Castlemartyr Golf club jump started the new year, by adding over 150 new members before 2017 started. The new members consist of both ladies, and gents and this puts the resort in a very strong position as the annual battle to attract and retain members heats up. The large intake of members in the mens club resulted from a members invite special offer and this was fully subscribed. Having gained their ILGU affiliation in 2016 the number of lady members has grown steadily over the past 12 months and already 25 ladies have signed up to the special 2017 offer that sees ladies join for a special introductory rate of €599 for their first year with no joining fee. While membership for the Men’s club is currently closed, the Ladies club is open for membership with the special introductory offer available until the end of this month. The innovative scheme where existing members could nominate new members was spear headed by Castlemartyr’s Head PGA Professional Brady Sherwood and the Continue reading
The Munster PGA got together for their final winter series event before Christmas and limerick man Tim Rice took the spoils with a five under par 67. Despite playing a relatively short course, the unusually quick and smooth greens caught a fair few golfers on the front nine and the result was that only two golfers managed to break the par of 72. Tim Rice made his return to the local scene after missing the Killarney event as he reached the second stage of European Tour Q School. Now back on Irish soil, the PGA Assistant from Limerick was the only golfer to stay on track for the full round at Castlemartyr. He birdied each of the par five’s on the front nine before recording an eagle at the ninth hole. That meant that the Limerick man turned on -4, and unlike many of the other pro’s who turned with a good score, Rice held on to it. A bogey on the 10th was balanced with a birdie on the 12th. He added a birdie on the 17th in the middle of a run of five pars to secure the lead and take his first win of the current winter series. Tralee’s John Sugrue was the only other golfer to break par, he finished with a 71 to take second place. Killarney winner Davey Barry was also in the hunt today until he dropped a few shots on the way home. He finished off with a level par to take third place and did his PGB Order of Merit hopes no real harm. There was a three way tie for fourth place with Cian McNamara, David Ryan and Padraig Dooley all signing for 74’s. The event was kindly sponsored by John Caulfield from TaylorMade Golf.
The course in Castlemartyr came in for great praise and resident PGA Professional Brady Sherwood was happy with the feedback: “I was delighted have my fellow Munster PGA professionals playing our course today. The weather held out and its always nice to get very positive feedback in relation to the course set up and the playing conditions. Our greens staff do an amazing job, the dry winter weather assisting in getting our fescue rough harvested ready for next season. It’s great to have our trademark greens running a cracking 10 on the stimp.”
David Ryan maintains his place at the top of the Premium Golf Brands Order of Merit with Cian McNamara close by in second place. Dave Foley, Tim Rice and Davey Barry take up the next places with half of the schedule completed. Details of the January and February will be announced shortly.
Golf Legend Peter Alliss fulfilled a long-standing obligation last week when he visited Castlemartyr Golf Club. Late last year the famous BBC anchor was named honorary President of Castlemartyr, a title he also holds in Old Thorns Golf Club, Castlemartyr’s UK parent hotel. Alliss had hoped to travel for the President’s Prize earlier this year but was unable to do so. And instead sent a video message to members. On Friday evening he went one better, attending a member’s Q&A session which was moderated by RTE’s Greg Allen. Greg who is an accomplished golfer himself was delighted to get the opportunity to join in the unique event. At the start of the evening, the MC reminded everyone that in addition to an impressive career as a commentator, Peter started as a very successful tour pro, winning over 20 times at events in the UK and across Europe. Now 85 years old, Alliss was in great form on the night, and almost 100 packed into the Pod for the members only event. Peter gave full and frank answers to the questions which had been submitted by members. In addition to giving everyone an idea of how professional golf was in the 50’s Alliss also gave Continue reading
Castlemartyr Golf Club will hold its annual scratch cups weekend from Friday 29th July to Sunday the 31st. This has proven to be a very popular weekend in the past for golfers and the club are expecting large numbers again this year. Last year saw numbers exceeding 400 over the three days. The scratch cup weekend caters for Junior, Intermediate and Minor golfers and there will be a total of €2,500 worth of prizes up for grabs. Once again Castlemartyr Golf Club will be partnering with McCarthy Insurance Group who will be sponsoring this event. The McCarthy Insurance Group have sponsored this event for the past four years and are one of the main reasons why it has been such a success.
Last year the spoils went to Kevin Dorgan of Cork GC, Conor Hayes of Slievnamon GC & Bernard Wallace of Kinsale GC with each respectively winning the Junior, Intermediate and Minor scratch cups. Club Captain Tony Continue reading
Peter Kelly shot a very impressive 40 points to win the inaugural President’s Prize at Castlemartyr. It was the first time that the club held a President’s Prize, that was down to the fact that legendary golfer and commentator Peter Alliss was proposed as club President in January. The 85 year old also holds that title in Old Thorns, Castlemartyr’s parent resort, but unfortunately he was unable to attend. The club were treated to a five minute video however recorded at his home, and he outlined some of the exciting plans that the new owners have for the Ron Kirby designed course.
Over 100 golfers took part in the competition, and on Saturday night the club hosted Peter Allliss’ presidents dinner with over 100 packed into the clubhouse. Peter was represented by his son Henry who presented the Continue reading
Following the successful launch of the ladies club late last year, Castlemartyr have just launched a weekly open singles for ladies. The competition takes place every Tuesday and the competition fee is €25 (€7 for members). There are prizes for the top three every day and Castlemartyr are mirroring the competition for men on Wednesday’s.
Membership is currently open at the ladies club and there is currently no joining fee. The annual subscription for the remainder of 2016 is just €400, normal rates apply from 2017.
It’s been an exciting time for the Ron Kirby designed links and resort. The resort was sold in last 2015 and the Castlemartyr course is now entering a new era as PGA Head Professional Brady Sherwood outlined: “We’ve have quite a bit of investment from the new owners in machinery. Equipment in excess of €100,000 will soon be delivered to Castlemartyr, new fairway and rough mowers and Continue reading
Pictures from the Castlemartyr Senior Scratch Cup, sponsored by Amarenco Solar: Continue reading
The final senior scratch cup of the year takes place in Castlemartyr this weekend and a top quality field will challenge for the large prize fund on offer. A full field of 66 golfers will take on the 6,790 yard Ron Kirby designed ‘inland links’ course. Holder by Mark Shanahan leads the handicaps, he’s currently playing off +2.3. Shanahan is joined by John O’Brien, Kenny McGarry and Kieran McCarthy as the home club’s representatives. 2014 runner up Shane McGlynn (Carton House) leads the challenge from outside Cork. He’s joined by Sean Barry, Billy McGarry, Geoff Linehan, Mark Somers and Ian Spillane, all six golfers are playing off a mark of +2. The young players include James Sugrue, Paul Tobin, Sean Desmond, Cillian Moloney, Rory Dineen and Tramore’s Continue reading
Mark Shanahan retained his Castlemartyr Senior Scratch Cup title last weekend when he shot a winning seven under par around the inland links course. The event was celebrating its fifth staging and Shanahan is making the event his own as it was his third time winning the end of season event. Many consider Shanahan unlucky to miss out on selection for the Munster team but the end of season win will mark an end to a good season. He won the opening scratch cup of the year in Fota in March. The 6,790 yard blue course in Castlemartyr was in great condition and the fair set up allowed Munster’s top golfers to go for it with six golfers shooting in the 60’s. Oakley continued their strong association with amateur golf in Cork with an array of top quality prizes on offer. Continue reading
Castlemartyr Fringe Festival of Golf
By Niall O’Shea
You can expect golf to be the main topic of conversation next week as the Irish Open takes place in Cork. And while Fota plays host to over 150 of Europe’s top golfers, several other courses are getting in on the action. Cobh and Monkstown are two of the clubs with events planned around the Irish Open and Castlemartyr has created their very own fringe festival around the main event. Continue reading