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

One for the Ladies…

One for the Ladies SkibbereenWhile many golfers will be familiar with lessons, or fitness, or mental preparation, it not usual to see all three elements coming together.  That’s what’s happening with the “One for the Ladies” day which sees all three covered in an exciting day of tuition and play.  The idea came to life when Trish Daly saw a gap in the market.  Daly is a Cork native who spent the past 30 years in Australia, and retuned to Ireland in 2018 and started her Yoga for Golfers programme at Cork Golf Centre in Inniscarra.  Soon after Trish met up with PGA Advanced Professional Sarah Claridge and sports psychologist Deirdre Gallagher who both work out of Cork Golf Centre.  While Trish was only up and running with her individual and group yoga for golf classes, she spotted a gap in the market for ladies wishing to improve their golf.  After a good deal of planning the trio set about holding their first event in Skibbereen back in March.  “While there is a lot of energy put into attracting women into the sport of golf with the very successful “get into golf programme” we found that Continue reading

Skibbereen win Munster Mixed Foursomes

Skibbereen Munster Mixed Fours 2017

Skibbereen’s Rhona O’Donoghue and John McNamara receiving the Munster Mixed Foursomes Cup from Jim Hornibrook, Captain Muskerry Golf Club.

Skibbeen’s John McNamara and Rhona O’Donoghue won the Munster Mixed Foursomes at Muskerry recently.  The pair carded a winning score of 71 on the testing course to win by a shot.  This was the 80th staging of the event and there was a large entry from clubs all over Munster.  Michael and Brid Halloran took second place on 72.5 and East Cork took third place one shot further back.  As well as the cup, the winners were also presented with commemorative prizes.  The cup was first presented in in 1937 and counts Jimmy Bruen as one of the many well know winners through the years.  Claire Coughlan Ryan and Oonagh Barry win the Australian Spoons at Co. Longford Golf Club last week.  Despite wet and heavy conditions the Cork pairing of Claire Coughlan Ryan and Oonagh Barry were a model of consistency with 19 points on both the front and extremely tricky back nine at Co. Longford Golf Club in a round that had birdies at the par 3 8th and par 4 15th.  Last years winners Helen Jones and Vivienne Houston (Royal Portrush) won the best gross.  Presented to the ILGU in 1967 by the Australian Ladies Golf Union to support players representing Ireland at International Competitions, the Australian Spoons is contended for by clubs across Ireland.  Clubs hold an 18 hole stableford greensomes qualifier, in which their nett and gross winners progress to the District Finals.

RNLI Baltimore Fundraising Classic

Baltimore LifeboatRNLI Baltimore Branch will hold its annual fundraising Golf Classic on Saturday 22nd July 2017 at Skibbereen Golf Club.  The RNLI is the charity  that saves lives at sea, and in the past 12 months Baltimore’s two lifeboats had a total of 33 callouts and its crew of skilled and dedicated local volunteers continues to save lives around our coastline. 

The golf competition will be a 3-Ball Better Ball, and teams can be ladies/men/mixed. A donation of €150 per team, including lunch. will be appreciated, and tees may also be sponsored at €100 each.

To book a tee time phone Skibbereen Golf Club (028)2127 or book online at www.skibbgolf.com 

 

 

 

 

 

Blarney and Mahon host Irish Mixed Foursomes

CGN IMF 24th June 2015-27Blarney and Mahon will be busy places tomorrow as they with both host qualifiers for the Irish Mixed Foursomes.  Mahon were area finalists last year and hopes will be high that they qualify from their home course.  They will play the winner of the morning match between Monkstown and Fernhill.

2015 Munster semi-finalists Skibbereen are in action tomorrow morning when they take on Macroom in Blarney.

Irish Mixed Foursomes South Munster Draw

Meanwhile, several Cork golfers will be in action in Limerick Golf Club tomorrow at the the Irish Mid Amateur Open.  Gary O’Flaherty, Keith Crowley, and Sean Continue reading

Skibbereen Offer for New Golfers

Skibbereen & West Carbery Golf Club have launched a new membership scheme which should prove very attractive to many of Cork’s golfers.  They are set to take advantage of a new handicapping rule, they have just launched an innovative club membership scheme with an annual cost of just €175.  New rules which come in from the 1st March mean that golfers can only play in qualifying competitions outside of their home club only if they have three qualifying rounds in their home club in the previous 12 months.  This has the potential to disrupt many of those golfers who hold distance memberships in clubs outside Cork, especially those who play most of their golf in local open competitions while not playing in their home course.  The €175 membership option includes three rounds of golf to comply with the handicapping rules.  Continue reading