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MUNSTER EDITION

MAY JUNE

2013 A MAGAZINE FOR MUNSTER GOLFERS

FOCUS ON Cork, Ceann SibĂŠal, Fermoy and Ballykisteen golf clubs

WEST WATERFORD Gary Hurley makes history

CORK GOLF CLUB Celebrates 125 years, while Blarney Driving Range hits the big 20.

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THE IRISH CLUBHOUSE

CONTENT 4 LETTER TO MEMBERS 6 FERMOY GOLF CLUB One of North Cork’s finest challenges.

14 BALLYKISTEEN GOLF CLUB

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Hidden Gem by Des Smyth

20 COMPETITION, DATES AND VENUES

Club teams are under starting orders

26 CORK GOLF CLUB World class course on your doorstep

32 GRAHAM CONWAY

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New breed of professional.

34 CEANN SIBEAL A jewel in Co. Kerry.

40 BLARNEY DRIVING RANGE Much more than the name suggests.

42 CORK GOLF CLUB Celebrates 125 years

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44 MUNSTER CLUB LIST

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EDITOR Diarmuid Sheehan · PHOTOGRAPHER John Delea · DESIGN BY Doodle Creative · PUBLISHED BY Irish Clubhouse Magazine Ltd.


LETTER TO MEMBERS

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elcome to the May/June edition of the Irish Clubhouse golf magazine. The publication you are reading has been distributed to all your fellow clubs in Munster.

This magazine still aims to bring all the local, provincial and national news to the golfers of this province. To achieve this goal we need your help. We need the members of all the golf clubs to send on photos and stories about their clubs and members. The Irish Clubhouse Ltd. not only publishes this magazine on a bi-monthly basis but it also has a company facebook page www.facebook.com/ irishclubhouse, and a company website www. irishclubhouse.ie. The Irish Clubhouse hopes that readers will take a moment to “like” us on facebook while also taking some time to go and check out our website where they can find out what is going on in the clubs around them. Readers will find that our facebook and website pages are updated on a daily basis with some of the most upto-date provincial news from golf clubs as well as the best local deals on offer from the golf clubs of Munster. After what has to be described as yet another difficult winter/spring period for clubs, all involved in the game locally hope that the summer can bring a little respite from the difficulties of wind, rain, frost, snow and the dreaded course closures. Thankfully, courses are now beginning to come alive with activity on all levels. Clubhouses are beginning to see more patrons in their bars and restaurants, while courses are beginning to see their time sheets filling up for Opens and weekend competitions. As members look forward to participating in their own individual club competitions, the province’s top club teams are gearing up for some of the provincial and national competitions that take place over the course of summer season. With the grass taking on a darker, richer shade of green and the sun sitting higher in the sky we tend to forget about what the winter brought. The courses where we play may look fantastic as they are glisten in the summer sun but the reality is that they are struggling financially.

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However the dark fiscal clouds shouldn’t dominate the sky. While clubs may be finding it more of a struggle to keep things going, they, like any good Irish business, are attempting to put their best foot forward and are still producing a world class product, with the provinces green keepers deserving tremendous credit as they battle (and win) the yearly battle with Mother Nature. We are very lucky in the province as there is no doubt that Munster Golf clubs are among the best in the world. The clubs we have here cater for every standard of golfer as well as every pocket size. While we may suffer from suspect weather conditions at times that really just makes this game more of a challenge. As members, we need to support our clubs as much as possible as well as the clubs around us. There are so many great deals out there for green fees and Open days in the clubs of the province it seems a shame not to travel around every now and then and take advantage of the superb facilities of our neighbours. The Irish Clubhouse magazine and website will facilitate clubs, members and societies in any way it can to get their message out there but as the saying goes “information is power” and this is as true in the world of golf as it is anywhere else. Golf clubs need to let the players of the province, and beyond, know, what is available and hopefully this will help to increase the numbers visiting their facilities. Leaving all the financial headaches aside, we in The Irish Clubhouse wish all the golfers of Munster good golfing over the next few months and we hope that all players enjoy their golf as if they were a 10-year old child playing the game for the first time with no inhibitions and an ability to forget the bad holes while only remembering the good ones.

Good golfing, Yours Truly,

Editor


ABOVE A view of the impressive parkland course.

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THE IRISH CLUBHOUSE PHOTO JOHN DELEA

FOCUS ON FERMOY GOLF CLUB

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ermoy Golf Club is one of those treasures that gets passed by when motorways and by-passes get constructed. This gem of a course is located just off the N8 to the immediate south of Fermoy, and close to the intersection of the N8 and N72 (Killarney-Rosslare) and is readily accessible from points as diverse as Cork, Waterford, Killarney and Limerick. HISTORY Golf has been played in Fermoy since 1892 with the club being officially formed in 1893. By 1933 it was firmly established in what was then called the Aerodrome. In 1972 the club moved to its present location on Corrin Hill. The course was designed by Commander John D Harris who was also responsible

for designing Limerick, Shannon and Lahinch, to name just a few. The club celebrated its centenary in 1992 and the visitor will find in the staff all the experience and expertise necessary to guarantee the delivery of a unique golfing experience.

is said that if a golfer scores on the par threes in Fermoy they will have a good score. The course provides access to walks on Corrin Hill. The town of Fermoy with adjacent villages lies at the foot of the hill and is 10 minutes from the course.

THE COURSE This mature par 70, heathland course is 5,693m in length. Situated on the sunny south facing slopes of Corrin Hill and set in a glorious profusion of natural heather and gorse the course offers a varied and interesting challenge to experienced and occasional golfers alike. It commands breathtaking panoramic views over the vast plains of East Cork. The course has five par three holes, the longest of which is the second - and it

The opening holes provide an immediate impression of the location of the golf course. From the first tee the cross and cairn of Corrin Hill provides the golfer with a target to drive towards, with the hole culminating at an elevated green. The recently developed tee box at the 2nd hole affords a panoramic view of the front nine holes and the surrounding countryside. It will, in time, be the signature hole of the course. Holes three, four and five provide an interesting

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contrast and when the wind gets up it can challenge the most proficient golfer. Holes six, seven and eight bring the golfer to the entrance to the forest walk that winds to the top of Corrin Hill. The 9th is a challenging par four. The 10th hole provides the visitor with a spectacular view of the rolling countryside to Watergrasshill and beyond. Situated at the lowest part of the course the 11th is regarded by many as the current signature hole. The 12th winds up hill and the dogleg par four leads to the 13th – a challenging index one for golfers of all abilities. Hole 14 winds around the natural valley – an interesting par five; holes 15, 16 and 17 form a loop and lead to the finishing hole which is a challenging dog leg par four. PRO SHOP AND CLUBHOUSE The well-stocked pro shop offers the member and visitor an excellent service, including club and trolley hire, clothing, equipment repair and tuition. You will be assured of first class service and a warm welcome in the pro shop. The clubhouse offers the visitor a comfortable and warm environment in which to have a post round drink and food, be it a freshly baked scone, sandwich or full meal. Designed to be welcoming, mem-

bers and guests can enjoy the views over the first hole to the top of Corrin Hill while enjoying a glass of beer or a mug of coffee. JUNIOR GOLF Fermoy actively promotes junior golf and there is a dedicated team of supervisors from both the men’s and ladie’s clubs who are more than happy to assist those who wish to take up this great game.

Today the Junior Section is alive and thriving and it is great to note that one of its protégés, Kilian Twomey, was recently selected for the Munster under 18 team to play Leinster. Who knows, maybe Killian will go on to emulate such great players as Tom Cleary and others who honed their skills in Fermoy Golf Club.

Tom Cleary is perhaps the most successful product of Fermoy’s desire to encourage both the young and not-so-young to take up golf. He took up golf at the age of six and by the time he was 18 he was a scratch golfer. He has had a remarkable career playing for Ireland from 1976 to 1986 (in all 41 matches) winning 16, losing 17 and having eight draws. He has also played for Munster. He won the East of Ireland (1977), and was a finalist in the South of Ireland (1979). He has numerous scratch cups - four at Fermoy, three at Muskerry, three at Douglas and two at Cork Golf Club, where he equalled the course record in 1989 with a 66. In 1983 Tom was on an Irish team facing 22 other international teams and faced none

RIGHT A fully stocked bar at Fermoy Golf Club.

LEFT Donal O’Keeffe bar manager at Fermoy Golf Club.

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other than a young Jose Maria Olazabal who beat him in the final. However, Ireland eventually won out.

ABOVE A view from the second tee.


ABOVE & RIGHT Views from around the course.

RATES: Fermoy Golf Club is very proud of the challenge it poses for players of all abilities and welcomes visitors. Information about open days and special offers can be accessed through the official website but for those wishing to enjoy a casual round of golf in a friendly, yet challenging, course the following are the green fee rates for 2013:

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Weekdays non member: €20 with member: €10 Weekends non member: €25 with member: €15 Before 10am midweek non member: €15 Under 12: €7 Teenagers: €10 9 Holes: €10 / Avondhu Rate: €10

CONTACT DETAILS The club also welcomes societies and offers rates that are attractive and value based. Bookings can be made through the office. Telephone (Office): 025 32694 Telephone (Bar): 025 31472 Email: fermoygolfclub@eircom.net Fax: 025 33072

LEFT Fermoy’s impressive golf shop.

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Set in the shadow of the Galtee mountains, this luxury hotel is adjacent to the renowned Tipperary Racecourse, Limerick Junction railway station and the glen of Aherlow, thus making Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort a perfect 4* venue for business, weddings and leisure. The hotel is just a half hour drive or short train journey from Limerick City, the ideal location for meetings and conferences, a great golf resort with a modern spa, or a base for walking and other activities.

difficult in the country; 230 yards from the back elevated tee to a green surrounded by water on three sides and out of bounds on the left, nothing but a perfect golf shot will do�. On site PGA Approved James Harris is available to give academy style golfing lessons. The pro shop stocks the latest in golf wear, golf clubs (full repair and club fittings also available) hire of buggies and manual trolleys. Societies welcome all year round for more information on packages contact any member of our sales team on 062 33333

Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort is a family friendly hotel with a complimentary BallyK Kids Club during the summer holidays and mid-term breaks making it the bast location for family friendly holidays in Ireland. Relax in the Serenity Day Spa or enjoy a round of Golf while the kids have the time of their lives. Complimenting the Ballykisteen hotel, the golf resort includes a superb 18 hole, 72 par Des Smyth designed championship golf course which was opened in 1993 and was formerly the famous Ballykisteen Stud. Nestled in the heart of the Golden Vale the clever design and suitability to all handicaps makes the Ballykisteen Golf course an ideal venue for any golf outing. The golf course is constructed to the highist of standards distinguished by the superb quality of the putting surfaces. Smyth laid out each hole using the natural contours of the land where possible and incorporated an abundance of bunkers and water hazards which feature on 11 holes. Smyth himself puts forward the 15th as one of the signature holes at Ballykisteen - �probably the most

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FOCUS ON BALLYKISTEEN GOLF CLUB

CLUB PROFESSIONAL MARIAN RIORDAN

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THE IRISH CLUBHOUSE PHOTO JOHN DELEA

Sometimes we hear about the hidden gems dotted around the country, well there is nothing hidden about this world class facility. Ballykisteen’s championship golf course is a superb 18hole, 72 par course that is as good as any around.

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his Des Smyth-designed championship course was opened 20 years ago on the site of the world-famous Ballykisteen Stud and is going from strength to strength as the course matures into one of the best in the land. The clever design of this parkland course makes it a suitable venue for players of all handicaps and an ideal spot for societies of all sizes. This golf course is constructed to the highest of standards and is distinguished by the superb quality of the putting surfaces. Smyth laid out each hole using the natural contours of the land, where possible, and incorporated an abundance of bunkers and water hazards which feature on 11 holes. The designer himself puts forward the 15th as one of the signature holes at Ballykisteen stating that it is ”probably the most difficult in the country; 230 yards from the back elevated tee to a green surrounded by water on three sides and out of bounds on the left, nothing but a perfect golf shot will do”. While this is a challenging course there have been some players that have managed to master it with Arthur Pierse senior (winner of the 2007 British Senior Amateur Open) carding the course record 63, while Ballykisteen club professional Marian Riordan holds the record for the women with 69. With the club being relatively young, when one thinks of the age of other clubs around the province, it is no wonder that there most famous member is a sporting legend of a more modern generation. Munster and Ireland rugby legend Alan Quinlan can be found strutting his stuff up and down the fairways of this 6,548 yard course. Club professional Marian Riordan is also a notable face around the resort. The PGA

professional combined her dream of playing on the ladies European tour along with her PGA training and now the Tipperary native puts her teaching talents to use in her native Tipperary. Riordan starting her training at Leopardstown Golf Club and from there she went to Greystones where she spent four years under the guidance of Karl Holmes learning the tricks of the golf trade. Marian, who is a local to Ballykisteen believes her move home was another step in the right direction for her career. Both Ballykisteen Golf Club and Marian have invested a lot of time developing golf locally, in particular in the local schools. Marian loves nothing more than to see a young golfer improving on the basics and enjoying the game of golf. LOCATION The golf course is set only minutes from Limerick Junction, County Tipperary in treesculptured surroundings against a backdrop of the beautiful Galtee Mountains. Ballykisteen Golf Course 1 – 18 Marian Riordan explains what is needed to master this course. Hitting fairways is vital in Ballykisteen as it sets up an opportunity to attack the pins. Around the greens can be tricky so a sharp short game is needed. Putting, as always, is the key to a good score and around here the greens have to be read and every subtle break taken into account. This course deserves respect with uncompromising water hazards on 11 of the 18 holes.

HOLE 1 / PAR 4 / 348 YARDS A fair starting hole that requires a layup of 170 yards to get into the ideal position for the second shot. Where there is danger with water both short and left of the two-tiered green.

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HOLE 2 / PAR 4 / 441 YARDS A long dog-leg left with a heavily bunkered fairway makes this one of the most challenging holes on the golf course. An uphill second shot will add distance to an already long hole. HOLE 3 / PAR 3 / 166 YARDS This short par 3 is guarded by bunkers on the left of the green and out of bounds on the right. Good club selection from the tee is required due to the long green. HOLE 4 / PAR 5 / 531 YARDS This hole begins with a very challenging tee shot with out of bounds on the right and a large plantation on the left. The green is only reachable in two shots for the longest hitters, yet the lay-up for a third shot is full of danger with water surrounding the fairway. HOLE 5 / PAR 4 / 429 YARDS A long hole from the championship tees hitting to a generous uphill fairway. A narrow green guarded by water at the back requires and accurate second shot to ensure your ball stays in play. HOLE 6 / PAR 5 / 510 YARDS A straightforward par 5 with only a narrow stream, running through the fairway, to be avoided at 280 yards. A table top green makes it tricky to gauge the distance for the approach shot. HOLE 7 / PAR 4 / 385 YARDS This par four is a dog-leg right and has a generous landing area for the tee shot. A fairly unprotected green means this hole is one to catch up on some shots lost early in the round. HOLE 8 / PAR 4 / 331 YARDS This is the perfect example of a short hole that

can prove very challenging. Accuracy with the tee shot is more critical than distance to ensure that you are in the right position for your second shot. The large lake in front of the green will test your nerve. HOLE 9 / PAR 3 / 166 YARDS The easiest hole on the score card still requires good club selection, due to the long tee box and large green. The elevated green also makes this hole play slightly longer than the yardage on the card. HOLE 10 / PAR 4 / 390 YARDS Once you have threaded your tee shot through the trees on either side of the fairway a large sloping green awaits your second shot. A bunker left and water right are to be avoided, especially in a tricky cross wind. HOLE 11 / PAR 4 / 411 YARDS It is important to get a good tee shot away on this long par 4 and to avoid the large plantation on the right. A large bail out area left of the green is welcome sanctuary from the large water hazard on the right for your second shot. HOLE 12 / PAR 5 / 512 YARDS This straightforward par 5 is a good chance to improve the score card. Once the fairway bunkers from the tee are avoided you are left with a down hill approach to a large green which slopes front to back. HOLE 13 / PAR 3 / 168 YARDS A challenging up-hill par three which boasts a small green guarded by three large bunkers. Getting the club selection on this hole is more crucial than ever. HOLE 14 / PAR 4 / 394 YARDS A very challenging tee shot, with large plantations left and right to be avoided, however the further you can hit your tee shot the wider the landing area becomes. An elevated green makes it tricky to gauge the distance for your approach shot. HOLE 15 / PAR 3 / 223 YARDS One of the best par 3’s you will ever play! A long downhill

LEFT & BELOW Beautiful views of one of the finest courses in the province.

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LEFT Relaxing informal bar.

BELOW Fully stocked pro shop.

tee shot not only requires distance but accuracy, due to the large bunkers surrounding the green but also the large lake on the right and out of bounds on the left. This hole is worth the trip. HOLE 16 / PAR 4 / 401 YARDS A straightforward par four with only out of bounds down the left hand side to avoid from the tee. Do take care with your club selection on the approach, due to the long narrow green. HOLE 17 / PAR 4 / 378 YARDS A straight generous fairway with only bunkers up the left to avoid from the tee will put you in good position for your second shot. A green surrounded by water with a large drop-off at the back means you have to be accurate with your short second shot. HOLE 18 / PAR 5 / 537 YARDS A challenging par 5 to finish, with danger on all approach shots to the green. Water left and right is to be avoided from the tee and water short of the green will challenge your second shot. A slightly elevated green surrounded by five large bunkers means you will earn your score on this hole. HOTEL Like so many of the top-class resorts Ballykisteen is blessed with a hotel on site. The Tipperary venue also has self catering cottages which also offer golfers several different financial options when considering a stay-and-play holiday. The hotel also offers an extensive range of food, either on the bar menu or in the restaurant. The hotel has also become one of the top wedding venues in Munster and has won numerous awards. Along with all this luxury visitors will also find a wonderfully relaxing spa.

OTHER FACILITIES Apart from the golf course, fully stocked pro shop, hotel, spa and restaurant the site can also boast a split-level driving range which has bays below and a grass surface on top as well as a putting green and chipping area nearby. RATES • Mid week green fee €20.00 • Weekend €30.00 • Open singles €15.00 Wednesdays • Senior open Singles €10.00 Mondays • Society Golf Welcome. Call the golf shop on 062-32117 to enquire about packages and rates. • Junior singles every Tuesday starting May 28th, golf with lunch and competition fee entry €15. All juniors welcome. • Societies €25 per person. Dinner or breakfast to the group outing. CONTACT DETAILS Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort, Limerick Junction, County Tipperary. Reception: +353 (0)62 33333 Golf: +353 (0)62 32117 Spa: +353 (0)62 32101 Conferencing: +353 (0)62 32120 Email: leisure@ballykisteenhotel.com

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UPCOMING

COMPETITIONS PIERCE PURCELL SHIELD 25/26 MAY

IRISH MIXED FOURSOMES 15/16 JUNE

North Section


North Section


At Lahinch Golf Club


At Adare Manor


Ennis –v- Lahinch, Kilrush –v- Dromoland Castle
Kilkee –vSpanish Point, Woodstock –v- Doonbeg Links

Adare Manor –v- Castletroy, East Clare –v- Charleville Roscrea –v- Rathbane, Limerick –v- Nenagh

At Nenagh Golf Club


At Dromoland Castle

Nenagh –v- Castletroy, Winners –v- Limerick
Rathbane –vShannon, Charleville –v- Winners
Adare –v- East Clare, Adare Manor –v- Roscrea

Woodstock –v- Shannon, Doonbeg Links –v- Kilrush Lahinch –v- Dromoland Castle, Kilkee –v- Ennis

South Section


At Douglas Golf Club


At East Cork Golf Club


Douglas –v- Mallow, Winners –v- Fermoy Mahon –v- Cork, Raffeen Creek –v- Winners Monkstown –v- East Cork, Winners –v- Youghal Muskerry –v- Fota Island

Fota Island –v- Cobh, Winners –v- Douglas Mahon –v- East Cork, Frankfield –v- Winners Raffeen Creek –v- Fermoy, Winners –v- Youghal Castlemartyr –v- Cork , Blarney –vWinners At Bandon Golf Club Bandon –v- Kinsale, Winners –v- Lisselan Ringenane –vMacroom, Monkstown –v- Skibbereen, Mallow –v- Muskerry, Winners –v- Fernhill.
Lee Valley –v- Berehaven, Dunmore –vWinners East Section
 At Carrick-on-Suir Golf Club
 Slievenamon –v- Clonmel, Winners –v- Tipperary
Cahir Park –v- Co Tipperary, Templemore –v- Mitchelstown Carrick-OnSuir –v- Ballykisteen, Winners –v- Thurles At Gold Coast Golf Club Faithlegg –v- Williamstown, Winners –v- Dungarvan Lismore –v- Dunmore East, Gold Coast –v- West Waterford, Waterford Castle –v- Tramore West Section
 At Kenmare Golf Club
 Bantry Bay –v- Ross, Winners –v- Kenmare. Glengarriff –v- Ring of Kerry, Winners –v- Beaufort. Skellig Bay –v- Parknasilla, Winners –v- Killarney. Dooks –v- Waterville, Winners –vKillorglin At Newcastle West Golf Club Kanturk –v- Newcastle West, Winners –v- Castlegregory Castleisland –v- Ceann Sibeal, Winners –v- Ballybunion Ballyheigue Castle –v- Ardfert
Doneraile –v- Listowel, Winners –v- Tralee.

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South Section


At Kinsale Golf Club Bandon –v- Ringenane, Winners –v- Lee Valley Lisselan –v- Kinsale, Blarney –v- Winners Berehaven –v- Skibbereen, Winners –v- Dunmore Macroom –v- Cobh East Section
 At Cahir Park Golf Club
 Clonmel –v- Templemore, Winners –v- Slievenamon, Ballykisteen –v- Co Tipperary, Mitchelstown –v- Thurles Cahir Park –v- Tipperary At Dungarvan Golf Club Faithlegg –v- Gold Coast, Winners –v- Tramore
Waterford Castle –v- Carrick-On-Suir, Dungarvan –v- Dunmore East West Waterford –v- Lismore West Section
 At Bantry Bay Golf Club
 Bantry Bay –v- Kanturk, Kenmare –v- Skellig Bay Glengarriff –vParknasilla, Killarney –v- Ross At Killorglin Golf Club Ballybunion –v- Ceann Sibeal, Winners –v- Castleisland Newcastle West –v- Doneraile, Winners –v- Castlegregory Killorglin –v- Ballyheigue Castle
Ardfert –v- Tralee, Winners –v- Dooks


BARTON SHIELD 22/23 JUNE

East Section


North Section


At Mitchelstown Golf Club


At Limerick Golf Club


Ballykisteen –v- Cahir Park, Slievenamon –v- Mitchelstown Tipperary –v- Thurles, Carrick-On-Suir –v- Co Tipperary

Nenagh –v- Charleville
Adare Manor –v- Dromoland Castle, Winners –v- Shannon Roscrea –v- Ennis
Limerick –v- East Clare, Winners –v- Rathbane.
Castletroy –v- Woodstock, Winners –v- Lahinch

At Clonmel Golf Club

South Section


Dungarvan –v- Faithlegg, Winners –v- Gold Coast Dunmore East –v- Tramore, Waterford Castle –v- Clonmel Williamstown –v- West Waterford, Winners –v- Lismore

At Mallow Golf Club


West Section


Lisselan –v- Castlemartyr, Winners –v- Monkstown Mahon –v- Skibbereen, Winners –v- Bandon Berehaven –v- Dunmore, Winners –v- Mallow Kinsale –v- Cobh, Lee Valley –vYoughal
Blarney –v- East Cork, Cork –v- Winners
Fota Island –v- Macroom, Muskerry –v- Winners Fermoy –v- Raffeen Creek, Douglas –v- Winners

At Castlegregory Golf Club
Ceann Sibeal –v- Ballybunion, Castlegregory –v- Tralee Kanturk –v- Doneraile, Newcastle West –v- Castleisland

East Section
 At Tramore Golf Club
 Gold Coast –v- Slievenamon, Waterford Castle –v- West Waterford Cahir Park –v- Clonmel, Mitchelstown –vThurles
Dungarvan –v- Tramore, Carrick-On-Suir –vTipperary
Co Tipperary –v- Ballykisteen, Winners –v- Faithlegg West Section
 At Doneraile Golf Club
 Tralee –v- Ceann Sibeal, Winners –v- Glengarriff Doneraile –v- Kanturk, Winners –v- Dooks
Bantry Bay –v- Newcastle West, Winners –v- Castleisland Ballybunion –v- Ring of Kerry, Winners –v- Killarney

At Skellig Bay Golf Club Glengarriff –v- Dooks, Killorglin –v- Kenmare Waterville –vRing of Kerry, Bantry Bay –v- Killarney

IRISH SENIOR CUP 6/7 July North Section
 At Castletroy Golf Club
 Lahinch –v- Shannon
Castletroy –v- Ennis, Winners –vRoscrea
Adare Manor –v- Dromoland Castle
Charleville –v- Rathbane, Winners –v- East Clare Nenagh –v- Limerick, Winners –v- Woodstock South Section
 At Fota Island Golf Resort


North Section


Castlemartyr –v- Cobh, Winners –v- Muskerry Lisselan –vBerehaven, Winners –v- Douglas Mallow –v- Mahon, Youghal -v- Fota Island
Cork –v- Monkstown, Macroom –v- Kinsale Bandon –v- Lee Valley
Raffeen Creek –v- Fermoy, East Cork –v- Winners

At Rathbane Golf Club


East Section


Rathbane –v- Castletroy, Limerick –v- Roscrea Charleville –vEast Clare, Nenagh –v- Adare Manor

At Thurles Golf Club


IRISH JUNIOR CUP 29/30 June

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GOLFING QUOTES

After all these years, it’s still embarrassing for me to play on the American golf tour. Like the time I asked my caddie for a sand wedge and he came back ten minutes later with a ham on rye -Chi Chi Rodriguez, on his accent

“Man blames fate for all other accidents but feels personally responsible for a hole in one.”

“I know I am getting better at golf because I am hitting fewer spectators.”

(Martha Beckman)

(Gerald R. Ford)

“The ardent golfer would play Mount Everest if somebody put a flagstick on top.”

“I started watching golf for the first time yesterday. I`m really worried about myself. I was actually enjoying it.”

(Pete Dye)

(Ewan McGregor)

“If you’re caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron.” (Lee Trevino)

“Golf is a game in which you yell ‘fore’, shoot six and write down five.”

“Golf isn’t like other sports where you can take a player out if he’s having a bad day. You have to play the whole game.”

“I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone’s golf game: It’s called an eraser.”

(Phil Blackmar)

(Arnold Palmer)

“Golf is not a game, its bondage. It was obviously devised by a man torn with guilt, eager to atone for his sins.”

“They call it golf because all the other four letter words were taken.”

(Jim Murray)

(Ray Floyd)

“Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite of what you are inclined to do, and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing.”

“I never learned anything from a match that I won.”

(Ben Hogan) “Golf, like measles, should be caught young.” (P.G. Wodehouse)

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(Paul Harvey)

(Bobby Jones) “When the ducks are walking, you know it is too windy to be playing golf.” (Dave Stockton)


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unster is blessed with a long list of top quality golf courses which cater superbly for the tens of thousands of players that attempt to master this wonderful/ addictive game on a weekly basis. The Irish Clubhouse Magazine makes a policy of not rating clubs in the province but tries to tell its readers the facts about courses available. Having said that, if this magazine did rate clubs in Ireland, it would find it very difficult not to find a place for Cork Golf Club in the upper echelons of any ratings scale. Located at Little Island close to Cork City, this championship golf course is routed through exceptional golfing terrain,

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incorporating an old limestone quarry and the inner reaches of Cork Harbour and Lough Mahon. The resulting effect of these features gives golfers a unique opportunity to experience a challenging and rewarding round of golf on one of the finest parkland courses in Ireland. Cork Golf Club is steeped in history. Founded in 1888, it moved to its current location from its first home (Rathcooney Hill just above Glanmire Village) in 1897. In 1924 the course was redesigned by the Augusta National designer, Alister MacKenzie. Tom Dunne of Bournemouth laid out the first 9 holes and the course, complete with clubhouse, located close to the present 8th Tee, opened for play towards the end of 1898. The first professional was David Brown and it was he who designed additional holes on land which are now known as “The Park�. His design for these holes was endorsed by the famous Harry Vardon who came to Cork to play an exhibition match in 1909.


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Dr. MacKenzie was a wellestablished course designer by the time he and his foreman Jack Fleming came to Cork to redesign what is now regarded worldwide as a world class course. Work commenced early in 1924 and was completed in time for the first professional tournament in 1925. Cork Golf Course has been played by some of the greats in world golf and has hosted several major amateur and professional championships over the years, including the Irish Open, Irish Professional Championships, Ladies home Internationals, Irish Close Championships and the National Finals. Notable players who have played the course include Harry Vardon, Henry Cotton, Seve Ballesteros, Christy O’ Connor Snr, Christy O’ Connor Jr, Des Smyth, Eamon Darcy, Phillip Walton and Paul McGinley are some of our own Ryder Cup players who also enjoy playing on this majestic course. The Irish Youths was won by Graham McDowell in 1999 and Shane Lowry, the

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rising star of Irish Golf had his first major victory in Cork Golf Club when he claimed the Irish Close Championship in 2007. The club continues to be at the fore of the Irish championship golfing calendar and annually hosts the Munster Stroke-Play Championship. The club has a vibrant membership and excellent clubhouse facilities. Matt Sands, in his 25th year as manager of the club insures a warm welcome for all golfers - individual visitors, societies, corporate groups and uses his expertese to provide everyone with a world class golfing experience. This year the club celebrates its 125th Anniversary. The club’s Captains and

Presidents officially launched the celebrations on April 17th. These include a 125th ProAm Junior Scr. Cup, Intermediate Cup, Open Singles and Open Seniors. An exhibition will be on display during the month of August with sections on club history, Jimmy Bruen, Alister Mackenzie and Seve Ballesteros. Why not join in the celebrations and while you’re there go and play one of Ireland’s most challenging and spectacular golf courses. THE COURSE Cork Golf Club maximizes on its varied landscape offering a distinct course layout. The underlying limestone creates excellent natural drainage and a ‘links’ type environment on some holes, with alternate lush parkland on


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along the river bank, with spectacular views of the inner harbour heading east. This section of the course is rich in gorse with a distinct ‘links-type’ feel.

others. The river, with its ebb and flow, plays a major role on the 3rd, 4th and 5th holes. Spectacularly, the steep chasms within the old quarry present an unforgettable golfing experience that will thrill and surprise you. Scenically situated in Cork Harbour the course presents a crisp heath-like playing surface similar to links. Cork Golf Club has many unusual features, not least holes 6 to10 which are set in a disused limestone quarry. The scenery and variety are an added bonus and they all combine to make Cork Golf Club a true golfing challenge. Classic parkland, studded with strategically located bunkers greets visitors on the 1st hole, however this changes dramatically by the 3rd when the course meets the River Lee. The next two holes are among the most challenging anywhere in Ireland and take players

At the 6th tee box, golfers will commence a fascinating journey through an old quarry which plays as a major feature of the next six holes, right up to the 11th green. This is where the course begins to wind its way back inland to re-join the rich parkland setting that greeted visitors on the first hole. Accuracy off the tee is vital at Cork Golf Club with several ‘carries’ over a variety of obstacles. Whether it is a drive over a cliff face, gorse cover, or a deep chasm, it is sure to inspire all standards of golfers and bring them back another day to face the challenge which is testing, but exhilarating from start to finish. THE CLUBHOUSE The clubhouse at Cork Golf Club offers first-class amenities and excellent services for golfers and visitors alike. The reputation it has garnered over the years for delivering outstanding value-for-money for all its catering services and customer care is second-to-none. The clubhouse has free wi-fi internet for all its members and guests and it provides full bar and catering facilities to the highest standard.

LEFT The stunning pro shop.

DINING AT CORK GOLF CLUB Look no further, its dining room is always available for snacks and meals throughout the day and friendly staff will be delighted to help you. The clubhouse also caters for every family event and provides a full range of menu options to suit all tastes and requirements. Call now on +353 21 4353 451 or Email: info@corkgolfclub.ie to book your Green Fee or Corporate Outing at Cork Golf Club Cork Golf Club can facilitate a range of options for your golf outing at the Club.www. corkgolfclub.ie GREEN FEE RATES • Midweek rate: From € 60 • Weekend rate: From € 65 • Society/Group Midweek Green fee rate (Minimum 20): From € 50 • Society/Group Weekend Green fee rate (Minimum 20): From € 55 • Student/Junior Green fee rate: € 20 • Special Early Bird Green Fee available Monday to Friday between 7.30 – 10.00 a.m. (subject to availability): €48 CORPORATE PACKAGES: Corporate packages can be tailor-made to suit your all your requirements and the club prides itself on its customer service for all corporate events. Contact Matt Sands, General Manager for further information. Special Offers for corporate and society outings: • Round of golf and 3 course meal midweek from €75 • Round of golf and 3 course meal at weekend’s from €80 29


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beating prices. All we ever say is, JUST ASK,” says Graham “The current economic climate is increasing the difficulty of making a living in this business, as there is only so much a club can do to reduce costs without affecting quality. There is also a knock-on effect in that people’s spending power on golf equipment is reduced. The internet is our main competitor and as club pros we have to offer more than just price to attract and keep our customers. I hope we are doing this,”

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GRAHAM CONWAY The question of whether sports people are born or manufactured has been asked for many years. Some believe the men and women that excel in sport are born to do it while others maintain that hard work is the answer. As with most dilemmas, the truth is usually, somewhere in the middle. This is definitely the case when one looks at Graham Conway. The 31-year old, currently the assistant PGA professional at Mallow Golf Club, has been steeped in the game of golf since he was a child. His father Sean has held the position of club professional at the north Cork club for the last 39 years. Graham is one of the new breed of club pro that are emerging around the province over the last few years. This changing of the guard not only brings fresh blood to the teaching game but it also means that new ideas and new techniques are being presented to members. “Growing up I always felt I wanted to do something relating to golf and while it would have been great to been good enough to be a Tour Pro I was realistic enough to know my limitations. Hence my decision to go the club pro route.” “Obviously being the son of a golf professional you’re going to be around golf a lot, so naturally enough I took up the game at a very young age. I enjoyed watching the game and my idol growing up was the late Seve Ballesteros whose magical short game mesmerised me. “Golf came very easy to me, which isn’t always the best thing for a teaching professional, as it made it hard for me to understand why people found it so difficult, but during the first stage of my training, the PGA made me play golf left handed to help me understand how hard it can be for people. This really helped open my eyes and get an appreciation for my students.” Conway Jnr. may have the game in his DNA but he also knows that the credit

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for his development has to be shared “In 2008 I commenced my career as assistant professional in Mallow and did my PGA training under David Ryan for three years at Cahir Park Golf Club in Tipperary. I gained a wealth of experience and really enjoyed my time in Cahir. I enjoy teaching the game, seeing people improve and enjoy their game more. When my students improve I get a great feeling of satisfaction.” While Graham is the obvious candidate to keep the Conway coaching dynasty alive he isn’t the only family member with great ability. Older brother David was good enough to represent Ireland at underage level. While the 31-year old spends most of his time teaching members in Mallow he has also managed to find time over the years to notch up plenty personal success. In 1998 he won the Irish Boys Under 16 at Youghal Golf Club and represented Munster in the Boys Inter Pros. He also won the under 25 Cork Scratch Cup in 2002 and the same year was a member of the Mallow Golf Club team that won the Irish Club Youths at Portumna Golf Club. Trophies also came his way as a member of the club’s Irish Senior Cup team that won the Munster Senior Cup. Life as a professional may be the dream of every young golfer but there is more to the job than just playing golf. “I really enjoy working as the Assistant Professional at Mallow GC, it is a very busy golf club. The professional shop is open seven days a week from 9.00am – 4.30pm in the winter and 8.00am – 6.00pm in the summer.” It is run to a high standard by his father Sean, head PGA professional, Sean. The shop is well-stocked offering a blend of well-known and niche brands at competitive prices. Sean is linked to TGI Golf, one of the leading buying groups in the UK and Ireland and so is able to order in any brands at internet

This year will be another big one for the Mallow native. Not only is he attempting to help the Senior Cup and Barton Shield teams this summer he also has the small matter of his wedding later in the season. While his mind may be on several different upcoming life-changing events he remains clear on his main tip to players of all calibres. Bringing the new breed of golfer on is one of the main tasks facing the modern club pro and Graham believes kids now have something the older generations didn’t have. “Juniors are definitively better nowadays then long go. I feel this has a lot to do with the kids themselves but the advances in coaching and equipment also play a part. In the past parents would just cut down their old heavy clubs for kids because junior clubs were not available but now there are clubs for every age and size, at affordable prices. Also kids are getting coaching now from a very young age, where as before they would have to become an elite player before they would get coaching.”

Quick fire questions. Favourite Golf Club. Tralee Golf Club. This is my favourite golf course in Ireland.

Fav ball Titleist Pro V1x

Fav set of clubs Callaway X-16 pro series. I have owned four sets of them.

Where would you like to be a pro. I would like to work somewhere where you get sun all year round, maybe Florida or La Cala in southern of Spain

Best player you ever saw in real life? Seve Ballesteros. The most natural amateur I have ever seen and played with would have to be a local man from Mallow called Jimmy Murphy.

Up-and-coming players you think we may see more of in the future? There are some good young players in Mallow but the main one to stand out would have to be Irish International James Sugrue. To contact Graham for lessons, advice or golf equipment call him at the Pro-shop on 022-43424.


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Nestled on the edge of Ireland’s dramatic southwest coastline, Dingle Golf Links is a very special place to visit. Golf Chumann Cheann Sibéal (near Ballyferriter Village and nine miles from Dingle) is nestled in a stunning green valley between the majestic hill of Cruach Mhárthain to the south and a ridge of jagged peaks to the north—Ceann Sibéal and the Three Sisters.

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LEFT The Warm and friendly clubhouse.

ABOVE Taking on the course and the elements in style.

Bán, a two-mile long stretch of white sandy beach and Mount Brandon. To the west, the mighty Atlantic is faced off by high rocky cliffs, punctuated with tiny coves and beaches. THE COURSE At 6,737 yards Dingle Golf Links is an 18-hole Par 72 world-class traditional links course. Each hole is full of tricky undulations, swales and hazards that were laid down long before the game of golf was dreamt of. The course includes a winding “burn” that twists and turns through the entire course. The signature hole in Dingle has one of the greatest names in the world of golf – “Ifreann,” or “Hell” to those of us who are not proficient in the native language is the name on the stone at the start of the 9th-Hole, which is a terrific Par 4 - 449 yardsStroke Index 1. This course is a real challenge for those of you clever enough to make your way to one of the most beautiful places on earth. The course record was recorded nearly 15 years ago on June 23rd 1998 - by Gerard

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O’Sullivan 2 handicap – a member of Tralee Golf Club who shot a 68 from the blue markers.

Christy O’Connor Jnr came on board around that time and gave his seal of approval to the club by helping with some re-designing.

THE CLUBHOUSE There is a surprise in store for those who come to Dingle Golf Links when they make their way into the club’s 19th.

HONOURS Ceann Sibéal Golf Club has had more than its fair share of success over the years with its teams featuring in the latter stages of several competitions over the last dozen years. Dr. Billy O’Sullivan Shield winners 1991. J B Carr – County Winners 2004 & 2010 Holmpatrick Cup- County & Munster 2003 and County in 2004 & 2006 Pierce Purcell Shield- Provincial Runner Up 2006 & 2009

As much a part of the experience at Dingle is the clubhouse, a facility which has a life all of its own - it resounds with the camaraderie of friends and locals, enjoying wonderful food in very relaxed atmosphere. Upstairs you’ll find a lively club bar and dining room with some spectacular views of the links. As one would expect for a course near one of the culinary hot spots in the country (Dingle), the food is fantastic. A menu that is seasonal, fresh and sourced locally from farm and sea, youre sure be fulfilled in every way. The club also boasts ample parking, a full hire service for golf clubs, buggies and carts and a fully stocked Pro shop that has all the leading brands on offer, along with some very special Ceann Sibéal Golf Club branded merchandise. The clubhouse also has well-appointed locker rooms that are comfortable and easily accessible, when coming from, or going to, the course. HISTORY The club was founded in 1924 (as Dingle Golf Club). It had two temporary homes on the outskirts of Dingle before developing a nine-hole golf course at Ballyoughtra (Ceann Sibéal) in the early 70s. The original design was by Eddie Hackett. The back nine was developed in the 80s and the clubhouse in the 90s.

Jimmy Carroll- Munster Champions and All Ireland Finalists 2006 & 2012 TESTIMONIALS “This Links has everything that St. Andrews has - and more!” Christy O’Connor Jnr. “It was a delight to play such a natural links in such a beautiful place!” Ronan Rafferty DINGLE GOLF LINKS SPECIALS Kerry Shamrock Golf Pass Play all three courses for just €165 Available at the following clubs: Dingle Golf Links, Dingle, County Kerry Dooks Golf Links, Glenbeigh, County Kerry Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, Lackabane, Killarney, County Kerry Active 50’s Open Seniors Golf Competition Autumn Event- Sunday 8th - Wednesday 11th September 2013. In association with the Dingle Skellig Hotel & GC Ceann Sibéal - 2 Days Golf Competition – Monday / Tuesday at Ceann Sibéal Golf Links 3 Nights accommodation with full Irish breakfast Welcome drinks reception on Sunday evening 1 Superb dinner in the Hotel’s Coastguard Restaurant (Sun or Mon) plus Gala Dinner n Tuesday with presentation of prizes


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CONTACT DETAILS Dingle Golf Club Ceann Sibéal Ballyferriter, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland Tel: 066 9156255 / 085-8030774 Fax: 066 915 64 09 Email: dinglegc@iol.ie

Entertainment Nightly + a few surprises along the way. Golf Prizes in association with Brian de Staic Jewellers, Dingle Crystal, Louis Mulcahy Pottery and Ceann Sibeal Golf Club Full non golfer’s programme also available Price: €249 per person sharing VISITORS TO DINGLE GOLF LINKS The club is delighted to welcome visitors from far and wide to Dingle Golf Links to share what members are fortunate enough to enjoy all year round. Summer (May - Sept)

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9 HOLE RULES QUIZ MAY 2013 HOLE 1 Barry was scheduled to start his round at 09.00, but because he chose to stop for a cup of tea on the way, he arrived on the 1st tee, ready to play, at 09.03. What is the ruling? A - Barry is disqualified. B - Barry incurs a penalty of two strokes at the first hole. C - There is no penalty. HOLE 2 Paul played from the tee onto the fairway and his ball came to rest against a towel that had fallen from the golf bag of a competitor in another group. What is the ruling? A - Paul must play the ball as it lies. B - Paul must declare the ball unplayable. C - Paul is entitled to relief without penalty and may remove the towel. HOLE 3 In a hazard, Dave believed his ball was covered by leaves. In searching for the ball in the leaves with his club, he accidentally moved his ball. What is the ruling? A - There is no penalty. B - Dave incurs a penalty of one stroke and must replace the ball. C - Dave incurs a penalty of two strokes and must replace the ball.

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A - Peter incurs a penalty of one stroke for moving his ball in play and must replace the ball. B - As Peter had not addressed the ball, there is no penalty and the ball is replaced. C - Peter is deemed to have made a stroke and must play the ball as it now lies.

HOLE 5 Due to a wait on the 5th tee, Mary returned to the 4th green to practice her putting. She made several practice putts and then returned to the 5th tee before anyone teed off. What is the ruling? A - There is no penalty. B - Mary incurs a penalty of two strokes. C - Mary is disqualified for practicing on the competition course.

HOLE 6 Ann’s tee shot came to rest in one of the fairway bunkers. She noticed a leaf lying very close to her ball and removed it, but in the process, caused her ball to move. What is the ruling? A - There is no penalty. B - Ann incurs a penalty of one stroke and must replace the ball. C - Ann incurs a penalty of two strokes and must replace the ball.

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HOLE 7 Joe hit his ball onto a gravel-covered road. He decided to play the ball as it lay although he was entitled to relief from this immovable obstruction. Before he played, he removed some of the gravel from the surface of the road that surrounded his ball, without touching or moving the ball. What is the ruling? A - Joe incurs a penalty of two strokes for removing part of the immovable obstruction. B - There is no penalty for removing the loose impediments. C - Joe is disqualified for improving his lie. HOLE 8 Andy asks his fellow-competitor how far the distance is between his ball and the hole. The fellow-competitor replies, “150 yards.” What is the ruling? A - Andy incurs a penalty of two strokes for asking for advice. B - Both players incur a penalty of two strokes. C - There is no penalty to either player.

HOLE 9 On the putting green, Edel grounded her putter immediately behind the ball. Before she completed her stance, the ball moved. There was very little wind. What is the ruling? A - There is no penalty and the ball must be played from where it now lies. B - There is no penalty and the ball must be replaced. C - Edel incurs a penalty of one stroke and must replace the ball.

*Answers 1= B, 2= C, 3= B, 4= A, 5= A, 6= C, 7= B, 8= C, 9= C

HOLE 4 Peter’s tee shot finished on the fairway. He made a practiceswing and in the process accidentally moved his ball in play with his club. What is the ruling?

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FEATURE:

BELOW Owners, Janet and Gerrard Forrest.

BLARNEY DRIVING RANGE It’s hard to believe that Blarney Driving Range has been in operation now for 20 years. Gerard Forrest’s decision to open the golfing facility on the outskirts of the historic village two decades ago has proved to be a very good one as he and his wife Janet now run what has to be described as a state-of-the-art operation. What was once just a place to work on one’s driving style has evolved into The Blarney Driving Range Golf Academy which caters for a player’s long game, short game, putting, fitness, mental strength, course distance, control and much, much, more. Blarney Driving Range Golf Academy has developed into what it is today thanks to the hard work of Gerard Forrest and his team, as well as the assistance of the G.U.I and the PGA. The academy can now boast something for everyone. Whether you are practicing seriously or just using the game as a relaxing pastime, there is a place for you in Blarney. The academy has several top PGA professionals. On site you will find PGA Advanced Munster Coach Fred Twomey as well as the PGA Cork Coach Paul Kiely. While both Fred and Paul are busy with their duties coaching for some of the best talent in the province in Muskerry and Cork Golf Club respectively they also work as the head teaching pros in the Blarney academy.

This winter, Fred and Paul have continued their work with some of the best talents in the land with boys like Gary Hurley, Jack Lacey and Seamus Power joining men like Mervyn Owens and Cian McNamara at the Blarney academy. With those players having won major tournaments such as the Irish Boys / Youths South, it is easy to see why the Blarney academy is seen as one of the top places to go for coaching. Fred has also been involved in Muskerry’s teams which have won three Munster Pennants and two national titles in the last five years. Fred has continued to push his teaching techniques forward and has studied Tour Stats which led him to develop a “Skills Card” to practice distance control in a fun way. Peter O’Keeffe, Fred’s assistant coach, has been another asset in Blarney and is currently competing on the Eurpoean challenge tour as he attempts to gain his European Tour card next year. Peter who missed out on playing with the big boys on tour at the last hurdle in November 2012 was on a winning senior inter-provincial Munster team with Fred and PGA PROFESSIONAL has played for Munster for more than 10 years. Peter O’ Keeffe The Blarney Driving Range Golf Academy is also used by other outstanding PGA Pros, including John Savage PGA, and Alan O’Meara PGA at Blarney Golf Resort. Regardless of your golfing abilities, Blarney Driving Range Golf Academy is a place that every golfer should try to visit at least once and like most of the loyal patrons that frequented the range over the years you are sure to emerge a better player.

In the 90’s the duo formed the original coaching programmes in UCC and the Cork Regional Technical College with Cork’s College of Commerce and several other schools following suit soon after. Junior Golf Ireland have also used the Blarney academy as they attempt to bring the best out of the country’s most talented youngsters. Fred has coached several Irish teams over the years and has had the privilege of working with such names as current world class professionals Rory Mclroy and Shane Lowry.

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PICTURED Fred Twomey with his father Fred Twomey Snr, Jerry McIlroy and Rory McIlroy.


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Gary doing what he does best.

HURLEY MAKES HISTORY

West Waterford Golf Club and NUI Maynooth’s Gary Hurley won the 2013 R&A Foundation Scholars’ Tournament in St Andrews in April. He will make history as the first Irish-based university player to make the European Palmer Cup team. Hurley clinched the men’s event after winning the first hole of a sudden death play-off against Craig Howie from the University of Stirling. The 20 year-old calmly rolled in a five foot par putt on the 1st hole of the Old Course and watched as Howie failed to hole his slightly shorter putt. Hurley and Howie finished the three-round stroke play event tied on 211 after they came in with four under par 68’s in the final round on the Old Course. The pair were one shot clear of Andrew Wilson from Northumbria with four players, University of Stirling team mates Patrick Spraggs and Cormac Sharvin and their Ulster counterparts Tiarnan McLarnon and Paula Grant one shot further back on 213. Hurley, who uses the GUI National Golf Academy as a Paddy Harrington Golf Scholar, learned from his experience on the Old Course to control his nerves in the play-off and secure his place in the Palmer Cup team to play the USA. “It was great to come here and win,” said the rising star. “I really wanted to win to make the team and not have to leave it up for selection. I have won university events at home but this is a bigger win for me. When I was playing the 18th I didn’t know my putt was to win so I was more cautious than I would have been had I known. I made up my mind that if I had a putt to win in the play-off I wouldn’t hold back. My putt on the 1st green rolled a few feet past but fortunately I was able to hole the one coming back.” A field of 60 competitors from the UK, Ireland and several other countries including Germany, Italy, The Czech Republic and South Africa played two rounds on the Eden Course and one round on the Old Course.

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RIGHT President Pat Nash, Lady President Kathleen McGrath, Lady Captain Valerie FitzGerald and Captain Liam Walley.

FEATURE:

CORK GOLF CLUB 125 YEARS

Cork Golf Club launched the celebration of the 125th year of its foundation on 17th April under dark and windy skys at their splendid course in Little Island. Speaking at the launch, Club Captain Liam Walley said ‘We’re all delighted to be here today to launch the 125 year celebration of the founding of Cork Golf Club. We are one of the first clubs in Ireland to be able to celebrate this auspicious event.’ The Club was founded in 1888 in Rathcooney on the north eastern side of Cork before settling in its current home in Little Island in 1897. The location of the course was discovered that year by three gentlemen, Messrs Crawford, Mausley and Gubbins, who were sailing in a boat called the ‘Little Devil’ on the Lee estuary when they spotted some promising golf terrain which remains the site of the golf club. ‘Our course remains a challenge for the best players.’ Lady Captain Valerie Fitzgerald said, ‘We have recently been awarded the title of Best Parkland Course in Munster for 2013 by the Golfers Guide to Ireland, the second year in succession we have won this award, so the Club continues to be recognised as one of the best.’ The course was designed in 1925 by Dr. Alister MacKenzie,

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who is one of the most famous golf-course designers of all time, having designed Augusta National amongst many other famous layouts. Not content to rest on their laurels, the club has been undertaing works over the past few years to improve on the terrific work done by Dr. MacKenzie 88 years previous. ‘We’ve ensured over the years that the course has stayed very competitive,’ Captain Walley added. ‘Last year, we were the venue for the Ladies’ Interprovinicals and the Home Internationals and all our distinguished visitors were full of praise for the course. In fact, we’ve just completed a major upgrade which will ensure the course remains a great test for all golfers.’ On the launch day past Captains and Presidents from down through the years came together for a flag raising ceremony to mark this special occasion for one of the provinces finest clubs. The 125 year celebrations will have a number of high lights during the year which will be celebrated by visitors and members alike.


DUNGARVAN GOLF CLUB

Dungarvan Golf Club, ideally located on the fringe of the town and just off the N25, is owned, maintained and managed by members. Visitors comment on the excellent course in a lovely setting and the warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere.The club moved to its current location during the early 90s and is celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary this year. The course is an 18-hole, par 72, championship golf course that runs to 6,688 yards. Societies take full advantage of the preferential group rates, and Secretary/Manager, Irene Lynch, is always glad to facilitate individuals and groups.The club has excellent bar and catering facilities and a fully stocked Pro Shop run by PGA Professional and Waterford County Coach David Hayes. The club offers significant savings, particularly if you watch out online at www.dungarvangolfclub.com for the latest REDUCED RATES/ SPECIAL OFFERS. Early booking is advisable for the club’s popular open days - always sure to have a busy timesheet. Every week the club hosts an Open Ladies and Gents Seniors, €10 entry, on Mondays and on Thursdays an Open Gents Singles Golf & Grill, €25 entry. A list of other up-and-coming events are detailed below.

JUNE BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND Fri. 31st May Open Gents Singles S/F Sat. 1st June Open Gents/Ladies Singles S/F Sun. 2nd June Open Gents Singles S/F Mon. 3rd June Open Gents/Ladies Singles S/F

DUNGARVAN GOLF CLUB OPEN FORTNIGHT FESTIVAL OF GOLF

The club has excellent bar and catering facilities provided by renowned local chef Tom Daly, who has had vast experience as head chef in the hotel business acrossIreland and Europe. Our fully stocked Pro Shop is run by PGA professional and Waterford Junior County Coach David Hayes.

Fri. 28th June Open 3 Person Scramble Sat. 29th June Open Gents Singles S/F, Open Ladies S/F Sun. 30th June Open Gents Fourball Mon. 1st July Open Junior Golf, Open Mixed Foursomes Tue. 2nd July Open Ladies 3 Person Champagne Scramble Wed. 3rd July Open Gents Singles S/F Thu. 4th July Open Gents Singles S/F Fri. 5th July Open 3 Person Rumble /9 Hole Scramble Sat. 6th July Open Gents/Ladies Singles Sun. 7th July Open Gents Fourball Mon. 8th July Open Gents/Ladies Singles S/F Special Value Monday Tue. 9th July Open Ladies 2 Person Rumble Wed. 10th July Open Gents Singles S/F Thu. 11th July Open Gents Singles S/F Fri. 12th July Open Gents Singles S/F + 9 Holes Scramble Sat. 13th July Open 2 Person Rumble Sun. 14th July Open Gents Singles Stroke Festival Trophy

Dungarvan Golf Club, Knocknagranagh, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. T 058 43310, F 058 44113 email: dungarvangc@eircom.net, website: www.dungarvangolfclub.com

New members to Dungarvan Golf Club are always welcome, a special Introductory Membership Offer is available for 2013.

Online booking is available to visitors, and the club website at www. dungarvangolfclub.com has all the details a golfer requires, whether about Open Competitions, applying for membership, classics, green-fee or society rates.


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MALLOW GOLF CLUB Emmet Gyves, Noel OíConnell, Liam Dowling, Richard Willis & John Liston at Mallow Golf Club.

CORK GOLF CLUB: PETER HICKEY’S PRIZE TO MEMBERS

YOUGHAL GOLF CLUB Youghal Golf Club: Maeve O’ Leary presenting trophy to Sam Cashman, along with Captain Tom Linehan, Vice Captain Alex Brophy Jnr, President Jim O’ Connell.

CORK AND LAHINCH GOLF CLUB Lahinch’s annual visit to Cork Golf Club to play for the Mick Twohig Trophy.

Left to right: Club Captain Liam Walley, Winner John Crowley, Peter Hickey Professional.

MALLOW GOLF CLUB: WINTER LEAGUE FINALISTS Left to right: Luke Mannix ,Stephen Sheehan, Linus English, Paul O’Keeffe, Joe Dowling (Club Captain), Pat Shine, Bobby Howell, Danny Butler, Liam Dowling, John Liston.

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YOUGHAL GOLF CLUB Corn na Casca - P.J. Dennehy Memorial Trophy Winner Sam Cashman with Sponsors Maeve O’ Leary & Rosemary Dennehy.


EAST CLARE WINTER LEAGUE WINNERS: Derek Kenny (Captain), Mary Collins (Lady Captain), Leo Mannion (Team Captain), Catherine Murphy, Flan Clune, Siobhan Shanahan, Tony Stuart, Nick Ryan & Brendan Magill.

CO. TIPPERARY GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Jack Ryan was Juvenile Golfer of the Year 2012 and also winner of the Presidents Prize to juveniles. L to R: Des O’Neill (Club President), Jack Ryan, Michael Ryan (Club Captain).

CO. TIPPERARY GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Presentation of prizes for 2012/2013 Winter League: Left to right: Michael Ryan (Club Captain), Johnny Maher (Cat 2), Shane Stapleton (2nd), Pat Horan (Winner), Jack Maher (Cat 1), Des O’Neill (Club President).

MALLOW GOLF CLUB Gynne Comyn, Philip Comyn & Nicolette O’ Mahony.

MUSKERRY GOLF CLUB Ford Junior Scr Cup 2013 Winner Diarmuid Linehan accepting the Ford Cork Junior Scratch Trophy from the Captain Gearoid Walsh.

MALLOW GOLF CLUB Mallow Golf Club’s Daniel O’ Sullivan. US kids All Ireland qualifier at Killarney Golf Club. DUNGARVAN GOLF CLUB, PRO SHOP Club Captain’s Michael O’Mahony and Mary Flahavan launch Dungarvan Golf Club’s ‘Drive for Dough’ fundraiser to celebrate the Club’s 20th Anniversary at Knocknagranagh.

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