Athenry Golf Club

Address Palmerstown
Co. Galway
Telephone: 091-794466
Public No: 091-790765
Fax: 091-794971
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Founded: 1902
Membership: 896
Green Fees Midweek: €35
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €50
Green Fees With a Member: €15
Green Fees For Opens: €20
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: Yes
Soft spikes: No
Secretary/Manager: Padraic Flattery
Captain: Pat Costello
Lady Captain: Veronica Cronin
President: Sean Cleary
Vice-Captain: Tony O'Neill
Hon. Secretary: Bob Reilly & A .Stanley
Club Pro: Raymond Ryan 091-790599
Hon. Treasurer: Paddy Forde
Designed by: Eddie Hackett
Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Clubhouse opening hours: 11:00am till late
Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering facilities
Days to Avoid: Sundays
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days
Pre-booking for open tournaments: 14 Days in advance

Course Description

Athenry Golf Club is a mixture of parkland and heathland built on a limestone base against the backdrop of a large forest giving excellent drainage and remaining playable all year round.Celebrating its centenary in 2002 this pleasant test of Golf on the outskirts of Galway City offers a challenge for golfers of all standards on a course which is un-crowded mid-week.Extended to 18-holes in 1991 under the guidance of renowned architect, the late Eddie Hackett and further improvements in recent years by Eddie Connaughton has lead to the club hosting recent Provincial and National championships.

Feature holes are the 3 Par 3’s in the adjoining woods with the signature 12th hole of 175 metres from an elevated tee amongst a corridor of beech and pine trees one of the most challenging and scenic holes to be seen throughout Ireland.Modern clubhouse with a friendly atmosphere gives excellent views of much of the course and adjoining famous "Field of Athenry".


Open & Major Fixtures 2011
See Event Calendar here.

Club History

Instituted 1902 affiliated 1928.

There is some confusion as to the year Athenry was first founded. The Golfing Annual of 1907-8, gives it as November, 1904, whereas the Irish Golfers Guide, 1910 gives it as 1902. The Irish Golfers Guide 1911 reads "The Club is deeply indebted to Mr. J. B. Concanon, Major Hall, Mr H. J. Concanon, Mr J. M. Meldon and Dr. P. J. Quinlan. It is given as a nine-hole course measuring 2,353 yards, which were within half a mile of Athenry station".

The present location of Athenry is its fourth since its foundation, which is typical of many rural Irish Clubs. The Great War had a drastic effect on Athenry, as The Irish Golfers Guide records "Owing to the depletion of members, on account of the war and falling-off of subscriptions, this club has been closed for the present".


Members Achievements

Athenry Golf Club won the Connacht Final of the Fred Daly when they beat Co. Sligo Golf Club at their home course by 8 matches to 6 matches on 22nd April 2006. The first round was played at Co. Sligo when Pat Neville was beaten by Tom McDaid on the 22nd-hole, next up was Ronan Everiss who lost to Stephen Brady by 3 and 2. He was followed by Andrew Trill who lost to Michael Durcan by 5 and 4. Next up was Sean Coyne who lost to Gerard Finnegan by a single hole. He was followed by Aengus Farrell who beat Daniel Dolan by 2-holes. The penultimate match saw Cillian Broder lose to Steffan O’Hara by 3 and 1. The final match was a very convincing lose for Barry O’Brien to Oliver Howes with a 7 and 6 result.

The second leg was played at Athenry Golf Club with the home team 3-matches down after their trip to the Point, but local knowledge was to play a major part in determining the outcome. First up was Patrick Neville who beat Tony McDaid by 1-hole. He was followed by Ronan Everiss who beat Stephen Brady by 3 and 1. The 3rd match of Andrew Trill against Michael Durcan went all-the-way up the 20th before the Galway club notched up another win. They were followed by Sean Coyne who beat Gerard Finnegan by 2-holes. Angus Farrell lost to Daniel Dolan by 3 and 2. Then Cillian Broder beat Steffan O’Hara by 2 and 1.The final match say Barry O’Brien beat Oliver Howes by 4 and 3.

Michael Mulryan was selected on the Connacht team for the Interprovincial Matches played at Portmarnock Golf Club from 11th to 13th August 2004. Michael was selected on the Irish Boys Team that played Canada in a Junior Challenge match at Hamilton Golf and Country Club from 7th to 9th September 2004.

Fiona Carroll was selected on the Connacht ILGU Team for the Interprovincial's. Played at Ballybunion Golf Club from 18th to 20th August 2004.

Kathleen Ivers (24) teamed up with Alice Murphy (21) from Oughterard Golf Club to qualify with 39 pts. at Druid's Heath in the National Final of the O2 All-Ireland Masters. They qualified for the Grand Final played at the Kempinski Resort Hotel, Estepona, Spain in October 2004. They set out for the 5 Hotel on 9th October where having played a practice round they then went on to compete in the Grand Final over four days.

Athenry Golf Club won the Connacht Final of the Fred Daly Trophy and were drawn against a very b team from The Island Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Finals at Lucan Golf Club on 18th August 2003. The team on the day was Barry Donoghue, Shane Greally, Andrew Joyce, Joey Joyce and Patrick Neville.

Fiona Carroll was selected on the Connacht Girls Interprovincial Team in 2002 and 2003.

Michael Mulryan was selected on the Irish Boy's for the Home Internationals at Blairgowrie, Scotland in early August 2002.

Barry Donohue and Michael Mulryan were selected on the Connacht Boys' team for the Interprovincial Championships at Headfort Golf Club from August 28-30 2002.

Darragh McGowan was selected on the Connacht Ladies' team for the AIB Interprovincial Championships at Mount Wolseley Golf Club from August 7-9 2002.

Lady Captain Gina Gilligan (9) and her Captain's Prize winner Marian Kindregan (12) qualified at Sleive Russell Golf Club for the National Finals of the Volkswagen-Irish Independent Lady Captains Golf Classic, when they shot 34pts. They went on to Druid's Glen Golf Club in September 2002.

Lady Captain Gina Gilligan, Captain Gilbert McCarthy and President Michael Waters, qualified for the National Finals of the Mercedes-Benz Irish Independent Executive Golf Classic at The K Club on August 12th 2002.

Athenry won the All-Ireland Captains, Secretary-Managers, Professionals and Green keeper's Competition at Dundalk Golf Club in 2002, when the team was, Gilbert McCarthy, Raymond Ryan, Padraig Flattery, and Gerry Hanley.

Athenry won the Fred Daly Connacht Championship in 2002, when the team was, Michael Mulryan, Barry Donohue, Shan Greally, Pat Greally and Andrew Joyce. 

Athenry won the Fred Daly Connacht Championship in 2001, when the team was Chris Counihan, Peter Ryan, Barry, Donohue, Michael Mulryan, Pat Grealy and Morgan Lynch.

They were winners of the Jack O'Sullivan Connacht section in 2001, when the team was Noel Murray, James Giles, Christy O'Grady, Seamus Mulkerrins, Brendan O'Connell, Noel Ivors, Jackie Beatty, Pearse Coffey, Luke Glynn, Willie Higgins, Johnny Greaney and Norman Farrell. They were, captained by Fr. Richie Higgins.

Athenry beat Portumna in the Connaught Final of the Irish Junior Cup and went on to play Moate in the All-Ireland semi-final at Lahinch, on 21stSeptember 2000. The squad was Michael Waters, John Duffy, Darragh Guinnane, Michael Mulryan, Shane Franklin, Michael Lane and Niall McSweeney The team Captain was Tom O'Connor Jnr. They went down to Moate in the Semi-Final.

They won the Connacht Barton Shield in 2000, when the team was M. Lane, M. King, T. O'Connor Snr. T. O'Connor Jnr. M. Waters and M. Mulryan. They were, captained by L. Gardner.

They were Connacht Cecil Ewing winners in 1989, when the team was Tony Reidy, Paul Lally, Mattie Byrnes, Padraigh Somers, Brendan Moran, Seamus Mulkerrins, Johnny Greaney, Richard Hughes, Willie Kennedy, Walter Murphy, Tom Prendergast, Arthur Quinn, Richard Lyons, Jimmy Murphy, Val Forde and they were captained by Tony Kelly.

They won the Jack O'Sullivan in 1993, when the team was Norman Farrell, Noel Carroll, Luke Glynn, Christy Kelly, Willie Greaney, Par Duane, Sean Ward, Noel Duffy, Padraic Flaherty, Fr. Richie Higgins, Juno Barrrett, Jimmy Flatherty, Seamus Mulkerrins, John Duffy, Jimmy Murphy, Tom Lane, Sean Cleary, Johnny Greaney and Noel Ivers. They were, captained by Tony Kelly.

Athenry were the Millennium County Trophy winners, when the team was, Pat Dunne, Noel Murphy, Willie Higgins, Seamus Mulkerrins, Gerry Broder, Rory McCarthy, Luke Glynn, Christy O'Grady, Padraig Flattery and Gerry Doherty. They were, captained by the Millennium Captain Liam Raftery.

They won the Galway County Trophy in 1970, when the team was Leo Gardner, Brendan Melley, Joe Burke, John Murphy, Colm Hilliard, Jimmy Ryan, Tommy Coppinger, Gabe Gardner, Willie Higgins and Pat Harte.

They won the Connacht Shield in 1977, when the team was Tom Lane, John Murphy, Pat Lyons, Leo Gardner, Tommy Coppinger, Derek Kennedy, Sean Dempsey, Willie Higgins, Juno Barrett, J. C. Burke, Noel Maher and Tony O'Boyle.

They won the Kenny Cup in 1992, when the team was Damian Fahy, Kenneth O'Brien, Cormac Breathnach and they were, managed by Tom Coffey.

They won the Bloomfield Cup in 1988 at Mullingar Golf Club, when the team was Sean Boyle, Jimmy Flaherty, John Duffy, Sean Pomphrett, Leo Gardner, Tony Kelly, Dick Fitzgerald, Martin Callagy, Tom Lane, Sean Dempsey, Luke Glynn and Tom Hargrove.

They won the County Trophy in 1982, when the team was Dick Fitzgerald, Tom Cleary, Derek Kennedy, John Murphy, Phillip Fullam, Joe Burke, Brendan Caulfield, Willie Higgins and Padraig Flattery.

Athenry won the Carroll's Pro-Am at Portmarnock Golf Club in 1988, when playing with Derrick Cooper, Leo Gardner, Martin Callagy and Kevin Healy captured the trophy.

The Ladies of Athenry Golf Club won the Burren Trophy in 2000, when the team was Mary Rogan, Stella Canny, Kathleen Greaney, Winnie O'Grady, Ann Killeen, Lorraine Higgins, Phil McDonald, Maeve Rabbett, Eileen Burke, Cecily Byrnes and they were captained by Malek Mofakem and Phil Rabbett.

They won the ILGU Western District Intermediate Team Event in 1998, when the team was Marion Kindregan, Margaret Ruane, Margaret O'Sullivan, Kathleen Greaney, Dympna Waters, Breege Somers and they were, captained by Pauline McCarthy.

They won the Connacht Shield in 1985, when the team was Marian Glynn, Margaret Lavelle, Breege Somers, Katherine Reilly, Lil Cronin and Evelyn Maher.

They won the Burren Foursomes in 1983, when the team was Marion Glynn, Margaret Murphy, Shelia Harte, Kathleen Higgins, Mary Cresham, Nancy Coppinger, Kathryn Reilly, Margaret Ruane, Eileen Burke, Evelyn Maher and they were, captained by Breege Sommers.

They won the Waterford Cream Ladies Foursomes in 1982, when the team was Lil Cronin, Kathryn Reilly and Midge Glynn.

Brian Mooney played Connaught Boys in 1996.The ladies of Athenry Golf Club won the ILGU Western District Linda Black Trophy in 1992 and 1991

Person Date Hole No.   Distance
Mary McHugh 7 August 2001 6th   124 m
Margaret McCrossan 7 August 2001 6th   124 m
Conrad Conneely 24 June 2000 17th   143 m
Leo Gardner 21 July 1999 6th   142 m
K. Reilly 1 July 1999 6th   124 m
M. Ruane   17th   121 m
Neil Hosty   12th   167 m
Graeme Reidy 30 June 1996 6th   134 m
Andy Furey   6th   134 m
Gerry Dillon   12th   167 m
Finbar Maher   6th   134 m
Ernie Lusby   3rd   151 m
Michael Lane   3rd   151 m
Card of the Course
Card of the Course (metres)
Hole No White Green Par Index Red Par Index
1 379 371 4 4 313 4 4
2 335 327 4 12 291 4 8
3 159 145 3 10 133 3 18
4 266 247 4 18 236 4 14
5 336 303 4 6 290 4 6
6 155 134 3 16 124 3 16
7 418 410 4 2 396 5 10
8 484 461 5 14 415 5 2
9 349 341 4 8 288 4 12
Out 2,881 2,739 35   2,486 36  
10 443 435 5 17 387 5 9
11 354 346 4 11 323 4 7
12 171 149 3 13 131 3 13
13 388 366 4 3 355 5 15
14 342 334 4 9 321 4 3
15 381 342 4 5 312 4 5
16 367 359 4 1 342 4 1
17 143 135 3 15 121 3 17
18 331 295 4 7 250 4 11
In 2,920 2,761 35   2,542 36  
Total 5,801 5,500 70   5,028 72  
SSS 70 68     72    

Roll of Honour
Kathleen Brady 1989 Ladies Captain
Dympna Waters 1990 Ladies Captain
Mary Lally 1991 Ladies Captain
Teresa Dundon 1992 Ladies Captain
Colette McDonagh-White 1993 Ladies Captain
Marie Carr 1994 Ladies Captain
Maeve Rabbitte 1995 Ladies Captain
Helena Browne 1996 Ladies Captain
Anne Duffy 1997 Ladies Captain
Carmel Burkitt 1998 Ladies Captain
Marion Kindregan 1999 Ladies Captain
Ethna Joyce 2000 Ladies Captain
Audrey McCarthy 2001 Ladies Captain
Gina Gilligan 2002 Ladies Captain
Patricia Leyden 2003 Ladies Captain
Lindy Lyons 2004 Ladies Captain
Maureen Lawless 2005 Ladies Captain
Anita Coffey 2006 Ladies Captain
Anita Coffey 2007 Ladies Captain
Sheila Harte 1994 Ladies President
Breege Somers 1995 Ladies President
Eileen Burke 1996 Ladies President
Evelyn Maher 1997 Ladies President
Mary Cresham 1998 Ladies President
Kathryn Reilly 1999 Ladies President
Margaret Lavelle 2000 Ladies President
Cecily Byrnes 2003 Ladies President
Pauline McCarthy 2004 Ladies President
Dympna Waters 2005 Ladies President
Mary Lally 2006 Ladies President
Sean Ward 1989 Men's Captain
Joe Lavelle 1990 Men's Captain
Tom Coffey 1991 Men's Captain
Willie Greaney 1992 Men's Captain
Michael Waters 1993 Men's Captain
Pat Duane 1994 Men's Captain
Richie Higgins 1995 Men's Captain
Brendan Moran 1996 Men's Captain
Noel Ivers 1997 Men's Captain
Padraig Flattery 1998 Men's Captain
Eoin Hosty 1999 Men's Captain
Liam Rafferty 2000 Men's Captain
Jimmy Murray 2001 Men's Captain
Gilbert McCarthy 2002 Men's Captain
John Reidy 2003 Men's Captain
Rory McCarthy 2004 Men's Captain
John Greaney 2005 Men's Captain
Jim Byrne 2006 Men's Captain
Pat Coen 2007 Men's Captain
Tom McDonagh 1989 President
Richie Higgins 1990 President
Sean Dempsey 1991 President
Dick Fitzgerald 1992 President
Tom Lane 1993 President
Sean Ward 1994 President
Gilbert McCarthy 1995 President
Donal Madden 1996 President
John Murphy 1997 President
Leo Gardner 1998 President
Paul Gibson 1999 President
Joe Lavelle 2000 President
Brendan Moran 2001 President
Michael Waters 2002 President
Ernie Lusby 2003 President
Jimmy Reilly 2004 President
Luke Glynn 2005 President
Gerry Doherty 2006 President
Luke Glynn 2007 President

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