Christy’s Legacy in Lee Valley

AIG Pierce Purcell Shield, Lee Valley Golf Club, Wednesday 7th June 2017For most golfers in Cork, Jerry Keohane is the driving force behind Lee Valley.  But Jerry says he owes a lot to the original course designer.  “There was one man who inspired me to and I learned a huge amount from him in two and a half years.  He was the most amazing man I ever met, Christy O’Connor Jnr.”  In a time before google maps or 3D modelling, Christy was a traditionalist, walking the land to judge the layout as Jerry explained: “He just had a simple drawing, a layout of the course and nothing else.  He walked each fairway when he came down every week, sometimes twice a week.  I’d be watching him and you’d ask yourself what’s he’s doing.  He had some paint and he’d go around and mark out the greens and the bunkers and I was amazed by the man.  He had no drawings or detailed plans, his Continue reading

Lee Valley 25th Anniversary Launch

Lee Valley Golf Club 25th Anniversary Book Launch, Saturday 13th Jan 2018

Jim Long, Chairman Munster Golf pictured with Lord Mayor Tony Fitzgerald and Lee Valley Captain Brian O’Donovan. Picture: Niall O’Shea

Lee Valley commenced their 25th anniversary celebrations last weekend when the 2018 Officers drove in to mark the start of the new golfing year.  A special celebration also took place to launch a new book detailing the Lee Valley story which has been evolving over the past quarter of a century.  Lee Valley Captain led the festivities and he was delighted to detail what Lee Valley meant to him.  The Skibbereen native, who won an All Ireland Club title with O’Donovan Rossa the same year that the couse opened, has been a proud member in Lee Valley for over 15 years.  “What a tremendous golf course we have here.  Back in 1993 you could stand on the balcony and see as far down as the 14th fairway” said the Captain.  “Today you won’t see past the first fairway with the trees and how it has developed and matured.  It’s a hidden jewel and we’re delighted to have it.  It doesn’t just happen and it doesn’t come naturally, the work that has been done by Jerry, James Mulcahy and Continue reading