Blazer Day 2018

Blazer Day:  The traditional passing on of the baton of office will take place on Sunday, 28th January in the clubhouse at 5.30 pm.  Last year’s captains, Geoff Woodhead and Margaret Maher will present the incoming captains Paul Flood and Carmel Tuck with their blazers and pins of office.  The ceremony will mark the beginning of the official year of office for the two captains.  We wish them luck and loads of sunshine for the whole year.

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

Leinster Inter Club Draws 2018

​​The Draws for the Leinster Inter Club Competitions for 2018 are now available to view on Golfnet using the link below:

Leinster Inter Club Draws 2018

Please ensure to select 2018, type in the name of the draw and click search.

These draws will be uploaded to the Gents and Ladies Interclub sections of the website in the new year, once the Management Teams have been chosen.

Gents Saturday Singles League

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Gents Saturday Singles League which will run from the 2nd of December for 10 weeks. The entry sheet will open on BRS at 7pm tonight (17th of November).

How to ‘Place’ correctly under Winter Rules

‘Preferred lies’ is the term that means that you as a golf player are allowed to clean your ball without penalty on certain parts of a golf course. It’s a local rule only and is also known as ‘winter rules’. It’s only in effect if you’re informed upon arrival at the golf course (usually on the board beside the Club Shop).

In a preferred lies situation you always mark your ball first. ‘Preferred lies’ means a golfer can lift up the ball (if he or she wants to), clean it and move its position, but not closer to the hole.

How to handle a preferred lie?
The position of the ball must be marked first. This can be done with a tee, a pitch fork, ball marker or a coin. Then you can lift the ball up and clean it if desired. The ball must then be (re)placed on a spot not nearer to the hole within the area specified e.g. within six inches. This distance is decided by the local committee. So it’s best to check it in advance, to avoid an unnecessary penalty of one stroke.

Important notes:

  • Mark your ball first.
  • Clean your ball.
  • Replace the ball, no closer to the hole and within 6 inches of its original place (note that a €2 coin is approximately 1 inch in diameter).
  • You cannot place the ball twice. The ball is in play as soon as it’s placed on the ground. If the player picks it up again and moves it, the player would incur a penalty stroke for ‘moving his/her ball in play’.
  • Preferred Lies and other winter rules are not official Rules of Golf; instead, they are always a local rule.

Gents Winter Cuts from November 1st

Please note that Gents “Winter Cuts” begin from Wednesday 1st of November.
There will be a 2 shot cut per prize winner.
Please note that “Winter Cuts” do not apply to Opens or Winter league.

Rory celebrates after winning a Turkey Voucher

Captain’s Dinner – Saturday 18th of November

Captain Geoffrey’s dinner is scheduled for Saturday 18th November 2017 at 8.00pm. It is hard to believe how time has flown since the Captain’s Drive In.

Our Captain Geoffrey has had a fantastic year in which he represented the members of our Club with great honour and enthusiasm. He was a great ambassador for Donabate Golf Club and was a great supporter of our Teams both home and away.

We all know the huge amount of work Geoffrey has done for the Club for many years. He has been very involved in marketing and social media for our Club and with introducing a number of new events on our golf calendar.

Tickets for this year’s 4 course dinner are available at the bar at a cost of €30.

Traditionally at the Captain’s dinner, the Vice Captain for 2018 is announced by the incoming Captain for 2018 (Paul Flood).

We hope that you can be there to celebrate this evening with our Captain Geoffrey.

Early 2018 Introductory Membership Offer – 14 Months for price of 12

Early 2018 Introductory Membership at Donabate Golf Club from €499.00

16 Months Membership Offer ( Terms & conditions apply, offer subject to availability and for limited period )

Membership from 1st of September 2017 to 31st of December 2018

5 Day Introductory Membership only €499.00 + GUI FEE
7 Day Introductory Membership only €699.00 + GUI FEE

For other categories of membership and for further details 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

Aerial Photo of Donabate Golf Club from 1998

Take a close look at this aerial photo which was found by Damien Hanratty. It shows Donabate Golf Club in its original form when it was an 18 Hole course. Holes 2-6 on Blue are nothing but agricultural land. The Yellow 9 are very different also. Ahhh the good ould days!

Best of luck to John Ryan

We would like to congratulate John Ryan on qualifying for the Titleist Order of Merit Grand Final at Trump Turnberry. John qualified in 2nd place for Division 2 (13 to 21 Handicaps) out of 383 Irish Competitors.
The final will be played at Turnberry Resort on the 18th and 19th of October.
Best of luck John!

06/Oct/2017 – Junior News

Super News! Six of our junior boys have been selected for the Leinster Elite Boys coaching panels:
Brian Hanratty – Under 16 Panel
Luke Mitchell – Under 14 Panel
Ben Hanratty – Development Panel
Clyde Burke – Development Panel
Rory Gallagher – Development Panel
Josh Higgins – Development Panel

Well done boys, enjoy and gain from this great opportunity.

Well done Jennifer Boland on winning the Junior Medal. Jennifer now goes on to play in Seapoint Golf Club on 1/Nov in the National Final.

We had a great day for our Junior 18 Holers Finals Day. We had a 9 hole team scramble followed by our awards ceremony. A lovely evening was had by all and the Juniors were delighted collecting their prizes.

GOTY – Macdara Matthews
Most Improved – Sam Carroll
Best Cadet – Kevin Burke

GOTY – Jennifer Boland
Most Improved – Kailey Berrigan

We have just completed another 4 weeks of junior coaching with Steve Ennis PGA. Steve has introduced a new grading system – The Cap System. Starting with the basics and building on this with every grade the kids are awarded with a different coloured cap. Red Cap completed!

Ladies Winter League 2017


SUNDAY WINTER LEAGUE – 7 weeks from 22nd October to 10th December (Excluding Sunday 29th October)
TUESDAY WINTER LEAGUE – 7 weeks from 24th October to 5th December (minimum 25 – 30 entries required)
The Leagues will run in conjunction with the normal Sunday and Tuesday competitions with both a TEAM and a SINGLES Competition.
Entry Fee: €10 per League.

Format & Scoring
• Best 3 scores to count in Weeks 1 to 6. Best 4 scores in Week 7
• Week 1 + Week 5 – Team receives 1 extra bonus point for EACH team member that turns out.
• Team Event competition scheduled for one Sunday & Tuesday during Leagues duration. (Team scores will be awarded to team members playing on the day and points given accordingly to their League teams).
• Best 4 scores of 6 weeks (or less). Scores in the Team Event competition will not count for the Individual league competition



All Winter Voucher Competitions

Taking member comments into consideration, the committee have decided to change the Playing Down rules for the Winter Voucher competitions.
The change detailed below is on a trial basis and will come into effect on start of playing down on 31st October until the 31st December 2017.

• A competitor who wins a Winter Voucher must deduct 2 shots from their handicap in all subsequent Winter Voucher competitions.
• A competitor who wins a Runner Up Voucher must deduct 1 shot from their handicap in all subsequent Winter Voucher competitions.

Winner and Runner-up Prizes will be awarded in both Team and Individual League competitions. 3rd Prize will be awarded if number of entries allow.
It’s fun, it’s competitive and great to get us on the golf course with a purpose during the early winter weeks!
**** Playing Down will not apply for League scores ***


If you win an Officers’ Turkey Prize (Lady Captain’s Turkey to the Ladies, Captain’s Turkey to the Ladies or the President’s Turkey to the Ladies) you must play down (2 shots) in the subsequent Officers’ Turkey competitions.
ALL Class winners and runners-up in these competitions will play down in subsequent Winter Voucher competitions effective from Tuesday 7th November.

Club Matchplay Finals – Sunday 10th of September

We are delighted to announce the times of this year’s Matchplay Finals, which will take place this Sunday (10th of September). Why not come along on Sunday to support these fine players.

All times are currently on BRS:
12:04 – Andy Doherty Cup is Nigel Cosgrave v Declan Rickard
12:12 – Club Singles Class 1 is Pat O’Brien v Jamie Quinn (note: this may be played earlier due to Mixed Foursomes)
12:20 – Club Singles Class 2 is Andrew May v David Taylor
12:28 – Club Singles Class 3 is Aaron McCann v Paul Smithers
12:36 – Club Singles Class 4 is Charles Robertson v J.J. McElroy
13:00 – Ladies Challenge Cup Singles is Modwena McDonald v Wendy Goulding
13:08 – Ladies Ferguson Cup Singles is Mary Donohoe v Dorothy Moorhead
13:16 – Gents Foursomes is Darryll Murray and Darragh Kelly v Gerry O’Reilly and Mark Mackey
13:40 – Mixed Foursomes is Pat Doran and Pat O’Brien v Carmel and John Timmins
13:48 – Ladies Foursomes is Pauline Leheny and Carol McAllister v Catherine Crummey and Martina McGrath
13:56 – Father & Son Scotch Foursomes is Paul and Stephen Spierin v Damien and Ben Hanratty
14:04 – Club Fourball is Darren Greaney and Keith Gibbons v Gary Smithers and Stephen Conroy

Presentation of prizes will commence at 7pm on Sunday evening.
Best of luck to all finalists!

The meaning behind the names…

Have you ever wondered about the meanings of those weird and wonderful names we have on our scorecards for each hole on our course? If you have, please read on. If you haven’t, please read on… you might learn something new!

Approximately 10 years ago a crack team was assembled at the request of the 2007 Captain John McGroddy, to give local names, where appropriate, to each hole on each of the three nines of our golf course. It was an excellent idea and one which set out to preserve local field names, some of which were in use for centuries and which were in danger of being forgotten by future generations. That crack team consisted of Peadar Bates (author of a “History of Donabate” and former member of Donabate Golf Club), Des O’Shaughnessy (our club historian) and Captain John McGroddy.

Peadar, with his great depth of knowledge on the history of the area, played a huge role in naming at least 50% of the holes. John’s excellent grasp of the Irish Language, and Des’ amazing knowledge of the club provided the remaining names.

It has taken almost 10 years to uncover the detail behind these names and make them public knowledge, but we are delighted to do that today, albeit 10 years late.

A great thanks to Des who provided me with great detail, and without his help this wouldn’t have been possible and may have been lost forever.

So, what do these names stand for? In order to see the detail, simply navigate on our menu to “About us”, then “The Course” and from there you can view the guide for each nine (details of names can be found under the scorecard).
Or simply click here:
Yellow Nine
Red Nine
Blue Nine

25/Aug/2017 – Junior News

9 Holers Final Day Scramble:
We had 3 girls teams and 7 boys teams playing in the final junior 9 Holers Scramble. The kids all had a great day to finish off the summer season and everyone went away with a prize. Many thanks to all the helpers through out the summer – Lady Vice Captain Carmel Tuck, Evelyn Galvin, Grainne Synnott, Mary Berrigan, Marion Gorman, Aileen Hanratty, John Galvin, John McGillicuddy & Damien Hanratty. Without all your help we wouldn’t be able to run the Thursday competitions. Thank you also to the Mums, Dads, Grandads and Grannys who also helped us out. The juniors had a great golfing summer.

Walsh Cup:
The Walsh Cup was held in Malahide on Sunday. As the weather was so bad the boys played the competition over 9 holes. We won 2.5 matches. Well done boys. The final is in Clontarf next weekend.

Fingal Girls Trophy:
The final day of the Fingal Girls Trophy was held in St Annes GC on Monday. The weather was awful but the competition went ahead. Well done girls in finishing in 4th place.

Girls Onesie Scramble
Our girls had a fun evening last Saturday. They had a Onesie Scramble – They dressed in Onesies and played a scramble. They had a super fun time.

18/Aug/2017 – Junior News

Fingal Boys Cup

The final of the Fingal Cup was held in Donabate Golf Club on Monday 14th.  We were tied on 115pts with Malahide going into the final day.  Unfortunately Malahide came in with 2pts better then Donabate and won the Fingal Cup with 135pts.  Donabate came second with 133pts.  Well done to our super squad, Alan Kelly, Bobby Kelly, Brian Hanratty, Eoghan Gallagher, David Halpin, Carl Smith, Sam Carroll, Evan Brooks and David O’Neill.  They had a super summer playing in 8 different Fingal Golf Clubs.  Many thanks to John Galvin, Noel Costello and John McGillicuddy for looking after the boys.

Walsh Cup

The Walsh Cup was held in St Annes GC on Sunday.  We won 2 matches and lost 2. They are playing in Malahide this weekend.

Fingal Girls Trophy

The final day of the Fingal Girls Trophy is on in St Annes GC on Monday 21st.  Best of luck to our girls.

11/Aug/2017 – Junior News

Fingal Boys Cup
Another fantastic week for our boys playing in the Fingal Cup in Rush on Tuesday. The team of Bobby Kelly, Brian Hanratty, Eoghan Gallagher and David Halpin had 111 pts and finished in top place again claiming 20pts. We are now tied on 115 with Malahide. Final week on Monday in Donabate GC. Donabate has never won this competition so maybe this will be our year. The same team is out next week so the very best of luck lads, play very well!

Irish Under 14 Boys Open
3 of our lads headed down to Ballina for the Irish Under 14 Boys Open. Brian Hanratty had a super first round of 1 over par 72 gross and finished in 10th place overall. Eoghan Gallgher had a great second round score of 75 gross and Ben Hanratty shot 81 gross on the first day. Well done all.

Leinster Under 16 Open
Bobby Kelly and Brain Hanratty are both playing in Beaverstown in the Leinster Under 16 Open. Best of luck lads.

Leinster Under 13 Series Final
Luke Mitchell, Ben Hanratty and Josh Higgins all qualified for the Leinster Under 13 Series Final in Dun Laoghaire on Tuesday. They all had a great day but found the Dun Laoghaire greens very tough.

Junior Scratch Cup
Bobby Kelly had a super week and won the Donabate Junior Scratch Cup on Monday with a fantastic score of 73.

Fingal League for Boys – Penultimate Round

Great news from Rush Golf Club today as the Donabate boys (Bobby Kelly, Eoghan Gallagher, David Halpin and Brian Hanratty) finished in 1st place taking 20 points and moving to joint-top of the table with Malahide. A special congrats to Eoghan, who had the best gross today.

The final round of the Fingal League takes place in Donabate on Monday 14th of August from 8am. Here’s hoping we can take advantage of home comforts! As always your support is greatly appreciated.

04/Aug/2017 – Junior News

Girls News:

Well done Nicole McGavisk on winning the Overall Nett prize in the Leinster Womens Championship in Donabate last weekend. Nicole qualified in the top 16 matchplay and was beaten by Leinster Championship Winner Mairead Martin.

Our Fingal Girls Cup team played in Rush GC on Tuesday. We got 6pts and are in 3rd place overall..

The Leinster Girls Interclub Matchplay was on in Tulfarris GC on Wednesday. Donabate was beaten by Co Louth in the first round. The matches were very tight – Nicole Mc Gavisk was All square thru 18, Kate Hanratty was beaten 3&1 and Hannah Moynihan was beaten 3&1. Hard luck girls!

Boys News:

Our Boys Fingal Cup team – Bobby Kelly, Eoghan Gallagher, David Halpin and Brian Hanratty, had another good week in Malahide GC on Monday. They received 16pts and are still in 2nd place behind Malahide. Off to Rush next Tuesday. Only 2 weeks left to catch Malahide. Play well boys.

We hosted the Walsh Cup in Donabate last Sunday. This is a new competition. Our boys did very well and are off to Beaverstown next Monday for the next round. Enjoy and play well lads.

Eoghan Gallagher, Ben Hanratty & Brian Hanratty are playing in the Irish Under 14 Boys Amateur Open in Ballina this week. Best of luck lads.

Leinster Women’s Championship & Duggan Cup – A great success

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday last weekend Donabate hosted the ILGU run Leinster Championship & Duggan Cup. The weather held out, the course looked great and everything ran as efficiently and smoothly as the Swiss railway system. All participants were struck by our beautiful course and club facilities and by the friendliness and hospitality of members and staff of Donabate. What a pleasure it was for us to watch fantastic golf played by all participants over the few days.

Many thanks to those from the Ladies’ Men’s and Junior clubs who volunteered their time and energy to act as hosts and ball spotters over the few days and thus ensure the smooth running of the competitions. Congratulations to ILGU officials, Lady Captain Margaret, Lady Vice Captain Carmel, Course Manager Alan, Liam Bridgette and Club Manager Robert. Their minute planning and preparations contributed to the efficiency of such a well-run operation. Well done to all our Donabate participants in the competitions, Pat Doran, Nicole McGavisk, Frances Cullen, Lesley Costello, Ciara O’Hara, Fionnuala Forde and Elaine Fitzgerald. A special congratulations to Nicole who received a prize for the best Nett Overall in the Strokeplay qualifiers.

Lady Captain Margaret, Karen Forrester (Mannan Castle GC) winner of the Duggan Cup, Mairead Martin (Kanturk GC) Leinster Champion with Pauline Byrne Chairperson ILGU East Leinster District.

Irish Under 14’s at Ballina – Round 1

Well done to the Under 14 Boys on a great Round 1 of the Irish Under 14’s at Ballina and best of luck in Round 2.

Brian Hanratty is currently sitting in 3rd place, after an excellent opening round of 72.
Ben Hanratty is +10 and Eoghan Gallagher is +12
Great shooting all-round.

28/Jul/2017 – Junior News

Girls News:

Our Junior Girl’s Captain Nicole McGavisk was in action down in Mallow GC at the Irish Girls Close Championship. Well done Nicole on making it to the Plate Semi-final.

Good luck Nicole this week in the Leinster Womens Championship here in Donabate.

Our Fingal Girls Cup team are off to Rush GC on Tuesday, best of luck.

The Leinster Girls Interclub Matchplay is on in Tulfarris GC on Wednesday. Donabate play Co Louth in the first round. Play well girls.

Boys News:

Our Boys Fingal Cup team – Bobby Kelly, Eoghan Gallagher, David Halpin and Brian Hanratty, have had another fantastic week this time in Sutton GC. Bobby shot 1 under gross for 42 pts – winning the Gross on the day, Eoghan had an ALBOTROSS on the par 5 12th, holing his 2nd shot on the par 5 for 6 points and also bringing in 42pts and David had 40 pts. Super result gaining 20 pts and now lie in 2nd place 2 pts behind Malahide. Off to Malahide next Monday.

The Under 13 series qualifiers took place this week. Well done to Luke Mitchell who was leading qualifier in The Grange with 21 Gross pts. Ben Hanratty also qualified from Balbriggan GC with 25 Gross pts. Clyde Burke won 3rd best nett with a super score of 46pts also in Balbriggan. Luke and Ben are now off to Dun Laoghaire on 8th Aug for the Under 13 series Final.

Our boys are playing in the Walsh Cup – a new competition between Donabate, Malahide, St Annes, Beaverstown and Clontarf. It is 4 x Scotch foursomes matches played over the 5 venues. Donabate are hosting on Sunday 30/07. Enjoy and play well lads.

Leinster Women’s Championships & Duggan Cup – 28th to 30th July

Donabate Golf Club is delighted to host the 2017 Leinster Women’s Championships & Duggan Cup on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 28th – 30th July.

Competitors in the Leinster Championships (h/cap limit 9.4) will play 2 qualifying rounds of 18 holes stroke play on the 1st Day of the Championships. The 16 competitors with the leading aggregate scores will qualify for the Matchplay stages.

Competitors in the Duggan Cup (Handicap limit 10-18) will play 1 qualifying round of 18 holes stroke play on the 1st Day with the 16 players with the leading gross scores qualifying for matchplay.

This all leads up to the Final day where 8 players will compete in the morning with 4 playing in the Finals (Championship and Duggan) in the afternoon.

Donbate GC is proud of its three past winners of the Leinster Championships:
Vivienne Singleton, Therese O’Reilly (Moran) and Mary McKenna MBE.

We welcome all the competitors and look forward to a great golfing event:
Day 1 (Fri) – Strokeplay Qualifier – 8.00am to 4pm
Day 2 (Sat) – Matchplay – 8.30am to 11.30am and 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Day 3 (Sun) – Matchplay – 8.45am to 9.15am and 1.30pm to 2.00pm

22/Jul/2017 – Junior News

Our junior girls enjoyed a lovely day out on Lady Captain Margaret’s day. Junior Captain Nicole McGavisk had a super round with 5 birdies to win the Best Gross with 76. We had 3 girls playing in the 9 hole competition and
6 girls playing in the 9 hole scramble. They all thoroughly enjoyed being involved in Lady Captains day.

Well done to Nicole again who qualified for the last 32 in the Irish Girls Close Championship in Mallow GC. Best of luck in the matchplay, play well.

Fingal Girls Trophy: Our Girls brought in 3 good scores in Clontarf on Tuesday. Well done, we are still lying in 3rd place.

Fingal Boys Trophy: Our Junior Boys jumped into 3rd place overall after taking top points in St Annes on Monday. They had a super score of 115. They are at the halfway stage with Sutton up next Monday. Keep the good golf going lads.

14/Jul/2017 – Junior News

Well done to Kailey Berrigan and Kate Hanratty on bringing in 2 good scores in the first round of the Fingal Girls Trophy in Balbriggan GC last Friday. They are off to Clontarf next Tuesday so play well and enjoy.

Our Junior Boys pulled their socks up on Monday in Balcarrick GC and had 3 great scores, finishing in joint 3rd place. Well done to Brian Hanratty on winning the Best Gross on the day with 33pts. They are off to St Anne’s GC next Monday.