Mary McKenna MBE Perpetual Trophy – Open Fourball – July 24th

Mary McKenna MBE Perpetual Trophy – Open Fourball – July 24th

Fourball Better Ball Stableford Competition
Teams of 2, 90% of combined handicap

Winners, Runners-Up, Best Gross, Front 9, Back 9

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100 Club Draw – Sixth Draw Winners

Congratulations to the sixth set of winners in our 100 Club Draw:

1st Prize (€500) – Number 100 – Tom & Teresa KIlmurray
2nd Prize (€300) – Number 78 – President Pauline Byrne
3rd Prize (€100) – Number 12 – Ann Brown
4th Prize (€100) – Number 24 – Colm Whelan
5th Prize (€100) – Number 92 –  Pat, Peter & Paddy McNeill
6th Prize (€100) – Number 60 – Linda Hamell

09/Jul/2018 – Junior News

JuniorGolf Seamus Smith Cup
Donabate Golf Club hosted the next round of this competition where 30 girls played their scramble (8/Jul/2018 at 13.30 hrs).
The Donabate Team consisted of;
Kailey Berrigan, Keela Neville, Ella Moynihan, Eva Murphy, and Niamh Neville.
A great day all round for all the participants and their parents.
The next round is on in St Annes Golf Club on the 20/8/2018 at 11am.

Junior Boys Fingal League
We are currently lying joint 3rd.
The boys played their second round in Clontarf on Tuesday the 3rd of July 2018 at 10 am
The 3rd round is on in Skerries on Monday the 9th of July at 08.30 hrs.

Maura Walsh Cup (Origin Clontarf Golf Club)
Scotch Foursomes Match play.
Donabate Golf Club hosted the very first round of this Cup on the 8th of July. There was plenty of activity around the putting green with great excitement and all participants from the various clubs looking very professional and enthusiastic.
Donabate’s team consisted of;
Ollie Brooks, Cormac and Clyde Burke, Jamie Whelan, Sean Collins, Josh Higgins, Cian Kavanagh and Sean Bollard.
We won one out of the four matches but there are many more matches to be played yet.

Our Junior boys had a super day on Saturday competing in the Captain’s Prize. They are pictured here with John Galvin, Lady Captain Carmel and Captain Paul. Well done all!

03/Jul/2018 – Junior News

JuniorGolfSeamus Smith Cup Girls first round commenced 11/6/2018 in Malahide. Junior Committee members took two groups around the 9 holes scramble 34+hcp.
St Anne’s: 91
Clontarf: 93
Malahide: 100
Donabate: 101

Fingal Boys League:
Round one was played in Portmarnock on the 26/6/2018. The Junior Boys team (below) represented Donabate Golf Club and played in a spirit of enjoyment and competiveness:
Evan Brooks Captain
Sam Carroll
Brian Hanratty
Eoin Gallagher

Health Check Day – Saturday 7th of July

Health Check day: The committee would like to thank McCabes Pharmacy for their sponsorship of the health check to be held from 11am to 3 pm on Captain’s Prize day – Saturday 7th of July.

McCabes Pharmacy have also sponsored the sun cream to be found in the club shop. If for some reason you have forgotten your own sun cream you can top up at the shop before you go out.

Launch of Gents Invitation 9 Hole Competitions

The Men’s Committee have decided to introduce on a trial basis a new Invitation Nine Hole Qualifying Competition for men on Tuesday evenings. The competition will start on Tuesday 19th June and will run from 5 pm to 7 pm. Our first evening will be on the Yellow nine. The entry fee, payable through the BRS, will be €3 for members and €7 for guests. The BRS will go live for entries seven days before the competition – the first competition on 19th June is already available for booking on the BRS.

We hope, in common with other golf clubs, this new nine hole competition will be successful and will continue throughout the summer. We would urge members to come out and support it by playing in it themselves and also bringing along a guest. We hope it will become a sociable yet competitive evening’s golf for members and guests.

Shorts and Shades Evening – Saturday 23rd of June

Great news – the Annual Shorts and Shades evening will take place at Donabate Golf Club on Saturday 23rd of June.

There will be the usual short game challenge on the 9th Blue and there will be a Gents Prize and a Ladies Prize.

There will be entertainment on the balcony throughout the competition and DJ Ger returns for 1 night only, for after competition entertainment. Thankfully we have negotiated that this will only be for 1 night!

Why not wear your best or most colourful shorts and shades for an evening of guaranteed fun!

All Ireland Mother and Daughter Open Foursomes – June 22nd

Click here for further details of the All Ireland Mother and Daughter Open Foursomes

Friday 22nd June 2018

Sponsored by:
The Moran Family, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin Airport & Jenny’s Boutique, Ashbourne

Members €10 / Visitors €15 (per person)

Prizes: 1st, 2nd, Best Gross, Front 9, Back 9

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100 Club Draw – Fifth Draw Winners

Congratulations to the fifth set of winners in our 100 Club Draw:

1st Prize (€500) – Number 19 – John O’Riordan
2nd Prize (€300) – Number 36 – Evelyn Galvin
3rd Prize (€100) – Number 40 – Anne Casey & Padraig Looney
4th Prize (€100) – Number 87 – Jim Doherty
5th Prize (€100) – Number 32 – Jim Gillespie & Mary Collins
6th Prize (€100) – Number 10 – Frank Barry

Our Sponsors

Donabate Golf Club wishes to acknowledge the generous contribution our sponsors make towards the running of the club. Their contributions and valuable prizes add to the attraction of club competitions. The club is continually seeking to have new sponsors and a list of those for 2018 has now been added to the website. If you would like to become a Sponsor at Donabate Golf Club please feel free to contact us here…

Please visit Our Sponsors page by clicking here…

Shorts and Shades Evening – Saturday 23rd of June

Great news – the Annual Shorts and Shades evening will take place at Donabate Golf Club on Saturday 23rd of June.

There will be the usual short game challenge on the 9th Blue and there will be a Gents Prize and a Ladies Prize.

There will be entertainment on the balcony throughout the competition and DJ Ger returns for 1 night only, for after competition entertainment. Thankfully we have negotiated that this will only be for 1 night!

Why not wear your best or most colourful shorts and shades for an evening of guaranteed fun!

Slip Slop Slap

Sitting here in the plus 20 heat and lovely sunshine. It has struck me that very few including myself prepare for golfing in the sun. Most will put on their golf shoes gloves even a Golf hat however who puts on sun-screen? We all know the dangers of over exposure to harmful UV rays from the sun and still take little action. The Diagram below Slip, Slap, Slop refers to a simple 3 step way of dealing with Sun exposure:
Slip: Slip on clothing to cover exposed areas Arms and legs
Slop: Slop on Sun Screen factor recommended 30+, 20 minutes prior to going out in the Sun. Bring cream with you to top up or offer to someone who forgot theirs.
Slap: Slap on a wide rim hat that shades ears and neck.

Follow the simple steps above and don’t forget if you notice some area of skin showing changes consult your doctor now. Consult the Irish cancer society web site for further information.

Senior Foursomes Qualifier – Sunday 27th of May

Donabate Golf Club is one of the chosen venues to host the Senior Foursome’s Qualifier on Sunday the 27th of May. Tee off times are at 13.32 and complete at 15.40 hours. This competition is straight foursome’s stroke play and the top four teams on the day will qualify for match-play at Seapoint in early September.

We envisage it will be a busy afternoon; 10 teams will participate from East Leinster District comprising of three pairs per team, substitutes, managers and supporters. The ILGU which is described as a “dynamic and vibrant organisation” will have representatives present for the afternoon to manage this competition.

On behalf of the club we would like to extend a warm, friendly welcome to all and we look forward to observing great golf being played in a spirit of competitiveness and enjoyment.  Our bar and catering staff will be on hand to provide food, refreshments and assistance on the day.

Best of luck to all the players.

Congratulations to Pat Doran on winning the ILGU Silver Medal

Congratulations to our very own Pat Doran on winning the ILGU Silver Medal yesterday at Headfort (New Course). For further details of Pat’s fantastic achievement simply click here…

Joanne Scully from Roganstown and Maeve Skelly (Castletroy) who came 2nd and 1st in the Bronze Medal with Pat Doran (Donabate) and Aine O’Connell (Helens Bay) who came 1st and 2nd in the Silver Medal at the 2018 ILGU Silver & Bronze Medal Final at Headfort Golf Club. Pictured here with ILGU President Vonnie Noonan.
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100 Club Draw – Fourth Draw Winners

Congratulations to the fourth set of winners in our 100 Club Draw:

1st Prize (€500) – Number 70 – Tony Fetherston
2nd Prize (€300) – Number 77 – Kevin Hamell
3rd Prize (€100) – Number 76 – L A Hannon
4th Prize (€100) – Number 100 – Tom and Teresa Kilmurray
5th Prize (€100) – Number 74 – Andrew Hannon
6th Prize (€100) – Number 55 – Angela Rowan and Joe Grennan
Early Bird Prize – Number 64 – Mary Bermingham

20/Apr/2018 – Junior News

JuniorGolfLast Sunday saw our U15 boys take on Roganstown in the 1st Round of the Leinster Under 15 Inter Club Match Play.

There was some great golf played by both sides and the visitors came away with a narrow 3-2 lead.

The Donabate team was Clyde & Cormac Burke, Josh Higgins, Ben & Brian Hanratty.

So it’s off to Roganstown for the 2nd leg next Sunday at 1.30pm. All support for our future stars welcome.

100 Club Draw – Third Draw Winners

Congratulations to the third set of winners in our 100 Club Draw:

1st Prize (€500) – Number 09 – Paddy Mulligan
2nd Prize (€300) – Number 24 – Colm Whelan
3rd Prize (€100) – Number 90 – Paula Christie
4th Prize (€100) – Number 96 – Christopher Creevey
5th Prize (€100) – Number 68 – Brian Brophy
6th Prize (€100) – Number 08 – Evelyn de Lacy

2018 Membership Offers at Donabate Golf Club

At Donabate Golf Club we have a wide variety of categories of Membership to match your golfing needs. Some are based on age and some are based on your playing requirements.

We have just launched an attractive new membership fee structure for Intermediate members aged 20 to 34, which start from as little as €100.

We also have very popular Introductory Membership categories that start from €499.00
( Terms & conditions apply, offer subject to availability and for limited period )
Membership from now until the 31st of December 2018
5 Day Introductory Membership only €499.00 + GUI FEE
7 Day Introductory Membership only €699.00 + GUI FEE

For further details of these categories and other categories of membership simply click here…

    • 27 Holes + Extensive practice facilities including a new dedicated short game practice area.
    • 4 Full Floodlit Tennis Courts with discounted rates for Tennis Club Membership.
    • Discounted bar prices.

Contact our office for further details: +353 (0)1 843 6346

7 Day Introductory Membership
7 Day Introductory Membership

Donabate Golf Club wins back the BD Trophy

Donabate Golf Club won back the BD Trophy today. Congratulations to all of the players and management teams. As always the competition was fierce and played in the best of spirits with our close neighbours from Beaverstown GC.

Captain Paul Flood Presented with the BD Trophy

FBD Barton Cup – Live Match

FBD Barton Cup – First Round
Donabate Golf Club v Swords
Sunday 8th of April – Donabate Lost 2-3

Donabate Golf Club

Match Scores:

Player Score Hole
Damien Hanratty & Mark Smithers at Home won 2&1
Darragh Kelly & Darryll Murray at Home lost
Brian Hanratty & Eoghan Gallagher at Home lost
Nigel Cosgrave & Barry Armstrong Away lost
Jamie Quinn & Stephen Spierin Away won 3up

Irish Mixed Foursomes – Live Match

Irish Mixed Foursomes – 1st Round
Donabate Golf Club v Beaverstown
Saturday 7th of April – Donabate lost 2-3

Donabate Golf Club

Match Scores:

Player Score Hole
Tom Kerr & Aileen Hanratty at Home Won Thru 18
Damien Hanratty & Mary Donohoe at Home Lost Thru 18
John O’Riordan & Pat Doran at Home Won Thru 18
Captain Paul Flood & Mary C Noonan at Away Lost Thru 18
Mark Lawlor & Carol McAllister at Away Lost Thru 18

Andy Desmond Trophy 2018

Unfortunately our Juniors were beaten in the semi final of the Andy Desmond Trophy by the eventual winners Clontarf by 5 holes in some very testing conditions in Portmarnock Links yesterday. Well done to the lads for putting up a great fight in defence of the trophy. Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible.

Andy Desmond Trophy – defence of title still on!

Well done to David Halpin & Sam Carroll, Brian Hanratty & Eoghan Gallagher, and Ben Hanratty who won Rnd 1 of the Andy Desmond Trophy v Balbriggan (by 2 holes) on the morning of Monday 26th of March and Rnd 2 v The Island (by 5 holes) in the afternoon of Monday 26th of March.

The team has now qualified for the Semi Final v Clontarf at Portmarnock Links at 8am on Tuesday 3rd of April. Best of luck to all involved.

Corbally Cup – 31st of March – BRS Filling up fast

The second cup of the year is usually the Corbally Cup. It was first presented in 1929. Cyril Corbally, formerly of Rathbeale Hall, and who later having married the widowed Mrs. Cobbe, lived in Newbridge House until his death in 1946, was President of Dnabate Golf Club from 1929 to 1940 inclusive. A noted Croquet player, he pre-dated Sam Snead by some decades, putting “croquet” style. As President during that period he oversaw the huge move from the little links on the commonage at Corballis to our present site. This Cup was first played for in 1929 and was contested for and won by many famous members of Donabate Golf Club, as can be seen from the medals round the base. It is a particularly fine Silver cup and now that it has been re-introduced to our Competitions list, I am very pleased to have been asked to sponsor its competition by Donabate Men’s Club, and I hope to continue to do so into the future (Eamonn Purcell). The 2017 Champion was Mark Mackey, who won with an excellent 41 points.

23/Mar/2018 – Junior News

JuniorGolfCongratulations to Kate Hanratty & Evan Brooks our Junior Captains for 2018 who did us proud at the Captains Drive In. Both had super Drives!

As the Easter school holidays have arrived we will have our Junior competitions on Thursday 29/03 and 05/04. 18 hole competition starting at 8am and 9 Hole competition starting at 9am. Remember to wrap up well.

Our Junior interclub competitions are starting at the weekend:

Fred Daly Trophy v The Island. 2 matches in Donabate and 3 matches in the Island on Sunday 25th March at 2.30pm. Best of luck lads.

Our defence of the Andy Desmond Trophy starts on Monday 26th in Balbriggan. First round match v the home club Balbriggan at 8.30am. Play well lads and hopefully we can hold on to the cup for another year.

Please save the date 5th April for our Junior Annual Fundraiser. The Draiocht Drama Group are performing Sean O’Casey’s Plough and the Stars. Tickets €10. All monies raised on the night goes towards the development of our young golfers. Hope to see you all there to see what will be a great performance of this fabulous play.

Diary for 2018 – Now available on the website!

Just in case you didnt notice, the entire 2018 dairy has been updated on the website (its in the menu on the website as “Diary”). You can now see fixtures and events up to the end of February 2019.

The diary will be fluid throughout the year, things will change and update from time to time as we adapt to weather conditions and add additional events throughout the year. Please check it regularly so that you are well informed!

For your convenience here is a list of the major events for 2018:

Best wishes to our Captain’s for 2018

Captain Paul Flood
Captain Paul Flood

Our new Captain Paul, a native of Portrane, was introduced to the club in 1979, by his late father Jim. He joined the junior ranks as a 12 year old and spent a large part of his youth playing golf, if he wasn’t engaged in hockey or even judo. So he’s not a man to be messed with.

Paul’s devotion to the club is unquestionable. This has been borne out by the many tasks he has undertaken on behalf of the club namely, greens and course maintenance, handicaps, playing for and captaining teams. Most of all helping and advising other committee and club members. When the name Paul Flood is mentioned it is always accompanied by the description – a gentleman.

Paul’s wife Adrienne has also got very strong ties to the club as her late father Donnie O’Connell served as barman in the club for many years. Paul’s daughter Aoife, who many know, also followed her Grandad and worked in the bar during her gap year between college and entering the Garda Síochána and his other daughter Amy also did stints in the bar and restaurant. Finally her uncle Noel O’Connell needs no introduction to the members of Donabate. So all in all the Floods are no strangers to the club.

Finishing off Paul’s family tree we must mention his brother John who is a Captain’s prize winner and has represented the club at many levels. We must mention the other two women in his life his sister Wendy and his Mother Wendy for whom Paul’s promotion to Captain must be a very proud moment.

Lady Captain Carmel Tuck
Lady Captain Carmel Tuck

Our Lady Captain Carmel grew up in the village of Lackagh Beg in Galway and is one of a family of 10. At the age of 18 she embarked on her journey to become a nurse and found herself in Dublin. She commenced her training in St. Vincent’s Hospital and then later continued her studies in the Rotunda Hospital where she qualified as a midwife. Despite the 6 day a week work roster she found time for romance and later married her husband Peter.

Lady Captain Carmel then worked in Beaumont Hospital and was very much instrumental in the development of key areas such as upgrading the outpatient department which are still current today.

She is a very devoted wife, mother and grandmother “Nanna Nu”. Peter and Carmel play a very active role in their daughter’s Cathy and son in law Barry’s life along with their three lovely grandchildren. Apparently they have christened her the “Hat Policewoman” because no matter the weather a hat has to be worn.

Lady Captain Carmel and her husband Peter have many interests; the arts, music, theatre, golf and walking are just some of the examples. Both have completed many parts of the Camino walk and spent a number of weeks in Italy exploring on foot the country.

Lady Captain Carmel joined Donabate Golf Club in 2003. She has served on the ladies committee for 2 years. She has played and managed teams, introduced the Golf 4 Girls 4 Life Programme, actively participated in the upgrading of mandatory policies in the club and assists in our very popular junior section.

She has developed great relationships with our junior member’s one of mutual respect and she promotes an environment that is inclusive, positive, encouraging and fun. This is seen throughout the year even at Christmas time when she is “donning” her Santa’s Elves outfit.

The rigorous training and education she received from her career and life experiences has instilled and enhanced many of her qualities which are commitment, attention to detail, organisation and loyalty.

Finally any task Lady Captain Carmel will take on will be dealt with in an efficient and meticulous manner.

This article was put together by Vice Captain Joe Rice and Lady Vice Captain Grainne Synnott who both wish our new Captains all the best for 2018.

100 Club Draw – Second Draw Winners

Congratulations to the second set of winners in our 100 Club Draw:

1st Prize (€500) – Number 45 – Will Murray
2nd Prize (€300) – Number 97 – Deirdre Bradshaw
3rd Prize (€100) – Number 69 – Pat Bernard
4th Prize (€100) – Number 06 – Enda Dooley
5th Prize (€100) – Number 14 – Dermot Bradfield
6th Prize (€100) – Number 31 – Deirdre Reid

St. Patrick’s Cup – 17th of March – BRS Filling up fast

The first cup of the year is the St. Patrick’s Cup (Perpetual Challenge Cup – A.O. Ferguson Memorial). It was first presented in 1935 and it has an impressive list of winners. The 2017 Champion was Peter Byrne, who won with an excellent 69.

A big thank you to the sponsors of this competition – Padraig Looney, Dermot Cullen and John Galvin

BRS is open now but slots are filling up fast:

Drive-in rescheduled for Sunday 18th of March

Unfortunately, due to the current bad weather and forecast for Thursday and Friday, we are left with no option but to cancel the Captains’ Drive-in on next Saturday 3rd March and to cancel the morning singles and afternoon sixsomes on Saturday also.

The Drive-in and competitions have been rescheduled for Sunday 18th March. The current timesheets on the BRS for 3rd March will be cancelled and moved to 18th. Any member who cannot or does not wish to play on 18th can remove his/her name from the timesheet in the normal way on the BRS.

While the change is regrettable, we hope you will join our Captains Paul and Carmel on 18th to celebrate the official start of their year with them.