Early 2020 Introductory Membership Offer – 16 Months for price of 12

Early 2020 Introductory Membership deals now available at Donabate Golf Club.

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

Membership from 1st of September 2019 to 31st of December 2020

For all 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.
    • Excellent clubhouse, bar and restaurant facilities.

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

Stone Irish Challenge at Headfort

The Stone Irish Challenge is coming to the New Course at Headfort Golf Club in Kells, County Meath and will be played from Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th October, 2019. A field of Challenge Tour members together with leading Irish professionals will compete in this important event which comes at a crucial time in the Challenge Tour’s schedule. With the dream of playing on the European Tour next season, competition for ranking points will be fierce which will undoubtedly produce some magnificent golf.

Spectators are very welcome and are invited to attend free of charge. We look forward to a great week and hope that you will be able to join us.

Should you have any further questions relating to the Stone Irish Challenge, please contact Sally Stewart at sstewart@europeantour.com

Golf Ireland Update

Golf Ireland Update

As you are aware, a Proposal to establish a single governing body for golf in Ireland, to be called Golf Ireland, was approved by GUI and ILGU delegates at meetings held in January 2019. Under the Proposal, it is intended that Golf Ireland will “go live” on 1 January 2021.

In the interim, a Transition Period has been instituted during which the structures and organisation of Golf Ireland are being established. This process is being led by a Transition Board*, comprising four nominees of the GUI and four nominees of the ILGU, with Tim O’Connor as the independent Chairperson. The Transition Board was appointed in February and has been meeting monthly since then.

Vision, Mission and Culture

The Transition Board has established the Vision, Mission and Culture for its work which will guide it through the remainder of the Transition Period and into the new body.

Sub-Committees and Transition Board Priorities

Work by the Transition Board to implement the Golf Ireland Proposal has commenced in a number of areas and the following Sub Committees have been established: Chief Executive Appointment; Finance and Governance; Branding, Logo and Website; Property and Office Accommodation; Handicapping; Competitions and Tournaments; Models of Club Governance; and Organisational Structures.

A key priority for the Transition Board is the appointment of a Chief Executive of Golf Ireland and an open competition has been instituted in that regard. Once appointed, the task of the Chief Executive in the first instance will be to drive forward the Transition process under the direction of the Transition Board. Further Sub Committees will be appointed by the Transition Board as needed over the coming period.

The Transition Board has liaised with Sport Ireland and Sport Northern Ireland, who welcomed the decision of the GUI and ILGU as well as offering support and encouragement for the new body. Additionally, the Golf Ireland trademark and domain name have been secured.

The Transition Board intend for the Transition Period to culminate with the first AGM and the first Regional meetings of Golf Ireland in the final quarter of 2020, which will pave the way for the new organisation to ‘go live’ on 1 January 2021.

What this means for GUI, ILGU and CGI

Until Golf Ireland is established in 2021, and the transfer of functions from the GUI and ILGU commence, it is business-as-usual for both the GUI and ILGU. This means that clubs, players and officials continue to communicate with both Unions as they always have. The same holds true for the CGI, whose work continues as before pending the transfer across in due course to Golf Ireland.

Under the Terms of Reference of the Transition Board, the Chairperson is required to be available to provide quarterly updates to the Boards of the ILGU and GUI. He has met both Boards once in that regard. The Transition Board will regularly update GolfIreland.ie on progress as the work of the Board continues.

The Continuing Role of Volunteers

Golf is dependent on the many volunteers at club, regional and national level who undertake a range of activities. This will not change with the establishment of Golf Ireland. Current and new volunteers will be needed in the new body. If you are interested in a voluntary role in golf, you are invited to express interest with the relevant ILGU District or GUI Branch Executives to find out what roles are and will be available.

Chairperson O’Connor said: “Just as volunteers have been the lifeblood of the GUI and ILGU over the decades, so too will they be central to the success of Golf Ireland. There will be changes in how Golf is structured, with one overall governing body where previously there were two, but volunteers will continue to be a central pillar of the game in Ireland. We will be providing more detail in that regard as the Transition Period progresses.”


O’Connor added: “The establishment of Golf Ireland is an exciting new development for golf on the island of Ireland. I am encouraged by the positive start to the work of the Transition Board. Everybody is committed and dedicated to the success of the project. Working closely with the ILGU and the GUI, we look forward to ensuring that the Proposal, approved overwhelmingly by members in January, is faithfully implemented and that by January 2021 the new structures and arrangements will be in place to enable Golf Ireland to take forward its mission of securing and developing the future of golf across the island.”

*Members of Transition Board: Tim O’Connor (Chairperson); Pauline Bailie; Mary Culliton; Ian Kerr; Brege McCarrick; Joe McNamara; John Power; Brian Punch; Fiona Scott.

100 Club Draw 2019 – Sixth Draw Winners

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

1st €500 Angela Rowan & Joe Grennan (71)

2nd €300 Evelyn de Lacy (29)

3rd €100 Paul Spierin (59)

4th €100 Joe Blake (4)

5th €100 Mary Collins & Jim Gillespie (19)

6th €100 Mick Taylor (91)

Golf stars of the future heading to Donabate Golf Club

Fingal County Council


August 9, 2019

Golf stars of the future heading to Donabate

The next generation of international golf stars will be on view at Donabate Golf Club from August 20 to 23 when the Irish Boys U16 Amateur Open Championship takes place on the peninsula.

Since the competition began in 2006, many players who have gone on to be top class amateur and professional golfers have played in it, including current European Tour professionals Paul Dunne and Gavin Moynihan and Challenge Tour player Robin Dawson.

This year the Irish challenge in Donabate will be led by 15-year-old Joshua Hill from Galgorm Castle in Co Antrim, who plays off a plus three handicap. Hill has already won several tournaments this year and played for Ireland in the recent Boys U18 Home Internationals in Wales.

In addition to Hill, players from all over Ireland will be in the 144 strong field which has also attracted entries from France, Germany, England, Wales and Scotland. The field will also include up and coming Donabate golfers Brian and Ben Hanratty while another, Josh Higgins, is currently on the waiting list hoping for a late call-up.

Tuesday, August 20 will be the official practice day with the 54 hole strokeplay tournament teeing off on Wednesday, August 21 and finishing on Friday, August 23 when the new champion will be crowned.

Members and staff at Donabate Golf Club have spent the last few weeks preparing for the tournament and local residents are advised of possible traffic delays along New Road, leading to the golf club, during the four days of the event.

At a recent event in Donabate Golf Club to announce details of the Championship, the Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Eoghan O’Brien, said: “I am delighted that Fingal has been selected to host another major golf championship so soon after Portmarnock and The Island staged a very successful Open Amateur Championship in conjunction with the R&A. There are 26 golf clubs in Fingal so it is a very popular sport in the county with high participation numbers. I am sure that golfers of all levels will want to avail of the opportunity to see what’s coming through when the Boys Championship comes to Donabate later this month.”

The Captain of Donabate Golf Club, Joe Rice, said: “This year marks the 80th anniversary of our move to our current home and we are extremely grateful to the Golfing Union of Ireland for giving us the opportunity to host one of their Championships. It has attracted an exciting international field and we are looking forward to presenting our championship standard course in the best possible condition for what we expect will be a challenging but fair test of these young golfers’ abilities.”

Donabate Golf Club is one of the top golf clubs in Fingal and in the 94 years since its founding in 1925, it has evolved from a nine hole course into a 27 hole parkland course with state of the art practice and coaching facilities. The championship course offers a challenging golf experience on beautiful well-manicured greens and fairways and the club is firmly rooted in the local community as it is also the home of Donabate-Portrane Tennis Club.

Pictured at the announcement of details of the Irish Boys U16 Amateur Championship at Donabate Golf Club from August 20 to 23 were, Back Row (from left): Fintan Lacey, Professional, Donabate Golf Club; Gráinne Synnott, Lady Captain, Donabate Golf Club; Cllr Eoghan O’Brien, Mayor of Fingal; Pauline Byrne, President, Donabate Golf Club; Joe Rice, Captain, Donabate Golf Club; Cllr Adrian Henchy. Front Row (from left): Ben Hanratty, Josh Higgins and Brian Hanratty, Donabate Golf Club

Pictured with Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Eoghan O’Brien, at the announcement of details of the Irish Boys U16 Amateur Championship at Donabate Golf Club from August 20 to 23 were Donabate golfers Josh Higgins (left), Ben Hanratty (centre) and Brian Hanratty (right)

Pictured with Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Eoghan O’Brien, at the announcement of details of the Irish Boys U16 Amateur Championship at Donabate Golf Club from August 20 to 23 were Lady Captain Gráinne Synnott (left), President Pauline Byrne (centre) and Captain Joe Rice (right)

Open Week 2019 – July 31st to August 5th

****Open Week 2019****

Time Sheets now open for our fantastic Open Week which starts on Wednesday 31st of July and continues to Monday 5th of August 🏌️‍♀️🏌️‍♂️⛳⛳

We have a 2 Person Team, Mixed Foursomes, 9 Hole Singles, 18 Hole Singles and our Scratch Cups during the week.

Sheets are filling fast so book quickly to avoid disappointment.

Contact our ProShop to book your Tee Time 018436346 or through the BRS link:


Best of Luck Ben!

We are delighted to announce that Ben Hanratty has been selected to represent Leinster at the Inter-Provincial Championships @ Athlone GC from 23rd to 25th of July.

For live updates please click here…

12/Jul/2019 – Junior News

Notable Performances at recent GUI Championships:

Congratulations to the following boys and keep up the hard work:
Ben Hanratty finished 6th in the Ulster U14 Championship @ Lurgan GC finishing 4 shots behind the winner and tied 10th in the Connacht U14 Championship @ Ballinasloe GC. We are delighted to announce that Ben has been selected to represent Leinster at the Inter-Provincial Championships @ Athlone GC on Tuesday/Wednesday 22nd/23rd July. For more details please click here.

Rory Gallagher won the Best Nett in the Leinster Boys Under 13 Series @ Malahide GC recently. The Under 13 series sees the top 14 Gross scores from the day qualify for the final in Citywest GC on August 8th. Josh Higgins also qualified and will join Rory in the final. We wish them all the best.

Captains Prize to Juniors:
Congratulations to Brian Kavanagh who was the winner of the Captains Prize to our Juniors. Well done also to Ben Hanratty & Clyde Burke who were also winners on the day.

Walsh Cup:
Last Sunday saw the boys open their defence of the Walsh cup with a brilliant performance on a beautiful sunny day in Clontarf. They came away with 3 ½ pts out of the 4 matches, well done boys.
Team: James Bryan & Shane Foley; Sean Bollard & Cian Kavanagh; Macdara Mathews & Brian Kavanagh; Sean Collins & Rory Gallagher.
This is a league format with 4 clubs involved (Clontarf, St. Annes, Beaverstown and ourselves) which will take place at each club over the summer. Final day to be held in Donabate on Sunday August 25th.

100 Club Draw 2019 – Sixth Draw Winners

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

1st €500 David Power (2)

2nd €300 Pat McNeill (49)

3rd €100 Tony Fetherston (17)

4th €100 Pat Gavin (9)

5th €100 Carmel Tuck (30)

6th €100 Paddy Mulligan (39)

Flavours of Fingal – 29th and 30th of June

To all members and visitors planning a visit to Donabate Golf Club this weekend (Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th of June) please leave adequate time to get to our club as the Flavours of Fingal is taking place at Newbridge House which may result in some delays.

100 Club Draw 2019 – Fifth Draw Winners

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

1st €500 Frances Gorman & Catherine Crummey (32)

2nd €300 Christine de Lacy (48)

3rd €100 Liam Bridgette (82)

4th €100 Paul Spierin (59)

5th €100 Brenda Fearon (35)

6th €100 John O’Riordan (15)

37th Annual Mother and Daughter Perpetual Award

Donabate hosted the 37th Annual Mother and Daughter Perpetual Award on June the 14th. This competition enticed many players from 22 different clubs to partake in this historical event. Despite the poor weather conditions we were delighted with the very positive turn out and feedback received from the guests was; “a wonderful day was had by all”.

We would like to convey a sincere word of thanks to the Moran Family; Frances O’ Gorman, Madeline Woods and Pauline McGinn who sponsored the prizes as well as “Jenny’s Boutique”, in Ashbourne. We look forward to including this fixture in our diary for next year. Congratulations to the all those below who won prizes.

Noreen Mullins / Grainne Mullins
Dundalk Golf Club

Runner Up:
Louise Murphy / Catherine Murphy
Newlands Golf Club and Mount Wolsley Golf Club

Best Gross:
Aine O’ Shea / Angela O’ Shea
Carlow Golf Club

Front Nine:
Niamh Clarke / Rosemary Clarke
Malahide Golf Club

Back Nine:
Patricia Corcoran / Elaine Corcoran
Elm Park Golf Club


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.

Introducing Fintan Lacey

Donabate Golf Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Fintan Lacey as our new resident PGA professional.

Fintan brings with him a wealth of experience both from his time working with Golf Clubs and also from his time spent in the retail sector with Halpenny Golf.

We strongly encourage our members to support Fintan through the use of the Pro Shop and various other golfing services which Fintan can provide.

This is another exciting step in our Club’s development.
We are very happy to welcome Fintan and wish him a long and successful residency in Donabate Golf Club.

For the latest updates from Fintan – Please like Fintan’s Facebook Page:
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15/May/2019 – Junior News

Table Quiz – Junior Fund Raiser

A big thank you to all our members who supported our super Table Quiz on Friday 3rd May. It was a fantastic success. To Pat Brennan and his team of helpers who did a wonderful job running the Quiz. It was a great night and a there was a great atmosphere in the club house. Well done to all the winners. The Juniors are very lucky to have such great support from all the members of Donabate Golf Club.

The last few weeks have been very for our Juniors on the Inter Club front.

Sat March 30th – Irish Junior Foursomes:
We played Skerries away. The competition format is 2 foursome matches with the aggregate score over the 2 matches of 18 holes determining the result.
Team was Ben Hanratty & Clyde Burke, Brian Hanratty & Cormac Burke. We lost by 5 holes.

Sun March 31st – Fred Daly Trophy:
We played Portmarnock with 3 in Donabate and 2 in Portmarnock.
Team was Brian Hanratty, Eoghan Gallagher & Ben Hanratty at home and Josh Higgins & Clyde Burke away in Portmarnock. Sadly we came up against a better team and were beaten, but the bonus was teams beaten in prelim and first round go in to the Fred Daly Plate competition.

Mon April 15th – Andy Desmond Trophy 2 x Foursomes:
Team was Ben Hanratty, Clyde Burke, Eoghan Gallagher & Josh Higgins.
We played in The Island against Balbriggan in some very testing 40km winds and rain. The days golf was abandoned after 9 holes and rescheduled for a strokes qualifying in Beaverstown on Thursday 18th April.
Team was Brian Hanratty, Eoghan Gallagher, Ben Hanratty, Josh Higgins. Super score of 73 (1 over) by Brian & Eoghan saw us qualify 2nd for the semifinals.

Tue April 23rd – Andy Desmond Semi Final:
We played against Royal Dublin in the semi-final in Portmarnock Links. Our lads played some great golf on the day and were narrowly beaten by 2 holes by the eventual winners.
Team was Eoghan & Rory Gallagher, Josh Higgins & Sean Bollard.

Mon May 6th – Fred Daly Plate:
We had 3 matches in Clontarf and 2 in Donabate.
We lost 3-2 despite winning 2 matches away in Clontarf, one of which was on the 19th but the decisive blow was dealt by Clontarf with a birdie on the 20th (Blue 2) at home.
Team; Eoghan Gallagher, Brian & Ben Hanratty, Josh Higgins, Clyde Burke.

Sat May 11th – Leinster U15 Matchplay:
We had 2 matches in Roganstown and 3 @ home.
Team : Ben Hanratty, Clyde Burke, Rory Gallagher, Macdara Matthews, Brian Kavanagh.
We lost 3 1/2 to 1 1/2.

100 Club Draw 2019 – Fourth Draw Winners

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

1st €500 – Jack Martin (21)

2nd €300 – Mairead Mulligan (90)

3rd €100 – Tom Buggle (45)

4th €100 – Pat McCrudden (5)

5th €100 – Pat Brennan (94)

6th €100 – Grainne & Brendan Synnott (26)

Early Bird Winner – Pat Scullion

All Ireland Mother and Daughter Open Foursomes – Friday 14th of June

All Ireland Mother and Daughter Open Foursomes


Friday 14th June 2019

Shotgun Start 2.30 pm

Sponsored by
The Moran Family & Jenny’s Boutique, Ashbourne

Members €10 / Visitors €15 (per person)

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

Timesheet now available for booking:

Or contact Donabate Golf Club at 01-8436346

Golf and Health Week

A dedicated campaign to raise awareness of the health benefits of golf for people of all ages and abilities is to tee off this week.

The first ever Golf and Health Week will take place from 15-19 April and will aim to encourage golfers, non-golfers and lapsed golfers into taking part in the sport.

A number of health-related themes will be promoted during the week of the campaign, including:

• Monday 15 April: Fitness – professionals and amateurs

• Tuesday 16 April: Mental health (including dementia)

• Wednesday 17 April: Disability golf

• Thursday 18 April: Golf for everyone – featuring various health projects (e.g. Parkinson’s, loneliness, stroke and other programmes that can benefit health)

• Friday 19 April: Club level – focus at golf clubs (e.g. fitness, food, drink, gym classes)


The collaborative campaign will run across digital and social media channels using the hashtag #GolfHealthWeek and include content focused on highlighting the physical and mental health benefits of playing golf and projects being delivered by golf bodies and clubs.

Focusing primarily on Great Britain and Ireland, it will be co-ordinated by The R&A with the support of the European Tour, the Ladies European Tour, The Professional Golfers’ Association and the Golf Foundation, as well as national associations including the Golfing Union of Ireland, Irish Ladies Golf Union, England Golf, Scottish Golf and Wales Golf.

A number of other organisations have expressed interest in supporting the week, including EDGA (formerly the European Disabled Golf Association), the PGAs of Europe and Golf Australia.

The campaign is also to be backed by professional golfers including Annika Sorenstam, Brooke Henderson, Padraig Harrington and Zach Johnson, who are ambassadors for the Golf and Health Project.

The dedicated week builds on the work of the Golf and Health Project, which since 2016 has studied the many and varied health and wellbeing benefits of golf, considered any risks and had research published regularly in international, peer-reviewed journals.

“The lead that the R&A have taken in relation to the promotion of Golf and Health has been fantastic, “said CGI Club Support and Participation Manager Anne McCormack. “The research that has been undertaken to show the physical and mental health benefits of golf continues to challenge perceptions of the game. Throughout our Get into Golf initiatives, we have given participants pedometers to track the amount of steps they take playing golf and there has always been an element of surprise at the results.”

“We have introduced fitness as an element to our Boys and Girls Get into Golf frameworks through the use of Fundamental Movement Skills in Stages One to Four and recently we have added further age and standard appropriate fitness activities for golfers in Stages Five and Six of Golf4Girls4Life. For 2019, CGI are excited to continue working with CARA and various other groups to create a sustainable plan that supports all golfers and showcases the health benefits to golfers who we would not have worked with in the past.”

To drive interest and encourage activity in the days before the dedicated week, golfers will be asked to tweet their steps achieved and calories burned from any golf they play, again using #GolfHealthWeek. The week then finishes on Good Friday at club level, with golfers to be encouraged to head for the fairways over the Easter holiday weekend.

Last year, a global consensus amongst leaders in public health, public policy and sport backed golf in the race to tackle physical inactivity and the prevention of illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer of the breast and colon.

Evidence linking golf and health, commissioned by the World Golf Foundation and supported by The R&A, was presented at Westminster following research led by the University of Edinburgh and published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Previous research has also highlighted that those that play golf live five years longer than those that don’t play, while the sport has been shown to have self-esteem and self-worth benefits.

Golf Ireland Transition Board Confirmed

​​In addition to Tim O’Connor as independent Chair, there are eight other Board Directors, four nominees each from the GUI and ILGU.

As you will be aware, a single governing body for golf in Ireland was approved by both GUI and ILGU delegates at meetings held in January. A transition period has begun and the first meeting of the Transition Board of Golf Ireland, chaired by Tim O’Connor (Edmondstown), was held on March 12th. In addition to Tim as independent Chair, there are eight other Board Directors, four nominees from each organisation: Pauline Bailie (Belvoir Park), Mary Culliton (The Heath), Ian Kerr (Royal Portrush), Brege McCarrick (Mullingar), Joe McNamara (The Heath), John Power (Portmarnock), Brian Punch (Castletroy) and Fiona Scott (Dun Laoghaire). The board is charged with getting Golf Ireland up and running ahead of the official launch of the body in early 2021.

What this means

Until Golf Ireland is established in 2021 and transfer of functions from the GUI and ILGU commence, it is business-as-usual for both the GUI and ILGU. This means that you continue to communicate with us as you always have done. General queries, including those relating to handicapping and rules, should be directed to your relevant GUI officer or ILGU District Official. Get into Golf programmes are still managed by the Confederation of Golf in Ireland while coaching programmes at underage level are managed by your provincial branch offices in the case of the GUI and Women and Girls’ Interprovincial Development queries should be directed to your ILGU District Executive.

Please note the contact details at https://www.golfnet.ie/contact-us  for details on who to communicate with.

A Transition Period, under the direction of the Transition Board is underway as we move towards Golf Ireland. The intention is for this to culminate with the first AGM and Regional meetings of Golf Ireland in the final quarter of 2020 which will pave the way for the organisation to ‘go live’ on 1 January 2021.

The transition period will involve the organisation taking shape through the creation of a regional and national structure and the drawing up of rules and processes to underpin the activities of the organisation, all overseen by a CEO who will be appointed during the Transition Period. The Transition Board will issue quarterly reports on topics being discussed and progress being made as the work of the Board continues.

100 Club Draw 2019 – Second Draw Winners

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

1st €500 Jim and Mary Clinton (98)

2nd €300 Captain Joe Rice (57)

3rd €100 Patrick Gavin (9)

4th €100 President Pauline Byrne (41)

5th €100 Pat Scullion (14)

6th €100 Brenda Feron (35)

Diary updated for 2019

We have some exciting news… You may have seen a large pull-up banner in the lobby showing the “significant” upcoming fixtures for 2019. Today we have also published the “full 2019 Diary on the website (dates are subject to change).

To see the full diary (up to Feb 29th 2020) simply click here…

So make sure to inform your family and friends that you are very busy between now and the end of the season! Wishing you all good golf for 2019!

100 Club Draw 2019 – First Draw Winners

Congratulations to the first set of winners of 2019 in our 100 Club Draw:

1st €500 Linda Hamell (46)

2nd €300 Angela Rowan / Joe Grennan (71)

3rd €100 President Pauline Byrne (41)

4th €100 Brian O’Callaghan (95)

5th €100 Patrick Gavin (9)

6th €100 Declan Rickard (84)

Rules Night – Wednesday 27th Feb

We would like to invite all our members to come and join us for an informative evening with regard the new changes to the Rules of golf. This event will take place on Wednesday the 27th of February at 8pm in Donabate Golf Club. We would like to thank the GUI and ILGU for providing us with this service.

Tea / Coffee will be provided beforehand.

Look forward to seeing you all on the night.

New Local Rules

Please note that the Local Rules at Donabate Golf Club have changed with immediate effect. The New Local Rules are posted in the Gents and Ladies Locker room and on the Whiteboard next to the Shop. Please read them carefully before your next game.

These are the new Local Rules which are effective immediately:

  • Tractor and machine marks are to be treated as Ground Under Repair – As per Rule 16.1
  • All fallen trees, large fallen branches attached or cut, and disturbed ground should be treated as Ground Under Repair – As per Rule 16.1
  • When on the putting green, if an artificial hole cover lies on the line of play, the ball may be moved to the nearest point of relief not nearer the hole

Captains’ Drive In – Saturday February 16th

The Captains’ Drive-in will kick off the new golfing year on Saturday, 16th of February. Captain Joe Rice and Lady Captain Gráinne Synnott invite all members and friends to join them on this special occasion. Usual surprise in store! All are asked to attend before 12pm to welcome in Captains Joe and Gráinne. Following the actual drive in, there will be soup and sandwiches followed by a sixsomes 9 hole competition, starting at 2pm. If you intend to dine in the evening, we urge you to please book a table in advance so that the caterers can have an idea of numbers. The Presentations will be followed by some musical entertainment.

Gents Sunday Spring League starts on Sunday 10th of February

In the light of a request from members to play more singles competitions on Sundays, the format of the Sunday Spring League has been changed to a singles format similar to the Saturday Singles League. The revised league will now commence on Sunday next, 10th February and run through till Sunday, 31st March.

2019 Introductory Membership Deals at Donabate Golf Club

Donabate Golf Club is now taking applications for 2019 Membership with multiple categories to suit your golfing needs:

5 Day Introductory Membership only €499.00 + GUI FEE
7 Day Introductory Membership only €750.00 + GUI FEE
Intermediate Membership (20-34 years of age) from €100
Junior Membership (8-20 years of age) only €100

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.
    • Excellent clubhouse, bar and restaurant facilities.

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

Golf Ireland Approved


After landmark votes at separate meetings held yesterday, the Irish Ladies Golf Union and the Golfing Union of Ireland have formally approved the establishment of Golf Ireland.

The Irish Ladies Golf Union approved a special resolution at their AGM, while simultaneously the Golfing Union of Ireland passed a motion at a Special General Meeting. In the case of the GUI, for the first time in its history postal voting was permitted, and 292 of the Union’s 395 clubs availed of this facility. A further 34 clubs attended and voted at the meeting. 269 clubs attended the ILGU AGM to cast their vote.


GUI RESULT 94% in favour of the proposal

ILGU RESULT 100% in favour of the proposal

The result of both votes is the outcome of a three-year process of discussion and consultation between the two Unions, internally with their respective clubs and regional bodies, and externally with key national and international stakeholders.

It will mean the game of golf in Ireland will now, for the first time, have an all-inclusive governing body.

Throughout the consultation period, the benefits of this have been acknowledged in terms of attracting funding and commercial partners, as well as providing a boost for the image of the game. Once established, Clubs will only have to deal with one body when it comes to handicapping, inter-club events, club supports and game development.

A Transition Period will immediately commence, with the intention for this to culminate with the first AGM and regional meetings of Golf Ireland happening in the final quarter of 2020, paving the way for the organisation to ‘go live’ on 1 January 2021.

The transitions period will involve the organisation taking shape through creation of a regional and national structure and the drawing up of rules and processes to underpin the activities of the organisation, all overseen by a CEO who will be appointed early in the Transition Period and who will work with a Transitions Team.

The GUI and ILGU will continue to operate through the Transition Period with the transfer of functions and staff to Golf Ireland prior to the ‘go live’ date for the new organisation.


“We are delighted with the outcome of the votes at our respective meetings, and thank everyone who has given this proposal their support.

“Bringing two strong organisations, the ILGU and GUI together to create a stronger, more influential organisation, Golf Ireland, will not only enhance golf in Ireland but will enhance Irish golf worldwide. The result today indicates that members of both Unions are in support of creating a new organisation which will be built around promoting core principles of equality, diversity, inclusion and excellence.

“The result today is a validation of the work put in by everyone involved. The input which has been received from our member clubs, our staff and volunteers, and everyone else who has in some way contributed to the final proposal should be recognised. The result of their efforts will be a new dynamic organisation, charged with the promotion of the game of golf, with a commitment to excellence and inclusivity.”

Clodagh Hopkins, Chairman of the Board of the Irish Ladies Golf Union

Iognáid Ó Muircheartaigh, Chairman of the Board of the Golfing Union of Ireland

Gents Spring League starts on Sunday 27th of January

The Gents Spring League starts on Sunday 27th of January.

With a team format and a 1st Team Prize of €500, it promises to be as exciting as our Winter League. In summary the format is:

• Teams of 4. Entry fee €20 per person
• Entry sheet now live on BRS and will close on Sat 26th Jan
• Spring cuts do not apply to league scores.
• 8 weeks from Sun 27th Jan – 17th March inclusive.
• Weeks 1,2,3,5 & 6 will be a 2 Man Team, best pair score to count each week.
• Weeks 4 & 7 will be singles stableford with your teams best 2 cards counting.
• Week 8 will be a 4 Man Team with 2 scores to count on each hole.

100 Club Draw – Final Draw Winners

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

1st €500 Joe Dempsey (66)

2nd €300 Michael Taylor (7)

3rd €100 Tom Buggle (94)

4th €100 Brian Mullen (88)

5th €100 Christopher Creevey (96)

6th €100 Jim Gillespie & Mary Collins (67)

Special Prize Winner – Liam Jennings

100 Club Draw – Eleventh Draw Winners

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

1st – €500 – President Pauline Byrne (78)
2nd – €300 – Mary Bermingham (64)
3rd – €100 – Jim Gillespie and Mary Collins (67)
4th – €100 – Deirdre Reid (84)
5th – €100 – Brian O’Callaghan (48)
6th – €100 – Pat McNeill (33)

The final draw will take place on Sunday 16th of December.

Gents Winter League 2018

The Winter League was sponsored by Gallant Security Systems.

Winter League Champions – The Four Non Dubs by the skin of their teeth!

How close can it get! Congratulations to ‘The Four Non Dubs’ who won the Winter League from ‘The Lemon Drizzles’ with a margin of just 0.17 points. Over the past few weeks it was a very close contest between the top three teams. Despite a great late run ‘The Lemon Drizzles’ just failed to take the top spot. The final four places were as follows:

1st The Four Non Dubs 96.00
2nd Lemon Drizzles 95.83
3rd The Likely Lads 91.00
4th The Vice Squad 84.50

Click here to see the Gents Winter League 2018 Final Standings

Gents Saturday Singles League begins on Saturday 8th of December

Our Gents Saturday Singles League begins on Saturday 8th of December and runs through to Saturday 2nd February. The format is as follows:

  • 9 Saturdays from 8 Dec 2018 to 2 Feb 2019
  • Entry Fee €20
  • Best 6/9, 5/8, 4/7, 4/6, 4/5, 4/4 cards.
  • Scores will be your Stableford points each week
  • Winter/Spring cuts will not apply to League scores

An Entry Sheet for the League is now available on the BRS. The Entry sheet will close on Saturday, 8th of December

Looking forward to another exciting League again this year so get your entries in and add another competitive element to your Winter golf.

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, therefore check the relevant noticeboards before play.

100 Club Draw – Tenth Draw Winners

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

1st – €500 – Brian O’Callaghan (48)
2nd – €300 – Kevin Woods (18)
3rd – €100 – Frances Gorman and Catherine Crummey (59)
4th – €100 – Pat and Maura Breen (16)
5th – €100 – Leslie Anne Hannon (76)
6th – €100 – Andrew Hannon (74)

Golf Ireland essential to save a game in decline

On 19 January 2019, the GUI and ILGU will decide their future. Each union will ask their member clubs to vote on the Golf Ireland proposal (see www.onegoverningbody.com for full proposal and club support material)


Golf has been in decline for more than a decade in Ireland.

Time’s up.

Golf as a game is not meeting the needs of modern society and across the globe, the game’s governing bodies have been fighting this challenge.

Today, Ireland stands alone as the only country in the world to have two separate governing bodies for men’s and women’s golf. Globally, golf has embraced equality and inclusivity. Through the proposal to create Golf Ireland, now the island of Ireland is poised to follow suit by establishing modern governance structures and embarking on a progressive strategy.

Three years ago the Golfing Union of Ireland and the Irish Ladies Golf Union began work on the development of a new single governing body for golf in Ireland. Together both unions have proudly served Irish golf for more than 125 years but both bodies recognised the need for change in order to revitalise the game. After careful deliberation and extensive consultation with all of golf’s stakeholders, the GUI and ILGU delivered their proposal for Golf Ireland in August 2018. Clubs across the island of Ireland are now being asked for their approval so that Golf Ireland can become a reality.

Naturally, clubs and their members have been scrutinising the proposal. So what will Golf Ireland mean for you and your club?


1. What will Golf Ireland mean for me?
A secure future for the game you love. Clubs will benefit from increased support and funding; and you become part of a family-friendly, inclusive sporting organisation that meets the demands of modern golf.

2. Why do I need Golf Ireland?
Clubs and club members have been hit hard in recent years. If we don’t act now, golf will remain in decline. We need to change the way we run golf for the good of the game. With the game restored to good health, golf can thrive again.

3. How much will it cost for me to be part of Golf Ireland?
For the first two years of Golf Ireland, the costs are set in stone. Affiliation fees for adults will be fixed at €24 in Ireland and £20 in Northern Ireland. Fees for juniors will be €5 and £3.50.

As Ryder Cup winning captain Paul McGinley noted in his letter to golf clubs supporting the creation of Golf Ireland: “This is golf’s way of responding to the needs of golfers in modern society.”

At present there are 183,000 members of GUI and ILGU clubs across Ireland, which represents a fall of 25% since the mid-2000s. The founders of the GUI and ILGU were sporting pioneers, putting in place structures that would be imitated the world over. Both unions remain as ambitious as they were at the beginning and Golf Ireland, which has been many years in the making, is the result of a careful and courageous mission to meet the needs of golf and golfers in this modern age.