Cotter Cup 2017

Sponsored by:
Sysco Software Solutions

Click here to see the Cotter Cup Draw for 2017

Handicap Rules:
Singles - The full difference between the handicaps of the player.

Key Dates:
Strokes Qualifier - 10th June (Yellow-Blue) - 31 qualify, plus previous Champion
Round 1 - Field split across 12th and 13th June (from 4pm each day on Yellow-Blue)
Round 2 - 15th June (from 4pm on Yellow-Blue)
Quarter Final - 16th June (from 5pm on Yellow-Blue)
Semi Final - 17th June (from 4pm on Yellow-Blue)
Final Sunday - 18th June (12:30pm on Yellow-Blue).

The Cotter Cup, a particularly fine piece of hallmarked silverware, was presented to the Club in memory the young Bertie Cotter by his relatives. It was first played for in 1956 as a singles competition within the Club and won by Pearse Gough with rounds of 66 and 68. After the first two years the competition changed to an Open FourBall Matchplay.

In 1961 it began to be played as an Open Singles Matchplay and in this format achieved widespread fame as there was no handicap restriction, the only one of its kind in the country. “The Cotter” attracted entries from far and wide, including once from an Australian. Indeed many of the entrants took annual holidays in their efforts to win, such was its stature. The height of “The Cotter” fame came in 1976 when 388 entries were received and so it remained until 1997 when it was regrettably demoted to an 18 hole Open Singles. Fortunately, recent Committees have taken a more enlightened view and returned it to Open Matchplay after the usual qualifying round.

Over the years, winners have come from most of the North County [Dublin] clubs and also from Baltinglass, Kilcock, Newlands and Old Conna. An early winner from Clontarf was the brother, of a future Taoiseach, no less.

As usual, it would be impossible to compile this resume without constant “mining” of Des O’Shaughnessy’s History of Donabate Golf Club 1925-2000. Eamonn Purcell.

Congratulations to 2017 Cotter Cup Champion David Byrne (Clontarf) and Leading Qualifier Gerry Cooney.

Champion David Byrne

Leading Qualifier Gerry Cooney

Cotter Cup Champions:

2017David Byrne
2016Pat O'Brien
2015John McGillacuddy
2014Paul Bradshaw
2013Coral Smyth
2012Brendan Forkin
2011Paul Bradshaw
2010Geoffrey Woodhead
2009Gavin Moynihan
2008Louis Fagan
2007Eoin McLafferty
2006Alan Hopkins
2005Gary Walsh
2004Sean Fagan
2003Derek Convery
2002Darragh Mulligan
2001Andrew Fox
2000Dominick Cashin
1999Michael Garry
1998Conal Smyth
1997Sean Fagan
1996Sean Fagan
1995Noel Lally
1994Adrian G. Mahony
1993Sean Fagan
1992Paddy McEvoy
1991Pat McCrudden
1990Finan P. Grimes
1989Brian May
1988Finan P. Grimes
1987Tom J. Jordan
1986Brian P. Smyth
1985John Gaffney
1984John Gaffney
1983Joe Coyle
1982M. Sheridan
1981Joe Guinan
1980Martin Moore
1979Michael Allen
1978Cecil Lee
1977Jim Beatty
1976Charlie Donnelly Jnr.
1975Martin Sludds
1974Vincent Donnelly
1973Gerry Carr
1972Cecil Lee
1971Cecil Lee
1970Eamonn Purcell
1969M. O'Brien Kenney
1968Paddy Walshe
1967Andy Doherty
1966Kevin Sherlock
1965P. Fortune
1964J. J. O'Neill
1963Donal P. Duggan
1962Andy Doherty
1961Pádraig Haughey
1960 - FourballPádraig Haughey and Denis Allen
1959 - FourballDon Cregan and Des Cregan
1958 - FourballFrank Cassidy and Freddie McDonnell
1957 - 36 Holes StrokesFrank Cassidy
1956 - 36 Holes StrokesPearse Gough

Important notice about the weekend of 17th and 18th of June

This weekend we are hosting the Jimmy Bruen Regional Qualifier. Best of luck to the Donabate Team who will tee off first at 8:00am on Saturday 17th of June. If you’re an early riser why not pop along for an early morning walk and support the team, oh and the weather is going to be fantastic.

As the Jimmy Bruen is on both Saturday and Sunday we have a restricted time-sheet for members. If you’re not already down to play, both competitions are now live on the B.R.S.

Finally the Cotter Cup will conclude this weekend, with the Semi-Finals on Saturday and the Grand Final on Sunday. Click here to see the Cotter Cup Draw for 2017.

Annual Fundraising Day – June 16th

Our Annual Fundraising Day will take place on Friday the 16th of June.

It is an Invitation 4 person team event.

Timesheet from 9am to 3pm and is now OPEN.

To secure your place please contact Paddy Mulligan or any of the fundraising committee.

Your continued support is always appreciated.

All Ireland Mother and Daughter Open Foursomes 2017

All Ireland Mother and Daughter Open Foursomes – Freddy Moran Perpetual Cup

Friday 30th June 2017

Co-sponsored by:
The Moran Family, Miss Designer Golf, Jenny’s Boutique, Ashbourne & Bouchon Jewellers, Malahide

Members €10 / Visitors €15 (per person)

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

Timesheet now available for booking:
For Visitors, click here.
For Members, click here.
Or contact Donabate Golf Club at +353 (0)1 843 6346

Gents: No GOTY on 27th and 28th of May

Just a note to clarify that there are no Golfer of the Year (GOTY) points available for gents this weekend (27th and 28th of May).

Saturday 27th is not a full time-sheet (just AM Singles) and Sunday 28th is an Open Singles, neither of which qualify for GOTY.

19/May/2017 – Junior News

Fred Daly:
The Under 18 Boys faced their most daunting task last Saturday against a very strong Dundalk side which boasted 2 Leinster Inter Provincial players.

Golf played was of the highest level and sportsmanship of the boys was excellent too. Donabate put up a great fight but alas this years wonderful journey came to an end with a 3 1/2 – 1 1/2 win for Dundalk. We wish them well in the remainder of the competition. One thing for sure is our boys have learned and improved so much, it won’t be long before we are up there challenging with the best for this title.

Thanks as always to Danny and Damien for input with selecting the team and John Galvin & John McGillicuddy for their assistance at the away venues and of course thanks to all the lads for their preparation and hard work in getting ready for these matches. Already looking forward to next year.

Under 15’s:
The second round of the Leinster Under 15 matchplay saw our boys over in Roganstown last Sunday for the 2nd leg. Trailing 3-2 after the first leg at Donabate, wins for Luke Mitchell, Eoghan Gallagher and Brian Hanratty on the 20th brought the match into sudden death. This required Carl Smith to go down the 19th but unfortunately the hole eluded our ball on the 19th for Carl and Roganstown progress on to the next round. Thanks to all the boys who took part and played some wonderful golf. Already looking forward to next years competition.

Junior Under 15 Boys

What a great fightback from our under 15 boys! After losing the first leg (at home) 2-3, the boys won 3-2 in Roganstown on Sunday 14th to tie the match at 5-5 and force a playoff. Sadly the match was lost on the 19th (the first playoff hole). Hard luck boys, but well done, your efforts are much appreciated.

Thanks as always to the Junior Committee for their amazing support in making this possible.

AIG Pierce Purcell Shield – District Winners

Well done to the Pierce Purcell team who won 3-2 against Skerries in today’s exciting District Final at Rush.


Mark Smithers and Nicky WhelanLost on 18
Don McGrath and Graeme WhiteWon 2 up on 18
Gary Mulhall and Jim ButterlyLost on 17
Alan O’Gorman and Eoin O’DonoghueWon on 17
Liam Bridgette and Kevin BrownWon on 17

District Winners

Donabate will play Malahide in the Leinster Playoff Round (date and venue to be announced).

Well done to the team and managers on an excellent performance over the weekend. Hopefully members can come out in force to support the team in the next round!

12/May/2017 – Junior News

Our Golf for Girls for Life taster day was a great success.  We had 28 new girls trying golf for the first time.  The weather was super and the golf course looked its very best.  A big thank you to Danny Sheehan and Mary McKenna MBE for looking after the chipping section.  Topps for the long game section.  Kate Hanratty and Hannah Moynihan for the fun skills and games section and Lady Vice Carmel, Marion Gorman and Aileen Hanratty for the putting games. We now have 4 week of lessons for the girls with Danny and hopefully the girls enjoy the golf and will decide to join our great club.

US Kids Grand Final
Ben Hanratty qualified in the 11 year old section of the US Kids Championship.  The Grand Final was played in Portmarnock Links GC last Monday.  Well done Ben on finishing in 3rd place.

Up coming matches this weekend:
The next round of the Fred Daly Trophy is on Saturday.  Donabate GC are playing Dundalk with 2 matches at home and 3 away.  Best of luck lads, play well.

The under 15’s are playing the second leg of the of their match against Roganstown GC on Sunday.  We are behind after the first leg 2-3 so all to play for with 5 matches in Roganstown  GC.  Best of luck lads, play well.

05/May/2017 – Junior News

Under 15’s
Our U15’s were in action against Roganstown GC on Monday 1st of May. On a beautiful sunny day, the Roganstown boys played some brilliant golf and had all our matches behind after nine holes, but great fight-backs from Luke Mitchell and Ben Hanratty saw our boys finish the tie 3-2 down going into the 2nd leg over in Roganstown on Sunday 14th of May.

Fred Daly
Following on from their victory in the Andy Desmond Trophy, the Under 18 Boys team didn’t have much time to celebrate as they were back in action taking on a very strong Malahide team in the next round of the Fred Daly Trophy on April 23rd. We had 2 matches away in Malahide and 3 at home. Not to be undaunted by the superior h’caps of the Malahide boys, our boys got stuck in and played some scintillating golf coming out on top with a scoreline of 3-2. Well done to all the boys. These matches just don’t get any easier as the next round sees them take on the formidable Dundalk. Match provisionally fixed for Saturday May 13th with 3 away in Dundalk and 2 at home. Best of luck Boys, the whole club is behind you.

Golf 4 Girls 4 Life


Donabate Golf Club is involved is a new programme to try to encourage Girls to play golf. This programme is all about making golf FUN for girls to get involved in. We are running a Taster Day on Sunday 7th May from 3pm to 5pm for Girls age 8 years old +. There is no cost involved and all equipment will be provided. We will have fun games – chipping, putting and long game in a fun and friendly environment. If you know of any girls that would like to join us on this Taster Day please register with Aileen at

The NCBI Specsavers HolmPatrick Cup

NCBIThe qualification for the NCBI Specsavers HolmPatrick Cup will take place alongside our Fourball Qualifier on Sunday 23rd of April. Entries must be made at the Pro Shop prior to play. The winning pair of entrants for the Holmpatrick Cup will go onto represent the club in the regional qualifiers.

The NCBI Specsavers HolmPatrick Cup is the longest running and largest charity golf tournament in Ireland, raising funds for the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI). You could compete for a chance to play in the final of the NCBI Specsavers HolmPatrick Cup at the home of golf, St. Andrews. Participating golf clubs hold a qualifying tournament, the winners go forward to the county final and then to the regional final. The four regional winners then play off for the cup in St. Andrews, the home of golf for the NCBI Specsavers HolmPatrick Cup.

Donabate Portrane Tennis Club – Official Opening on 22nd of April

Tennis Club

We are delighted to announce that our Tennis Club’s Official Opening day is Saturday 22nd of April. This event which will start with a “cutting of the ribbon” ceremony at 4pm, followed by a complimentary wine and cheese reception in the Clubhouse, our first ever Round Robin prize giving, and celebrations (dancing) till late. Dinner will be available in the form of a running buffet with 3 menu options. This will be available at €13 per head. A children’s option is also available at €5 per child.  A full programme for the day with times including menu is detailed below.  Members are welcome to join us at any stage of the day.

Cutting of Ribbon Ceremony at Courts to mark Official Opening of DPTC 
Junior matches commence on-court
Wine and Cheese Reception in Clubhouse
Childrens basket of goujons and chips available 
Junior Round Robin prize giving
Running buffet served from 6.00 – 8.00 
Buffet Options: Turkey & Ham; Chicken curry; Beef Lasagne
Round Robin prize giving and Corporate sponsorship raffle
8.00 till late
Celebration – Adults only (as per club rules)

Andy Desmond Trophy 2017

Our Juniors followed up their great win this morning by beating Forest Little by 3 holes in a thrilling Final of the Andy Desmond Trophy in Portmarnock Links. Donabate last won this trophy back in 2008.

Well done to Alan Kelly and Bobby Kelly, Brian Hanratty and Eoghan Gallagher, David Halpin and Ben Hanratty.

Andy Desmond Trophy 4

Andy Desmond Trophy 2

Andy Desmond Trophy 3

Andy Desmond Trophy 1

Cancer Caring Charity – Wednesday 3rd of May

The annual Cancer Caring Charity time sheet becomes available next Saturday 15th April 2017 at the clubhouse. This is a paper time sheet which is traditionally very well supported by members and visitors alike. To avoid disappointment please enter your team at your earliest opportunity or by contacting Gus Hannon on 087-684 1896.

Open 4 Person Team Event

Special All Lady Team Prize

Masters Challenge 2017

This is a provisional final-leaderboard – subject to verification – E&OE – Final result will be confirmed on Monday 11th of April.

Information regarding replacements:
Marc Leishman replaced Dustin Johnson.
Entries with Dustin Johnson and either Thongchai Jaidee or KT Tim have Mark Leishman in place of Dustin Johnson and Si Woo Kim in place of Thongchai Jaidee or KT Tim.

Click here for the Provisional Final Leaderboard

Junior News

Superb win for our junior boys Fred Daly team against Royal Tara last Friday.  This is a scratch competition and our lads played against boys with much lower handicaps. We won both matches at home and took one away.  Next round v Malahide.
It’s a very busy couple of weeks for our juniors so it’s lucky they are on their Easter Holliers.
The Andy Desmond Trophy is on in Beaverstown on Monday morning.  We have 2 foursome pairings.  Good luck lads.

The under 15’s comp is on next Friday v Laytown Bettystown in Laytown. Play well!

Our Junior Easter competitions are on for the next 2 Thursday’s.

Ena’s Giant Easter Hamper

Ena’s Giant Easter Hamper

Valued well over €200

With Jameson, Vodka, Gin, Sherry, Champagne,

Bottle of Red & White Wine, Giant Butler’s Egg and lots and lots of sweet treats.

Get your tickets today €5 a strip / €10 for 3 strips

Raffle in clubhouse on Easter Sunday


Pace of Play – New Campaign from GUI

Time, please: GUI lead mission for pace control

Pace of play is the focus of a new campaign from the Golfing Union of Ireland which aims to get players moving more efficiently around the golf course.


A common complaint among club golfers, the GUI is taking the lead on the thorny issue of slow play. During a week-long awareness campaign, the Union will highlight practical steps that clubs and players can take.

Last year, the GUI lead by example when ‘Ready Golf’ was introduced during round two of the AIG Irish Close Championship at Ballyliffin. Ready Golf – a term to indicate that players should play when they are ready to do so providing it is safe to do so, rather than adhering strictly to the ‘farthest from the hole plays first’ stipulation – saw round-times reduced by an average of 45 minutes.

As well as endorsing Ready Golf, the GUI have made use of forward tees and central hole locations to give players every opportunity to play as quickly as possible at their championships.

Although it seems like slow play is a modern phenomenon, history says otherwise. A report from the South of Ireland Amateur Championship of 1966, published by The Irish Times, reveals that players were taking up to five and a half hours to get around the course.

In response to complaints about pace of play in the modern game, The R&A undertook an extensive international survey of golfers and hosted a special conference at St Andrews entitled: Time for Golf. Professionals and administrators involved in golf at all levels were invited to the conference, which helped to bring about an official manual on the subject.

Research on pace of play has shown that overcrowding is the most common cause of rounds taking longer than necessary. Starting intervals should be as wide as possible – eight minutes for two balls and up to 12 minutes for four balls.

For players, Ready Golf is a common sense approach that will ensure the game flows as smoothly as possible. For example, shorter hitters play first from the tee or fairway if longer hitters have to wait.

The majority of golfers report that they would enjoy the game more if it took less time to play. More to the point, there are few players who enjoy playing slowly. Pace of play affects clubs when it comes to securing repeat business and retention of members.

There are a variety of reasons for wanting to improve pace of play and there are a number of ways of achieving this goal. The GUI’s latest campaign will educate players and clubs alike.

To find out more about Pace of Play simply click here…

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Ladies Open Events 2017

    • 13th June – Open 3 Lady Team (S.S.C)
    • 30th June – Mother & Daughter Open Foursomes
    • 25th July—Mary McKenna MBE Open Fourball
    • 24th & 27th July— Ladies Singles
    • 13th August—Open Pink Day Team Event (NBCRI)
    • Open Seniors Ladies & Gents Singles every Monday & Thursday

Timesheets available for booking on BRS (simply click here) or contact +353 (0)1 843 6346

Course Update


The short game area will be opened for play from Saturday 25th March. Members are asked NOT TO PLAY from inside the roped of areas.

Liam Bridgette

Chairman of Greens

Interclub Signup Sheets

Interclub Team recruitment is well under way:

There are a growing number of sign-up sheets on the Interclub Noticeboards. Please check these boards regularly and if interested and eligible, please add your name to the sheets.

Click here to see the Ladies Interclub details
Click here to see the Gents Interclub details 

Just look at Ian and Donal for example, they were out on the streets today recruiting talent for consideration:

Ian Tiernan and Shane Lowry

Ian Tiernan and Shane Lowry

Donal O'Hagan and Gavin Moynihan

Donal O'Hagan and Gavin Moynihan

Handicap Awareness Month

Please note, this information has been taken directly from

The Golfing Union of Ireland and Irish Ladies Golf Union are spearheading the campaign for fair and consistent handicapping by tackling the cheats in an innovative Handicap Awareness Month.


Throughout the month of March, the Unions will be running #TheFairWay campaign, which will educate players and clubs alike. Handicapping is a fundamental aspect of the game and as the governing bodies for golf in Ireland, the GUI and ILGU are raising awareness in response to public concerns about handicap cheating.
Unlike most sports, golf is largely played in the absence of a referee. The game, and the handicapping system, rely on the integrity of the individual. It is up to every single player to observe the spirit and intent of the handicapping system.
Throughout the month-long campaign, the Unions will provide all the information necessary to be handicap aware in 2017. Your first port of call is a dedicated website: There, clubs can access essential information, including a how-to guide for administering and maintaining handicaps.
Players will find all the information they need on key topics such as: How to obtain a handicap; How handicaps change; and Player Responsibilities. As well as an index of key definitions, you will also find a list of frequently asked questions.
Clubs across Irelandwill display specially commissioned posters and flyers as part of the campaign. Raising awareness is just one aspect of the campaign -- the GUI in particular are also determined to clamp down on cheating.
"There is a culture of tolerating handicap cheating which isn't the case for other forms of cheating within golf," says Pat Finn, CEO of the GUI. "The finger seems to be pointed at the GUI or the branches of the GUI or indeed to club committees to deal with this problem. I don't think it can be. It is endemic and the only real way of tackling it is at member-to-member level where everybody takes a proactive approach in dealing with the issue and calling out fellow members on their behaviour and saying it is not going to be tolerated anymore."
To hammer home the message, the GUI have defined handicap cheating and it is prominently displayed on the Union's website: "Playing in a qualifying competition and setting out with the aim of 'getting 0.1 back' or not trying your best at any point in the round with the aim of manipulating your handicap is CHEATING."
The Unions advise and guide Handicap Committees about the application and implementation of the handicapping system. One of most important things for clubs to remember is that Handicap Secretaries should not act on their own, and it is vital that decisions are made as a committee in accordance with the rules.
As with the Rules of Golf, the handicapping system relies on the integrity of every golfer playing the game. For club golfers, it is essential that each individual observes the spirit and intent of the handicapping system in order to make the game as fair and equitable as possible.
Golf's unique handicapping system provides a means for every player to compete on an equal footing, making the game as inclusive as possible. Not only does it level the playing field, the handicap system makes allowance for beginners, children and adults alike, players of declining ability and golfers with disabilities. It is because of the handicapping system that fathers get to compete side-by-side with their sons or grandfathers get the chance to tee it up alongside a grandson.
The Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU), of which the GUI and ILGU are members, developed the rules and regulations of the unified handicapping system (UHS), which is administered in Ireland by the GUI and the Irish Ladies Golf Union.
You access a copy of the UHS Manual for free online at Keep up to date with everything that's happening throughout Handicapping Awareness Month on the website and through the GUI and ILGU's social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.

Draw for Foursomes Matchplay

The draws for club foursomes(men) and mixed foursomes will take place Sunday April 2nd at 7.30 pm in the clubhouse. There will be a separate draw for father and son (to be decided).
On BRS you may enter the foursomes(men), Mixed foursomes and father and son.
Please register before April 1 st 17.00 to make sure your name is in the draw.
Juniors please note rules regarding competing in adult competitions or consult club diary.

Competitions Committee

Irish Mixed Foursomes – First Round

The First Round of the Irish Mixed Foursomes will take place on Saturday 25th of March – Hollystown v Donabate Golf Club.

The Team representing Donabate Golf Club are as follows:

At Home (2:20pm start):
2:20pm – Damien Hanratty and Mary C. Noonan
2:30pm – Ganyawat “Topps” Prumthep and Orla Tracey

Away (1:50pm start):
1:50pm – Jamie Quinn and Frances Cullen
1:58pm – Tom Murphy and Anne Bolster
2:10pm – Mark Smithers and Elaine Fitzgerald

Subs will be decided should circumstances require. The Management would like to thank all those who have agreed to represent the club if required in this prestigious competition. Obviously this will depend on progression through each round. There is a large panel and we will endeavor to include as many players as possible going forward.

Any support is welcome and appreciated on Match Day (Saturday 25th of March).

Yours sincerely
Team Managers – Pat O’Brien, Carol McAllister, Paul Flood and Mary White.

Captains’ Drive In 2017

On Saturday 11th March, our Captains Geoff and Margaret will drive our golfing year off to a formal start.  They invite all members and friends to join them on this special occasion. Usual surprise in store!

The Captains will arrive at the Clubhouse at 12 noon for the traditional Guard of Honour ceremony and will then drive in from the balcony patio. Complimentary soup and sandwiches.  9 holes Mixed Sixsomes golf with shotgun start at 2.00pm. The aspiration is to have mixed teams. However it has been decided that teams can be male, female or mixed to ensure maximum participation. Followed by dinner, presentation and entertainment.

You may enter the above competition via BRS.

For more details click here...

Gents Domestic Cuts

As this Wednesday 1st March is the first of our 18 hole competitions. All domestic cuts are now removed and players are to revert to their normal playing handicap from this Wednesday.

Quiz Night – St Patrick’s BNS

Join us for a Quiz Night in aid of St. Patrick’s Boys National School on Wednesday the 15th of March, starting at 8pm Sharp!

Lots of Spot Prizes on the night.

Tables of 4 – €40 – Book your table with the School Office at 01-8436168

Quiz Night - St Patrick's BNS

Junior Fundraiser – St. Patrick’s Day

The timesheet for the annual Junior fundraiser is now live on BRS. This is an Open 4 person team, 18 hole Stableford competition with a shotgun start at 12.30. Invite your friends and family along, €10 for members and €15 for visitors. Enter into the spirit of the day and wear plenty of green. Don’t forget there is a prize for the most original costume! After golf enjoy the carvery & craic with entertainment provided by Celtic Breeze.

Junior Fundraiser – St. Patrick’s Day

The timesheet for the annual Junior fundraiser is now live on BRS.
This is an open 4 person team 18 hole Stableford competition with a shotgun start at 12.30pm. Invite your friends and family along €15 visitors and €10 members. Extra shots given to the ladies! Enter into the spirit of the day and wear your green. After golf enjoy the carvery & craic with entertainment provided by Celtic Breeze and don’t forget there is a prize for the most original costume on the day!


All Day Breakfast
All Day Breakfast
Breakfast & Pint Special only €10.00 between 10.30am to 13.30pm
– full Irish breakfast €9.50
– mini breakfast €7.50
– smoked salmon and scrambled eggs €7.95
– spinach pasta with poached eggs €7.95
Paddy’s day main course special menu:
– Gammon steak served with garlic cabbage & parsley sauce €11.95
– traditional Dublin coddle €9.95
– Guinness pie topped with puff pasty €11.95
– traditional fish and chips served with mushy peas €12.95

Membership Offer for 2017

Why not join Donabate Golf Club today?

We have some exciting membership offers open with payment options available.
27 Holes + Extensive practice facilities for your long game and new dedicated short game areas.
4 Full Floodlit Tennis Courts with discounted rates for all Golf Club Members.
Discounted bar prices and full catering service and function rooms.

For more details of our great membership offers simply click here...

If interested, or if you have any queries, don't hesitate to call us on +353 (0)1 843 6346

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Best of luck Conor

Best of luck to our very own Conor “Maxi” Maxwell who is competing in the Masters B Singles Handball All-Ireland Final on March 17th at Kingscourt, Cavan.

Everyone in the club will be rooting for you!


Ready Golf at Donabate Golf Club

We are delighted to announce that Donabate Golf Club has officially adopted the “Ready Golf” philosophy.

So what is ready golf? Here’s what the R&A have to say…

“Ready golf” is a commonly used term which indicates that players should play when they are ready to do so, rather than adhering strictly to the “farthest from the hole plays first” stipulation in the Rules of Golf.

“Ready golf” is not appropriate in match play due to the strategy involved between opponents and the need to have a set method for determining which player plays first. However, in stroke play formats it is only the act of agreeing to play out of turn to give one of the players an advantage that is prohibited. On this basis, it is permissible for administrators to encourage “ready golf” in stroke play, and there is strong evidence to suggest that playing “ready golf” does improve the pace of play. For example, in a survey of Australian golf clubs conducted by Golf Australia, 94% of clubs that had promoted “ready golf” to their members enjoyed some degree of success in improving pace of play, with 25% stating that they had achieved ‘satisfying success’.

When “ready golf” is being encouraged, players have to act sensibly to ensure that playing out of turn does not endanger other players.

“Ready golf” should not be confused with being ready to play, which is covered in the Player Behaviour section of this Manual.

The term “ready golf” has been adopted by many as a catch-all phrase for a number of actions that separately and collectively can improve pace of play. There is no official definition of the term, but examples of “ready golf” in action are:

This information and more can be found on the R&A website if you click here…

New System for the Gents Golfer of the Year

New scoring system for the Golfer of the Year competition:

The Gents Committee have agreed a new format/scoring system for the Golfer of the Year (GOTY) competition. The GOTY competition will be run over the season and will include all qualifying competitions which have a full-day timesheet and are not open, semi-open or invitational. These are marked in the Club diary.

For each qualifying competition, the top 15 places will be awarded points as follows – 15 points for 1st place, 14 points for 2nd etc down to 1 point for 15th place. In the case of ties, the points will be divided. For example, if 1st and 2nd have the same score, 15 plus 14 points (29) will be divided by 2 to give each a total 14.5.

A player’s best 12 scores will count.

For more details, plus a detailed example simply click here…

Events for 2017

Call your husband, call your wife, call your significant others and let them know that the following dates are off limits this year. You have plans, you are going to be the golfer of the year, you are going to win at least 1 major, and you are not going to let anything get in your way!

Events for 2017

Valentine’s Dinner – Saturday 11th of February 2017

Valentine’s Dinner at Donabate Golf Club
Saturday 11th February 2017

3 Course meal & glass of wine for only €30 per person


Roulade of Smoked Salmon
With a mixed salad & Balsamic dressing

Chicken & Spinach Soup

Jameson Whiskey Chicken Liver Pate
With Melba toast

Cocktail of Melon
Served with a champagne sorbet

Main Courses
Medallions of Prime fillet of Beef
On a bed of savory potatoes

½ Roast Duck
Served with a Plum sauce

Fillet of Seabass
With spaghetti vegetables & a shallot & dill sauce

Mediterranean Vegetable Noodle Stir fry
Served in a filo pastry basket

Supreme of Chicken
Stuffed with pistachio & Smokey bacon mousse

Trio of Deserts
Tea or Coffee

All the above includes a Glass of Wine per person

The restaurant will be open from 7.30pm with last orders at 9pm for dinner.
Booking essential, please contact the bar
Telephone: +353 (0)1 843 6346

Monday 13th of Feb – No Power

Due to necessary maintenance in the Donabate area there will be no power in the clubhouse on Monday 13th February between the hours of 9am and 5pm.

We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.