West Cork’s Golfing History

Bandon’s 7th green with Castle Bernard in the background.
Picture: Niall O’Shea

West Cork is famed for it’s sporting traditions, and golf forms a big part of that with the sport going back to the 1880’s.  That means that golf pre-dates many other organised sports, although in the early years the sport was dominated by army officers and based bear garrisons, barracks and camps.  From rough and ready makeshift courses that rarely lasted longer than a short lease, the courses that survived have developed into a number of nine and eighteen hole gems.  Bandon and Kinsale are both in West Cork, but their proximity to the city allow for a large travelling membership from the city and surburbs.  Bandon is now over 110 years old, and has been based in the Castlebernard for all of that time.  It has the distinction of being the first West Cork Club to extend to 18 holes back in 1978.  One of the largest and most successful clubs Continue reading

Glengarriff hosts Maureen O’Hara Blair Festival of Golf

The view from the second green at Glengarriff Golf ClubIt’s a big week for Glengarriff Golf Club, the picturesque nine hole course in West Cork is hosting the annual Maureen O’Hara Festival of Golf, taking place all week.  It makes the claim that it’s the longest running golf classic in Ireland, and from humble beginnings 35 years ago, the classic has developed into a week-long festival.  Last weekend there was a ladies classic held over Friday and Saturday, and mixed open singles on Sunday.  This week there were competitions for juveniles, ladies and gents with a mixed foursomes competition taking place today.  On Friday and Saturday the gents classic will take place.  It’s a team of four open event and there is still some availability for anyone wishing to play.  With many local businesses supporting the event, there’s a wide array of prizes on offer, and a share Continue reading

McGarry wins Glengarriff Senior Scratch Cup

Kenny McGarryKenny McGarry won the Glengarriff Senior Scratch Cup on Sunday when he shot a two under par 64.  McGarry (Castlemartyr) won by one shot from Glengarriff member David O’Sullivan.  The local man had beaten McGarry several times in the past but on this occasion the Castlemartyr member finished on top.

McGarry got off to a good start with a birdie on  the opening hole but a double bogey threatened to derail his round.  He bounced back with a birdie on the next hole to get back to level par, and he added two more birdies at the 12th and 14th.  It was an interesting round for McGarry, he broke his driver during Saturday’s President’s Prize in Castlemartyr, and had to make do with with his one iron to get around the track at Glengarriff.

It was McGarry’s third Senior Scratch Cup win, he won the Kinsale Scratch Cup back in 2005, the Heritage Scratch Cup last year, and the +1 handicapper is obviously back on form.  He’ll be action with the Castlemartyr Senior Cup team in their preliminary match against Fermoy at Lee Valley (Senior Cup Draw).