Green Shoots at Lisselan Golf Club

Munster Country Clubs Finals, Lisselan Golf Club, Sunday 7th August 2016Lisselan Golf Club are set for a bumper 2017 as the club embarks on a new era, operating as a members club.  With the Lisselan Estate up for sale on the open market for over a year, there were doubts if the course and club would survive beyond 2016 when the licence agreement expired.  The short and medium term future is assured as the members have taken over the management of the club.  Captain Mark Naughton, Lady Captain Helen Hughes and President Tony Calnan will lead the 300 strong membership into another exciting chapter for the West Cork club.  Since it was founded just over 12 years ago, the small club has gone from strength to strength and has an impressive list of achievements.  Lisselan were All-Ireland Mixed Foursomes runners up 2010 & South Munster Area winners 2012, Jimmy Bruen National semi- finalists 2015, South Munster Pierce Purcell winners 2016, South Munster Michael Cashman Fourball runners-up 2016, Michael Minihan Shield winners 2016, McEvoy Shield winners 2014/2015/2016 as well as two West Cork Junior Shields and four Continue reading

Lisselan is a West Cork Gem

Lisselan Golf Club Captain's drive-in 31st January 2015 L to R; John O'Mahony Gents Club President, Denis Dullea Captain, Louise Cavanagh Lady Captain

Lisselan Golf Club Captain’s drive-in 31st January 2015
L to R; John O’Mahony Gents Club President, Denis Dullea Captain, Louise Cavanagh Lady Captain

Change may be on the cards for Lisselan but it’s business as usual for the nine hole course and thriving club.  The Blackburn family who have owned the estate for the past 25 years put the property up for sale but hopes are high that the course and club will remain.  Lisselan golf course celebrates 21 years in existence this year and the nine hole course has a quirky history.  Owner of the estate, David Blackburn and his family came to Lisselan 25 years ago and soon the idea of a golf course took hold.  Planning difficulties resulted in only six holes being developed, mainly along the banks of the Argideen river in front of Lisselan House.  Christy O’Connor Snr was on hand in 1994 to officially open the course and despite being a fairly unique 6 hole course, it did rank in the top ten of in Golf Fore Magazine’s 1,200 courses reviewed.  It’s timely of course to remember that Lisselan wasn’t only about golf, 19 years ago Lisselan’s Imperial Call was the toast of Ireland as he romped home to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Continue reading