469 395 386 377 4 1 303 4 8
Valley of Tears 5 185 177 168 159 3 7 112 3 16
The Hassans 6 470 470 461 451 5 17 392 5 10
St. Ernan's 7 397 348 342 330 4 13 277 4 14
Moyne Hill 8 502 499 490 437 5 5 394 5 4
Murvagh 9 367 349 341 333 4 15 289 4 12
  Out 3,496 3,287 3,207 3,054 37   2,643 37  
Hackett's Corner 10 357 317 309 309 4 16 286 4 11
Fairy Rath 11 369 346 336 326 4 6 266 4 13
The Bluestacks 12 544 501 495 487 5 14 439 5 3
Tullycullon 13 167 141 133 122 3 18 119 3 17
Hare's Croft 14 517 487 479 461 5 2 452 5 1
The Larks 15 374 365 360 349 4 8 306 4 9
Temple 16 227 168 165 155 3 12 150 3 15
Souterrain 17 376 376 370 350 4 4 341 4 7
Barnesmore 18 392 343 336 327 4 10 294 4 5
  In 3,323 3,044 2,982 2,886 36   2,653 36  
  Total 6,764 6,344 6,182 5,922 73   5,440 73  
  SSS 75 73 72 71     75    

Roll of Honour
P. Hunt 1989 Ladies Captain
M. McKean 1990 Ladies Captain
J. McLaughlin 1991 Ladies Captain
P. Flood 1992 Ladies Captain
V. Reck 1993 Ladies Captain
E. Cranwell 1994 Ladies Captain
S. Hamilton 1995 Ladies Captain
P. McGettigan 1996 Ladies Captain
C. Cunningham 1997 Ladies Captain
Peggy Cleary 1998 Ladies Captain
Annette Dinsome 1999 Ladies Captain
Aileen McClean 2000 Ladies Captain
Bernadette Tracey 2001 Ladies Captain
M. Talbot 2002 Ladies Captain
Una Anderson 2003 Ladies Captain
Crona O'Reilly 2004 Ladies Captain
Mary Ann Kane 2005 Ladies Captain
Adrienne Anderson 2006 Ladies Captain
Dorothy Woods 2007 Ladies Captain
M. Temple 1989 Ladies President
M. Temple 1990 Ladies President
Joan Britton 1991 Ladies President
Joan Britton 1992 Ladies President
M. O'Donnell 1993 Ladies President
M. O'Donnell 1994 Ladies President
M. O'Donnell 1995 Ladies President
M. O'Donnell 1996 Ladies President
M. Ward 1997 Ladies President
M. Ward 1998 Ladies President
Una Anderson 1999 Ladies President
Una Anderson 2000 Ladies President
Doreen Brown 2001 Ladies President
Doreen Brown 2002 Ladies President
Margaret Buckley 2003 Ladies President
Margaret Buckley 2004 Ladies President
Kathleen Fox 2005 Ladies President
Kathleen Fox 2006 Ladies President
Maureen McKean 2007 Ladies President
J. Talbot 1989 Men's Captain
Gallagher 1990 Men's Captain
Fr. J. McLoone 1991 Men's Captain
M. McClean 1992 Men's Captain
D. R. A. Whaley 1993 Men's Captain
S. McCormack 1994 Men's Captain
M. Neary 1995 Men's Captain
M. Collins 1996 Men's Captain
E. Canny 1997 Men's Captain
A. O'Doherty 1998 Men's Captain
Diarmuid McGettigan 1999 Men's Captain
Paddy O'Reilly 2000 Men's Captain
Frank O'Donnell 2001 Men's Captain
Seamus Faulkner 2002 Men's Captain
Brian Boyle 2003 Men's Captain
Tommy Geraghty 2004 Men's Captain
Padraic Farragher 2005 Men's Captain
Des Daly 2006 Men's Captain
Eugene McLaughlin 2007 Men's Captain
Joe Gillespie 2007 Men's Captain
W. Johnston 1989 President
W. Johnston 1990 President
R. A. Anderson 1991 President
R. A. Anderson 1992 President
L. McMenamin 1993 President
L. McMenamin 1994 President
E. J. O'Connor 1995 President
E. J. O'Connor 1996 President
M. Fox 1997 President
M. Fox 1998 President
P. G. Barrett 1999 President
P. G. Barrett 2000 President
G. F. Anderson 2001 President
Finlay Anderson 2002 President
Finlay Anderson 2003 President
Finlay Anderson 2004 President
Derek Whaley 2005 President
Derek Whaley 2006 President
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