Limerick Golf Club

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Course Facts:
Address Ballyclough Secretary/Manager: Pat Murray
Co. Limerick  Captain: Ray O'Halloran
  Lady Captain: Ann O'Sullivan
Telephone: 061-415146 President: Bernard Collins
Public No: 061-415146 Vice-Captain: Rachel Reilly & Ger Gallagher
Fax: 061-319219 Hon. Secretary: Eamon Enright & Marie Moran
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: Lee Harrington 061-412492
Website: Hon. Treasurer: Patricia Kennedy & Ger Lyons
Founded: 1891 Designed by: Dr. Alister McKenzie & John D. Harris
Not open for membership. Societies are welcome and group rates are available.
Membership: In excess of 1300 Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Green Fees Midweek: €30 Clubhouse opening hours: 9.30am to 11.00pm
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €50 Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Green Fees With a Member: €20/25 Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Green Fees For Opens: €20 Catering: Full catering facilities
Practice Area: Yes Days to Avoid: Thursdays & Wednesday mornings
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
Limerick Golf Club is one of Ireland’s oldest club's founded in 1891 it has a long and distinguished history. It has a proud and successful tradition of producing successful inter-club and representative golfers in both men’s and ladies golf. Its most famous son at the moment is Tim Rice. The clubs crowning success was when it won the European Cup in 1980, a unique feat for any Irish Golf Club. Limerick won the Bulmers Senior Cup at Galway Golf Club in September 2002.

Tiger Woods among many other top golfers have graced Ballyclough, Tiger set a new course record of 64 when he played in the J. P. McManus Classic in 2000, an event that raised £10 million for local charities.This fine parkland course has mature tree-lined fairways, a great range of challenging holes and several water hazards. Its feature hole is the 466 m par-5 index 7.Just 3-miles on the South side of Limerick City, the Club is in easy reach of the city centre. It has a fine clubhouse with bar and full catering. The visitor is assured of a warm welcome and a memorable game of golf at Limerick Golf Club.

Open & Major Fixtures 2011
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Club History

Instituted 1891, affiliated 1909. The GUI Yearbook 1967 credits the Murray family for introducing the game to the city. The Murray's had moved from Scotland to Castleconnell in 1888. The three sons were friendly with the Phelps family who were members of Limerick County Club. The Blackwatch Regiment and Sir Alexander Shaw were the other main guiding spirits behind its foundation.A public meeting was called on 12th December, 1891, at the Library of the Old Athenaeum. At the meeting, Alexander Shaw, later Vice President of the GUI, was elected Captain, with seven others on the committee.

The initial location was the racecourse near Ballinacurra House, off the Patrickswell Road. The racecourse proved unsuitable during the summer months as the grass was too heavy. The adventuress golfers of the club travelled as far as Kilkee to play their golf in the summer and later to Lahinch, nearer, but yet some 36 miles from the city, a considerable distance in those days. The Limerick Club is credited with founding both of these clubs.

The course at Ballyclough was bought from Mrs. Crawford in March, 1919, having moved there in 1908. It was their eight location since its foundation. After the racecourse, they moved to a site near the Tennis Club, but had to move on as the tennis players complained about its courts being hacked up. Mr. Fred Ballingal, Lord Dunraven’s agent at Adare, laid out the new eighteen-hole course, which was officially opened on 11th June, 1925. Limerick was the home of the J. P. McManus Classic, which saw the worlds top golfers grace the course every two years. In 2000, The Tiger set a new course record of 64, on his first visit to Limerick.

Limerick Golf Club won the All-Ireland Irish Club Youths' Championship at Kinsale Golf Club in 2006, when the team was Sean Poucher, Cian McNamara, Patrick Sheehy and Colin McNamara, they were captained by Niall Corcoran.

The Ladies of Limerick Golf Club won the Southern District and were National Finals Runners-Up of the ILGU Senior Foursomes in 2006, when the team was, Ann O’Mahony, Marie Crawford, Mary Conlon, Siobhan Conway, Patricia Kelly, Vivienne Gabbett, Patricia Fitzgibbon and Trudy Murphy, they were managed by Margaret Hannon.

Limerick Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Barton Shield in 2006, when they had epic tussle with Tramore Golf Club on the 20th August at the revamped Castletroy Golf Club, the match was decided on the first hole play-off.

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

First on the tee saw Michael O’Kelly with Dermot Morris against Des Morgan with Patrick Higgins, the Limerick pair won by 5-holes. They were followed by Pat Murray with Michael Kemmy against John Morris with Colin Cunningham, they lost by 2-holes but the team had done enough to see Limerick through to the All-Ireland Final against Co. Sligo the following day.

The All-Ireland Final say Limerick field the same formation, Michael O’Kelly with Dermot Morris went 3-down to David Dunne and Serryth Heavey in the first match. They were followed by Pat Murray and Mick Kemmy against Ken Kearney and Keith O’Neill, their 4-hole loss gave the men from the West their 4th Barton Shield victory, having won done the three-in-a-row from 1995 to 1997.

Limerick Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Irish Senor Cup and were drawn against Leinster Champions Hermitage in the All-Ireland Semi-Finals at Rosslare Golf Club on Friday 16 th September 2005.

Irish International and club Secretary/Manger Pat Murray was drawn against Brian O'Connor in the top match in which he suffered a 2 and 1 defeat at the hands of he Hermitage No. 1. Michael O'Kelly was up next against Greg Bowden only to lose by 2holes. Dermot Morris played Sean O'Flaherty in he 3 rd match which ended all-square. Michael Kemmy (nephew of the late Jim Kemmy, Labour T. D. for Limerick for many years) had a bad day on the links against Greg Massy, Greg Vaughan in the bottom match had a 2 and 1 win over Alan Dowling. The match ended in disappointment for the Limerick squad but as their captain said in his speech “We will be back” and I have no doubt they will.

Limerick Golf Club won the Munster Championship of the Irish Club Youths Championship in 2005. The All-Ireland deciders were played at Kilkeel Golf Club, in this three man team event where they compete off scratch with two cards to count.

They were second to The Island Golf Club in the decider with a score of 304. Vini O'Dowd returned rounds of 76 and 75, Sean Poucher short rounds of 82 and 73 while Patrick Sheehy returned rounds of 80 and 78.

Patrick Sheehy was selected to represent Ireland at the Boys Home Internationals played at Woodhall Spa, Lioncolnshire from 2nd to 4th August 2005.

Pat Murray the General/Manager of Limerick Golf Club was selected on the Munster team for the Interprovincial Matches played at Portmarnock Golf Club from 11th to 13th August 2004.

Cian McNamara won The South of Ireland Open Championship at Lahinch Golf Club on 28th July 2004 when he beat Greg Bowden on the 21st Hole. This makes Cian the youngest player to win the Championship, Mark Campbell having won it at 19-years of age in 1999 was the previous youngest winner. Cian received his first Senior Cap for Ireland on 8th September 2004 when selected to play in the Home Internationals at Prestwick Golf Club.

Catherine Tucker was selected on the Munster Girl's Interprovincial's, she won the Connacht Senior Championship and was selected on the Munster ILGU Team for the Interprovincial's played at Ballybunion Golf Club from 18th to 20th August 2004.

Limerick Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Irish Senior Cup at Lahinch in 2002, when they beat Douglas on the 19th, when Karl Bornemann kept his nerve to par the 385 yard Index 6 to clinch the match. The team was Greg Vaughan, Tim Rice, Martin Poucher, Dermot Gallagher, Michael O'Kelly, Dermot Morris and young Cian McNamara, who had six birdies in his match. They were captained by Tim's father Billy. They were drawn against the Leinster Champions Portmarnock in the All-Ireland Semi-Finals at Galway Golf Club on the September 6th. They had a very convincing win over the Portmarnock team by 3-one-half matches to 1-one-half. They were drawn against the Bulmers Barton Shield winners Clandeboye on the Saturday when they had another fine win by 4 matches to 1 match. I was delighted the hear Jack Lynch's (President of the GUI) speech, when he presented the cup to his home club after a laps of twenty years. The team on the day was young Cian McNamara (is he the youngest golfer to win a Senior Cup medal?) against Andy McCormick, Cian playing off +1 at 16-years of age won the top match by 1-hole. Tim Rice halved his last match against C. Moriarty as an Amateur Golfer having served his Country and Club with distinction for many years at Boy's, Youth's and Senior Level. Michael O'Kelly halved his match with C. Murphy, Mick Kemmy (nephew of the late grate Jim Kemmy Labour T. D.) had a 4 and 3 victory over T. Spence and Greg Vaughan had an even more convincing win over J. Caldwell by 6 and 5 in the bottom match.

Ger Vaughan won the Bank of Ireland Mid-Amateur Open Championship on his home course on 12th July 2003 when he returned rounds of 74, 69 and 71 to beat K. Bornemann of Douglas Golf Club by the narrowest of margins.

Cian McNamara won the Munster Boys Open Championship at Tipperary Golf Club having shot rounds of 73,72, 73 and 68 for a total of 286 to win by 2-shots from C. McAleavey of Banbridge Golf Club on 18th August 2003.

At the tender age of 16-year old Cian McNamara had a wonderful year in 2002, when he won the Junior British Open Championship at Royal Mussleburgh, ten days later he helped Ireland into fourth place in the European Young Masters. It was then on to Blairgowrie in Scotland to represent Ireland in the Boy's Home International in early August 2002. Cian then captured the Irish Boys Amateur Championship at Thurles Golf Club on August 23rd. Cian was selected on the Irish Team for the European Young Masters, at Augsburg, Germany in July 2002, where they finished fourth to Spain, France and England. Cian was needless to say on the Munster Boys' team for the Interprovincial Championships at Headfort from August 28-30.

Tim Rice played in the 101st. All India Amateur Championship and Nations Cup match at Royal Calcutta Golf Club on February 10th to the 17th 2002. Tim Rice was selected on the six-man Irish team for the Lytham Trophy on the 6th-7th May. He was selected on the European Team Championship at Ljunghusens G.C., Sweden from 3rd to the 7th July 2001. Tim was again selected on the Irish team for the European Strokeplay championship in Denmark from the 22nd to the 25th of August 2001. Tim was selected to represent Ireland in the Governor Hugh Carey Cup at Portmarnock Golf Club on the 8th-9th May 2001.

The Ladies of Limerick Golf Club won the ILGU Southern District Junior Cup in 2003, when the team was, Ailish Dilger, Ann Bradshaw and Breda Moloney.

They won the ILGU Minor League in 2003, when the team was, Caroline Larkin, Ailish Noone, Cliodhna Mulcahy, Ann Breen, Anne Murphy, Lena Sexton and Nuala Gaffney, they were captained by Nuala Kilroy.

Sheila Galvin was selected on the Munster Ladies team for the AIB Interprovincial Championships at Mount Wolseley Golf Club from August 7-9 2002 She played at The Island Golf Club on the 8th to the 10th August 2001

Lady Captain Judi Lyons and her Captain's Prize winner Mona O'Rourke qualified for the Volkswagen-Irish Independent Lady Captains' Classic Nation Final at Druid's Glen on the 1st October 2001.

Mary Lee qualified for the National Finals of the Irish Times-Mitsubishi Motors Women's Masters. She returned 35 points in the semi-final at Glasson Golf Hotel & Country Club on the 23rd of August 2001. Then it was on to Galway Bay Golf & Country Club for the Final on 13th September. She was joined by club-mate A. O'Mahony who returned 34 points and won the front-nine on the day.

J. Quane was elected to the council of the Munster Branch of the GUI for 2001.

Limerick Golf Club won the European Club Championship (KAS Trophy) at Santa Ponsa, Majorca in 1980, when the team was, Ivan Morris, Jack Harrington, Vincent Nevin and Pat Cotter was non-playing captain.

They won the All-Ireland Irish Senior Cup at Tramore Golf Club in 1976, when the team was Jackie Harrington, Vincent Nevin, Billy Rice, Pat Walsh, Ivan Morris and Jack Lynch.

They won the All-Ireland Irish Senior Cup again at Lahinch Golf Club in 1980, when the team was Jackie Harrington, Vincent Nevin, Ivan Morris, Michael Galvin, Jack Lynch Michael Roberts, Pat Walsh, Billy Rice and they were captained by J. A. Jolmes.

Then in 1982 they won the All-Ireland Irish Senior Cup for the 3rd time at Co. Sligo Golf Club with James Carew, Billy Rice, Juan Fitzgerald, Raymond Egan, Jack Lynch, Michael Galvin and Vincent Nevin, they were captained by Joseph O'Donovan.

They won the All-Ireland Barton Shield at Tramore Golf Club in 1967, when the team was Vincent Nevin, Ivan Morris, J. G. Geary, Billy Rice and P. J. McPolan.

They won the All-Ireland Barton Shield for the 2nd time in 1976, when the team was Jackie Harrington, Vincent Nevin, Ivan Morris, Michael Galvin, Jack Lynch Michael Roberts, Pat Walsh, Billy Rice and they were captained by J. A. Jolmes.

They won the All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup in 1975 at Royal Portrush, when the team was Gerry Casey, Michael Roberts, John Gleeson, Tim Duggan, Ray Smith and James Carew, they were managed by Noel McDonogh and captained by Eddie Tuite,

They won the All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup in 1977, when the team was Gerry Casey, Vincent Barrett, Noel McDonogh, Ray Smith, Michael Roberts James Carew and Eddie Tuite, they were captained by Pat Cotter.

They won the All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup in 1979, at Royal Portrush, when the team was James Carew, Gerry Casey, J. Fitzgerald, J. Hurley, Michael Roberts, John Gleeson and Eddie Tuite, they were captained by Jack Lynch.

They won the All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup in 1988, at Cork Golf Club when the team was Michael Kemmy, Ray Egan, Brian Morris, Paddy Power, Richie Cummins, Dermot Gallagher and James Carew, they were managed by John Gleeson and Captained by Ivan Morris

The Girls' of Limerick Golf Club won Smurfit Irish Juvenile Girls in 1990, when the team was Ashling Keane, Ailish Barry and Gillian Fitzgerald, they were captained by Nora Ward.

Lady Captain in the Millennium Patricia Fitzgibbon and her Captain's prize winner Ena Holmes, were given a sponsors invite to the National Finals of the Volkswagen-Irish Independent Lady Captains Classic at Druid's Glen on 2nd October, 2000.

The Boys' from Limerick won the Munster Section of the Fred Daly Trophy and went down to Banbridge, the winners, at Strandhill in the National Finals on 22nd August 2000. The team was Cian McNamara, Brian Clancy, Emmet Naughton, Vincent O'Dwyer and Gary Rainsford.

C. Tucker was selected on the ILGU Junior squad in November 2000.

Ailish Barry was selected to play for Ireland in the European Ladies Junior Championship at Saint Nom La Breteche, France in 1992.

Orla Barry was a reserve for Ireland in the European Ladies Junior Championship at Nairn Golf Club, Scotland, and played for Ireland in the Girls' Home Internationals at Gog Magog Golf Club in 1994 in 1996 she was selected on the Ladies Senior Munster team, which played in the Interprovincial Championship at Portstewart G.C., from the 9th to 11th August, 2000.

Any of us, who are old enough and with an interest in the wonderful game of hurling, will remember the part Eamonn Grimes played as Captain on the Limerick All-Ireland win in 1973. Eamonn, like so many of us "old hurlers" has taken to the fairways, where we can still compete and our eye hand coordination seems to stand to us. When I took up golf after hurling, I thought it was the easiest game in the world. The ball was stationary, there was nobody "coming at you" and you could take as long as you liked within reason to hit the ball. My first handicap was 10 and then I learned, it went out not in. Anyhow, enough about that. Eamonn won his President's Prize for the second successive year in 2000, playing off 12 he shot 45pts. No mean task at Limerick. I'm sure he would have given his left-arm to have won successive All-Ireland.

Tim Rice, when based in Toledo, Ohio, won the Friends First Senior Scratch Cup at Mullingar on 2nd August, 1999, with 4 sub-par rounds of 71, 70, 71 and 70 to beat Chris Whisler from the USA by 2 shots. Timmy got his first call up for the Senior International Team, in 2000 and was one of the five Irish players on the Walker Cup panel, for this year.

Patrick Collier participated in the Boys Home International matches in 1994 (he played Munster Youths in 1997 and Munster Boys in 1993), as did Timmy Rice in 1994 and 1995; he represented Munster from 1997 to 1998, he played Munster Youths from 1995 to 1996, playing 11 matches, and Munster Boys from 1993 to 1994, playing 12 matches.

J. G. Fitzgerald represented Munster in 1983 and played Munster Youths in1981.

G. Vaughan represented Munster in 1998.

Martin Poucher played Munster Boys in 1997 and 1998, winning 7 of his 11 matches. .

Olivia Chawke played for Ireland in the Girls' Home Internationals at Formby Ladies Golf Club in 1996.

Sheila Galvin was a reserve for the Irish Girls' Home Internationals in 1996, 1997 and played at Mullingar Golf Club in 1998.

Gareth McKeon won the Irish Independent "Golfer of the Month for April", winning a superb, limited-edition painting by Robert Ballagh, and a Fourball at Druid's Glen.

Men's Course Record: Pro. 64 Tiger Woods (Old)

Card of the Course
Card of the Course (metres)
Hole No Blue White Par Index Red Par Index
1 226 322 4 9 321 4 10
2 308 299 4 11 288 4 6
3 300 295 4 13 296 4 14
4 438 433 5 17 360 5 15
5 403 394 4 1 394 5 12
6 372 345 4 5 310 4 2
7 156 147 3 15 140 3 16
8 466 457 5 7 397 5 4
9 397 384 4 3 372 5 13
Out 3,176 3,076 37   2,878 39  
10 344 336 4 12 325 4 5
11 401 374 4 2 336 4 1
12 479 455 5 10 396 5 9
13 390 378 4 4 321 4 3
14 124 110 3 18 98 3 18
15 280 262 4 16 259 4 11
16 141 135 3 14 115 3 17
17 339 307 4 6 296 4 8
18 327 312 4 8 291 4 7
In 2,825 2,669 35   2,434 35  
Total 6,001 5,745 72   5,312 74  
SSS 72 71     73    

Roll of Honour
Mary Bermingham 1989 Ladies Captain
Senan O'Connor 1989 Men's Captain
Joe O'Donovan 1989 President
Noreen Reeves 1990 Ladies Captain
Austin Reid 1990 Men's Captain
Joe O'Donovan 1990 President
Peg Walsh 1991 Ladies Captain
Terry Clancy 1991 Men's Captain
Michael McCurtain 1991 President
Phylis Mehl 1992 Ladies Captain
John Tucker 1992 Men's Captain
Bryan McGann 1992 President
Geri MacAree 1993 Ladies Captain
Tony Curtin 1993 Men's Captain
Bryan McGann 1993 President
Anne Walsh 1994 Ladies Captain
Ger O'Donoghue 1994 Men's Captain
Don O'Malley 1994 President
Cora De Freitas 1995 Ladies Captain
Cyril Burkley 1995 Men's Captain
Don O'Malley 1995 President
Maureen McMahon 1996 Ladies Captain
Jim O'Shaughnessy 1996 Men's Captain
Noel McDonogh 1996 President
Phil Collier 1997 Ladies Captain
Joe Quane 1997 Men's Captain
Noel McDonogh 1997 President
Eileen Dalton 1998 Ladies Captain
John O'Connor 1998 Men's Captain
John Leahy 1998 President
Betty Patterson 1999 Ladies Captain
Gerry Madden 1999 Men's Captain
Dr. John Leahy 1999 President
Patricia Fitzgibbon 2000 Ladies Captain
Robin Bowe 2000 Men's Captain
Paul Gibson 2000 President
Judi Lyons 2001 Ladies Captain
Richard Leonard 2001 Men's Captain
Gary Ceary 2001 President
Vivenne Gabbett 2002 Ladies Captain
Michael Galvin 2002 Men's Captain
Vincent Finucane 2002 President
Betty Roach 2003 Ladies Captain
Billy Rice 2003 Men's Captain
John O'Meara 2003 President
Paula Comber 2004 Ladies Captain
Jack Lynch 2004 Men's Captain
Eddie Hopkins 2004 President
Lena Sexton 2005 Ladies Captain
Juan Fitzgerald 2005 Men's Captain
Liam Dolan 2005 President
Carmel Kirby 2006 Ladies Captain
Seamus O'Sullivan 2006 Men's Captain
Joe Hayes 2006 President
Geri O'Shea 2007 Ladies Captain
Brendan V. Smyth 2007 Men's Captain
Liam Marnell 2007 President

Joe Daly

Joe Daly

2008 President

Kathleen Kirby

Anne Malone

Christine Conway

2008 Lady Captain

Martin Leyden

John Donovan

Thomas Dalton

2008 Captain
Orla Barry (5) 2008 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Cian McNamara 2008 Lowest Men's Handicap
Pat Murray (+4) 2008 Lowest Men's Handicap
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