Castle Golf Club

Course Facts:
Address Woodside Drive Secretary/Manager: John McCormack
Rathfarnham Captain: Michael Bollard
Dublin 14 Lady Captain: Justine Agnew
Telephone: 01-4904207 President: Jim Bradley
Public No: 01-4922000    
Fax: 01-4920264    
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: David Kinsella 01-492 0272
Founded: 1913 Designed by: Harry Colt
Not open for membership. Societies are welcome and group rates are available. (20+)
Membership: 1042 Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Green Fees Midweek: €80 Clubhouse opening hours: 10.0am to 11.30pm
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: N/A Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Green Fees With a Member: €20 Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Green Fees For Opens: N/A Catering: Full catering facilities
Practice Area: Yes Days to Avoid: Weekends
Club Hire: Yes Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days
Buggy Hire: No Pre-booking for open tournaments: N/A
Soft spikes: No    


Course Description
Course Description:

Castle Golf Club is one of the finest and most mature Parkland golf courses to be found anywhere in the country, which is only to be expected from a course that has been in its present location since 1913. The course is festooned with strategically located mature trees, with water coming into play on the 177 yards 7th which club selection being imperative here.Castle has many challenging and memorable holes to confront the golfer of all standards, not least the 234 yard Par 3 10th which will require a driver if the wind is into your face and sometimes this is not enough.

One of the things that has always amassed me when playing the Castle was although the course is completely surrounded by housing yet you get the distinct impression that you are away from it all with spectacular views of the Dublin Mountains. In my case I could look over the garden walls of people I knew, as I lived within a Par 5 of the course, yet I always had the distinct impression I was out in the country and miles away from everything.

The club has a fine tradition in recent years of developing young golfers, this task fell to the Late Dick Roach one of golf's gentlemen and one of my regrets was he wasn't there to see Castle lift their first National Pennant in the Bulmers Jimmy Bruen at Lisburn in 2003, when one of the victorious team was only 14 years of age.

Castle is the venue of the most sough after Father & Son in the country played for every July, my son Shane and I tried several times with no success, alas we can never participate again as Shane has since signed his card and is plying his trade as an assistant professional at The Island.

Castle has completely upgraded all of their greens to USGA sand-based standards, under the watchful eye of Jeff Howes and completed refurbished the clubhouse in 2002 keeping pace with the high standards that are to be found throughout the country.

David Kinsella has been the resident profession at Castle as long as I can remember and maintains a superbly supplied shop. When asked to recommend a good professional for lessons in the greater Rathfarnham area I always tell them to go and talk to David as he is without doubt one of the best.

Voted the No. 78-ranked golf course in Ireland, by “Golf Digest Ireland” in 2008.

Open & Major Fixtures 2011
See Event Calendar here.

Club History
Club History

Instituted 1913 affiliated 1913The initial meeting of the Castle Golf Club took place on 21st February, 1913, in the Ivanhoe Hotel, Harcourt Street. The first committee was composed of five elected members and five nominated by Bailey and Gibson. The well-known building firm purchased the land at Rathfarnham Castle in 1912, with the intention of building a garden city, with a golf course in the centre of it. The land was sold to the members in December, 1917, and on 1st January, 1918, the Castle Golf Club Limited was formed.


Members Achievements

The Ladies of Castle Golf Club won the Menolly Homes All-Ireland Fourball at Mount Juliet on 7th September 2007. They beat Northern District Champions Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club by 3 matches to 1 match in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.They won Southern Champions Waterford Golf Club in the All-Ireland Final. First up on the tee was Maria Beaton with Niamh Leonard who lost to Brenda Corcoran with Nellie Dunphy by 2 and 1. They were followed by Yvonne Managhan with Ann Vella who beat Bettina Jeffers with Bri Monaghan by one-hole.

Next up were Sally Lenehan with Martina Jones who had a comfortable 4 and 3 win over Susan Murphy with Carmel Walsh. The bottom match saw Sinead Heraty with Anne Tynan halved their match against Fiodna Cosgrove with Treasa Ryan, to deliver the vital halve-point and the Championship for the ladies from Rathfarnham.

Peggy Blehein with Ursula Hernon won the All-Ireland Australian Spoons at Coollattin Golf Club on Monday 4th September 2006 with an excellent 43-points. Donna McLoughlin with Elaine Smith from Ballina were three points further back to take 2nd place on a count-back from Carrick-on-Suir’s pair of Mary Fleming with Deirdre Battye.

Castle made a brave effort to retain the Irish Junior Cup in 2006, when they comfortably retained the Leinster Championship by beating Dun Laoghaire Golf Club by 4 and 1 at Enniscorthy Golf Club on Sunday 2nd July.

It was on to Enniscrone Golf Club for the National Finals, where they where drawn against Connaught Champions Westport Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Wednesday 13th September.

First on the tee was Simon Lynch against Colm Walsh who recorded a 5 band 4 victory against the man from the West. He was followed by Ronan Burke against Anto Browne who had a 2 and 1 win. Next up was Omar Bhamjee who beat Michael McGreal by 3 and 2. Ross Kinsella and Marc Dillon both halved their matches against Ronan Mahon and Tony Bree, giving Castle a 4 and 1 victory.

They met Ulster Champions Banbridge in the National Final the following day. Simon Lynch had “one of those days” loosing out to Neil Clydesdale by 7 and 6. Ronan Burke went all the way to the 19th against Trevor Woods before conceding the vital point. Omar Bhamjee lost out to Jonathan Burns by 6 and 5. Ross Kinsella and Marc Dillon both beat Ross McCandless and Rory Madeley by 2 and 1. So near to achieving what they failed to do at Rosslare Golf Club in 2005.

Castle Golf Club won the All-Ireland Fred Daly Trophy at Dungarvan Golf Club on 24th August 2005. Having won the Leinster Championship they were drawn against Ulster Champions Lurgan in the Semi-Final.

First up was S. Webster against G. Douglas who lost his match by 3 and 2. He was followed by D. Lernihan who beat A. Shaw by 3 and 2. Next on the tee was G. Lenehan who had a convincing 4 and 3 win over J. Horan. The penultimate match was between T. O’Connor and A. Gallery with the Castle player recording a 5 and 4 win. The final match was between A. Slaughter and A. McReynolds which ended in a half. With a 3 ½ matches to 1 ½ matches over the Ulster Champions they met the Munster Champions Killarney in the National Final.

S. Webster was first out against S. Gallivan who recorded a halve between them. D. Lernihan had a 2 and 1 win over S. O’Neill, he was followed by G. Lenehan who halved with P. O’Connor. Next on the tee was T. O’Connor who had a convincing 4 and 3 win over C. Healy. The last match saw K. Swaine pitted against L. Dunle, when the Castle player had a 3 and 1 win and recorded a 4 matches to 1 match to win their first All-Ireland Fred Daly Trophy.

Castle Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Irish Junior Cup and were drawn against Ulster Champions Fortwilliam Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final at Rosslare Golf Club on 14th September 2005.

James Hanby lead the Castle team and recorded a convincing 3 and 2 win over the Fortwilliam No. 1 Gary Brown. He was followed Karl Swaine who lost out to Conrad McLarnon by 3 and 1. Next on the tee was Stephen Webster who had a resounding 7 and 6 win over Paul Maguire. The penultimate match saw Omar Bhamjee (son of the ex Labour T. D. for Clare Dr. M. Bhamjee) loose his match on the 18th against Gary O’Hara. The bottom match saw Harry Gleeson loose out to Michael Tierney by 5 and 4.

Castle won the All-Ireland Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield at Lisburn Golf Club on 12th September 2003, when they beat Portumna in the Semi-Final by 4 1/2 matches to 1/2 match. They faced Ulster Champions Greenisland in the final and had another comfortable win by 4 matches to 1. The team on the day was Ross Kinsella with Karl Swaine, Brian Gleeson with Gary Moran, John Whooley with Brian Kane, Martin Wilson with Anthony Slaughter and John Bourke with Tadgh O'Connor.

The Girls' of Castle Golf Club won the All-Ireland Smurfit Junior Girls in 2003 when the team was Sally Anne Lenehan, Aisling O'Shea, Jennie White, they were managed by Mary Walsh.

Kyung Hae Lee was selected on the Leinster Girls' team for the Smurfit Interprovincial Championship at Enniscrone Golf Club from April the 18th to 20th 2001.

The Millennium Captains Declan Lenihan and Eileen Doyle won the Gilbey's Captains' Invitation Mixed Matchplay at Rathfarnham Golf Club, on 18th August, 2000. They beat their fellow club members Jim Bradley and Miriam Brien in the final 5 and 4.

Jimmy Mulready was on the Leinster Youths team that won the Interprovincial Championship at Waterford G. C., in April, 1999. and he finished 3rd in the Irish Youths Amateur Championship at Cork G. C., in 1999 shooting rounds of 77, 69, 73 and 72., Jimmy won the Gold Medal in the Sir John Lumsden Cup with rounds of 66, 69 and 71 off 2. He and Mark Campbell competed in the Canon European Under 21 Championship in Spain, in October, 1999.

Kyung-Hae Lee was selected on the ILGU Junior squad in November 2000, when she was a 12-year old, she won the Under 19 category in the finals of the Chequita Longest Drive Challenge at Milltown G. C. in 1999, when she drove 191 yd's. 

Caoimhin Mangan won the over 50 section with a drive of 268 yd's. 

Maria Beaton went from 16 to 12 in the space of 2 weeks in August, 1999, when she hit a purple patch winning everything she entered.

B. Meaney participated in the Boys Home International matches in 1985. 

Maurice Wallace participated in the Boys Home International matches in 1994, having played Leinster Boys in 1993 
J. Pender played Leinster Youths in 1981.

Mary Kenny played for the Irish Girls in 1979. Simone Kenny for the Irish Girls in 1979. 

Jane Leavy played for the Irish Girls in 1980, now the coach for the Irish team.

Person Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Mark Byrne 18 May 2008 10th    190 yd's
Gary Moran 06 April 2008 3rd 7-iron 149 yd's
N. Kenny 01 August 2000 13th   132 yd's
A. McKeever 01 August 2000 3rd   149 yd's
Frank Anderson 3 December 1997 3rd   149 yd's
Terry McNulty 5 April 1997 15th   187 yd's
V. Wallis 13 June 1999 13th   132 yd's
P. Williams 13 August 1997 15th   187 yd's
Ken O'Reilly 14 February 1998 13th   132 yd's
G. Molloy 15 April 2001 7th   157 yd's
D. Leavy 16 December 2001 13th   122 yd's
Mrs E M Grant 24 June 1997 13th   132 yd's
Pauline Martin 28 August 1999 13th 8-iron 117 yd's

Card of the Course
Card of the Course (yards)
Hole No White Green Par Index Red Par Index
1 492 482 5 9 429 5 7
2 433 420 4 5 359 4 3
3 149 130 3 17 119 3 17
4 317 307 4 13 300 4 13
5 372 362 4 7 318 4 5
6 418 401 4 1 383 4 1
7 177 157 3 15 146 3 15
8 347 326 4 11 307 4 11
9 452 440 4 3 416 5 9
Out 3,157 3,025 35   2,777 36  
10 190 175 3 6 172 3 12
11 401 391 4 2 330 4 6
12 348 333 4 14 313 4 10
13 132 122 3 18 117 3 18
14 391 378 4 8 347 4 4
15 187 180 3 16 170 3 14
16 529 509 5 10 488 5 2
17 500 487 5 12 467 5 8
18 411 403 4 4 401 5 16
In 3,089 2,805 35   2,805 36  
Total 6,246 6,003 70   5,582 72  
SSS 70 69     71    

Roll of Honour
Mrs. Norris-Egan 1990 Ladies Captain
Mrs. E. O'Connor 1991 Ladies Captain
Mrs. J. M. Breen 1992 Ladies Captain
Mrs. J. Church 1993 Ladies Captain
Mrs. T. J. Forsythe 1994 Ladies Captain
Mrs. A. Medcalf 1995 Ladies Captain
Mrs. D. A. O'Rourke 1996 Ladies Captain
Mrs. E. M. Grant 1997 Ladies Captain
Mrs. E. Gallagher 1998 Ladies Captain
Mrs. M. Breen 1999 Ladies Captain
Mrs. E. Doyle 2000 Ladies Captain
S. Jordan 2001 Ladies Captain
Pat Fanning 2002 Ladies Captain
Niamh Leonard 2003 Ladies Captain
Claire O'Donoghue 2004 Ladies Captain
Terry Egan 2005 Ladies Captain
Mary Norris 2006 Ladies Captain
Patricia Gleeson 2007 Ladies Captain
K. Benton 1990 Men's Captain
T. Murphy 1991 Men's Captain
B. A. Knott 1992 Men's Captain
B. O'Dwyer 1993 Men's Captain
J. J. McAuliffe 1994 Men's Captain
A. W. Heaphy 1995 Men's Captain
R. B. Jones 1996 Men's Captain
T. McNulty 1997 Men's Captain
M. Flood 1998 Men's Captain
J. M. Bradley 1999 Men's Captain
D. J. Lernihan 2000 Men's Captain
M. C. Keane 2001 Men's Captain
Pat O'Reilly 2002 Men's Captain
Ken O'Neill 2003 Men's Captain
Ronan Murphy 2004 Men's Captain
Dermot O'Brien 2005 Men's Captain
Declan MacDonald 2006 Men's Captain
Peter Church 2007 Men's Captain
W. G. Richardson 1990 President
D. A. O'Rourke 1991 President
D. A. O'Rourke 1992 President
D. A. O'Rourke 1993 President
D. A. O'Rourke 1994 President
T. F. Kelleher 1995 President
T. F. Kelleher 1996 President
T. F. Kelleher 1997 President
T. F. Kelleher 1998 President
P. P. Cregan 1999 President
P. P. Cregan 2000 President
J. V. Doyle 2001 President
J. V. Doyle 2002 President
J. V. Doyle 2003 President
J. V. Doyle 2004 President
Bryan Knott 2005 President
Bryan Knott 2006 President
Bryan Knott 2007 President
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