Paudie on course in Castlemartyr

Castlemartyr_Paudie O'Sullivan_Aug 218It’s just a year since greenkeeper Paudie O’Sullivan was appointed as Head Superintendent at Castlemartyr.  Now in his third decade as a greenkeeper, the Little Island man has had a busy year at the prestigious East Cork golf resort.  “It has been a whirlwind twelve months, to get the Head Superintendent job at Castlemartyr was a fantastic step in my career” added Paudie.  “Everyday is a learning day in Castlemartyr as you never know what each day will bring.  In the twelve months since being given the Head Superintendent position, we have been through storm Ophelia in October, from November to February we had over 500mm of rainfall, and in March we were covered in snow and closed for 12 consecutive days.  Any then this summer we went through the driest summer I have incurred.”  That dry spell in July was O’Sullivan’s biggest task in a challenging year.  Weeks went by without any meaningful rain, which isn’t ideal when your trying to maintain over 100 acres of cultivated grass.  “Looking back now on the summer, Castlemartyr has come out quite well” explained the man in charge.  “One or two areas needed overseeding due to Continue reading

Scratch Cup Success for Castlemartyr

CGL_10th Aug2018_1342Castlemartyr is generally a busy golf course, but over the August weekend that goes to a new level as the club hosts their annual scratch cup weekend.  It’s now a regular event on the Cork golfing calendar, having started seven years ago.  This year was no different, well apart from setting a new record of 428 entrants over the three days.  And while there can only be one winner of each of the three events, there were well over a dozen prize winners from the weekend.  The generous prize fund exceeded €2,000.  The three day event is a big undertaking for the club, and once again they came up trumps.  “The weekend was a great success, we had a record number of entrants” said Donal Golden, Captain of Castlemartyr.  “The weather was kind to us, with three days of ideal golfing conditions dry, warm and little or no wind.  Typically the Sunday afternoon of Continue reading

Castlemartyr all set for Scratch Cup weekend

golf_munster-pga_castlemartyr_dec-2016Although it’s normally busy spot, Castlemartyr will be fully booked this weekend for their annual scratch cup weekend.  With over 300 golfers already booked in for the three days, this weekend  promises to be as busy as the previous August Bank Holidays for Castlemartyr.  At a time when members competitions might be quieter, Castlemartyr started their scratch cup weekend eight years ago and it has gone on to become a central part of the calendar for many golfers.  There are three competitions in all, Junior (4-11), Intermediate (12-18) and Minor (19+) and all run over the three days.  The event is again sponsored by McCarthy Insurance Group and the entry fee is €35 per person.  It has been a busy year for the golf side of Castlemartyr.  Membership has again grown and they now have over 400 golfers in the three categories of membership.    The mens club saw a big increase at the start of 2017 and they have Continue reading

Castlemartyr win for Cian, Munster PGA Winter Series

Munster PGA_ Castlemartyr 20th Nov 2017_Cian McNamaraCastlemartyr played host to the second Munster PGA event on Monday and the winner was Cian McNamara.  The Monkstown man is also the Munster PGA Captain and he went around the par 72 course in 67 strokes.  Three birdies in the first four holes set the pace for McNamara and he also birdied the 9th to turn on -4.  He added a fifth birdie on the index one 10th hole, and despite a scare on the last he kept bogies off the card which was enough to win by one.  Paddy Sheehy (Lahinch) was also on fire on the greens, recording a total of eight birdies.  Unfortunately for Sheehy his round also included four bogies, that meant he signed for a 68 taking second place.  Third place went to David Ryan who was also under par with a 71.  Darragh Morrissey took the Assistants prize while Liam Burns won the Over 45 prize.  The event was sponsored by Paul McCabe & Gerry Green from Pro Quip.

Not surprisingly the team prize went to Paddy Sheehy’s team.  He was joined by Diarmuid Fraser, Darragh Morrissey and Robert Kelly as the combined for an impressive better-ball score of 60.  Aside from having a solid game overall, the greens suited McNamara as his round included eight one putts.  He now leapfrogs Tim Rice on top of the Premium Golf Brands order of merit.  The new format of individual, team and category prizes again resulted in a large turnout, with several apologies from those unable to play.

Castlemartyr was in great shape for the event, firm fairways and fast greens were the order of the day for the 30 PGA Professionals as the took on the Ron Kirby designed inland links.  The course in Castlemartyr celebrated 10 years this summer and as usual much of the scoring happened on the front nine with several golfers turning in red numbers.  The back nine in Castlemartyr is often considered to be a stiffer test and based on the cards it played at least two shots more difficult.  Castlemartyr’s PGA Professional Alan Gleeson welcomed the Munster PGA to the resort with a complimentary breakfast which was very much appreciated, especially by the golfers who travelled from Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Tipperary.  The next event on the winter series schedule takes place in Killarney in two weeks time and in a small change to the schedule, Castletroy will host the final event before Christmas.  Another three or four singles events will be planned for January and February, and a season ending pro-am is planned for Monkstown to coincide with the Morgan O’Donovan Perpetual Trophy.

 

Castlemartyr Jump Starts 2017

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Looking back on the 18th fairway at Castlemartyr Links

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

Peter Alliss Visits Castlemartyr

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Honorary President Peter Alliss and Captain Tony Loughnane pictured at the Castlemartyr members evening with Peter Alliss. Picture: Niall O’Shea

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